TROJAN NOTEBOOK: UMO men knock off George Mason

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Preseason All-American nominee Tobi Azeez cranked out 19 kills as the University of Mount Olive men’s volleyball team stopped George Mason 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 15-12 on Saturday evening.

The Trojans earned their first-ever win over the Patriots in three tries.

Dominic Haggerty contributed 13 kills, while Eric Visgitis posted 10 kills and a team-leading seven blocks.

Oliver Merritt dished out 39 assists.

“It was great to get off to a good start against a strong side today,” Azeez said. “The boys fought hard and brought a lot of energy to defend our home court with a win. While we do have things to continue to work and improve on, this win is a sign of the hard work and discipline that we have trained in preseason.”

UMO began an eight-game road swing Tuesday at Queens University-Charlotte. Also on tap are back-to-back contests at Brigham Young and Ohio State.

UMO still perfect

After a two-week layoff due to COVID protocols, the UMO women’s basketball team stayed perfect with back-to-back road wins at Conference Carolinas rivals North Greenville (79-54) and Erskine (61-32).

Ivanda Hudjakova filed a double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds, against North Greenville. Sherry Johnson contributed 14 points and six rebounds, while Laila Harris knocked down 12 points.

Azariah Fields doled out seven assists.

Fields dropped 18 points and handed out five assists against Erskine. Hudjakova collected 14 points and seven rebounds, followed by Johnson with nine points.

The Trojans (10-0 overall, 8-0 CC) entertained UNC Pembroke on Monday.

Trojans drop two

UMO dropped consecutive road games to in-state rival Chowan (74-73) and nemesis Erskine (94-87) on the Conference Carolinas basketball scene.

Michael Brown led five Trojans in double figures with 14 points against Chowan. Alan Treakle (12 points), Cole Johnson (11), Trayvon Ferrell (11) and Darius Spragley (10) also scratched in the scoreboard.

Ferrell pulled down 10 rebounds.

Brown tallied 20 points against Erskine, which seized a 13-point halftime lead and never relinquished it.

Matthias Caver (15 points), Treakle (12), Spragley (12) and Cole Johnson (12) also provided quality scoring. Caver snared six rebounds, while Brown passed out seven assists.

The Trojans (9-7 overall, 8-3 CC) entertained UNC Pembroke on Monday.

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