Half-way through the fall sports season, Meredith’s cross country, soccer and volleyball teams are earning consistent recognition from the USA South and find themselves in a position for success as the conference championships approach.
In each of the first four races, the Avenging Angel harriers topped the competing Division III teams and regularly placed ahead of Division II programs as well. Freshman Ann Chapin Meekins garnered Women’s Cross Country Rookie of the Week honors each of the first three weeks presented. Sophomore Allie Gallagher joined her teammate September 23 as the Runner of the Week after a strong performance at the Adidas Cross Country Challenge held at the nearby WakeMed course.
As of October 1, the soccer team ranked first in USA South standings with a record of 4-0-1. Freshman Meghan Ingram earned the sport’s Rookie of the Week title September 30 after scoring the game-winner in a 2-1 win over new conference member Covenant College. Jessie Davis and Danielle Lee sit atop the conference leader board with 36 shots, and Davis has six assists on the season. Senior goalie Kelsey Hopper leads the league with a .900 save percentage. In support of Assistant Soccer Coach Ashley Riggs, the team will host the 5K Run for Riggs in conjunction with the Kick Cancer game scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13, versus William Peace University. The $10 participant entry fee will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Riggs as she begins her battle with cancer. The soccer match is slated for a 2 p.m. kickoff with the run following at 4:30 p.m. at the Meredith Athletic Track and Field.
On October 3, the Avenging Angel volleyball squad captured sole possession of second place in USA South North division standings with a 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 28-26) thriller over cross-town rival William Peace. The packed Weatherspoon Gym witnessed a Meredith comeback in the fourth set to defeat the Pacers. Volleyball’s freshman outside hitter Karlie Long earned her third consecutive Rookie of the Week honor September 30, and added Player of the Week to her career credits as well. Long earned a double-double in six of her last eight outings and ranks among the top-five USA South players with 3.27 kills per set. Sophomore middle Jasmine Aguinaldo reached the NCAA Division III national leader board in mid-September for blocks per set and continues to lead the league in all blocking categories. Senior Molly Markley supports the Avenging Angels with the second-best hitting percentage among USA South attackers and posts the third best total in solo blocks.
Visit goavengingangels.com for up-to-date results and schedules, and follow the fall student-athlete blog series with cross country’s Illa Jones, soccer’s Megan Luke, and volleyball’s writing duo Aguinaldo and April Hausler.