Goal! Fall sports teams breaking records
Asbury College fall sports teams are continuing one of their most successful athletic seasons in many years.
The volleyball team just returned from the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament, placing sixth in the nation. This was the first time the Eagles qualified for the tournament.
After narrow loss to last year’s national champion, Palm Beach Atlantic, Asbury College defeated Hope International College (Calif.), and then lost to Bethel College (Ind.) before beating Faulkner University (Ala.). The volleyball team has a record of 25-17—the team’s first 20-win season since 1999—and is seeking a bid to the NAIA tournament. Kristina Rader (Seoul, South Korea) was named to the NCCAA All-American first team, Melissa Phillips (Louisville, Ky.) made the NCCAA All-American second team and Ellen Adkison (Bolivar, Mo.) made the All-Tournament team. The senior class has tallied numerous school records: Rader holds the school record in digs with 1,265; Sarah Fowler (Izmir, Turkey) holds the records in number of games played, kills, attacks, blocks and assist blocks; and Becca Blaine (Florence, Ky.) has top-10 records in eight categories.
In the program’s fifth year, the women’s soccer team set a school record this fall with 12 wins and have qualified for their second trip to the NCCAA national tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., Nov. 18, 19, and 21. The team had an outstanding 6-2 home record with a total of eight shutouts. Players Jordan Beyer (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), Jodi Neely (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Laura Calkins (Nicholasville) were named to the All-KIAC first team. Rachel Woodward (Westville, N.J.), Laura Fellows (Wilmore) and Jordan Smith (Belle Center, Ohio) made the All-KIAC second team. Beyer also set the school record in points with 32, 13 goals and six assists.
The men’s soccer team had their best season since 1981 with a 12-7-1 record. They also defeated rival, Bethel College 1-0. Josh Oakley was named KIAC co-coach of the year. Ben Andrews (Deltona, Fla.) was named to the All-KIAC first team and Matt Delong (Bellbrook, Ohio) made the All-KIAC second team. Nate DeFreitas (Riceville, Tenn.) was also named national player of the week Oct. 3-9.
The women’s cross-country team won their fourth KIAC conference championship this year; their last win was 2002. First-year coach, Will Shouse ’02, was named KAIC Coach of the Year for women’s cross-country. Freshman Carolyn Tegge (Cincinnati, Ohio) posted the sixth fastest time in school history with 19:46 and was named KIAC runner of the week for several weeks.
For more information on athletics at Asbury College, visit http://www.asbury.edu/studentlife/athletics/