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.”
The UofL XC men’s team running with each other at the beginning of the meet on Friday, August 30 in the Liberty University Challenge at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Typically, cross country is thought of as an individual sport. However, at the University of Lynchburg, individuals on the men’s and women’s cross country team lift together, practice together, and compete together. Through this togetherness, the members of the cross country team have created strong, nearly unbreakable bonds.
Fourth-year Michela Cholak insists, “As a senior, it has been an amazing experience to see how the program has grown! The team is filled with dedicated and motivated runners, and it makes the whole experience ten times better because we all enjoy the suffering and grind together.” She goes further to say that running is for the joy and love of the team as a whole, not the individual.
The University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball team celebrates following a successful two-point shot during the game against Meredith College on Sunday, November 10. Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website and was taken by a member of the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network (LHSN).
On Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:00 p.m., the University of Lynchburg Women’s Basketball program defeated Meredith College by a score of 81-60. This game was the first of the regular season, and they began their campaign with a big win.
Third-year guard for the Lady Hornets, Maggie Quarles, started off the game by scoring a three-pointer. In total, she scored 15 points in the game. Second-year transfer student and guard, Alissa Smalls, was the highest scorer in the game with 18 points.
Team goal celebration versus nationally ranked Christopher Newport University on Sunday, Oct. 6.
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On Sunday, Nov. 3, the Lady Hornets ended their regular season with sixteen wins, three losses, a national ranking of nineteen, and an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) ranking of one. They ended their regular season with a game against the Fighting Scots of Wooster College in Wooster, Ohio. Jackie Lerro, Maggie Chiappazzi, and Kessa Romero scored three goals that propelled the Hornets over the Fighting Scots by a score of 3 to 1.
This win was even more impactful for the program, in general, as head coach Enza Steele earned her six-hundredth win. According to NCAA records, Coach Steele is the first NCAA head coach to ever accomplish the 600-win milestone.
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.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, the women’s club soccer team travelled to Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, Va. to compete in a match against their club team. With a slippery field and a gloomy day, the Lady Hornets came out on top in a tough match by a score of 2 to 0. Senior Caitlyn Harper scored both goals for the day.
“We went down to CNU with 12 players and an 80% chance of rain in the forecast. Even with this, however, we not only won but dominated the game. It was a hard fought fight, and our girls gave it their all. We landed on top with a 2-0 victory as a result of the team bonding and sheer love for the game that we all share. The team never stopped working hard, going that extra inch for their teammates,” said Harper.
The No. 20 nationally ranked University of Lynchburg field hockey team won their fifth straight match on Sat., Oct. 12 against Shenandoah University in overtime by a score of 2 to 1. In all five of these past matchups, the goals have been decided by less than two goals.
Club sports athletes sit around the LOVE sign in the middle of the Dell in Aug. 2019. Picture retrieved from the Lynchburg Club Sports Website
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Students are given an outlet to play sports that they are interested in or love through the club sport opportunities at the University of Lynchburg. For students who are seeking a way to relieve stress or to just have fun being active, club sports is a great path to try! Read more
The University of Lynchburg Volleyball team is currently on a five game winning streak. Since the beginning of their regular season on Friday, Aug. 30, against Mary Baldwin University, the Lady Hornets have been focused on one goal: winning with class. Although the team did slightly stumble in a loss on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Meredith College, the team was quickly able to re-focus and move onto the next set of matches.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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..
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).