Category Archives: Sports

Women’s Volleyball: New Hornets Bring New Hopes


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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist

   University of Lynchburg Interim Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Hannah Givens is enthusiastic about resuming the postponed volleyball season in spring 2021.

   Givens said, “When I stepped foot on the campus, I easily realized how special this University is. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would become head coach, but I am so thankful that I have been given this opportunity. I wanted to become a hornet because I saw the community that the individuals here shared. When you talk to the students, faculty, and staff, it is obvious that being a hornet is something that everyone is proud of.”  

     Despite not being able to coach any matches yet as head coach, Givens has experience as she was the assistant coach last year for Head Coach Beth Ellinger, her predecessor at the University of Lynchburg. 

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Athletic Practices Are Back

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

     On Sept. 7, 2020, the University of Lynchburg began allowing in-person classes and athletic practices. When the University initially moved to Alert Level 2, many coaches were disappointed in the turn of events.

     Enza Steele, head coach of the women’s field hockey team, said, “Disappointment was my initial reaction but my primary thought was that the students and campus need to be safe. Another week of no in person contact is okay as long as the campus is safer, and we get better control on this pandemic. My players were able to get outside and do fitness training which helped with their own disposition.”

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Golfing at the University of Lynchburg

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

     At the University of Lynchburg the golf teams are striving to be leaders in their community by excelling in academics and golf. 

Harrison Hodgert, a junior golfer at the University  devotes his time to academics, golf, and the Student Athletic Advisory Committee or SAAC. Hodgert said, “I believe I have left somewhat of a mark at the University especially for the golf program. I have tried my hardest academically and in golf and will continue to do so until I graduate. I hope to break and create more records for the golf program, but all records are meant to be broken and I know there will be a new guy who comes along that will be much better than me. I hope that whatever record I break or make helps encourage the new guys to play better and create their own mark at the university.” 

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Hornet Women Tennis Players Know How to Serve

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

     Many varsity athletes are heartbroken that they are not able to play their favorite sport; however, many varsity head coaches are encouraging their players to use their spare time to serve fellow classmates. Some varsity athletes have used this opportunity to serve as Peer Assistant Supplemental Studies or PASS leaders, in the writing center, and as lab assistants. 

   Senior tennis player Ellen Druebbisch is a PASS leader for Organic Chemistry.  Druebbisch said, “The most rewarding part of being a PASS leader is when the students get excited after they do better on a quiz or test than they thought they would. I really enjoy helping the students understand the material in class so they can be successful. I also love the relationships I have built with my PASS students and look forward to seeing them each week.” 

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We Are Down, But Not Out!

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

     When club sports athletes arrived at the University of Lynchburg on Aug. 12, they envisioned practicing and competing in their favorite sport. However, club sports teams have followed the policies that were implemented by the varsity teams. As a result, club sports teams will not be able to have large team practices and will not be able to compete through the remainder of 2020. 

     Recently, Director of Club Sports, Benjamin Smith explained that the university’s move to Alert Level 2 would affect club sports.  Smith said, “The policy is that we would just be temporarily suspending club sports until we go back down below three active cases on campus. The college population is not hit hard by this virus. College students at least some of them believe this which makes them sometimes not take it as seriously. We can still right the ship, but the whole student body population needs to follow protocols.” 

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Movies & Missing Men’s Soccer

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William Masselli ~ Sports Columnist 

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Shellenberger Field at the University of Lynchburg was repurposed and used as a movie theatre. For the Lynchburg Men’s soccer team, this was a historic but bittersweet moment. 

When Kyle Gallagher arrived at the University of Lynchburg, he envisioned his senior season and fourth consecutive year as the starting goalkeeper, winning the ODAC championship and competing for the national title. Since the ODAC announced that all fall sports competitions will be postponed until the end of 2020, Gallagher’s dreams for his senior season have been postponed, and the dream of competing for a national title has been cancelled. 

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Lynchburg Basketball in Transition

By Jared Hargis ~ Guest Writer

Over the past several years, the University of Lynchburg men’s basketball team has seen its fair share of success but has also overcome adversity to get to where it is today.

The team has faced new teams which bring new challenges, they have seen players come and go but the one thing that has remained the forefront of this Lynchburg teams is the chemistry that has formed between the players and the staff.

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Hornets’ Swimming sets high goals right off the block


ODAC men’s rookie of the meet, Parker Hayungs, swims in one of his butterfly events. Photo by Madison Ayres

By Madison Ayres

Varsity swimming returned to Lynchburg this year after a hiatus dating back to the 1970-71 academic year.

After exceeding their own expectations this season, the program’s 28 men and women have a lot to celebrate and much to look forward to, according to head coach Brad Dunn.

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Women’s Soccer and Field Hockey in Action



Women’s club soccer players ready to play in a tournament match. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Women’s Club Soccer Instagram Page.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     March represents the height of the club sports season.  

     Many teams at the University of Lynchburg have competed in tournaments recently, including the club women’s soccer and field hockey teams.  

     Since the beginning of their spring campaign, the women’s club soccer team has won one match against the University of Mary Washington team by a score of 2 to 0 on Sunday, Feb. 9.  On Saturday, Feb. 22, the team tied 1 to 1 against a Virginia Beach City FC team of all age groups.  

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OLP:  A New Kind of Sport


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     Are you tired of the typical sports, like soccer, basketball, etc.?  Well, you are in-luck because the University of Lynchburg’s Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP) is excited to take you on an adventure that you have never gone on before!  Some activities that OLP hosts are rock climbing, hiking, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and – even – caving.

     The OLP activities are centered around fun and adventure while in a positive environment.  “I am really excited for all the awesome trips this semester with the Outdoor Leadership Program.  It is a great program that allows students to gain leadership experience while having fun in the outdoors,” said OLP Experienced Guide and third-year student Nat Hanno.

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Women’s Basketball’s Big Win


The team listens to Coach Abby Pyzik-Smith as she instructs them on their next decisions in the game at home on Tues., Feb. 11. This photo was retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by photographer Taylor Herzog of the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Saturday, Feb. 15, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team travelled to Bridgewater College, Va., to engage in a battle against one another for Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament positioning.  The Bridgewater College team was tied for first in the conference ranking prior to the match, as a result the Lynchburg team was considered the underdog opponent. The Lynchburg team embraced this challenge and played a hard-fought, physical match.  The game ended in Lynchburg’s favor, winning by a close margin of just 8 points and a total score of 67 to 59.  

   Fourth-year criminology major and team manager, Christian Lohiser, said, “Our win against Bridgewater really showed us what we can do when we stay level headed, play together, and play smart. We used this game as an opportunity to demonstrate who we are as Lynchburg Women’s Basketball, and our growth these past couple of years.”

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Women’s Lax:  Excited to Start Their Regular Season

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Fourth-year midfielder Danielle Hook running with the ball, showing off her ability to control the ball during their ODAC first-round tournament game on May 1. Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Hornet Sports Network (LHSN) and taken by alumni Hannah Grasberger.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     The University of Lynchburg Women’s Lacrosse team is looking to make a statement this upcoming season.  The team has their sights set further than the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament where they ended their 2019 season with a loss against conference opponent Shenandoah University by a score of 11 to 12. 

     The Hornets have six fourth-year players on their squad returning for this season.  They are looking to use this maturity and strength to build upon the results of last season, ending their season with a 9-8 record overall.  

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Women’s Club Soccer – Excited to Start Their Spring Campaign


The women’s club soccer team poses for a team picture for the 2019-2020 campaign on Shellenberger Field. Picture retrieved from the Lynchburg Club Sports Website.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     On Sunday, Nov. 10, the University of Lynchburg’s Women’s Club Soccer team ended their final fall season game by defeating Mary Washington University’s team by a score of 2-0.  Overall, the team won six out of their ten games last year! The team has been constantly improving within the last few years as more students of the University have been wanting to join the squad.

     Second-year student and defender Maura Kloski noted, “This team is amazing, the girls are so fun and the coaches might be even funnier. The past two seasons we have grown so much as a team. We are ranked in the top 50 of all club sports, D3 to D1, on the East coast. I am so excited to see how this season progresses, and continue to bond with the girls!”

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Equestrian:  Team-Building at the Barn


Second-year student Alexis Helms of the University of Lynchburg with her horse at the Hornets’ IHSA show on Oct. 20, 2019.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website, and the photographer was not mentioned.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Co-Editor in Chief

     While many students are still sleeping or getting ready for their first class of the day, members of the equestrian team are with their horses, preparing them to compete in events.  Along with having the responsibility to take care of their horses, the team members must lift and engage in team-building activities with each other. Fourth-year student Missy Green insisted, “I am glad to be a part of a team that I can call my family.”  From spending hours with each other in the barn with their horses, doing homework, lifting, or eating, the team members support one another both in and out of the barn.

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