University of Tennessee volleyball coach Rob Patrick announced Tuesday that six players had been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team policies.
Those suspended include freshmen Mary Clare Coghlan, a 5-foot-7 setter; Nikki Huffman, a 6-0 outside hitter, Holly Schetzsle, a 6-2 outside hitter; sophomores Trinia Cuseo, a 6-2 middle blocker, Megan Arner, a 5-7 defensive specialist; junior
Caley Carter, 6-1 outside hitter.
Tennessee is 15-10 overall and 7-7 in Southeastern Conference league play this season and host the SEC Volleyball Championships in Stokely Athletics Center, Nov. 16-18. The Lady Vols open play on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. against third-seeded South Carolina.
Dickie selected for NCAAs
Sharon Dickie, a junior on the University of Tennessee cross country team, earned one of two at-large berths for the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships. She will compete at the national championship meet on Monday, Nov. 19, at Furman University in
"I am truly happy to have the privilege to compete at the NCAA Championships again," Dickie said. "Unfortunately, I did not have the best race of my career at the regional meet, but I am excited to get the chance to compete again. With all that I have gone through this year, it means a lot to be able to run in the national championship meet."
Dickie advanced to the NCAA meet by virtue of her sixth-place finish at the NCAA South Regional and will compete as an individual. The top four individuals not on NCAA qualifying teams automatically advance to the national race, but Dickie was the fifth individual to finish in the South Regional race. Dickie and Nebraska sophomore Ann Gaffigan were the at-large selections based on having the highest finishes in their respective regionals without earning an automatic bid.
The 2001 season marks the second straight year that Dickie has made the NCAA Championship field as an individual. In 2000, she won the NCAA South Regional and earned the South Region Athlete of the Year honor. She went on to finish 29th at the NCAA Championships to notch the first All-America honors of her career.
Already in 2001, Dickie has garnered All-Southeastern Conference and All-Region accolades. She finished third at the SEC Championships for the second consecutive season and helped her Tennessee team to a runner-up finish despite suffering from stress fractures in her shins.
"It is exciting that Sharon has the opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships," Lady Vol cross country coach Rodney Rothoff said. "She definitely deserves to be running in the national championship race again as she has worked extremely hard this season and has overcome several injuries. With all of the obstacles she has faced, this probably means more to her this year than last year. Now she has the opportunity to become an All-American for the second straight season and show that her hard work has paid off."
The 6,000-meter NCAA Championship race will be run on Nov. 19 at the Furman University Golf Course in Greenville, S.C., with the women's competition slated for a 12:15 p.m. start.
UT volleyball squad suspends six players for policy violation
Published: Thu Nov 15, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:55 p.m.