Fall Sports Recap
The fall of 2013 was an exciting time to be a Scot. In our first official semester as members of the NCAA Division III, Scots soccer, volleyball, and cross country teams entered the USA South committed to athletic and academic excellence.
The men’s soccer team, under head coach Nathan Pifer, put together another solid season, finishing with an 11-5-4 overall record and a 5-3-1 mark in the USA South. The men earned a spot in the USA South conference tournament, but fell to Averett in the first round on penalty kicks, ending the season.
The team did an admirable job of supporting one another after the tragic loss of teammate David Taaffe. It was a season of dedication, as the Scots devoted the year to the memory of Taaffe. All warm-up shirts sported Taaffe’s No. 6 on the back and Pifer kept David’s name and number on the official lineup sheet each match. Read more about the Scots’ 2013 season here.
The women’s soccer team fought through injuries to finish 10-9-2 overall, with a semifinal finish in the USA South conference tournament. In Mark Duble's 20th year as head coach, the Lady Scots went 7-3-2 in their inaugural season in the USA South before falling 3-1 to eventual conference champion and NCAA tournament team Piedmont in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. The Lady Scots were honored with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Silver Award for Team Ethics. Read a full recap of the Lady Scots’ season here.
For a third straight season, the volleyball team won at least 20 matches. Under the direction of first year head coach Joanna Ehman, the Lady Scots were again a force to be reckoned with, finishing their season 21-11 overall and advancing to the semifinal round of the USA South conference tournament. The Lady Scots were defeated in four sets by eventual conference champion and NCAA tournament team, Maryville.
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
The Covenant cross country teams once again had spectacular fall seasons. With Covenant's transition to NCAA Division III complete, the men captured the USA South conference title, while women's runner Beth Burgess won the conference individual title. The women had three overall meet victories and the men had two.
The squads were also able to compete in the NCAA regional events for the first time in school history on November 16. In those meets, Burgess broke the women's program record time on a 6K course with her time of 23:58, besting Hannah Matthews' mark of 24:00 set in 2010. The women had four runners set new personal marks and the men had five.
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