ATHENS, TN - The Montreat College volleyball team capped off a tremendous week with a Saturday split in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
The Cavaliers (4-11, 3-2 AAC) opened up play on Saturday against Tennessee-Wesleyan. After the Bulldogs opened up with a 25-22 first-set win, the Cavaliers came back to take a tight second set, 28-26. Tennessee-Wesleyan would respond to take the third set 25-18. Facing defeat, Montreat fought back and forced a final frame by virtue of their 25-20 fourth set win. In the fifth and final set, the teams went back and forth before the Bulldogs made a final push to take a 15-11 win and seal the victory.
Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) led the attack with 14 kills and 7 blocks while Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) added 11 kills with a .292 hitting percentage. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) was solid in the middle for the Cavaliers, coming through with 40 assists and 17 digs. Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) continued her strong play with 38 digs.
Montreat came back in the afternoon session to roll to a 3-0 win over Bryan. Montreat was challeged in the first set but came through 25-22. After cruising to a 25-18 win in the second set, the Lions responded and pushed the Cavaliers before falling 25-23.
Emily Howard had 9 kills (.492) with five blocks while Courtney Glover (JR/Nashville, TN) led the team with 10 kills. Kendra Johnson had 24 digs and Megan Condon had 13 assists. Jasmine Larsen (FR/Danville, IN) chipped in five kills and five blocks.
Montreat will be back in action on Tuesday, September 20th when they travel to face St. Andrews at 6pm.
BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC - The Montreat College men's soccer team had their three-match winning streak snapped as they fell 2-0 to Reinhardt University in an Appalachian Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday at Howard Fisher Memorial Field.
The Eagles scored both of their goals in the first half, with the first coming in the 18th minute. After a red card ejection put the Cavaliers a man down in the 26th minute, Reinhardt quickly capitalized and scored their second goal just 70 seconds later.The Eagles kept the Cavalier attack at bay in the second half an came through with the victory.
Montreat (3-3, 0-1 AAC) will be back in action on Monday, September 19th when they travel to take on Berea College. Match time is set for 3pm.
FERRUM, VA - The Montreat College's tennis teams competed well in the Bud Skeen Memorial Tournament in Ferrum, Virginia this past Saturday. The tournament, hosted by Ferrum College, was round-robin style for each flight. Each flight held players who played at that position.
The Cavalier men proved to be too much for its opponents with many flight victories in both singles and doubles. For singles play, Leopoldo Lucero (SO/Quito, Ecuador) took the flight victory posting an 8-0 win over Ferrum's Connor Moncure and another win over Johnson's Jake Clark, 8-1. The other players followed quickly in Leo's footsteps, winning each flight in both singles and doubles, except for the #4 flight. The following players only dropped 6 or less games in their route to winning their flight: Lorward Choi (SO/Torrance, CA), Jackson Plyler (FR/Weddington, NC), Grayson Chumley (FR/Woodstock, GA), and Jacob Summerville (FR/Rockmart, GA).
Going into doubles play, the duo of David Garcia (SO/Madrid, Spain) and Loward Choi walked away with a flight victory by posting wins over both Johnson (8-4) and Ferrum (9-8(4)). At the #3 doubles flight, Lucero and Eric Dunlap (FR/Cartersville, GA) paired together to grab a flight victory by only dropping one game against Ferrum's doubles pair (8-1) and beating Johnson, 8-0.
"Leo set the trend for the rest of the players," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "It was great to see him take the court and stay focused throughout both matches. The rest of the team followed suit and performed extremely well. It was awesome to see some of the freshman, again, step up to the plate and represent the Cavaliers in great fashion. Even though we had already faced Johnson, the players stayed focused during their matches against Ferrum College."
The teams will be back in action when they compete in the Belmont-Abbey Invitational, September 23rd-24th.