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Successful week for Milligan volleyball and soccer

Kassi Butcher • Oct 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM

The Milligan College fall sports teams are nearing the end of their schedule, and the teams have been showing impressive performances.

MEN’S SOCCER UPSET NO. 19 TWU

Milligan stunned No. 19 Tennessee Wesleyan University, 3-1, Saturday night on Anglin Field. The win snapped an 11-game undefeated streak for the visiting Bulldogs and marked only the second time this season a team scored three goals against Wesleyan.

Roberto Fernandez Garrido scored his Appalachian Athletic Conference-leading 14th goal of the season along with his fourth multigoal match of the year. His first goal happened early, on a penalty kick following a handball in the box, putting the Buffs on top 1-0 in the 15th minute.

After Tennessee Wesleyan tied the game 1-1 in the 34th minute, Andre Levarity connected with Harry Griffin for the go-ahead goal — then Griffin connected with Garrido for the put-away goal, both in the second half.

Milligan stays home for its next two matches, first facing St. Andrews University Wednesday at 3 p.m. The women's match will follow at 6 p.m. After that, the Buffs host Bluefield College Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. (women) and 5 p.m. (men).

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS THE WEEK

The Buffs defeated both Montreat College and Bryan College this past week. They first faced Montreat in a back and forth matchup that came down to the final few points in the fifth set to determine Milligan the winner.

Kellee Geren had 49 assists against Montreat with her main targets on the night being Carley Gregory with 17 kills, Julie Dockery 16 and Julia Codispoti 12. Dockery produced the highest hitting percentage (.452), Gregory added 10 kills to account for a double-double and Layla Grant led the defense with 25 digs.

On Friday, Milligan faced Bryan for the second time this season. The Buffs won in four sets (25-17, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22) to split the regular season series with the Lions.

Geren recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 49 assists and 10 digs. The Buffs recorded 58 kills against the Lions with Gregory accounting for 14, Codispoti 13, Dockery 12 and Abby Falcone nine. Grant was tops defensively, totaling 36 digs.

The Buffs’ next home match will be on Friday, Oct. 11, against Truett McConnell at 6:30 p.m.

CYCLING RETURNS TO NATIONALS

The USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals start this week in Big Bear Lake, California, at Snow Summit. The Buffs are coming off the best mountain bike conference season in the program’s history.

“We have a very young team, but a lot of depth in ability,” said head coach Zach Nave. “I am really excited to see how our team performs at nationals.”

Madeline Bemis is the returning Individual Omnium National Champion from last year. Nave says that this year’s field overall is the strongest and largest group that he has seen at a Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship.

SWIMMING/DIVING BACK IN ACTION

The Milligan swim teams began their 2019-20 season on Saturday at the Emmanuel Invite and captured second-place finishes. The Buffs picked up many national qualifying times and junior transfer Mitch Martin broke the school record in the men's 1,000 freestyle.

The Buffs will be back in action as they host a Black vs. Orange Alumni Meet on Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at noon. The Buffs then travel to Barbourville, Kentucky, for a meet against Union and Bethel on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 1 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY MAKES ANOTHER LEAP IN POLLS

After finishing runner-up in Charlotte, North Carolina, last weekend and making moves in the NAIA coaches top 25 polls, the Milligan cross country teams moved again with the women breaking the top 10 (No. 6) and the men advancing to No. 12.

It marks the highest national ranking of the season for both teams and the highest for the women since ranking No. 4 at this time one year ago.

Milligan has one more meet before entering championship season. The Buffs host their second home meet of the season as they welcome the Cavaliers of Montreat College Friday, Oct. 25, for the Dual at Tweetsie Trail.

After that, Milligan will enter the championship season with the Appalachian Athletic Conference meet (Friday, Nov. 8) and NAIA meet (Friday, Nov. 22).

ROUNDING UP THE BUFFALOES

Milligan women’s soccer is in the thick of the conference race at fifth place among the conference. The women went 1-1 this past week, defeating Columbia College on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 3-2 but falling to AAC leader Tennessee Wesleyan 3-1. Freshman Audra Morgan scored three of the four goals this past week for the Buffs.

Tennis will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 18 at Mars Hill. The Buffs only have three matches left on the schedule for the fall before spring season begins in February.

The Milligan golf teams are about to enter AAC championship season, as the women compete Oct. 14-15 in Braselton, Georgia, and the men will compete the following week, Oct. 21-22, in Adairsville, Georgia. The men have one more event on their schedule before the championship as they compete in the Bojangles Fall Classic Championship, hosted by Tennessee Wesleyan University this Saturday and Sunday.

The end of the fall season is quickly approaching, and the winter sports are beginning to kick into full gear as their seasons begin in less than a month.

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