Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After taking some time off for spring break, the Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will return to action this week with a pair of matches. LMC will host North Greenville Wednesday at Williams Gymnasium before heading out on the road Friday to take on Lincoln Memorial. Both matches are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae fell in four sets to Emmanuel on March 2 in Banner Elk. The loss moved LMC's overall record to 2-13 on the season and 0-8 in Conference Carolinas play.
Bobcats on the Block – When LMC has been successful this season, its ability to perform on the block has been a key. In its wins, Lees-McRae is averaging 2.94 blocks per frame compared to a 1.35 mark in the same category in matches it has lost.
Balanced Bobcat Attack – One strength for Lees-McRae lately has been its ability to get offense from multiple players. Over the last five matches, the Bobcats have five different players that have notched 17 kills or more. Pacing this group has been sophomore Wes Rogman with 45 kills.
Snapping the Skid – The Bobcats hope to snap this six-match losing skid they are currently on this week. LMC's last win came in four sets on February 2 against Thompson Rivers University in Honolulu.
About the Opponents – NGU comes into the week with an overall record of 9-11 and a 4-5 mark in league play. The Crusaders have been a very different team away from home this season as seven of the squad's nine victories have come on their home floor. North Greenville are led by three players that have totaled 100 or more kills this season. Pacing this group is Jackson Gilbert, who has 171 kills in 2018.
Lincoln Memorial is in its second season as program in 2018. LMU holds an 8-9 record with seven of its eight victories coming at home. The Railsplitters' top player has been Evan Cory. Cory leads the team in kills (209), while being second on the team in blocks (48) and digs (87).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – NGU has held a slight edge over the Bobcats since joining Conference Carolinas in 2015. The Crusaders have won four of seven meetings, including a four-set victory earlier this season.
Lees-McRae and Lincoln Memorial matched up twice last season in the latter's inaugural campaign. LMC and LMU each won the match held in their own gym. Lees-McRae won in three sets in Banner Elk, while the Railsplitters won in five when the two teams met in Harrogate, Tennessee.