published Monday, November 11th, 2013

Bryan wins fifth AAC title in row and other sports news

Host Bryan College won its fifth consecutive Appalachian Athletic Conference men's cross country championship and sixth in seven years Saturday as the Lions' Anthony Simpson, Connor Hatfield and Alex Stephens finished first through third and Jason McLeod and Tyler Boone were seventh and 12th in the meet at Fort Bluff Camp. Tennessee Wesleyan freshman Roderick Bowman was fourth in 24 minutes, 27.83 seconds in the 8-kilometer race, behind Simpson's 24:12.36, Hatfield's 24:19.99 and Stephens' 24:21.68. TWC's Joseph Mullen was 11th with fellow Bulldogs Samuel Hawkins, Jacob Simmons, Chad Whitehead and Arnold Mutuse 13th through 16th. The Lions won the eight-team competition with 25 points, and TWC was second with 57. TWC was second also in the women's 5k, to Milligan, which had the top three finishers and 21 points to the Lady Bulldogs' 46. Wesleyan's Robbiccaa Williams and Leah Chance were fourth and fifth individually in 19:03.63 and 19:14.04, and teammates Jesse Hodnett and Lauren Barnes were 11th and 14th, sandwiching Bryan's Hannah Schroeder and Michelle McLeod.

Volleyball

• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball team lost 3-0 in Sunday's Southern Conference match at Western Carolina. Set scores were 25-21, 25-21, 25-11. UTC sophomore Briana Reid had a double-double for the Mocs with 10 kills and 11 digs in the loss. UTC (4-25, 3-11 SoCon) will wrap up the 2013 season this weekend at home with a match Friday against Wofford before the season finale Sunday against Furman.

• Sewanee played in a conference volleyball tournament semifinal for the first time since 1997 on Saturday but lost 3-0 to Hendrix College in the Southern Athletic Association event at Rome, Ga. All-conference freshman Diamond Stewart had nine kills and 12 digs in the 25-16, 26-24, 25-20 loss for the Tigers, who ended their season 15-13, and Jamie Kosman, Jamie Sue Wilson and Kayla Sewell had 16, 13 and 12 digs. Rachel Schumann and Walker Buxton divided the setting and had 12 and 11 assists. Hendrix took a 20-11 record into the title match.

• Rachel Harper from Boyd-Buchanan School had 16 kills and 16 digs and Cleveland High School graduate Kristen Pickett had 48 assists with nine digs as Carson-Newman won 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20) in South Atlantic Conference volleyball Friday. But the Lady Eagles (11-15, 6-13) lost 3-0 at Queens on Saturday and will miss the conference tournament. Pickett had 29 assists and Harper had 13 digs and nine kills in the 25-20, 30-28, 25-18 defeat.

Soccer

• The AAC men's soccer tournament semifinals and final will be hosted in Dayton by Bryan College; the top-seeded and nationally ranked Lions (13-3) edged Union College 1-0 in the second overtime Saturday night and will face Point (10-8-1) on Thursday. The championship match is set for Saturday. Tennessee Wesleyan's teams both were high seeds but lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

• No Sewanee women's soccer team had reached a conference tournament semifinal since 1992, but the Tigers were in this year's Southern Athletic Association final four Saturday and lost narrowly to Centre when the Colonels' Shannon Murray scored the lone goal with just over four minutes left in regulation. Centre (15-4-2) had a margin of 18-2 in shots against Sewanee, which ended its season 11-6-1. Olivia Glascoe made nine saves in defeat.

• Covenant College defender Andrea Hunt was selected to the USA South women's soccer all-tournament team as the event concluded Saturday in Martinsville, Va. Covenant lost 3-1 in the semifinals against Piedmont, which then beat Meredth 2-1 for the conference title

Field Hockey

• Old rival Rhodes College ended Sewanee's field hockey season with a 3-0 win Saturday in the SAA tournament at Danville, Ky. Freshman goalie Gabrielle Fignar had 15 saves for the Tigers (8-8) as Rhodes (11-8) outshot them 25-5.

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