Montreat College head women's basketball coach Meghan Austin has announced the signing of Bayleigh Ponds to a letter of intent to compete for the Cavaliers in 2016-2017.
Ponds is a natve of Columbia, SC and is a recent graduate of Richland Northeast High School. The guard earned All-Region honors in 2016 while leading her school the the state playoffs. Ponds also excelled in soccer where she split time at forward and goalie.
"Bayleigh is a long and lanky athlete that will be able to play multiple positions for us next season", said Coach Austin. "I am anticipating her versatility to add another dimension to what we can do on both sides of the floor."
Bayleigh is the daughter of Johnny and Taura Ponds and plans to major in Business Administration.
Montreat College Head Tennis Coach Andrew Cobb has announced the signing of four student-athletes to letters of intent to compete for the men's tennis program in 2016-2017.
The Cavaliers have added Ben Cree to the team for the fall. Cree has experienced success on the tennis courts of his native Ireland, winning the Knock Out Cup that has players from all over the country.
"I chose Montreat because I have always wanted to play tennis in the USA and from the word "go", I got along well with the coach, Andrew. We both have the same outlook and work ethic," Cree said.
"Ben's going to be a great asset for our men's program," Coach Cobb said. "He has a lot of success in tournament play, both singles and doubles because he aims to outwork his opponent. That intensity will be great for our program."
Anh Hoang, a transfer from Ferrum College, has joined the men's tennis program at Montreat. While at Ferrum, Hoang compiled a 13-6 doubles record for his freshman year. He was also named to the USA South All-Conference Team.
"Anh will come in and immediately make an impact, especially in doubles," Coach Cobb said. "He is a great player who is intense and works hard daily. He will bring experience and success from a really good conference so he will be a great addition."
Jackson Plyler from Weddington, North Carolina has joined the men's tennis team. Plyler is currently a senior at Weddington High School and is a player with a great high school career. He helped lead the Warriors to three 3A State Playoff semi-final appearances and boasted a 47-12 high school career record.
"Jackson will be a great asset," said Coach Cobb. "He has a lot of success in high school and tournament play. He's a very team-focused player who chose Montreat because of our community. He's definitely a strong addition to our program."
Austin Silver is the fourth individual to sign to the men's team. Silver is currently a senior at Coosa High School where he helped lead the program to three 7AA state playoff appearances, as well as compiling a 38-16 overall record at the No.1 and No.2 singles spots.
"Austin has a great experience and has had a great high school career," Coach Cobb said. "He will be a great asset to our men's tennis program and will be a crucial player as the program grows."