Lee's Achten top academic honoree

Lee's Achten top academic honoree

November 30th, 2011 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Lee University senior forward Jamie Achten from Franklin, Tenn., was announced Tuesday as the Capital One College Division Academic All-America of the Year for women's soccer, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The college division covers NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. "I'm really pleased that Jamie was selected for such a prestigious award," Lee coach Matt Yelton said. "I think it is another deserving credit for her in what has already proven to be an amazing career. I have often remarked that Jamie is a fantastic player, but what she does away from the field is just as, and maybe even more, impressive than what she does on it." Achten, a communications/marketing major with a 3.97 grade point average, was the 2010 NAIA women's soccer player of the year. She has scored 82 career goals and has the NAIA record of 90 career assists going into the three-time defending champion Lady Flames' noon EST quarterfinal match today against Embry-Riddle (18-2-1) in the national tournament in Decatur, Ala. The 11th-seeded Florida school gets to face third-seeded Lee (20-2) after beating sixth seed Olivet Nazarene 3-1 on Tuesday. Embry-Riddle ended a scoreless tie with two goals just before halftime.

Volleyball

* SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Third-seeded Lee University defeated Morningside from the host state in the first round of pool play Tuesday night in the NAIA volleyball national tournament, 23-25, 25-9, 25-21, 25-18. The Lady Flames (31-2), winners of 25 consecutive matches, face Vanguard (Calif.) this evening and Southern Oregon on Thursday, each starting at 6:45 EST. Marija Zelenovic had 15 kills and Stephanie Todd added nine in Monday's win, when Kelsey Leffew and Gretchen Higdon had 21 and 17 assists and Arlene Ferreira and Libby Peigen made 20 and 16 digs.

Basketball

* University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior forward Chris Early's illness that hit him Sunday turned out to be a viral infection, coach John Shulman said Tuesday. Shulman said Early attended classes Tuesday, is expected to practice today and should be able to play at Georgia Southern on Thursday.

* Jon DeVries had 15 points and nine rebounds and T.J. Cox had 13 points and six assists as Covenant College defeated visiting Sewanee in men's basketball Tuesday night, 81-71. Callum Sears and Rosbie Mutcherson added 12 points each for the Scots (4-1), who overcame 25 points by Sewanee's Valentino Bryant. Lewis Affronti and Anvil Nelson scored 14 and 12 for the Tigers (3-1), who got eight rebounds from Trent Williams. Covenant led by 21 in the first half, but Sewanee closed the half on an 18-2 run and scored the first six points after halftime. A 3-pointer by DeVries with 14:57 to go put the Scots up by two, and they did not lose the lead again.

* Led by 16 points, 11 rebounds and four steals from Genefine Sapateh, Agnes Scott defeated Covenant College 44-38 in Great South Athletic Conference women's basketball Tuesday night on Lookout Mountain. Kimberly Reeves added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Agnes Scott (2-3, 1-0), while Jessie Blankenship had 16 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Covenant (1-3, 1-1).

* SEWANEE, Tenn. -- Hannah Lilly's 26 points and seven assists led Emory to a 98-70 win over Sewanee in NCAA Division III women's basketball Tuesday. Misha Jackson had 14 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Eagles (4-1), while Dana Middleton had 15 points, five assists and three steals and Heather Baier scored 12 points for Sewanee (3-2). Kayla Sewell grabbed 11 rebounds.

* Jenna Adams scored 22 points with 4-of-7 3-point shooting and collected 10 rebounds as undefeated Lee University routed winless Tennessee Temple 99-48 in women's basketball Tuesday. Angela Spann and Madison Lee scored 16 and 14 points, Lee also with four 3s, and Hollie German had 10 points, eight assists and five steals for the Lady Flames (7-0). Amber Charles scored 11 points for Temple (0-9).

* CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The Cleveland State women's basketball team scored 12 of the first 14 points and went on to a 72-60 win over the Emmanuel junior varsity Tuesday. Brittany Ramsey had 25 points, 10 rebounds and four steals and Jessica Harper scored 18 points for the host Lady Cougars (4-6). Labreshia Blackwell led the Lady Lions with 10 points.