Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BELMONT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team fell in five sets (25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-10) to Belmont Abbey Tuesday evening on the road. The loss pushes LMC's record on the season to 7-18 overall and 3-7 within league action.
Set 1 – Belmont Abbey started Tuesday's contest quickly offensively. The Crusaders scored nine of the first 12 points and 10 of the first 14 on their way to a 25-16 win over the Bobcats. As a team, Belmont Abbey hit a combined .323 in the frame compared to a .069 mark put forth by LMC.
Set 2 – The Bobcats tightened things up considerably in the second set. Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae were deadlocked at 20-20 before LMC picked up back-to-back points to pull in front for good winning the second set, 25-23. The tandem of Lauren Arnold and Lexi Zangari paced LMC's attack in the frame collecting six kills on 12 attacks with no errors.
Set 3 – Neither Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae found their respective offensive grooves in the third as both teams hit under .100 for the frame. The difference in the frame was due to the Crusaders on the block as they notched two in the frame compared to none for LMC. BAC went on to regain the lead, 25-22.
Set 4 – Lees-McRae came back with a vengeance in the fourth set. LMC hit a match-high .459 with 19 kills in the stanza on their way to a 25-20 victory over the Crusaders. Four Bobcats totaled three or more kills in the fourth, including Caitlyn Smirne who picked up six in the set.
Set 5 – Competing in in its second straight five-set match, the Bobcats started the frame well as they trailed by just one point at 7-6. However, the Crusaders went on a 4-0 run to pull in front for good on their way to a 15-10 victory.
Stat Standouts – Smirne and Ellissa Small paced LMC in Tuesday's match. Smirne led the team in both kills and digs with 15 and 19, respectively. Small, meanwhile, totaled 14 kills with 18 digs against Belmont Abbey. Zangari nearly joined Smirne and Small with a double-double of her own but finished one dig short with 10 kills and nine digs.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action Saturday when they make the short trip down the mountain to visit rival King University. First serve between the Tornado and Bobcats is set for 2 p.m.