Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Volleyballers Take One for a Sister Team

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Volleyballers Take One for a Sister Team

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | The College of Coastal Georgia women's volleyball team lost 81-33 Saturday to Auburn University at Montgomery.

Those who know volleyball think that's not possible. Matches are best two out of three games, so the final score looks like soccer, 3-1, 3-1 and sometimes 2-0.

But they weren't playing volleyball. Eight of the Mariner volleyball players took the long bus ride to Montgomery to play basketball with the only three women's basketball players left eligible to play in the final regular season game.

Here's what happened during what Coastal Georgia Athletic Director William "Bee" Carlton called "a real weird week."

The team had just been in Montgomery Thursday to play Faulkner University. Already down to seven players because of injuries and some discipline issues, the team made a great comeback to make it close. But with just seconds left on the clock, tempers flared and a couple of Coastal Georgia women and two Faulkner women had a throwdown. A couple of Coastal Georgia women came off the bench to help restore order, but peacemakers aren't always blessed even at Faulkner, a Christian university where women apparently smiteth back rather than turneth the other cheek. Try naming a team that hasn't had some scuffles and ejections.

The refs ejected four women from each team and Coastal Georgia's four-game winning streak was over with a 45-44 loss. But that's not the worst part. The rules say if you fight on the court, you're suspended for the next two games, and if you come off the bench you sit the next game. That left Coastal with three players.

It looked like a forfeit and when Auburn Montgomery head coach Dan Davis heard about it, his heart sank.

"I thought, 'Oh man. Senior Day,' " he said.

In that final regular season came, the team would honor seniors Jatoria Carter, Reggotta Craig and Marren Schwartz.

Davis started trying to figure out an alternative, but Carlton, in telling him about being down to three players also said, "Let me see what I can do. …

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