Saturday's scheduled men's soccer match between Milligan College and Lees-McRae College has been cancelled due to poor field conditions and will not be rescheduled.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, hosting an opponent to be determined. The match is slated to kickoff at 7 p.m. on Tate Field.
Bobcats Rally Past Coker, 3-1
Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) tallied a match-high 13 kills and four service aces to lead the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team to a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Coker College on Friday night in Conference Carolinas play.
Lees-McRae (21-8, 15-0 CC) won the match by scores of 21-25, 25-14, 25-9, and 25-18, holding Coker (8-16, 5-8 CC) to a .020 hitting percentage while extending its winning streak in conference play to 46 straight contests dating back to the 2009 season. The Bobcats posted a .190 hitting percentage on the night, recording nine service aces and six blocks as the Cobras posted 10 stuffs in the match.
Clendenin recorded 13 kills and a .235 hitting percentage on the night, while also posting eight digs and a match-high four aces. Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) chipped in 12 kills to move within two smashes of becoming the first player in program history to breach the 1,400-kill plateau. The senior outside hitter also recorded five digs to move within 10 savers of tying the program's all-time record.
Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) added a match-high 34 assists to go along with eight digs and four kills, while Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a team-high 14 digs. Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) also chipped in nine digs, as Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) added seven kills and three blocks.
Taylor Willis paced the Cobras with 10 kills on 22 swings, adding five blocks as Brittany Bass and Katie McElveen chipped in 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Hannah Vadakin added a match-high seven blocks and five kills, while Samantha Celek chipped in 22 assists and eight digs.
Coker jumped out to an early 11-5 lead in the first set, forcing a Bobcat timeout before pushing the margin to 16-8 on a block by Celek and Vadakin on the heels of a 5-3 spurt. The Bobcats responded with a 7-2 run, closing the gap to 18-15 on a Cobra miscue. After Coker stretched the lead to 22-17 and the Bobcats answered with a 3-0 spurt to cut the margin to 22-20, the Cobras closed out the set with a 3-1 run to take a 1-0 advantage in the match on a kill by Vadakin.
The Bobcats responded in the second set, launching an 11-5 run early in the frame to take a 14-8 lead on an Epperson kill. After Coker trimmed the margin to 14-12 with a 4-0 spurt, Lees-McRae responded with an 11-2 run to close out the 25-14 second-set win and even the match at 1-1.
Lees-McRae carried the momentum into the third, jumping out to a 12-5 lead on a Pritchett service ace to force a Coker timeout. The Bobcats continued to dictate the tempo after the break, going on a 6-2 run to open an 18-7 lead on an ace by Clendenin. Lees-McRae then closed out the set with a 7-2 spurt to claim the 25-9 third-frame win on a dump by Mitchell.
The Bobcats fought back from an early 7-4 deficit in the fourth set, launching an 11-3 run to take a 15-10 lead on a Fox kill. Coker answered with a 4-1 run to cut the margin to 16-14 before the Bobcats countered with a 5-3 spurt, taking a 21-17 lead on an ace by Pritchett. The Bobcats then closed out the set and the match with a 4-1 spurt that was capped by back-to-back kills from Fox.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Laurinburg, N.C. to take on St. Andrews University in conference play at 2 p.m.
Bobcats In Third At Mountain Bike Nationals
Bradford Perley (Kennebunkport, Maine) and Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) each recorded a top-five performance in the men's cross country race, and Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa.) finished eighth in the women's cross country competition to pace the Lees-McRae College cycling team on the first day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals on Friday.
Lees-McRae sits third in the team omnium rankings after the first day with 132 points, as Fort Lewis College (188) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (156) occupy the top two spots. The University of Wyoming is fourth with 100 points, followed closely by California Polytechnic - San Luis Obispo (99).
Zaveta started the day with a strong run in the women's Division I cross country race, finishing eighth with a time of 2:02:07. Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) crossed the line next for the Bobcats in 27th, finishing with a mark of 2:32:31 as Megan Baab placed 31st with a time of 2:45:20.
Perley and Werner put together a pair of strong performances in the men's race, crossing the line within one second of each other in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Ezra Mullen (Nottingham, N.H.) and Trevor MacLean (Westport, Conn.) finished 13th and 15th, respectively, with times of 2:30:00 and 2:33:02, as Joseph Welsh (Cordova, Tenn.) placed 23rd with a mark of 2:44:45.
Lees-McRae returns to the trails on Saturday when the Bobcats take the course in the short track and downhill competitions on the second day of the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Angel Fire, N.M.