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FERRUM, VA -  The Montreat College's tennis teams competed well in the Bud Skeen Memorial Tournament in Ferrum, Virginia this past Saturday. The tournament, hosted by Ferrum College, was round-robin style for each flight. Each flight held players who played at that position. 

The Cavalier men proved to be too much for its opponents with many flight victories in both singles and doubles. For singles play, Leopoldo Lucero (SO/Quito, Ecuador) took the flight victory posting an 8-0 win over Ferrum's Connor Moncure and another win over Johnson's Jake Clark, 8-1. The other players followed quickly in Leo's footsteps, winning each flight in both singles and doubles, except for the #4 flight. The following players only dropped 6 or less games in their route to winning their flight: Lorward Choi (SO/Torrance, CA), Jackson Plyler (FR/Weddington, NC), Grayson Chumley (FR/Woodstock, GA), and Jacob Summerville (FR/Rockmart, GA).

Going into doubles play, the duo of David Garcia (SO/Madrid, Spain) and Loward Choi walked away with a flight victory by posting wins over both Johnson (8-4) and Ferrum (9-8(4)). At the #3 doubles flight, Lucero and Eric Dunlap (FR/Cartersville, GA) paired together to grab a flight victory by only dropping one game against Ferrum's doubles pair (8-1) and beating Johnson, 8-0.

"Leo set the trend for the rest of the players," head coach Andrew Cobb said. "It was great to see him take the court and stay focused throughout both matches. The rest of the team followed suit and performed extremely well. It was awesome to see some of the freshman, again, step up to the plate and represent the Cavaliers in great fashion. Even though we had already faced Johnson, the players stayed focused during their matches against Ferrum College." 

The teams will be back in action when they compete in the Belmont-Abbey Invitational, September 23rd-24th.

FERRUM, VA -  The Montreat College's tennis teams competed well in the Bud Skeen Memorial Tournament in Ferrum, Virginia this past Saturday. The tournament, hosted by Ferrum College, was round-robin style for each flight. Each flight held players who played at that position. 

The Lady Cavaliers started off strong in singles play with Skyler Brody (SR/Duluth, GA) and Elizabeth Beary (FR/Apopka, FL) winning their flight while only dropping a total of eight games each. Beary posted an 8-4 win over Ferrum's Morgan Scott and an 8-5 win over Johnson's Kaitlin Faust. Brody, who competed in the #2 singles flight, posted an 8-5 win over Johnson's Madi Buchanon and an 8-3 over Ferrum's Alex Dixon.

In doubles play, the duo of Beary and Taylor Lunsford (SR/Mooresville, NC), who competed in the #2 doubles flight, proved too much for both Johnson and Ferrum. The pair defeated Buchanon and Hamm of Johnson, 8-2, and Quesenberry and Murray-Burns of Ferrum, 8-6 to win the flight.

"The girls performed really well!" said Coach Cobb. "It was great to see Lulu (Elizabeth Beary) be a leader and set the expectation for the rest of the players to follow. We lost a close one to Johnson last weekend so it was great to see the players show up focused and ready to leave it all on the court. This is a great group so I'm very excited to see them reach their goals this year."

The Lady Cavaliers will be back in action when they host Berea College October 22nd. 

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MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College volleyball team earned a big win Tuesday night, holding on to defeat Reinhardt University 3-2 in an Appalachian Athletic Conference showdown.

It was the Eagles who got going early and won a tightly contested opening set 25-23. The Cavaliers, bolstered by a loud home crowd, battled back and took the second set 25-20 before surging ahead with a 25-17 third set victory. The Eagles refused to go away and they persevered to take the fourth set 25-21. In the final frame, the two teams went back and forth before Montreat seized control late to take a 17-15 set win and earn the victory.

Kendra Johnson (JR/Ararat, NC) had an incredible night for the Cavaliers as the junior set a school record with 60 digs on the night. That effort ranks as the #6 all-time mark in the NAIA and is a conference record. Megan Condon (FR/Walnut Cove, NC) also had an active night, coming through with 30 assists. Emily Howard (SR/Olin, NC) led the team with 23 kills (0.600) while Anyla Kryeziu (JR/Prishtina, Kosovo) added 11 kills. Bella Huerta (FR/Burlington, NC) contributed 27 assists and 11 digs while  Miranda Walker (SR/Anthem, AZ) came through with 13 digs.

The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday, September 17th when they travel to take on Tennessee-Wesleyan University at 11am. The Cavaliers will follow that match with another AAC showdown against Bryan College at 1pm. 

 
 
 
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