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Milligan volleyball team remains hot as postseason nears

Kyle Stafford • Updated Oct 16, 2018 at 4:40 PM

With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Milligan College volleyball team continues to roll right along.

The Lady Buffs have upped their season-long win streak to nine games after sweeping both Tennessee Wesleyan and Bryan in straight sets last week. Milligan remains atop the Appalachian Athletic Conference North division, and improved its record to 18-4 overall and 11-2 in conference.

“I am very pleased with our overall performance at this point of the season,” said head coach Doneva Bays. ”We have stayed disciplined and focused on our goals and are taking every match seriously. We are happy with our play, however always working and striving to be better. I’m thankful for this group of young ladies and the leadership we have on this team.”

Kellee Geren orchestrated the offense in the two wins by tallying 86 assists, including a staggering 48 on 51 kills in Friday’s win over Bryan — which was a new career high for a three-set match. The junior setter also picked up her 11th double-double of the season against Bryan.

Elise Gregory and Alyssa Gibson were Geren’s top targets with 24 and 23 kills, respectively. Gregory added 16 digs for the week and collected the eighth double-double of her career Friday.

Junior Julie Dockery and sophomore Julia Codispoti provided plenty of support up the middle as they put down 37 total kills and combined for a .306 attack percentage. Codispoti also racked up a team-high six blocks on the week.

Defensively for the Buffs, senior libero Alyssa Rupert scooped up 40 digs as she continues to lead the nation in digs per game at 7.4. Freshman Layla Grant helped solidify the back row with 17 digs of her own.

The Buffs will look to make it 10 straight as they travel to Bluefield, Virginia, for a match against Bluefield College Tuesday night. Milligan returns home Friday, Oct. 19, for senior day, hosting AAC member Brenau University at 6:30 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

The nationally ranked Milligan College cross country teams wrap up their final preparations for the AAC Championships this Saturday when they head to Beaufort, South Carolina, for the Sand Shark Invitational.

On the women’s side, the No. 7 Buffs have been led by senior Jacquelyn Crow and freshman Gabrielle Mardis. Alex Mortimer has been the driving force for the No. 24 men’s team, finishing as the top Buff in two of three events this season.

After competing against a heavy NCAA Division I field at the USC Upstate meet, Milligan will face some of the top programs in the NAIA Saturday. Two weeks from Saturday, the Buffs will travel to Waleska, Georgia, for the AAC Championships.

WOMEN’S GOLF

Led by a runner-up finish from Nellie Berglund, the Milligan College women’s golf team secured runner-up at the AAC Fall Championship that took place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 8-9, at Elizabethton Golf Course.

Berglund, a junior, shot a 3-over-par 75 both days for a 150 total and finished just two strokes off the leader. Sarah Son carded a 153 total (73-80) as she placed third, and Madison Blanton (162) finished 13th to round out the Buffs in the top 15.

As a team, Milligan (625) finished six strokes off the winner, SCAD Atlanta. The Buffs will return to the course Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 22-23, to wrap up their fall schedule at the Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational in Rome, Georgia.

TENNIS

This Sunday at Mathes Tennis Center, the Milligan College tennis teams will look to build off their strong starts as they square off against Maryville College beginning at 4 p.m.

The men are a perfect 2-0 on the year while the women are coming off their first defeat of the season, but still boast a 2-1 record. The match against Maryville will wrap up the fall portion of their schedule.

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