BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team picked up its first victory of the season Saturday night as it defeated Elizabeth City State in three sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) at Williams Gymnasium.
Set 1 – The opening set of Saturday's match was one of balance for the Bobcat offense. Lees-McRae hit a match-best .214 on 28 attacks in the first set and five different players notched kills with three of the five picking up three each. With the balanced offense working, Lees-McRae built a lead as large as eight points, which proved to be the final differential in the score, 25-17.
Set 2 – In the second set, the Bobcats had to battle back for almost all of the frame after digging an early hole. Elizabeth City State led as late as the 19-18 point in the second. Credit to the Bobcats, though, as they went on a 6-1 run to gain the advantage for good winning the second set, 25-22.
Set 3 – Lees-McRae had to dig itself out of an even bigger hole in the third set. The Vikings scored six of the first seven and seven of the first 10 points of the stanza. The Bobcats clawed back due in large part to a 7-0 run to pull in front, 13-11. LMC's defense really stifled the Viking offense in the third frame holding ECSU to a -.121 hitting percentage on 33 attacks on its way to clinching its first win of the season, 25-18.
Stat Standouts – Senior Lex Zangari led the way for the Bobcats Saturday totaling nine kills on 17 attacks with no errors for a .529 hitting percentage. Setting up Zangari and the rest of the Bobcat attack was the tandem of Megan Gallion and Erica Slinde, who combined for 31 assists (10.33 a/s) in the three-set contest. Defensively, libero Kaitlyn Arentz totaled a team-high 11 digs to help the cause as well.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action on Tuesday when they host UVa-Wise in another non-conference matchup. First serve between the Bobcats and Cavaliers is set for 6:30 p.m.