Elsa Eckenrod and Libby Gardner set to take on Spain in June

Elsa Eckenrod and Libby Gardner set to take on Spain in June

A pair of Maryville College women's basketball players will be gaining international experience in Spain this summer as part of the Beyond Sports Tours program.


Rising junior Elsa Eckenrod and rising senior Libby Gardner will each tour Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia from June 3-13.


Eckenrod, an education major from McMinnville, Tennessee, is excited about the local camps the tour will facilitate. "Anytime I can work with kids and share my passion for the sport of basketball is a positive," Elsa stated. "To do this while experiencing another culture has me extremely excited about the opportunity."


In only a pair of seasons in the orange and garnet, this talented shooting guard has played 53 games shooting over 35% from the floor. Her 314 career points averages 5.9 per game while bringing down 220 career boards averaging 4.2 career rebounds per game.


This dynamic duo is eager to learn more insight from other coaches and players while preparing for next season with the Scots.


Gardner, a guard from Maryville, Tennessee, has played in 81 games during the past three seasons in Maryville. This slashing point guard has dished out 289 career assists while recording 113 career steals on defense. She has over 500 points for her career shooting over 34% from the floor.


Libby is a business management major with aspirations of managing her own business. She is excited that this trip will expose her to new cultures while broadening her global mindset to assist her personal growth in the business field. On the court, Libby is excited to test her basketball skills against players from all over the world.


"This trip is going to be great, not only for Libby and Elsa, but for our entire program," stated Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian.  "I think it offers Libby and Elsa the opportunity to hear a different voice, to play in a different system, and to play with a talented group of teammates.  They will also grow by playing against international competition because they will see different styles of play and see how far-reaching our game really is.  Who knows?  Someone in Spain might have a great prospect for our program!"   


The Maryville College women's basketball program that has been led by Darrin Travillian for the past nine seasons. Travillian's squads have posted an amazing 193-61 career mark while going 92-16 in USA South Athletic Conference challenges over the past seven years. The program boasts eight Great South Athletic Conference titles, four USA South regular-season crowns, and a USA South tournament championship in 2015-16. MC's women's basketball has sent 22 squads to the NCAA post-season tournament, five under the direction of Coach Travillian.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.