Athletics Update: Fall Sports Open 2014 Season, New Staff Named

The Meredith College athletics department welcomes Stephanie Little, assistant professor of health and exercise and sports science, to the team as the new faculty athletics representative (FAR). An appointment of the college president and an athletics administration position required of the NCAA, the FAR works to maintain academic integrity, compliance, student-athlete experience and communication with college administration.

Little fills the longtime role of Professor of History Michael Novak. For nearly 20 years, Novak worked alongside Meredith administrators as a liaison between the faculty and athletics staff. One of the Avenging Angels biggest fans, Novak also served as the voice of the Meredith Sports Network.

Athletics also welcomes two new members to the coaching staff this fall. Assistant Volleyball Coach MacKenzie Aries joined the team in August and will focus attention on setter development. Meredith alumna Amanda Street returns to her alma mater as the program’s new strength and conditioning coach. Street will work with student-athletes in the off-season to enhance strength training and overall fitness development, as well as assisting coaches and teams with physical maintenance in-season.

The Meredith fall sports teams opened the 2014 season during the Labor Day weekend with great success. Cross country finished second in the St. Andrew’s Invitational with junior Allie Gallagher leading the way for the Avenging Angels in fifth place.

Volleyball posted a 2-2 record in the Christopher Newport Captains Classic with wins over Bridgewater and Southern Virginia. Sophomore Karlie Long tallied the third-best totals with 47 kills and 3.62 kills per set to earn an All-Tournament selection.

The Avenging Angel soccer team fell to the host Washington and Lee Generals and Bridgewater in the W & L Classic. Rookie goalkeeper Jaisa Loch recorded nine saves in her collegiate debut, and sophomore Meredith McCarty scored the lone goal for Meredith on the weekend.

Follow Meredith’s continued athletic success at goavengingangels.com

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