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Meredith College Athletics History Meredith athletics took on a new life with the completion of Weatherspoon Gymnasium in 1970. Weatherspoon is still the home

Meredith College Athletics Program THE DIVISION III EXPERIENCE

Meredith athletics teams

MEDICAL SERVICES

In addition to the academic and fitness

participate in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic

programs available, the athletic training staff provides excellent

Association. Meredith College fully supports the Division III

care for participants. The athletic training support staff consists of

experience that allows the student athlete to enjoy competitive

head athletic trainer, Sharon Malley, student athletic trainers from

sports and other activities throughout their college years. Division

the University of North Carolina and on-call physicians. Some of the

III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become

services and equipment provided in the Weatherspoon Gymnasium

Riding the wave of momentum built in the 1970s, Meredith athletics

well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and

include a whirlpool, hydrocollator, ultrasound, injury ice and

earned state and conference titles in the 1980s. In 1980, the golf

academics while experiencing all aspects of college life. Division III

electrical stimulation. Meredith College serves as a clinical site for the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.

of the basketball and volleyball teams, training facilities and athletics offices. The first full-semester golf team was launched in 1976. The volleyball and tennis teams saw their first winning seasons during the 1970s.

team won the NCAIAW state championship while the tennis team

athletics feature athletes who can receive only academic financial

Meredith College students have participated in athletic events on

took the conference title. Also in that year, the Student Government

assistance and athletics departments that are staffed and funded

campus for more than 100 years. Athletics at Meredith College began

Association adopted the angel

like any other department in the College.

in 1904 with the advent of Meredith’s Athletic Association. In addition

as the school’s official mascot.

to sponsoring other student activities around campus, the athletic

The golf team finished second

ACADEMICS

association began to sponsor sports in 1937. The original sports

in the AIAW Division III national

is exemplified by its athletics teams. Each year, the USA South

An instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sports

at Meredith included basketball and tennis. Meredith’s basketball

tournament in 1981, making

Athletic Conference recognizes its student-athletes’ hard work in the

Sciences at Meredith, Coach Zinn assists in the development and

program began with two teams, the Reds and the Blues. The first

it the first bid for a Meredith

competitive games against other schools were held in 1904 with two

classroom by naming an Academic All-Conference team. A student-

implementation of conditioning and weight training programs for all

athletics team to compete for a

games against St. Mary’s College.

athlete must have earned a 3.0 GPA in each of the two semesters

of Meredith sports.

national championship. Softball

of a given year to be eligible. The athletics department also offers

was added as a varsity sport during

a special Athletics Director’s List that recognizes the athletes that

the 1985-86 academic year. The most recent varsity sports to be added

COMMUNITY SERVICE

receive a 3.5 each of the two semesters. During the 2007-08 season,

College are committed to much more than sports. Members from

48.7% of Meredith’s student athletes finished with a 3.0 or higher

each team are elected to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee

and 20% received the Athletics Director’s award with a 3.5 or higher.

that organizes support for each sport and also coordinates

In the early years, Meredith athletic activities included swimming, soccer, horseback riding, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf, football and field hockey. The first events were primarily inter-class competitions.

were soccer in 1993 and cross country in 2005.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

The program is headed

by Meredith’s Strength and Conditioning Coach David Zinn who Meredith College’s commitment to academics

is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioning specialist.

The student athletes at Meredith

In November 1937, Meredith

In recent years at Meredith, there has been an increase in the

aligned with the Virginia Field

competitiveness of the athletics programs on a regional and national

community service. Some of their past volunteer work includes

Hockey Association and

level in Division III. The program has had five NCAA tournament

Special Olympics of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity, Service

became a part of the United

bids across three different sports since 2001 (basketball 2001,

Raleigh, and the USA South Athletic Conference’s Cans Across the

States Conference.

2003; tennis 2003, 2007; and soccer 2007). During the summer

Conference and Pennies for a Purpose.

The 1940s and 1950s brought some big victories for the basketball team. In 1944, Meredith’s freshmansophomore basketball team hosted the Peace Junior

of 2007 the name of the sports teams was changed to “Avenging Angels” to emphasize the prowess of Meredith athletes. The 2007-08 season marked the first year of competition in the USA South Athletic Conference.

College (now Peace College) team. The outcome was a victory for

Meredith is committed to blending

Meredith, and the game marked the beginning of the heated cross-

intercollegiate athletics with a strong academic

town rivalry between the two Raleigh women’s colleges. In 1952, the

program. Student-athletes follow the same

basketball team pulled out impressive victories against the University

academic requirements and standards as other

of North Carolina and Duke. The field hockey team continued this

students; they must maintain good academic

trend in 1952 by defeating both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils.

standing with the College, be full-time students and follow the rules of the NCAA. The athletic program maintains the same high standards set for other departments and the same commitment to the education and personal development of student-athletes.


Meredith College Quick Facts General Information Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... Raleigh, N.C.

Contents

Founded .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................. 1891

IFC History of Meredith Athletics

Enrollment .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .................. 2,298

1 Table of Contents and Quick Facts

Nickname .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... Avenging Angels Colors .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maroon, Black and White

2 2009 Season Preview/2008 Season Recap

Affiliation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... NCAA Division III

3 2009 Roster

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . USA South Athletic Conference President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..... Maureen Hartford

4 Coaching Staff/Previous Records

Athletics Director .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jackie Myers (Elon/1978)

5 Player Profiles

Assistant Athletics Director/SWA .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Weaver (Virginia/2001) Faculty Athletics Representative .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... Michael Novak

7 Schedule and Opponents

Department Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........... Judy Melton

8 USA South/Media Coverage

Athletics Department Phone .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... (919) 760-8205 Athletics Web Site .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.meredith.edu/athletics Mailing Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607 Sports Information Director (SID)/Assistant Athletics Director .................... ...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Jarvis (Virginia Tech/1994) SID Phone .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... (919) 760-8811

9 Facilities 10 About Meredith College 12 About Raleigh, N.C. IBC The Meredith Athletics Experience

SID Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jarvisgr@meredith.edu

Tennis

CREDITS: The 2008-09 Meredith College Media Guide is a

Head Coach.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........... Kelly Weaver

publication of the Meredith College Athletics Department

Alma Mater/Year.. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... Virginia/2001

in conjunction with the Department of Marketing.

Phone.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... (919) 760-8804

Editor: Meredith Sports Information Director Greg Jarvis

Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . weaverke@meredith.edu

Editorial Assistance: Melyssa Allen, Gaye Hill, Karen T. Dunton,

Meredith Record (Years).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .............. 28-10 (2)

Kristi Eaves-McLennan Layout and Design: Vanessa F. Harris,

Assistant Coach.. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........... Rachel Gale Court.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meredith College Tennis Complex

Mary Rose Photography: Greg Jarvis, David Timberlake, Megan Morr, Jon Gardiner and Meredith College Archives

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2009 Tennis Season Preview States Women’s Tennis Team to compete in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup International Tennis competition in Antalya, Turkey, where their team finished in fourth place. “We are extremely lucky to have someone as knowledgeable, dedicated and energetic as Rachel to help the Meredith team achieve great things this season. Rachel is a true asset to our program,” said Head Coach Kelly Weaver. Assistant Coach Rachel Gale said, “I’m personally very excited to work with Meredith’s tennis team and Coach Weaver this year. I hope to bring excitement, inspiration, positive attitude and team bonding to all the players.” Coach Weaver believes that having a strong team attitude in a typically individual sport such as tennis is one thing that helps bring success to Meredith’s team.  “The team has done a great job of supporting one another and they know they will need to work together as a team in order to reach their goal of bringing Meredith a USA South Athletic Conference Championship,” said Weaver. With 10 strong players and leaders making up the spring 2008 squad, including four freshmen added to the roster, Coach Weaver believes that this year’s team has incredible potential. “We have returning players with unmatched dedication to this program. This, combined with the new talent we have brought in, makes it our year to make our mark in the conference and continue to build The 2007-08 season was a great success, with the Avenging Angels

this already strong program,” said Weaver.

compiling a 14-6 record. Some highlights included placing third in their first season in the USA South Athletic Conference and avenging

Returnees

a loss against Huntingdon College from the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

This spring Meredith tennis returns six players from last year’s squad

Meredith plans to continue to build off last year’s success and enter

and adds four freshmen to the team. Seniors Morgan Martin and

the 2009 spring season hungry to be a top contender in the USA

Caitlin Dillon have demonstrated their leadership capabilities last year

South and compete for another NCAA Tournament bid.

and will serve as captains for the 2008-09 season.

The Avenging Angels experienced success in the fall 2008 season

“The maturity and team spirit Caitlin and Morgan bring to every prac-

and enter the spring ranked #13 in the Division III Atlantic South

tice will help keep this year’s team focused and determined to achieve

Region. The Avenging Angels hosted the Meredith College Invita-

their goals,” said Weaver.

tional at Cary Tennis Park and participated in the ITA Fall Regional Tennis Championships at the University of Mary Washington, where they competed against several regionally and nationally ranked opponents. Meredith completed their fall 2008 with a dual match win

Martin was awarded USA South First Team honors for the 2007-08 season. Martin played #1 singles position and #2 doubles position last year and was undefeated in doubles conference play. 

(5-4) against Division II Catawba College and plan to take the grit

Other returners include junior Kathryn Maples, who was named to

and determination shown in that match with them throughout the

the USA South Second Team and the All Sportsmanship Team for the

upcoming spring season.

2007-08 season, and junior Amanda Bitler, who was named to the

The Avenging Angels are excited to welcome new Assistant Coach Ra-

Honorable Mention USA South Team.

chel Gale. Gale is currently ranked #1 in the USTA North Carolina 35

“Kathryn’s determination as well as her poise on the court earned her a

and over category and #6 nationally. She also joined the 2008 United

spot high in the line-up early on as a freshman,” said Weaver. “Kathryn

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2009 Tennis Roster Name

Yr Ht Hometown/ High School

Brooke Baird

FR

5'6"

Belmont, N.C. / Statesville Christian

Amanda Bitler

JR

5'8"

Raleigh, N.C. / Cardinal Gibbons

Caitlin Dillon*

SR

5'3"

Bassett, Va. / Bassett

Alison Flanagan

FR

5'4"

Holly Springs, N.C. / Middle Creek

Head Coach: Kelly Weaver

Kathryn Maples

JR

5'0"

Pinehurst, N.C. / O’Neal School

Assistant Coach: Rachel Gale

Morgan Martin*

SR

5'3"

Hilton Head, S.C. / Heritage Academy

Athletics Director: Jackie Myers

Molly Parks

SO

5’8” Siler City, N.C. / Jordan-Matthews

Assistant Athletics Director/SWA: Kelly Weaver

Ashley Pearsall

FR

5'8"

Rocky Mount, N.C. / Rocky Mount

Zannah Webster

SO

5'2"

Clinton, N.C. / Harrells Christian Academy

Assistant Athletics Director/Sports

Information Director: Greg Jarvis

Athletic Trainer: Sharon Malley

* Team Captains

this year. All 10 players will be contending for a starting position, which is great to see as a coach,” said Weaver. Incoming Class This year’s incoming class consists of talented freshmen who are eager to make their mark for the Avenging Angels. Freshman Brooke Baird, Ashley Pearsall and Alison Flanagan each enter their first season for Meredith with incredible willingness to learn and contribute to the team, and all have the potential to break into the starting line-up. “I think we have a very talented team with four strong incoming freshmen. The freshmen and upperclassmen will use their experience to create a cohesive unit to make a solid team,” said Gale.  Weaver adds, “I am excited to work with these young players and help them develop their games over the next four years. Most of these players have played multiple sports in high school and have demonstrated their athleticism and team attitude from the beginning. They all have bright futures ahead of them here at Meredith.” Schedule has the tools to really make her mark this year in conference play.” Bitler was undefeated during singles conference play in the #5 position.  “Amanda is one of the hardest workers I have ever coached. She never gives up and fights until the end, which is a wonderful example for the rest of the team,” said Weaver.

Meredith will compete in the USA South Athletic Conference. The team plans to test themselves within the conference and beyond, playing outside competition such as Huntingdon College, N.C. Central, Pfeiffer University and Bridgewater College. “We are excited to build rivalries within the conference and be able to compete again at the end of our season in the USA South Conference

Sophomores Molly Parks and Zannah Webster also return this year

Tournament and hopefully at the national level with an NCAA bid,”

ready to compete for a spot in the line-up. “We have a very deep team

said Weaver.

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Coaching Staff Kelly Weaver became Head Tennis Coach at Meredith College in September 2006 and in the past two years has led the Avenging Angels to a 29-10 record. During Weaver’s first season as head coach, the Avenging Angels compiled a 14-3 record and Meredith received their second NCAA bid in school history. Last year Meredith went 6-2 in head-to-head competition with teams in the USA South Athletic Conference, and the Avenging Angels enter the spring ranked #13 in the Division III Atlantic South Region. Weaver hopes to carry on the success of the program as Meredith continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the USA South Conference. Weaver also serves as the Assistant Athletics Director and Senior Women Administrator at Meredith College, which encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. For the past two summers Weaver has organized the Meredith Masters Showcase for former college tennis players in the area, and in the spring focuses much of her attention on fundraising and event planning for the Meredith College Golf Classic as well as the Annual Spring Banquet. Weaver also serves as the staff advisor for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and stays involved with game management and compliance for all six sports on Meredith’s campus. Weaver also teaches a section of the freshman class First Year Experience specifically for incoming student-athletes. Weaver grew up in Kingston, N.Y., where she was a high school standout. She was the New York State Public High School champion as a sophomore and was ranked as high as #38 nationally. Weaver went on to receive a full scholarship to play tennis at the University of Virginia, where she served as captain and was voted Most Valuable Player her junior and senior years. Weaver played in two NCAA Championships (1998 & 2001) and currently is ranked 5th in career singles wins and 6th in career doubles wins at Virginia. In 2001 Weaver was named the ITA/Cissy Leary Sportsmanship Award Winner. During her college years, Weaver was honored to be asked twice to be doubles partner with Billie Jean King in exhibitions held at the Concord Tennis Club in Kiamesha, N.Y. Weaver has also excelled academically. She was named to the All-ACC Honor Roll every semester while at Virginia and was also named a Scholar Athlete All-American by the NCAA. Weaver decided to continue her education at the University of North Carolina—School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor and was on the Deans List for all six semesters. For two years during law school Weaver worked at the UNC Athletic Department part-time in Ticket Operations as well as taught tennis at The Farm in Chapel Hill in order to stay connected in sports. After graduation from law school in May 2005, Weaver accepted a job at the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Atlanta, GA, where she practiced in the securities litigation practice group.  After one year, Weaver decided to pursue her passion for athletics and accepted a job at Meredith College as the Assistant Athletics Director and Head Tennis Coach. 

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Rachel Gale enters her first season as the assistant tennis coach at Meredith College. The Virginia native joins the staff of Head Coach Kelly Weaver. Gale brings fifteen years of championship level tennis to Meredith. Gale is currently ranked #1 in the USTA North Carolina 35 and over and #6 nationally. Gale was honored to join the 2008 United States Women’s Tennis Team to compete in this year’s Suzanne Lenglen Cup International Tennis competition in Antalya, Turkey where her team finished in fourth place. In 2008, Gale was runner up in singles in the 35’s National Indoor and 3rd at the 35’s National Claycourts.   Gale graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in 1989 with an associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.  She then went on to Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a degree in Parks and Recreation in 1992. Gale is also a tennis teaching professional at the Lochmere Swim and Tennis Club in Cary, N.C. Playing Career Highlights 2008 - Selected as one of four women in the USTA 35’s age group to play in the Senior World Team Championships on the Suzanne Lenglen Cup Team in Antalya, Turkey where her team finished 4th, Won a 2nd place Silver ball in the women’s 35’s National Indoor Hard Court Tournament in singles, Won a third place Bronze ball in the women’s 35’s National Clay Court Tournament in singles 2006 - City of Richmond 6th Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion (currently the only woman to win all three events for the third time) 2005 - City of Richmond 5th Women’s Singles Champion, Richmond Times Dispatch “Player of the Year” for #1 singles ranking 2004 - USPTR Women’s Doubles Champion,Virginia State Indoor Women’s Doubles Champion 2003 - City of Richmond Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion (currently the only woman to win all three events for the second time) 2001 - Virginia State Indoor Women’s Singles Champion 2000 - Country Club of Petersburg Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles Champion 1999 - City of Richmond Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles Champion 1998 - Virginia State Indoor Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles Champion, City of Richmond Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles Champion 1997 - City of Richmond Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion, State Clay Court Women’s Singles Champion, State Hard Court Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles Champion, Ranked #1 in Women’s Singles in Virginia 1993 - City of Richmond Women’s Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles Champion (currently the only woman to win all three events)


Player Profiles

Brooke Baird Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Freshman Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’6” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belmont, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Statesville Christian

Amanda Bitler Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Junior Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’8” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raleigh, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cardinal Gibbons

Caitlin Dillon* Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’3” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bassett, Va. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bassett

Alison Flanagan

Kathryn Maples

Morgan Martin*

Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Freshman Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’4” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Springs, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Middle Creek

Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Junior Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5'0" Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pinehurst, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O’Neal School

Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Senior Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’3” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilton Head, S.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Heritage Academy

* Team Captains

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Player Profiles

Ashley Pearsall Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Freshman Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’8” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rocky Mount, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rocky Mount

2008 USA South Awards All Tournament Team Meredith Roberson All Conference - First Team Morgan Martin All Conference - Second Team Meredith Roberson All Conference - Second Team Kathryn Maples All Conference - Honorable Mention Amanda Bitler All Conference - All Sportsmanship Team Kathryn Maples

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Molly Parks Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophomore Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’8” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Siler City, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jordan-Matthews

Zannah Webster Class.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophomore Height.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5’2” Hometown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clinton, N.C. High School.. . . . . . . . . . . . Harrells Christian Academy


USA South Athletic Conference Members AVERETT UNIVERSITY

MARY BALDWIN COLLEGE

Location – Danville, Va.

Location – Staunton, Va.

Enrollment – 1,000 (Co-Ed)

Enrollment – 806 (Women’s)

Nickname – Cougars

Nickname – Fighting Squirrels

Colors – Blue and Gold

Colors – Yellow, White and Green

Conference – USA South

Conference – USA South

2008 Record (Conference) 1-12 (1-8)

2008 Record (Conference) – 4-10 (2-7)

Head Coach – Bobby Shields (Averett)

Head Coach – Lynda Alanko

Record at School – 1-12 (1)

Schedule Date

Sports Information Director – Paul Yee

Drew Wilson

Sports Info Phone – (434) 791-5621

Sports Info Phone – (540) 887-7153

MEREDITH COLLEGE CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT

Location – Raleigh, N.C.

Location – Newport News, Va.

Enrollment – 2,289 (Women’s)

Enrollment – 4,800 (Co-Ed)

Nickname – Avenging Angels

Nickname – Captains

Colors – Maroon, Black and white

Colors – Royal Blue and Silver

Conference – USA South

Conference – USA South

2008 Record (Conference) – 14-6 (7-2)

2008 Record (Conference) – 20-3 (8-1)

Head Coach – Kelly Weaver (Virginia ’01)

Head Coach – Jenny Nuttycombe

(CNU)

Sports Information Director – Greg Jarvis

Record at School – 96-20 (7)

Record at School – 28-10 (2) Sports Info Phone – (919) 760-8811

Asst. to AD for Athletic Comm. –

Wayne Block

METHODIST UNIVERSITY

Sports Info Phone – (757) 594-7382

Location – Fayetteville, N.C. Enrollment – 2,200 (Co-Ed)

FERRUM COLLEGE

Nickname – Monarchs

Location – Ferrum, Va.

Colors – Green and Gold

Enrollment – 1,300 (Co-Ed)

Conference – USA South

Nickname – Panthers

2008 Record (Conference) – 21-5 (9-0)

Colors – Black and Gold

Head Coach – Francie Barragan (NC

Conference – USA South

State ’00)

2008 Record (Conference) – 7-9 (3-5)

Head Coach – Lew Hege (Georgia ’77)

Sports Information Director – Kirbie Britt

Record at School – 0-0 (0)

* - USA South Conference Game W - Web cast on Meredith athletics web site # - Spring Break Matches in Hilton Head,S.C. Home Games in bold

Record at School – 55-15 (3) Sports Info Phone – (910) 630-7172

Sports Information Director –

Gary Holden

N.C. WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Sports Info Phone – (540) 365-4306

Location – Rocky Mount, N.C.

Schedule is subject to change. Visit www.meredith.edu/athletics for up-to-date information

Enrollment – 1,350 (Co-Ed)

GREENSBORO COLLEGE

Nickname – Battling Bishops

Location – Greensboro, N.C.

Colors – Blue and Gold

Enrollment – 1,302 (Co-Ed)

Conference – USA South

Nickname – The Pride

2008 Record (Conference) – 0-20 (0-9)

Colors – Green, White and Silver

Time

@ Catawba W, 5-4 October 7 Tues February 21 Sat vs. Salisbury 1 p.m. @ Mary Washington vs. PEACE 3:30 p.m. March 26 Thurs 1 Sun vs. York # 12 p.m. 2 Mon vs. Bloomsburg # 8 a.m. 3 Tues vs. St. Vincent # 9 a.m. 3 Tues vs. Wartburg # 6 p.m. 14 Sun @ Greensboro 3 p.m. 15 Sun vs. Huntingdon @ Greensboro 12 p.m. 17 Tues vs. N.C. WESLEYAN * 3:30 p.m. 19 Thurs vs. PFEIFFER 3:30 p.m. 21 Sat @ Mary Baldwin* 10 a.m. 21 Sat @ Bridgewater 2 p.m. 25 Wed vs. METHODIST * 3:30 p.m. 28 Sat vs. SHENANDOAH * 2 p.m. 29 Sun vs. CHRIS. NEWPORT * 12 p.m. W April 2 Thurs vs. N.C. Central 3:30 p.m. 5 Sun vs. AVERETT * 12 p.m. 8 Wed @ Peace * 3:30 p.m. 11 Sat @ Ferrum * 11 a.m. USA South Conference TBA 14 Tues Quarterfinals 17 Fri USA South Conference TBA Semifinals 18 Sat USA South Conference TBA Finals

Record at School – 0-0 (0)

Sports Information Director –

Opponent

PEACE COLLEGE

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

Location – Raleigh, N.C.

Location – Winchester, Va.

Head Coach – Dominic Modise (U.

Enrollment – 700 (Women’s)

Enrollment – 3,000 (Co-Ed)

Conference – USA South

of Hawaii at Manoa ’99)

Nickname – Pacers

Nickname – Hornets

2008 Record (Conference) – 9-9 (6-3)

Colors – Green, Black and White

Colors – Red, White and Midnight Blue

Head Coach – Dave McCain

Sports Information Director –

Conference – USA South

Conference – USA South

Record at School – 22-28 (3)

Rikki C. Rich

2008 Record (Conference) – 5-11 (3-5)

2008 Record (Conference) – 8-8 (5-4)

Sports Information Director – Bob Lowe

Sports Info Phone – (252) 985-5271

Head Coach – Cy King (NC State ‘74)

Head Coach – Kim Scruton

Record at School – 0-20 (1)

Sports Info Phone –

(West Liberty ’98)

(336) 272-7102 x279

Sports Information Director –

Record at School – 27-20 (3)

Wendy Jones

Sports Information Director – Scott Musa

Sports Info Phone – (919) 508-2331

Record at School – 41-55 (6)

Sports Info Phone – (540) 665-5417

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Michigan

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iana

Delaware

Media Information All inquiries about interviews, press credentials, broadcasting requests, and other related sports information areas should be sent to Greg Jarvis, sports information director, at jarvisgr@meredith.edu,

West Virginia

(919) 760-8811.

Virginia

www.meredith.edu/athletics Follow the Avenging Angels on Meredith’s official athletics web site at www.meredith.edu/athletics throughout the 2008-09 season. The

North Carolina

see

site features game notes, schedules, rosters, player and coaches’ bios, game recaps and special news related to the program.

Broadcasting Information South Carolina

The 2008-09 sports season will feature at least 32 Meredith College athletic events to be broadcast live and archived on the athletics web site. Last season was the first time Meredith athletic events were available online. All broadcasts can be found on Mer-

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edith’s official athletics web site at www.meredith.edu/athletics.

Georgia

Florida

Meredith’s athletics broadcasting team is made up of (left to right) faculty member Dan Fountain, student Amanda Bitler, faculty member Michael Novak and faculty member Gregory Vitarbo (not shown).

The USA South Athletic Conference is home to 11 institutions, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina and one in Tennessee. The conference consists of Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Peace College, Shenandoah University, Methodist University, Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College and North Carolina Wesleyan College. The Tennessee institution, Maryville College, entered the conference in 2005 as a football-only member.

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Athletic Facilities

Basketball

Softball

Weatherspoon Gymnasium

Meredith Softball Complex

The Weatherspoon Gymnasium is home to the Meredith College

The softball complex has undergone several renovations in the last year.

basketball team. The facility provides up close seating for over 500

The addition of irrigation to the Bermuda field and infield improvements

spectators. The complex also includes locker rooms, athletics offices,

have stepped up the playing conditions to make it one of the best fields

a training room, a fitness center, a 5,000 square-foot dance studio

in the area. New dugouts and a press box have been planned for the future

and a six-lane, indoor swimming pool. The basketball team shares the

to increase comfort for the players and enhance the game atmosphere.

court with the volleyball team.

Tennis Cross Country

Meredith Tennis Complex

Meredith College Campus

The home of the Meredith tennis program includes six lighted tennis

The Cross Country team has plenty of room to run on the College’s

courts with windscreen. Over the summer of 2007, the courts were

225-acre campus. The sprawling campus and the Reedy Creek

resurfaced with a new color scheme - a “US Open Blue” inner court

Greenway provide a challenging place to train and hold meets.

surrounded by a green outer court. This new color scheme will help to

Meredith also hosts contests at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

heighten the visibility of the ball for players and fans.

Soccer

Volleyball

New Complex under construction – 2008 games held at

Weatherspoon Gymnasium

Wake Med Soccer Park and WRAL Soccer Center

The Weatherspoon Gymnasium is home to the Meredith College volleyball

Meredith has played previous seasons on one of the best Bermuda

team. The volleyball team has full use of the facility during their season

surfaces in the South. Beginning in the 2009 season, the soccer

and the ability to set up two courts for special tournaments. The complex

team is slated to play in a new facility located on campus, which will

also includes locker rooms, athletics offices, a training room, a fitness

improve the playing environment even further.

center, a 5,000 square-foot dance studio and a six-lane, indoor swimming pool. The volleyball team shares the gym with the basketball team. 2009 meredith avenging angels Tennis

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About Meredith College

Academics and Special Programs • Meredith offers 45+ majors and concentrations at the undergraduate level. • Meredith awards Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Music; Bachelor of Social Work; Master of Business Administration; Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Education; and Master of Science in Nutrition degrees. • Meredith’s innovative undergraduate general education curriculum encourages students to be involved and concerned citizens of their community and the world. • In 2001, Meredith became the first women’s college to adopt a campus-wide laptop program as part of the Meredith Technology Initiative. Full-time students receive a ThinkPad® loaded with professional and educational software to use on Meredith’s wireless campus. • The Undergraduate Research Program supports student/faculty partnerships in the pursuit of research and creative activity in all fields. College funds support these projects and underwrite travel costs for students presenting their work at conferences. • Study abroad options include a summer program in Italy, Switzerland and England, plus a variety of semester and year-long travel opportunities throughout the world. Semester programs at the United Nations in New York City or in Washington, D.C., are also available. • Post-baccalaureate certificate programs at Meredith include the Paralegal Program and the Dietetic Internship Program. Meredith offers numerous opportunities for coeducational graduate and professional study, and lifelong learning programs.

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Faculty

Academic Programs

• The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is approximately 10:1. The average class size is 16.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor Bachelor

of of of of

• There are 140 full-time and 120 part-time teaching faculty

Arts (B.A.) Music (B.M.) Science (B.S.) Social Work (B.S.W.)

members and 90% of full-time professors have earned doctoral or terminal degrees. Sixty-nine percent of the full-time faculty is female and 31% is male.

Majors and Concentrations Accounting Art Graphic Design Studio Art Biology Business Administration Chemistry Child Development Communication Interpersonal Communication Mass Communication Computer Information Systems Computer Science Dance Performance and Choreography Private Studio Teaching Economics English Environmental Studies Exercise and Sports Science Health and Wellness Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Merchandising and Design Design Merchandising

Foods and Nutrition French History Interior Design International Studies Mathematics Music Musical Theatre Music Performance Piano Pedagogy Political Science Law and Justice Psychology Public History Religion Social Work Sociology Spanish Theatre Musical Theatre Theatre Performance Women’s Studies

Campus and Facilities • Meredith College is located in Raleigh, North Carolina’s capital city. Meredith students are part of the more than 108,000 college students who reside in the Research Triangle Park area, the country’s premier research and development hub. • Meredith’s 225-acre campus includes a 1,200-seat amphitheater on a lake, seven residence halls, music library, art galleries, research greenhouse, music practice rooms, auditoriums, theater, concert halls, student center, computer labs, child care lab, learning center, autism lab, astronomy observation deck, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, dance studio, lighted tennis courts, putting green, soccer field and two miles of greenway connecting our campus to the community.

Campus Life • Total enrollment for 2007–08 was 2,202, which included 2,039 undergraduate degree students and 163 graduate-level. One hundred four non-degree students also took undergraduate courses.

Outcomes and alumnae satisfaction • Meredith has more than 18,000 alumnae living in all 50 states and abroad. With 30 chapters, the Alumnae Association continues to build relationships between alumnae and the College.

Licensure Programs

Pre-Professional Programs

Birth – Kindergarten (B-K) Elementary Education (K-6) Middle Grades (6-9) Communication Skills, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies Secondary Grades (9-12) Comprehensive Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies Special Subject Areas (K-12) Art, Dance, English as a Second Language, French, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, Theatre Workforce Development (7-12) Family and Consumer Sciences

Dentistry Law Medicine Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician’s Assistant Veterinary Medicine

Dual Degree Program Engineering

Graduate Programs Master of Business Administration Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Education Master of Science in Nutrition

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About Raleigh, N.C.

Urban Life

complex minutes from Meredith. Major performance companies are:

With an energy all its own, Raleigh blends city life with Carolina

North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Theatre, the Carolina

charm. A population of more than 350,000 enjoys shopping, arts and

Ballet and the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute. Major museums located

culture, and outdoor recreation—all within the city limits. And with

in Raleigh include: North Carolina Museum of Art; the North Carolina

an annual average high of 70 degrees, Raleigh buzzes with activity

Museum of History; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences;

year-round including springtime strolls in Cameron Village, summer

the African American Cultural Complex; and Marbles, an interactive

concerts in the park, fall at the North Carolina State Fair and sledding

children’s museum. Raleigh is also home to movie theaters, music

in the occasional light snow.

and dance clubs and a lively theatre and gallery scene.

• The capital city of North Carolina has a population of more

Sports And Leisure

than 350,000

The area offers a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, clubs and

• Raleigh is located 150 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and

galleries in bustling neighborhoods. Professional sports teams include

190 east of the Great Smoky Mountains

the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), the Carolina Mudcats (AA baseball),

• Raleigh has an annual average high of 70 degrees and low of 47

the Durham Bulls (AAA baseball) and the Carolina Railhawks (USL-1

• The mean annual temperature is 59.8

soccer). Raleigh has more than 50 miles of greenways, including two

• Diverse population—one third of Raleigh’s population is made up

miles of greenway connecting our campus to the community, as well

of minorities

as 150 parks and lakes.

• Home to three state museums of art, history and natural sciences • Three hospitals within the city

#1 Best City for Women Entrepreneurs (Raleigh-Cary, NC)-

• Raleigh is a true college town; in addition to Meredith College,

Raleigh is home to a variety of higher learning institutions: North Carolina State University, Peace College (women’s college), St. Augustine’s College, Shaw University.

Allbusiness.com, November 2006

#1 Best Place to Get a Job – “Forbes” Magazine, February 2007 #1 Hottest Job Market – Business 2.0, March 2004

• NC Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University are

#2 Best City to live, work and play – Kiplinger.com, June 2008.

located within 30 minutes of Meredith’s campus

#2 Most Educated City – U.S. Census Bureau, May 2004

Arts And Culture There is always something to do in Raleigh, thanks to a wide variety of cultural and entertainment options. Major venues include: RBC Center; Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek; and the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, a four-theatre

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#2 Best Place for Business and Careers – Forbes Magazine, 2006 #4 Best Places to Live – “Money” Magazine, 2006 #4 City That Rocks – “Esquire” Magazine, April 2004 #6 Best City for Singles – “Forbes” Magazine, 2006


Meredith College Athletics History Meredith athletics took on a new life with the completion of Weatherspoon Gymnasium in 1970. Weatherspoon is still the home

Meredith College Athletics Program THE DIVISION III EXPERIENCE

Meredith athletics teams

MEDICAL SERVICES

In addition to the academic and fitness

participate in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic

programs available, the athletic training staff provides excellent

Association. Meredith College fully supports the Division III

care for participants. The athletic training support staff consists of

experience that allows the student athlete to enjoy competitive

head athletic trainer, Sharon Malley, student athletic trainers from

sports and other activities throughout their college years. Division

the University of North Carolina and on-call physicians. Some of the

III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become

services and equipment provided in the Weatherspoon Gymnasium

Riding the wave of momentum built in the 1970s, Meredith athletics

well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and

include a whirlpool, hydrocollator, ultrasound, injury ice and

earned state and conference titles in the 1980s. In 1980, the golf

academics while experiencing all aspects of college life. Division III

electrical stimulation. Meredith College serves as a clinical site for the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Athletic Training Program.

of the basketball and volleyball teams, training facilities and athletics offices. The first full-semester golf team was launched in 1976. The volleyball and tennis teams saw their first winning seasons during the 1970s.

team won the NCAIAW state championship while the tennis team

athletics feature athletes who can receive only academic financial

Meredith College students have participated in athletic events on

took the conference title. Also in that year, the Student Government

assistance and athletics departments that are staffed and funded

campus for more than 100 years. Athletics at Meredith College began

Association adopted the angel

like any other department in the College.

in 1904 with the advent of Meredith’s Athletic Association. In addition

as the school’s official mascot.

to sponsoring other student activities around campus, the athletic

The golf team finished second

ACADEMICS

association began to sponsor sports in 1937. The original sports

in the AIAW Division III national

is exemplified by its athletics teams. Each year, the USA South

An instructor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sports

at Meredith included basketball and tennis. Meredith’s basketball

tournament in 1981, making

Athletic Conference recognizes its student-athletes’ hard work in the

Sciences at Meredith, Coach Zinn assists in the development and

program began with two teams, the Reds and the Blues. The first

it the first bid for a Meredith

competitive games against other schools were held in 1904 with two

classroom by naming an Academic All-Conference team. A student-

implementation of conditioning and weight training programs for all

athletics team to compete for a

games against St. Mary’s College.

athlete must have earned a 3.0 GPA in each of the two semesters

of Meredith sports.

national championship. Softball

of a given year to be eligible. The athletics department also offers

was added as a varsity sport during

a special Athletics Director’s List that recognizes the athletes that

the 1985-86 academic year. The most recent varsity sports to be added

COMMUNITY SERVICE

receive a 3.5 each of the two semesters. During the 2007-08 season,

College are committed to much more than sports. Members from

48.7% of Meredith’s student athletes finished with a 3.0 or higher

each team are elected to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee

and 20% received the Athletics Director’s award with a 3.5 or higher.

that organizes support for each sport and also coordinates

In the early years, Meredith athletic activities included swimming, soccer, horseback riding, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf, football and field hockey. The first events were primarily inter-class competitions.

were soccer in 1993 and cross country in 2005.

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

The program is headed

by Meredith’s Strength and Conditioning Coach David Zinn who Meredith College’s commitment to academics

is a certified personal trainer and sports conditioning specialist.

The student athletes at Meredith

In November 1937, Meredith

In recent years at Meredith, there has been an increase in the

aligned with the Virginia Field

competitiveness of the athletics programs on a regional and national

community service. Some of their past volunteer work includes

Hockey Association and

level in Division III. The program has had five NCAA tournament

Special Olympics of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity, Service

became a part of the United

bids across three different sports since 2001 (basketball 2001,

Raleigh, and the USA South Athletic Conference’s Cans Across the

States Conference.

2003; tennis 2003, 2007; and soccer 2007). During the summer

Conference and Pennies for a Purpose.

The 1940s and 1950s brought some big victories for the basketball team. In 1944, Meredith’s freshmansophomore basketball team hosted the Peace Junior

of 2007 the name of the sports teams was changed to “Avenging Angels” to emphasize the prowess of Meredith athletes. The 2007-08 season marked the first year of competition in the USA South Athletic Conference.

College (now Peace College) team. The outcome was a victory for

Meredith is committed to blending

Meredith, and the game marked the beginning of the heated cross-

intercollegiate athletics with a strong academic

town rivalry between the two Raleigh women’s colleges. In 1952, the

program. Student-athletes follow the same

basketball team pulled out impressive victories against the University

academic requirements and standards as other

of North Carolina and Duke. The field hockey team continued this

students; they must maintain good academic

trend in 1952 by defeating both the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils.

standing with the College, be full-time students and follow the rules of the NCAA. The athletic program maintains the same high standards set for other departments and the same commitment to the education and personal development of student-athletes.

Profile for Meredith College

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