Senior Matt Harpenau capped off his highly-touted LMC career with 14 kills while LMC notched 11 total team blocks in a 14-25, 18-25, 25-21, 21-25 loss to No. 3 Mount Olive in the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Quarterfinals at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. on Wednesday evening.


The Trojans (14-11) advance to play No. 2 Pfeiffer Saturday after a trio of players notched double digit kills, led by Steven Cruse with 21. The Bobcats (12-16) will bid farewell to seven seniors, including Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), who dished out 36 assists.


The Trojans sprinted out to a 7-2 lead thanks to a pair of service aces to open play in the first set. John Sobel (Holbrook, N.Y.) tallied one of his nine kills to shave the deficit to two, 7-5.


UMO responded with a 10-5 run to stretch the lead to 10, 20-10. The Trojans had a trio of players record a kill to conclude the opening set while holding LMC to a match-low -.059.


UMO's Quaid Marin delivered three consecutive aces to give the home squad an early 6-3 lead in the second set. Marin also paced both teams with 53 assists.


Garrett Dimm caught fire and reeled off four kills to make it 12-7.


Seniors Sam Sheers (Centerville, Ohio) and Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched a kill each and Ramirez used an ace as part of a 5-1 run while LMC cut the deficit to six, 24-18.


However, UMO's Angel Dache recorded one of his 11 kills to seal the set.


The third set proved to be entertaining while LMC hit for a match-high .300 and held UMO to a .156 clip.


The Trojans controlled the pace in the early going while using consecutive LMC attack errors to build a five-point lead, 9-4.


Coach Dave Schmidlin's squad didn't back down and produced a 12-6 run, fueled by Harpenau and senior John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio), who combined for four blocks.


Senior Kevin Morrison (Norfolk, Va.) chipped in with a block and a block assist to keep UMO at arm's length, 22-17.


Three service errors sealed the Trojans fate in the third while LMC trailed two sets to one.


UMO swung at a match-high .481 in the final set while amassing 17 kills.


Sobel connected on a kill to knot it at 10 before the Trojans ripped off a 7-3 run to make it 17-13.


LMC would cut it two, twice, but was unable to complete the comeback while seeing its season come to a close.


Senior Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) led the team with six digs while Ramirez and Lucas earned four block assists each.



Men's Lacrosse Falls to Mars Hill, 19-4



he Lees-McRae men's lacrosse team was unable to dig out of an 8-0 hole while dropping a nonconference tilt to Mars Hill, 19-4, Wednesday afternoon at Tate Field in Banner Elk, N.C.


The Lions (6-6) climbed to .500 with a 42-shot performance while Jimmy McBride and Alex Lipsky netted four goals each. The Bobcats (0-12) played stingy defense by forcing 20 turnovers.


MHU's Ryan Sage tallied two quick goals in the first seven minutes of the contest before McBride notched consecutive goals in a span of less than two minutes.


Lipsky scored his first of four after retrieving a pass from Connor Staub at the 14:46 mark in the second quarter.


LMC junior Dalton Lamb (Clemmons, N.C.) put the Bobcats on the scoreboard with a nifty move with 4:11 remaining in the second.


Sophomore Schuylor Dickerson (Crozet, Va.) followed suit when he stumbled, but was able to regain his balance before besting Patrick McMahon to make it 8-2 going into half.


Freshman Louis Parks (Mays Landing, N.J.) fired a shot past Jack Grinewich to cut the deficit to five, 8-3.


Parks and Dickerson paced the squad with seven and six shots, respectively, while a quartet of Bobcats scooped three groundballs apiece.


However, the Lions responded with a 10-0 run, powered by McBride, Lipsky and Saxon Weil to put it out of reach.


Parks recorded his second goal of the game to cap off the contests' scoring with a goal with 1:20 remaining in the game.


Junior Benjamin Shifflett (Clemmons, N.C.) accumulated 11 saves while Dustin Barrow (Columbia, S.C.) and Dominick Hamilton (Beech Mountain, N.C.) won four faceoffs each.


LMC travels to Vienna, W. Va. to battle Ohio Valley Sunday at 1 p.m.



Photo Courtesy: Matt Harpenau, LMC Athletics