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BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will be back in action this week with a pair of matches at Williams Gymnasium. First, the Bobcats will welcome rival King University to Banner Elk on Tuesday before hosting North Greenville on Saturday. First serve for Tuesday's match is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest is set for 3 p.m.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae dropped a three-set decision at Queens University of Charlotte last Friday. The loss pushed Lees-McRae's record to 1-2 on the season.
Starting in conference play – Tuesday will be Lees-McRae's first match within conference play this season. In 2018, the Bobcats went 2-14 in league matches with the victories coming against Erskine and North Greenville.
Senior milestone – By appearing in the two matches last week, senior Hector Serviat has now appeared in 74 matches during his career with the Bobcats. His 74 matches played are the 10th-most of any Bobcat in program history. With nine more matches played, Serviat will move into a tie for ninth place on the all-time matches played list.
About the opponents – King comes into Tuesday's match with the Bobcats sporting a record of 1-3 in 2019. Much like Lees-McRae, Tuesday's tilt will mark King's first league match of the season. A couple players to watch for the Tornado are Suetonius Harris and Sean Kohlhase. Both players are averaging over three points per set in 2019.
North Greenville, meanwhile, enters the week with a record of 2-3 on the young season. NGU knocked off Life University in five sets in its last match. The Crusaders are led by Jackson Gilbert, who leads the team averaging 3.28 kills per set.
Series histories vs. opponents – Lees-McRae is 8-16 all-time against King and 4-4 versus North Greenville. The Bobcats will be looking to snap a nine-match losing skid to the Tornado. As for the series against NGU, Lees-McRae has earned at least a split in the season series against the Crusaders since the latter joined the league in 2015.