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Milligan men's volleyball prepares for final match

Dave Ongie • Mar 22, 2017 at 6:07 PM

The men’s volleyball team at Milligan toils away in relative obscurity.

Playing a mix of other NAIA institutions and a few NCAA club teams, the Buffs have no postseason to look forward to regardless of how well things go during the 13-game regular season. So after putting together a successful 6-4-2 campaign that includes wins over club teams from Appalachian State and Mississippi, this Sunday’s season finale against a club team from the University of Tennessee will be the end of the line regardless of the outcome.

Milligan features a very strong senior class, starting with Hobie Vannoy. Vannoy is averaging 27.25 assists per match and played particularly well in the sweep of Appalachian State, distributing 49 assists.

Nathan Gibson leads the team in kills with an average of 10.75 per match while Jacob Smith has also been a force at the net. Gibson, Smith, Vannoy and Joshua Foote will all be playing their final home game on Sunday when the Vols come to town. The match is set to start at 3 p.m. inside the Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.

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Milligan’s track and field athletes will be back in action this weekend, and they’ll be spread across two different meets.

On the heels of some strong performances at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational to start the outdoor season last weekend, Milligan will have athletes competing in the N.C. State Raleigh Relays and the Tennessee Rust Buster this weekend.

The event in Raleigh, N.C. will run from Friday into Saturday while the event in Knoxville will be a one-day meet held on Saturday.

Last week, JJ Robinson, and Carly Owen were among the standouts for Milligan’s women on the track while Mitch Bronstetter, Kerael Matthew and Tyler Mayes had the top performances for Milligan’s men.

In the field events, Mark Stair came up with a good jump to finish second in the men’s high jump while Liz Miller was third in both the hammer throw and the discus throw.

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The tennis teams are off and running this spring, and both the men and women are off to identical starts.

The men dropped a 9-0 decision to Tennessee Wesleyan on Sunday to fall to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play. The women also suffered a 6-3 setback against Wesleyan to fall to 4-7, 0-1.

Both squads will be back in action Thursday on the road against AAC foe Union College.

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