Spring Athletics Season Update

The Meredith College athletics department launched a redesigned website last week and looks forward to more opportunities this year for fans and supporters to engage with the Avenging Angels.

The redesign offers a contemporary look and feel to attract fans and foes who wish to follow the Avenging Angels. Regular articles feature recaps of Meredith sports contests, highlights of special athletic events and stories noting the success of student-athletes beyond the competition arena.

Meredith joined the PrestoSports network, a sports authority in the virtual world of content management websites, several years ago to offer the college community more comprehensive content and user-friendly navigation to follow the success of the Meredith athletics program.

In addition to the newly designed website, fans of Meredith athletics can be on the lookout for a new online marketplace this year. Avenging Angels will enjoy a wide variety of athletic gear and accessories in support of the maroon and white. Athletic Director Jackie Myers, along with the Office of Institutional Advancement, will also launch an athletics booster club in 2014.

Meredith basketball opened the season with a strong showing at the Washington and Lee Invitational and continues to challenge opponents on the hardwood. The tough USA South Conference schedule began January 5, and the Avenging Angels suffered a late game rally by a determined Piedmont Lions squad for an early loss.

Junior McKenzi Edwards leads the offensive efforts averaging 17.1 points per game, third highest among league players, with regular help from Keyanka Bailey and Kim Hinton. Rookie Nicole Miller settled in last week with a 15-point effort versus Piedmont and leads the three-point shooting for Meredith.

As Head Coach Melinda Campbell grooms freshman Asia Milton as an alternate point guard to Laquetta Hairston and Jessi Hayes as a perimeter shooter, Rah’nika Jones and Raven Gregory join Hinton inside the paint to battle for scoring and rebounding position.

Rookie Alyssa Codispoti, a two-sport athlete who will join the lacrosse team in the spring, adds a spark when she enters the game, and new transfer Brittaney Rice, who played with Edwards at Belmont Abbey, will likely contribute to the point totals as she finds her groove with the Angels.

The team hosts Methodist University Wednesday, January 15, in the first home contest of 2014 with a doubleheader weekend to follow on January 24.

President Jo Allen and Vice President for College Programs Jean Jackson will join Myers Saturday, January 25, in a ceremony honoring the Avenging Angel cross country team, the 2013 USA South Champions. Each runner and coach will be recognized during halftime of the 2 p.m. basketball game versus Covenant College.

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—Submitted by Wendy Jones, Sports Information Director

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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(919) 760-8087
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