The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 9, 2012

Pfeiffer Briefs


Friday, November 9, 2012 — Women’s Volleyball: Mount Olive College pulled out three close set wins to take a 3-0 (25-23, 20-25, 26-24) victory over Pfeiffer University in the 2012 season finale.

The Trojans end their year at 9-19 overall, 5-11 in league play while the Falcons’ campaign concludes at 8-19, 5-11.

Carly White led the Trojans with 16 kills hitting .609 in the victory. Sarah Robertson followed closely with 11 kills as Mount Olive hit .417 as a team.

Jordan O'Bryant led the Lady Falcons with seven kills while Milana Mervosh and Jessica Homrich each wrapped up with six. Nicole Nitu led all with 11 digs in the match.

Pfeiffer would hit .444 in set one despite the Trojans pulling away with a pair of kills after a 23-all tie. Mount Olive did the same in set three using a White kill and ace from Danielle Plante tied at 24.

Cross-Country: A hat trick registered by Erskine's Andrew Settlemire led the visiting Flying Fleet to a 3-1 victory over Pfeiffer in Conference Carolinas men's soccer on Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

Pfeiffer’s men’s and women's cross country teams wrapped up their 2012 season Saturday morning at the NCAA Southeast Region meet at McAlpine Creek Park.

More than 30 of the schools in the region competed in the meet with Columbus State winning team titles for both the men and women.

The Lady Falcons would finish 20th while the men's team concluded 21st.

Alex Crouch completed her freshman year by being Pfeiffer's first finisher in each race she competed. Crouch finished the 6k course in 25:24. Trista Byers finished next in 25:42 followed by sophomore Justine Serje just 12 seconds behind. Freshmen Janna Featherstone and Cori Newton rounded out the scoring finishing in 26:11 and 26:38 respectively. As a team, the Lady Falcons averaged 25:58 for the course, with the top five scores finishing within 1:14 of each other.

The men would finished in 21st just nine points behind Brevard and Catawba from the South Atlantic Confer-ence. Pfeiffer was led by Will Oliver who finished his four-year cross country career running a 34:16 on the 10K course. Following Oliver were five freshmen. Finishing in 35:30 was Alex Freeze while Henry Furman was just 18 seconds behind him. Brandon Garren and Nathan Jarman finished in 4th and 5th for Pfeiffer with times of 36:22 and 36:40.

The fifth freshman on Pfeiffer's regional team was Jesse Skidmore who ran a 37:15 while rounding out the team was Cody Bivens with a 38:06. Pfeiffer averaged a 35:43 for the race, good for one of the best team averages in school history.

“This season was marked by impressive showings from our strong freshmen class and solid leadership from our upperclassmen. We are a very young team and the two seniors we have are going to be missed, but we are very excited about the potential of our team,” head coach Scott Nolt said.

Women’s Soccer: Confer-ence Carolinas recently announced the selections for the All-Conference teams in women’s soccer.

Pfeiffer’s Aaliyah Jackson was named the 2012 Freshman of the Year with her league-leading 12 goals while goalkeeper Britt Polly was named to the league's second team.

Head coaches from conference member institutions nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the league.

Jackson led Conference Carolinas during the regular season conference play with eight goals (12 total). Jackson scored a career-high four goals in the final regular season match at Belmont Abbey last weekend registering three game-winning goals throughout her rookie season. She finished her first campaign in 2012 appearing inside the top-five of four offensive categories.