Photo Courtesy of Matt Jones
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Conference Carolinas matches. First, Lees-McRae will head to Mount Olive on Friday before traveling to Barton on Saturday. First serves for these matchups are set for 7 and 2 p.m., respectively.
Last time out – The Bobcats were swept at home against Limestone last Saturday (13-25, 23-25, 17-25). The loss pushed Lees-McRae's record to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in conference play on the 2019 season.
Serviat moving up stat rankings – As senior Hector Serviat makes his way through his final season as a Bobcat, he is moving up the career stat rankings in several categories. Serviat currently ranks 10th all-time in kills (431), 10th in aces (42), 10th in solo blocks (24), tied for sixth in block assists (117), seventh in total blocks (141) and ninth in points (555.5).
Sims making an impact – Drew Sims has definitely made an impact during his first season in a Lees-McRae uniform. Currently, Sims is averaging 3.20 points per set. If Sims keeps up this current pace, it will be the tenth-best mark in a single season in the history of the program in terms of points per set.
About the opponents – Both Mount Olive and Barton rank near the top of the league standings after about a full month of play. UMO is 4-6 overall, but 4-1 in league action. Barton, meanwhile, is 7-3 overall and 3-1 within the conference. The success of both teams have come through different means. The Trojans have six different players with 40 or more kills. Barton, meanwhile, rely heavily on the duo of Vasilis Mandilaris and Angelos Mandilaris, who have combined for 260 kills this season.
Series history vs. opponent – The Bobcats have seen plenty of both Mount Olive and Barton over the years. Lees-McRae is 5-25 against UMO and 4-10 against the Bulldogs. Lees-McRae will look to snap lengthy losing skids against both the Trojans and Bulldogs this weekend. The Bobcats last beat UMO in 2009, while Lees-McRae's last victory against Bulldogs came in 2013.