BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team fell on Saturday at home to Emmanuel in four sets (21-25, 25-22, 22-25, 17-25) in Banner Elk.
First Set – The Bobcats were locked in a tight opening frame early, but saw the Lions pull-away around the mid-way point. Lees-McRae made a late push to pull within one point at 21-22 but Emmanuel finished off the set to get the win.
Second Set – The second set would be the Bobcats best as they kept the score close the entire time. Ultimately, a late Lion error combined with a Lees-McRae blocked shot proved to be enough for the Bobcats to win the set 25-22.
Third Set – The third set was the turning point as the Bobcats found themselves with a 15-10 lead. Unfortunately, they would see this lead disappear as the Lions clawed their way back into the match to even the score at 18. From there, Emmanuel had the hot hand and went on to win the set.
Fourth Set- After winning the third, the Lions had the momentum and would see it carried over into the fourth and final frame. Following an Olivia Ney block to tie the set at 12, Emmanuel went on a four point run that gave them the distance they needed to win the set and match.
Stat Standouts – Lees-McRae were led by Caitlyn Smirne (14 kills) and Lex Zangari (13 kills). Megan Gallion (22 assists) and Megan Serowski (16 assists) led the team in assists while Kaitlyn Arentz (12 digs) had a solid defensive performance.
Next Up – The Bobcats will return to action next Friday when they face Converse at home. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from Williams Gymnasium.