The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team clinched at least a share of its 13th Conference Carolinas regular season championship on Saturday afternoon in conference play, sweeping St. Andrews University in straight sets.
attacking at a .352 clip of its own. With the win, the Bobcats extended their conference winning streak to 47 straight matches.
Lees-McRae (22-8, 16-0 CC) won the match by scores of 25-16, 25-9, and 25-7, holding St. Andrews (2-28, 0-15 CC) to a .013 hitting percentage whille
Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) paced the Bobcats with nine kills and no errors on 15 swings to post a .600 hitting percentage, while Megan Epperson (St. John, Ind.) chipped in eight kills to become the first player in program history to breach the 1,400-kill plateau. Jessica Singewald (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Lauren Fox (Garland, Texas) added seven and six kills, respectively, as Epperson posted nine digs to move within one saver to tying the program's all-time record.
Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted a match-high 18 digs, as Clendenin and Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) dug out eight and seven Knight attacks, respectively. Megan Mitchell (Minden, Nev.) added a match-high 23 assists, as Pritchett chipped in 11 helpers. Epperson also posted a match-high three service aces.
Celia Duggan paced St. Andrews with five kills and .357 hitting percentage, as Ashleigh Fritter and Allie Garland each posted a team-high nine digs. Ruka Akolade also added eight digs.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Wednesday when the Bobcats travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on Belmont Abbey College in a conference matchup at 7 p.m.
Lions Outlast Bobcats, 1-0
The Mars Hill College women's soccer team scored early in the first half, and withstood a furious attack by Lees-McRae College to hold on for a narrow 1-0 win in NCAA Division II Southeast Region action on Saturday evening.
Lees-McRae (12-4-1) outshot the Lions (7-10-1) by a 21-4 margin, including an 11-2 advantage in the first half, while holding a 10-0 edge in corner kicks. Mars Hill goalkeeper Becca Sellars made 10 saves to keep a clean sheet, as Lees-McRae's Kaitlyn Briggs (Oviedo, Fla.) was credited with one stop.
Kaitlyn Kerrigan (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with five attempts at goal, while Meagan Thornton (Millville, N.J.) took four shots on the night. Alyssa Morris notched the lone goal of the night for Mars Hill, while Jamila Walker was credited with an assist.
Mars Hill scored the breakthrough midway through the fourth minute, when Morris took a pass from Walker and finished from 35 yards distance to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead. The Bobcats responded quickly, putting constant pressure on the Lion backline and outshooting Mars Hill by an 11-1 margin over the remaining 41 minutes of the first half. Mars Hill would deny the equalizer on each of those attempts, as Sellars made six saves to preserve the one-goal advantage heading into the interval.
The Bobcats put the pressure on once again in the second half winning five corner kicks in the opening five minutes of the period but were unable to convert on the set pieces. Mars Hill held on from there, as Sellars made four saves down the stretch to preserve the clean sheet.
Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Monday when the top-seeded and Conference Carolinas regular season champion Bobcats host eighth-seeded Erskine College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament at 7 p.m.
Werner, Perley Pace Bobcats On Second Day Of Mountain Bike Nationals
The Lees-McRae College cycling team remains third in the team omnium standings after the second day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, placing four riders in the top 10 on Saturday.
Fort Lewis College remains atop the team omnium standings with 515 points, as the University of Colorado at Boulder and Lees-McRae occupy the second and third spots with 470 and 370 markers, respectively. California Polytechnic-San Luis Obsipo is fourth with 328 points, while the University of Wyoming is fifth with 261 markers.
Lees-McRae's men's duo of Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) and Bradford Perley (Kennebunkport, Maine) kicked off the day with third- and fifth-place performances, respectively, in the short track race to take over the top two spots in the Division I individual omnium standings heading into Sunday's dual slalom competition. Davis Bentley (Mill Valley, Calif.) finished 18th, as Ezra Mullen (Nottingham, N.H.) and Trevor MacLean (Westport, Conn.) placed 20th and 23rd, respectively.
Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa.) finished ninth in the women's short track race with a time of 32:01 to climb to fifth in the individual omnium rankings, as Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) and Megan Baab placed 25th and 31st, respectively.
Eric Bercume (Barre, Mass.) turned in the Bobcats' top performance in the men's downhill, finishing 15th with a time of 8:36.44, as Werner and Perley placed 20th and 27th, respectively, with times of 9:02.72 and 9:36.68. Zaveta followed with a seventh-place performance in the women's downhill, turning in a time of 14:14.24.
Lees-McRae returns to action on Sunday when the Bobcats take the course in the dual slalom competition on the final day of the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Angel Fire, N.M.