Covenant Volleyball Team Wins Home Opener in Five

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Things started a bit shaky for the Covenant volleyball team on Saturday afternoon. Hosting their first tri-match of the season, the Lady Scots fell behind Oglethorpe two sets to none before rallying for a 3-2 (23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-9) victory in game one of the day.

The second match of the afternoon went much more smoothly as Covenant controlled from the start to capture a 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-14) win over former conference foe Wesleyan.

Chelsea VanDyk tallied 17 kills, two block solos and three block assists in the first match while Cora Schroeder had 11 kills and 16 digs. Stephanie Kirkpatrick registered her fifth career 40-plus assist match with 43 to go along with 14 digs. Estes Carlson led the defense with 23 digs and Anna Swain added 14.

Oglethorpe came out with a strong attack as the Stormy Petrels used 21 kills in the first two sets to stake a 2-0 lead. The teams went back-and-forth in those two sets, but Oglethorpe was able to get the key points when they needed it.

The third set was knotted up at 19 apiece before the Lady Scots scored six of the final eight points of the game to claim the set. Covenant then led throughout the fourth set and held off any Oglethorpe rally to force a fifth and deciding set.

Covenant gained a 10-5 advantage in the fifth set and would not let Oglethorpe get any closer the rest of the way. A kill by sophomore Swain ended the match as the Lady Scots completed the comeback.

The Lady Scots held a 53-38 edge in kills and a 10-3 advantage in service aces. Oglethorpe's Erin Shelton led the Stormy Petrels (0-1) with 14 kills and was followed by McKenna Bondarenko's 10 kills and 10 digs. Megan Makuck tallied 26 digs.

The second match saw Covenant seize control early on against Wesleyan. Each healthy member of the team, 11 in all, saw playing time for the Lady Scots. Schroeder was again effective on the attack as she had nine kills and just two errors. VanDyk added seven kills while Caroline Cone and Swain had five apiece.

Covenant only trailed briefly in the early moments of each set before rallying and cruising to the victory.

Wesleyan (0-2) was led by Male Fiaseu's 12 kills.

Covenant moves to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Scots will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to play Sewanee at 7 p.m. EDT.


No. 2 Ole Miss Pulls Away To Whip Tennessee, 34-3

OXFORD, Miss. – A hopeful night turned into a nightmare for Tennessee’s youthful Volunteers. Third-ranked Mississippi, behind a two-touchdown performance by quarterback Bo Wallace and a smothering defense, separated itself in the second half and went on to smack Tennessee, 34-3, on homecoming Saturday night at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Vols lost their two previous ... (click for more)

St. Andrew's-Sewanee Rolls On Senior Night

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee earned its 5th win on its Senior Night on Friday , beating the Middle Tennessee Heat 54-30.   The Mountain Lions took an early lead and kept the scores coming. Offensively, seniors Levi Higgins and Riley Rhoton led the SAS team to 524 total yards, with 338 of those coming from Higgins. Higgins ran for 5 touchdowns and returned a kickoff for ... (click for more)

Attorneys For Life Care Centers Of America Seek Direct Appeal On Key Issue In Federal Lawsuit

Attorneys for Life Care Centers of America are seeking a direct appeal to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on a key issue in the case in which the federal government is seeking millions of dollars in reimbursements, plus treble damages, against the Cleveland, Tn.,-based firm. The attorneys want to appeal a decision by Federal Judge Sandy Mattice that would allow the testimony ... (click for more)

Couple Die In Wreck In Marion County After Vehicle Goes Off Highway In A Curve

Two people died in a wreck in Marion County late Saturday night. The victims were identified as Glenda White, 33, of Palmer, Tn., and Jeremy Braden, 28, of Gruetli Laager, Tn. Both were ejected from their vehicle. They ran off the left side of Highway 108 at a curve while going north. The vehicle went through a fence into a field, before striking a tree and then coming ... (click for more)

Frances Pope Is The Only Answer For East Ridge Mayor

The time is upon us to stand together for a change, a changing of the guard for the better.  A time to elect officials that will actually listen to all the citizens that have concerns. A time to come together to watch East Ridge grow with new development. A time to elect the people in charge of the direction the city goes. A time when community involvement is essential. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)