Pacers rally to beat Jaguars
In Aiken, USC Aiken had to rally against Augusta University to keep its winning streak alive on Friday night.
The Pacers, who lead the Peach Belt Conference with a perfect record, lost the first set 25-21. They won the second 25-17, the third in a marathon, 33-31, and the fourth set 25-19.
Alie Smith had 18 kills and Emily Teelon had 43 assists for the Pacers, who have won 14 in a row after losing their first two matches of the season. They are 6-0 in the Peach Belt.
Augusta University, which played without star McKenzey Beck, led led by Savanna Gonzales with 11 kills and Brooklyn Holthaus with 23 assists. The Jaguars are 10-6, 3-3 PBC.
Teen powers US to victory
In Orlando, Fla., teenage star Christian Pulisic scored with a brilliant touch to complete a field-length attack just eight minutes in, then split the defense with a pass that set up Jozy Altidore for the first of the forward’s two goals and put the United States back on track for next year’s World Cup with a 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday night.
The U.S. ended a three-match winless streak in qualifying and with 12 points and moved two points ahead of Panama into third place – the last automatic berth – in the North and Central American and Caribbean region.
The roof on Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open for MLS Atlanta United’s final regular-season game against Toronto FC on Oct. 22, weather permitting, and will be closed for all other events this year, including remaining Atlanta Falcons home games.
The unique retractable roof on the $1.5 billion stadium has been an issue in the first year of the facility. The roof was open for the Falcons’ first home regular-season game against Green Bay on Sept. 17 but was closed for last Sunday’s game against Buffalo.
The management group for Arthur Blank, who owns the Falcons and the expansion Atlanta United team, said in a statement on Friday the “sequencing” of ongoing work to fully automate the roof will allow it to be open for the Oct. 22 Atlanta United game.
AU men win fourth in a row
In Milledgeville, Ga., the Augusta University men won the Bobcat Invitational for their fourth consecutive victory of the season, and the Jaguar women finished second.
The Jags’ Daniel Broadhead won the individual title in the 8K for the third race in a row, with a time of 25:10.5 in the 177-man race.
In the women’s meet, Augusta University’s Lara Way led the Jaguars with a fifth-place finish with a time of 22:50.0 in the 6K race.
USC Aiken finished 14th behind Bethany Fordham, who finished 43rd with a time of 6:46.1.
Jaguars will take on Tigers
Augusta University will play at Clemson in an exhibition game on Nov. 2, according to the schedule on the team’s website.
The Jaguars threw a scare into Wichita State last year in an exhibition game before losing 73-67.
Augusta University opens the regular season on Nov. 10 against Mount Olive in the Barton College Classic.