BLUEFIELD, Va. — For Milligan’s Lady Buffs, it was a splendid way to begin Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
The Buffs (3-2-1) sent Bluefield tumbling to a 3-1 loss on Saturday afternoon.
Milligan opened the scoring in the third minute as Rachel Martin punched in a goal off an assist from Jacklyn Orange. The Buffs struck again in the seventh minute, with Grace Shawley taking advantage of a free kick to put Milligan up 2-0 — a cushion still intact at halftime.
Martin picked up a second goal in the 50th minute off of a pass from Hannah Kellogg. Milligan defense kept the Lady Rams off the board until the game’s final minutes, when Braley Freire put the ball in the net.
Lauren McInturff recorded three saves for the Buffs, who journey to Beckley, W. Va. this Thursday to face Mountain State. Action begins at 4 p.m.
“It was nice to get our first conference win,” Milligan coach Lisa Buckley said. “We got a lot of people playing time today, and it was a great team win.”
ROCK HILL, S.C. — With less than two minutes to play in the second overtime period, Winthrop scored to defeat East Tennessee State 2-1 and end the Lady Buccaneers’ four-game winning streak Saturday night at Eagle Field.
Jenna Caudle scored in her fifth consecutive game, but the Lady Bucs could not hold on as Tori Davis found the back of the net to give Winthrop (3-4) its third victory of the season.
ETSU slipped to 4-3.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The ETSU women’s tennis team picked up two tournament titles on Sunday, winning both the singles and doubles championships of the USC Upstate Invitational at the USC Upstate Tennis Complex.
Senior Karina Kedzo defeated USC Aiken’s Manon Hermens (6-2, 6-1) in the women’s singles final, and junior Diana Navrostska teamed up with Kedzo to run through the doubles draw and defeat Wofford’s Juila Paulson and Othilia Lindqvist (8-1) in the final.
“I was very pleased with Karina getting the job done in this tournament,” said assistant coach Travis Sandlant. “We had a few opportunities slip this weekend, with a couple of players having the chance to go deeper in the tournament, and we panicked a little under pressure. Hopefully we have more of these chances next weekend so we can get more opportunities to test ourselves and improve.”
Kedzo, Navrostska and former Elizabethton standout freshman Jessica Brumit all advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw, with Kedzo being the lone Buccaneer going through to the semis with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over teammate Brumit.
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Behind a two-goal, 1-assist performance from Chris Ochieng, Milligan opened its AAC schedule with a flourish, defeating Bluefield 4-2 on Saturday.
Ochieng opened the scoring in the 20th minute when he kicked in a cross from Nimely Robertson, and found the net again at minute No. 33 — knocking in a free kick to put Milligan up 2-0 at the break.
The Buffaloes put another goal on the board in the 50th minute when Colby Robbins saw his free kick hit the Bluefield keeper’s hands and bounce into the net.
After the Rams scored in the 62nd minute, Sandre Wilson tallied a goal off a pass from Ochieng.
Freshman Dan Ball recorded three saves for the Buffs, now 4-2 overall.
“It was good to get the first win in conference,” Milligan coach Adam Laney said. “Now, we are going to look on from here and to Union on next Saturday. We need to put together a good game to get a good result.”
The Buffs host Union on Saturday at 7 p.m.
JOHNSON CITY — David Geno scored with under five minutes to play as East Tennessee upended Davidson 3-2 Saturday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
The Bucs’ Aaron Schoenfeld registered his third goal of the year, and Itode Fubara his first.
Notching its second three-goal game of the season and fifth win, ETSU upped its record to 5-1. Davidson dropped to 3-2-1.
Buffaloes volleyball knocks off UVA-Wise
WISE, Va. — Morgan Rutledge amassed 22 digs and 15 kills on Saturday as Milligan posted a 3-1 non-league victory (25-21, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20) at UVA-Wise.
Kendra Fiddler recorded 14 kills, five digs and two blocks for the Lady Buffs (4-9), with Kylie Whaley collecting 14 kills and a solo bock.
Chelsea Spivey tallied up 45 assists, 10 digs and two solo blocks, while Katelin Henson had 26 digs.
“Overall, it was a pretty good game,” Milligan coach Doneva Bays said. “We had some unforced errors in the early going, but it was good to work our way out of those to play pretty well towards the end of the game.”
Milligan entertains Virginia Intermont on Tuesday. Action begins at 6:30 p.m.
HARRISONBURG, Va. — Georgetown rallied from two sets down to defeat ETSU 3-2 (19-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-11) Saturday to close out the JMU Coca-Cola Classic at Sinclair Gymnasium.
Led by Brooke Bachesta’s 15 kills, the Lady Hoyas moved to 8-5 on the season — winning the tournament title with a 3-0 mark.
Megan Devine led the way for the Lady Buccaneers (6-8) by recording a game-high 22 kills while also adding eight digs. Jamie Rutledge dished out 53 assists to go along with seven blocks, six digs and three kills.
Rutledge was named to the all-tournament team after the impressive performance at the setter position.
Earlier in the day, the Appalachian State quartet of Maggie Seeds, Alison Blasingame, Kelly Rhein and Meghann Forshey combined for 45 kills to propel the Lady Mountaineers past ETSU, 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 28-26, 25-18).
Devine delivered a game-high 17 kills for the match, adding 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the year. Kayla Williams filled up the stat sheet by dishing out 42 assists, while also adding nine digs, eight kills and three blocks.
TIGERVILLE, S.C. — Terryan Rucker rushed for 169 yards, while Idris Anderson ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns to lead host North Greenville to a 27-7 non-conference football win over Tusculum Saturday night at Younts Stadium.
The Crusaders (2-1) forced four Tusculum turnovers, including three occurring inside the NGU 15 with the Pioneers in the shadow of the end zone.
Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell went 38-for-60 for 394 yards and a touchdown. Cordell’s completion tally gives him 776 for his career, which is a new school record, surpassing the previous mark of 773 held by Corey Russell from 2005-08.
Cordell’s top receiver was Deonte Gist as he made 11 receptions for 138 yards.