UTC runners win Berry meet
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga won the women’s title and was the men’s runner-up Saturday morning in the Berry Invitational cross country meet. UTC’s Emily Poole was second individually in 22:24.92 in the 6-kilometer race, and teammates Kennedy Thomson, Hannah Caldwell and Brianna Nelson were sixth, ninth and 12th with Nicole Buehrle, Sophia Neglia and Julia Henderson 14th through 16th. Covenant College’s Lilly Smith was 10th as both Scots teams were sixth in the 24- and 20-team fields. Georgia was second with 65 points to the Mocs’ 39 in the 6k, and Berry and Kennesaw State were third and fourth. The UTC men were second to Berea in the 8k with Mark Britt, Nathan Watson and Ryan Gebelein seventh, ninth and 13th and Jonathan Boyd 31st. Covenant’s Caleb Aikens was 23rd. Sewanee was eighth in the 6k, 11th in the 8k; Dalton State’s women were 11th.
› Led by a first-place and school-record finish from Christian Noble, the Lee University men were fourth out of 43 full teams Friday in the Royals Cross Country Challenge in Charlotte. And the Lady Flames were fifth among 45 teams. Davidson’s women and Queens’ men were team winners. Beside Noble’s 20-second 8k victory in 23:27, Lee’s Caleb Eagleson was 12th, Jared Herzog 38th, Casey Guthery 44th and Ben Tabor 52nd. Lee’s Chloe Flora was eighth in 17:29 in the 5k with Charlee Boxall 21st, Amy Carpenter 24th, Logan Hernandez 48th and Becca Umbarger 58th.
› UTC lost 3-1 Saturday in volleyball at Western Carolina, leaving each team 4-4 in the Southern Conference and tied for third place. The set scores were 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18. Dani Szczepanski had 14 kills with a .344 hitting percentage for UTC (8-13), while Mikaela Gauthreaux had 11 kills, Gylian Finch 10 kills and 11 digs, Jaquelyn Langhaim 42 assists and 10 digs and Megan Kaufman 22 digs. Miranda Elpers and Bailey Bennett added 12 and 10 digs.
› Despite 14 and 11 kills by Alex Reuter and Silvia Sartori, matching the two highs for West Alabama (17-5, 10-2), Lee University lost 3-0 (28-26, 25-12, 25-20) in a Gulf South Conference match Saturday. Also for Lee (10-12, 8-3), Hanna Matthews had 33 assists and 10 digs and MaKayla Beebe and Allie Koepfer had 17 and 14 digs.
› Covenant pulled out two 3-2 USA South victories Saturday at Demorest, Georgia. Sophie Puertas had 46 assists and 11 digs and Emily Moore had 35 digs for the Lady Scots (11-10, 9-1) in a 15-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-1 rally past LaGrange, when Alexa Spurling, Hannah Harris and Allie Jakes had 13, 12 and 11 kills and Harris and Hannah Stewart added 13 and 11 digs. In a 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 15-6 defeat of host Piedmont, Puertas had 50 assists and 14 digs, Moore 34 digs, Harris 14 kills and 21 digs, Meriel Chupp also 14 kills, Riley Howe 12 kills, Stewart 13 digs and Leah Buys 11 digs.
› Sewanee lost 3-1 (25-13, 15-25, 25-11, 25-15) to visiting Birmingham-Southern in a Southern Athletic Association match. Destiny Stewart had 11 kills and Constance Connolly set 27 assists for the Tigers (15-7, 5-5), and Lilly Reilly had 14 digs. Jeneva Salter had 21 kills for BSC (16-5, 9-2).
› Sydney Ritten had 12 kills and Kalyse Garrett had 27 assists as Tennessee Wesleyan won 3-0 in three close sets (27-25, 25-22, 26-24) in Appalachian Athletic Conference play at Truett McConnell. Wesleyan is 13-14, 9-5.
› After two straight-sets wins Friday in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional at the Champions Club, UTC freshman Lily Holmes won her B Flight quarterfinal Saturday over Lipscomb freshman Maddox Bandy from GPS, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, but then lost 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) to Clarie Sullivan of Memphis. UTC’s Emma Van Hee, Caroline Hall, Polina Goloputova and Annie Tarwater won consolation matches Saturday. In men’s regional consolations in Knoxville, UTC freshman Kerim Hyatt beat Ball State and Purdue players.
› Kailey Burrell scored two goals and Paige Simons and Lizzie Bird each had a goal and an assist as Covenant waylaid visiting LaGrange 10-0 in USA South women’s soccer Saturday. Kyra Duble, Carter Steedley, Grace Buys, Hannah Rodehaver, Molly Kate McClearn and Gina Hungerford also scored and Addy Cronan and Sarah Agee had two assists apiece for the Lady Scots (8-6-1, 5-2), who outshot LaGrange (4-8-1, 1-5) 41-1 with a 19-1 margin in on-goal shots and a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
› Tennessee Wesleyan beat Bluefield’s men 2-0 and took a forfeit win over Bluefield’s women in AAC soccer. Yuri Parisotto’s scissor-kick score from a Ben Timms cross in the 29th minute was the winning goal for the Bulldogs (10-4, 5-2), who led 22-8 in shots and 11-5 on goal. The Lady Bulldogs are 6-5-1, 6-2-1.