Photo Courtesy of Gerry Wall
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will return to action this weekend when it hosts Converse Friday and Limestone on Saturday. First serve for Friday's match is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest is set for 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – LMC picked up its second conference win of the season last Friday when it knocked off Mount Olive in four sets at home. With the victory, Lees-McRae's record stands at 6-16 overall and 2-5 in league action entering play this weekend.
Events around the Matches – In addition to the matches themselves, there will be a couple other events going on both days. First, Friday night's match vs. Converse will be the team's Dig Pink match. The High Country Breast Cancer Foundation will be in attendance and will be taking donations to aid in breast cancer research. All fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match. As for Saturday's match vs. Limestone, that contest will serve as the team's Senior Day for its lone senior Kaci Thornton.
Starting a Streak – With the victory over Mount Olive last Friday, the Bobcats have now won three straight matches. In addition to the win over UMO, LMC has also picked up wins over Southern Wesleyan and UVa-Wise during the streak. If LMC can defeat both Converse and Limestone this weekend, it will mark the program's longest winning streak since 2014.
Led by Lexi – A major reason for Lees-McRae's success recently has been the play of Lexi Zangari. The junior from Breckenridge, Colorado has totaled 30 kills, attacked at a team-best .338 clip and led the team with 14 total blocks during the winning streak.
About the Opponents – Converse enters Friday's match with the Bobcats with a record of 5-20 overall and 1-7 in conference play. The Valkyries fell in three sets to UNC Pembroke in their last match. Individually, Converse is led by Lauren Tharrington. Tharrington not only leads the team with 318 assists but she also paces the squad with 32 aces. Tharrington's aces total is the second-most in the league entering the weekend.
Limestone, meanwhile, comes into the weekend with a record of 10-8 overall and 7-3 in Conference Carolinas action. The 10 victories for the Saints this fall has already surpassed the team's win total from 2017 (8 wins). The top player for the Saints this season has been their libero Erin Kennedy. Kennedy ranks third in the league with 336 digs, but she ranks second in digs per set (5.01).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae has fared well against its two opponents this weekend historically. The Bobcats are a combined 36-10 against the tandem of Converse and Limestone since 2005. LMC has won four straight against the Valkyries, while Limestone has won three of the last four matches against the Bobcats.