published Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Weeklys inducted together as trio and other sports news

University of Tennessee softball co-head coaches Ralph and Karen Weekly and Ralph's son, a Lady Vols volunteer assistant, were inducted together Friday night in Tacoma, Wash., into the Pacific Lutheran University Athletic Hall of Fame. They comprised the induction class with Ralph's 1998 and '92 NAIA championship teams. He and Karen coached at UT-Chattanooga before taking the job in Knoxville, and Marc Weekly helped with Mocs football. He was a four-year starter at quarterback for PLU teams that went 41-6-1 from 1990 through '93 and led the Lutes to NAIA Division II national title games in 1991 and '93. He was the MVP with four touchdown passes and two TD runs when they won that '93 game 50-20, and he set 11 and still holds three NAIA D-II regular-season records. He holds PLU single-season and career records for total offense, passing yards and TD passes. Ralph Weekly had a 310-93 record as the Lutes' 1986-94 softball coach, with a national runner-up in 1990 to go with the two title teams, and was a football assistant all nine years. He was the national small college softball coach of the year in '93. His wife, the former Karen Kvale, was PLU's first softball All-American in 1987 and also played three seasons of basketball there. She batted .424 with 30 RBIs for the first Lutes team going to the NAIA nationals in '86, and she led all NAIA batters with a .440 average as a senior the next year. A two-year NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete with a 3.8 cumulative grade point average, she holds PLU records for career doubles, sacrifices, assists and fewest errors and the single-season mark of 19 sacrifices.

Tennis

• The UTC women's tennis team got off to a good start Friday in the school's annual Steve Baras Fall Classic at the Champions Club, with wins in 11 of 13 matches and seven singles players still alive in main draws. Thirteen schools are participating. The Lady Mocs were 4-0 in doubles, led by 58th-ranked Jenna Nurik and Kaylene Chadwell with an 8-2 win over a UAB duo in the No. 1 flight. Alex Flynn and Kayla Jones won 8-1 in the No. 2 flight and Claire Mulyadi and Jovana Pecovski won 8-1 with Kelsey Coots and Katie Polk winning 8-0 in flight 3. Nurik prevailed 6-4, 6-4 and Chadwell won 6-1, 6-1 in No. 1 flight singles, while Flynn advanced 6-1, 6-3 in flight 2, Mulyadi won 6-1, 6-1 in flight 3, Polk and Coots won in flight 4 and Jones moved on in flight 5. For the UTC men, seniors Manuel Barroetavena in the No. 1 flight and Ankit Chopra in Flight 3 had two wins each -- one of Chopra's over Lee's Flavio Costa -- and William Disterdick and Pavels Grigorjevs won 8-6 in No. 4 flight doubles over Lee's Costa and Patrick Kim. Grigorjevs and Stephen Crofford won their opening singles matches before losing to players from East Tennessee State and UNC Greensboro.

Football

• The Sewanee football team will be playing at home for the first time in three weeks today, and the 2-2 Tigers are facing a 3-0 Willamette team with the top passing attack in NCAA Division III. The Bearcats are averaging 407 passing yards a game and have the sixth highest scoring average among the 240 football-playing Division III programs. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. EDT.

Volleyball

• Samford University improved to 3-0 in Southern Conference volleyball this season with a 25-10, 25-17, 25-18 win Friday night at UTC. Lauren Hutchinson had 16 kills and Casey Garvey had 35 assists for the Bulldogs (11-6). Freshman Sarah Batterton led the Mocs (7-11, 1-2) with eight kills, while Bridget Camacho set 24 assists and Paula Passmore had 15 digs.

• Freshman Nicole Sumida had 18 kills on .438 hitting and junior Irene Ojukwu had 17 kills and 10 digs as Lee University got past visiting Brenau 25-18, 24-26, 28-30, 25-17, 15-9 in Southern States Athletic Conference volleyball Friday. Camil Martinez had 53 assists and Libby Peigen made 20 digs for Lee (14-6, 6-1), ranked sixth in the NAIA, and Paula Martins and Rachael Cunningham added 10 and eight kills.

• Chelsea Breaden downed 10 kills, Maggie Brown and Kaylan Dilts added seven and six and Ashley Mattoch had 39 assists in the absence of Taylor Fink as Bryan College won an Appalachian Athletic Conference volleyball match Friday at St. Andrews, 25-15, 25-23, 25-17. Corrie Walker had 17 digs for the Lady Lions (16-7, 5-1). AAC newcomer St. Andrews is 2-16, 1-6.

• Columbia (S.C.) College is 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the AAC after beating the visiting Tennessee Wesleyan volleyball team 3-0 on Friday. That dropped TWC to 4-5, 1-5.

Soccer

• Second-ranked Lee University edged No. 8 William Carey 1-0 in SSAC women's soccer Friday, and the Flames completed the sweep with a 2-1 overtime win at Hattiesburg, Miss. Ashley Aragona scored from a Leah Fortune assist for the Lady Flames (6-1, 3-0) midway through the first half. Leah Wilson had six saves in the shutout while Linfa Jones had nine for Carey (7-2-1, 2-1). For the Lee men (4-4-1, 1-2), Josh Ball scored from a Travis Kiger assist at 77:08 and the same duo combined for the winning goal at 93:32. Lee outshot Carey (5-3-1, 2-1) 22-11.

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