BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will be back in action this weekend when it hosts Erskine on Friday and Emmanuel on Saturday at Williams Gymnasium. Friday evening's match, which will be the team's annual Dig Pink/Dig Teal match, is scheduled for a 7 p.m. first serve with Saturday's contest set to get underway at 2 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats picked up a 3-0 sweep (25-14, 25-9, 25-16) of Southern Wesleyan last Saturday at home. The victory pushes Lees-McRae's overall record to 7-11 and 5-3 within Conference Carolinas action.
Home Sweet Home – Lees-McRae continues to use its home court advantage to rack up the victories. LMC is a perfect 5-0 at Williams Gymnasium this season after wins over North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan last weekend. The last time the Bobcats began their home schedule with five straight victories was during the 2011 campaign when the team went on to go a perfect 14-0 in home matches on its way to a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Playing for a Good Cause – In addition to the matches this weekend, the Bobcats will also be collecting money this weekend for the Dig Pink/Dig Teal initiatives that help raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and/or teal to this weekend's matches and stay after Friday's match for a group picture with the team. Furthermore, the Bobcats have joined the Side-Out campaign with a goal of raising $500. Funds raised with go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with stage four breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research. If you'd like to donate, please click the following LINK and click on 'donate'.
About the Opponents – Erskine enters Friday's match with Lees-McRae sporting a 9-14 overall record and a 3-4 mark in league action. Individually, the Flying Fleet are led by Katy Torgerson, who has 185 kills (2.93 k/s) and is attacking at a .278 clip this season.
Emmanuel, which won the league last season, is 10-9 overall and 6-1 in conference play so far this season. The Lions have been playing well as of late as they are winners of five of their last six matches. Emmanuel is led offensively by the dynamic duo of Jessica Gray and Mia McKensey. Both Gray and McKensey have scored over 200 points for the Lions in 2019.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae has faced Erskine and Emmanuel several times over the years with both series being relatively even. Erskine holds the slight 10-9 edge against the Bobcats, while Emmanuel and Lees-McRae have each won three matches against the other since the Lions joined the league in 2014.