Carolina Hosts NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational
Carolina University hosted the 2021 NCCAA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational on January 22 and 23. The Bruins hosted Campbellsville University, Erskine College, Lancaster Bible College, Maranatha Baptist University, and Ottawa University (AZ).
Hosting the tournament was an honor as it is our inaugural season for men’s volleyball. We were proud to feature our university, program, and renovated gymnasium as we hosted the national invitational.
CU entered the tournament as the 6th seed. On Friday the 22nd, the Bruins competed against Campbellsville and Lancaster Bible in pool play. The following day, CU challenged Maranatha Baptist in the 5th and 6th place match before falling to the Sabercats in the third set.
Congratulations to Campbellsville University, who earned the National Title for the second year in a row!
Quante Lee Steps Up as Interim Head Women’s Basketball Coach
The Director of Athletics, Steve Condon, names Quanté Lee as Interim Head Women’s Basketball coach. Lee steps into the role mid-season as previous head coach Toccara Tatum takes another position at Allen University.
Quanté enters his sixth year of coaching, with this being his first season with Carolina University Women’s Basketball. Before his time at CU, he served as Associate Head Coach at Wake Tech Community College for two seasons.
At Wake Tech Community College, Lee led the team to a Regional Championship, the first in the school’s history. The Eagles’ 2019-20 campaign was Lee’s most successful season. The team finished the year with a 21-7 record, ranked in the Top 20 on the Women’s Basketball Poll, and appeared in their first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. Through his coaching career, Quanté has developed 2 All-Americans, 2 All-Region Players, and 2 Players of the Week.
Lee is a graduate of N.C. State in Raleigh, North Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. He recently earned an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This season, the CU Lady Bruins are 7-4, with the team going 3-2 since Lee took over at the beginning of January. With only four games left this season, the Bruins need only one more win to secure their spot at the NCCAA South Regional Tournament.
Bruins’ Bats Come Alive in Game 2 Verse Mid Atlantic Christian
Carolina University hosted Mid-Atlantic Christian University for a baseball double-header on February 8th. In the second game of the day, Kaleb Whitaker took the mound for the Bruins. Whitaker and the Bruin defense sat the first three batters for MACU. At the bottom of the first, Logan Conklin hit a 3-run shot that set the tone for the afternoon’s rest. The Bruins would score 7 in the second, 2 in the third, and 5 in the fourth to run away with this game 17-2. Carolina University swept the Mustangs on the day and moved to 2-2 on the season with this win.
As a team, the Bruins hit 5 home runs in this game; Cade Fletcher, John Giboyeaux, and Logan Conklin each hit 1 and D’Artagnan Hawthorne hit 2. Conklin led the team with 5 RBI’s as the offense rolled. Kaleb Whitaker (1-1) got the win in this one after 4 and 2/3 innings of work. Whitaker struck out 7 giving up only 3 hits and 2 runs.
Highlights of Cheerleading & E-Sports
The Bruins will officially have cheerleaders at events this spring for the first time in school history! Every sport is looking forward to the extra boost of energy and support. Another highlight of this season is the Bruins E-Sports team making the Nation proud with their first season. E-Sports has competed against many NCAA DI schools so far this semester in Call of Duty. The Bruins are performing very well in their inaugural season!
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