DECATUR, Ga. - Three different Agnes Scott College sports teams are in action this weekend, as all three teams look to continue their solid starts in their first season as a part of the USA South Conference.
The Scotties, led by second-year head coach Clinton Bell, will travel within the state, as they head to the 4th Annual University of North Georgia Cross Country Invitational. The Scotties' top returner from last season, Faridah Nalunkuuma, leads a pack of newcomers to Agnes Scott, who helped the Scotties outscore LaGrange College on September 1 as they competed in the Watermelon Run, hosted by Berry College.
15 teams will compete in the women's race, which will be the first 5k of the season for the Scotties. Covenant and Piedmont of the USA South will compete as well, as the Scotties get another opportunity to measure themselves against conference competition. The Scotties are set to compete at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 17.
Head coach Rosemary Davis and the women's soccer team head south as they open USA South Conference play. On Saturday, they travel to Huntingdon (1-1-1) to face the Hawks at 2:00 p.m. CST. Last season, the Scotties (2-1-0) took down the Hawks in overtime, 1-0. On Sunday, the team's road swing continues, as they take on LaGrange College at 2:00 p.m. EST. The Panthers (0-3-1) will be looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at Agnes Scott from a year ago.
The Scotties are led this season by sophomore forward Ashlyn Edwards, who has scored 4 goals through three games for the Scotties. Several other Scotties have multiple goals on the season as well, including Nia Coates (3), Sarah Fisher (3), and Caitlynn Croft (2).
First-year head coach Bailey Thornton looks to continue her hot streak as a head coach, as the Scotties have roared to a 3-0 start without dropping a set. Thornton and the volleyball team also head south to Montgomery, Alabama, to take part in the Huntingdon College Invitational. The Scotties will face off with four opponents over the weekend, including Huntingdon and LaGrange. Those matches will not count toward USA South standings, but will give the team an opportunity to gear up for the conference season.
On Satuday, the Scotties begin play with a noon matchup against Faulkner University, who will be playing in their home city of Montgomery. The Lady Eagles, of the NAIA, stand at 2-8 after winning their last two contests. That match will be followed by a 6:00 p.m. contest against the hosts, Huntingdon (3-5).
On Sunday, the Scotties face off with Pensacola Christian (2-6) at 9:00 a.m. CST, before having a chance to rest until their final match, a 1:00 p.m. contest against LaGrange (5-4).
The Scotties have relied upon a balanced attack to race to their 3-0 start, as well as pinpoint accuracy from the service line. The Scotties currently sit in 2nd place in NCAA Division III in aces per set, with 5.67 aces per set so far this season.