The captains mobilize after two sets to win the C2C title
Christopher Newport overcame a two-set deficit and came back with match point in the fifth set to beat Salisbury 3-2 (22-25, 29-31, 25-21, 25-17, 21-19) on Saturday for Coast title at the Coast Athletic Conference tournament in Milwaukee.
Mackenzie Wright and Maddie Carter had 22 wins each for CNU. Rebecca Frey had 21 digs, Anna Dean had 30 digs and Sammy Carroll had 54 assists.
Amanda Chew punctuated Salisbury with 20 kills, while Darian Dimatteo had 29 digs.
The triumph gave the captains their third automatic bid of the day for an NCAA Division III championship tournament – the top two came in men’s and women’s football.
The fifth set usually goes to the first team to score 15 points, but since neither team was able to gain a margin of two, this continued until the second-seeded captains won the last three points after losing 19-18 to the fourth seed. Gulls (16-10).
The CNU (22-9) will learn of the NCAA plans at 12:30 p.m. Monday.
ODU ends year with MTSU sweep
Old Dominion ended their season with a two-game sweep, beating Middle Tennessee State 3-1 on Saturday in Norfolk for the second straight day.
ODU rookie Myah Conway had 15 kills and hit .333 in wins 25-13, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23. Her teammate Alessia Sgherza had 12 kills and eight digs in her last collegiate game.
Although he did not qualify for the US Conference eight-team tournament, ODU (13-13, 5-7) will be his host from Friday to Sunday.
The Blue Raiders are down to 8-10, 6-6.
UNCW overcomes W&M in the first of two
Despite double doubles from Lauren Merrill and Maddie Meyers, William and Mary lost 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22) to UNC Wilmington in the first of a two-game series. The Tribu (4-14, 1-2 CAA) and the Seahawks (4-20, 3-10) will face off again on Sunday.
Merrill had 17 kills and 15 digs, while Meyers had 10 kills and 11 digs. Amy Schwem had 38 assists, five assists and eight digs.
Sarah Blakely had 11 kills and Jadyn Berry made 21 digs for UNCW.
USC Upstate swept Hampton 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-12) in Spartanburg, SC in the Pirates’ last road game of the season.
Gabby Calloway had six kills for HU (2-19, 1-13 Big South). Jessica Pugh had 13 digs, while Brooklyn Irvin added 11 assists and four digs.
The Spartans improved to 14-13, 10-4.
CNU takes title with victory over Mary Washington
Jonathon Leiding scored the deciding goal in the 76th minute as Christopher Newport won a bid for the NCAA Division III Championship tournament, defeating Mary Washington 2-1 in Fredericksburg in the Athletic Conference Championship game of coast to coast.
Josh Kirkland’s sixth-minute goal gave host Eagles (9-6-2) a 1-0 lead, but the captains were quick to respond as Ryan Kiely scored an assist from Cory Hogge to the eighth minute. Neither team scored again, although UMW dominated CNU 15-8.
The Captains (10-4-2) will learn their NCAA pairs at 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Elon ends W&M season ahead of CAA tournament
William and Mary (7-7, 4-4) failed to reach the CAA four-team tournament, losing 2-1 at home in the season finale to Elon (8-7- 2, 4-2-2).
Jack Dolk’s breakaway goal in the 26th minute and Scott Vatne’s penalty kick in the 41st, after a Tribe foul near the baseline, gave the Phoenix a 2-0 halftime lead. .
W & M’s Alex Levengood scored four minutes into the second half to cut the lead in half, but Elon survived despite losing 8-2 after the intermission.
The victory gave Elon the No.3 seed and a spot against the No.2 Northeast on Thursday. Seeded Hofstra will face No.4 Drexel in the other semi-final.
James Madison (11-5-1, 5-3) would have been the No. 3 seed under normal circumstances, but as the Dukes said they would be leaving CAA for the Sun Belt, they were barred from participating at the tournament. JMU is a long shot for an NCAA berth.
CNU remains undefeated with victory in tournament final
Christopher Newport will end the NCAA tournament undefeated. The Captains (16-0-1) assured it by defeating UC Santa Cruz 1-0 on Saturday for the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference Championship in Salisbury, Md.
Sarah Smith gave CNU the lead with a goal at 3:55 of the game, and the captains got her to stand. They had a 17-5 shooting advantage over the Banana Slugs (9-9-2).
The captains, ranked fifth in the latest coaching survey, have a chance to play in many NCAA home games. They will find out about their matches at 1 p.m. Monday.
Shutout loss ends Regent’s year at 5-7
After a scoreless first half, the University of Carolina shut out Regent 6-0 at Norfolk Christian. Sarah Walters and Natasha Mariam have scored twice each for the Bruins, and Aaliyah Rubio has one goal and two assists.
The Royals ended their season 5-7.
U.Va’s home game against Notre Dame receives prime-time treatment
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Saturday night that the start time for Virginia’s home game against Notre Dame on November 13 will be 7:30 p.m. The game at Scott Stadium will be televised on ABC (WVEC at Hampton Roads).
Old Dominion made their first public appearance of the season, winning 96-56 at Chartway Arena over Gannon, a Division II opponent from Erie, Pa.
Kalu Ezikpe led the Monarchs with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and five teammates joined him to score in double digits: Charles Smith IV (15), Jaylin Hunter (13), Austin Trice (13), CJ Keyser (12) and Mekhi Long (ten).
ODU shot 54.7% (35 of 64) for the game, and the Monarchs outscored the Golden Knights 55-23 in the second half. The Monarchs kick off their regular season at home Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Virginia Wesleyan.
Ike Herster scored 18 and Braden Olsen 16 for Gannon, and each sank four points to 3 points.
VWU falls in Tipoff final
Wisconsin-La Crosse beat host Virginia Wesleyan 65-54 on Saturday to win the TowneBank Tipoff tournament in Virginia Beach.
The Eagles (2-0) held the Marlins (1-1) to 36.4% of shots on goal (20 of 55), including 27.6% (8 of 29) at 3 points.
Jordan Crump had 18 points for VWU, while Tim Fisher had 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Marlins have never led after leading 3-2 and trailing up to 17 points.
Ethan Anderson led UWL with 19 points, scoring 8 of 13 field goal attempts.
Bryant & Stratton tie record on maiden trip
Bryant & Stratton made a split in their first two-game trip, beating the College of Southern Maryland 97-82. The Bobcats lost their opener to Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville 75-64 on Friday night.
Thomas Nelson beats Apprentice, goes 2-0
Thomas Nelson Community College defeated Peninsula rival Apprentice School 69-65 in the EMAC / NSAC challenge in Elizabeth City, NC. The builders fell to 1-1.
Jalil Langston had 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals for TNCC, and Michael Cunningham added 13 points. Jhalen Harris and Keimari Artis added nine points each, with Artis making 4 of 5 field goal attempts.
The Gators improved to 2-0, having beaten Mid-Atlantic event host Christian the day before.
Marion Moore had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Builders, Vershawn Eley had 12 points and five rebounds and Avin Hawkins had 10 points and four assists.
Regent wins his first victory
Regent beat Greensboro College 58-55 at Churchland High behind Randolph “Tre” Holland’s 16 points and six rebounds and Stanley Adjei’s 12 points and seven rebounds.
Although the Pride’s Greyson Collins had 20 points, the Royals (1-1) kept Greensboro 35.7% (20 of 56) from shots on goal.
No. 20 CNU sprinkles South Virginia
Christopher Newport, ranked 20th in the d3hoops.com preseason poll, started his season passing South Virginia 88-51 at the Freeman Center.
The Knights, who were with the CNU at the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference last season but are now in the southern United States, committed 40 turnovers compared to 17 for the CNU.
Natalie Terwilliger scored 16 points, Phylicia McInnis 13 and Sondra Fan 12 points and five interceptions for the captains. No CNU player was in the game for more than 20 minutes.
Savanna Christensen had 14 points and seven rebounds for SVU.
Apprentice drops opener in DC
Despite 28 points from Brittney Jones, Apprentice lost her first game of the season 69-66 to Trinity Washington University in the District of Columbia. Jayla Riddick added 13 points for the builders.
TWU trailed 39-30 at halftime but outscored Apprentice 25-8 in the third quarter. It was the Builders’ first game since the 2019-20 season; concerns about the pandemic took them off the field last season.
Greensboro College passed Regent 100-45 at Churchland High. Aliyah Whiteside and Quadijah Moore scored 18 points each for Pride, who used 12 players and shot 56.7% (38 of 67).
Kali Murrell led the Royals (0-2) with 28 points, but they shot 20.3% (12 of 59).
Salisbury wins at CNU for C2C title
Salisbury scored two goals in the first quarter and beat the seeded CNU 4-1 on the captains’ field for the Coast-to-Coast Tournament Championship.
Although CNU’s Maddison Steele scored for the third game in a row and Marcella Sabbagh added an assist and a defensive save, the captains (11-5) were unable to progress against Salisbury (11-7). Second-seeded McKenzie Mitchell scored twice, including the game’s first goal in the sixth minute.
On Sunday night, CNU – ranked 18th in Division III – will see if they get an overall NCAA offer.
The ODU pair reach the final of the National Fall Championships
Old Dominion’s Tatsiana Sasnouskaya and Yuliia Starodubtseva won two tie-breakers Saturday to advance to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Nationals championship round in San Diego.
Ranked third in a 32-team knockout group, the Monarchs improved to 4-0 in the event. In the quarterfinals, they edged eighth seed Cameron Morra and Carson Tanguilig of North Carolina 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6). Then, in the semifinals, they edged No.2 seed Jayci Goldsmith and Tatiana Makarova of Texas A&M 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 1-0 (10-7).
The triumphs brought ODU to Sunday’s final against fourth seeded UNC’s Fiona Crawley and Elizabeth Scotty.