BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will return home this weekend to host North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan in Conference Carolinas action. Lees-McRae will matchup with NGU on Friday before taking on SWU on Saturday. Friday's match is slated to begin at 7 p.m., and Saturday's is scheduled for a start time of noon.
Last Time Out – LMC dropped a three-set decision on the road at Barton last Saturday (18-25, 22-25, 26-28). With the loss, the Bobcats move to 5-11 overall and 3-3 in conference action.
Home Court Advantage – With their next six matches set to be played at Williams Gymnasium, the Bobcats hope to continue their stellar play on their home court. Lees-McRae is 3-0 so far at home this season and it has won seven of its last nine matches played in Banner Elk dating back to last season.
Freshman finding success – Freshman Olivia Ney is finding success during her first season in a Bobcat uniform as she leads the team in kills (104), hitting percentage (.305) and blocks (46). Ney's hitting percentage mark currently ranks second among Conference Carolinas players. If Ney can continue at that pace for the rest of the season, her .305 hitting percentage would be the eighth-highest by a player in a single season in program history.
About the Opponents – North Greenville comes into Friday's match with the Bobcats sitting in first place in the conference standings. The Crusaders are 11-8 overall and 6-1 against fellow league opponents. NGU has been especially tough as of late as it has won 10 of its last 11 matches.
Southern Wesleyan, meanwhile, enters this weekend's action with a 2-16 overall record and a 0-7 mark in league matches. SWU did notch a win on Monday against Elizabeth City State in four sets for its second win of the season. A player to watch for the Warriors is Olivia Johnson. Johnson leads the Warriors with 160 kills with the next closest player with 86 kills.
Series histories vs. Opponents – Relatively speaking, the series between both North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan have pretty small sample sizes. NGU is 9-4 against LMC since joining the league in 2011 with one of those victories occurring earlier this season.
Southern Wesleyan has won four of the five all-time meetings in the series since the first meeting in 2014. The Bobcats did win the last matchup in four sets last season.