Montevallo athletics roundup: Falcons even record at Invitational

University of Montevallo sophomore Virginia Clay helped the Falcons pick up four wins Sept. 10-11 at the University of South Carolina-Aiken Invitational. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo volleyball team evened its record at 4-4 following four wins Sept. 10-11 at the University of South Carolina-Aiken Invitational.

The Falcons picked up their first two wins of the 2010 season Sept. 10. Montevallo defeated host USC-Aiken 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 13-25, 15-11 and picked up a 25-22, 25-21, 19-25, 13-25, 15-11 win over Limestone College.

Rebecca Dowd led the Falcons with 21 kills and 25 digs in the win over USC-Aiken. Anna Garrison added 15 digs and 53 assists. Dowd and Garrison swept the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week awards following the Invitational, with Dowd being named the conference’s Player of the Week and Garrison being named the Specialist of the Week.

Taylor Chapman finished with 15 kills in the victory. Virginia Clay chipped in 11 kills and five blocks.

Clay led Montevallo with nine kills in the win over Limestone College. Chapman added seven kills and Dowd finished with six kills.

Garrison led the Flacons with 16 assists. Brittany Wilson led Montevallo with 11 digs.

Montevallo defeated Erskine College 25-19, 25-19, 25-21 and earned a 25-19, 25-15, 23-25, 25-7 win over Concord University on the second day of the Invitational.

Manyi Ati led the Falcons with nine kills in the win over Erskine.

Michelle Carle added eight kills. Dowd and Chapman finished with seven kills each.

Garrison finished with 38 assists and Wilson recorded a team-high 18 digs.

Clay led the Falcons with 12 kills in the win over Concord. Ati and Dowd added nine kills each.

Garrison finished with 42 assists, while Wilson and Dowd tied for the team-lead with 17 digs each.

Montevallo men’s soccer remains perfect

The University of Montevallo men’s soccer team picked up a 4-0 win over Newberry College and a 2-0 win over Flagler College last week to improve its record to 4-0 to begin the 2010 season, its first under new coach Ken Hassler.

Phil Jackson, Michael Riggle, Alex Ghoja and Gary O’Neill scored one goal each in the Falcons’ victory Sept. 8 over Newberry College.

Austin McIntosh, Nathaniel Foster, Milan Pualic and O’Neill recorded an assist each for the Falcons, who are ranked No. 23 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

Brendan Ledgeway, who was named the Peach Belt Conference’s Goalkeeper of the Week, recorded one save in the win.

Foster scored two goals in the Falcons’ 2-0 win Sept. 11 over No. 8 Flagler College.

James Steer and Pualic recorded an assist each for Montevallo, which improved to 1-0 in PBC action. Ledgeway recorded four saves and posted his second shutout of the season.

Montevallo women’s soccer drops two matches

The University of Montevallo women’s soccer team fell to Auburn University-Montgomery and dropped its first Peach Belt Conference game to Flagler College last week.

Goalkeeper Alyssa Maxwell helped the Falcons keep AUM scoreless for the first 90 minutes before Montevallo fell 1-0 in double overtime Sept. 7.

Maxwell recorded seven saves in the loss.

Paige Scott scored the only goal in the Falcons’ 3-1 loss Sept. 11 to Flagler.

Asgerdur Palsdottir recorded an assist. Maxwell finished with four saves.

Montevallo cross country teams open season

The University of Montevallo men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2010 season Sept. 11 at the Georgia Southwestern University Remembrance Race.

The Montevallo women, who began the season ranked No. 10 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason Southeast region poll, finished second in the team standings.

The Falcons were led by freshman In-Mi Matsunaga, who came in third overall with her time of 20:27.20.

Kaley Glover finished two spots behind Matsunaga in fifth place with her time of 20:40.70. Haley Evans finished 10th overall with her time of 21:19.10.

The Montevallo men, reinstated in intercollegiate athletics for the first season since 1966, finished fourth in the team standings in the Remembrance Race.

The Falcons were led by Mark McDonald, who finished 10th overall with his time of 29:43.10.