2013 Men's Volleyball News

April 23, 2013
Bobcats wear Yellow for Greg
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men’s and women’s volleyball program has reached out to help another member of the volleyball community in need, making a generous donation to help aspiring high school volleyball player Greg Von Rueden in his fight against cancer.

April 10, 2013
Falcons hold on for sweep of Bobcats
MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) and John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) each posted eight kills to pace the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team on Wednesday evening, as second-seeded Pfeiffer University held on for a hard-fought three-set sweep over the third-seeded Bobcats in the semifinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

April 6, 2013
Ribas, Jimenez key Bobcats to sweep of Crusaders
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Javier Jimenez (San Sebastian, Puerto Rico) combined for 29 kills to lead the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team to a straight-set victory over Belmont Abbey College in the quarterfinal round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Saturday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

April 5, 2013
No. 12 Penn State holds on for sweep of Lees-McRae
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted a squad-best nine kills to pace the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team on Friday evening, as No. 12 Penn State University swept the Bobcats in non-conference play.

April 5, 2013
Bobcats place four on all-Conference Carolinas team
HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Four members of the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team have been named to the all-Conference Carolinas team, announced league officials Friday. Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) and Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) each earned second-team honors, as Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) were both named to the third team.

April 2, 2013
Dave Schmidlin named head men's and women's volleyball coach at Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Dave Schmidlin has been named the new head men’s and women’s volleyball coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail Monday.

April 2, 2013
Callaway celebrates senior night, lifts Bobcats to sweep of King
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Houston Callaway (Thurmond, N.C.) posted six kills, including the match point, to celebrate his senior night and lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of King College in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

March 30, 2013
No. 11 Ohio State holds off Bobcats in four-set battle
COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Randy Ramirez (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted seven kills and a match-high 40 assists to pace the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team on Saturday evening, as No. 11 Ohio State University held on for a hard-fought four-set victory in non-conference play.

March 28, 2013
Seventh-ranked Flyers sweep Bobcats
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. --- Javier Jimenez (San Sebastian, Puerto Rico) recorded eight kills, and Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) posted four blocks to pace the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team on Thursday evening, as No. 9 Lewis University hit .464 as a squad en route to a straight-set sweep in non-conference play.

March 23, 2013
George Mason survives three-set battle with Bobcats
FAIRFAX, Va. --- Javier Jimenez (San Sebastian, Puerto Rico) and Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) recorded match-highs of 11 kills and 10 digs, respectively, to pace the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team on Saturday evening, as NCAA Division I George Mason University battled to a narrow three-set victory over the Bobcats in non-conference play.

March 21, 2013
Bobcats rally for thrilling five-set victory over NJIT
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high 23 kills and a .378 hitting percentage, as the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat New Jersey Institute of Technology in a five-set thriller on Thursday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

March 19, 2013
Bobcats hold on for pivotal win over Pfeiffer
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) recorded a match-high 20 kills, including eight in the second set, and Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 11 smashes to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a pivotal 3-1 victory over Pfeiffer University in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

March 16, 2013
Ribas leads Bobcats to split at Quincy Crossover
QUINCY, Ill. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) recorded 28 kills and 21 digs to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a Saturday split at the Quincy University Crossover, as the Bobcats fell to Park University in straight sets before rallying for a 3-1 victory over host Quincy in the afternoon.

March 15, 2013
Lions sweep Bobcats at Quincy Crossover
QUINCY, Ill. --- The Lindenwood University men’s volleyball team tallied 37 kills and posted a .241 hitting percentage en route to a straight-set sweep of Lees-McRae College in non-conference play on Friday evening at the Quincy University Crossover.

March 8, 2013
Lucas lifts Bobcats to sweep of Barton
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) nearly recorded a triple-double to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of Barton College in Conference Carolinas play on Friday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.

March 7, 2013
Fleet outlasts Bobcats in five-set thriller
DUE WEST, S.C. --- Freshman Brady Markle (York, Pa.) recorded 17 kills and seven digs to pace the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team, as Erskine College rallied for a thrilling five-set victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Thursday evening.

March 4, 2013
Block party powers Bobcats to sweep of Lourdes
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) recorded seven kills without an error and a match-high six blocks to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of Lourdes University in non-conference play on Monday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

March 2, 2013
Cobras hold off Bobcats in four-set battle
HARTSVILLE, S.C. --- The Coker College men’s volleyball team held visiting Lees-McRae College to a .145 hitting percentage en route to a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.

March 1, 2013
Trojans rally for thrilling five-set victory over Bobcats
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College junior Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted a match-high 15 kills to lead four players in double figures, as the Mount Olive College men’s volleyball team rallied from 2-1 down for a thrilling five-set victory over the Bobcats in Conference Carolinas play on Friday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.

February 26, 2013
Ribas named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College junior Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) has been named the Conference Carolinas men’s volleyball Player of the Week for the first time this season, announced league officials Tuesday.

February 23, 2013
Lucas powers Bobcats to sweep of Abbey
BELMONT, N.C. --- John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted 10 kills and a .421 hitting percentage to lead the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team to a straight-set victory over Belmont Abbey College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.

February 22, 2013
Bobcats ground Fleet in straight-set sweep
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted a match-high 12 kills and John Lucas (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 10 digs and eight kills to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of Erskine College in Conference Carolinas play on Friday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

February 16, 2013
Saturday's Pfeiffer/Lees-McRae match postponed
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Saturday’s scheduled Conference Carolinas men’s volleyball match between Pfeiffer University and Lees-McRae College has been postponed due to poor road conditions, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail. No makeup date has been determined as of yet.

February 15, 2013
Ribas paces Bobcats to pair of wins on Friday
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted 25 kills in five sets, including a match-high 19 smashes against the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a pair of impressive victories against Washington Adventist University and Mayaguez on Friday in Williams Gymnasium.

February 11, 2013
Goodridge steps down as men's volleyball coach at Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- James Goodridge has stepped down as the head men’s volleyball coach at Lees-McRae College to accept an assistant position with the University of Buffalo women’s volleyball program, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail Monday.

February 10, 2013
Bobcats hold on for 3-1 win over Saint Francis
LORETTO, Pa. --- The Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team rallied from a 24-22 deficit and fought off five set points in the fourth set to defeat Saint Francis University, 3-1, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon.

February 7, 2013
Bobcats hold off Highlanders in four sets
NEWARK, N.J. --- Sophomore Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) tallied eight kills and a match-high 10 blocks to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology in non-conference play on Thursday evening.

February 5, 2013
Falcons sweep Bobcats in league play
MISENHEIMER, N.C. --- The Pfeiffer University men’s volleyball team recorded 11 blocks and a .446 hitting percentage en route to a straight-set sweep of Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Tuesday evening.

February 5, 2013
Harpenau named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
HIGH POINT, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College junior Matt Harpenau (Cincinnati, Ohio) has been named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the first time this season, joining Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) as the Bobcats’ second honoree of the campaign.

February 2, 2013
Ribas paces Bobcats to sweep of Coker
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Junior Jose Ribas (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) posted a match-high 10 kills without an error to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a straight-set sweep of Coker College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon in Williams Gymnasium.

February 1, 2013
Bobcats rally for thrilling 3-1 win over Limestone
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) tallied 10 kills and a match-high eight blocks to lead the charge as the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team rallied for a 3-1 victory over Limestone College in Conference Carolinas play on Friday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

January 31, 2013
Bobcats sweep Crusaders in home opener
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team posted 10 service aces and a hitting percentage of .410 en route to a straight set sweep of Belmont Abbey College in Conference Carolinas play on Thursday evening in Williams Gymnasium.

January 26, 2013
Trojans edge Bobcats, 3-1
MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Angel Dache recorded a match-high 21 kills to lead the Mount Olive College men’s volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over visiting Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday evening.

January 25, 2013
Bobcats rally for five-set victory over Bulldogs
WILSON, N.C. --- Junior Efrain Negron (Caguas, Puerto Rico) tallied a match-high 17 digs to lead the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team to a thrilling five-set victory over Barton College in Conference Carolinas play on Friday evening.

January 23, 2013
King rallies past Bobcats in thrilling five-set marathon
BRISTOL, Tenn. --- The King College men’s volleyball team rallied for a hard-fought five-set victory over Lees-McRae College in Conference Carolinas play on Wednesday evening, holding the Bobcats to a .034 hitting percentage over the final two sets to rally from a 2-1 deficit.

January 22, 2013
Jones named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
High Point, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College sophomore middle blocker Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) has been named the Conference Carolinas men’s volleyball player of the week for the first time in his career, announced league officials Tuesday.

January 19, 2013
Bobcats rally for season-opening 3-2 win over Saints
GAFFNEY, S.C. --- Sophomore Joshua Jones (Christmas, Fla.) recorded 15 kills and a match-high .571 hitting percentage on Saturday afternoon, as the Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team rallied for a hard-fought five-set victory over Limestone College in Conference Carolinas play in the Bobcats’ season opener.

January 9, 2013
Bobcats tabbed fourth in Conference Carolinas Preseason Poll
HIGH POINT, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College men’s volleyball team is tabbed to finish fourth in the race for the 2013 Conference Carolinas regular season championship, announced league officials Wednesday.