UTC photo / Kallie Searcy

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga announced Friday that the NCAA has granted sophomore transfer Kallie Searcy a waiver to play this season for the women's basketball team, instead of sitting out a year. The 6-foot-3 former Brentwood Academy player got into 14 games last season for Western Kentucky, scoring six points in one. "We are thrilled that Kallie decided to join us this season," Mocs coach Katie Burrows said in the school release. "Her immediate eligibility gives us depth in the low post, and we are excited to see how she will contribute on the court this year." Searcy was part of two state-championship teams and a runner-up at Brentwood Academy, which went 52-12 her last two years there while she averaged 4.8 points and 4.2 rebounds a game.



* The UTC women won 1-0 over visiting Virginia Military Institute on senior night Friday, and senior Bailey Gale scored the goal. It came 19:12 into the match on an assist from Emily Szymanski. The Mocs (9-4-3, 4-2-1 Southern Conference) had a 5-0 edge in shots on goal, and Ashton Shields got her sixth shutout of the season.

* Freshman Mallory Hayden's goal from a Riley Henry pass in the 88th minute gave the 15th-ranked Lee University women a 1-0 Gulf South Conference win Friday at Union University (2-6, 1-4). Lee (8-2, 4-1) had margins of 23-3 in shots, 10-1 in shots on goal and 8-3 in corner kicks. The Lee men (6-4-2, 2-3-1) lost 3-2 to Union. Jared McWhorter and Riley Indermuehle scored for Lee, the latter from a McWhorter assist in the final minute.

* Austin Berry scored two goals as the Covenant College men improved to 12-2-1 and 9-0 in the USA South with a 5-0 win Friday at LaGrange. Jake Major had a goal and an assist, Parker Owen and Robert Pettit also scored and Josh Brower had two assists for the Scots, who led 26-9 in shots and 12-1 in corners. Paul Lemay made five saves.



* The UTC women shot a 300 in the first round Friday of the Cardinal Cup tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, and that had them seventh out of 17 teams but only eight strokes from leader Campbell — and only four behind 20th-ranked Kentucky in third. Maddy McDanel led the Mocs with a 1-over-par 73, tied for 11th individually, while Esme Hamilton and Kirsty Beckwith shared 25th with 75s and Dorota Zalewska shot 77.



* UTC battled but lost Friday for the 10th time in a row, 3-2 in a SoCon match at Wofford. The set scores were 21-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-17, 15-9. Gylian Finch had 20 kills for the second straight match for UTC (5-15, 0-7), and Maia Rackel had 11 plus three block solos and five block assists. Maddie Halsey had 34 assists and 12 digs, and Megan Kaufman had 15 digs.

* Lee lost 3-0 to Spring Hill as the GSC/SSC Crossover began Friday in Hoover, Alabama. Abby Stroh and Quinne Daoust had eight kills apiece, Hanna Matthews 17 assists and Micaela McMichen 17 digs for Lee (9-11).

* Senior setter Constance Connolly surpassed 2,500 assists for her Sewanee career with 36, plus four aces, in Thursday's 3-0 win (25-16, 25-18, 25-17) at MUW. Her 706 assists in 2019 lead the Southern Athletic Association. Olivia Nichols had eight kills and 14 digs and Lilly Reilly also had eight kills for Sewanee (14-7).



* In slowpitch softball last weekend, Dade County High School graduates edged Soddy-Daisy 20-18 for the championship of the inaugural CSL City Alumni Tournament. Dade went 5-0 in the event presented by Chattanooga Sports Leagues and The Athletic Shop on Lookout Valley's baseball field, with an 11-3 semifinal victory over Lookout Valley. Soddy-Daisy defeated Central 15-9 in the other semifinal. Each team was limited to two non-alumni players. Dade's Stephen Graham led everyone with eight home runs and was the most valuable player, joined on the all-tournament list by teammates Danny Oliver, Chris Brown and Tyler Waters; Soddy-Daisy's Ryan Shipley, Stan Burch, Austin Payne and Trevor Walker (7 homers); Lookout Valley's Garrett Reagan; and Central's Tyler Davis.

Compiled by Ron Bush. Contact him at or 423-757-6291.