BANNER ELK, N.C. – Fresh off its highest win total since 2014, the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will look to take another step forward in 2018 as it lifts the lid on a new season this weekend. LMC will open with a tilt at No. 14 Ball State Friday before closing out its first weekend of action with a matchup against Fort Wayne. Friday's game is set for a 7:30 p.m. start time and Saturday's is slated for a 7 p.m. first serve.
About the Bobcats: Lees-McRae will have a very different look this season with seven new players on its roster. Among the group of returnees that figure to lead the Bobcats are junior Hector Serviat and sophomore Wes Rogman. Serviat set new career-bests in kills, blocks and hitting percentage as a sophomore, while Rogman finished with 257 kills as a freshman in 2017.
Preseason Prognostication: Earlier this week, the Bobcats were selected to finish sixth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll. The sixth place nod in a preseason poll is the highest for the program since 2014.
About Ball State: The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Preseason MIVA Coaches' Poll last month. Ball State had a pair of players named to the preseason all-conference squad as well in Matt Walsh and Matt Szews. Ball State posted a 19-10 record overall and 9-7 in conference matches in 2017.
About Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne is looking to rebound after posting a 5-23 record a season ago. The Mastodons were picked to finish seventh among eight teams in the MIVA. The duo of Colton Stone and Pelegrin Vargas figure to players to watch for the Mastodons as both players totaled over 200 kills last season.
Series Histories vs. Opponent: There is not a whole lot of history between the Bobcats and their two opponents this weekend. LMC made same trip to Ball State and Fort Wayne in the 2014 season in which it lost both contests. Lees-McRae does own a victory over Ball State as it defeated the Cardinals in 2011 in a neutral site contest in Bristol. That matchup in 2014 was the only meeting with Fort Wayne in program history.