Around the Region: UTC volleyball team loses opener to North Dakota

Around the Region: UTC volleyball team loses opener to North Dakota

August 26th, 2017 by Staff Reports in Sports - College

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team was trying late Friday night against Florida A&M to rebound from a 3-0 season-opening afternoon loss to North Dakota at the Ole Miss Invitational tournament. Ally Ford had 14 kills and Dani Szczepanski and Sarah Root split 14 in the 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 opening defeat, when Lauren Greenspoon had 30 assists, Megan Kaufman had 19 digs and Bailey Clemons added 11 digs.

-Bryan College began its volleyball season Friday afternoon with a 3-2 win over Bethel in the Bryan Bash. The set scores were 25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 15-13. The Lady Lions later lost to Southeastern 3-0 25-26, 28-26, 25-17). Hope Burnett made 11 kills and Mariah Dunlop had 10 against Bethel, when Rheagan Kean registered 28 digs, Anna Owens added 20 and Veronica Salas and Jennifer Keck had 21 and 14 assists with 11 and 10 digs.

-Tennessee Wesleyan's volleyball team fell to 0-5 for the season with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-20) home loss Friday to Cumberlands.

-Cleveland State won its first-ever volleyball match 3-0 Thursday night at home against Hiwassee — 25-7, 25-16, 25-11— and opened play Friday in Georgia Northwestern's tournament with a 2-0 win over Good.


-UTC lost 2-0 at Radford in women's soccer Friday evening, both goals coming in the second half — the second with 4:03 to play. Radford (3-0) had a 19-13 edge in shots, 6-4 on goal. UTC (1-1-1) announced earlier Friday that Ashley Simmons has been added to the coaching staff as a student assistant. She finished her Mocs playing career last year as a central defender and was a captain as early as her sophomore season. She played in 62 games with 57 starts. "Ashley was a captain for us, a leader who can help our current squad as they continue to grow both on and off the field," coach Gavin McKinney said in a release.

-The Tennessee Wesleyan men's soccer team edged Southeastern 2-1 in overtime Friday in the SCAD Invitational at Hardeeville, S.C.. TWU, which lost its season opener 1-0 to nationally ranked Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday, went ahead Friday on George Green's goal at 19:39 and won on a Gabriel Gonzalez score at 93:20. The Bulldogs led 17-10 in shots, and Nick Croucher made five saves.


-Jacob Wheeler of Harrison fell from first to third in the Bassmaster Elite angler-of-the-year standings Friday but still leads points leader Brandon Palaniuk of Idaho in the series' penultimate points tournament on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. Wheeler is 15th at 41 pounds, 3 ounces after his 19-10 second round, while Palaniuk is 20th at 40-3 after a 22-6 day. He's temporarily at 820 points, while Jacob Christie of Oklahoma has 791 and Wheeler has 785. Christie is ninth in the tournament at 42-13 as the top 50 go out again today with hopes of making the final 12 for Sunday. Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., took the lead at 45-13 with a 25-8 haul, while Matt Lee of Guntersville, Ala., is second at 45-0 and first-day leader Bradley Roy of Kentucky is third at 44-12.


-The Lee University, Dalton State and Sewanee men's golf teams all are in the preseason national Top 25s of their respective collegiate divisions, according to Bushnell Golfweek coaches' polls announced Friday. Lee is No. 15 in NCAA Division II, Sewanee is No. 25 in Division III and DSC's Roadrunners are No. 3 in the NAIA. Lee has senior Corey Sheppard, junior Matt Johnson and four sophomores back from a Super Regional team, plus three talented freshmen.


-Former Chattanooga Christian and Cleveland State basketball player Chelsea Jones has returned to Cleveland State as a women's basketball assistant coach. She graduated from the community college in 2013 with an associate's degree in physical therapy and then got a bachelor's degree from UTC. "I am going to bring a sense of energy that (the current Lady Cougars) have never seen before," Jones said in a CSCC web post. "I'm going to bring a positive attitude, solid consistency and someone they can depend on."