Banner Elk, NC—The Conference Carolinas tournament came to an early end for the North Greenville Women's Volleyball Team on Tuesday night after falling to Lees-McRae College 3-2 in closely contested quarterfinals showdown.
The Bobcats dug themselves out of a two-point deficit when junior Jordan Banta connected on two of her nine kills while freshman Siarra Walker earned two block assists in part of a 5-0 run.
NGU responded with a 4-0 run of its own to take an 18-16 lead.
Cotté delivered one of her match-best aces to knot it at 22, but the Crusaders finished off the with a Yomi Adeyeye kill to go up 1-0.
The second set mirrored the first while NGU took an early 12-9 lead forcing an LMC time.
Coach Dave Schmidlin's squad responded with a 5-0 run, fueled by a block from sophomore duo Avalon Liscio, and Haylee Leonard.
Liscio impressed with a season-high 16 kills. The sophomore tallied two block assists and a pair of kills to spark a 7-0 run, putting LMC up 22-15.
The Bobcats staved off a comeback while Cotté blasted a kill to conclude the second. LMC swung a match-best .250 in the set.
Banta and Walker teamed up for another block while LMC took an early 9-4 lead in the middle frame.
NGU stormed back with a 10-2 run following consecutive kills from Elizabeth James. James had a team-high 24 assists.
The set remained tight, but the Crusaders ripped off a 4-0 run, after trailing 23-21, to claim the third set.
LMC used two Cotté kills and a Liscio ace to take a commanding 21-16 lead in the fourth.
Cotté and Banta combined for four kills while the Bobcats forced the winner-take-all set.
With six ties, the fifth set was entertaining as they come, but LMC used a 7-3 run to break an eight-all tie to advance to the CC Women's Volleyball Final Four.
Yomi Adeyeye led the way for the NGU offensive blitz, finishing with a team high 13 kills while Rachel Burts had 9. Hannah Lewis led the Crusaders with 26 digs while Taylor Dupes had 12 digs to go along with 7 kills. Elizabeth James and Ashlyn Wilkinson both had 10 digs each.
The Crusaders will take a week to gear up for one more post season tournament, as they head to the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) Southeast Regional Tournament. Information for the NCCAA Tournament will be relayed as details become available.