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 Lady Cavaliers started off strong in singles play with Skyler Brody (SR/Duluth, GA) and Elizabeth Beary (FR/Apopka, FL) winning their flight while only dropping a total of eight games each. Beary posted an 8-4 win over Ferrum's Morgan Scott and an 8-5 win over Johnson's Kaitlin Faust. Brody, who competed in the #2 singles flight, posted an 8-5 win over Johnson's Madi Buchanon and an 8-3 over Ferrum's Alex Dixon.
In doubles play, the duo of Beary and Taylor Lunsford (SR/Mooresville, NC), who competed in the #2 doubles flight, proved too much for both Johnson and Ferrum. The pair defeated Buchanon and Hamm of Johnson, 8-2, and Quesenberry and Murray-Burns of Ferrum, 8-6 to win the flight.
"The girls performed really well!" said Coach Cobb. "It was great to see Lulu (Elizabeth Beary) be a leader and set the expectation for the rest of the players to follow. We lost a close one to Johnson last weekend so it was great to see the players show up focused and ready to leave it all on the court. This is a great group so I'm very excited to see them reach their goals this year."
The Lady Cavaliers will be back in action when they host Berea College October 22nd.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team earned a big win Tuesday night, holding on to defeat Reinhardt University 3-2 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference showdown.
It was the Eagles who got going early and won a tightly contested opening set 25-23. The Cavaliers, bolstered by a loud home crowd, battled back and took the second set 25-20 before surging ahead with a 25-17 third set victory. The Eagles refused to go away and they persevered to take the fourth set 25-21. In the final frame, the two teams went back and forth before Montreat seized control late to take a 17-15 set win and earn the victory.
Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) had an incredible night for the Cavaliers as the junior set a school record with 60 digs on the night. That effort ranks as the #6 all-time mark in the NAIA and is a conference record. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) also had an active night, coming through with 30 assists. Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) led the team with 23 kills (0.600) while Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) added 11 kills. Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) contributed 27 assists and 11 digs while Miranda Walker (SR/Anthem, AZ) came through with 13 digs.
The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday, September 17th when they travel to take on Tennessee-Wesleyan University at 11am. The Cavaliers will follow that match with another AAC showdown against Bryan College at 1pm.
GREENVILLE, SC - The Montreat College men's soccer team used a huge second-half surge to overcome a two-goal deficit and come through with a 4-2 win against ob Jones University on Tuesday evening.
The Bruins struck first, scoring a goal in the 19th minute to take a 1-0 lead they would hold into halftime. The Bruins would continue to press offensively early in the second half and pushed their lead to 2-0 on a goal in the 48th minute. The Cavaliers would regroup and finally got on the scoreboard when Jeovanni Ordaz (SO/Veracruz, Mexico) found Raphael Duarte (FR/Sao Paulo, Brazil) for a score at the 49:05 mark. Just seconds later, the Cavaliers would earn a penalty kick for a tackle in the penalty box. Dale McClelland (JR/Ayr, Scotland) put the ball through to tie the match at 2-2.
From that point, momentum would remain on the Montreat side as the Cavaliers took the lead when George Stanley (JR/West Yorkshire, England) found Duarte for a score in the 56th minute. Stanley would get another assist eleven minutes later when he connected with Henrique Cardoso (SO/Lisbon, Portugal) for a goal in the 67th minute to seal the win for Montreat.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Saturday, September 17th when they open up Appalachian Athletic Conference play at home against Reinhardt. Match time at Pulliam Stadium is set for 4:30pm.