Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – After playing just once in the past seven days, the Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will get back into the swing of things this week with three matches at UVA-Wise Tuesday before hosting Belmont Abbey Friday and Bluefield State Saturday. The first two matches will begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest will begin at noon.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats dropped a three-set decision (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) at King (Tenn.) University last Saturday in Bristol. LMC's record dipped to 3-13 overall and 1-7 in Conference Carolinas action with the loss.
Hunt for Win October – Lees-McRae is 0-3 so far this month. The Bobcats will be looking to replicate the success it found in October the previous two seasons to close out the month. Over the past two seasons, nine of the team's 19 victories came during October.
Improved Dig Numbers – In 2016, the Bobcats averaged 13.64 digs per set, and so far this season Lees-McRae has bumped that number up to 14.37. Madison Martin has led these efforts for LMC averaging 4.26 digs per frame and 247 digs on the season.
About the Opponents – UVA-Wise comes into Tuesday's matchup with the Bobcats with a record of 4-16 overall and 1-6 in league play. The Cavaliers will look to snap a nine-match losing skid when they take on Lees-McRae Tuesday.
Belmont Abbey has had an up-and-down season in 2017. The Crusaders are 9-8 overall and 5-3 in Conference Carolinas play. BAC has fared much better playing on its home court this fall boasting a 4-1 record as opposed to a 5-7 mark in road or neutral site contests.
Bluefield State is still in search of its first victory of the season. The Big Blues are 0-11 on the season with all but two of those defeats occurring in three sets.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – The Bobcats have historically held the edge against all three of their opponents this week. LMC has won three of the four all-time matchups against UVA-Wise, including a 3-0 sweep of the Cavaliers in Banner Elk earlier this season. Lees-McRae is 17-9 against Belmont Abbey, and it has won the only meeting against Bluefield State.