Athletics Highlights - December 2021
- Men’s Soccer finished 12-4-4 overall, claimed the USA South Tournament championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the No. 1 team in Division III by a 2-1 score. The Scots took the program’s second USA South Tournament title in a PK shootout over N.C. Wesleyan. Making their second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Scots defeated Denison, 1-0, in the first round. In the second round, the Scots played right with No. 1 Washington & Lee before a W&L goal in the 86th minute defeated the Scots. Covenant had seven players earn USA South honors, including Mercer Stout ’22 and Parker Owen ’22 who both earned first team accolades. Stout was the USA South Tournament MVP.
- Women’s Soccer went 13-6-2 and claimed the program’s first USA South Tournament title and the team’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Scots knocked off Piedmont in the USA South Tournament championship, 1-0, to earn the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Scots met No. 13 Centre in the first round and fell, 3-1. Kailey Burrell ’22 was named the USA South Player of the Year after leading the conference, and ranking 10th nationally, with 18 goals. Burrell also earned USA South Tournament MVP honors and garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Along with Burrell, the Scots had six players earn USA South honors.
- Both Cross Country teams finished the year strong. The women’s team placed second at the USA South Championships, led by All-USA South first team honorees in S.K. Lipperd ’22 and Claire Mackes ’23. The men were third in the conference meet. The women’s team placed six runners on All-USA South teams, while the men had four honorees. At the NCAA region meet, Lipperd became the second runner in program history to earn All-Region honors as she placed 22nd overall.
- Volleyball ended the year 21-9 overall and advanced to the USA South Tournament semifinals. Emma Kalbfleisch ’23 earned first team All-USA South as four Scots collected conference honors. At the end of the season, head coach Joanna Ehman ’10 announced her decision to step down from the position to spend more time with her family. The head coach with the most wins in program history, Ehman led the program to four USA South regular season titles, two conference tournament titles, and the program’s first two NCAA Tournaments. Longtime assistant coach Stephanie Wharton ’06 was named the program’s new head coach. Wharton has been at Covenant for 12 years as the assistant coach for Ehman and previous head coach Heather Taylor.
- Men’s Basketball is off to a 2-1 start to the season with wins over Asbury and Centre to open the season. Along with the normal schedule, the Scots will play two Division I teams (Chattanooga on Nov. 23 and Georgia Southern on Dec. 18) in exhibition games. Both can be watched on ESPN+.
- Women’s Basketball is also off to a 2-1 start. The Scots took wins over Sewanee and Berry to begin the season. Junior Cosette Kirsch hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of the season-opening victory at Sewanee on Nov. 9.