BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Saint Francis men's volleyball team fell behind two games to none at Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon, but a strong comeback attempt pushed the match to the limit. In that fifth and deciding game, Lees-McRae prevailed, 15-8. The Bobcats won the match 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 22-25 and 15-8.
After falling behind two games to none, the Flash (2-2) stormed back to take the next two sets. In game three, SFU never trailed and used an 8-2 run keyed by a couple kills by freshman Jeff Hogan to move ahead by a 21-10 count. Saint Francis cruised to a 25-18 victory. Saint Francis hit a team-best .400 in the game.
In the fourth game, SFU led 9-8 before a kill and an ace by Logan Patterson along with a kill by Mark Kochan extended the Frankies' advantage to 12-8. The Bobcats were able to pull to within two points at 22-20, but they never seriously threatened to finish off the match in that game.
With the momentum on its side, SFU took a 3-2 lead early in the fifth game, but LMC used a 5-0 run to take a four-point lead. That was enough to keep the Flash at bay during the shortened payoff set.
Mike Marshman led the Flash with 11 kills while Kochan hit .700 with seven kills. Patterson and Barba each finished with eight kills. Mike Kresch had 37 assists as the Flash hit .262 for the day.
Saint Francis returns to action for the first EIVA match of the year next Saturday night at Penn State, starting at 8:00 p.m.