Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will close out its 2019 season this week with a trio of matches at Williams Gymnasium. First, the Bobcats will host Queens University of Charlotte Tuesday evening before welcoming the University of Mount Olive and Barton College to the High Country on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's tilts are scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m., while Saturday's is set for a 2 p.m. first serve.
Last time out – Lees-McRae fell in its last road match of the season last Friday at Limestone College (25-23, 25-21, 25-17). The loss moves Lees-McRae's record to 2-18 overall and 0-14 within Conference Carolinas play.
Senior sendoff – Prior to Friday's match against UMO, the Bobcats will honor their lone senior on this season's team, Hector Serviat. Serviat currently ranks ninth all-time kills (488), tenth in aces (45), tenth in solo blocks (24), sixth in block assists (124), seventh in total blocks (148), eighth in points scored (619.0), tied for sixth in matches played (89) and sets played (300).
National Student Athlete Day – On top of the senior day ceremony on Friday, the athletic department will hold a Sundae Social in recognition of National Student Athlete Day. The social begins at 6 p.m. and will take place in the lobby of Williams Gymnasium.
About the Opponents – The Royals come into Tuesday's match with the Bobcats with an overall record of 7-18. Queens, which is in its second season as a program, will try to snap a two-match losing skid on Tuesday after defeats to Barton and Mount Olive last week. A strength of the Royals is their balance offensively. Five different Queens players have scored 136.5 points or more in 2019, including Tristan Santoyo who paces the team with 269.5 points.
Mount Olive comes into the final week of the regular season with a 10-14 overall record and an 8-6 mark within the conference. UMO has been led by freshman Tobi Azeez this season as he leads the team with 224 kills and he is averaging 3.20 kills per set.
Finally, Barton currently sits atop the Conference Carolinas standings with an overall record of 20-3 and a 13-1 mark in league play. The Bulldogs, who have won 14 straight matches dating back to February 2, received three votes in the latest AVCA National Poll.
Series history vs. Opponents – All three of Lees-McRae's opponents this week have held the advantage in the respective all-time series. The Bobcats are 0-3 all-time against Queens, 5-26 against Mount Olive and 4-11 against Barton.