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BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team has three matches on tap this week. The Bobcats will begin the week with a match at home against University of Virginia at Wise Wednesday evening before venturing out on the road to take on Shaw Friday and Belmont Abbey Saturday. Wednesday's match is slated for a 7 p.m. start time, while Friday's and Saturday's are scheduled for 6 p.m. and noon, respectively.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae narrowly missed in picking up its first victory of 2017 Saturday when it lost in five sets at North Greenville. The loss dropped LMC's record to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in conference matches this season.
Serving Success for the Bobcats – Freshman Caitlyn Smirne currently ranks third among Conference Carolinas players averaging 0.52 aces per set. Fellow Bobcat Darian Parsons is also in the top 10 in the same category ranking fifth averaging 0.47 aces per frame.
More Digs for Madison – Senior libero Madison Martin set a new season-high with 35 digs last Friday at Southern Wesleyan. It marked the third time in her Bobcat career that she has registered 30 or more digs in a single match. Overall, Martin is ninth in the conference averaging 4.08 digs per set in 2017.
About the Opponents – UVa-Wise enters Wednesday's match in Banner Elk with a 3-6 record so far this season. After beginning their season 1-6, the Cavaliers have won back-to-back matches over Bluefield State and Milligan. Additionally, the Cavaliers have played well in road matches as two of their three victories have come away from home.
Shaw has been a very impressive team in the early stages of the 2017 season. The Bears have a record of 10-2 overall and a perfect 3-0 mark in conference play. In addition to winning 10 of its first 12 matches, Shaw has won most of those matches convincingly with six of those victories coming in three sets.
Belmont Abbey currently has a 5-4 overall record and 1-1 league record. In their two conference matches so far, the Crusaders defeated Erskine in four sets but fell to Emmanuel (GA) in four. A major key in Belmont Abbey's success this season has been its work on the block as it currently ranks second in the conference averaging 1.56 blocks per set.
Series Histories against Opponents – Wednesday's tilt against UVa-Wise will be the fourth meeting since 2013 between the two programs. The Bobcats have won two of the previous three matchups. Friday's match at Shaw will be the first meeting between the programs. On the flip side, Saturday's match at Belmont Abbey is 26th meeting since the start of 2005. LMC has held the edge in the those matchups with a record of 17-8, but the Crusaders have won the last four meetings.