Volleyball wins Augustana Invitational

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The No. 8 volleyball team swept four matches at the Augustana Invitational Oct. 5-6 in Rock Island, Ill., winning the tournament title.

The Bears finished 3-0 in tournament pool play, defeating Grinnell College and Knox College Oct. 5 and Elmhurst College Oct. 6. The team’s undefeated record led to a berth in the tournament title game, which it won with a sweep of North Central College. Senior Haleigh Spencer finished the weekend with 38 kills and 50 digs, while junior Alli Alberts compiled 41 kills and 35 digs. Both were named to the all-tournament team and hit .310 for the tournament.

Football improves record to 5-1

The defense forced five turnovers en route to a 33-10 victory against LaGrange College Oct. 6 at Francis Field. The Bears improve to 5-1 with the win, compiling their best start since they began the 1995 season 6-1.

Sophomore Tim Machan recorded his team-leading sixth interception of the season in the win and had an 81-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Junior quarterback Buck Smith completed 15 of 21 passes for 107 yards passing and one touchdown, improving to 5-1 in his first year as the starting quarterback.

Men’s tennis earns top seeds in ITA tourney

The men’s tennis team has been awarded the top seed in both singles and doubles at the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships, which begin Thursday, Oct. 11, in Mobile, Ala. Sophomore John Watts is the top seed in singles. The doubles team of juniors Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland was awarded the top seed in pool play.

The winners of the Division III singles and doubles championship will compete in the Super Bowl Sunday, Oct. 14, and Monday, Oct. 15, which will consist of the winners from Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College.

Women’s soccer suffers first loss

The No. 4 women’s soccer team had its 24-game regular season and eight-game University Athletic Association winning streak snapped in a 3-2 double overtime loss at No. 8 Emory University in a battle of two undefeated top 10 teams Oct. 7.

Senior goalkeeper Carrie Sear made a career-high eight saves in the loss, suffering her first defeat of the season (10-1). The Bears entered the match having allowed just three goals in their first 10 games and had posted shutouts in the past three games.