TROJAN BEAT: UMO men's volleyball team stays perfect


Men’s volleyball

BANNER ELK - University of Mount Olive remained unbeaten with a 25-20, 27-29, 25-20, 25-22 conquest of in-state Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon.

Tobi Azeez paced the offense with a team- and match-high 18 kills. Luke Visgitis just missed a double-double with nine kills and seven blocks, while Dominic Haggerty pounded out nine kills.

Jarrod Ferguson dished out 46 assists.

Iyanu Adebisi logged 17 digs for the Trojans, who are 14-0 against the Bobcats since 2012.

UMO started its weekend with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 win at King University.

Ferguson stuffed his stat sheet with 34 assists, 10 digs and four blocks.

Azeez posted 10 kills, while Adebisi and Eric Visgitis delivered nine kills apiece. The Trojans hit a sharp .455 during the three-set affair.

Ryan Lynch led the defense with nine digs.

The Trojans (4-0 overall, 3-0 Conference Carolinas) continue their four-match road swing next weekend at Belmont Abbey (Feb. 19) and North Greenville University (Feb. 20).


BELMONT - University of Mount Olive surpassed last season’s dual-team win total with a 37-10 triumph over Emmanuel (Georgia) College at Belmont Abbey on Saturday afternoon.

Hayden Waddell (133 pounds), Seth Thomas (141), Tyler Hughes (157), Bryan Aragao (174), Ryan Morgan (184) and heavyweight Jalyn McClammy each earned an individual win against the Lions.

Earlier in the day, Belmont Abbey defeated the Trojans 27-13.

Waddell, Aragao, Dylan Wilman (149) and Dmitri Niami (157) each picked up a win against the Crusaders.

UMO (2-5) return home Feb. 21 to face Coker University. Match time is 1 p.m.

Men’s basketball

University of Mount Olive split a weekend doubleheader against in-state Conference Carolinas rival Belmont Abbey inside Kornegay Arena.

On Friday, Darius Spragley came off the bench to score 20 points in the Trojans’ 80-64 win. He shot 80 percent (8 of 10) from the floor, dished out four assists and collected four steals.

Alan Treakle posted 13 points and handed out four assists. Calvin Washington provided 11 points and two assists.

UMO drained 19 of 22 free throws and owned a 20-12 advantage in points off turnovers.

The Crusaders prevailed 67-54 on Saturday.

Spragley emerged as the lone Trojan in double figures with 14 points. Treakle, Johnny Hughes III and Washington each provided eight points.

Hughes III played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble. Washington fouled out.

Belmont Abbey outscored UMO 21-9 at the free throw line.

The Trojans (5-8 overall, 5-8 Conference Carolinas) are the guests of Emmanuel College on Feb. 20.

Women’s basketball

League-leading Belmont Abbey swept a Conference Carolinas doubleheader against the University of Mount Olive during the weekend.

The Crusaders took the opener, 70-62.

The Trojans led for three quarters until the visitors erupted for 30 fourth-quarter points.

Ayanna Cotten nailed five 3-pointers and logged a team-high 18 points in the loss. Azariah Fields and reserve Kiara Jackson provided 12 points apiece.

Laila Harris pulled down seven rebounds.

In game two, Belmont Abbey rode the momentum of a 24-point, second-quarter performance to a 72-58 win.

Ivana Hudjakova torched the Crusaders for 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor before fouling out.

Cotten contributed 10 points.

The Crusaders dominated the boards, 31-10.

UMO fell to 6-5 overall and 6-5 in conference play.


Mother Nature kept two teams - baseball and women’s lacrosse - benched for the weekend.

UMO’s baseball road contest against Queens University-Charlotte has been rescheduled for March 10.

The women’s lacrosse team hoped to open the season against in-state rival Catawba. A make-up date has not been announced.


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