Meredith College Avenging Angels athletic teams experienced much success this spring, including the USA South Championship in lacrosse. (See Meredith Wins USA South Women’s Lacrosse Championship for more.)
The Avenging Angel tennis squad finished the spring season in second place with the team’s only USA South loss to the eventual conference champions. Senior Puja Patel earned her fourth consecutive All-Conference first-team selection and was joined by junior Caroline Hunt. Mary Lawrence Newton earned second team honors, and freshman Cailin Goff third team along with the All-Sportsmanship award.
Led by new Head Tennis Coach Meredith Vincent, the team collected a runner-up finish in this year’s USA South tournament. Hunt and sophomore Taylor Brennan remained undefeated in singles play in Rocky Mount and earned All-Tournament honors for their efforts.
Winning six of seven games to wrap up the conference regular season, the Meredith softball Angels earned a fifth-place finish. Meredith recorded several big wins throughout the conference season, with perhaps the most significant highlight an 8-7 victory over Piedmont, ranked eighth nationally at the time. Senior Lorri Cole’s fifth-inning grand slam edged Meredith past the Lions for the win.
The Avenging Angels collected regular season wins over the second- and third- seeded Huntingdon and Averett as well, which moved Meredith up the conference ranks.
Junior infielder Amanda White earned the program’s first USA South Softball Player of the Year honor and garnered her third All-Conference selection and second first-team honor. Pitcher Amanda Beirne earned second team honors and was joined by third team selections Courtney Saunders and Ashley Green. Leah Friedman collected the All-Sportsmanship award for Meredith.
Standout Success in Statistical Rankings
In addition to the athletic program’s success within the USA South Conference this spring, two of Meredith’s student-athletes reached the top of the NCAA statistical rankings in her respective sport. Beirne led the nation in strikeouts all season and capped off her career with 186 this spring and 527 during her four years as an Avenging Angel.
Lacrosse standout Katie Burnet leads the nation with 80 goals and 114 points and claimed a conference record in both during the semifinals of the USA South tournament.
Meredith Golf Classic Rescheduled
Originally scheduled for early April, rain forced athletic officials to reschedule the 16th Annual Meredith College Golf Classic for Monday, April 28. Take this second-chance opportunity to join in the fun at the Arnold Palmer signature course of Brier Creek Country Club. Lunch will be served prior to the 1 p.m. shotgun start, and the day includes a putting contest, silent auction, snacks, and cookout.
The Meredith community is encouraged to support this event as a player, volunteer, hole sponsor, or booster. Register online. Contact Fiona Barkley, the golf tournament director, for creative ways to join the fun.
Additional Summer Sports Camps Available
Tennis and lacrosse joined the Meredith College Summer Sports Camp lineup. Online registrations are now open! Avenging Angel basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball coaches will host a series of day and overnight camps for youth of all ages, and the online registration simplifies the process for you. Find details and forms at goavengingangels.com.
—Submitted by Wendy Jones, sports information directo