After this morning’s depressing news about the women’s basketball team, let’s start the Tuesday Tidbits off with one of the best stories in EMU athletics this year.
After a rough spell a week ago, the volleyball team has resumed their winning ways, first with a 3-0 sweep of Youngstown State in the Eagles’ home opener last Tuesday, then a tough 3-2 win over Central Michigan (6-8; 0-2 MAC) on Thursday, and finally a 3-0 sweep of Kent State (7-10; 0-2 MAC) on Saturday. With those wins, EMU is now 14-3, and off to a 2-0 start in the MAC. Tonight, the Eagles take a quick break from MAC play, heading to Dayton to face the 6-8 Wright State Raiders, then plays at Toledo (5-8; 0-2 MAC) on Friday and at Ball State (11-3; 1-1 MAC) on Saturday.
The EMU men’s cross country team took home first place at the Western International Cross Country Invite in London, Ontario. Eagle runners finished second (sophomore Terefe Ejigu), third (senior Matt Hammersmith), fourth (freshman Harry Dixon), and fifth (sophomore James Hughes) in the 10 kilometer race. The team have little time to rest on their laurels, however, since this Friday they’ll be heading to the Notre Dame Invitational, which is expected to include many of the top runners in the country.
The EMU women’s soccer team’s offensive woes carried over into their first MAC game, in which they played Ohio to a 0-0 tie on Friday. You may recall that Friday afternoon was quite windy, and the weather caused problems for the athletes on both sides. According to EMU coach Scott Hall,
“This is the second game here at home, and both times we’ve played we’ve had to deal with 30 mile-per-hour winds, it seems like…It’s tough to play in these situations. It doesn’t allow us to play like we want to, but it’s something both teams have to worry about, not just us.”
However, the Eagles finally found their offense Sunday afternoon, beating Akron 4-1. The Eagles, now 4-5-2 (1-0-1 MAC) will wrap up a three-game homestand this Friday at 4 pm against Bowling Green before returning to the road for a game at Miami University this Sunday at noon.
If you’re insanely optimistic — with an emphasis on insanely — you might be interested to know that tickets to the MAC Championship football game, Friday, December 3, at Ford Field are now on sale. Only the lower level will be used, and prices range from $10 to $20.
In more realistic football news, kickoff for the October 9 game at Vanderbilt has been set for 7 pm Eastern Time (Nashville, Tennessee, is in the Central time zone, so it will be 6 pm there). As someone who grew up in the South — not the Deep South, mind you, but the South nonetheless — I continue to be disappointed by the scarcity of night games in the Midwest, and I’m glad EMU has a second night game this year, even though they’re going to Tennessee to play it.