Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team gave the top seeded Emmanuel College Lions a scare in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday night. LMC battled hard but fell in four sets to the Lions (25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18). Lees-McRae closes out its 2018 season with a record of 7-23.
Set 1 – Lees-McRae started off the opening set of Tuesday's match well scoring seven of the first 10 points of the stanza. After a timeout, however, the Lions put together a lengthy run of seven straight points to pull in front. That swing in momentum seemed affect the Bobcats in a negative way as they hit -.102 for the frame. LMC's slow offense was enough for the Lions to capture the first frame, 25-18.
Set 2 – The Bobcats seemed to correct themselves in the second frame as they attacked a match-high .226 clip. The pendulum of momentum seemed to swing when the Bobcats went on a 3-0 lead to gain a 14-11 lead. Following this run, Lees-McRae never trailed again in the set on their way to a 25-22 set victory.
Set 3 – It looked like the Bobcats may take the lead in the match over the top-seeded Lions. LMC led Emmanuel 14-11, which forced the latter to burn a timeout. That timeout taken by the Lions seemed to do the trick as they promptly tied the score at 14. Emmanuel kept the pressure on Lees-McRae as it extended its lead to 20-17. That three-point hole proved too much for LMC to dig out of as Emmanuel won the frame, 25-21.
Set 4 – Riding the wave of momentum they gained from the third set, the Lions kept things rolling in the fourth. Emmanuel scored 11 of the first 14 points of the frame. Lees-McRae did cut Emmanuel's lead down to five points, but it was at 23-18. Emmanuel picked up back-to-back points to close out the match, 25-18.
Stat Standouts – Senior Kaci Thornton put together a solid performance in her final match in a Bobcat uniform notching a double-double with a team-high 11 kills and 11 digs. Junior Allie Cunningham also had a good performance Tuesday totaling 25 digs (6.25 d/s) on the night.