BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will be back in action this week with a pair of Conference Carolinas matches. First, the Bobcats will travel to North Greenville on Tuesday before returning home to host King on Saturday. Tuesday's match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start time, while Saturday's contest is set to begin at noon.
Last Time Out – Lees-McRae dropped a four-set decision on the road at Belmont Abbey last Saturday (25-15, 25-27, 25-15, 25-15). With the loss, the Bobcats move to 3-9 overall and 1-1 within conference play.
Accurate Hitters – The Bobcats have two of the top attackers in the conference this fall in terms of hitting percentage. Freshman Olivia Ney is second attacking at a .282 clip with her teammate Lex Zangari not far behind hitting .274. Lees-McRae is the only team in the conference with two players in the top five in that category and North Greenville is the only other school to have a pair players in the top 10 in hitting percentage.
Bobcats on the block – A strength for the Bobcats this fall has been their work on the block. Currently, Lees-McRae is tied for third in the league averaging 1.55 blocks per set. Only King (2.30) and Emmanuel (1.74) average more blocks per set than the Bobcats. Individually, Ney is pacing these efforts averaging 0.74 blocks per frame.
About the Opponents – No team in Conference Carolinas has won as many matches this fall as North Greenville. The Crusaders are currently 7-7 overall and 2-0 in league play. NGU has won five straight matches, including back-to-back league victories on the road at Chowan and Barton last weekend.
King, meanwhile, is currently 5-5 overall and 1-1 in conference action. Like NGU, King is riding a winning streak coming into this week. The Tornado have won three straight over Mount Olive, Elizabeth City State and Tusculum.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – The Bobcats have seen plenty of both North Greenville and King over the years. NGU has won eight of the 12 all-time matchups, while King holds the edge in that series having won 10 of the 17 matchups. Lees-McRae last won against NGU back in 2014, and their last victory over King came in 2017.