Photo Courtesy of NGU Sports Information
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit against North Greenville Saturday afternoon to force a fifth set but it fell just short as the Crusaders won the deciding frame to upend the Bobcats, 3-2 (25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 25-22, 15-12).
Set 1: Both teams were clicking offensively in opening frame but it was North Greenville's that was just a little bit better. NGU, which hit .341 in the first, used its efficient offense to craft an eight-point lead that was enough of an advantage to keep the Bobcats out of striking distance as it went on to win the frame, 25-21.
Set 2: Unlike the first set, neither team was able to gain much of an advantage in the second. Lees-McRae and North Greenville both had turns with the lead in the stanza until the score was deadlocked at 22 a side. Following that point, however, NGU scored three straight points to put the Bobcats in a 2-0 hole to begin the match.
Set 3: The third set mirrored many of the same qualities that the second frame did. NGU and LMC battled back-and-forth throughout the frame to a 24-24 tie. This time though it was the Bobcats who scored the final two points to earn their first set win on the afternoon, 26-24.
Set 4: After winning their first set of the match, the Bobcats took that momentum they gained and kept it rolling in the fourth. Behind the play of several players, including Kaci Thornton who totaled five kills in the stanza, Lees-McRae scored seven of the last 11 points in the fourth to even the match at 2-2 after a 25-22 victory.
Set 5: Lees-McRae looked like it would make it three in a row over the Crusaders as it scored five of the first six points in the fifth and deciding set. However, North Greenville called a timeout to regroup and it did just that as it went on 9-3 run to pull in front for good winning the fifth frame, 15-12.
Stat Standouts: Three different Bobcats posted double-doubles in the five-set tilt Saturday. Courtney Weathersbee had one of her best performances of the season after collecting 37 assists, 14 digs and six kills on nine attempts. Thornton finished the match with 12 kills and 15 digs, while Caitlyn Smirne totaled 13 kills and 14 digs to round out the double-double performances.
Next Up: The Bobcats, now 0-7 overall and 0-2 in conference play, will return to Williams Gymnasium for their next match Wednesday when they host UVA-Wise. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.