Women's Volleyball

Bobcats earn bid to NCAA Tournament, will face Wingate Friday

Bobcats earn bid to NCAA Tournament, will face Wingate Friday

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team has punched its 12th ticket to the NCAA Division II women's volleyball championship, and will face host and top-seeded Wingate University as the eighth seed in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional on Friday evening.

Lees-McRae (27-8) won the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles for the third straight season, posting its second consecutive 18-0 record in conference play under the direction of Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year Wes Schneider. The Bobcats swept Queens University of Charlotte on Sunday afternoon to clinch the program's 13th conference tournament title.

Wingate (30-0) is the top seed and host, as Flagler College (28-6) earns the second seed, followed by Armstrong Atlantic State University (35-2), and Catawba College (23-7). Lincoln Memorial University (22-6) is the fifth seed, followed by Tusculum College (18-12), Newberry College (16-15), and Lees-McRae.

Armstrong Atlantic and Tusculum will kick off the regional at 12 p.m. on Friday, November 18, followed by the Flagler/Newberry matchup at 2:30 p.m. Catawba and Lincoln Memorial will take the court at 5 p.m., followed by Lees-McRae and Wingate at 7:30 p.m.

The winner of Armstrong and Tusculum will face the winner of Flagler and Newberry on Saturday at 4 p.m., followed by the winner of Catawba and Lincoln Memorial facing the winner of Lees-McRae and Wingate at 6:30 p.m. The regional championship match will be played on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Lees-McRae will return to the court on Friday when the eighth-seeded Bobcats square off against the top-seeded Wingate Bulldogs in the first round of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship at 7:30 p.m. in Wingate, N.C.

- LMC -

Friday, November 18, 2011 (Wingate University - Wingate, N.C.)
No. 6 Tusculum vs. No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic, 12 p.m.
No. 7 Newberry vs. No. 2 Flagler, 2:30 p.m.
No. 5 Lincoln Memorial vs. No. 4 Catawba, 5 p.m.
No. 8 Lees-McRae vs. No. 1 Wingate, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 2011 (Wingate University - Wingate, N.C.)
Tusculum/Armstrong Atlantic vs. Newberry/Flagler, 4 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial/Catawba vs. Lees-McRae/Wingate, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 20, 2011 (Wingate University - Wingate, N.C.)
NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship match, 4 p.m.