Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team has three Conference Carolinas matches on the docket this week. LMC will open play with a home tilt against Belmont Abbey Tuesday before traveling to Emmanuel Friday and Erskine Saturday. All three matches are slated for 7 p.m. first serves.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats dropped a three-set decision on the road at Lincoln Memorial last Friday. LMU won the first two sets by identical 25-17 scores before closing out the match with a 25-15 victory in the third frame. With the loss, Lees-McRae's record moves to 2-14 on the 2018 campaign.
Coming Back into Conference Play - Starting with the three matches this week, the Bobcats will play eight of their last nine matches of the regular season against Conference Carolinas teams. LMC, which is currently 0-8 within the conference, has an opportunity to make up some ground this week as it plays three of the four teams sitting directly in front of them in the standings.
Blocking in Banner Elk – With Tuesday's match being played in Banner Elk, the Bobcats hope to continue the trend they have started through their first handful of home contests this season. That trend involves LMC's work on the block. In three of the six home matches, Lees-McRae has totaled 10 or more blocks including a season-high 15-block effort in a win over Coker in mid-January.
Playing the Best – The Bobcats have played some of the better squads in the country during their 2018 campaign. Overall, eight of the 14 teams LMC has played this season have a .500 or better record. Three of the eight are nationally-ranked collectively that group of teams have a record of 99-59 (.626 winning percentage).
About the Opponents – Belmont Abbey comes into Tuesday's match at Williams Gymnasium with a record of 7-14 overall and 5-7 in league contests. The Crusaders are led by Liam Maxwell, who was named the conference's player of the week earlier today.
The tandem of Emmanuel and Erskine have record of 8-12 and 5-12, respectively. The Lions currently sit a half game behind Belmont Abbey in the league standing with a mark of 4-7. Erskine, meanwhile, sits in the spot in front of LMC in the standings with a record of 2-8.