Auburn's Chesney McClellan

Auburn middle blocker Chesney McClellan (7) swings against New Mexico State on Aug. 30 in Auburn, Alabama.

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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VOLLEYBALL

Maryville grad

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.

Heritage grad

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.

The King’s Academy grad

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

Seymour grad

Gracee Peters (Tusculum) has five kills and three digs in four sets over two matches.

Heritage grad

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.

Heritage grad

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.

Maryville grad

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.

The King’s Academy grad

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.

The King’s Academy grad

Danielle Quesinberry (Johnson University) had six kills and 11 digs in the win over Cleveland State.

FOOTBALL

Greenback grad

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.

Alcoa grad

Jack Warwick (Tennessee Tech) had six tackles, including four solo, in an overtime win against Samford.

Greenback grad

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.

Alcoa grad

Malik Love (New Hampshire) made four receptions for 38 yards in a 13-10 loss to Holy Cross in the season opener.

The King’s Academy grad

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.

The King’s Academy grad

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.

Maryville grad

Tommy Smith (Central College) had three tackles, including one for loss, in a win over Northwestern (Minn.).

Maryville grad

Isaiah Cobb (Georgetown College) rushed six times for 33 yards in a season-opening loss to Kentucky Christian.

SOCCER

Maryville grad

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.

Maryville grad

Abbey Kolarik (Samford) made her collegiate debut during a 3-0 win over Middle Tennessee when she played four minutes off the bench.

Maryville grad

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.

Alcoa grad

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.

Alcoa grad

Sydney O’Hara (Maryville College) has appeared in three of the Scots’ first four games.

Maryville grad

Jade Seery (Reinhardt) has subbed into all three games since notching an assist in her collegiate debut in the season opener.

Maryville grad

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.

Maryville grad

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.

Maryville grad

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.

CROSS COUNTRY

Maryville grad

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.

Maryville grad

Erin Smith (Trevecca-Nazarene) placed 56th out of 98 competitors at North Alabama. She finished the 5,000-meter course in 22:06.6.

Maryville grad

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.

Alcoa grad

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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Corey is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and spent six years at The Houston Chronicle before joining The Daily Times in the summer of 2018.

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