Two Maryville College teams have yet to lose to a conference foe. Another is getting healthy at the right time.
If everything goes according to plan for the Scots this weekend, all three will celebrate USA South Athletic Conference tournament titles.
Maryville’s volleyball team and its men’s and women’s soccer team have advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament and may have a chance to lift trophies on Saturday. They have to get past Friday’s semifinals first.
The women’s soccer team (13-4, 8-0) will have the benefit of playing both games at home. The Scots will face Salem (12-5-1, 6-2) at 7 p.m. in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Friday. The first game pits Greensboro versus Covenant and kicks off at 4 p.m.
Only one of Maryville’s conference games was decided by one goal. The Scots are coming off a 4-0 win over Methodist in the first round. They have been spurred all season by last year’s tournament championship game loss to Piedmont.
“I think they’re very confident,” coach Pepe Fernandez said after last weekend’s win over Methodist. “One of the girls said they feel like we’ve been the best team in the conference for the past two years, but one play here or there in the conference tournament has cost us, but this year they feel confident they’re going to win it.”
The men’s soccer team (11-8, 8-5) remains alive for the title despite a rough stretch in October. The Scots went 3-6 while consistently fielding a second- or third-choice lineup. They finally got some starters back in time to beat Piedmont 4-0 in the first round of the tournament. In October, the Scots needed an overtime goal to beat Piedmont 4-3.
Maryville will face North Carolina Wesleyan (15-2-1, 12-1) in the semifinals on Friday. The second game features Greensboro and host Covenant at 7 p.m. Maryville lost to Wesleyan 2-0 in October.
The Maryville volleyball team (25-6, 14-0) is riding high after a sweep of Berea in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Led by conference Coach of the Year Kandis Schram, the Scots have won 17 consecutive matches. They will face Meredith (20-8, 13-3) in Friday’s semifinals at 4 p.m. at Averett University. Averett and Huntingdon meet in the second semifinal.