BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team will be back in action on Tuesday as it opens play in the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament with a match at top-seeded Belmont Abbey College. First serve between the Bobcats and Crusaders is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Last Time Out – The Bobcats fell in three sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-21) on the road at King University last Saturday in their regular season finale. With the loss, Lees-McRae finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-14 and 10-6 mark within conference play. The 12 victories are the most for the program since 2014.
About the Tournament – In addition to the matchup between the Crusaders and Bobcats, there will be three other matchups on Tuesday night to open the league tournament. The other matches are Barton at Emmanuel, Converse at King and North Greenville at Limestone. The four winners will advance to the semifinals, which will be played at the highest remaining seed on November 23. The championship match will follow on November 24.
Past Postseasons – Lees-McRae has a long history of enjoying success in league tournaments. LMC has won 14 conference tournament titles in its history with the last being in 2011. In their match on Tuesday against Belmont Abbey, the Bobcats will be looking to notch their first win in a conference tournament since 2014.
About Belmont Abbey – Belmont Abbey finished the 2019 season with the most victories of any Conference Carolinas institution with 19. Among BAC's 19 victories, 14 of them were against conference foes. A player to watch for the Crusaders on Tuesday is Mackenzie Chrapliwy. Chrapliwy paces Belmont Abbey in points scored this season with 390.5.
Series Rewind vs. Belmont Abbey – The Bobcats dropped a four-set decision to the Crusaders earlier this season (25-15, 25-27, 25-15, 25-15) in the lone matchup between the two teams. Despite the loss, LMC is 18-13 all-time against the Crusaders but BAC has won 10 straight matches against the Bobcats dating back to 2014.