Football falls against Division I Tennessee Tech
In their first game against a Division I opponent in five years, the Cavaliers scored early but fell short in a 31-14 loss to the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first quarter redshirt junior Marquis Hamilton grabbed his first interception of the year to start a 70-yard drive for the Cavaliers that would end with a seven-yard touchdown run by sophomore Darrien Newton to make it a 7-0 game. The lead would be short-lived though, as the Golden Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of 28 unanswered points for Tennessee Tech, before sophomore quarterback Tanner Bernard connected with sophomore Markel Harrison for a 31-yard touchdown — the first touchdown of Harrison’s career. A Tennessee Tech field goal would end the scoring for the night as the Cavaliers suffered their first loss of the year.
Bernard completed 15-of-29 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee Tech. Harrison led the team with 31 yards receiving and a touchdown on one reception, while junior Muntsier Sharfi, sophomores Seth Phillips and Jamal Fisher and freshman Jahlil Jefferson each had over 20 yards receiving. Sophomore Terrence Lambert led the Cavaliers with 84 yards rushing on 22 attempts, while Newton had 17 yards on four attempts with a touchdown.
On defense, senior Buster Henderson tied for the game-high with 10 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss. Junior Rondre Knowles-Tener had two sacks for the Cavaliers, while Hamilton and junior Demetrius Mann each made an interception against the Golden Eagles. Freshman Daric Cottman, sophomore Logan Jenkins and junior Drew O’Bryan each had a fumble recovery for the Cavaliers.
UVa-Wise (1-1) return to Wise on Saturday afternoon where they will host Mars Hill University at 12 p.m.
Volleyball opens conference play with loss at Carson-Newman
In their first match in the South Atlantic Conference, the Cavaliers fell in three sets (25-22, 25-11, 26-24) to Carson-Newman University on Friday night.
After a close first set that saw neither team lead by more than three points, the Eagles went on a 15-3 scoring run to close out the second set and take a 2-0 match lead over the Cavaliers. In the final set, the Cavaliers stayed within four points of the Eagles and managed to tie the game at 24-24, but a Carson-Newman kill and an attack error by UVa-Wise would give the Eagles a three-set sweep.
Redshirt senior Ciara Kain led the team with eight kills and finished with nine digs, while sophomore Matelyn Gibson was second with seven kills while also recording nine digs. Senior Morgan Milligan had a game-high 24 digs, while junior Makayla Ledford finished with a game-high 23 assists.
Men’s golf has third-place finish at Alice Lloyd Invitational
The Cavaliers opened their season with a third-place finish in the Alice Lloyd Invitational on Sept. 9-10.
UVa-Wise finished with a team score of 614, which was 31 strokes behind tournament champion University of Pikeville and 21 strokes behind Rio Grande University. Sophomore Hunter Farley led the team as he finished ninth individually with a two-day total of 146, which included a career-best score of 68 on the first day of the tournament. Sophomores Alex Arnold and Bryce Varner tied for 13th and 15th place respectively with scores of 154 and 155, while freshman Evan Blanton tied for 23rd with a score of 159 and junior Jacob Sowers finished 29th with a score of 162.
The Cavaliers will compete next in the King University Invitational on Sept. 23 in Bristol, TN.
Women’s tennis records wins at King Hidden Dual Invitational
The Cavaliers finished with multiple wins in singles and doubles play over the weekend at the King Hidden Dual Invitational.
On the first day of the tournament the Cavaliers played a singles match against host King University and earned wins at the No. 1 through No. 5 positions, including an 8-0 victory in the No. 5 position by freshman Megan Harwood for her first career victory. UVa-Wise would face King on the second day in doubles play, with sophomores Liza Akimenko and Katya Akimenko winning the No. 1 position 6-1, while senior Aya Melhem and Harwood combined to win 6-4 at the No. 2 position. The Cavaliers earned a sweep in doubles play against Montreat College on the final day of the tournament, with Liza Akimenko and Katya Akimenko winning the No. 1 position 6-0, Melhem and sophomore Grace Hall winning the No. 2 position 7-6(8-6) and Harwood and sophomore Lillian Morris winning 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
The Cavaliers will host Brevard College on Saturday at noon for their home opener.