Union Mine High 2008 graduate Taylor Phillips was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week recently. Now a junior libero for the Guilford College volleyball team, Phillips is averaging 8.43 digs per set for the Quakers. She had a match-high 28 digs in a game against North Carolina Wesleyan and a career- and match-best 31 pickups in four sets against Randolph-Macon. Her 31 digs ranks 12th in school history. She had 30 digs in the Quakers’ win last weekend over Bridgewater. Phillips just took over as the libero this year; previously she was the teams setter. Phillips, who is majoring in sports management with a minor in business, plans to study abroad next semester in Ireland.
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For the second year in a row, Sac City College wrestling took second to No. 1-ranked Fresno City College at the North Duals in Santa Rosa. The Panthers started with a 23-18 victory over Santa Rosa and defeated Skyline College 32-12, helped by Bruin graduate Gaaret Marinelli’s pin, before losing to Fresno.
In the last match Sac City and rival Sierra College took the mat. In the battle of two evenly matched teams, the Panthers posted a 19-19 criteria win to cement second place.
SCC is tied for the No. 3 ranking in the state; Sierra is fifth. Oak Ridge graduate Nick Rohrer, a freshman at Sac City, is ranked fourth individually at 174 pounds.