November 14, 2010

Bobcats earn eighth seed in NCAA Southeast Regional, will face top-seeded Wingate Friday

BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team, fresh off capturing both the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles, is the eighth seed in this week's NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament, announced NCAA officials Sunday with the release of the 64-team field.

Lees-McRae (25-7) will square off against top-seeded Wingate University (28-1), who enters the NCAA Tournament as the South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament champion, carrying a 26-match winning streak into the regional. The Bobcats enter the tournament on a nine-match winning streak, having won each of its 21 matchups against conference opponents this season.

Flagler College (26-8) is the second seed, and will play seventh-seeded and Peach Belt Conference foe Armstrong Atlantic State University (22-12) in the first round. Tusculum College (25-6) is the third seed, making its second straight and second overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Pioneers will face archrival and sixth-seeded Carson-Newman College (19-10) in the opening round. Fourth-seeded Lincoln Memorial University (23-7) and fifth-seeded University of Montevallo (23-11) round out the first round matchups, and will square off in Friday's opening round.

The Bobcats are in the midst of one of the best seasons in program history, having recorded the fourth undefeated season in Conference Carolinas history with a perfect 18-0 mark against league opponents. Lees-McRae is led by two-time Conference Carolinas Player of the Year and 2009 Daktronics All-American Whitney Justice (Connelly Springs, N.C.), who has carried LMC to three NCAA Tournament appearances during her four-year career.

Lees-McRae will take the court on Friday when the eighth-seeded Bobcats square off with host and top-seeded Wingate in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at 7:30 p.m. All other match times have yet to be determined.

- LMC -

2010 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, Wingate, N.C.

Friday, November 19, 2010
No. 5 Montevallo vs. No. 4 Lincoln Memorial, TBD
No. 6 Carson-Newman vs. No. 3 Tusculum, TBD
No. 7 Armstrong Atlantic vs. No. 2 Flagler, TBD
No. 8 Lees-McRae vs. No. 1 Wingate, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 20, 2010
Lees-McRae/Wingate vs. Montevallo/Lincoln Memorial, TBD
Armstrong Atlantic/Flagler vs. Carson-Newman/Tusculum, TBD

Sunday, November 21, 2010
Championship Match, TBD