Confidence in the Conference: all sports teams hosting meets on homecoming weekend

Homecoming weekend is an exciting time that students and alumni look forward to celebrating each year. This year, many of our fall sports will be hosting games and meets that spotlight fall— arguably the most beautiful time of year on campus.

While the football game against Averett will be an exciting spectacle to watch, other fall sports will be hosting the highlight event of their season this weekend as well, with the majority of these events happening on Friday, Oct. 26.

The men’s soccer team will host a match against William Pence at 6 p.m..

On Oct. 26, Volleyball will be hosting two games that afternoon. The Scots will play against Huntingdon at 3:00 p.m., followed by a match against Piedmont College at 7:00 p.m. that evening. Both games will be played on the Randy Lambert court in Cooper Athletic Center.

Junior Allison Botts said that “those two games will be two high-stakes games because they determine the team’s seeding in the tournament.”

As a meet preparing the team for conference, the competition will be schematic and tough. “We are definitely expecting both teams to come prepared and bring their best game and we will need to do the same to pull out two wins for the last two regular season home games,” Botts said.

The cross country team faces an exciting first opportunity to highlight recent changes to the course. The team recently changed their home course to make it wider and safer with the advantage of having the ability to host conference in future years.

Each year the coaches in the conference vote on a school to host the conference meet for the following year. Last year the coaches voted for Maryville to host the meet for the 2018 season.

Of the men’s team, juniors Daniel Beckett and Richard Martin, and freshman Cooper Harrison excitedly state their insights on the event.

“I anticipate this to be the most competitive race of the season. The race always brings a new level from all of the schools in the conference and there is always a few surprise runners that really take it to the next level performance wise. This is the most competitive the conference has been since my collegiate career began. The course is relatively flat which will give way to some incredible times on the front end.”

“The Men’s team is the best since I started my freshman year. We had a really solid front end my freshman year, but we have a very deep roster this year. The new runners and returners all came in with a competitive spirit that I have been looking for in a team. I think this will be our fastest conference team in the school history. We have some real talent and speed up front and a great pack that will bring the best out in each other,” Said Beckett.

The women’s team holds similar excitement for their big day. The women’s 6K race begins at 11 a.m. and the men’s 8K challenge kicks off at 12 p.m., both events starting and finishing at the edge of the gravel road adjacent to the cemetery and Maryville College Woods.

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