The Martin Methodist Volleyball team completed won the 2019 SSAC Volleyball conference tournament Saturday afternoon in Montgomery, Alabama.

The RedHawks won the regular-season title for the first time since joining the league in 2013, and won their first ever conference tournament title as well.

The RedHawks had to win two matches on Saturday to claim the crown, besting Florida College by a 3-1 score in Saturday’s semifinal, and then defeating William Carey in Saturday’s final, 3-2.

Senior defender Hayley Brisendine was named conference tournament MVP.

The win gives the RedHawks their first ever trip to the NAIA national tournament since the tournament was restructured in 2008.

The RedHawks will find out their first-round opponent and destination this morning during the NAIA’s Selection Show, which is set for 10 a.m.

It’s a huge week for Martin Methodist, who heads to Montgomery for SSAC Conference Championship Week.

Today kicks off the action as the RedHawk Volleyball team, and the Men and Women’s Soccer teams are all underway.

Volleyball starts at 11 a.m. versus Loyola-New Orleans University. The RedHawks are the regular-season champions for the first time in SSAC history.

Then, # 2 Women’s Socccer plays # 4 seed Bethel University. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex.

Finally, the # 5 seed Men’s Soccer plays # 1 seed Mobile University. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

All soccer matchups are single-elimination, but Volleyball will continue Friday with pool play.

Updated 11/6/19

University of Tennessee at Martin redshirt-freshman quarterback John Bachus III has been added to the Jerry Rice Award Watch list.

A former Giles County Bobcat quarterback, Bachus has been impressive in his first full season in a Skyhawk uniform. Starting in all nine games, Bachus has led the team to six victories while positioning the Skyhawks into first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. The signal caller has completed 57.2 percent of his passes with 135 completions on 236 attempts while tallying 1,890 yards and 12 touchdowns through the air. He has also notched three rushing touchdowns on the campaign.

The Rice Award is named for the legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver and presented since 2011 to the Division I subdivision's freshman player of the year. Bachus is one of 24 players nominated to the watch list.

Bachus ranks second in the OVC in passer efficiency at 145.3 while throwing for 251.3 yards per game.

A national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will vote on the award following the regular season.

The Martin Methodist College RedHawk Athletic Luncheon series will continue this week with Wednesday’s luncheon at Noon at the Hickory House.

The cost of meal is a flat $5, with the RedHawks covering the remainder of the balance during the hour-long meeting.

This month’s guest speaker is Mr. Kent Russell, a longtime sports marketing professional. Kent has spent nearly 30 years in the sports marketing industry, notably serving as Director of Marketing for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend Wednesday’s RedHawk Luncheon, set to begin at Noon in the RedHawk Room at the Hickory House.

In Weekend Football Action…

Giles County lost to Pearl Cohn…28 to 11
Richland lost to Huntland…24 to 7

The Vols topped the UAB Blazers…30 to 7. The Vols are now in the hunt for a bowl game if they can continue to win.

The Titans couldn’t keep things on the winning track, losing to Carolina…30 to 20. They drop to 4 wins and 5 losses on the season.

Pulaski native and former Giles County High School standout Erin Freeman poured in 30 points last night as the Martin Methodist Women’s Basketball team defeated nearby Cumberland University, 71-66.
The RedHawks are now 2-1 on the year. They have two exhibition contests this weekend versus NCAA competition. The RedHawks travel to Murfreesboro Friday to play MTSU, and then head west to Jackson, Tennessee Saturday for a showdown versus Union University.

High School Scorecard…

Richland topped Moore County…20 to 14
Giles County lost to Tullahoma…49 to 28


In other games…

Loretto lost to Hickman County…35 to 32
Lewis County beat Camden…31 to 21
Spring Hill beat BGA…42 to nothing

For the fourth time in as many seasons, the Martin Methodist Clay Target team has been crowned national champions. The RedHawks took down their fourth-straight national title at the Scholastic Clay Target Program national tournament this weekend.

Collectively, the Clay Target Team took home the High Over-All Team title, the Ladies High Over-All individual title, two Division I national champion squad titles, two individual event national champions, one individual event runner-up, a runner-up squad title, and an individual event third place.

"I could not have asked for a better team to be a part of for my senior year," senior Madelynn Bernau said. "Our team's freshman class is full of great, hardworking, and talented individuals that add so much value to the team. The entire team never stopped supporting each other throughout the match. I feel that our Spring 2020 season will be our best one yet."

Friday Night Scores…
Giles County topped Republic…42 to nothing
Richland lost to Cornersville…41 to 21

In other games…
Lawrence County lost to Tullahoma…30 to 7
Summertown lost to Eagleville…13 to 7
Loretto lost to Lewis County…37 to 6
Wayne County lost to McEwen…35 to nothing
Mt Pleasant beat Zion Christian…47 to 13