Coker Cobras Sports Updates

The Coker College men’s tennis team wrapped up play at the FMU Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 23) with multiple placewinners. Hunter Horton earned third place and Melwin Krall recorded a fourth place finish in flight A singles, while Justus Lehmann finished sixth in flight B singles.
After dropping tight matches in the semifinals, Horton and Krall fell to the third place match. Both Cobras competed hard against one another and Horton came away with the tight 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 decision.

In flight B singles, Lehmann defeated Brandon Sweeney of Francis Marion 7-5, 0-0 (default) and advanced to the fifth place match where fell in a tight contest.

The Navy and Gold will be back in action on Sept. 27-28 when they take on the ITA Invitational. Play is set to begin at 8 AM each day.

The Coker College women’s soccer team took a tough 7-0 loss to the No. 21 Carson-Newman Eagles Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon in South Atlantic Conference play.

Dominique Walker was the lone Cobra to record a shot on goal. Samantha Hoffman recorded a team-best six saves before exiting the game at halftime. Alexandra Brown filled in for Hoffman and collected four saves.

The Cobras will be back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 25) when they travel to Raleigh, North Carolina and take on Shaw. Match time is set for 4 PM.

The Coker College women’s volleyball team fell to Carson-Newman 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 8-15) in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday (Sept. 22).

The Cobras dropped the first two sets before rallying back to force the fifth and decisive set.

Taylor du Bray and Olivia Cerick recorded double-doubles, and Rami Mullen notched 17 digs and 45 assists. Du Bray and Cerick led all players with 19 kills each. Lana Strejcek chipped in 14 kills and six blocks as well.

Coker will be back in action on Tuesday (Sept. 25) when they host a rematch against Queens (N.C.) in the DeLoach Center. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Field Hockey

The Coker College field hockey team fell to the visiting Limestone College Saints 4-2 in a SAC Carolinas showdown Sunday (Sept. 23) afternoon. Carla Deuble and Kaleigh Cordrey recorded both of Coker’s goals in the contest.

Coker struck first in the contest, when the Cobras attacked the cage and earned a penalty stroke. Looking for the early lead, Deuble rose to the occasion and buried her shot in the back of the cage, giving the Navy and Gold a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. However, the lead didn’t last long as the Saints scored 57 seconds later, evening the match at one. Limestone went on to score one more time before the half, and took a 2-1 lead into the locker rooms.

After Limestone scored in the 49th minute, Coker began pushing the offensive tempo in order to get back into the game. The strategy worked, as Cordrey beat the goalkeeper for the score in the 58th minute. Kelly Mason earned the assist with a well-placed pass through the opposing defense. Trailing by just one score, the Cobras continued to apply pressure to the Limestone defense. However, the Saints took advantage of a penalty stroke and added a final goal in the 68th minute.

Deuble and Cordrey led the Cobras offensively with one goal apiece. Additionally, Cordrey led the Navy and Gold in shots, firing off two. In goal, Kelsey Gibbons collected nine saves off of 13 shots on goal.

The Cobras will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 29) when they travel to Spartanburg High School to take on Converse College in a SAC Carolinas matchup. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

McDonald’s Player of the Game – Kaleigh Cordrey

The Coker College women’s golf team finished up play at the Battle at Old South on Sunday (Sept. 23) by shooting a team score of 312. The Cobras recorded a combined two-day total of 634, good for an 11th place finish.

Alyssa Campbell and Alicia Fajardo both improved on their first round scores by six strokes, carding a 72 (E) and 73 (+1), respectively. Campbell finished tied for 14th with a two-day score of 150 (+6), while Fajardo finished in a tie for 22nd with a score of 152 (+8). Kelli Smith, Bella Harris, and Taylor Mayers rounded out the tournament with scores of 165 (+21), 168 (+24), and 172 (+28), respectively.

The Cobras will hit the course again on Monday (Oct. 8) and Tuesday (Oct. 9) as they travel to Salisbury, North Carolina for the Patsy Rendleman Invitational.

Author: Rachel Howell

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