Montevallo athletics roundup: UM women finish fifth at Peach Belt cross country meet

University of Montevallo sophomore Haley Evans finished eighth overall in individual standings at the Peach Belt Conference championship meet, which earned her a spot on the All-Conference team following the meet Nov. 7 in Evans, Ga. (Contributed)

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The University of Montevallo women’s cross country team raced to a fifth-place finish in team standings at the Peach Belt Conference championship meet Nov. 5 at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans, Ga.

Sophomore Haley Evans finished eighth overall in the 5K individual standings and was named second team All-Conference following the meet.  Evans came across the line with a time of 25:23.00, just three seconds behind the seventh-place runner.

Freshman In-Mi Matsunaga crossed the line with a time of 26:20.30 for a 21st-place finish in individual standings. Junior Katherine Schofield was the next Montevallo finisher at 25th overall. Schofield had a time of 26:29.40.

Junior Ginny Davis and senior January Waters crossed the line 31st and 32nd, respectively, with times of 27:12.90 and 27:14.00. Sophomore Kaley Glover came across 38th overall with a time of 27:41.6.

The Falcons’ final finisher was junior Whtiney Adkins, who finished 40th overall with a time of 27:47.20.

Montevallo finished ahead of Georgia College, Flagler College, USC Aiken, Georgia Southwestern and Francis Marion University. Columbus State University won the race with five runners in the top 10.

Montevallo men finish seventh at PBC championship meet

The University of Montevallo men’s cross country team finished seventh in team standings at its first ever Peach Belt Conference championship race.

The Falcons were led by freshman Mark McDonald, who ran the 8K course with a time of 27:59.60. McDonald finished in 30th place overall in individual standings.

Freshman Matthew Corn came across 41st overall with a time of 29:30.60. Freshman Adam Weil came in 42nd overall with a time of 29:40.00, while freshman Justin Arsement finished 44th overall with a time of 29:48.20. Freshman Nick Davidson finished 45th overall with a time of 30:36.90.

The Falcons’ final finisher was freshman Evan Brock, who finished 56th overall with a time of 34:04.40.

The Falcons finished ahead of Francis Marion University and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Columbus State University won the event with four runners finishing in the top 10.

Montevallo volleyball wins final regular season road test

The University of Montevallo volleyball team won its final regular season road contest Nov. 2 at the University of West Georgia.

The Falcons head to the Peach Belt Conference tournament in Savannah, Ga. as the No. 2 seed and will take on the No. 7 seed Francis Marion University in the opening round Nov. 12. Montevallo swept Francis Marion in two regular season meetings.

Montevallo (22-11, 11-3 in Peach Belt Conference) was led by sophomore Virginia Clay, who had a team-high 17 kills and three blocks in the Falcons’ 25-23, 25-27, 25-18, 25-16 victory over West Georgia.

Freshman Taylor Chapman added a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs.

Redshirt freshman Manyi Ati led the Falcons with six blocks while adding 12 kills and a team-high two service aces. Senior Rebecca Dowd had a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs while also having three blocks.

Freshman Michelle Carle was the final Falcon with double-digit kills as she had 10 while also picking up four blocks. Junior setter Anna Garrison had 61 assists and 15 digs for another double-double.

Sophomore libero Brittany Wilson led Montevallo with 26 digs, while junior Rachel Wotitzky added 17 digs.

Montevallo extended its winning streak to eight matches with victory over USC-Aiken in a Peach Belt Conference match Nov. 5.

Dowd led the team with 14 kills while adding nine digs and two blocks in the Falcons’ 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 win over USC-Aiken.

Chapman added another double-double to her resume as she had 11 kills and 14 digs. Ati had 10 kills, a team-high five blocks and three digs.

Clay added 10 kills and four blocks while Carle had 10 kills and two blocks.

Wilson led the Falcons with 26 digs, while Garrison added another double-double with 49 assists and 16 digs.

Wotitzky added 13 digs.

Montevallo’s eight-match winning streak was snapped following a 19-25, 20-25, 24-26 loss to Lander in the Falcons’ final regular season game Nov. 6 on Senior Day.

Prior to the match the Falcons honored Dowd and Kara Zawisza, who were playing in the final home match of their career.

Montevallo was led by Clay, who was the only Falcon to reach double-digit kills with 12 kills. Clay also had three blocks.

Ati added eight kills and five blocks.

Garrison had 35 assists and 12 digs for her 20th double-double of the season. Wilson led the Falcons with 16 digs.

Women’s basketball drops exhibition opener

The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team fell 75-42 to Mississippi State University in its exhibition opener Nov. 7.

Tiffany McClure led the Falcons with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 0-of-4 from beyond the arc. McClure, a junior college transfer from Tallahassee Community College, hit 4-of-6 free throws.

Shavonne Seymore, a junior college transfer from Northwest Florida State College, and senior Kris Seigenthaler added six points each.

Seymore and senior Jessica Collins led Montevallo with six rebounds each. Collins, a tranfer from Delta State University, led the Falcons with two assists.

The exhibition game was Mechan Vanderpool’s first game as the Falcons’ head coach.

“I thought we handled things very well in the first half,” Vanderpool said. “I think our team played really well in the first half and then crumbled a little bit in the second half.”

The Falcons open the regular season Nov. 12 on the road at West Georgia.

Seven UM soccer players named to All-Conference team

Five University of Montevallo men’s soccer players and two members of the women’s team were named to the All-Peach Belt Conference team Nov. 5.

Montevallo seniors Nathaniel Foster, Milan Pualic and Austin McIntosh were all named to the men’s All-PBC first team, while freshmen Gary O’Neil and Brendan Ledgeway were named to the second team.

Freshmen Christine Prince and Asgerdur Palsdottir were named to the women’s All-PBC second team.