Area College Notes: VU rained on; MTSU reigns

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 11:31pm


The start of the college baseball season is more than four months away, but Vanderbilt already has been rained out.

The Commodores delayed the start of their fall workouts by a week because of the rain that has fallen and is scheduled to fall throughout Middle Tennessee this week. VU was scheduled to conduct its first workout of the fall on Tuesday.

“It’s not inconvenient because it allows us an extra week in the weight room,” coach Tim Corbin said. “… I didn’t want to get into it and then lose days because of the weather.”

NCAA rules allow teams to conduct 30 practices within a span of 45 days in the fall. Additional time is available for schools that schedule international exhibition trips.

The Commodores finished 37-27 last season and reached the championship game of the SEC and Louisville Regional tournaments.

Second look

Middle Tennessee State’s 32-31 victory last Saturday over Maryland (the Blue Raiders’ second victory over that ACC opponent in as many years) will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Thursday on Comcast Ch. 176.

The game originally was aired online at ESPN360.

“When we play, we expect to win,” coach Rick Stockstill said following the game. “… We expected to win this one. I don't know how [others] perceive us, but we're not going to back down from anybody.”

National honors

• MTSU defensive end Chris McCoy earned national defensive player of the week honors from the College Football Performance Awards for his play in the Blue Raiders’ victory over Maryland. He had nine tackles (four for losses), one blocked field goal, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup and one sack.

• Vanderbilt forward Nicole Lukens, who had two goals and an assist in the Commodores’ 3-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin last week, was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s National Team of the Week.

Lipscomb collects A-Sun honors

• Stefine “Jake” Pease was named Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball player of the week on Monday as she led the Lady Bisons to road victories over Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson.

The junior setter from Berryton, Kan., surpassed 3,000 assists for her career and moved to seventh on the A-Sun career list with 3,037.

• Garret Pettis was named A-Sun soccer player of the week after he had two goals and four points in two games last week.

Trevecca takes two

• Sophomore goalie Konstance Deering was named the TranSouth Conference women’s soccer defensive player of the week. She faced five shots and made two saves in the Lady Trojans’ 6-1 victory over Judson College.

• Sophomore goalie Hayden Coffman was named the TranSouth Conference men’s soccer defensive player of the week. He faced six shots in Trevecca’s 4-0 victory over Brescia University.