Bobcats Defeat the Warriors in Conference Play

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Banner Elk, N.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a 3-0 final on Satuday afternoon.

The Warriors had 20 kills on the day as they fell to the Lees-McRae Bobcats in Conference Carolinas action. Sarah Stone and Olivia Johnson led the team with five kills apiece. Of the 20 team assists, Darby Sheets led with 11. Sheets also had the lone service ace for the Warriors. Defensively, the Warriors produced 30 digs and was led by senior Anna Martin with 11 digs. As a team there were two blocks. 

Match Vitals

Final: Lees-McRae 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-18 / CC 0-9) Lees-McRae (7-11 / CC 5-3)

How It Happened

Set One

Southern Wesleyan struck first in the contest on Saturday afternoon with a kill from Darby Sheets. The Bobcats answered with three points, followed by a string of four points after two service aces to lead 7-2. A kill from Sarah Stone chipped away at the Bobcats lead, but they remained consistent and extended their lead. Amber Bass and Olivia Johnson would add kills to cut the Bobcats lead to 13-8. The Warriors were unable to stop the Lees-McRae scoring runs and fell 25-14 in the first set. 

Set Two

Lees-McRae started 4-0 in the second set before a kill from Sheets would put the Warriors on the board. The Bobcats would continue with their momentum to extend their lead to 9-1. Kills from Johnson and Stone would put the Warriors trailing by nine at 15-6. The Warriors would produce another kill out of a time-out, but that would do it for them offensively. The Bobcats won set two 25-9.

Set Three

A service error would put Southern Wesleyan on the board first going into the third set. A kill from Hadley Smith would tie it at 3-3 and a kill from Stone would tie it again at 7-7 as both teams battled for control. A service ace and a Bobcat error would put the Warriors within four at 15-12. The Bobcats came up with four unanswered points to extend into a comfortable lead. Three Warriors produced late kills in the set in attempt to shut down the Bobcats. Despite the late attempts, Lees-McRae would go on to win set three and match after a 25-16 final.

What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road as they head to Tigerville, S.C. on October 23 to take on the North Greenville Crusaders at 7 p.m. They will return home the following week with a match-up against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on October 30 at 7 p.m.