The season-opening volleyball tournament at the University of the South was the Sewanee Invitational in more than just name.
The host Tigers won two 3-0 sweeps by big margins Friday and added three similar results Saturday for a quick 5-0 start for coach Shawna Laurendine's team.
Friday, junior Jamie Sue Wilson had 12 kills in the first match and nine in the second, when she also served four aces, as Sewanee beat Kentucky schools Pikeville and Brescia by scores of 25-15, 25-10, 25-15 and 25-16, 25-18, 25-11. Jamie Kosman had eight digs against Pikeville and nine against Brescia, and Rachel Schuman totaled 30 assists and freshman Diamond Stewart had 11 kills and 12 digs in the two first-day wins.
Saturday, the Tigers beat Piedmont 25-18, 25-16, 25-10 as Wilson, Caroline Montgomery and Lucy Riddle each had six kills, Schuman registered 16 assists while Walter Buxton added nine and Kosman had 14 digs. Kayla Sewell had 11 digs, three block solos and two block assists and Wilson had nine kills while Schuman and Buxton contributed 16 and 10 digs in a 25-13, 25-22, 25-19 defeat of Pensacola Christian.
Montgomery and Stewart had eight and seven kills and Buxton and Schuman made 15 and 10 assists in a 27-25, 25-15, 25-15 win over Fisk.
• At Covenant, the Lady Scots opened their season at home with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Oglethorpe and a 3-0 sweep of Wesleyan from Macon.
Chelsea VanDyk had 17 kills, two block solos and three block assists in the 23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9 defeat of the Atlanta school, when Cora Schroeder had 11 kills and 16 digs, Estes Carlson made 23 digs and Stephanie Kirkpatrick had 43 assists and matched Anna Swain with 14 digs. Schroeder and VanDyke had nine and seven kills in the 25-15, 25-13, 25-14 win over Wesleyan.
• At Milligan, Tenn., Bryan setter Taylor Fink was the most valuable player and Chelsea Breaden and Ashley Ferris joined her on the all-tournament team as the Lady Lions completed a season-opening 4-0 run through the Milligan Mountain Madness tournament with 3-0 defeats of St. Catharine and Emmanuel.
Fink had 35 assists in the 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 win over St. Catharine and 25 in the 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 trouncing of Emmanuel, when Breaden had nine kills, Ferris and Fink added eight apiece and Corrie Walker had 12 digs to go with her 15 in Saturday's first match. Kara Stamper and Carolyn Evans led with 11 and 10 kills against St. Catharine, Breaden adding eight.
• At Clearwater, Fla., Tennessee Wesleyan went 3-2 at the Clearwater Christian tournament, beating Florida Christian 25-4, 25-14, 25-13 before losing 3-1 to the hosts and to Warner on Friday and downing Florida Memorial 25-16, 25-18, 18-25, 25-11 and sweeping Trinity Baptist 25-12, 25-15, 25-18 on Saturday.
The defeats for the Lady Bulldogs (3-5) were 25-19, 25-12, 23-25, 25-16 and 26-24, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18.
• At Toccoa Falls, Tennessee Temple beat the host school 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 but lost 25-19, 23-25, 16-25, 25-7, 15-11 to Point University. Temple is 2-2.
Sewanee rolls, 6-0
Carrie Anderson had two goals and an assist and Warren Davis and Maggie Boozer each had one goal and an assist as the Sewanee field hockey team began its 2013 season with a 6-0 win Saturday against visiting Sweet Briar.
Anderson scored from a Boozer assist just 3:12 into the contest, and Davis scored 11 minutes later with Anderson setting up Kya Wence for a 3-0 lead at 21:07. The Tigers had a 40-2 dominance in shots.
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