BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will be back in action with a pair of matches this weekend at Williams Gymnasium. First, the Bobcats will host Converse on Friday before welcoming Limestone to Banner Elk on Saturday. Friday's match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest is slated to get underway at noon.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats dropped a four-set decision to Emmanuel College (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17) last Saturday at home. The loss moved Lees-McRae's overall record to 8-12 and its league record to 6-4.
Freshmen in the Ranks – Two freshmen have had standout campaigns in their first years in a Bobcat uniform. Olivia Ney currently leads the team with a .303 hitting percentage, while Kaitlyn Arentz paces Lees-McRae averaging 4.24 digs per set. If Ney and Arentz can maintain this pace in those two categories, both marks would rank eighth on the all-time single season lists in the history of the program.
Senior Sendoff – Prior to Saturday's match with Limestone the Bobcats will honor their three seniors: Megan Gallion, Lex Zangari and Elissa Small. Gallion currently ranks 10th all-time in assists with 1,254, while Zangari and Small have both eclipsed 400 kills during their respective careers as Bobcats.
About the Opponents – Converse has already surpassed its 2018 win total in 2019 with nine victories, including five against Conference Carolinas opponents. The success for the Valkyries this fall can be traced in large part to the play of Brittany Tepedino and Elizabeth Yohe. Tepedino leads all Conference Carolinas players with 294 kills, while Yohe paces the conference with 461 digs.
Like Converse, Limestone has enjoyed a bounce back season this fall. The Saints currently sit in first place in the league standings with a 9-1 record and a 13-7 mark overall. A player to watch for Limestone on Saturday is Bailey Carpenter. Carpenter is averaging 6.02 digs per set, which ranks eighth in the nation coming into this weekend's action.
Series Histories vs. Opponents – Lees-McRae has held a decisive edge in the matches against Converse and Limestone over the years. Since 2005, LMC is 20-2 against Converse and 18-9 against Limestone. The Valkyries last defeated Lees-McRae in 2013, while the Saints have won the last two matches between the two programs.