Chesney McClellan is picking up steam early in the season for Auburn’s volleyball team.
The Maryville High School graduate has started five of six matches at middle blocker and is scoring at a higher rate than she did in her first season with the Tigers last year.
The junior is averaging 2.4 kills per set and has an attack percentage of .323, which ranks first on the team among regular players. Last year she averaged 1.4 kills per set and hit .244. She is also third on the team with 13 blocks in 17 sets.
She had 10 kills and four blocks in a five-set win over Butler on Aug. 31 that capped the Tigers’ War Eagle Invitational. She did most of her damage in the decisive game, including when she registered kills on three out of four side-out opportunities to stop Butler from getting too far away.
McClellan scored her fourth kill in a span of eight points to kick off a 5-0 run that ended the match.
She had 31 kills and 10 blocks in 13 sets over three matches at the War Eagle Invitational and was named to the All-Tournament team.
McClellan signed with Nebraska in high school but transferred to Auburn following her freshman season. An education major, she was named to the First Year SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2018-19.
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Madison Coulter (Tennessee) has appeared in all five matches with three starts during the Vols’ 2-3 start. In a season-opening five-set loss to Illinois she had 29 digs. The libero is averaging a team-high 3.7 digs per set.
Kailey Keeble (Tennessee) has played nine sets in four of the Vols’ first five matches as a true freshman setter. In a sweep of Miami (Ohio) University, she had 15 assists and eight digs in three sets. She appeared in three of the five sets of a victory over Michigan State and had 15 assists and six digs.
Taylor Blythe (Tusculum) has appeared in all three matches during the Pioneers’ 1-2 start. The middle blocker is averaging 1.5 kills per set and has an attack percentage of .294
Gracee Peters (Tusculum) has five kills and three digs in four sets over two matches.
Madison Wilkerson (Maryville College) made her season debut in a sweep of Ferrum on Saturday. She appeared in all three sets and recorded two digs.
Ashlyn Vandergriff (Milligan) appeared in four of the first five matches of her college career. She averaged 2.3 digs per set and had three service aces.
Sydney Crook (Johnson University) had 20 assists, 11 digs and five kills in a sweep of Cleveland State Community College. In a four-set win over Alice Lloyd College she had 29 assists and four digs.
Brianna Connatser (Johnson University) had 24 digs and three aces in the win over Cleveland State. Against Alice Lloyd, she had 13 digs and four aces.
Danielle Quesinberry (Johnson University) had six kills and 11 digs in the win over Cleveland State.
Tavin Kilpatrick (Tennessee Tech) started at tight end and caught three passes for 38 yards and scored one touchdown in a season-opening overtime win over Samford. In a loss to Miami (Ohio) he caught two passes for three yards.
Jack Warwick (Tennessee Tech) had six tackles, including four solo, in an overtime win against Samford.
Kayne Roberts (Chattanooga) started at linebacker and made four tackles in a season-opening win over Eastern Illinois. In a loss to No. 17-ranked Jacksonville State, he played as a reserve and made four more tackles. Those were Roberts’ first two games with the Mocs after transferring from North Carolina.
Malik Love (New Hampshire) made four receptions for 38 yards in a 13-10 loss to Holy Cross in the season opener.
Jason Maduafokwa (East Tennessee State) made four assisted tackles and had one quarterback hurry in a loss to Appalachian State. In a win over Shorter, the defensive lineman had two assisted tackles, including 0.5 sack for three yards.
Tre Chandler (Maryville College) had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle to go with one quarterback hurry in a season-opening loss to No. 16-ranked Berry College.
Tommy Smith (Central College) had three tackles, including one for loss, in a win over Northwestern (Minn.).
Isaiah Cobb (Georgetown College) rushed six times for 33 yards in a season-opening loss to Kentucky Christian.
Grace Oliver (Lipscomb) has appeared as a sub in all six games during her freshman season. She has recorded four shots, including two on target.
Abbey Kolarik (Samford) made her collegiate debut during a 3-0 win over Middle Tennessee when she played four minutes off the bench.
Madison Huffstetler (Carson-Newman) has started the first two games of the season. She recorded one off-target shot in a win over Young Harris.
Lexi Bearden (Lincoln Memorial) had one assist in her collegiate debut, which was a 6-0 win over Converse. She also had three shots, including one on target.
Sydney O’Hara (Maryville College) has appeared in three of the Scots’ first four games.
Jade Seery (Reinhardt) has subbed into all three games since notching an assist in her collegiate debut in the season opener.
Chris Fernandez (Maryville College) has started all four games during the Scots’ 2-2 start. He had one assist in a 2-1 win over Randolph.
Alexander Rigatti (Maryville College) appeared in 30 games without a start the last two seasons but has started all four games at defender this season as a senior.
Jace Burchfiel (Maryville College) has started in three of his four appearances this year. He had three shots in a win over Southern Virginia and one assist in the win over Randolph.
David Huezo (Treveca-Nazarene) finished 13th in a 92-runner field at the North Alabama Invitational. He completed the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 54.3 seconds.
Erin Smith (Trevecca-Nazarene) placed 56th out of 98 competitors at North Alabama. She finished the 5,000-meter course in 22:06.6.
Ryan Lay (Maryville College) ran to 13th place out of 29 runners at the Mountaintop Invitational. He had a time of 18:43.8 for the 5,000-meter track.
Nick Holloway (Martin Methodist) has been consistent in his first two collegiate races. After placing 115th out of 159 entrants at the Jacksonville State Opener he placed 115th in a 173-runner field at the Montevallo College Classic. At Jacksonville he finished the 5,000-meter course in 18:40.1, and at Montevallo he ran eight kilometers in 30:01.31.
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