Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After winning the first two sets of its match Friday against Emmanuel (GA) by scores of 25-20 and 25-23, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team dropped the final three sets 25-22, 25-12 and 15-12 to fall to the Lions, 3-2. With the loss, the Bobcats move to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Set 1: The Bobcats opened Friday's match well scoring three of the first four points. LMC continued to put the pressure on the Lions throughout the first set as it never trailed winning the first frame, 25-20. Caitlyn Smirne powered the Bobcat attack in the first collecting seven of her 21 kills in the match in the opening stanza.
Set 2: In the second frame, it was the Lions who seized control early. Emmanuel scored seven of the first 12 points to take a 7-5 lead in the early stages of the frame. Lees-McRae, however, got five kills from Kaci Thornton to rally from early deficit to overtake the Lions, 25-23.
Set 3: Neither team had their offenses clicking in the third. The Bobcats hit just .140 on 43 attempts, while Emmanuel hit .079 on 38 attacks. The difference in the third proved to be the Lions' work from the service line. The Lions totaled four aces from four different players, which proved to be the difference as they won their first set of the match, 25-22.
Set 4: Emmanuel took the momentum from its first set victory of the match and carried it over to fourth. The Lions hit a match-high .571 on 21 attempts with 12 kills, while holding the Bobcats to a match-low -.040 hitting percentage on 25 attempts. The difference in attack percentages showed up clearly in the final score as the Lions won the fourth, 25-12.
Set 5: Lees-McRae and Emmanuel both battled in the fifth-and-deciding set. The score was tied at seven different points in the frame, including at 11-11. Following that point, however, the Lions scored four of the next five points to finish off the comeback, 15-12.
Stat Standouts: Smirne and Thornton both put together arguably their best performances as Bobcats Friday. Smirne finished with a season-high 21 kills to go along with 10 digs. Thornton, meanwhile, also picked up a double-double finishing with 16 kills and 17 digs.
Next Up: The Bobcats will return to action Saturday afternoon when they host Erskine College at Williams Gymnasium. First serve is set for 2 p.m.