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Local Roundup - BA JV ends season in Top 10

    MACON — Both Bulloch Academy junior varsity cross country teams finished in the Top 10 in the GISA Class AAA junior varsity cross country championships.
    The girls’ squad was fourth out of 15 teams while the boys were seventh out of 15.
    In the girls’ meet, Ashley Burke ran a 10:21.17 on the 1.6-mile course to take fifth out of 102 runners. Pate Lomax was sixth. Other top finishers were Tatum Blitch (22nd, 11:42.53), Abi Morgan (29th, 11:59.86) and Hannah Dasher (36th, 12:12.62).
    In the boys’ meet, Cody Lanier ran a 9:59 to take 11th out of 126 runners. Other top finishers were Sam Carico (35th, 11:02), Oliver Cope (40th, 11:07), Aaron Feldman (50th, 11:45) and Preston Nevil-Rincon (51st, 11:51).

SEB JV tops Calvary
    The Southeast Bulloch junior varsity Yellow Jackets defeated Calvary Day 33-28 Friday.
    Terry O'Conner caught a pass from quarterback Cam Duncan, and the rest of the scoring was done on the ground.
    Blake Price scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and Antonio McMillan and Aaron Jones each punched in one.
    The Jackets forced two turnovers, with James Codo recovering a fumble and Matthew McBride picked off a Calvary Pass.

The Citadel edges Lady Eagles
    The Georgia Southern women’ssoccer team fell by a 2-1 margin Thursday afternoon to Southern Conference foe The Citadel.
    Junior Sara Oland tallied her eighth goal of the season in the defeat. Georgia Southern fell to 5-9-0 overall and 2-5-0 in league play and will look to rebound at College of Charleston on Sunday.

Streaking GSU returns home
    Winners of 10 of its past 11 matches, the Georgia Southern volleyball team returns to Hanner Fieldhouse after a weekend on the road to play host to UNC Greensboro and Elon.
    The Spartans visit Statesboro today, while the Phoenix makes the trip on Sunday. Match times are slated for 6 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
    The Eagles are coming off a 1-1 weekend in Charleston, S.C., falling in five sets to College of Charleston before sweeping The Citadel Bulldogs. Carrying a 13-7 overall record and 4-1 Southern Conference ledger into weekend competition, Georgia Southern will look to continue its winning ways. Junior outside hitter Bethany Sanford leads the team with 3.44 kills per set, which ranks second in the conference, while sophomore Kate Van Dyke boasts a 10.37 assists per set average to fuel the Eagle attack and pace the conference. Junior Ashley Roe leads the team in the backcourt with a 3.91 digs per set average.
    UNC Greensboro, second in the north division, brings a 16-5 overall mark and 4-2 SoCon record into Friday’s match. The Spartans opened the season winning their first seven matches and nine of their first 10. UNCG has conference wins over Samford, Chattanooga, Appalachian State and Wofford, with losses against Western Carolina and Elon. Five Spartans average over two kills a set to pace the offense with Ari Lysacek leading the team with 7.49 assists per set. Caley Redden and Kellie Orewiler lead in the backcourt with 3.36 and 3.32 digs per set averages, respectively.
    Georgia Southern trails UNC Greensboro in the all-time series, 11-13. The last win over UNCG dates back to 2005 when the Eagles defeated the Spartans, 3-1.
    With a 13-9 overall record and 5-1 league mark, Elon comes into Hanner Fieldhouse Sunday winners of its last three matches and six of its past seven. Elon is led by Caroline Lemke who averages 2.66 kills per set, while Megan McMahon records 9.30 assists per set. Lauren Copenhagen paces the defense with a 2.39 digs per set average.
    Georgia Southern and Elon have met eight times in program history with the Eagles owning a 6-2 all-time series record.
    If you have a score to report, please call the Statesboro Herald sports desk at (912) 489-9408.