BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) tallied 11 kills and a match-high 15 digs to lead the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team to a three-set sweep of Barton College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.
Lees-McRae (11-6, 9-0 CC) held the Bulldogs (9-9, 7-3 CC) to a 0.047 hitting percentage, while posting a .209 clip on the attack. Whitney Justice (Connelly Springs, N.C.) posted a match-high 12 kills, while Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) and Dana Oliver (Davie, Fla.) each recorded 10 digs. Clendenin also chipped in six kills and Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) tallied a match-high 36 assists.
Barton's Melissa Ritter (Wescosville, Pa.) posted a team-high nine kills and 13 digs, while Carly Love (Oxford, N.C.) recorded 27 assists. Meagan Parrott (Oxford, N.C.) notched seven kills and Kristen Peschock (Statesville, N.C.) added 12 digs to lead the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the first set before Lees-McRae responded, launching a 11-5 run to knot the score at 12-12 on a kill by Clendenin. Neither team could gain more than a two-point advantage for the remainder of the set, as the Lady Bobcats recorded the final three points of the frame, including a pair of kills by Epperson en route to a 26-24 victory.
Lees-McRae started strong in the second set, opening an early 4-0 advantage before the Bulldogs launched an 8-3 run to take an 8-7 lead on a service ace by Kati Wood (Pasadena, Md.). The Lady Bobcats responded with an 8-3 run to claim a 15-11 advantage, before pushing the lead to 23-16 on a kill from Justice. Lees-McRae then closed out the set on a kill by Epperson to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-19 second-set victory.
The third set began in much the same fashion as the first, with the Bulldogs opening an early 7-4 margin on a Wood service ace. Lees-McRae struck back with an 8-4 run, taking a 12-11 lead on a block by Epperson and Justice. Neither team could gain more than a two-point advantage for the remainder of the set, as the Lady Bobcats closed out the three-set sweep with the final three points of the frame, including a match-ending kill by Clendenin to run LMC's conference-leading record to a perfect 9-0.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Tuesday when the Lady Bobcats travel to Misenhiemer, N.C. for a 7 p.m. conference matchup with Pfeiffer University.
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