published Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Sanders gets Kosovo pro deal and other sports news

Former Cleveland High School and Carson-Newman University basketball standout Ish Sanders has signed a professional contract to play in Kosovo. Sanders, the fifth-leading scorer in Carson-Newman men's history with 1,922 points, signed with Vellaznimi Gjakove, which went 20-0 and won the Liga e Pare last year. "It's a relief. It's been a long summer waiting," Sanders said in a CNU release. "That's where the trust between me and Coach Benson and me and my agent has come into play." Sanders is No. 1 in career made 3-pointers for both the Eagles and the South Atlantic Conference with 343, and he led the SAC last season with 2.0 steals per game and 90.9-percent free-throw shooting.

Tennis

• Chattanoogans Zan Guerry and Ned Caswell finished second in doubles in the USTA National Men's 50 Grass Court Championships with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 loss to top seeds Douglas Elly of Springfield, Mo., and Ken White of Elma, N.Y., in Friday's final in Philadelphia. The Guerry-Caswell combination was one of the four 5 seeds going into the tournament at the Germantown Cricket Club but won four matches.

Soccer

• Amanda Ortiz and McKenzie Gregg each scored two goals as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga beat Tennessee Temple 7-0 in women's soccer Friday night at Finley Stadium. Gregg's goals sandwiched a penalty kick by Melanie Arendodo and both came from assists by Clare Latham, who scored from a Gregg assist to give the Mocs (1-2) a 5-0 lead going into halftime. Ortiz scored 5:55 into the match from an assist by Crystal Mackezyk, and Ortiz and Mackezyk scored the second-half goals from assists by Samantha Hogan and Logan Higgins. Lyndi Dodd made 12 saves for Temple (0-2), which was outshot 34-1 and outcornered 9-1.

• Covenant College senior Joel Friesen's first collegiate hat trick gave the Scots a season-opening 3-1 win over Rutgers-Newark on Friday in the Sonny Carter Invitational tournament in Atlanta. Friesen scored from Snoopy Davidson assists in the 19th and 76th minutes and netted the other goal in the 56th minute. Covenant keeper Daniel Kubin made four saves and did not allow a goal until his team led 3-0.

• Rhodes scored a goal in each half and won 2-0 in the Covenant women's soccer opener Friday in Memphis. The Lynx outshot the Lady Scots 13-4 with a 6-1 margin in shots on goal.

• The Sewanee women's soccer team opened its season with a 6-0 win over visiting Bryan on Friday, with four goals by Shelby Meckstroth and two by Jamie Samociuk. The Tigers outshot the Lady Lions 29-4; Ariel Greene made 11 saves for Bryan (1-1).

Volleyball

• The UTC volleyball team opened its season Friday with a 3-1 loss to Tulsa in Houston Baptist's Husky Classic. Briana Reid and Kristy Wieser had 11 and 10 kills and 11 digs apiece for the Mocs in the 25-19, 24-26, 25-14, 25-22 loss, while Catherine Chason made 22 digs and Lauren Greenspoon had 35 assists and eigh tdigs.

• The Tennessee Temple volleyball team fell to 0-4 for the season with a 3-0 loss Friday at Cumberland University and later played Pensacola Christian. Victoria Smith had nine kills and Kiara Govan had 18 assists and nine digs in the Lady Crusaders' 25-14, 25-10, 25-9 loss to Cumberland.

• Sewanee's volleyball team opened the season Friday in the MckAttack Classic at Birmingham-Southern with 3-0 losses to Mount St. Joseph (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) and Piedmont (25-18, 25-23, 25-22). Sara Jayne Sutton had 15 digs for Sewanee in the first loss.

Running

• Beth Burgess and newcomer Graham Massot were the individual winners for the Covenant College cross country teams that opened their seasons with victories Friday in the Mountaintop Invitational meet on Lookout Mountain. Burgess won the women's two-mile race by 22 seconds in a personal-best 13:06.23, and seven other Lady Scots were in the top 12. Ruthie Cargill, Margaret Fitch, Esther Anderson, Abby Irwin and Anna Hankal were third through seventh. Emily Guillaume from second-place Maryville was second. Massott, a sophomore transfer from Wheaton, outdueled Maryville's Sean Hagstrom -- the 2013 USA South champion -- in winning the men's 5k in 17:42.99, with Covenant freshman Eliot Kaufmann third in 17:52.35 and teammates Stephen Dillon, Justin Jantomaso and Jack Williams seventh, 14th and 16th. The Scots won with 41 points to 45 for Reinhardt, with Truett-McConnell third and Maryville fourth.

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