ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Kerley brothers, Railsplitters win Independent Volleyball Association championship |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Kerley brothers, Railsplitters win Independent Volleyball Association championship

Brothers Logan and Lucas Kerley, a pair of Nevada Union graduates, helped the Lincoln Memorial University men’s volleyball team win its second straight Independent Volleyball Association Tournament Championship last week.

The Railsplitters from Lincoln Memorial (Harrogate, Tennessee) were the top seed in the tourney and went on to best No. 4 seed Daemen in straight sets in the semis and sweep Queens University of Charlotte in the title game.

Logan Kerley, a 2015 NU grad, tallied six kills and six digs in the win over Daemen. He then notched six kills and two digs in the win over Queens. For the season, Logan Kerley was fourth on the team in both kills (110) and digs (71).

Lucas Kerley, a 2017 NU grad, appeared in seven matches during the season, but did not play during the IVA tourney.

Lincoln Memorial, an NCAA Division II school, finished the season with a school record 18 wins.


Matt Lopez, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Sierra College baseball team swept its three-game series with Folsom Lake College last week.

Lopez, a sophomore first baseman, went 5-for-15 from the plate with a double, an RBI and four runs scored. For the season, Lopez has started all 35 of Sierra’s games, is batting .401, has five home runs, 41 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

Sierra (28-7, 16-5) competes in the California Community College Athletic Association’s Big 8 Conference.

Dalton Maxwell, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, and the Menlo College Oaks had a rough week, dropping seven straight, three of which came against Arizona Christian University and four at the hands of William Jessup University.

Maxwell, a senior second baseman, continued his strong season at the plate, going 6-for-12 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in the series with Arizona Christian. He was 3-for-15 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored in the four-game set with William Jessup.

For the season, Maxwell is batting .357 with 14 doubles, 25 RBIs and 22 runs scored.

Fellow Nevada Union graduate Ryan McCarthy (2013) took to the mound for Menlo in the first game of the William Jessup series.

The righty pitched 3.1 innings in relief, allowed two hits and no runs while striking out five. He did not figure into the decision.

For the season, McCarthy has appeared in seven games, has started two, is 1-2 overall and has a 1.23 ERA.

Menlo (11-25, 7-21) is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Andrew Schnitzius, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, and the No. 17 Lyon College Scots won two out of three against Hannibal-Lagrange University last week.

Schnitzius, a junior catcher, played in the second game of the series, a 29-9 victory, and notched four RBIs.

For the season, Schnitzius has played in 23 of the team’s 46 games, has 18 starts, is batting .317 and has 26 RBIs.

Lyon (33-13, 17-7) is a NAIA school which competes in the American Midwest Conference.

Garrett O’Callaghan, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, pitched well but took the loss in his only outing for Holy Names University last week.

O’Callaghan, a senior left-handed hurler, pitched 5.2 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, one of which was earned, and struck out five, but took the loss after the Hawks fell 4-1.

For the season, O’Callaghan is 3-3 overall in nine starts with 55 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA.

Holy Names (13-22, 8-12) is a Division II school that competes in the Pacific West Conference.

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