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This buzzer-beating 3-pointer by senior Myles Moore lifted the Berry men’s basketball team to its sixth win in seven games to start the 2018-19 season. Commentary on the shot is provided by student Noah Syverson.

Another remarkable fall for Berry athletics is now giving way to a promising winter thanks to a blistering start in men’s basketball under first-year coach Mitch Cole. In opening the season 6-1 – Berry’s best start in men’s basketball since joining NCAA Division III – Cole’s Vikings are building on the momentum created by Southern Athletic Association championships and national tournament appearances in volleyball and football, winning seasons in men’s and women’s soccer, and a pair of national qualifiers in women’s cross country.

Berry volleyball once again had the home fans roaring, finishing with a sparkling 26-4 record highlighted by a second straight sweep of the SAA regular-season and tournament crowns. Leading the way was junior Carson VanCampen, who made history as the first Berry volleyball player to be named a first-team All-American. Emily Hancock and Laura Beier joined her as honorable-mention All-Americans, while Caitlyn Moriarty (14G) was regional Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Berry players celebrate the courage of teammate Justus Edwards.

Berry players celebrate the courage of injured teammate Justus Edwards. Photo by student Leigh Hadaway.

In football, Berry continued its dominance of the SAA by winning its third straight conference championship. The Vikings finished 10-2 overall, including a perfect 6-0 record at Valhalla. The team now sports a 21-1 record in four seasons on the Williams Field turf, including two national playoff wins. Players this year drew strength from the courage shown by sophomore Justus Edwards after suffering a severe injury in September. Read more.

Women’s cross country also enjoyed a banner fall, advancing two runners to nationals. Junior Abby Carroll qualified for the second consecutive year, while Meredith Herman made her first appearance. Their subsequent placements at nationals were the best by Berry in the NCAA era. They also extended their team’s streak of sending at least one runner to nationals in each of the last three seasons.

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Berry Women's Volleyball Team

A successful fall semester for Berry’s student-athletes culminated with a second consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship in women’s volleyball and the college’s first-ever NCAA Division III national tournament appearance. With honorable-mention All-Americans Stephanie Quinn and Emily Stromberg leading the charge, Mika Robinson’s Vikings posted a 26-8 record highlighted by a sparkling 16-1 mark against SAA competition and a first-round victory over Washington & Lee in the national tournament.

Also qualifying for nationals this fall was senior running standout Ryan James, a top-five finisher at the conference and regional levels who placed 56th overall among 275 competitors in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.

Other notable achievements included a 16-4 finish in women’s soccer (a 12-win improvement over 2012), senior men’s soccer player Josh Hughes’ selection as Berry’s first NCAA Division III Academic All-American, and an undefeated fall for the hunt seat and western equestrian teams.

Visit www.berryvikings.com for ongoing coverage of Berry’s winter sports and more athletic news from fall, including numerous individual accolades and the women’s softball team’s participation in the local Challenger Sports Program for children and adults with special needs.

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It didn’t take Berry student-athletes long to make themselves at home in the new Southern Athletic Association, winning championships in women’s volleyball and men’s soccer this fall.

The volleyball team posted a 27-5 overall record en route to regular-season and tournament crowns in the SAA. The Lady Vikings hosted the inaugural conference tournament in the Cage Center, sweeping three straight matches to win the postseason title. Click the video to see the tournament clincher and hear interviews with the victorious players and coach.

The men’s soccer team was similarly successful, finishing second in the regular season before winning the conference tournament in thrilling fashion, edging top-seeded Centre College 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams finished regulation play and overtime tied 2-2. The Vikings’ 14-3-2 final record included a 7-0 start that produced the program’s first national ranking in Division III.

Berry is currently completing its final year as a probationary member of Division III. Next fall, student-athletes in all sports will be eligible to compete for NCAA national championships.

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Past and present collided (sometimes literally) at the 50th anniversary celebration of men’s soccer at Berry. More than 100 alumni and friends turned out, including a trio of former head coaches – Bob Warming, Bob Pearson and Bret Simon – who helped establish the world’s most popular sport on the world’s largest campus. Joining them was Dr. Ouida Word Dickey (50C, FFS), wife of the late Garland Dickey (42C, FFS), the athletic director under whose leadership men’s soccer was added in 1962.

As part of the two-day event, organized by current coach Richard Vardy, the alumni booters had an opportunity to test their skills (not to mention their fitness level) in a series of scrimmages against each other and the varsity players of today. To glimpse Berry’s soccer pioneers in the prime of their careers, click here to view the extended highlight video prepared by Coach Vardy that was shown at the anniversary banquet.

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Start stretching now, men’s soccer alumni, because a celebration a half-century in the making is now less than a month away! Former coaches Bob Warming, Bob Pearson and Bret Simon are among those planning to be in attendance April 13-14 for the 50th anniversary of men’s soccer at Berry. Join your old (okay, not that old) coaches for a weekend of food, fun and, yes, soccer. Bring your memories … and your cleats! The accompanying video should provide all the inspiration you need. Watch it, then click here to RSVP.

If you have questions, call at 800-782-0130 (toll free) or email alumni@berry.edu.

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