Rachad Davis, Sports Editor –
The Lynchburg College Women’s Volleyball team was defeated last season in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament by Randolph-Macon College. They finished their season 21-9, besting their 17-12 season the year before.
The Hornets have already finished team tryouts and have begun practicing for the season with 19 women trying out for 16 spots, said Head Coach Beth Ellinger in an email.
“This recruiting class is a fantastic defensive class. Four out of the 6 [we] have played in national qualifiers and on very successful club teams. We also have a transfer from CNU, who is ranked the #1 in the preseason poll for division 3,” Ellinger said in the email.
Ellinger said in the email that the women are already a tight nit group who are working hard and have set a very high bar for themselves.
The Hornets begin their season Saturday, Sept. 1, versus Meredith College of Raleigh, N.C., at Turner Gymnasium at 3:00 p.m.
Last year the LC Men’s Soccer team lost the ODAC title game to Randolph College 2-1. LC finished their season at 7-9-4 after winning the championships in 2009 and 2010.
This year 45 men were present for soccer tryouts, said Head Coach Chris Yeager in an email.
“This year’s recruiting class is very talented and will push for starting roles. Our new guys will make up a large part of our team,” Yeager said in the email.
The Hornets begin their season Saturday, Aug. 25, versus Averett College of Danville, VA. at 2:30 p.m.
Last season the LC Men’s Cross Country team won their 16th ODAC title. This title was also their fourth straight. The Hornets then went on to win their second-straight South/Southeast regional title. Afterwards the Hornets placed 32nd at the NCAA Championships.
The women’s team took fourth this past year in the ODAC Championships, with Bridgewater College winning the title. The Hornets placed 12th out of 30 teams in the South/Southeast Regional race.
The Hornets are led by juniors Naomi Tice and Krystal Foster and seniors Kiley Trennepohl and Ashley Saba.
Both men and women begin their season Friday, Aug. 31, at the Eastern Mennonite University Invitational at 6:00 p.m.
The LC Women’s Field Hockey team had a successful season last year. They made it to the quarter finals of the NCAA Division III Tournament before being defeated by The College of New Jersey 3-0. The Hornets ended up finishing their season 19-2.
The Hornets also won their sixth straight ODAC title, besting Randolph-Macon College 7-0 in the finals.
The women’s field hockey team will begin their season Saturday, Sept. 1 on Shellenberger Field against Frostburg State University of Frostburg, MD.
Last season the LC Equestrian team took fourth place at the ODAC Championship with Sweet Briar College winning the title.
The Hornets are currently without a coach. Head Coach Matt Arrigon stepped down this past year.
“Lynchburg College head equestrian coach Matt Arrigon announced his resignation from the program this week to take over as the head coach for St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC.,” according to the LC athletics webpage.
The schedule for the team has yet to be announced.
Last year, the Women’s Soccer team made it to the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament. LC was defeated by the State University of New York at New Paltz 3-2 off penalty kicks. The Hornets finished their season 19-2-2 with last season being their 11th appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Before making their national bid, the Hornets previously had just defeated Virginia Wesleyan College 1-0 to win their second straight ODAC title.
The Hornets will begin their season Friday, Aug. 31 against Maryville College of Maryville, TN., at Roanoke at 7:30 p.m.