Tuesday Tidbits for September 27
The EMU volleyball team opened MAC play with a 3-1 loss at Western Michigan, but recovered with a 3-1 win at Northern Illinois, ending the Huskies’ four-match winning streak. Senior libero Haley Stein was named the MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week, her first such honor of the season and third of her career. The Eastern Echo ran profiles this week on Stein and Carolyn Steger. Thursday night the team will play at Central Michigan, before returning home for a Saturday night match against Ohio.
Men’s cross country did not compete this week. Terefe Ejigu was named the MAC Runner of the Week for the second time this season, for his first place finish at the Spartan Invitational. This Friday afternoon, the team will run at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.
The EMU women’s soccer team not only extended their 8-game losing streak with losses at Ohio and at Akron — EMU’s record is 0-8-1, and 0-2 in the MAC — but have now gone five straight games without scoring. For the season they’ve been outscored 20-4, and one more loss will guarantee them a losing season. They’ll host Kent State this Friday at 4 PM and Buffalo on Sunday at 1 PM.
In the Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster, EMU’s women’s cross country team finished eighth — last — behind Arkansas, #19 West Virginia, San Francisco, Columbia, #29 Toledo, Baylor, and Ohio State. Freshman Victoria Voronko had EMU’s best finish, in 21st place. The team will race in the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, this Saturday.
Midway through the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, EMU’s men’s golf team is in ninth place (out of twelve). Sophomore Jared Dalga led the Eagles in the first round with a two under-par 142 (72-70), tyeing him for fifth place. The tournament will conclude today.
It’s not uncommon for lower-profile teams to hold open tryouts, but in NCAA Division I basketball it’s pretty rare. Probably triggered by the need for bodies, with several transferring players ineligible this season, the EMU men’s basketball team will hold an open tryout Tuesday, October 11, from 6 to 8 PM in the Convo. Interested students must attend an informational meeting Thursday, October 6, at 6 PM, and bring a valid health insurance card as proof of insurance as well as medical records for anything relevant such as an MRI, surgery of any kind, rehab, or any other significant injury.
We don’t cover club sports regularly, but as a reminder that they do exist, EMU’s men’s soccer club team beat Indiana University-South Bend 6-2, in South Bend.
According to the Free Press, “the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association presented its 2011 Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award to John Fountain, former play-by-play voice of Eastern Michigan University football and basketball on WEMU.” Fountain started his EMU career in 1966 as sports information director, and broadcast more than 300 EMU football games. As Vice President for University Relations in the early 1980s, he instituted the “Fountain Plan”, which capped EMU General Fund support for athletics at $1.5 million in 1981-82 and led to EMU sponsoring more sports than any other MAC school.
I have no idea why they covered this, or why they ran it when they did, but the York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record has a profile of Dean Rockwell, a 1935 MSNC graduate who, according to Stephen A. Ambrose, “…made the single-most important command decision of any junior officer on D-Day by ordering his landing craft flotilla to keep their ramps up and drive onto Omaha Beach to deposit their tanks.” Rockwell subsequently coached the US Greco-Roman wrestling team at the 1964 Olympics. The long-time Ypsilantian apparently frequented the Washtenaw Avenue Big Boy (I’m assuming the one closer to Ypsi) for breakfast, and died in 2005 at the age of 93.