MIAMI, Fla. --- The Lees-McRae women's volleyball team dropped two contests after battling Valdosta St. and host Barry University, Saturday at the Health and Sports Center in Miami, Fla.
Valdosta St. 3, Lees-McRae 0
The Blazers (2-4) rode the talent of Susanna Peonia, who accumulated 19 kills, eight digs and a pair of block assists. The Bobcats (1-5) were led by Madigan Gonzales (Ruidoso, N.M.), who had 10 kills.
VSU won the contest in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-20.
LMC freshman Lexi Zangari (Breckenridge, Colo.) tied the first set at 21 with one of her six kills. However, the Blazers rattled off a 4-0 run to close out the set.
Leonard sparked a 4-0 Bobcat run in the second set while taking a 17-15 lead.
VSU used four kills from Peonia to knot it at 22 before using one more to conclude second-set action.
The Blazers led wire-to-wire in the final set.
Junior Madison Martin (Goldsboro, N.C.) had nine digs.
Barry U. 3, Lees-McRae 1
The Bucs (6-1) swung better than .280 in three of the four sets while Jaeda Allen paced the team with 13 kills. The Bobcats (1-6) saw all but one player record a dig.
Zangari led LMC with nine kills while Weathersbee handed out 28 assists.
Barry claimed the first set, 25-15, while dishing out three aces.
LMC hustled out to an 8-2 advantage in the second and controlled the set while leading by as many as nine, 23-14.
The Bucs made a run and cut the deficit to three, 23-20, before committing consecutive attack errors.
Barry grabbed the third set despite LMC swinging at a team-best .444 clip.
The Bobcats produced a furious run in the fourth, trailing 23-15, coach William Tatge's squad cut it to one, 23-22, behind kills from Leonard and Gonzales.
Barry won the set with kills from Kishara Gordon and Kristina Filimonova.
The Bobcats trek to Wise, Va. Tuesday, Sep. 13 at 7 p.m. to battle UVa.-Wise.
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