Charlotte, NC - The Montreat College men's cross country team traveled to McAlpine Park in Charlotte for their third race of the season on Friday. The Cavaliers went up against a number of talented teams on the wet and muddy 8k course and came through with a 7th place team finish.
Running in their second 8k race in seven days, the men were led once again by Daniel Lancaster (SO/Wilmington, NC), who finished 28th overall with a time of 27:01. The next five Cavaliers were separated by only 33 seconds with Rylan Hincher (FR/North Wilkesboro, NC) heading that group with a time of 28:30. Brandon Welborn (SO/Traphill, NC) finished the race in 28:42 with Steven Anhold (SO/Churchville, VA) (28:53) and Holden Dixon (FR/Chocowinity, NC) (28:58) close behind. Erik Rodriguez (SR/Euless, Texas) (29:03) and Lee Wooden (FR/Rock Hill, SC) (30:46) completed the effort for the Cavaliers.
Montreat's 200 team points set them between NCAA Division 1 members Longwood (8th -202) and UNC-Greensboro (6th - 188).
"I was proud of the effort of our guys today," said coach Jason Lewkowicz. "We struggled a bit during the back end of the race and that has a lot to do with where we are in our training. It's been a great month of training but we have some tired legs right now and I knew that running our second 8k in a week was going to be tough. With that said, we were able to get out and check out the course where NAIA Nationals will be contested and get a feel for racing with good competition. We're excited to be back here in two weeks with the entire team as we move towards the championship season."
The cross country teams will be off until returning to McAlpine Park for a meet hosted by Queen's University on Friday, October 9.
Canton, GA - The Montreat College volleyball continued their trek through the Georgia portion of their AAC schedule, competing against Reinhardt on Friday night. Although the Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead, the Eagles rebounded and took control for a 3-1 victory.
In the first set, a back and forth battle with 20 ties and nine lead changes saw the Cavaliers hang on for a 30-28 set win. The second set featured a series of runs by both teams. It was a decisive 7-0 run by the Eagles that propelled them to a 25-17 set win.
The third set saw the Eagles race out to a 19-9 lead, only to see the Cavaliers charge back to even the score at 21. The Eagles eventually outlasted Montreat's surge and held on for a 25-23 set win. The fourth and final set played out like the entire match, with both sides enduring 14 ties and eight lead changes. In the end, Reinhardt was able to close things out, earning a 25-23 set win and match victory.
Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) led the Cavaliers with 16 kills while Rachel-Rose Swapp (SO/San Diego, CA) contributed 10 kills. Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) had another stellar performance, coming through with a match-high 24 digs. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) contributed a match-best 37 assists.
"We really played well tonight as a team," said coach Kristy Kamer after the match. "Even though it didn't go our way we showed a lot of growth!"
The Cavaliers remain in the Peach State to take on Truett-McConnell on Saturday in the final match of their three-day road trip. Matc time is set for 11:00am.
West Point, GA - The Montreat College volleyball team hit the road Thursday for a mid-week match against AAC foe Point University. In a back and forth event, the Cavaliers battled but eventually fell to the SkyHawks 3-2.
The Cavaliers opened up the match by earning a 25-20 set win, only to see the SkyHawks even the match with a 25-20 set victory of their own. Point would continue to build momentum and take a close third set 22-20. After falling in an 18-15 hole in the fourth frame, the Cavaliers came to life, reeling off a 10-1 run to push the match into a decisive fifth set. In the final frame, the two teams went back and forth with the lead until the SkyHawks capitalized on several Montreat errors to close out the match 15-11.
Anyla Kryeziu (SO/Prishtina, Kosovo) led a strong effort at the net for the Cavaliers, coming up with a game-high 24 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Emily Howard (JR/Olin, N.C.) added 15 kills to go along with a .344 hitting percentage. Abby Graham (SO/Chattanooga, TN) had one of her best outings of the season, contributing 47 assists and 19 digs. Montreat had five players contribute double-digit digs with Sara Rawls (JR/Brantford, Ontario) leading the way with 21.
"Tonight was a tough loss for us," said head coach Kristy Kamer. "We did so many things right but just couldn't get over the hump. I am proud of these ladies and they never gave up. We had some people step up and do some great things. We all agree that it is coming together and we can't wait until it does."
The Cavaliers are back in action Friday night, in another AAC tilt against Reinhardt College.