Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will open a season-long seven match home stand this week with three contests at Williams Gymnasium. LMC will open the week with a tilt against Belmont Abbey Tuesday before welcoming North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan to the High Country Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's matches are slated for 7 p.m. first serves, while Saturday's is set to begin at noon.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats dropped a three-set decision at Emmanuel last Saturday to drop their record to 3-14 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Ellissa Small and Allie Cunningham led LMC in that contest. Small finished with 10 kills and 12 digs for her first double-double of 2018, while Cunningham totaled a 15 team-high digs on the day.
Home on the Mountain – As mentioned earlier, the Bobcats will enjoy a season-long seven match home stand beginning on Tuesday versus Belmont Abbey. This home swing will conclude on October 20 when the team hosts Limestone. For the complete schedule of matches over the next two weeks, click HERE.
Settling in at Setter – Junior Megan Gallion has made an immediate impact for the Bobcats in her first season with the program. Gallion currently ranks fifth in the conference averaging 8.20 assists per set. If she can maintain or improve this pace through the rest of the season, it will be the best assist per set mark for a Bobcat since 2012 when Taylor Pritchett averaged 8.19.
About the Opponents – LMC will have a challenge at hand with the three programs coming to Banner Elk this week. Both Belmont Abbey and North Greenville boast winning records in league action, while Southern Wesleyan is coming off a 3-0 sweep of Converse last weekend. Collectively, these three programs have combined to win eight straight matches coming into this week.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Since the start of the 2005 season, the Bobcats have a combined record of 21-21 against Belmont Abbey, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan. In 2017, the Bobcats posted a 0-4 mark against these three programs, but three of those four matches were away from Banner Elk.