Lady Buffs poised for success


Asst. Sports Editor


  The Milligan College Lady Buffs volleyball team is young and full of promise. With 11 freshmen, three sophomores and one senior, the team has plenty of room to grow in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
  They will host their first series of home matches this week. Tonight at 6:30, they will take on Virginia Intermont followed by Bluefield College on Thursday at the same time.
  On Saturday they will host three teams: Martin Methodist at noon, Cumberland College at 2 p.m. followed by North Greeneville College at 4 p.m. in the Steve Lacy Fieldhouse.
  Kim Hyatt is in her third season as her alma mater's head coach where she was a two-year captain and team MVP in her senior season. Hyatt also grew up on campus as her parents were dorm parents.
  Milligan was picked sixth in the preseason but the team is full of promise and hopes to build a successful No. 1 program in the years to come.
  The team opened up their season at Asbury College in Kentucky and an 1-2 record after defeating St. Louis Pharmacy 3-1 (30-26, 30-25, 29-31, 30-18) but lost to Asbury 0-3 (25-30, 19-30, 29-31) and Lindsey Wilson College 0-3 (16-30, 29-31, 13-30).
  Freshman Alison Slagle served up seven aces against St. Louis and sophomore Tara Earhart had 15 kills. Freshman Jamie Sly recorded 31 assists.
  Up against Asbury, freshman Amanda Hyder had 16 kills, Sly had 36 assists and sophomore Beth Snapp served three aces.
  The squad lost their conference opener to Brevard 2-3 (22-30, 30-26, 26-30, 30-22, 11-15).
  Hyder had thirteen kills. Both senior Lindsey Wetherholt and Earhart had 12 kills. Slagle served up seven aces and Sly had 38 assists. Earhart led the team with 12 digs and six block points.
  This past weekend, the Lady Buffs took two out of three conference matches. On Friday they defeated Tennessee Wesleyan 3-2 (28-30, 33-31, 21-30, 30-21, 15-8).
  The squad did double duty on Saturday when the visited Covenant College and lost 0-3 (26-30, 28-30, 21-30). They then got back on the road to Bryan College in the afternoon and won 3-1 (30-21, 30-20, 22-30, 30-14).
  Earhart led the team in kills in both the Tennessee Wesleyan and Bryan match with 20 and 23 kills, respectively. Hyder had 13 digs against Tennessee Wesleyan and Sly served seven aces and blew away the team with 58 assists.
  The young team boasts many local recruits including Brandy Forbes (Eliz.), Hyder (Science Hill), Slagle and Earhart (Tenn. High), Allison Langrel (Daniel Boone), and Snapp and Wetherholt (Dobyns-Bennett).
  While so far they are still sixth in the conference rankings, this should be the team to watch in the AAC with the outstanding young talent the squad possesses.