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The Lee University men's and women's runners won the huge Royals Cross Country Challenge on Friday in Charlotte, where perennial Southern Conference champion Furman was the women's team runner-up and Wofford's Hannah Steelman was the 5-kilometer individual winner in 16:48.3. There were 63 women's teams and 57 men's, with Mount Olive second, host Queens third and Furman sixth. The Lady Flames' Celine Ritter and Chloe Flora finished fourth and fifth in 17:18.9 and 17:20.2, and Charlee Boxall and Toni Moore were 19th and 21st. Lee's Will Stone and Caleb Eagleson were 13th and 14th in the 8k, with Ben Tabor 18th. Thomas Kelton and Casey Guthery were 22nd and 24th, sandwiching unattached teammate Christian Noble.

 

Soccer

* The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team lost 2-1 in its SoCon match Friday night at Mercer. The Bears (11-2, 3-1) scored at 11:11 and 12:19, and that was it except for the Mocs' goal at 40:17 by Hollie Massey from a Grace Klippenstein throw-in. UTC (7-4-3, 2-2-1) edged Mercer 14-12 in shots and got five saves from Ashton Shields.

* Lee University lost 2-0 Friday in Gulf South Conference men's soccer to 14th-ranked West Florida, which is coached by Hixson High School graduate and Chattanooga Football Club head coach Bill Elliott, but Lee's No. 18 Lady Flames beat Spring Hill 5-1 with four second-half goals. In the men's game, Bernardo Torres scored at 56:08 for the Argonauts (8-1, 4-1) and assisted on Ed Chappe's goal at 58:58. The Flames (6-2-2, 2-1-1) outshot them 6-1 in the first half, 9-6 for the game. The Lady Flames (7-2, 3-1) got a first-half equalizer from Riley Engels — Spring Hill scored 22 seconds in — and Riley Henry scored twice from Devin Healy assists early in the second half. Julia Kaset and Emma Higgins scored later, and the Lady Flames had margins of 27-2 in shots, 14-1 in shots on goal and 10-0 in corner kicks. The Lee teams will swap opposing schools for Sunday's home doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

* Host Sewanee lost 1-0 to the Rhodes women but won 2-1 over the Rhodes men in Southern Athletic Association soccer Friday. Anya Ranaraja scored at 47:24 for Rhodes' women (8-4, 2-1); Hanna Judycki had seven saves for the female Tigers (4-5-2, 1-1-1). For the Sewanee men (7-3-1, 2-1), Thompson Schollaert scored from an Alpo Sipila assist off a corner kick in the 14th minute and Brendan Mann converted an Evan Poole assist at 77:43, breaking a 1-1 tie.

 

Volleyball

* UTC won the first set but lost the next three in its home SoCon match Friday against UNC Greensboro (8-10, 2-3). The set scores were 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17. Maia Rackel downed 11 kills and Gylian Finch had 10 plus 10 digs for UTC (5-13, 0-5), while Sarah Root had nine kills, Maddie Halsey 35 assists and 11 digs, Megan Kaufman 23 digs and Brianna Anderson 15 digs.

* Lee registered its first GSC volleyball victory of the season Friday, 3-1 at Christian Brothers, by the set scores of 15-25, 25-17, 30-28, 25-20. Abby Stroh had 19 kills, 12 digs and three aces and Bailey Kress had 16 kills and 10 digs for the Lady Flames (8-9, 1-4), who got 44 assists from Hanna Matthews and 15 digs from Micaela McMichen. CBU senior Emma Lenoir from East Hamilton had 10 kills and nine digs.

* Bryan College lost 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-19) at Point University and now is 15-9, 9-5 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Rheagan Kean had 18 digs and Jaleigh Rogan 13 assists in defeat, and Gigi Ford and Anna Owens had eight and seven kills.

* Cleveland State lost 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-17) on Thursday night to four-year Johnson University of Knoxville and then played two matches Friday in the Wallace State Fall Bash at Hanceville, Alabama. Lydia Martin had 17 digs, Sydney Allen 15 assists, Katlyn Knight 11 digs and Stephanie Burke six kills against Johnson, which got a match-high 12 kills from former Lady Cougars standout Ariana Smith.

Compiled by Ron Bush

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