Lady Lions: A Year in Review

By JUSTIN GILLELAND

Staff Writer

The Lady Lions had a particularly difficult task moving into a conference with 13 other schools. 

 

Volleyball:

The Lady Lions volleyball team ended their season in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament with 3 set loss to Averett University. The women wrapped up the season with a 21-12 record. Eslinger ended her stellar career with a school record for single game digs with 44 she was also the all-time career digs leader.

 

Cross Country:

In cross country, the PC women posted a fifth place finish at their conference championship, after being chosen to finish sixth in the preseason polls. Sophomore Molly Mulholland and freshman Summer Lewis highlighted Piedmont in the tournament, finishing 25th and 26th respectively. 

 

 

Soccer:

In women’s soccer, the Lady Lions soccer team had a disappointing end to their season, losing in the quarter finals round of the conference tournament to Meredith University after two nail-biting overtimes. They ended the season with an overall record of 13-6-1. Laura Goodwin and Dilyn Maclean tied for the most goals on the team with 10 apiece. 

 

basketball:

The Piedmont women’s basketball program closed out their season on a positive note with a 74-57 win at USA South host William Peace.  The Lady Lions ended their season 10-14 overall and 5-12 in the USA South Conference. Seniors’ Lauren Anderson and Alyssa Jones left Piedmont basketball on a high note. Anderson ended this season averaging 10.2 points a game while leading the team in rebounds with 6.5 a game. Jones capped off her senior season averaging 9.9 points a game and led the team in assists with four a game.

softball:

Piedmont softball picked up where they left off in the old GSAC conference: dominating. The Lady’s went into the USA South Conference tournament with the number two seed but lost a heartbreaker to Ferrum College 3-2, after losing to number one seed Christopher Newport earlier in the day to eliminate them from the tournament. The women end their regular season with an impressive record of 31-8 overall and 19-3 in the conference.  

 

Tennis:

The women’s tennis team recently ended their season with a heartbreaking loss to Maryville College in the first round of the conference tournament. The ladies went into the tournament as a #4 seed. The Lady Lions finished the 2013 season with a 9-9 record overall but remained 8-3 conference play. 

 

Lacrosse:

The Lady  Lions lacrosse team ended their inaugural season with a 19-3 semifinal loss in the USA South Conference tournament. They finished the 2013 season with a 12-4 overall record earning a spot in the semi-finals as the number four seed in the USA South. Leading this strong group of women is head coach Emily Jacquette who was named USA South Women’s Lacrosse Coach of the Year. Jacquette led the Lady Lions to a successful first season posting a 12-4 record overall and going 5-3 in conference play. 

 

Golf:

The women’s golf team finished third of five teams in their last tournament of the season at Methodist University.

Each year at the end of the 2012-2013 fall season USA South Athletic Conference competition, the conference releases the men’s and women’s President’s Cup standings. The award goes to the top athletic program in the conference. In their first year in the USA South, the Piedmont Lady Lions trailed behind only perennial powerhouse Christopher Newport University.