Tuesday Tidbits: Everything but football
The EMU volleyball team continues to excel, no doubt confounding the MAC coaches who picked the Eagles to finish last in the West Division. Last Tuesday, in their penultimate non-conference game, the Eagles swept the Wright State Raiders 3-0, the eleventh 3 set sweep in their twenty games played. Friday they won 3-1 at MAC West opponent Toledo. Saturday, EMU wrapped up the road trip with a 0-3 loss at Ball State, which dropped the Eagles from sole possession of the MAC West lead into a four-way tie. EMU is now 16-4, and 3-1 in the MAC, heading into a five game homestand. Tonight they host the Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons, also known as the “Volleydons”. This weekend the Eagles will have two key games that will start to break up the tie at the top of the MAC West, hosting Western Michigan ((12-5, 3-1 MAC) Friday night and Northern Illinois (17-2, 3-1 MAC) Saturday night. The homestand will conclude October 15 and 16 with intradivisional MAC games against Miami (6-11, 1-3 MAC) and Bowling Green (6-12, 1-3 MAC), and then the Eagles will be back on the road.
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello continues to lead the way for EMU, and for the second time in four weeks, she was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week. By my math, Iaquaniello is currently on pace to graduate with over 1700 kills, easily surpassing Roxanne Munch’s 1537, set from 1986-89. In fact, at her current pace, she’ll end this year just shy of 15th on the all-time list, and will be about 4th or 5th on the list by the end of her junior year.
Three teams released their 2010-11 schedules this week.
EMU’s defending MAC champion men’s track and field list 10 indoor meets from January through early March, and 9 outdoor meets from April through June. The indoor meets are mostly close to home, with five in Michigan, three in South Bend, Indiana, the MAC Indoor Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, and one short trip to Madison, Wisconsin. The outdoor meets will involve more travel; three are in Michigan and one is in Toledo, but there are also longer trips to Tennessee, Florida.
The EMU wrestling team, which finished fifth in the MAC last year, will start their season at home for the EMU Open on November 6, and the regular season will run through February, followed by the MAC championships March 4 and 5, and the NCAA championships March 17-20.
I almost missed it what with the NCAA violations, but the EMU women’s basketball team also announced their 2010-11 schedule. I’ll probably do some kind of season preview on them later this month, but there are several key points on the schedule: after two exhibition games (10/29, Saginaw Valley State; 11/3, Northwood) the women will open the regular season at home (11/12, Loyola-Chicago)for the first time in three years, on 11/14 the Eagles will travel to Ohio State, from 11/19 through 11/21 they will travel to Hawaii for the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic, and in December they will close out non-conference play with a five-game homestand. In February, the women’s basketball team will play three doubleheaders in the Convocation Center with the men’s team: on 2/5 the women will face Buffalo at 2 pm followed by a men’s game versus Miami University at 4:30; on 2/12 the women will face Bowling Green at 2 pm followed by a men’s game against Buffalo at 4:30; on 2/19 the women will face Northern Illinois at 2 pm followed by a men’s game in the ESPN BracketBuster at 4:30.
EMU’s ice hockey team, who compete in Division I of the ACHA, have announced that they will play on December 8 in Michigan Stadium. The 8:30 pm game against UM-Dearborn comes three days before Michigan plays Michigan State in “The Big Chill at The Big House”.
After leading 1-0 at the half, the EMU women’s soccer team outshot Bowling Green in the second half to hang on for a 6-4 win on Friday. The 10 goals scored marked a record at Scicluna Field. Then on Sunday, despite being outshot 25-15, the Eagles battled to a 1-1 tie with the Miami RedHawks, who lead the MAC East Division. EMU is now 5-5-3, 2-0-2 in the MAC, which puts them in third place in the West Division, behind Toledo and Central Michigan, both of which are 4-0-0 in conference play this year. This weekend the Eagles will head to Kent State (1-6-4, 0-3-1 MAC) on Friday and then to Buffalo (1-10-1, 0-3-1 MAC) on Sunday.
The EMU women’s cross country team finished fourteenth out of twenty teams — many of which are nationally ranked — in the Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin. Sophomore Courtney Calka led the Eagles, as she has in every race this year and last year, finishing in tenth place.
Meanwhile, the EMU men’s cross country team took first place at the Notre Dame Invitational, their third consecutive first-place finish. Sophomore Terefe Ejugu led all EMU runners, finishing in second, while senior Matt Hammersmith finished fourth, freshman Harry Dixon finished eighth, and junior Austin Hendrix finished tenth. This Friday, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will be close to home for the Michigan Intercollegiate, hosted by Oakland University.