Women’s tennis splits weekend series in Bristol
BRISTOL, TN—After defeating King University 6-1 on Saturday, the Cavaliers closed out their fall season with a 4-3 defeat to Lees-McRae College.
The Cavaliers took the doubles point over the Tornado with a 6-0 sweep by sophomores Liza Akimenko and Katya Akimenko in the No. 1 position and a 6-1 victory by senior Aya Melhem and sophomore Grace Hall to start the day. In singles play, the Cavaliers earned sweeps at the No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 positions with Melhem earning a three-set victory at the No. 3 position.
Liza Akimenko and Katya Akimenko teamed up again on Sunday for another 6-0 victory at the No. 1 doubles position, but losses at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions gave the doubles point to Lees-McRae. Sophomore Olivia Dishner earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 singles position, while Liza Akimenko and Katya Akimenko earned wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions respectively, but losses at the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions would see the Cavaliers end their fall season with a 4-3 loss.
The Cavaliers (4-3) will return to action on Feb. 23 when they host Queens University of Charlotte in their first ever South Atlantic Conference match.
Football drops seventh straight in 45-13 loss
WINGATE, NC—The Cavaliers were shutout over the final three quarters on Saturday evening in a 45-13 loss at Wingate University.
After a field goal and an interception returned for a touchdown put the Cavaliers down 10-0, sophomore Tanner Bernard connected with freshman Mykael Anderson for a 69-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 10-6. A four-yard run by Wingate would make it a 17-6 game, but Bernard would score on a long pass again in the final moments of the first quarter as he found freshman Kadarius Singleton downfield who raced his way to a 50-yard touchdown. That would be the final score for the Cavaliers, as they allowed 21 more points over the final three quarters.
Anderson and Singleton combined for 212 yards on 14 receptions as they each recorded their first career touchdowns. Bernard completed 23 of 38 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while freshman Shaheim Revel led the team with 26 rushing yards on six attempts. On defense, sophomore Austin J. Hicks led the team with 14 total tackles, including the team’s only sack of the night. The loss marked just the second time this season the Cavaliers defense did not force a turnover.
The Cavaliers (1-7, 0-6 SAC) return to Wise on Saturday afternoon for the Homecoming game against Limestone College. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Men’s tennis falls on road in Bristol
BRISTOL, TN—A pair of road sweeps concluded the Cavaliers’ fall schedule over the weekend, as they fell 7-0 to King University on Saturday and 7-0 to Lees-McRae College on Sunday.
After dropping the doubles point to the Tornado, freshman Cleve Packer fell 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles position while junior Coleton Burke and freshman Connor Giza were swept 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions respectively. The Cavaliers didn’t fare better on Sunday either, as they were swept in the doubles point, and after falling in the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles positions in two sets, Burke, freshman John Robert Kilgore and senior John Hamilton fell in single sets in the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions respectively.
The Cavaliers (3-3) will return to action on Feb. 23 when they host Queens University of Charlotte in their first ever South Atlantic Conference match.
Volleyball swept twice in weekend series
NC—The Cavaliers saw their losing streak extend to 19 games after a pair of three-set sweeps against Lenoir-Rhyne University and Mars Hill University.
A late rally in the third set wasn’t enough to close the gap on Friday night, as the Cavaliers fell 25-14, 25-11, 25-18 to Lenoir-Rhyne. On Saturday afternoon, UVA Wise kept it close in the first set before ultimately falling 25-22. Mars Hill took the momentum from there to take the second and third sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-16 respectively.
Sophomore Kelsey Green recorded a career-high 14 kills against Mars Hill and finished the weekend with a combined 20 kills. Sophomore Matelyn Gibson and senior Ciara Kain each finished with 13 kills across the two matches, while freshman Zoe Avery led the Cavaliers with a combined 44 assists, 27 digs and two service aces.
The Cavaliers (1-19, 0-15) will remain on the road for their next match on Tuesday when they travel to take on Concord University at 6:30 p.m. They return to Wise on Friday night where they will host Carson-Newman University at 7.
Men’s, women’s cross-country close seasons at SAC Championships
WINGATE, NC—The Cavaliers closed out their first season in the South Atlantic Conference at the SAC Championships on Saturday, with the men’s team finishing in 11th place while the women’s team finished in 12th place.
The men’s team finished with a total time of 2:42:45 with an average pace of 32:33 in the 8K race. Freshman Austin Yeary was the top finisher for the Cavaliers, as he placed 65th with a time of 30:03.5. Yeary’s time was just under five minutes before first place finisher Yannik Duppich of Queens University of Charlotte.
The women’s team finished with a total time of 2:33:19 and an average pace of 30:40. Freshman Haley Sykes led the Cavaliers in the 6K race as she placed 44th with a time of 25:26.5. Sykes’ time was just under four minutes slower than Nicole McMillen of Tusculum University, who finished in first place with a time of 21:37.4.