BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team sent its senior class out with four-set victory over Limestone (25-14, 25-23, 19-25, 25-10) in its final regular season home match on Saturday afternoon. The victory moves Lees-McRae's overall record to 10-12 and 8-4 within the conference to go along with an impressive 8-1 record at Williams Gymnasium.
Set 1 – Lees-McRae and Limestone began the match trading points with each other. The turning point of the opening frame appeared to occur after a Caitlyn Smirne kill made it 10-8 Bobcats. LMC went on to outscore the Saints 15-6 to run away with the first set, 25-14.
Set 2 – The second set was much more tightly contested. Limestone looked like it may even the match at a set a piece as it held a 21-17 lead late in the stanza. However, the Bobcats scored four straight points to tie the score at 21. After the Saints scored one point to make it 22-21, the Bobcats scored four of the next five points to extend their lead to 2-0.
Set 3 – Facing a three-set loss to the Bobcats, the Saints came out firing in the third. Limestone jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead forcing Lees-McRae to burn an early timeout. LMC would get as close as one point at 9-8 but the Saints continued to hold the lead for the entire set and they were able to keep the match going with a 25-19 win in the third.
Set 4 – After the Bobcats dropped the third set, they came back and put together a dominant performance in the fourth. As a team, Lees-McRae attacked at a .472 clip in what proved to be the final set of the match as it won the frame, 25-10.
Stat Standouts – Several Bobcats had standout statistical days on Saturday. The trio of Smirne (13), Kaden Hill (13) and Lex Zangari (11) all finished in double digits in kills. Smirne added 16 digs to complete her seventh double-double of the season, while Megan Gallion joined Smirne in the double-double club with 29 assists and 11 digs. Defensively, Zangari led the way on the block with six total blocks, while Kaitlyn Arentz finished the four-set affair with a team-high 24 digs.
Next Up – The Bobcats will be back in action on Wednesday when they visit Southern Wesleyan in another Conference Carolinas match. Lees-McRae defeated SWU in three sets earlier this season when it visited Banner Elk. First serve for Wednesday's match is scheduled for 7 p.m.