Lees-McRae College Athletics Weekly Report

Banner Elk, NC--Volleyball splits at Ferris State Invitational; Men's and Women's Soccer win season openers. Cross Country to open season this weekend.

Cross Country: Opens season at Mountaineer Open in Boone, NC September 1
Men's Soccer: Won season opener, 4-1 over Francis Marion, tie #22 UNC-Pembroke, 1-1
Women's Soccer: Won season opener over Brevard, 2-0
Volleyball: Split at Ferris State Invitational, going 2-2.

CROSS COUNTRY:

Both the men and women begin the 2006 campaign at the Mountaineer Open, hosted by Appalachian State, September 1. On the men's side, last year's Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference men's runner-up adds five new faces that should help return the Bobcats to the top of the CVAC podium. The women also bring in a talented class who all succeeded on the high school level and should transition nicely into collegiate runners as the Lady Bobcats look to capitalize on the overall strength and depth of this year's team.

MEN'S SOCCER: (1-0-1, 0-0 CVAC)

Last Week: 8/25: W, 4-1 vs. Francis Marion; 8/27: T, 1-1 #22 UNC-Pembroke

This Week: 9/1: #8 Clayton State at Laker Shootout; 9/2: North Georgia at Laker Shootout

The Bobcats opened the year with a 4-1 trouncing of Francis Marion before tying #22 UNC-Pembroke. Matt Lacey and Berin Boracic each had two goals against FMU, while junior Kyle McGimsey got things going early for the Bobcats against UNCP with a tally in the 8th minute. UNCP fought back to tie the game on a penalty kick during the 70th minute.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: (1-0, 0-0 CVAC)

Last Week: 8/24: vs. Brevard College

This Week: 8/29 at Lenoir Rhyne; vs. Louisburg College, 9/3 4:00p.m. vs. Converse 4:00p.m.

The Lady Bobcats opened the 2006 season with a win on home field against Brevard College. Christine Calvert and Maribeth Novak scored for the Lady Bobcats. Anita Hekman recorded the shutout in the Bobcats goal. The team travels to nearby Hickory, NC to take on Lenoir Rhyne before coming home for two games before going to the Palm Beach Atlantic Tournament the following weekend.

VOLLEYBALL: (2-2, 0-0 CVAC)

The Lady Bobcats volleyball opened their season at the Ferris State Invitational for the second consecutive year. AVCA All America watches Lacie Smith and Amanda Huffaker plyed well averaging 11.5 and 7.5 kills per game respectively, while setter Trisha Reese averaged 24.25 assists per game. The Lady Bobcats fell to Ferris State, and West Virginia State on day one before coming back on day two to defeat Texas A&M-Kingsville and Saginaw Valley State