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Athletes Beyond Bartow: collegiate volleyball, golf, cross country and soccer updates

Local athletes made important contributions with their respective collegiate programs this past week in soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball.

NOTE: This past week's football edition of 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' will be published separately.



MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Soph., Defender, Woodland HS). . . entered as a reserve and played 21 minutes in a scoreless draw last Wednesday at home with Columbia International University. She also contributed 17 minutes in a 2-0 home conference win Saturday over Erskine College. NGU (4-3-3, 3-1-1 Conference Carolinas) hosts Shaw University Wednesday night and plays at University of Mount Olive this Saturday afternoon.

KATELYNN HARBEKE — Life University (Jr., F, Cass HS). . . saw 42 minutes of playing time as a starter in the Eagles 6-1 conference home victory last Friday over Pikeville University. Life (4-5, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) has conference games this week at Shawnee State (OH) Wednesday and University of Cumberlands (KY) on Friday.

KATIE LAWHORN — Life University (Fr., MF, Adairsville HS). . . played 16 minutes and took one shot in the Eagles 6-1 conference home win last Friday over Pikeville University. Life (4-5, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) plays conference matches this week at Shawnee State (OH) on Wednesday and at University of Cumberlands (KY) Friday.

CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Sr., Defender, Cass HS). . . played all 101 minutes last Wednesday in a 1-0 overtime loss at Bowling Green University and played all 90 minutes of a 3-1 home win this past Saturday over LaSalle. The Dukes (3-6-1, 1-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) host Saint Louis Wednesday night and play at UMass Saturday afternoon.


MAGGIE ASHMORE — Augusta University (Sr., Kingston, GA, Hilton Head Golf Acad.). . . shot an opening round 75 Sunday and tied for the low round for the Jaguars at the Magnolia Invitational in West Point, MS. The tournament continues through Tuesday, October 3. After one round, Ole Miss leads Tennessee and Auburn by 13 shots. Augusta was ninth after the opening round.

HANNAH MAE DEEMS — Mercer University (Sr., Taylorsville, GA, Darlington HS). . . shot rounds of 78-81-75 and tied for 74th individually as the Bears finished ninth of 18 teams at the Golfweek Conference Challenge last Wednesday at the Red Sky Golf Club’s Fazio Cource in Wolcott, CO. University of Denver won the tournament by two shots over Pepperdine. The Mercer women tee it up again Monday through Wednesday in Columbia, MO at the Johnie Imes Invitational hosted by University of Missouri.


AUBREE COLE — Jacksonville State University (Soph., Cartersville HS). . . placed 47th individually (20:35) and 5th for her team as the Gamecocks finished eighth in the Division I portion of the 5K Foothills XC Invitational last Saturday at the Oxford, AL Lake and Recreation Center. JSU runs next at the Florida State XC Invitational this Friday in Tallahassee.

SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Jr., Kingston, GA, Darlington HS). . . placed 32nd in 25:45 and third for his team at the 8K Greater Louisville, KY XC Classic last Saturday. Rhodes, a D-III program, finished first out of 46 teams in the non-D-I Blue Division Race. The Lynx next compete October 14 at the Rowan Invitational in Glassboro, NJ.


KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Sr., MB, Cartersville HS). . . had 15 kills, one dig and five block assists in a straight sets home loss to Mercer last Saturday night. She also had 13 kills, two digs, and five block assists in a four-set home loss last Friday against Samford. WCU (6-11, 1-3 Southern Conference) plays road matches this Friday and Saturday at Furman and Wofford.

ASHLEY WEST — Andrew College (Soph., OH, Cass HS). . . registered two digs for the Lady Tigers in a four-set loss at Florida Gateway College last Tuesday night. West has played in five matches for Andrew (3-6). The Tigers host Lawson State CC this Tuesday and travel to Pensacola State CC for a tri-match Friday that includes Gadsden State CC.


ELISE HART — U.S. Air Force Academy (Sr., Sprint-Free/Fly/Back, Cartersville HS). . . participated with the rest of her teammates in a preseason intrasquad meet last week as the Falcons prepare for their 2017-18 season opening meet. Hart swam a relay leg of the 200-yard medley, the 100-yard butterfly, and the 100-yard backstroke. Air Force will travel to the Colorado Mesa Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, CO.

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