Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will play three Conference Carolinas matches this week. LMC will begin the week at home hosting King (Tenn.) on Tuesday before hitting the road to take on Limestone Friday and Converse Saturday. Tuesday's and Friday's matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday's will start at noon.
Last Time Out: LMC won its last match last Saturday against Bluefield State, 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-21). The win boosts the Bobcats' record to 4-15 on the season.
Sweep Stat: Of Lees-McRae's four wins this season, three of them have been in three sets. Additionally, 10 of the team's 15 victories over the past two seasons have been in three sets.
Senior Stepping Up: Senior outside hitter Rachel Cutshaw has stepped up as of late. Over the past five matches, Cutshaw has totaled 26 kills and is hitting .370 in 54 attack attempts. Her kill totals are tied for the second-most among Bobcats during that stretch of the matches, while her hitting percentage is the highest on the team.
About the Opponents: King comes into Tuesday's match with the Bobcats boasting a 9-11 record overall and a 4-5 mark in Conference Carolinas play. The Tornado will be looking to snap a two-match losing skid Tuesday as they have lost to Tusculum in four and Belmont Abbey in five in their past two contests.
After posting a record of 2-8 through its season's first 10 games, Limestone has rebounded to win three of its last six contests improving its record to 5-11. All five of Limestone's wins this season have been against conference foes with a pair of wins over Converse and Erskine with the other victory coming against Emmanuel (GA).
Converse enters this week's play with a record of 3-19 overall and an 1-11 mark in league play. The Valkyries have lost eight straight matches. Leading the way for the Valkyries has been their libero Sydney Allen who is second in the conference averaging 4.97 digs per set.
Series Histories vs. Opponents: King has held the slight edge on the Bobcats since the two teams first matched up in 2011. The Tornado have won eight of the 14 matchups, including a 3-0 decision in Bristol earlier this month. Lees-McRae, however, has held the decisive edge against Limestone and Converse over the years. LMC is 17-7 against the Saints and its record against Converse is 18-2.