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Fall Sport Success Places Meredith in the Lead of President’s Cup Standings

The Meredith College athletics program won the 2014-2015 USA South Women’s President’s Cup. The award was Meredith’s first since joining the conference in 2007 and the first in league history to go to a single-gender member. With Meredith’s successful fall season, the Avenging Angels currently sit in a tie for first in this year’s Women’s Cup standings alongside league foe Piedmont College.

The volleyball Avenging Angels earned the program’s first-ever USA South Tournament Championship with a straight-set victory over Regular Season champion Averett. Both teams raced through the season undefeated versus league opponents until the Cougars defeated Meredith in the final match of the regular season for the title.

With the tournament crown Meredith advanced to the NCAA Tournament and lost a hard fought battle versus nationally ranked Juniata College in round one of the playoffs.

Led by USA South Rookie of the Year Caroline Corey, the Avenging Angels collected six All-Conference honors, and Hannah Blaylock went on to lead the All-Tournament selections as the Most Valuable Player. Most recently, Corey was named the NCAA Division III South Region Rookie of the Year. Senior libero Keegan Lynch recorded her 1,000th career dig during the season, and outside hitter Karlie Long closed out her standout career leading Meredith volleyball all-time in kills, attempts, and points.

The Meredith soccer team won seven-consecutive matches to close out the season and win the program’s third consecutive USA South Regular Season title as the East Division champion. The title earned Meredith the privilege of hosting the tournament semifinal and championship rounds for the second year in a row.

Three-time USA South Coach of the Year Paul Smith and his team would fall short in the semifinal round, this time losing to the eventual tournament champion Piedmont Lions.

Six soccer Avenging Angels joined Coach Smith with end-of-season honors led by sophomore forward Jessica Wallace who earned All-Conference and All-East first team honors. Wallace went on to collect All-Region second team honors alongside junior goalkeeper Jaisa Loch, who earned a third team selection. Ellice Johnson joined Wallace on the All-State second team as announced just before Thanksgiving.

Meredith’s cross country team completed perhaps their most challenging season yet with five-of-seven meets at 6,000 meters. Junior Abigail Thiele advanced to Meredith’s top-25 all-time list for both the 5K and 6K program results this fall. She and senior Itzel Gonzalez finished in the top-seven at the USA South Championships to earn All-Conference first team honors and led the Avenging Angels to a second-place finish behind Piedmont. Megan Evans earned a second team selection.

Visit Meredith athletics to follow the eight varsity sports throughout the year at goavengingangels.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The next President’s Cup standings will be announced at the conclusion of the basketball season.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330

allenme@meredith.edu