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Sports Wrap-Up

By J.K. McMillen & Tex Armstreet
On October 31, 2017

Soccer: The nine-game undefeated streak the team accomplished during the last games of the regular season have placed the soccer team directly into the semifinals of the OVC tournament due to a double bye. The team, led by goalkeeper Kari Naerdemann, will play their first game on Nov. 3, with the championship taking place on Nov. 5.

Men’s Cross Country: The men’s cross-country team finished sixth at the OVC Championship. Sophomore Gilbert Boit finished in sixth place, which led to his being named to the All-OVC First Team for men’s cross-country.

Boit continues to add accolades to his resume, as he has been named OVC Male Runner of the Week three times this season, as well as being named OVC Men’s Athlete of the Year.

Women’s Cross Country: The women’s cross-country team finished eighth at the OVC Championship, while OVC Women’s Freshman of the Year Purity Sanga was named to the All-OVC First Team for women’s cross country, the only freshman on the list.

Volleyball: TTU’s volleyball team continues to struggle, as their 3-0 loss to Southeast Missouri is their eighth loss on a row.

The team hopes to earn their first win since Sept. 30 when they face Morehead State on Nov. 3. The team have their final home game on Nov. 4 against Eastern Kentucky before ending the season in two consecutive games in Nashville against Tennessee State and Belmont on Nov. 10 and 11.

Men’s Golf: “The guys have had some solid play in each of the events this fall,” said head coach Polk Brown. “We need to figure out a way to put three solid rounds together in an event.” The men’s team was in first place going into the second day of the Samford Intercollegiate, carrying a fourteen-stroke lead. The team ultimately finished second, their highest finish of the season, when the tournament concluded on Oct. 24.

“We played exceptional the first day at Samford this past week and had a great chance to win,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, the second day just wasn’t our best day, and we fell to second.”

The men’s golf team has one more tournament before the season ends. The MTSU Intercollegiate is scheduled to begin Oct. 30 at The Grove in College Grove, Tennessee.

Women’s Golf: The women’s golf team held steady over their two-day showing in Spartanburg, South Carolina. They finished sixth on both days of the Terrier Intercollegiate.

“The team put together some good rounds individually over the course of the semester, but we are in search of more consistency as we head into spring,” head coach Polk Brown said. “Our first tournament is in February, so we have several months to work on areas that need improvement so we can come back ready to compete for a conference championship.”

Football: The Golden Eagles earned their first victory of the season with a 30-26 victory over Tennessee State. Sophomore defensive back Clay Davis’ two interceptions in the fourth quarter stopped two Tennessee State drives and sealed the victory.

Quarterback Andre Sale and running back Andrew Goldsmith threw for one touchdown each, with Goldsmith also rushing for 101 yards and one touchdown.

The Nov. 4 Homecoming game against Austin Peay has been selected as the ESPN3 Game of the Week. ESPN3 is available on smartphones, tablets, and computers, as well as through the ESPN App.

The 2017 Tech Sports Hall of Fame will be presented at halftime, and the game serves as the possible finale of the 2017 Sgt. York Trophy series, which is contested annually between Tennessee Tech, UT Martin, Austin Peay, and Tennessee State. The Sgt. York Trophy is presented to whichever team wins the most games against the other three teams. Austin Peay will claim the trophy if they defeat TTU. Tech won the trophy in 2009 with victories over Tennessee State, Austin Peay, and UT Martin.

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