Tuesday Tidbits: the best of the rest
The EMU women’s golf team wrapped up their fall season with a second-place finish (out of 15) in the Pat Bradley Invitational. Meredith Fairbairn led the Eagles to finish in fourth place, while Alyssa Kwon and Sarah Johnson were not far behind, in eighth and ninth respectively. The team will be off for the next four months, resuming competition in late-February.
The volleyball team continues to blow through their competition. Over the weekend they defeated Buffalo and Akron, each in straight sets. The Eagles now have a six-game win streak, five of which have come in straight sets. Their home stand continues this weekend as they host Northern Illinois Friday night and Western Michigan Saturday night. Both games are must-wins, since the Broncos and Huskies are tied for second place in the MAC standings, while EMU is one game behind, in a three-way tie for fourth with Ohio and Central Michigan. The Toledo Blade has a profile of Toledo native Paige Roback.
The women’s soccer team came into the weekend needing to sweep their remaining games and possibly get some help to make the MAC tournament. The Eagles got the help they needed, as both Akron and Miami, in eighth and ninth place, lost, but weren’t able to keep their end. After thumping Ball State 5-1 on Friday (matching their entire offensive output for August and September in just one game!), EMU narrowly lost to Toledo on Sunday. Amazingly, they can still sneak into eighth place and a tournament spot if they win when they host defending MAC champion Central Michigan on Thursday, AND Akron loses, AND Miami loses, but all that seems pretty unlikely. Realistically, EMU’s 2011 women’s soccer season will end this Thursday at Scicluna Field. (Correction: EMU needs a win, AND a loss or tie by Akron, AND a loss or tie by Miami.)
The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the EMU Fall Classic on Friday. No team scores were kept, and both Eagle squads were without their top runners, who were resting for this Saturday’s MAC Championship in Muncie. On the men’s side, EMU alum Curtis Vollmar finished third, Warren Witchell finished sixth, James Hughes was ninth, and Harry Dixon tenth. Tiffany Kincaid led the EMU women with a 21st-place finish. Grzegorz Kalinowski, Victoria Voronko, Courtney Calka, and defending men’s MAC champion Tereje Ejigu were among the resting athletes. For her performance the week prior, Voronko was again named the MAC Runner of the Week.
The men’s swimming and diving team began their 2011-12 season at home in Jones Natatorium against Northwestern University. The Eagles have been MAC Champions 29 of the last 33 years, and hope to return to the top after coming up just short last year. Unfortunately, Northwestern proved more than they could handle, with EMU winning just five of sixteen events, for a 165-160 loss. The Eagles’ next meet will be against Oakland University, again in Jones Natatorium, on Saturday, November 12. This Saturday, the EMU women’s swimming and diving team will begin their season with a dual meet at home against Ohio University.
In what can only be called a disappointing showing, the USA women’s basketball team finished seventh (of eight) at the Pan-American Games, having never previously finished below third. Tavelyn James finished as the team’s #2 scorer, with just 9.8 points per game. In better news, the baseball team, featuring EMU alumnus Matt Shoemaker, upset defending champion Cuba yesterday, and is currently (as I type) playing Canada for the gold medal.