Vikings for the Win!

As the trees are shedding their fall leaves, the busy athletic weekends are winding down at Berry College. The campus has been buzzing as students spent time enjoying the competitive nature of the Southern Athletic Association. 

The volleyball team finished their most successful season in the Berry College NCAA Division III era with an undefeated (14-0) conference season as well as winning the SAA conference title at home. Advancing all the way to the NCAA Sweet 16 and regional championship game for the first time in program history only to fall to Emory University. 

Led by “South Region Coach of the Year” Caitlyn Moriarty, the team also placed three players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America radar. Senior Hannah Kate Thompson became the first Viking in program history to earn second team honors. Sophomores Carson VanCampen and Emily Hancock were named All-America honorable mentions. 

The football team finished their most successful season this fall going undefeated (10-0) in the regular season. By earning their first ever top 25 ranking in only their fifth season, the No. 18 Vikings earned an automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs. Their record-shattering season came to a close (Nov. 26) when the Vikings fell to No. 4 St. Thomas University in the second round of NCAA Division III playoffs. 

Both for the second straight year, head football coach Tony Kunczewski was named the SAA Coach-of-the-Year and senior defensive lineman Mamadou Soumahoro earned SAA Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors. Numerous Vikings earned first and second team recognition. For more information visit:

The men’s soccer team finished their season fourth in the conference with five All-Conference selections including junior Alec Jones and seniors Caleb Ford and Jake Williamson on first team and juniors Steven Moore and Carson Oakes earning honorable mentions. Longtime head men’s Coach Richard Vardy earned his 200 career victory in early October. 

The women’s soccer team finished fifth in the conference. Four of the Lady Vikings earned All-Conference honors including senior Michala Bibbins with first team honors, junior Megan Radosta on second team and senior Jackie McGivney and junior Samantha Schoppy earning honorable mention.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams earned third place finishes at the SAA championships. The runners then competed in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championship with sophomore Abby Carroll, senior Alainna Chretien and sophomore Meredith Herman being named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Region list. Chretien and Carroll will go on to compete at nationals.

Written by Public Relations Student Alexi Bell. Photos by Staff Photographer Brant Sanderlin, and Berry Athletics.