With the Halloween holiday approaching this weekend, most sports on campus are nearly finished with the regular season, and most clubs are preparing for the postseason. Looking at these past few weeks, some UNC-Greensboro athletes had an outstanding week with wins and strong players.
However, there have been some teams on campus who have struggled with defeat as well. And with Halloween, whose basic premise is generally the idea of receiving a trick or treat, I decided to give some out to a group of teams on campus.
The first treat goes out to the Volleyball team, which defeated the Southern Conference (SoCon) league leader Chattanooga on Friday. The match took place in Fleming Gymnasium and UNCG beat the Mocs in five sets.
In the contest, the Spartans were led by junior Jessica Berwyn and three other players who were in double figures offensively. Berwyn’s had a match high 18 kills. Sophomore outside Ashley Muench followed with 17 kills and completed the double-double by adding 14 digs. Freshman middle hitter Jasmine Jones added her career-high to the team with 15 kills. Finally redshirt senior middle Julia Westerbur finished the set of matches with 12 kills. One other player who stood out was freshman setter Allison Penner who also reached her career-high mark in assists with 64 also with eight digs and five blocks to go along with that.
This was UNCG’s sixth-straight victory and was the eighth time in a row the Spartans had beaten Chattanooga in Greensboro. With a decisive 3-0 win over Samford the following day, this is a great time for the Volleyball team to get hot, as the regular season ends on November 14.
The first trick has to go to the Women’s Golf team, which finished in 13th place at the Fighting Camel Fall Classic last Tuesday, October 20. The three-day 54-hole event took place at the Keith Hills Golf Club in Buies Creek, NC. The Spartans carded a 322 in the final round and finished 115-over par on the final day of the event.
Last week’s event in Buies Creek marked the end of the fall season for the Spartans. While Emily Kurey and Maddi MacClurg finished as the top players at the match, the team will look to improve in the offseason when they return to the course for competition in February.
As a treat, Tevon Saddler of the Men’s Basketball team definitely deserves one after being named to the preseason All-SoCon team last week. The junior guard was also named to the All-Conference team last season after leading the team in almost every category and ranking number ten in the league in scoring with 13.6 points per game.
In the first 22 out of 31 games last year for UNCG, he scored in double figures. This also included six separate occasions where the guard scored over 20 points. Saddler also ranked third in the conference in assists per game with 4.1 per game and sixth in steals with 1.5 per game. In his career, Saddler has played in 62 total games with 58 starts in the first two season of his career. He has managed to score over 800 points in his career and his made a lot of unselfish plays dishing out over 212 assists in his career as a Spartan. The Spartans will kick off the 2015 -2016 basketball season with a matchup against Greensboro College on Nov. 14 in Fleming Gym.
One more player deserves a treat also and that is senior guard Lucy Mason of the Women’s Basketball team. Mason was named to the SoCon Preseason All-Conference Team last week. In her junior season, she reached the 1,000-point career mark making her the 24th player in UNCG basketball history to reach that accomplishment. Mason finished third in scoring last season and set UNCG’s single season scoring record with 460 points in the season. Also, Mason was the leading scorer in 17 games for the Blue and Gold. The Lady Spartans will kick off their season in Fleming Gymnasium Nov. 5 against Greensboro College in an exhibition game. The game start at 7 p.m.