On Campus: Troxell making impact at Randolph

Autumn Troxell (Warren County ’15) is having plenty of success in her freshman year at Randolph College.

She is making her mark on Randolph’s volleyball team. Troxell has 100 kills, which is second on the team. The outside hitter is also second on the team with 26 blocks in the team’s 19 matches.

Troxell also has five service aces and 43 digs. She has played in all 19 matches for the WildCats.

In a 3-0 victory over Guilford on Sept. 5 she led the team with 10 kills. She had 10 kills in a 3-2 loss to Mary Baldwin on Sept. 11. She also had a season-high of four blocks in that match.

The WildCats won their first two matches, but have since lost 17 straight. They are 0-6 in the Old Dominion Athleic Conference. Randolph hosts Southern Virginia today at 4 p.m.

Solid start: Katlyn Ayers (Strasburg ’12) is off to a good start in her senior season at UNC-Greensboro.

Ayers finished fourth for the Spartans in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Cross Country Invitational held on Oct. 2 in Notre Dame, Indiana. Ayers placed 78th overall in a time of 18:58.5 to help lead the Spartans to a ninth-place finish in the 19-team event.

On Sept. 18, Ayers finished 37th in Wolfpack Invite, hosted by N.C. State University. Ayers had a time of 19:20.4, and was third on the team for UNC-Greensboro. The Spartans placed fifth in the event as a team with 185 points. N.C. State won the meet with 19 points.

The Spartans return to action on Oct. 17 in the NCAA Pre-nationals at Louisville, Kentucky at 10:45 a.m.

Key Cavalier: Zach Blair (Skyline ’13) is putting together another impressive season for U.Va.-Wise’s football team.

Blair leads the team with 54 tackles in five games. He has 26 solo tackles, including one sack. He has 14 tackles for loss, and also has three break-ups, two quarterback hits and one fumble recovery.

The junior linebacker has had 13 tackles in each of his last three contests.

In a 52-45 loss to West Virginia State on Oct. 3, Blair had seven solo tackles, including three for a loss of yards, and blocked a field goal to end the first half. The Cavaliers led 28-0 in the first quarter, but West Virginia State rallied with 31 consecutive points in the second half.

He had a season-best five tackles for a loss in a 37-21 loss to Glenville State on Sept. 26, and had one sack.

The Cavaliers are 0-5 overall, including 0-4 in the Mountain East Conference. U.Va.-Wise plays at Concord University on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com