Photo Courtesy of Katie Jo Daniel
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will close out its 2018 regular season this week with three matches. LMC will begin the week by hosing King Tuesday night at Williams Gymnasium before heading out on the road to take on Barton on Friday and Mount Olive on Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's matches are set for 7 p.m. first serves, while Saturday's contest is set for a 3 p.m. start time.
Last Time Out – LMC fell in three sets to King last Saturday in Bristol, Tennessee. The loss moved Lees-McRae's record to 7-19 overall and 3-8 in league action.
Postseason Push – With the last week of the regular season upon us, the Bobcats currently sit in the final postseason position in the North Division for the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament. LMC currently has a 2.5 game lead over Mount Olive for that final playoff spot. If the current standings hold, Lees-McRae will be traveling to Emmanuel in opening round of the conference tournament on November 6.
Setter Stats for a Season – Something to watch for the Bobcats during this final week of the regular season is the number of assists that Megan Gallion can total over these last three matches. Currently, Gallion has 806 assists to her name. If she can total 111 or more assists this week, she will etch her name in the team's record book with the 10th-most assists in a single season in program history.
About the Opponents – The Bobcats will have a challenging final week heading into possible postseason play. Both Barton (13-14, 9-3 CC) and King (14-10, 6-5 CC) have punched their ticket for the conference tournament already, while Mount Olive (7-20, 1-11 CC) is trying to catch Lees-McRae in the standings.
In addition to potential playoff seeding to contend with, the Bobcats will also have to work on a plan to defend arguably the top two offensive players in the conference. Barton's Kaytlin Elkins (4.73) and King's Julie Ward (3.72) rank first and second within the league in terms of kills per set this season.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Historically, the Bobcats have fared well against their three foes this week boasting a record of 39-30 against the trio of King, Barton and Mount Olive since 2005. LMC knocked off the Trojans earlier this year in four sets, but it is trying to even the season series against both the Bulldogs and Tornado.