BANNER ELK, N.C. – For the first time this season, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team won back-to-back matches as it defeated King (Tenn.) University in three sets (25-13, 26-24, 26-24) Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium. The win improves LMC's record to 5-15 overall and 2-8 in Conference Carolinas play.
Set 1: The two teams were neck-and-neck early in the first set Tuesday. LMC, however, was able to gain the upper hand with a trio of 4-0 runs to build a lead on the Tornado. The runs by Lees-McRae were enough to give it a convincing 25-13 win in the first. Rachel Cutshaw paced the Bobcats with three kills on seven attempts (.429 hitting percentage) in the frame.
Set 2: In the second frame, defense was the name of the game. Between the Bobcats and Tornado there were 46 digs and seven total blocks. The Bobcats, who were aided by 11 attack errors by King, were able to edge their opponent, 26-24, to go ahead 2-0.
Set 3: Much like in the second, neither team was able to gain much of an upper hand. Overall, there were 12 different points in the third that the score was tied with one of those occurring at 24-24. Lees-McRae, however, was able to get back-to-back kills from Caitlyn Smirne and Lauren Arnold to finish off the sweep of the Tornado, 26-24.
Next Up: Lees-McRae will look to extend its winning streak Friday when it travels to Limestone College for another conference matchup. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from Gaffney, S.C.