Colleges: A-Sun sends conference championships to town

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:13pm
Staff reports

Lipscomb University was named the host of the 2011 and 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball tournaments, and Belmont University was named the host of the 2011 A-Sun cross country championships Tuesday, the final day of the conference’s fall administrative meetings.

The volleyball tournament was held in Nashville in 2005 and 2006 with Belmont as the host school. This is the first time Lipscomb has been picked at the event’s site.

“I’m excited,” Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal said. “It has been four years since the tournament has been in Nashville when it was held at Belmont.

“We made an attempt to get for the past two years ago but Florida Gulf Coast received the bid. It is a lot more work, but it will be great to be in our own locker room and not have to travel. There are a lot of good things that are going to come from this.”

Similarly, Lipscomb has hosted the cross country meet (2007) but Belmont has not.

MTSU football: The Blue Raiders look to defeat an ACC opponent for the third consecutive year when they face Georgia Tech, 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Atlanta.

MTSU topped Maryland each of the last two seasons but also lost to Clemson in its 2009 season-opener. It came close to an upset of Virginia (23-21) in 2007.

The Blue Raiders also have faced teams from the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten in recent seasons.

“The Oklahoma and LSU games (in 2006 and 2007, respectively) were the only games we have played where I felt we were outmatched,” coach Rick Stockstill said. “They were better than us. We are confident no matter who we play, if we play to our capabilities and protect the football, we will have a chance to win the game.

Trevecca golf: Junior Ashley Scism was the individual medalist as Trevecca Nazarene’s women’s golf team set school records for single-round and two-day scores Tuesday at the Nationwide Invitational at Old Hickory Country Club.

Scism’s two-day total (151) also was an individual school record and included an opening round 75, which matched the lowest round in program history.

The Trojans finished fifth in the event with a 643. They set the single-round record Monday with a 327 and broke it Tuesday with a 316.

• Joey Bradley made a four-foot par putt on the second playoff hole and won the North Alabama Fall Invitational. His two-round total was 2-under (142), which helped Trevecca's men to fifth in the team standings.

Belmont basketball: Belmont announced that its annual Meet the Bruins Night will take place 6 p.m., Oct. 26 at Curb Event Center.

The event will include scrimmages of both the men’s and women’s teams with coaches Rick Byrd and Brittany Ezell mic’d so that their direction can be heard by those in attendance.