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Millsaps Major Fall Sports: Pre-Conference Preview

Majors Volleyball

The Majors Volleyball squad has faced ups and downs this year. Fifteen games into their conference schedule, they post a 7-15 record. The Majors, despite dropping some games, they have been competitive in every contest that they have played. Their hard work and resiliency has led to wins over quality opponents such as the University of Dallas and Rhodes College – their first conference victory.

The Majors are led by their upperclassmen trio of Hannah Mattke, Alyssa Jolly, and Bre Reed. The Majors bring a host of experienced talent as well as adding some new faces into their rotation such as Pensacola, Florida native, Mallory Richardson and Starkville, Mississippi native, Zoe Elder.

Looking at the roster, the Majors are not a team that overwhelms opponents with size, but their skill, athleticism, and cerebral attack make for an exciting viewing anytime they come into the gym. The Majors go into the conference tournament with a record of 7-15 and will face the No. 2 ranked team in the SAA, the Birmingham Southern Panthers. The Majors are coming off a big homecoming weekend win at home against the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels in an instant classic on their senior day. The Majors look to carry this momentum into the conference tournament to upset the Panthers and put themselves in position to steal a Conference Title.

Majors Football

The Majors Football team is coming off a tough homecoming weekend loss to Rhodes. The Majors look to get back on the winning side of things as they are sitting on a 3-4 record going into a week 9 matchup against a tough Berry College squad on their home turf.

Through seven games, the Majors have posted a 3-4 overall record, with a loss to Belhaven, a 27-14 win over McMurry University of Abilene, Texas, a tough loss to Wisconsin, Oshkosh, a huge win over Sewanee, another victory over Hendrix, a 0-28 defeat to Birmingham-Southern, and a thrashing by Rhodes College. The Majors have relied heavily on sophomore quarterback Brody Davis. This season, Davis has posted 1,494 yards, scored nine touchdowns, and has completed over 50 percent of his passes. Davis looks to star senior wideouts, Moise Tezzo and Nic Hayes to make plays for him. The Majors young receivers have also been productive this year in Temias Mason and Xavion Butler.

On the defensive the side of the ball, senior captain and defensive back, Nick Ojunta sees a plethora of snaps for the Majors and is an outspoken leader of the defense. Another key contributor to look out for is junior D-lineman, Jalen Shead. The Majors will look to utilize their leaders on both sides of the ball as they continue their conference schedule on the road with Berry College on October 29th at 1pm. Go Majors!

Majors Men’s Soccer

The Majors Men’s Soccer team is primed and ready for the conference gauntlet that the SAA presents. Although the Majors post a 2-13-2 record, the competition they have been facing over their non-conference schedule has been nothing short of fierce. They have faced tough NAIA programs such as Tougaloo and Blue Mountain College. They have also faced two solid ASC schools out of East Texas – ETBU and Letourneau.

The Majors are under new leadership with coach Warren Russ at the helm. Russ comes to the Majors with valuable experience at the D2 level and he has bought that intensity and work ethic with him to Millsaps. The Majors have been visibly more physical and mentally tough throughout the ups and downs of their season.

Senior defender and captain, Kaleb Newton is a force to be reckoned with if you’re an opposing team. He is joined by players like fellow Louisiana natives, Jacks Dowdy and junior mid-fielder Brandon Benn. The combo provides speed for the Majors on attacks with Michael Tymkiw being another key player on offense.

The Majors have an exciting mix of young talent as well as experienced veterans so be sure to check them out in their first SAA matchup on the road against Rhodes on the Millsaps sports net! Their next game will be a conference tournament showdown on October 28th against Rhodes College, Go Majors!

Majors Women’s Soccer

The Majors Women’s Soccer team has made a huge improvement this year, already collecting two non-conference wins on the season as well as notching ties with Letorneau and Oglethorpe Universities. They are currently in a bit of a slump, losing three in a row and falling to a 2-9-2 record. The Majors find themselves relying on a

few new faces in their starting lineup to go along with the experienced returners that they rotate as well.

Some freshmen have been emerging as key contributors to this year’s squad. Freshman goalkeeper, Emily Lozano was awarded SAA Defensive Player of the Week Honors for the week of September 6- September 11. Some other key newcomers include Alexa Dubrow and Alyssa Hearn. They are accompanied by some solid returners such as Onyx Magno, Riley Ely, and Hannah Johnson.

The team is also under new leadership with first year coach, Dakota Rock at the helm. Rock has brought this program back to being fierce and aggressive on both sides of the ball. The Majors will have showdown with crosstown rival, Belhaven, on October 25, come out and support!