Tuesday Tidbits will take a rainy Monday for good weekend weather every time
The EMU volleyball team tore through the Robert Morris Invitational, winning each of their three matches in straight sets. In fact, only one set, the second against host Robert Morris, was even close. Paige Roback was named the tournament MVP, and Kristen Baker and Haley Stein were also named to the All-Tournament Team. The Eagles take a 12-2 record into the start of the MAC schedule this weekend, when they travel to Western Michigan (Friday night) and Northern Illinois (Saturday night).
The men’s cross country team ran at the Spartan Invitational Friday. EMU junior Terefe Ejigu won the race, which was not scored as a team event. The Eagles will have this weekend off, returning to action September 30 at the Notre Dame Invitational. After having the week off from competition, women’s cross country will run in the Toledo Bubble Buster this Friday.
EMU’s women’s soccer home opener on Friday went no better than the six road games that preceded it. The Eagles were outscored 3-0 by the Illinois State Redbirds, and have now been shut out in four of their seven games. This weekend EMU begins MAC play at Ohio (3-5) on Friday afternoon, then at Akron (3-3) on Sunday. Neither is necessarily great, but they’re probably both better than the Eagles. On the other hand, EMU is probably going to find a way to win sooner or later, and there’s no good reason it couldn’t be one of these games.
The women’s tennis team opened their season over the weekend at Ohio State University’s Muirfield Clay Court Invitational, where the doubles team of Miriam Westerink and Nino Mebuke finished as runners-up to a pair from Akron. In two weeks the team will take to the court again for the MAC Preview in Kalamazoo.
The EMU wrestling and gymnastics teams recently announced their 2011-12 schedules. The wrestling schedule will include six home meets, beginning with the 20th annual EMU Open on November 5, and concluding with the MAC Championship at Ohio on March 3-4, and the NCAA Championship March 15-17 if anyone qualifies. The gymnastics schedule will have nine home meets, and will run from January 20 (at Kent State) to March 17 (at Bowling Green).
EMU’s baseball team recently picked up a verbal commitment from Michael Marsinek, a senior lefty pitcher from Walsh Jesuit, in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. As a junior, Marsinek posted a 1.12 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 43 innings, going 8-0 and leading the Walsh Jesuit Warriors inERA, strikeouts, and wins. He was named to the All-Ohio first team and was the Cuyahoga River Baseball Conference Pitcher of the Year for 2011.
Meanwhile, former EMU pitcher Matt Shoemaker (2005-08) has made the roster of the 2011 US World Cup/Pan-Am Team. Shoemaker played most of 2011 with the Arkansas Travelers, a farm team for the Angels, and he was named the 2011 Pitcher of the Year for the Texas League, in which the Travelers compete.
Finally, The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy wrote a nice article about new EMU Director of Basketball Operations Victoria Sun. Although it’s common for the position to be filled by a young person with coaching aspirations, Rob Murphy wanted someone with more of an interest in an athletics director career track, and he appears to have that in Sun, who is now one of the very few women on a Division I men’s basketball team’s staff.