Covenant teams wrapped up berths into the USA South tournaments with victories this week. Men's soccer went 2-0 with wins over non-conference foe Emory and USA South member Averett. Women's soccer dropped a match at Averett before blasting William Peace 5-0, while the volleyball team rebounded from a mid-week loss to defeat Meredith and Methodist over the weekend. Men's golf competed at the NCCAA National Championships as well.
BY THE NUMBERS:
2: It was deuces wild for the men's soccer team this week as Joel Friesen and Garrison Dale each recorded two-goal matches. Friesen got the week going with both of Covenant's scores in a 2-1 win over Emory and then Dale matched Friesen with a pair of goals in Friday's 3-1 win at Averett. It was the first collegiate two-goal game for Friesen and the second for Dale.
1980: Speaking of the 2-1 men's soccer win over Emory, the victory marked just the second time in school history that the Scots have defeated the Atlanta school. The other victory came over 33 years ago in October of 1980 (also a 2-1 score).
13: Number of double-doubles for volleyball's Stephanie Kirkpatrick on the season. The junior produced three more this week to lead Covenant to a 2-1 record. Kirkpatrick had 27 assists and 16 digs in a loss to Piedmont, 43 assists and 10 digs in a four set victory over Meredith, and capped the week with 45 assists and 15 digs in another four set win over Methodist.
12-2: The record this year for the volleyball team when they have a hitting percentage at .190 or above as a team. Covenant continued to have tremendous success being efficient with its attacking over the weekend as they tallied 52 kills in each of the victories over Meredith and Methodist while hitting .261 and .211, respectively.
1: Number of career hat tricks for women's soccer junior Bethany Logan and two-goal matches for junior Ally Jennings. Logan and Jennings put on a display in Saturday's 5-0 rout of William Peace as Logan scored three times and Jennings twice. It was Logan's first collegiate hat trick as she now leads the team with nine goals. For Jennings, it marked her first two collegiate scores.
433:24: The consecutive opponent scoreless streak, in game minutes, for the women's soccer team that was snapped in Friday's 2-0 loss at Averett. Before Friday, Covenant had not allowed an opponent to score since October 2, a span of 23 days.
Men's soccer can still host a first round USA South tournament match with a victory over Piedmont on Wednesday mixed with a Methodist win or draw against Ferrum ... Women's soccer could also host a first round conference tournament match ... Volleyball clinched a spot in the USA South tournament with their two wins over the weekend ... Men's golf placed 18th at the NCCAA Men's Golf National Championships. James Van Nice missed the individual cut by one stroke ... Finally, Senior Nights are taking place this week. Volleyball will have theirs before Tuesday's 7 p.m. match, while the soccer teams will honor their seniors during Wednesday night's contests starting at 5 p.m.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
This week's Covenant Players of the Week are women's soccer junior Bethany Logan and men's soccer senior Garrison Dale. Click here to read their full highlights of the week.
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