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Competing with Integrity, Discipline, Respect and Responsibility



Kelsey Hopper


Sara McCaw


Maryann Sibrizzi

#3 Courtney Stafford


Carrie Talbert



Ila Torfin


Jessie Davis


Allie Kahler


Sarah Murray


Sarah Varnell

#13 Kimberly Williams


Eliza Evans


Annah Kane


Nelson Reames


Jessie Breazeale

#22 Morgan Edwards


Anna Smither


Haley Carson

#19 Megan Amanatides


Rachel Didier

Ashley Flynn

2011 soccer Roster No.

Name Yr



Hometown/ High School


Kelsey Hopper




Wilmington, N.C./Ashley


Sara McCaw




Everton, N,J./Northwoods


Maryann Sibrizzi




Clayton, N.C./Clayton


Courtney Stafford




Jacksonville, N.C./Northside


Carrie Talbert




Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover


Rachel Didier




Cary, Ill./Praire Ridge


Ila Torfin




Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge


Jessie Davis




Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina


Allie Kahler




Winston Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor


Sarah Murray




Raleigh, N.C./Broughton


Sarah Varnell




Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight


Kimberly Williams




Red Oak, N.C./Northern Nash


Eliza Evans




Raleigh, N.C./Enloe


Annah Kane




Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield


Nelson Reames




Pine Mountain, Ga./LaGrange Academy


Jessie Breazeale




Youngsville, N.C./Wake Forest-Rolesville


Megan Amanatides




Greenville, N.C./Palmetto Bay (Fla.)


Ashley Flynn




Raleigh, N.C./St. Mary’s


Morgan Edwards




Wilmington, N.C./Wilmington Hoggard


Anna Smither




Raleigh, N.C./St. Mary’s


Haley Carson




Southern Shores, N.C./First Flight

Head Coach: Paul Smith Assistant Coaches: Ashley Riggs and Jesse Saunders

Athletics Director: Jackie Myers

Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Information Director: Greg Jarvis

Athletic Facilities Weatherspoon Gymnasium The home to Meredith’s basketball and volleyball teams. The facility provides up-close seating for over 500 spectators. The complex also includes locker rooms, athletics offices, a training room, a fitness center, a 5,000 square-foot dance studio and a six-lane, indoor swimming pool.

Meredith Athletic Field and Track Complex The home to Meredith’s soccer and cross country teams. The complex includes a lighted competition level track, a FieldTurf artificial playing surface capable of supporting soccer and lacrosse games and a storage facility. Future phases of the project will include a grandstand, hospitality areas, support facilities, restrooms, brick arcade and locker rooms. The cross country team uses the complex as well as the College’s 225-acre campus and the Reedy Creek Greenway.

The Avenging Angels enjoy a home field advantage at the Meredith Athletic Field and Track Complex.

Meredith Softball Complex The home of Meredith softball has recently undergone several

Meredith Tennis Complex

renovations. The addition of irrigation to the Bermuda field and

The home of the Meredith tennis program includes six lighted tennis

infield improvements have stepped up the playing conditions to

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

make it one of the best fields in the area. New dugouts have also

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

been completed to increase comfort for the players and enhance

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

the game atmosphere.

heighten the visibility of the ball for players and fans.

Coaching Staff ashley riggs

paul smith Meredith Record (Years).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122-57-7 (10)

Ashley Riggs enters her fourth season as assistant coach of the

2009 Record.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5 (7-2 USA South)

Meredith College Soccer team. Riggs joins Coach Paul Smith in

Alma Mater/Year. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Methodist/1985

continuing the success of Meredith’s soccer program.

Phone.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (919) 760-2250 Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Riggs has a wide range of soccer coaching experience. In 2006, she served as the Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Coach at Leesville Road

Paul Smith enters his eleventh season

High School. Previously she coached

as head coach of the Meredith College

at Cicero-North Syracuse (N.Y.) High

Soccer team. During the 2009 season

School in various roles. She was the

Meredith claimed the regular season

Girls Varsity Soccer Coach from 2000-

USA South title and Smith received

06, Girls Middle School Lacrosse

coach of the year honors. In 2008,

Coach from 2001-06, Girls Assistant

Smith led the Avenging Angels to Mer-

Varsity Lacrosse Coach in 2000, and

edith’s first ever USA South Confer-

the Girls JV Soccer Coach from 1999-

ence Championship and an automatic

2000. Her honors include New York

bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s

State AA High School Coach of the

Soccer tournament. The team finished the regular season in second

Year 2005, Syracuse Post Standard Coach of the Year 2005, and the

place of the USA South with an overall 17-4 record and defeated

Colonial League Coach of the Year 2004 and 2005. She led Cicero-

host and number one seeded Christopher Newport in the conference

North Syracuse High School to 2005 League champions, sectional

tournament. The 2007 team finished with a fourth place finish in the

champions and the State Final Four.

USA South. The 2006 season ended with 17 wins and their first ever bid to the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer tournament. The 2006

Riggs was also an accomplished player in college as a member of

season also included a 12 game win streak, 14 game non-losing

the University of North Carolina Tarheels team that won three NCAA

streak and 14 shutouts. Five players were named to the USA South

Women’s Soccer Championships. She served as a team captain her

All-Conference teams including the rookie of the year. Smith was

senior year and was a varsity letter winner all four years. As a high

named the 2006 National Coach of the Year of the Association of

school player, she was an N.C. Prep High School All-American, lead-

Division III Independents.

ing Sanderson to two North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) regional championships and two NCHSAA 4A finals. She

Smith has rebuilt the Meredith College program to a team capable

was named the 1991 MVP of the championship team and set an

of consistently playing in the Division III NCAA tournament. Smith

N.C. finals record with four goals. Riggs also was the captain of the

came to Meredith from Garner High School where he served as the

Under-16 National Champion Fairfax FC (Va.) team.

head men’s and women’s soccer coach. While coaching there, he was named the Region III Coach of the Year four times and the 1995 N.C.

Riggs is a health and physical education teacher at Leesville High

High School Coach of the Year. He also coached the Capital Area Soc-

School in Raleigh, N.C. Riggs graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in

cer League (CASL) 1983 Spartan Vipers club team to a #2 national

physical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel

ranking and the CASL 1978 team to a #6 national ranking. Smith

Hill and a Master of Science in sports management from Illinois

served as an N.C. Olympic Development coach from 1989-1996 and

State University.

has coached 14 National Team players or All-Americans. He has also served as a play-by-play announcer and television analyst for the USISL Raleigh Flyers professional soccer team. Smith’s college playing experience at Methodist College from 19821985 led to his being named three times to the Dixie Conference All-Academic team. He was also named to the NSCAA/GTA Academic All-American team in 1984. Smith was selected as a midfielder to the Dixie All-Conference team and 1983 All South player. He participated in the 1983 USOC Under-20 Olympic team trials and played USISL B league Pro Soccer from 1986-88 with the Molsen Golden and Raleigh United.

Previous Records Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 Paul Smith - Meredith Career

W 14 15 17 10 17 14 7 10 11 7 122

L 5 4 5 7 4 5 10 5 4 8 57

T 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 7

Coach Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith Smith 10 Seasons



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The USA South Athletic Conference is home to 13 institutions, five in Virginia, five in North Carolina, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee. The conference consists of Averett University, Christopher

North Carolina




Newport University, Ferrum College, Greensboro College, Peace College, Shenandoah University, Methodist University, Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College and North Carolina Wesleyan College. The two Georgia institutions, Agnes Scott College and

South Carolina

LaGrange College, became competing members of the conference in the fall of 2009 as women’s lacrosse only members. The lone Tennessee institution, Maryville College, entered the conference in


2005 as a football-only member. The 2012-13 season will see the departure of Shenandoah University and the addition of Maryville College, LeGrange College and Piedmont College as full members.

sports information Florida Media Information All inquiries about interviews, press credentials, broadcasting requests, and other related sports information areas should be sent

Meredith College Quick Facts

to Greg Jarvis, sports information director, at,

Location .. ......................................... Raleigh, N.C.

(919) 760-8811.

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

Broadcasting Information

Enrollment ......................................... ...... 1,982

The 2011-12 sports season will feature at least 45 Meredith

Nickname ...................................... Avenging Angels

College athletics events to be broadcast live and archived on the athletics web site. Meredith’s athletics broadcasting team is made

Colors ................................ Maroon, Black and White

up of faculty member Michael Novak and guest broadcasters. All

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

broadcasts can be found on Meredith’s official athletics web site at

Conference . . .................. USA South Athletic Conference Follow the Avenging Angels on Meredith’s official athletics web site at throughout the 2011-12 season. The

President . . .............................................. Jo Allen Athletics Director ................... Jackie Myers (Elon/1978) Asst. Athletics Director/SID......Greg Jarvis (Virginia Tech/1994)

site features game notes, schedules, rosters, player and coaches’ bios,

Senior Woman Administrator/Athletic Trainer...... Sharon Malley

game recaps and special news related to the program.

Athletics Department Phone ................. (919) 760-8205

Athletics Web Site ................. Mailing Address ..... 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607 SID Office Phone ............................. (919) 760-8811 SID Email. . .............................

Meredith College Athletics History Athletics at Meredith

NCAIAW state championship while the tennis team took the confer-

College began in

ence title. The golf team finished second in the AIAW Division III

1904 with the advent

national tournament in 1981, in Meredith’s first bid for a national

of Meredith’s Athletic

championship. Softball was added as a varsity sport during the

Association. The first

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

competitive games

added were soccer in 1993 and cross country in 2005.

against other schools were held in 1904 with two games against St. Mary’s College. In the

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

early years, Meredith athletic activities included swimming, soccer,

petitiveness of the athletics programs on a regional and national level

horseback riding, tennis, baseball, basketball, golf, football and field

in Division III. The program has had seven NCAA tournament bids

hockey. The first events were primarily inter-class competitions. In

across three different sports since 2001 (basketball 2001, 2003;

1937, Meredith became a part of the United States Conference.

tennis 2003, 2007, 2009; and soccer 2007, 2008). In 2007, Meredith’s athletics identity became the “Avenging Angels” to emphasize

In 1944, Meredith’s freshman-sophomore basketball team

the prowess of Meredith athletes. The 2007-08 season marked the

defeated the team from what is now Peace College, marking the

first year of competition in the

beginning of a cross-town rivalry between the two Raleigh women’s

USA South Athletic Confer-

colleges. In 1952, the basketball team and the field hockey team

ence. Meredith was the first

pulled out impressive victories against the University of North

single gender institution to

Carolina and Duke.

win a conference title with both tennis and soccer tour-

In 1970, Meredith athletics took on a new life with the completion

nament wins in 2008-09. The

of Weatherspoon Gymnasium. Volleyball and tennis saw their first

soccer team added a regular

winning seasons during the 1970s. In 1980, the golf team won the

season title in 2009.

Meredith College Athletics Program THE DIVISION III EXPERIENCE

athletes finished with a 3.0 or higher and 18.8% received the Athlet-

Meredith athletics teams participate in Division III of the National

ics Director’s award with a 3.5 or higher.

Collegiate Athletic Association. Meredith College fully supports the Division III experience that allows the student athlete to enjoy


competitive sports and other activities throughout their college years.

In addition to the academic and fitness programs available, the

Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become

athletic training staff provides excellent care for participants. The

well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and

athletic training support staff consists of head athletic trainer, Sharon

academics while experiencing all aspects of college life. Division III

Malley, student athletic trainers from the University of North Carolina

athletics feature athletes who can receive only academic financial

and on-call physicians. Some of the services and equipment provided

assistance and athletics departments that are staffed and funded like

in the Weatherspoon Gymnasium include a whirlpool, hydrocollator,

any other department in the College.

ultrasound, injury ice and electrical stimulation. Meredith College serves as a clinical site for the UNC-Chapel Hill Undergraduate Ath-

ACADEMICS Meredith College’s commitment to academics is exemplified by its

letic Training Program.

athletics teams. Each year, the USA South Athletic Conference recog-


nizes its student-athletes’ hard work in the classroom by naming an

Members from each team are elected to the Student Athlete

Academic All-Conference team. A student-athlete must have earned

Advisory Committee that organizes support for each sport and also

a 3.0 GPA in each of the two semesters of a given year to be eligible.

coordinates community service. Past volunteer work includes Special

The athletics department also offers a special Athletics Director’s

Olympics of Wake County, Habitat for Humanity, Service Raleigh,

List that recognizes the athletes that receive a 3.5 each of the two

and the USA South Athletic Conference’s Cans Across the Confer-

semesters. During the 2010-11 season, 45.8% of Meredith’s student

ence and Pennies for a Purpose.

about Meredith nis courts, a putting green, an athletic field and track complex and two miles of greenway connecting our campus to the community.

Campus Life • Total enrollment for 2011-12 is 1,982, which includes 1,709 undergraduate students and 273 graduate-level students. • Meredith sponsors juried student exhibitions, an active concert schedule, visiting artists and exhibitions featuring professional artists. • Students participate in theatre and dance performance troupes and a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles. • Meredith students advance their leadership skills in programs such as the Emerging Leader Seminar Series, Officer and Advisor Train-

Academics and Special Programs • Meredith offers 32 majors. • Meredith awards Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of

ing, Sophie Lanneau Women’s Leadership Development Program and the LeaderShape® Institute.

Music; Bachelor of Social Work; Master of Business Administration;

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Master of Education; Master of Arts in Teaching; and Master of Sci-

• Tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students in 2011-12 is

ence in Nutrition degrees. • 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. 41% of

$27,770, with room and board at $7,950, for a total of $35,720. Cost for part-time students is $714 per credit hour, with a graduated fee schedule. • In 2010–11, Meredith coordinated over $42.5 million in financial aid for our students.

Meredith students participate in undergraduate research with a faculty member (the national average is 21%). • Study abroad options include faculty-led summer programs in Italy, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Iceland, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. Meredith offers a semester study abroad program in Sansepolcro, Italy; students can also choose from 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, the Pre-Health Program, and the Dietetic Internship Program.

Faculty • The undergraduate student-faculty ratio is approximately 11:1. The average class size is 17. • Of the 124 full-time faculty members, 91% have earned doctoral or terminal degrees. Sixty-six percent of the full-time faculty is female and 34% is male.

Campus and Facilities • Meredith’s 225-acre campus includes a 1,200-seat amphitheater on a lake, seven residence halls, a music library, art galleries, a research greenhouse, music practice rooms, auditoriums, a theater, concert halls, a student center, computer labs, a child care lab, a learning center, an autism lab, an astronomy observation deck, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a dance studio, lighted ten-

about raleigh • The capital city of North Carolina has a population of more than 350,000 • Raleigh is located 150 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean and 190 east of the Great Smoky Mountains • Raleigh has an annual average high of 70 degrees and low of 47 • Raleigh is a true college town; in addition to Meredith, it is home to NC State University, Peace College, St. Augustine’s College and Shaw University. NC Central University, UNCChapel Hill and Duke University are also located within 30 minutes of Meredith’s campus. • Area sports teams include Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) Carolina Mudcats (AA baseball), Durham Bulls (AAA baseball) and Carolina Railhawks (USL-1 soccer). • Raleigh is home to entertainment venues including the RBC Center, Time Warner Cable Music Pavillion and the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Some recent artists: Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay and John Mayer. • Raleigh’s active arts scene is supported by the N.C. Museum of Art, which is connected to Meredith by a greenway that runs through campus. Other museums include the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

2011 soccer Schedule Date Opponent Time

September 1 Thur

at Guilford

5 p.m.

3 Sat Salem - Meredith College Classic 1 p.m. W 4 Sun Rutgers-Newark Meredith College Classic 10 Sun

vs. Bridgewater (Va.)

@ Catholic University

11 Mon

at Catholic

8 Sun Shenandoah *

2 p.m. W

9 Mon Mary Baldwin *

1 p.m. W

14 Fri 1 p.m. W 16 Sun 2 p.m. 2 p.m.

14 Wed Roanoke

5 p.m. W

16 Fri Piedmont

6 p.m.

18 Sun Wesleyan (Ga.)

11 a.m.

24 Sat

at Methodist *

2 p.m.

25 Sun

at Greensboro *

2 p.m.

at Lynchburg

2 p.m.

October 2 Sun

Date Opponent Time

W - Web cast on Meredith athletics web site Home Games in bold Schedule is subject to change. Visit for up-to-date information.

at Averett *

4 p.m.

at Ferrum *

2 p.m.

Chris. Newport *

2 p.m. W

23 Sun N.C. Wesleyan *

2 p.m. W

28 Fri

6 p.m.

22 Sat

at Peace *

November 1 Tues


@ Higher Seed

4 Fri


Martinsville, Va.

5 Sat


Martinsville, Va.

12 or 2:30 p.m. TBD

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