November 2, 2010

Mitchell milestone paces Lees-McRae to sweep of Pfeiffer

Box score

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Sophomore setter Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nevada) recorded a match-high 35 assists, including her 1,000th helper of the season, and a trio of Lady Bobcats posted double-digits in kills to lead the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday night.

Lees-McRae (20-7, 16-0 CC) won the match by scores of 25-14, 25-15, and 25-17 to extend its conference winning streak to 29 consecutive contests, and notch its second straight 20-win season. The Lady Bobcats posted a.295 hitting percentage on the night, while holding Pfeiffer (10-15, 9-7 CC) to a 0.13 clip on the attack. Lees-McRae also recorded eight service aces, while Pfeiffer notched nine blocks as a team.

Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) posted a double-double with 10 digs and a match-high 12 kills, while Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) tallied a double-double of her own with 11 kills and 11 digs. Whitney Justice (Connelly Springs, N.C.) chipped in 10 kills of her own, posting a blistering .667 hitting percentage, as Dana Oliver (Davie, Fla.) notched a match-high 14 digs. Chloe Casas (Plano, Texas) also posted a match-high three service aces, while freshman Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) chipped in five blocks.

Abbie Ovbey (Mt. Gilead, N.C.) tallied four kills for Pfeiffer, while Jordan O'Bryant (Reidsville, N.C.), Kim Amerell (Lynchburg, Va.), and Kristina Mordini (Freeport, Ill.) each posted three kills. Kaci Markham (Asheboro, N.C.) paced the Falcons with 13 digs, while Colleen Wands (Apex, N.C.) chipped in 15 assists. Ovbey, Amerell, and Kathryn Hobson (Asheboro, N.C.) each tallied three blocks for Pfeiffer.

Lees-McRae started strong, jumping out to an early 5-1 lead in the first set before Taylor Stice (Franklin, Tenn.) smashing in a kill to push the margin to 11-4 on the heels of a 5-0 run. The Lady Bobcats would widen the advantage to 21-11 with a 10-7 run, before Clendenin closed out the 25-14 first-set win with her fourth kill of the frame.

Pfeiffer battled to an early 11-9 lead in the second set, launching a 3-0 spurt with the Lady Bobcats holding a slim 9-8 margin to gain the advantage on a kill by O'Bryant. Lees-McRae responded with a 4-0 run, taking a 13-11 lead on a Pfeiffer attack error. The Lady Bobcats would continue to dictate the flow of play, pushing the margin to 22-13 with a 9-2 run, which was capped by a kill from Fox. Lees-McRae would tally three of the final five points in the set to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match on a block by Stice and Fox.

The third set opened with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage, until LMC went on a 3-0 spurt with the score tied at 6-6 to take an early 9-6 lead. Pfeiffer would rally, evening the score at 11-11 with a kill from Ovbey on the heels of a 5-2 run. The highlight moment of the match would come two points later, when Mitchell set up a kill by Justice to notch her 1,000th assist of the season.

Lees-McRae would post the next three points in the set, taking a 16-11 lead on a service ace by Casas, before the Falcons closed the gap to 20-17 with a 6-4 spurt of their own. The Lady Bobcats would answer, closing out the set and the match with a 5-0 run that was capped by a block from Stice and Fox.

The Lady Bobcats return to the court on Friday when they travel to Mount Olive, N.C. for a 7 p.m. matchup with Mount Olive College in conference action.

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