Mary Baldwin University field hockey, soccer, cross-country, and volleyball teams wrapped up their fall seasons with respectable records and top-four or higher finishes in conference play. More than a dozen athletes were chosen for all-conference recognition.
The Fighting Squirrels field hockey and volleyball teams made it to the semi-final rounds in conference play, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference. The field hockey team’s overall record was 6-7, including a winning record of 3-2 in conference play. The volleyball team finished the season 12-20 and also posted a winning conference record of 7-5. The team is ranked 18th in aces per game among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III schools.
The soccer team placed fourth in the AWCC tournament with a 7-10-2 overall record. The team was 4-3 in AWCC competition.
Seniors Kate Melson and Jessica Nevins and junior Kelly Pecotte propelled the Mary Baldwin cross country team into state and regional competitions this year. Melson and Pecotte finished 42nd and 43rd respectively, in the Virginia state meet and Nevins placed 96th in the Southeast regional meet, all recording personal best times. Melson and Pecotte were selected for the all-conference cross country team.
Named to all-conference first teams were seniors Ashley Kizler for field hockey and Ashley Ragland for volleyball, and sophomore Jessica Lankes for soccer. Karen Potter and Brantley Scott earned spots on the all-conference second team for field hockey, soccer goalkeeper Maggie Eaves and defender Jessica Spittle made the second team for soccer, and Ryanne McCarraher earned a second team spot for volleyball. Soccer players Cami Roa and Janice Udy earned honorable mention slots, as did volleyball player Selina Trevino.
Winter, Spring Sports Gear Up
The Fighting Squirrels swim team and basketball team started their seasons in late fall. The basketball team, which made its first appearance in the NCAA Division II tournament last year, had played eight of its 25 regular-season games and the swim team had competed in its first meet at the time of winter break.
The tennis team participated in three invitational tournaments in the fall and continues to rebuild. Members are looking forward to an improved season this spring.
Championships Coming to Mary Baldwin
Mary Baldwin will host two Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference championships in 2005. Basketball games will take place February 25 and 26 and soccer games will follow next academic year in November.
Conference championship sites rotate among the eight colleges in the conference. Hosting the events will give Mary Baldwin player home advantage and a chance to spotlight the school and athletic programs, said Mary Baldwin Athletics Director Donna Miller.
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