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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Kennedy posts Top-5 finish as FMU golf places 6th at Black Creek
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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Kennedy posts Top-5 finish as FMU golf places 6th at Black Creek

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Junior Casper Kennedy shot a one-under-par 71 on Tuesday to finish in the Top-5, while senior Grant Sellers fired a two-under 70 to help propel Francis Marion University to a sixth-place finish on the final day of the Battle at Black Creek Men’s Golf Tournament hosted by Chattanooga.

The two-day 54-hole event was played on the 7,204-yard, par 72 Black Creek Club course.

FMU will return to action this coming Sunday and Monday at the Daniel Island Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by Charleston Southern University.

Francis Marion posted a 292 team score over the final 18 holes on Tuesday, after being tied for fifth following Monday’s 36 holes.

The University of Tennessee at Martin and the host Mocs shared the team title with seven-under 857 scores. Appalachian State University (862) placed third followed by both Troy University and Western Carolina University tied at 863. The Patriots finished at 864, ever so close to a second consecutive Top-5 team finish

Kennedy compiled a career-best 54-hole total of six-under-par 210 that placed him third in the players’ standings. Sellers finished tied for 15th with a 216 total.

Senior McClure Thompson (71-71-78-220) and junior Carlos Garre (73-73-74-220) tied for 31st place, while fifth-year senior and Florence native Michael Rials (75-77-77-229) tied for 71st position. Rials’ final round included an eagle on the par-4, 347-yard 15th hole.

Nick Sutton of Tennessee Tech claimed medalist honors as he recorded a 12-under 71-66-67-204 scorecard.


Mt. Olive 3

Francis Marion 0

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The University of Mount Olive defeated Francis Marion University 25-23, 25-17, 25-20 ending the Patriots’ 12-match winning streak, Tuesday evening in Conference Carolinas volleyball action.

Francis Marion (16-9, 12-1) will play at Chowan University on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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The Patriots’ streak was the sixth-longest in team history. Despite the loss, FMU still maintains a one-game lead in the East Division standings.

Sophomore Lexi Albright led FMU with 13 kills and 11 digs – her fifth double-double of the year. Junior Gracie Davis added nine kills and three blocks.

Graduate student Naina Ivanova directed the Patriot offense with 28 assists, while freshman libero Zoie Larkins dug up a team-high 19 balls.

Ele’sia Williams paced Mount Olive (10-13, 5-8) with 15 kills.

Fayetteville State 3

Coker 1

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.—The Coker University volleyball team fell to Fayetteville State Tuesday night in non-conference action by a score of 3-1.

Fayetteville State took a 2-0 lead in the match with set victories of 25-21 and 25-17, before the Cobras rallied to win the third set 25-19. Fayetteville State would wrap up the match with a 25-19 victory in the fourth set.Emily Everton paced the Cobras with a match-high 14 kills, while Chelsey Blume also notched 11 kills in the match. Naomi Earl-Reyes finished with seven kills, while Taylor Parker had six.

Rami Mullen dished out a team-best 18 assists, while Ashley Carson contributed 15. Blume and Alyssa Lake each had one solo block in the contest, while Blume also led the Cobras with five block assists on the night.

The Cobras are back in action on Nov. 5 hosting Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference action. First serve is set for 7 p.m. from the DeLoach Center, with video and live stats available at


Coker’s Kabo earns conference award

ROCK HILL, S.C.—Coker University field hockey junior forward Britt Kabo has been named the South Atlantic Conference Carolinas AstroTurf Offensive Player of the Week, announced by the league Wednesday.

Kabo helped Coker to two wins last week, totaling four goals and two assists for 10 points. Kabo tallied the game-winning goal and an assist in the 4-3 win over Limestone on Oct. 19, before tallying her first career hat trick along with an assist in the 6-5 win over Lindenwood on Oct. 22.

This is Kabo’s third career Offensive Player of the Week honor.


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