Fall Student-Athletes Set the Tone

The successful Meredith College fall sports season continues to shine a spotlight on the Avenging Angels and the college. Most recently, sophomore volleyball standout Karlie Long collected one of the program’s highest honors. Long earned an American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America honorable mention accolade.

Long set a new all-time Meredith single season record with 471 kills this year. She finished the 2014 season ranked second in kills and kills per set among conference players and compiled 13 double-doubles with 52 service aces.

Additionally, three impact soccer players collected All-State honors as announced last week by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association. Senior midfielder Danielle Lee and senior defender Anna Smither earned first team selection, and sophomore forward Meredith McCarty garnered second team honors. This marked the third such honor for Lee and the first All-State nod for Smither and McCarty.

Lee ranked as high as tied-for-third nationally this year with total assists and completed her season tied for 31st across the NCAA Division III and second in the USA South with 11. Smither anchored a back line that allowed just 14 opponent goals this season with 11 shutouts, and McCarty led the attack for the Avenging Angels this fall with nine goals, seven assists and 25 total points.

Meredith’s three fall championships place the college atop the current USA South Women’s President’s Cup standings. The President's Cup recognizes the league's top men's and women's athletic program each year. Schools collect points for each sport based on the regular season finish. The first place team will be awarded the number of points that corresponds to the number of schools that sponsor teams in that sport. The second place team receives one point less than the first place team and so on, down to one point for the last place team that competes.

The Women’s Cross Country Championship title, the Women’s Soccer Regular Season Co-championship and the Volleyball North Division title place the Avenging Angels in a clear lead with a three-and-one-half-point gap between first and second. Meredith ranks fifth in the overall standings.

The conference calibrates the President’s Cup standings at the close of each season, but the actual award will be announced in May. Meredith earned the program’s highest final ranking last spring with a second-place finish in the Women’s President’s Cup standings.

The Meredith Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) collected 1,824 non-perishable food items this fall as part of the USA South's Cans Across the Conference service competition. Overall, the thirteen-member conference collected 25,505 items to be donated to local charities and organizations.

The Avenging Angels will split this year's collected food items between the college's Daisy Trade Too, a campus organization supporting Meredith students and their families, and InterAct of Wake County Residential Shelter, a local shelter that provides housing and education for women and families who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

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Melyssa Allen

News Director
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