The Bobcats (10-5, 4-2 CC) collected their fifth win out of their last six while holding Belmont Abbey to a -.158 clip in the final set. The Crusaders (2-12, 1-8) failed to have a player reach double figures in kills while hitting .000 in the second set.
The first set remained tight while Belmont Abbey's Derek Sullivan registered a block to tie it at 11.
LMC responded with a 7-4 run while Mark Shayka (Hamilton, Va.) and Josh Cothron (Bradenton, Fla.) notched a kill prior to a Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) service ace.
Freshman Harrison Albert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tallied an ace himself before a Crusader attack error gave LMC the set, 25-17.
Neither team could create much space while a Kevin Morrison (Norfolk, Va.) kill induced the sets' fifth tie, at 13.
Belmont Abbey would claim the next three points before LMC used a pair of CC Player of the Week, Brady Markle (York, Pa.) service aces to cap off a 4-0 run.
Markle and Harpenau delivered consecutive kills to force set point, but the Crusaders' Evan Young collected a block and a kill to put BAC up, 26-25. The Bobcats responded with a kill from Shayka, Harpenau and a pair from Markle to take the tightly-contested set, 30-28.
LMC dominated the third set and jumped out to a 12-1 lead. The Bobcat defense used a block from Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) to jumpstart it.
The Bobcats continued to thrash the Crusaders while Harpenau collected a quartet of kills to lead LMC to the 25-8 win. Coach Dave Schmidlin's squad hit .455 in the deciding set.
Markle accumulated 13 kills while Ramirez dished out 38 assists. Cothron had three solo blocks and two block assists.
Spencer Fournell led the Crusaders with seven kills while Derek Sullivan handed out 18 assists.
LMC returns to action Saturday with a trip to Hartsville, S.C. to battle Sacred Heart and Coker at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., respectively in the Coker Tournament.
LMC Women's Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short at Catawba
Lees-McRae sophomore Jenah Tracy continued her hot start to the 2014 campaign by netting a hat trick, but LMC fell into an early 6-0 hole in a 17-7 loss at Catawba in nonconference action Tuesday afternoon in Salisbury, N.C.
The Indians (1-2) amassed 36 shots, including 22 in the first 30 minutes of play. The Bobcats (1-1) forced 20 turnovers.
Catawba's Alyssa Corace recorded a hat trick in the first 14:06, while Meredith Jones dished a pair of assists.
Bobcat sophomore Taylor Drake (Jupiter, Fla.) put LMC on the scoreboard on an unassisted goal at the 14:24 mark of the first half, but LMC trailed 6-1.
The Indians offense rallied behind Corace once again while she netted two more goals and teammate Abby Moore found the back of the net to push the lead to 9-1.
Tracy (Naples, Fla.) collected a pair of goals in the final 5:56 of the first half while the Bobcats trailed 11-4 at the intermission.
Goalie Mia Emmerson (Orlando, Fla.) recorded half of her saves (12) in the first half.
Senior Katelin Rooney (Naples, Fla.) wasted no time when she blasted home a shot 78 seconds into the second half.
A trio of Indians scored a goal to give the home squad a healthy 14-4 lead.
Drake, Tracy and Kirsten English (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) bested Catawba goalie Bethany Davis to shave the deficit to eight, 15-7.
However, the Indians scored twice before the final buzzer to earn the victory.
Corace netted an impressive eight goals while racking up 16 shots, including 13 on goal.
Tracy led the Bobcat offense for the second consecutive game while Emmerson accumulated 12 saves.
LMC returns to action Thursday at 4 p.m. with a trip to Athens, Tenn. to battle Tennessee Wesleyan.
Markle Tabbed Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Player of the Week
Lees-McRae sophomore Brady Markle has been named the Conference Carolinas Mens Volleyball Player of the Week for his performance over the last week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Markle (York, Pa.) averaged 4.50 kills per set, including a match-high 20 kills in a LMCs 3-1 loss at NJIT. The sophomore propelled the Bobcats (9-5, 3-2 CC) to a sweep of conference foe King, with a 12-kill performance and four block assists.
Markle swung at an impressive .364 clip, including .476 in LMCs sweep of Rutgers-Newark. He accumulated 12 digs in three matches.
He has amassed 178 kills on the year and leads the team with 3.96 kills per set.
The Bobcats are in action tonight at Belmont Abbey with opening serve at 7 p.m.
Photo Courtesy: Matt Harpenau, LMC Athletics