The Meredith College athletics department in collaboration with the Office of Alumnae Affairs welcomed more than 30 alumnae-athletes and several former coaches back to campus for a brunch and an afternoon of spring sport action. During her update about Meredith’s strong athletics program, Athletic Director Jackie Myers launched the new Avenging Angels Club fundraising membership organization.
After several years of planning and months of identifying the hundreds former Meredith athletes, Myers is pleased to jumpstart this new initiative. Saturday’s first all-sport athlete reunion established a genuine interest in reconnecting alumnae athletes to campus and to keep them informed about the program’s success, needs and expectations.
Fans of the Avenging Angels may register for their membership online. The first 100 charter members receive a T-shirt, in addition to the club’s unique membership decal.
Monday, April 13, marks the 17th Annual Meredith Golf Classic and will be held at Brier Creek Country Club for the second consecutive year. Funds generated from past tournaments refurbished the Weatherspoon bleachers, provided dugouts, a new backstop and protective fencing for softball and replaced windscreens on the tennis courts.
The Golf Classic offers a variety of ways for the Meredith community to get involved. Register to golf, sponsor a hole, recruit a corporate sponsor, volunteer and celebrate the finish at the post-tournament cookout. Visit the athletics website for more details or contact Tournament Director Fiona Barkley for more information.
The spring sports are just five weeks away from the USA South Conference Tournaments scheduled to be held in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, beginning April 17. Having played just two league matches thus far, MC Lax holds a perfect 2-0 record and will face off with Piedmont Saturday to battle to remain the only undefeated team in the USA South. The Lions boast a conference record of 3-0, and Meredith defeated PC last year for the tournament title.
Softball sits in the top tier of the conference standings with much USA South action left in the season. Meredith heads to Averett this weekend to play the top-ranked Cougars who remain undefeated in conference play. Amanda White and Brittany Bucklin rank in the top-10 among conference players in the hitting categories, and Eran Artigues continues to impact the Avenging Angels’ offense as well.
Taylor Jackson ranks sixth in the league with an earned run average of 2.59 as a rookie and leads the conference with 10(t) wins thus far.
The tennis Angels have the bulk of their conference season left to play and return to action Saturday at Averett for their first match since March 9. Rookie Ran Zhang earned her first Rookie of the Week selection March 9, and she ranks fifth in the league at no. 1 singles. Junior transfer Catherine Bryant ranks second at no. 2 singles, and the pair makeup Meredith’s no. 1 doubles team with a 3-1 record thus far this spring.
Follow Meredith’s continued athletic success at goavengingangels.com.