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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga running back Ailym Ford is the STATS FCS national freshman of the week after rushing 31 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns in last Thursday's 16-13 win over East Tennessee State. After earning honorable mention for the STATS honor three times this season, Ford leads all FCS freshmen with 757 rushing yards. In seven games he has the most for a Moc since Derrick Crane had 1,083 in 2016. "Aliym is an outstanding young man and is definitely deserving of this honor," coach Rusty Wright said in a UTC release. "He had a great game against ETSU, and we are looking forward to many more in his future."

 

Volleyball

* Christian Brothers University volleyball senior Emma Lenoir from East Hamilton has become the NCAA Division II active leader in career kills. She has 1,593 going into tonight's home match in Memphis against Henderson State. The 5-foot-11 Lenoir had 501 kills last year, at 4.43 per set, and leads CBU this season with 303 in 89 sets (3.40).

* Chattanooga State lost 3-1 Monday to the volleyball varsity from four-year Johnson University. The set scores were 25-20, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21. Kayla Ford had 36 digs and Dakota Rawiszer had 19 assists and 12 digs in defeat, while Brieana Hemphill and Madysun Steele each had nine kills — Hemphill with 24 digs and a hand in 14 blocks and Steele with seven blocks. The Lady Tigers will host Cleveland State at 6 p.m. Friday in the TCCAA/NJCAA Region VII tournament that also includes defending champion Walters State.

* Constance Connolly had 27 assists and three aces in Sewanee's 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 26-24) Southern Athletic Association win Sunday at Millsaps. Also for the Tigers (15-8, 7-5), Destiny Stewart and Ellie Pederson had 10 and eight kills, Sydney White had 12 digs and Stephanie Price contributed two block solos and four block assists with six kills on .545 hitting.

 

Basketball

* The Bryan College men's team began the area college basketball season — and Don Rekoske's 16th as the Lions' coach — with a 77-70 loss Monday night at the University of the Cumberlands. Austin Douglas had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Brandon Thomas had 16 and 11 for Bryan, which was 16-14 last season, and Noah Mulaski scored 10 points. Cleveland State alumnus Tevin Olison led the Patriots with 25 points and nine rebounds. He made four 3-point baskets.

 

Golf

* The Dalton State women's golf team, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA, had Monday's best round, 303, and moved into a tie for first place with No. 4 Cumberlands (304) at 608 in the Roadrunner Women's Invitational at Nob North. The 54-hole event ends today; seven of the eight teams are in the Top 25. DSC's Isabel Rijos is the leading player by five strokes at 145, and Haejin Choe is fifth at 152, playing as an individual. The Lady Roadrunners' Sydney Hermann and Katelyn Skiffen share eighth place at 155. The DSC men, also ranked seventh, are third at 601 in the TMU Fall Preview at Barnsley Gardens, and Tennesssee Wesleyan is fourth at 602. No. 4 Point leads at 595. DSC's Matthew Cleary leads at even-par 144, Ben Rebne is fourth at 147 and Sport Allmond is tied for 15th at 151.

* Cleveland State's Wes Spillers is No. 32 in the NJCAA Division II men's golf rankings, and Colbe Cagle also made the top 100 at No. 87. The Cougars' Nick McCracken and Gage Brakebill are Nos. 122 and 123.

 

Running

* Led again by freshman Kathryn Vradenburgh, the Dalton State women's cross country team finished fourth Saturday out of 20-plus teams in the Sand Shark Invitational at Hardeeville, South Carolina, where last year the Lady Roadrunners were 17th. Vradenburgh's 18:17 in the 5-kilometer race put her in seventh place and chopped 29 seconds off her previous personal best, and Alex Gass in 19:30, Kay Vradenburgh in 19:47 and Rachel Ward in 19:49 also made the top 30 with personal records.

 

Ailym Ford

' Sewanee lost 7-0 in SAA field hockey Sunday at Centre, which is 14-0 and ranked 16th nationally. Barbara Canty had 10 saves for the Tigers (3-9).

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