GREENVILLE, SC - The Montreat College men's basketball team picked up an 83-79 win over Columbia International University on Friday night at the Bruins Invitational, hosted by Bob Jones University.
The Cavaliers (3-0) found themselves in a tight battle all evening with a tough Rams squad and took a 36-35 lead into halftime. In the second half, the two sides continued to go back-and-forth but Montreat was able to keep an advantage courtesy of timely scoring and aggressive offensive play that led to 31 free throw attempts in the second half alone.
Alonzo Mobley (SO/Lincolnton, NC) filled up the stat sheet for the Cavaliers, scoring 15 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Mobley also led the team with three blocks and three steals. Austin Butler (FR/Morganton, NC) led the team with 16 points on 5-8 shooting, including hitting 3-6 three-point attempts. Amire Lewis (SO/Bronx, NY) had 11 points and 8 rebounds while Terrell Sheffey (FR/Yorktown, VA) had 13 pints and a team-high three assists.
The Cavaliers continue action in the Bruins Invitational on Saturday when they take on Piedmont International at 2pm.
KINGSPORT, TN - The Montreat College volleyball team fell to St. Andrews 3-1 on Thursday afternoon in Kingsport in quarterfinal play at the 2016 Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament.
In the first set, both teams fought to gain control and were tied at 18-18 before the Knights went on a 7-0 run to take the set. In the second set, the Cavaliers benefited from a St. Andrews hitting error to take a 16-16 lead and they would hold on to an advantage the rest of the way, taking the set 25-21. The third set played out much like the first, with St. Andrews using a 6-1 run at the end of the frame to break a 19-19 tie and take a 25-20 set win. From there the Knights continued to be aggressive and closed out the match with a 25-11 win in the fourth set.
AAC Libero of the Year Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) wrapped up her record-breaking season with 37 digs (9.25 per set) while Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) and Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) both collected 11 kills. Howard, an All-AAC First Team member, also had two blocks in her final collegiate performance. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) finished with 21 assists while Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) had 13 assists and eight digs.
The Cavaliers finish the season with a record of 14-19, with a 12-10 record in conference play.
KINGSPORT, TN - The Appalachian Athletic Conference handed out awards in volleyball during the conference tournmanent banquet held on Wednesday night. After a strong regular season, the Cavaliers were well represented.
The highlight for Montreat was Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC), who was named the AAC Libero of the Year, in addition to garnering First Team All-Conference honors. Johnson has had a stellar season so far, leading the conference in both digs (773) and digs per set (6.4). Those marks also rank eighth and second nationally.
Johnson was joined on the First Team All-Conference squad by Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC). Howard had a great senior season, finishing second in the conference in blocks per match (1.0) while ranking third in the conference in total blocks (116).
Katherin Harper was recognized as Montreat's member of the Champions of Character Team. Harper also earned AAC All-Academic honors, being joined by teammates Howard, Johnson, Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo), Becca Owens (SR/Lincolnton, NC), Sara Rawls (SR/Brantford, Ontario), and Miranda Walker (SR/Anthem, AZ).
The #6 seeded Cavaliers open up play in the 2016 AAC Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, November 10th when they face #3 seed St. Andrews University at 4:30pm in opening round action. You can follow the AAC Tournament action HERE.
You can read the full list of AAC Volleyball awards HERE.