BANNER ELK, N.C. - Chad Mercado tallied 15 kills and .324 hitting percentage as the Lees-McRae College Bobcats men's volleyball team rolled to their fourth consecutive win with a 3-1 (30-15, 30-13, 25-30, 30-15) over the Pfeiffer University Falcons Saturday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas match in Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats improve to 5-3 overall, 3-0 in conference play while the Falcons fall to 4-7, 1-4.
Mercado has been on a tear for the Bobcats during the four-game win streak leading the team in kills. Saturday his 15 kills came on 34 swings with only four errors for the .324 hitting percentage. He also tallied three block assists and ten digs in the match.
The Bobcats took an early two set lead with convincing wins of 30-15 and 30-13, but Pfeiffer rallied in set three to win 30-25 to force the fourth set. In the fourth set, Raphael Vieira's serving clinched the 30-14 set four win and gave the Bobcats the match win.
Following Mercado for the Bobcats was Robbie Rowe who had ten kills on 17 swings with two errors for .471 hitting percentage. Vieira added seven kills and .417 hitting percentage to go along with six service aces and five digs. Juan Ramirez and Austin Belt handed out 25 and 16 assists respectively for Lees-McRae. Steven Bunning had four total blocks, and Kyle Gauger had ten digs.
For the Falcons, Kyle Mariano had seven kills and Eric Edelman followed with six kills. Evan Fullerton had 21 assists, and Mark Hess had 17 digs. Edelman also had five block assists in the contest.