Senior Taylor Clendenin (Statesville, N.C.) posted a match-high 18 kills and a .708 hitting percentage to lead the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team to a three-set sweep of Limestone College
in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening. Lees-McRae (4-6, 1-2 CC) won the match by scores of 25-20, 25-15, and 25-22, posting a .376 hitting percentage as a team while limiting Limestone (1-9, 1-2 CC) to a .214 clip on the attack. The Bobcats hit .500 in the second set and .583 in the third, tallying 42 kills and just 10 errors in the match. Lees-McRae recorded 15 service aces and 28 digs, holding Limestone to 25 kills and six aces on the night.
Clendenin posted her best performance of the campaign, notching 18 kills and just one error on 24 swings, while recording seven digs and a season-high five service aces. Dana Oliver (Miami, Fla.) added nine kills, while Angela Morse (Clinton Township, Mich.) chipped in five smashes on six swings to go along with a match-high six aces. Taylor Pritchett (Apex, N.C.) turned in a match-high 34 assists and three aces, while Sariah Suryadevara (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 12 digs.
Emylee Gotsch paced the Saints with 12 kills and a .400 hitting percentage, as Jessica Onken added 21 assists and Rebecca Kerrison tallied a match-high 13 digs. Regan Youngs also chipped in a team-best three aces.
Lees-McRae battled to an early 6-5 lead in the first set before Limestone countered with a 5-2 run, taking a 10-8 advantage on back-to-back kills by Gotsch. The Bobcats would respond with a 12-7 run, snatching a 20-17 lead following a pair of Saint miscues. After Limestone cut the margin to 20-19, Lees-McRae answered with a 5-1 spurt to close out the set on back-to-back kills by Pritchett and Clendenin.
The Bobcats carried the momentum into the second set, opening the frame on a 14-3 run that was capped by four consecutive service aces by Morse. After Limestone trimmed the margin to 17-10 on a kill by Gotsch, Lees-McRae countered with a 4-0 spurt to push the lead to 21-10 following a Morse smash and a Saint miscue. The Saints would cut the lead to 22-14 before the Bobcats answered, closing out the set and claiming a commanding 2-0 advantage in the match on a kill by Jordan Banta (Virginia Beach, Va.).
Both teams battled for every ball in the early moments of the third set, opening the frame level at 9-9 before the Bobcats claimed a 14-10 advantage on the heels of a 5-1 spurt. After the Bobcats pushed the margin to 17-12 following a Saint miscue, Limestone countered with a 7-1 surge to take a 19-18 lead on a kill by Erin Courtenay. Lees-McRae would answer with a 7-3 spurt, closing out the set and the match on a smash by Oliver.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday when the Bobcats host Converse College in conference action at 7 p.m. in Williams Gymnasium.
Photo Courtesy: Taylor Clendenin, LMC Athletics