Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team picked up its first conference win of the season Saturday afternoon with a four-set victory over Southern Wesleyan (25-15, 25-10, 24-26, 26-24). The win pushes LMC's record to 4-16 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
Set 1 – Lees-McRae opened the match with stellar play both offensively and defensively. Offensively, the Bobcats hit .250 with 13 kills to go along with three aces. Defensively, meanwhile, LMC totaled 21 digs and one block. The turning point of the opening stanza was when the Bobcats led 9-6. After that point, LMC rattled off a 5-0 run to grow its lead to eight points. This advantage would grow to as many as 10, which proved to be the final winning margin, 25-15.
Set 2 – In the most lopsided frame of the day, the Bobcats used a balanced offense to take down SWU again, 25-10. Overall, six different Bobcats picked up at least one point in the second. The Bobcats were once again stellar from the service line totaling three more aces, while also putting together their best hitting percentage on the day hitting at a .367 clip.
Set 3 – The third frame proved to be a nail biter. The score was tied at 13 different points in the set, including at 20, 21, 23 and 24. SWU was able to stay alive in the match thanks to back-to-back points to change the 24-24 tie into a 26-24 victory for SWU.
Set 4 – It looked like SWU could knot the match score at 2-2 as it led by as many as four points in the fourth. Lees-McRae, however, rallied to not only tie the score but also take the lead before clinching the match, 26-24.
Stat Standouts – Logan Slusher led the Bobcats with 17 kills on Saturday. The 17 kills set a new career-high for Slusher. Fellow Bobcats Megan Gallion and Allie Cunningham also had career days as well. Gallion dished out 51 assists (12.75 a/s), and Cunningham totaled 24 digs (6.0 d/s) against SWU.
Next Up – LMC will be back in action Tuesday night when it hosts UVa-Wise. First serve for that matchup is set for 6 p.m.