Photo courtesy of Deana Acklin
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College men's tennis team hosts two conference matches this week, hosting Belmont Abbey on Friday (Mar. 29) at 1 p.m. and the University of Mount Olive on Saturday (Mar. 30) at 11 a.m. Video for these matches will be available at www.lmcbobcats.com.
About the Bobcats - Lees-McRae enters the week at 5-10 overall and 0-1 in Conference Carolinas, with 11 combined doubles wins and 32 combined singles wins. The team of Fitzgerald Lomp and Miodrag Popovic along with Brandon Caldwell and Colton Porter each have three doubles wins on the season, while James Kirkham and Matt Meluch have two doubles wins on the year. Two other doubles pairs have posted one win each on the year. Meluch leads the singles effort with eight wins, while Popovic has six. Krikham has contributed five wins, while Porter also has three. In addition, Caldwell and Harrison Morris each have two singles wins.
About the Opponents - Belmont Abbey enters the week at 7-12 overall and 1-2 in Conference Carolinas, with 20 combined doubles wins and 45 combined singles wins. George Barfoot and Bailey Horne along with Wlayimer Jimenez and Carlos Nolasco share the team lead with three doubles wins. Barfoot and Zachary Blythe have also combined for two doubles wins, while 10 other doubles pairs have recorded one win so far on the season. Nolasco leads the team in singles play with eight wins, while Barfoot and Bailey Horne each have seven on the season. Kent Shiell has five wins in singles play, while Blythe has four. Jimenez has collected three wins so far in singles play, while Holden Ballard has two and five others have each registered one win in singles play.
Mount Olive enters the week at 5-5 overall and 2-0 in Conference Carolinas. The Trojans will face King (Tenn.) on the road on Friday (Mar. 29) before coming to Banner Elk.
Series History vs. Opponents - Since 2006, this will be the 11th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Belmont Abbey in men's tennis. The all-time series is tied 5-5.
Since 2006, this will be the 14th all-time meeting between Lees-McRae and Mount Olive in men's tennis. Mount Olive leads the all-time series 9-4.