Around the Region: Sewanee plays its first night home football game

Around the Region: Sewanee plays its first night home football game

October 7th, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

Sewanee's Hardee-McGee Field at Harris Stadium is the oldest on-campus football venue in the South and the fourth oldest in the United States, and tonight the Tigers' 446th game there will be the first under the lights. At 7 p.m. EDT they will be playing a lights-out Berry College team that is 5-0 for the first time and 3-0 in Southern Athletic Association play. Berry, in fact, is 21-4 since going 2-17 in the first two years of the Vikings program. But Sewanee is on the rise as well, at 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the SAA under first-year coach Travis Rundle after winning only one game in 2015 and 2016 combined.

Soccer

-Virginia Military Institute defeated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga soccer team 3-1 in a Southern Conference match Friday night at Finley Stadium. All the goals came in a span of 15 minutes in the second half, with the first three bunched in less than four minutes. UTC's Jordan Mueller began the scoring at 50:01 with her fourth goal of the season, assisted by Anna Moore, but VMI quickly equalized and went ahead on goals by Julianne Koblett and Sam Franklin. Sierra Brewer made it 3-1 at 65:04 with an assist from Ceci Keppeler. The Keydets outshot the Mocs (3-8-2, 1-3) 15-6, 7-5 on goal.

-Valdosta State got outshot 17-5 but won 1-0 at Lee University in Gulf South Conference women's soccer Friday night, as Riley Tennant's fifth goal of the season held up as the difference. She won a 50-50 ball in the air from 5 yards out with 11 minutes to go in the first half; Paige Taylor had the assist. Alyssa Curtis made eight saves for VSU (7-3-1, 5-2-1); Haley Gribler had two for Lee (7-4, 6-2), which got three shots on goal from Summer Lanter.

-Mary Frank scored 14 seconds in and added an assist to Kiley Ezzell as the Sewanee women lost 3-2 Friday at Birmingham-Southern College (11-2), and the BSC men won 2-0 to complete the SAA doubleheader sweep. Savannah Williams had six saves for the female Tigers (4-6-1, 2-1), who trailed 9-2 in shots on goal. The Sewanee men are 5-6, 1-2.

-Both Covenant College soccer teams and its volleyball team made the USA South's video list of top plays from September. For clips, visit usasouth.net/sports.

Volleyball

-Ally Ford and Miranda Elpers combined for 37 kills and 29 digs and Lauren Greenspoon had 49 assists with 11 digs as UTC defeated visiting Samford 3-1 in SoCon volleyball Friday, by the set scores of 24-26, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19. Elpers had 19 digs with 17 kills and Ford had 19 kills for the Mocs (10-9, 3-2), while Eden Murray had nine kills, Megan Kaufman had 22 digs and Bailey Clemons matched Ford's 10 digs. For Samford (8-11, 3-2), Krista Boesing had 18 kills and Taylor Anderton contributed 39 assists and 12 digs.

-Freshman Te'a Owens from Ridgeland High School had six kills, fourth most on the team, as Point University won 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-18) over visiting Bryan College in Appalachian Athletic Conference volleyball Friday. Point is 14-5, 9-2 in the AAC. For Bryan (5-14, 4-5), Emalie Hicks and Anna Owens each had six kills, Veronica Salas had 12 assists and Kristen Parrish had 11 digs.

-Tennessee Wesleyan University lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-15) in its AAC match at Reinhardt, which rose to 17-4, 8-1 in the league. For TWU (5-14, 1-8), Sydney Ritten led with six kills and Gabi Catt had 12 assists.

Tennis

-UTC freshmen Luke Plaisted and Jacob Marshall in the Panthers Draw and Cooper Long in the Raiders Draw won singles matches in straight sets Friday in the first day of the Mercer Gridiron Classic tennis tournament.

Running

-Sewanee senior Owen Legrone was the SAA men's cross country runner of the week for his strong showing at the massive Greater Louisville Classic last Saturday. He was 12th in 26:26.88 among 305 non-NCAA Division I and II participants in the Silver 8-kilometer race and 17th overall in the Silver with two DI and nine DII schools included, according to a Sewanee release.