BANNER ELK, N.C. – Fresh off its first victory of the season last Saturday, the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will be looking for its second straight win when it hosts Alderson Broaddus Saturday evening at Williams Gymnasium. The Bobcats and Battlers are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: LMC picked up a four-set win over Coker last Saturday afternoon. The win moved the Bobcats' record to 1-2 on the season.
Player of the Week: Just two weeks into his collegiate career, freshman Robert Bowling was named the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Player of the Week by the league office Monday. Bowling is the first player of the week honoree for the program since March 27, 2017 when former Bobcat Reto Pfund received the honor.
Bobcats on the Block: A strength for LMC in the early going of the season has been its work on the block. As a team, Lees-McRae ranks 13th nationally averaging 2.30 blocks per set. Leading this charge has been Ethan Gardner. Gardner is averaging 1.2 blocks per frame, which ranks 13th in the nation and second in the conference.
Sustaining a Streak: If the Bobcats knock off Alderson Broaddus on Saturday they will accomplish something that the program has done just once in the past four seasons and that is win back-to-back matches. Last season LMC rattled off four straight wins over Pfeiffer, Belmont Abbey, Erskine and Emmanuel (GA).
Tough Schedule to Start: Both of LMC's two losses this season have come against teams now either ranked or receiving votes in the national poll. Ball State enters this week's play ranked No. 15, while Fort Wayne sits just outside the top 15 after receiving two votes.
About the Opponent: The Battlers are still in search of their first set victory of the season when they take on LMC Saturday. Alderson Broadus has lost decisions at St. Francis, Penn State and King (Tenn.) so far by identical 3-0 scores.
Series History vs. Alderson Broaddus: The Bobcats and Battlers have met just three times previously with all three coming in the last three seasons. LMC won the last meeting between the two programs, 3-0. ABU, however, won the lone meeting between the two teams in Banner Elk in 2016, 3-2.