BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will be back in action with three matches this week. The Bobcats will start the week by hosting UVa-Wise Tuesday evening at Williams Gymnasium before heading out on the road to begin league play at Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey on Friday and Saturday. Tuesday's match is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. first serve with Friday's and Saturday's matches are set to begin at 7 and 2 p.m., respectively.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats swept Elizabeth City State last Saturday night (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) for their first win of the 2019 campaign. With the win, the Bobcats improved their record to 1-8 on the season.
Joining an exclusive club – Earlier this month, senior setter Megan Gallion joined an exclusive club as she dished out her 1,000th assist in her career as a Bobcat. Gallion is just the tenth Bobcat ever to reach this mark.
Lex is a league leader – Fresh off one of her best performances of her career last Saturday vs. ECSU, senior Lex Zangari now leads Conference Carolinas with a .284 hitting percentage. In addition to her attack percentage mark, Zangari also leads the Bobcats with 44 kills.
Starting league play – After Tuesday's matchup against UVa-Wise the Bobcats will open their league schedule with trips to Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey. Lees-McRae has an all-time record of 276-115 in Conference Carolinas play. Furthermore, the Bobcats have won 13 conference championships in program history.
About the Opponents – UVa-Wise comes into Tuesday's match against Lees-McRae with a record of 1-6 overall. The Cavaliers' lone victory came in a neutral site contest against Fayetteville State back on Sept. 8 in five sets. A player to watch for UVa-Wise is Ciara Kain who leads the team with 68 kills in seven matches.
Mount Olive comes into this week's play sporting a record of 1-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play. UMO won a four-set decision against UNC Pembroke but fell in its first league match of the year last Saturday against King, 3-1.
Finally, Belmont Abbey enters the week with a record of 3-9 overall and 1-0 in league action. BAC has won three straight matches with those coming against King (3-2), Lander (3-2) and Winston-Salem State (3-1).
Series Histories vs. Opponents – There is no shortage of history between the Bobcats and their three foes this week. Lees-McRae played UVa-Wise, Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey two times each last season and combined for a record of 2-4. Overall, the Bobcats are 40-27 all-time against UVa-Wise, Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey.