MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team picked up its third consecutive victory Friday night as it defeated Mount Olive in five sets (18-25, 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 15-8) in Mount Olive.
First Set – The Trojans jumped out to an early lead in the first, forcing an LMC time out with the score 13-8. The Bobcats would go cold coming out of the break, dropping the next four points and ultimately the set, 25-18.
Second Set – Lees-McRae and Mount Olive continued to battle it out in the second set, but this time, it would be the Bobcats who jumped out to the early lead. Lees-McRae got on top of the trojans 4-0 before Mount Olive closed the gap at 5-5. Later in the set, Lex Zangari had a terrific kill that made the score 14-12 in favor of the Bobcats, and helped spark the run that allowed LMC to win 25-17.
Third Set – After tying the game at 1-1, Lees-McRae were locked in the tightest set of the match in the third. Thanks to two great serving runs, the Bobcats found themselves with a 20-13 lead. The Trojans, however, stormed back and tied the game at 20-20. The set was back and forth for the next several points until two Mount Olive errors would give LMC the edge they needed to win the set.
Fourth Set – The fourth set was very tight early, with the score around midway standing at 16-14 in favor of the Trojans. From that point, Mount Olive used a terrific serving night from Jimnelly Del Valle and Starr Sergent to propel them to a 25-19 victory and force a fifth set.
Fifth Set - The final frame was back and forth with only one point separating the two around midway, with the Bobcats leading 9-8. Mount Olive would commit an error that forced a Trojan time out. Coming out of the break, the Bobcats could not be stopped. Caitlyn Smirne put a dramatic cap on the night with a service ace to win the set and the match.
Stat Standouts – Lees-McRae had several standout statistical performances Friday night. The trio of Olivia Ney (11 kills), Lex Zangari (10 kills) and Anaya Govindji (10 kills) all had 10 or more kills. Megan Gallion (26 assists) and Erica Slinde (19 assists) set the up the Bobcat attack well as the team finished with 55 kills total. Defensively, Smirne and Kaitlyn Arentz finished with 19 and 18 digs respectively.
Next Up – The Bobcats will return to action this Saturday when they travel to the Belmont Abbey for another conference tilt. First serve between the Bobcats and Crusaders is set for 2 p.m.