Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will look to get a winning streak started this weekend when it travels to Mount Olive Friday and Barton Saturday for a pair of Conference Carolinas contests. Friday's match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start, while Saturday's tilt is set to begin at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out: Lees-McRae picked up its first conference win of the season last Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Erskine College. The victory was the first for the Bobcats over the Flying Fleet since 2014 and it also improved their record to 3-10 on the season.
Moving Up the Career Ranks: With her 37 assists against Erskine last Saturday, senior setter Courtney Weathersbee moved into sole possession of seventh place on program's all-time assist list. Weathersbee, who passed former Bobcat Lenka Jamrichova last weekend, now has 1,497 assists in her career as a Bobcat.
Seeing Double: A big key in LMC's 2-1 record last week was the production of several players in multiple statistical categories. Weathersbee and Kaci Thornton both posted a pair of double-doubles last week, while Caitlyn Smirne also had one as well.
About the Opponents: 2017 has been an up-and-down year for Mount Olive as it comes into Friday's match with Lees-McRae boasting a 7-9 record overall and a 3-3 mark in league matches. UMO has fared much better at home than in road or neutral site contests as four of its seven wins have come on their home court. A strength of the Trojans so far this season has been its work on the block as they currently rank second in the conference averaging 1.60 blocks per set.
Barton, meanwhile, currently sits atop the Conference Carolinas standings with a perfect 6-0 record in league matches and a 10-6 record overall. The Bulldogs, who have won seven straight matches coming into the weekend, are led by Kaitlyn Elkins who leads the conference in kills per set (4.04), points per set (4.54) and attacks per set (12.21).
Series Histories vs. Opponents: Since 2005, the Bobcats have fared well against both Mount Olive and Barton. Against these two opponents, Lees-McRae has a collective record of 30-17. With that being said, however, the momentum has swung to the opponents lately. UMO and LMC split the season series in 2016, and Barton has won four of the last six meetings against the Bobcats.