The Claflin University volleyball team will take on Albany State University Oct. 12 in the first of seven straight home games.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference East Divisional matchup is slated for 6 p.m. in Tullis Arena. It will also be Orange and Maroon Night. Fans are encouraged to wear orange or maroon or a combination of the colors to the game.
Claflin will be seeking to end a two-game losing streak following road defeats at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Fayetteville State University last week. The Lady Panthers are 4-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
Albany State was 9-7 overall and 9-3 in the league heading into Monday’s clash against Clark Atlanta University.
Claflin is led by graduate transfer Diara Lewis with a team-high 146 kills, followed by junior Jordan Wallace who has contributed 129 kills and 60 blocks.
In the digs department, junior Jhi Piper-Murles tops the team at 167, while freshman Chania Rispress has recorded 352 assists. Senior Alexcia Herring and freshmen Jala Roberts leads the team in service aces with 16 each.
As a team, the Lady Panthers have racked up 526 kills, 108 blocks and 92 serve aces.
Following the contest with Albany State, Claflin will entertain Shaw University Saturday at 2 p.m. in a non-conference match.
Wofford players honored
SPARTANBURG –Wofford fullback Andre Stoddard and punter/kicker Luke Carter were named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.
Stoddard ran for a career-high 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead the fifth-ranked Terriers to a 35-28 win over No. 22 Western Carolina in overtime.
Punter/kicker Luke Carter handled all aspect of the kicking game. The sophomore nailed a pair of field goals on the day, hitting a 21-yarder to get the scoring started on Wofford’s first drive of the game and adding a 34-yard make as time expired in the first half to draw the Terriers within a point at 14-13. Carter was 3-for-3 on point-after-touchdown attempts.
Wofford will travel to The Citadel on Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest at Hagood Stadium.
Wofford soccer tops SCSU
SPARTANBURG -- The Wofford women’s soccer team won 6-0 over S.C. State on Monday evening at Snyder Field. The Terriers got the scoring started in the 8th minute and never looked back, adding five insurance goals to secure the win. The win moves the Terriers to 6-7-1 overall and Wofford remains 1-3-1 in the conference.
Abraham is SEC Legend
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced its 2017 SEC Football Legends class, a collection of former football standouts who will be honored at events surrounding the SEC Football Championship Game in Atlanta in December.
South Carolina's Legend is John Abraham, outside Linebacker from 1996-99. Abraham earned All-Southeastern Conference honors his senior season and went on to become a first-round pick by the New York Jets in 2000, the 13th selection overall. He logged 15 seasons in the NFL with the Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals, earning five trips to the Pro Bowl. The four-time All-Pro selection is the Falcons’ all-time career leader in quarterback sacks.
Other Legends include Gene Stallings of Alabama, Danny Wuerffel of Florida and "Champ" Bailey of Georgia.
Clemson O-line honored
NEW YORK --The Foundation for Teamwork has announced the Mid-Season Honor Roll for the Joe Moore Award, which identifies notable performances by offensive line units in games played through Oct. 7.
The Clemson offensive line is veteran with four returning starters from last year. The one who is not a returning starter is center Justin Falcinelli, who has graded in the 90s in five of the six games so far.