BELMONT, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team saw its season come to end in the opening round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament Tuesday night at Belmont Abbey College by a score of 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18). The loss closes out the team's 2019 record at 12-15, which is the most wins for the program since 2014.
Set 1 – The opening stanza began well for the Bobcats as they scored six of the first nine points of the match. Belmont Abbey, however, rallied to tie the score at 13 later in the frame. The turning point of the first set appeared to occur after a Bobcat kill made it 18-17 Crusaders. Following that kill, the Crusaders put together a 7-1 run to close out the set, 25-18.
Set 2 – Much like the first set, the Bobcats held the early advantage. After an attack error by Belmont Abbey, the Bobcats held a 7-5 lead. However, after a missed LMC serve the Crusaders promptly went on a 6-0 run pull in front. Credit to the Bobcats as they rallied to pull back within one point at 21-20 but yet another Belmont Abbey run closed out the second set as well, 25-21.
Set 3 – In what proved to be the final set of Tuesday's match, the Bobcats and Crusaders traded points as both teams tried to gain momentum. It was Belmont Abbey that seized said momentum to take a 19-15 lead on Lees-McRae. Despite a Bobcat timeout, the Crusaders stayed the course to score six of the last nine points to finish off the set and match, 25-18.
Stat Standouts – The duo of Olivia Ney and Caitlyn Smirne were Lees-McRae's top point scorers against the Crusaders. Ney finished the night with five kills to go along with three total blocks to account for her eight points, while Smirne picked up all her points in kills with eight. Smirne also posted a team-high 17 digs in the contest. Kaitlyn Arentz totaled 15 digs as well, while the tandem of Megan Gallion and Megan Serowski combined for 25 assists.
The Bobcats are scheduled to return most of their team for the 2020 season. The team will lose three seniors to graduation in Lex Zangari, Elissa Small and Gallion.