Beyond the Scoreboard: Two days, five wins for UNC Asheville athletics

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Kevin Vannatta scored 23 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 84-68 win over Liberty on Sunday.  (Photo credit: UNC Asheville)

A convincing win by the UNC Asheville men’s basketball team at Liberty on Sunday capped a strong weekend for Bulldog athletics, with four teams capturing a total of five wins without a loss.

*Coach Nick McDevitt’s basketball squad blitzed Liberty with a barrage of 3-pointers in an 84-68 win over the Flames.

Asheville (12-9, 5-3) connected on 15 of-24 3-pointers (62 percent), a season high. In the first half, the Bulldogs’ made 11-of-15 from long range, highlighted by a strong start of eight treys in their first nine attempts.

Kevin Vannatta and Ahmad Thomas led the team with 23 points each.

*Also on Sunday, the men’s tennis team posted a 7-0 shutout for the second straight day to open its season 2-0 under coach Tom Hand.

The Bulldogs beat Mars Hill 7-0 a day after knocking off Lenoir-Rhyne by the same score. Oli Nolan won his singles matches by scores of 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

*The women’s basketball team continued its recent surge with a 70-48 win at Winthrop on Saturday, the team’s fourth straight win in Big South Conference play.

In their bid to reach the NCAA tournament for a third straight season, coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick’s squad got a career-high 20 points and 17 rebounds from Bronanza Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs (8-9, 5-1) are tied for second place, one game behind leader High Point.

*Coach Elizabeth Lykins’ swimming team won its final road meet of the season Saturday, knocking off Brenau 161-94. The Bulldogs won 15 of 16 events as they prepare for their final regular-season meet, at home Friday and Saturday vs. North Florida. A ceremony honoring the seniors will be held Saturday morning.

*The track and field team didn’t win the Keydet Invitational this weekend at Lexington, Va., but the 4X400 meter indoor team set a school record. Tyree McFalling, Matthew Barrera, Matthew Harding and Hunter Koike set the mark with a time of 3:19.38.