Saturday, October 27, resulted in the best-ever individual Meredith finish in the USA South Cross Country Championships, a tournament berth for the volleyball squad and advancement to the conference tournament semifinal round for soccer.
Twelve Avenging Angel harriers raced in the championship meet Saturday at Hagan Stone Park, a familiar course for our runners. Senior Morgan Youd claimed fifth among the fast pool of 70 women, and earned first team all conference honors as a result.
Five more runners claimed all conference accolades for Meredith. Freshmen Maggie Robinson and Allie Gallagher earned placement on the second team with Ila Jones, Ashley Kate Kesler and Lara Pantlin keeping the pace to earn third team honors.
The No. 4 Avenging Angels hosted No. 5 Piedmont College Saturday in the quarterfinals of the USA South Women’s Soccer Tournament. Meredith defeated the Lions 3-2 in September and endured a similar battle on the field Saturday. Both teams were scoreless at the end of the 90 minute regulation game forcing a 10 minute overtime period. The Avenging Angels controlled the ball much of the match but would not find the net until the second extra period. Jessie Davis punched in a perfect pass from Taylor Brown in the 105th minute of the exciting match to claim victory and advance Meredith to the semifinals in Martinsville, Virginia, November 2.
Volleyball completed the sweep for Meredith during Saturday’s fall athletic events. Head Coach Fiona Barkley’s team was in a must-win situation heading into the day’s USA South conference tri-match at Greensboro College. After battling for a 3-2 victory over the LaGrange Panthers, Meredith held steadfast against The Pride. Losing to GC in a non-conference pairing earlier in the season, the Avenging Angels understood the challenge. After dropping the first set 25-19, the team opened the second to a seven-point deficit.
A pair of kills from Emily Hendricks and Anna Hayes triggered a run to tie the score at 16s, and there was no going back for the Avenging Angels. Meredith maintained control the rest of the way to sweep the final three sets and claim their second win on the day.
The pair of wins moved Meredith up in the final regular season standings to seventh place good for a trip to the league championships in Martinsville.
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