More Track & Field in the Record Books

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2019 University of Lynchburg Softball Senior Class posing for a photo.  From left to right in the photo stands Brittany Coffey, Taylor Mabry, MacKenzie Chitwood, and Taylor Belknap.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and taken by a member of the Lynchburg Sports Network Staff.

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

On Monday, April. 15, 2019, the 19th ranked University of Lynchburg softball team competed in their final home game matches of the regular season. On this senior day, the team competed in two back-to-back games against Eastern Mennonite University, another Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) team.  The seniors celebrated during this match from the Lady Hornet side were pitcher Taylor Belknap, infielder Taylor Mabry, infielder MacKenzie Chitwood, and catcher Brittany Coffey. The team defeated Eastern Mennonite University in both games by a score of 8 to 3 in the first game and a score of 7 to 2 in the second game.  The seniors really come out with intensity in these games and played a big part of their team win. Chitwood got four hits, scoring two home runs, and Mabry scored three times on the day.

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UofL Volleyball in Offseason

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Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

After ending their season in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) quarterfinals tournament, with a defeat against Bridgewater College by a score of 1 to 3 on Oct. 31, 2018, the volleyball team has been working hard during their offseason to make a statement in the ODACs next year. Last season, the Lady Hornets team graduated two seniors, right side hitter, Hailey Bauer, and outside/right side hitter, Sydney Jamison.  

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Pick a Bone: UofL Sports Show

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Julie Short ~ Guest Writer

University of Lynchburg communications students Jeremy “Jae” Block, Justin “Bones” Jones, Anthony “Mac” McAvoy, and Maxted Bourne released the first episode of their sports show, “Pick a Bone (with Bones and the Boys),” on Jan. 27, 2019.

The show is filmed in Schewel Hall’s television studio and has new episodes released every Tuesday and Friday.

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Tennis Looking to Redeem Themselves

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Lilli Altenburg is getting into position in her singles match on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Photo retrieved from the University of Lynchburg Sports Website. Credit to Joe Hutzler and senior photographer Hannah Grasberger.

On Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, the University of Lynchburg (UofL) Women’s Tennis team lost their first match as a team this season against the Cougars of Averett University by a score of 5 to 4. This tight score means that the Hornet players defeated the Cougar players in four matches but losing five. At no. 3 doubles, seniors Reagan Coon and Lilli Altenburg won by a score of 8-2. Coon and Altenburg also won by a score of 6-0, 6-0 in their respective singles matches as well. At no. 4 singles, freshman Alissa Anderson, won a close and hard-fought match by a score of 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.

In reaction to this loss, Altenburg noted that the mentality of the team has not wavered since the loss this past weekend. She stated, “The mental and physical strength of our team as well as the bonds we have with one another is extremely important to our program.”

Sophomore Ellen Druebbisch also said, “Our line-up has been very successful this season so far and I think that’s because we are so deep. We have a lot of players at similar levels and this gives us a lot of strength, especially in the bottom three singles spots. We have also been working a lot on doubles and have been successful in those matches as well.

Druebbisch continued, “We have three seniors this year that are great leaders and I think they have developed the culture of Lynchburg Tennis over the years they have been here. We support each other through every match and at practice. Coach Johnson has also created a culture of working hard and fighting through every point which makes us very competitive overall.”

The UofL Hornets continue their regular season campaign Saturday (March 23rd, 2019) away against Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA at 1 p.m., Sunday (March 31st, 2019) away at Emory & Henry College at 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday (April 2nd, 2019) away at Washington and Lee University at 4 p.m. The team’s next home game will be their Code Red Match against Virginia Wesleyan University at the tennis courts below Wake Fieldhouse at 3:30 p.m..


UofL Indoor Track & Field’s Strong Season

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From Friday, January 18 to Saturday, January 19, the University of Lynchburg Indoor Track & Field squad continued their quest to receive an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship at the VMI Keydet Invitational in Lexington, Virginia.  This event had athletes in all divisions of collegiate play competing against each other and was the second invitational that the team has competed in this season (2018-19).

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Lynchburg Men’s Basketball Starting Strong

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Members of the Lynchburg Mens Basketball team cheering on their other teammates in the game against Ferrum College. Photo taken by Taylor Herzog and retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website.

On Sunday, November 25, the University of Lynchburg’s Men’s Basketball team overwhelmed Eastern Mennonite University by a score of 87 to 72.  This is the team’s fifth straight win of the season. Their win streak began in their home opener on Thursday, November 8, against Ferrum College by a score of 75 to 57.  Next, the team defeated St. Mary’s College (Md.) in a nail-biter by a score of 83 to 80 on Sunday, November 11. Then, at the start of our Thanksgiving Break, the team defeated Randolph College by a score of 60 to 48 on Saturday, November 17.  That particular win was huge as it marked the beginning of the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular season.

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Women’s Basketball Ranked Third in Preseason Poll

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Head Coach Abby Pyzik giving the team a pep talk during a team timeout against Washington and Lee last season.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports website.

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual pre-season poll on Thursday, October 25, and the University of Lynchburg women’s basketball team was ranked third as they head  of their 2018-19 season. The Lynchburg women’s basketball team, with 122 points, was one of only four teams in the conference to reach over 100 points in votes.

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