Covenant Picked 3rd In Volleyball South Division, 5th Overall

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Covenant College volleyball has been picked third in the South Division of the USA South Conference and fifth overall.

Maryville College, under the direction of Head Coach Kandis Schram, in her 29th year, was picked to be the South Division favorite in 2014. The Scots are the defending South Division and USA South Tournament champions.

As for the North Division, Meredith College, under the direction of Head Coach Fiona Barkley, in her eighth year, was picked to capture the division.

In the overall voting, Maryville ranked first, followed by Piedmont College and Averett University. The head coaches do not vote for their own team in the preseason poll process.

Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division while voting for the overall preseason poll includes votes from each coach in the Conference. This is the second season that the Conference will split into divisions in the sport of volleyball.

In the South Division, Maryville, the defending division and tournament champions, received four of the five first place votes and 16 points. Piedmont was picked second with 12 points while Covenant grabbed the final remaining first place vote and 11 points to round out the top-half of the divisional poll.

In the North Division, Meredith, received four of the eight first place votes and 46 points. Last year's North Division champions, Averett, ranked second in the poll with 45 points and the remaining four first place votes. William Peace University with 38 points and Methodist University with 30 points placed third and fourth, respectively, to round out the top-half of the divisional poll.

The volleyball regular season gets underway on Friday, Aug. 29, as eight of the League's 13 teams are in action.

For the third consecutive year, the 2014 USA South Tournament will head to Martinsville, Virginia as the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority will host the event. The contests will be held at Patrick Henry Community College. First round matches will take place on Friday, November 7, following by the semifinals and final which will be played on Saturday, November 8. The top-five seeded teams from the North Division and the top-three seeded teams from the South Division, after the conclusion of regular season competition, will advance to the tournament.


Dalton State 83, College Of Coastal Georgia 59

Coastal Georgia hit 8 three point shots in the first half and Dalton State star center Ladaris Green, who had been sick and had not practiced this week, played just over five minutes... the result was a close score at the half with DS leading 38-36. Green played around minutes in the second half as the Roadrunners outscored the Mariners 45-22.  Green ... (click for more)

Covenant Men Finish Season In USA South Quarterfinals

The No. 8 seeded Covenant men's basketball team gave No. 1 seed, and tournament host, Averett all it could handle in the quarterfinal round of the USA South tournament, but the host Cougars rallied in the second half for a 67-61 win on Thursday night. Covenant ends its season with a 9-17 overall record. Averett advances to the semifinals and will face No. 4 seed Maryville on ... (click for more)

FCC Votes 3-2 To Approve EPB's Request To Expand Its Broadband Offerings

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow EPB to expand its broadband offerings to neighboring communities. Chairman Tom Wheeler and two other Democrats were in favor, while the two Republican members said the agency was acting illegally in overriding state law. EPB's phone, Internet and TV offerings have been far more successful than expected and ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools, UTC To Close Friday; Other Closings Announced

Due to remaining snow on some of the roadways and the potential for black ice overnight and into the morning, Hamilton County Schools will be closed on  Friday . School Age Child Care will also be closed. Employees who accrue vacation will report by  10 a.m.  and maintenance employees will report on regular schedule.  All classes are being ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Always Been A Battleground Between Good And Evil

From the thousands slain in nearby Chickamauga Battlefield during the Civil War…  To the launching point of the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears…  To the lunch counter sit-ins led by Howard School students — the only high school student sit-ins in the nation — during the Civil Rights Movement…  To Walter Cronkite calling the polluted Southern industrial town ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 92-Year-Old Victim

It is with great pride, and far greater relief, that I can report a “caretaker” is far different than a “boyfriend.” A story out of Memphis earlier this week morphed into a virtual fireball that had such power it appeared on the front page on a London newspaper and other news outlets all around the world when it was reported by the Associated Press a 28-year-old man had assaulted ... (click for more)