Salem College Soccer and Salem College Volleyball will advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament, after earning Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament titles.
After defeating University of Maine Presque-Isle 8-0 and Wesleyan University 7-0, the soccer team has earned their second consecutive GSAC Championship title. This achievement follows an overall season of 18-4 for the team, led by head coach Jay Callahan. Callahan took home his third consecutive GSAC Coach of the Year Award at the GSAC Fall Sports Banquet, held on the Salem College campus on November 8. First-year player Tarryn Johnson, from Sacramento, Calif., earned the Player of the Year Award and the Newcomer Award. She led the conference in both goals and points, with a season total of 32 points.
Salem College Volleyball claimed their second GSAC Tournament title in three years after defeating Finlandia University 3-0. The team, under the leadership of head coach Dana Wall, entered the tournament as the number one seed and defeated both Trinity Washington University and Wesleyan University before their final match against Finlandia. Salem’s team was awarded at the GSAC Fall Sports Banquet, where Wall earned her second consecutive Coach of the Year honor. Kylie Taffer, a first-year from Merritt Island, Fla., was named newcomer of the year and Zykeya Henderson, a senior from Spartanburg, S.C., was named Libero of the Year.
The Salem College Soccer team will continue to the NCAA Division III Tournament as they face Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. The volleyball team will continue to the NCAA Division III Tournament with a match against Eastern University in Newport News, Va.
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