Photo Courtesy of Jacob Turner
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will enter the final month of its regular season this week with three Conference Carolinas matches on tap. The Bobcats will host North Greenville on Wednesday before welcoming Mount Olive and Barton to Banner Elk on Friday and Saturday. The first two matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. first serves, and Saturday's is scheduled to get underway at noon.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats dropped a pair of three-set decisions on the road at Queens and Limestone last week. With those results, LMC's record stands at 2-19 overall and 0-12 on the 2018 campaign.
Home Sweet Home – Being back at Williams Gymnasium will hopefully help the Bobcats snap their current losing skid. LMC played much better at home as opposed to on the road in 2018. Statistically, that can be shown as well as LMC has better kill per set (10.50 to 8.49), hitting percentage (.169 to .125), aces per set (1.40 to 0.90) and blocks per set (2.04 to 1.44) numbers compared to than on the road.
Player to Watch – A player to watch for the Bobcats this week is Wes Rogman. Rogman, who currently leads the team with 191 kills, posted a 17-kill outing at North Greenville earlier this season. The 17 kills by the Plainfield, Illinois native is the second-most by any Bobcat this season.
About the Opponents – If the season were to end today, NGU would finish in fifth place with a record of 5-8 within the league and 11-14 overall. Much like the Bobcats, the Crusaders will look to snap a losing skid Wednesday as they have dropped their last three matches. Individually, NGU is paced by its libero Dustin King who is fourth in the conference with 195 digs on the season.
Mount Olive is 14-10 overall and 10-3 in conference play in 2018. UMO is led by its right side hitter Robert Poole, who has 263 kills on the season. Poole also leads the league with 61 aces on the 2018 campaign.
Barton comes into this week's action on a roll. The Bulldogs, who haven't lost a match since February 9 at George Mason, are at the top of Conference Carolinas with a 17-6 overall record and an unblemished 13-0 mark within the conference. Additionally, Barton has dropped just four sets within conference this season.
Series Rewind – Lees-McRae has faced off against all three of its opponents once already this season. Mount Olive and Barton both swept the Bobcats on their respective home floors in late February. NGU, meanwhile, picked up a four-set victory over LMC in late January.