|Lions, Pacers Scratch Past Bobcats|
|Written by Whitney Noble|
|Saturday, 07 September 2013 22:24|
Sophomore Jordan Banta (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior Molly Corhn (Hendersonville, N.C.) tallied match-highs of 13 kills and 18 digs, respectively, as the Mars Hill
University women's volleyball team held on for a straight set victory over Lees-McRae College in the Bobcats' final contest at the Francis Marion University Tournament.
Mars Hill (2-2) won the match by scores of 25-15, 25-15, and 25-19, posting a .280 hitting percentage while holding Lees-McRae (0-4) to a .117 clip on the attack. The Lions recorded totals of 52 digs, 41 kills and eight service aces in the contest, as the Bobcats tallied 46 digs, 30 smashes and five blocks.
Banta led the way for the Bobcats with 13 kills, as Angela Morse (Clinton Township, Mich.) added seven smashes and three block assists. Corhn continued her strong play over the weekend with a match-high 18 digs, as freshman Jessica Winchester (Bryson City, N.C.) added 23 assists.
Toni Cole and Marissa Wixson paced the Lions with 13 and 11 kills, respectively, as Cole posted a .522 hitting percentage in the contest. Hannah Rowe nearly posted a double-double with nine kills and 13 digs while Maggie Murphy chipped in a team-high 14 digs.
The opening set proved to be a tightly contested affair until, with the score knotted at 9-9, Mars Hill went on an 8-0 run to claim a 17-9 advantage following a Bobcat miscue. The Lions would hold on from there, closing out the set with an 8-6 spurt that was capped by a Wixson smash.
Mars Hill carried the momentum into the second frame, opening the set with a 10-2 run before the Bobcats responded, cutting the margin to 10-6 with back-to-back aces from Banta. The Lions answered with an 11-6 run, pushing the lead to 21-12 following a Cole smash before Cole capped the frame with her ninth kill of the night.
The Bobcats battled back in the third set, taking an early 6-5 lead on a block by Morse and Haylee Leonard (Walburg, N.C.) before Mars Hill countered with a 7-4 run, claiming a 13-10 advantage on a Bobcat miscue. After the Lions stretched the margin to 17-12, Lees-McRae answered with a 3-0 spurt to trim the gap to 17-15 on an emphatic smash by Morse. Mars Hill would counter with an 8-4 run, quelling the rally and capping the set and the match with a kill from Hannah Wilson.
In LMC's opening match, freshman Avalon Liscio (Naples, Fla.) posted a match-high 10 kills and Jessica Winchester (Bryson City, N.C.) added a double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs, as the University of South Carolina Aiken women's volleyball team rallied in the third set for a sweep of Lees-McRae College at the Francis Marion University Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
USC Aiken (3-1) won the match by scores of 25-14, 25-20, and 25-20, holding Lees-McRae (0-3) to a .020 hitting percentage in the contest while attacking at a .159 clip of its own. The Bobcats tallied 45 digs, as the Pacers recorded 41 digs, 10 blocks and six service aces.
Avalon Liscio (Naples, Fla.) paced the Bobcats with a match-high 10 kills, while Jessica Winchester (Bryson City, N.C.) added a double-double with 10 digs and a contest-best 20 assists. Angela Morse (Clinton Township, Mich.) and Haydn Beatty (Norman, Okla.) each tallied six kills, as Molly Corhn (Hendersonville, N.C.) chipped in 13 digs.
USC Aiken was led by a balanced attack with six players recording at least four kills, including Taylor Stratton and Hannah Tierney with five smashes each. Monica Cardona posted a match-high 15 digs as Amanda Bologna and Sheila Walsh both tallied 12 assists. Aly Johnson added a contest-best five block assists for the Pacers.
Aiken got off to a strong start in the first set, taking an early 14-7 lead on an Aly Johnson kill before the Bobcats answered with a 6-4 spurt, closing the gap to 18-13 following back-to-back miscues by the Pacers. The Pacers responded with a 7-1 run, claiming the set and an early 1-0 lead in the contest on a tandem block by Johnson and Leah Rodgers.
Lees-McRae opened the second frame with two quick points before Aiken countered with a 14-7 run, taking a 14-9 advantage on a Johnson smash. After Aiken pushed the margin to 19-12 with an ace from Katie Toman, the Bobcats battled back with a 4-2 spurt to close the gap to 21-16 following a Beatty kill. The Pacers would hold on for a 25-20 win and a 2-0 advantage in the match, capping the set with a block by Johnson and Tierney.
The Bobcats found their form early in the third set, opening the period with a 7-4 run that was capped by a block from Beatty and Haylee Leonard (Walburg, N.C.). Following a 5-2 spurt by the Pacers, Lees-McRae answered with a 6-2 stretch to claim a 15-11 advantage on an Aiken miscue.
The Pacers battled back with a 10-2 surge, taking a 21-17 lead on a Bobcat attack error before a pair of Aiken miscues cut the margin to 22-19. Aiken countered once again, tallying three of the final five points to cap the set and the match with a kill by Tierney.
Lees-McRae returns to the court on Friday, September 13 when the Bobcats travel to Bristol, Tenn. to take on University of Virginia at Wise and Concord University on the first day of the King University Invitational. The Bobcats will square off with UVA Wise at 2:15 p.m., followed by Concord at 6:45 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Avalon Liscio, LMC Athletics
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