Furman ranked 15th

GREENVILLE – Furman is ranked 15th in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Poll.

The Paladins (1-2, 0-0 SoCon), who fell two spots from 13th following a 24-17 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday, registered 281 points, 12 points ahead of No. 16 Maine.

Furman is the lone Southern Conference team in this week’s poll.

Reigning national champion North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the poll followed by James Madison, South Dakota State, UC Davis, and Towson, which rounds out the top five.

North Carolina A&T is ranked 17th. Wofford fell out of the poll.

Furman player honored

GREENVILLE – Furman inside linebacker Braden Gilby has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins’ 24-17 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Making the first start of his Paladin career, Gilby registered a game-high 12 tackles, including a stop for-loss, and a forced fumble against the Hokies.

Claflin volleyball falls in opener

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Claflin University volleyball team dropped its season opener to Paine on Saturday, falling in the non-conference contest 3-1 (25-17, 14-25, 25-22, 25-21), at HEAL Complex on the campus of Paine College. The loss drops Claflin to 0-1 while Paine improves to 3-0.

Junior outside hitter Jala Roberts paced Claflin with 12 kills and two blocks. Freshman Briana Reed also finished with double-digit kills putting down 11 while freshman Taylor Drayton added eight kills in the match. Sophomore Sadaiya Edouard served up four aces

Defensively, the Lady Panthers were led by sophomore Trinity Fierce with 11 digs and freshman Jada Jones, who picked up eight digs in the loss.

Léah Wellington and Vianca Cólon-Gonzales, who shared the setting duties, finished with 17 and 14 assists, respectively.

Claflin has a week off before returning to the court. The Lady Panthers will host Frostburg State University and Paine in a Tri-Match,  Saturday, Sept. 21. Claflin will face Frostburg State at 11 a.m. and Paine at 3 p.m. in the Tri-Match. Frostburg and Paine will play the middle game at 1 p.m.

Claflin baseball

MLB Scout Day

The Claflin University baseball team will hold its annual Major League Baseball (MLB) Scout Day, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 at Historic Mirmow Field in Orangeburg. A total of 20 players, some current and some former Claflin baseball players, are scheduled to showcase their skills in front of several MLB scouts. The scouts will be on hand to evaluate the skills of the baseball players across various positions.

"It's always good to be able to showcase the talent that comes through Claflin," said head coach James Randall. "Our guys will undoubtedly represent the Panthers and the University well."

Claflin University baseball joined the Peach Belt Conference in July 2019 and will open its 2020 season the first week of February.

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