Fans Get Preview of 2018 Team in Final Fall Scrimmage

Jim Juno 8/25/2018 | Football

Fans of Virginia Union University football received a glimpse of the 2018 team as the Panthers staged their final pre-season scrimmage on Saturday, August 25, in Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

VUU's Darius Taylor started the game at quarterback, but all three quarterbacks on the roster saw action, with E'mond Caldwell and Kahlil Wright taking snaps in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Taylor and Wright tossed touchdown passes in the game which saw the offensive squad come away with a 24-23 win.

Virginia Union kicks off the regular season against Seton Hill University at 1:00 p.m. at Hovey Field in Richnmond, Va.
VUU-WSSU Game to be Part of ESPN D-II Showcase  Jim Juno

8/25/2018 | Football

The NCAA has announced that the Virginia Union University-Winston-Salem State University football game will be broadcast as part of the network's Division II Football Showcase at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, in Winston-Salem, N.C.

19 regular-season football games will be showcased on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as part of a new media agreement intended to promote the division on several platforms throughout the academic year.

The first 19 games of the football showcase are predetermined games, 17 of which are conference matchups. An additional three flex games - intended to highlight crucial matchups - will be finalized later in the season and played in November.

The VUU-WSSU game is the only CIAA game included in the schedule.

The game means that Virginia Union football will be featured on a national television broadcast twice this season. The VUU-Bowie State game on October 20 will be broadcast nationally by the AspireTV network.

"Division II student-athletes will continue to see their successes highlighted on a national stage in the new broadcast agreement," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "We are excited to continue to collaborate with ESPN to promote regular-season games. We are also excited to offer a hybrid model that could include linear and online distribution. Fans will have the chance to watch student-athletes who achieve success both on and off the field and participate in Division II's Life in the Balance collegiate experience."

Of the teams competing in the slate of games, 14 appeared in the 2017 Division II playoffs, and 15 begin the 2018 season ranked in the top 25 of the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll.

"The football showcase has an outstanding slate of games," said Reid Amos, chair of the Division II Football Committee and commissioner of the Mountain East Conference. "We have the opportunity to continue to highlight our exciting brand of football in NCAA Division II, culminating with the championship in December."

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers via ESPN.com and on smartphones, tablets and streaming devices through the ESPN app. The network currently is available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It also is available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
 
Howard Men’s Soccer On The Road at LaSalle

Bison look to keep the momentum going against Explorers

Derek W. Bryant

(Photo Credit – Rodney Pierce)

WASHINGTON (August 27, 2018) – After grabbing a come-from-behind victory against Bryant, Coach Phillip Gyau and the Howard University Men’s Soccer team travel to the City of Brotherly Love where the LaSalle Explorers await. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action via live stats.

LAST TIMEOUT

Friday (Aug. 24), the Bison opened its 2018 campaign in style with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs at Greene Stadium. With the win, HU picked up its first season opening victory in seven years.

"This is only the beginning," said Gyau after Friday’s victory. "We're looking forward to good things this season, but again, this is only the beginning. HU [Howard] is rising."

Howard outshot the Bulldogs, 10-8, with senior Victor Guirma (New Paltz, N.Y.) and junior Andres Gomez (Silver Spring, Md.) each registering a goal in the victory.

Defensively, junior Carlos Caro (Silver Spring, Md.) earned three saves in the win.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

Howard opened the season 1-0 for the first time in seven years, dating back to 2011. Coach Gyau and the Bison look to keep the momentum going as they continue to prepare for league play, which begins Oct. 6 versus George Southern at Greene Stadium. In the first match, HU picked up the intense in the latter part of the first half, thanks to their reserves. For now, the Bison seemed have addressed their two challenges from a year ago: inability to score and depth.

LaSalle begins its 2018 campaign against the Bison where they finished 8-9-1 (3-5 A-10) overall a year ago. Last week, the Explorers were predicted to place 10th in the conference preseason poll. Head coach Rob Irvine enters his third season at the helm where he brings back several key contributors, including sophomore Soji Olatoye and senior Cameron Keys. Both men missed majority of last year due to injury.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

On Sept. 5, Howard concludes its brief two-match road swing in nearby Annapolis where they will face Navy. Game-time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Hawks close out Chicago trip as Bryant sweeps
Early runs by Bulldogs key to their victory

MATT MCCANN

CHICAGO, Illinois — Maryland Eastern Shore struggled again in their nightcap match with the Bryant Bulldogs. Early runs by Bryant was the key as the Hawks were swept for the second straight match (11-25, 20-25, 16-25) to round out the weekend at the UIC Invitational.
For the second straight match, senior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) led the contest in kills with 14 over 38 attempts. Babic also tied freshman Mauri Carver (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) with a pair of block assists.
Other top performers include junior Ivana Blazevic (Zagreb, Croatia), who had 20 assists and ripped three consecutive aces in the third set. Senior Maja Jankovic (Ruma, Serbia) tallied nine digs for the Hawks.
Babic was named to the UIC Invitational All-Tournament team after registering 4.4 kills and 1.6 digs per set. She currently stands 55 short of 1,000 kills for her career. Sophomore Sola Okesanjo (Chicago, Illinois) had a nice homecoming at UIC, earning 12 kills and four block participations.
“We faced tough teams this weekend that gave us many different challenges.” Hawks Coach Trevor Callarman said. “Lucia deserved her all-tournament honor, and Sola played great on home turf. Our newcomers also learned some valuable experience which will help them moving forward.”
Bryant (2-1) received 27 assists and seven kills from Kirstyn Sperry and a double-double of 13 kills and 10 digs from Kristin Kingi.
The Bulldogs blasted out of the gates in each set. That started with a 9-1 run in the first set, followed by a 11-5 start in set two and 11-4 in set three.
The Hawks (0-3) will head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina for the Carolina Classic next weekend.
UIC Invitational All-Tournament Team
Ali Witt – UIC (MVP)
Tatyana Ndekwe – UIC
Manuela Conte – UIC
Kirstyn Sperry – Bryant
Caroline Kennedy – Bryant
Kalina Smith – Central Michigan
Lucia Babic – Maryland Eastern Shore
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com<http://www.easternshorehawks.com/>
 
Lady Eagles Tame Tigers in Five Sets for First Win

Buczek, Kevin C
 


PICTURED: Archived photo of NCCU senior Whitney White, who’s block assist and kill on the final two plays of match sealed a 3-2 win for the Lady Eagles on Saturday over Jackson State (by Red Rocket Photography)


EMERSON, Ga. — A quartet of North Carolina Central University players tallied over 10 points as a well-balanced performance catapulted the Lady Eagles to a 3-2 seesaw win over Jackson State University in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge Saturday afternoon at the LakePoint Champions Center.

NCCU rallied from an 11-8 deficit in the final set with a closing 7-2 run to secure the 16-25, 25-11, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13 win. The Lady Eagles improved to 1-2 overall and will next play in the Elon University Phoenix Classic on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 before hosting East Carolina University on Sunday, Sept. 2 in its home opener.

NCCU HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:

The Lady Eagles had their best hitting match of the tournament, firing on offense with a .127 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Arlanda Faulkner came off the bench to provide 13 kills and three block assists for a team-high 14.5 points.


Senior middle blocker Whitney White, junior outside hitter Jessica Pilivi and freshman middle blocker Morgan Goodwin all chipped in seven kills. They all joined Faulkner with double-digit points as Goodwin made seven blocks (three solo, four assists), White followed with six blocks (one solo, five assists) and Pilivi added two block assists and two aces.

Freshman setter Isis Mitchell posted 30 assists and senior libero Erika Ianovale supplied a match-high 25 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Celene Morris registered 12 digs and a match-high three aces. Pilivi had 11 digs.


JACKSON STATE HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:



Junior Tielar Richards led all players with 20 kills while sophomore Alexandria Burney and freshman Camry Dabney also reached double figures with 13 and 10 spikes, respectively. Burney completed a double-double with a team-best 18 digs.



SET-BY-SET:



1ST: NCCU’s offense started slowly, committing more errors than kills in the frame, while Jackson State scored 15 of its 25 points with kills. The Tigers won by nine, with freshman Kanile’a Nomura pounded down four of her seven kills in the opener to pace the set victors.



2ND: The Lady Eagles made a statement in the second set by jumping out 16-3, which featured a 5-0 run on Pilivi’s service rotation and an ensuing 8-0 run on Mitchell’s serve. White totaled four kills and Goodwin was part of four blocks in the 14-point victory.



3RD: The middle period was the first set to see any lead changes. NCCU was clinging to a 14-11 edge when a couple aces by Morris helped the Eagles gain a little wiggle room before Goodwin ended the six-point win with a kill.



4TH: JSU won the first three points and never trailed to tie the match. The Lady Eagles pulled within one at 20-19, but four kills off the arms of four different Tigers clinched the five-point win.



5TH: NCCU found itself down three points a few times in the race to 15. The two teams changed sides with the Lady Eagles trailing 8-5. NCCU won the next three points to level the score. However, Jackson State regained its three-point edge by winning the next three serves. NCCU responded again with its closing 7-2 clinching run. Mitchell put the Lady Eagles ahead for good, 13-12, with a dump-over kill on their second touch, White and Pilivi set-up match point with a block before White sealed the triumph with a kill from the right corner down the edge of the net. NCCU hit .300 in the decisive set while Ianovale and Morris kept giving the Lady Eagles chances with 11 combined digs in the shortened frame.
 

 
Freshmen Excel in Coker Tournament
Jim Juno 8/25/2018 | Women's Volleyball

Virginia Union University's Jada Starling and Taurie Magee excelled at the Francis Marion/Coker College Invitational on Saturday, August 25, in Florence, S.C.

Unfortunately, Anderson University defeated the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 in the first game of the day and then Queens University defeated VUU 25-14, 25-21, 25-16.

Despite the losses, Magee, a freshmen from Pasadena, Cal., led the Lady Panthers with seven kills against Anderson while Starling, a freshman from Dallas, Tex., led the team with eight defensive digs.

Against Queens, Starling led VUU with nine kills.

A'rmaria Wright, a sophomore from Arlington, Tex., led the Lady Panthers in assists in both matches. Wright had 12 assists against Anderson and 13 assists against Queens.

VUU is now 1-3 on the season and will face University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and Bloomsburg University on Friday, August 31, in Canton, Oh.
 
WSSU notches 46 kills in tough loss

Trevin Q. Goodwin

FLORENCE, SC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (1-3) had one of their better offensive performances, but the team fell short in a four-set loss to the Converse College Valkyries (1-3) in the final match of the Coker/Francis Marion Fall Invitational, Saturday afternoon. The steadily improving Rams had one of their better efforts in their 15-25, 27-25, 16-25, and 20-25 loss.


The Rams had a solid offensive effort in the hard-fought loss. As a team, the Rams totaled 46 kills in the match; two more than their opponents. WSSU junior outside hitter Ytae Cobb led the way for the Rams with 15 kills while freshman middle hitter Danyale Berry added 10 kills. Freshman libero added 21 digs while sophomore setter Brittany Carpenter had a double-double with 34 assists and 10 digs.

The opening set was a tough one for the Rams, but the team got things together and improved through the match. The team struggled early, falling behind early, but they fought their way back to within three points, 8-11. Unfortunately, the Rams allowed six unanswered points to the Valkyries. The Rams fell behind by as many as nine points, 12-21 before staging a late rally to cut their deficit down to eight points 15-23. However, the Rams allowed back-to-back scores to the Valkyries to take the 25-15 opening set loss.

The Rams had the answer to the Valkyries in the second set with a dramatic win. This time, it was the Rams who jumped out with a big effort with a 4-1 run to open the set. The Rams found themselves fending off a furious comeback effort from the Valkyries. As the set went on, the Rams remained in control with a 3-1 run that included kills from Berry and two from freshman Alexis Bynum that left the team on top, 20-16. From there, the Rams and Valkyries battled to a 24-24 tie. After a Cobb kill tied the set, 25-25, the Rams benefitted from a Converse attack error and a kill from junior Hailey Tatu that sealed the 27-25 set win.

The third set told a different story for the Rams as the team struggled to get the points they needed to pull out the win. It was the Rams who struggled early in the set, falling behind, 2-7. The Rams fell behind by as many as eight points, but the team would never get any closer as they took the 25-16 set loss.

The fourth and final set saw an improved effort by the Rams, but it was not enough as the team took the loss. The Rams had a better effort early in the set when a kill from junior Miranda Taylor gave the Rams an 8-6 lead. The Rams pushed their lead to as many as three points, 15-12 after a Converse attack error capped a three-point run by the Rams that left the team ahead, 15-12. After a Carpenter kill kept the WSSU three-point lead intact, 18-15 before the team allowed a five-point run by the Valkyries and fell behind 20-18. The Rams tied the set once again, 20-20 after a pair of kills from Bynum and Cobb. Unfortunately, the Rams allowed five unanswered points to the Valkyries to take the 25-20 set loss and the four-set match loss.


With the loss, the Rams close their opening weekend with a 1-3 record. The team will return to action, Wednesday when they head to Wingate, N.C. to take on the Wingate Bulldogs and the Belmont Abbey Crusaders in a tri-match.



For more information on Rams volleyball log on to www.WSSURams.com.
 
WSSU Athletics Releases Football Game Day Parking Information

Trevin Q. Goodwin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State University and the WSSU Department of Athletics game day policies have been developed with a focus on providing a safe environment and enjoyable fan experience.

Traffic – Parking Lots: Winston-Salem State University Police and Public Safety, the City of Winston-Salem Police Departments and the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation have developed traffic patterns for gameday that will help attendees enter and exit the stadium's parking lots as quickly as possible. Patrons are asked to follow the direction of the Police and Traffic Control.

To assist with the orderly flow of traffic and parking for the game, vehicles parking in "No Parking Zones" or are otherwise illegally parked are subject to ticketing and/or towing.

2018 Parking Fees:
•All general public parking is $15 per space used, except in the South Parking Lot where it is $25 per space on game days.
•Homecoming Game (October 20) rates are $30 per space used, except in the South Parking Lot where it is $40 per space.
•The South Parking Lot is reserved and pre-sold for $100 for the season. Remaining unsold spaces will be sold on day of game for $25 for non-Homecoming Games and $40 for Homecoming. Vehicles must park in the assigned parking space. Towing will be enforced in the South Parking Lot for all games.
•A single vehicle may purchase up to six parking spaces.
•All parking tickets must be displayed on the dashboard. Police and Traffic Control will monitor parking lots to make sure the number of tickets corresponds to the number of spaces used.

Parking Lots Open / Close:

Open:
•The East Parking Lot will open at noon for the games slated for Sept. 1, 8 and 22. All other parking lots open at 2 p.m.
•All parking lots will open at 6 a.m. for the Homecoming game on October 20.
•All parking lots will open at 8 a.m. for the games slated for October 13 & 20).
•The No Re-Entry Policy in the parking lots will be strictly enforced

Close:
•All Parking Lots will close at 11 p.m. for games starting at 6 p.m. and two hours after the completion for games starting at 1:30 p.m.

HORN$ Parking Lot (North Gate):

The HORN$ Parking Lot opens two hours before game time and is available to HORN$ members only.

All parking will correspond with a number; ushers on hand to help guide patrons to their appropriate space.

IMPORTANT GAMEDAY PRICING INFORMATION:
•No umbrellas are allowed in Bowman Gray Stadium.
•Season Ticket Packages are $100
•Season Parking (South Lot) are $100
•Day of Game Parking: South Lot, $25 plus game ticket. Homecoming parking in South Lot is $40.
•West Lot parking is $15 per space.
•The RESERVED SOUTH parking lot will open at noon.
•Tickets gates open at 4 p.m. for 6 p.m. games and 11:30 a.m. for 1:30 p.m. games. No tickets will be sold at the Anderson Center on game day.
•Students should also be aware that there is a fee to park. Students are urged to walk in groups to Bowman Gray Stadium.
•Visitors to the Chancellor's tent must have a game ticket to enter the game, and must have an invitation in order to gain admittance.

WSSU Administration and Emergency Operations Personnel are continuously monitoring the weather. If any change is deemed necessary, the public will be informed as soon as possible.

Academic

UDC Boasts 21 Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award Recipients

CLEVELAND – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2017-18 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards, and the University of the District of Columbia had a total of 21.

A total of 10,116 student-athletes from 162 institutions are being recognized for the 2016-17 Academic Achievement Awards.

“As an Officer for the D2 ADA Board, it has pleased me to see the number of student-athletes recognized for their academic achievements continue to increase,” said D2 ADA President Jim Johnson, director of athletics at Pittsburg State University. “This program is a point of pride for our current D2 ADA member institutions and a great way for their student-athletes’ achievements to be recognized nationally. On behalf of the D2 ADA, we celebrate these academic distinctions and are proud of your accomplishments.”

In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division 2 institution must be a current dues paying member of the D2ADA. Also, the student-athlete must: have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work, and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.

In the 2017-18 academic year, UDC Athletics had a slew of individual and team academic honors including: a school-record 51 East Coast Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients, two Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees (Victor Salinas Furio – Men’s Soccer – First Team; Gabriel Torres – Men’s Soccer – Second Team), two ECC Elite 18 Award recipients (Salinas Furio – Men’s Soccer; Temera Duncan – Women’s Indoor Track & Field) and two Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Teams (Men’s and Women's Tennis).

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About D2ADA

The D2ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the D2ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 54th year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

Basketball

Eastern Shore Concludes Their Foreign Trip with a Win

College Basketball
Wardlaw, Ralan G

Eastern Shore Concludes Their Foreign Trip with a Win

Urrutia’s Layup Secures the Win for the Hawks

MONTREAL, Quebec — After a back and forth forty minutes, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks’ Bryan Urrutia made a layup with 1.4 seconds left to give the Shore at 79-77 win over the University of Quebec Montreal on Wednesday (Aug. 15).

The win gave the Hawks two wins for their foreign trip to Canada over the five days. Winning was not the main objective for the Hawks but the team will take the victories.

“Winning games are contagious and that’s good, but I think we won just by coming on this trip,” Coach Clifford Reed said. “This was a good educational experience other than academia and that’s important.”

The Hawks found themselves down by two, 77-75, with 20 seconds left but a trap from Marlon Adams and Canaan Bartley forced a turnover. On the ensuing inbound, Bartley tied the game with a layup. After an offensive foul by UQAM gave the Hawks the ball back, Urrutia held the ball and then drove and hit a running layup to secure the win.

“I was just looking to make a play,” Urrutia said. “I saw I was wide open and thankfully the shot went in.”

The Shore had another balanced offensive attack in Canada as five players scored in double figures. Guard Ryan Andino led the team with 14 points and forward AJ Cheeseman had his second double-double of the trip with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Chemistry and camaraderie have grown for the Hawks in Canada and they look forward to building on this during the upcoming preseason.

“This was great for us because we got to bond,” Bartley said. “Canada for us was all about chemistry and growing as a team.”

The Hawks will return to Maryland tomorrow (Aug. 16) and begin to prepare for the season in the upcoming months. The first chance to see the Hawks in game action on domestic soil will be in the 10 Mile Tipoff versus Salisbury University Nov. 1.
Earl Jones to be Inducted in Small College Basketball Hall of Fame


UDC basketball legend Earl Jones is honored by then school president, Robert Green, before his final home game at UDC. Jones was the first two-time NABC Division II Player of the Year.
UDC basketball legend Earl Jones is honored by then school president, Robert Green, before his final home game at UDC. Jones was the first two-time NABC Division II Player of the Year.

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – University of the District of Columbia men's basketball great Earl Jones will be inducted in the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame on November 2 at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, St. Joseph, Missouri.

This year's class, the third in Small College Basketball Hall of Fame history, includes 12 members.

Jones was the first two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984, a three-time First Team NABC All-American from 1982-84, and he led the Firebirds to an NCAA Division II championship in 1982 and a runner-up finish in 1983.

The imposing, seven-foot tall center was a two-time NCAA Championship All-Tournament team selection in 1982 and 1983. He remains second on the school's all-time scoring list with 2,256 career points for a 20.7 per-game average over 109 total games. He still holds the school's all-time record for rebounds with 1,168 (10.7 average per-game), and he shot a career average of 54.1 percent from the field and 77.6 from the free throw line.


Jones will be inducted along with the following inductees: John Barnhill (Tennessee A&I), ML Carr (Guilford), Pat Douglass (Cal State Bakersfield), Philip Hutcheson (Lipscomb), Charles Oakley (Virginia Union), John Pierce (Lipscomb), Terry Porter (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Leonard "Truck" Robinson (Tennessee State), Clarence Walker (Indiana State), Marvin Webster (Morgan State) and John Wooden (Coach).

Football

Ray Anderson Signs with German Pro Team

Jim Juno 8/16/2018 | Men's Basketball

Former Virginia Union University basketball star Ray Anderson has signed with WWU Baskets Muenster of the Pro B League of German Basketball.

Anderson, who graduated from VUU in 2017, will be starting his first season in Germany. He was brought in because of a foot injury to Bryce Leavitt.

He had a brief rookie season with Maramajo Teguise Lanzarote (Spain-EBA): playing only1 game averaging 16 points per game,

He had a stellar career at Virginia Union (NCAA) form 2013-2017. Anderson helped lead the Panthers to the CIAA Northern Division title and a berth in the NCAA Regionals as a senior. He led the CIAA in scoring (18.1), averaged 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in 2017 en route to being named the CIAA Player of the Year. Anderson made the All-America First Team two straight seasons.

"He can give a lot of points from outside and set the tempo and score on the penetration. He is very focused and makes a clear structured impression", stated head coach Philipp Kappenstein.

Howard Football’s Trio Named to the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List


Second-year All-American signal caller and pair of All-Conference wide receivers among honorees


ATLANTA (August 15, 2018) – The Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced its 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award where Howard University witnessed a trio of Bison on the list: junior wide receivers Kyle Anthony (Miramar, Fla.) and Jequez Ezzard (College Park, Ga.) and sophomore Caylin Newton (Atlanta). The announcement came Wednesday.

“HBCU football has outstanding talent, as evidence in this year’s NFL Draft,” said Super Bowl MVP and BCFHOF co-founder quarterback Doug Williams (Grambling State). “This award is a way that the Black College Football Hall of Fame is able to recognize these talented student-athletes.”

All three Bison have received numerous preseason accolades, including 2018 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason honors and 2018 Phil Steele FCS Preseason All-Conference recognition.

Last season, Anthony was selected to the 2017 All-MEAC Third Team and 2017 Phil Steele's FCS All-Conference Second Team. He ranked among the conference leaders in multiple categories, including receptions (7th) and receiving yards per game (3rd).


After being named a 2018 All-MEAC Preseason honoree twice as a wide receiver and return specialist, Ezzard was selected to the 2018 BOXTOROW HBCU Preseason All-America Team. A year ago, the Georgia native was selected to the 2017 All-MEAC First Team and 2017 Phil Steele's FCS All-Conference First Team. He ranked among the top deep-threats in the country, averaging 26.3 yards per reception, while leading Howard in All Purpose yards. Ezzard finished his sophomore campaign as the league leader in receiving yards per game (81.4).

In June, Newton was named to the HERO Sports Preseason All-American Third Team after winning the 2017 MEAC and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year awards. Additionally, he became the first freshman in MEAC history to surpass 3,000 yards of total offense (3,185) while averaging 289.5 yards of offense per outing. The Atlanta product led the league in scoring as he combined for 25 touchdowns en route to leading Howard to its best finish and record since 2012.

The Black College Football Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU). In 2016, former North Carolina A&T State and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient. Last season, Bowie State’s quarterback Amir Hall was the 2017 recipient.

The winner of the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place February 16, 2019 in Atlanta. The four finalists will be unveiled November 29, 2018.

“The Deacon Jones Trophy is the most prestigious football award for HBCUs,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of Black College Football.”

The watch list composes of 52 student-athletes from 25 different HBCUs, including 18 from the MEAC.

To view the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List, please Click Here.


On Sept. 1, Coach Mike London and the Bison open its 2018 slate at Ohio. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.


ABOUT HOWARD ATHLETICS

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.
 

 
Hammond, Nalls Land on HBCU National Player of the Year Watch List

Jim Juno 8/15/2018 | Football
 


Virginia Union University's Sterling Hammond and Shamdu Nalls have landed on the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award.

The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University. Former North Carolina A&T, and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016; and Bowie State sophomore quarterback Amir Hall was the 2017 recipient.

Hammond, a 6-1 junior defensive back from Caret, Va., was the CIAA Defensive Player of the Year last season while leading VUU with 70 tackles. Hammond also returned a block punt for a touchdown and was a Lindy's Pre-Season All-American this past summer.

Nalls, a 6-4 senior offensive lineman from Baltimore, Md., anchored a Maroon & Steel offensive line which allowed Panther runners to rush for 1,590 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

The winner of the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place on February 16, 2019 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on November 29.

"HBCU football has outstanding talent, as evidenced in this year's NFL Draft," said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. "This Award is a way that the Black College Football Hall of Fame is able to recognize these talented student-athletes."

"The Deacon Jones Trophy is the most prestigious football award for HBCUs," said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. "Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of Black College Football."

The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2018 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.

Virginia Union kicks off the 2018 season against Seton Hill University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, at Hovey Field in Richmond, Va.

 
London, Howard Football Want More in 2018
 

Bison seek first conference title since 1993


(Photo Credit – Terrence Williams)


WASHINGTON (August 23, 2018) – With the 125th season of Howard University Football approaching, Coach Mike London and the Bison seek to take the next step and win their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title since 1993.


After a successful 2017 campaign, HU refuses to be satisfied; thus, this year’s battle cry and motto #WeWantMore. A year ago, the Bison finished 7-4 overall and 6-2 in league play, including a 43-40 victory at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe UNLV.


“We’re looking to improve our performance in different areas,” said London on his expectations. “We’re looking to improve our football IQ and reduce penalties. With young guys developing, we want them to show progress as we continue to build the program.”


Despite losing several key players due to graduation, Coach London and his superb staff has filled voids with several outstanding prospects while adding depth to various positions. Although last year’s resurgence was magnificent, many believe this season’s version will be even better; hence, the program’s other motto #MissionPossible2.0.


Offense


Second-year offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brennan Marion returns six starters from last year’s explosive offense, led by All-MEAC wide receivers Kyle Anthony (Miramar, Fla.) and Jequez Ezzard (College Park, Ga.) and 2017 MEAC Rookie of the Year quarterback Caylin Newton (Atlanta).


“We have a pretty good team this year,” said Ezzard, who recently was named to the 2018 BOXTOROW HBCU Preseason All-America Team. “The focus this season is a championship. We’re coming for it.”


Last season, the Bison averaged nearly 30 points per game while displaying the league’s top balanced offense. On the ground, Howard led the conference in rushing (215.5 ypg) and finished second in air behind reigning MEAC champions North Carolina A&T State (230.5 ypg).


This season, Howard added more weapons for the second-year signal caller with the additions of wide receivers, three-star prospect A’Jae Boyd (Pittsburgh, Calif.) and Tayshaun Porter (Newport News, Va.).


“We’re looking to take advantage with our talented wide receivers and quarterback,” London stated. “Offensively, we realize that their skillsets allow us to be successful.”


After losing three OL starters from last year’s club, HU addressed the OL with talented prospects during the early signing period, who averaged 6’3” and 300 pounds.

Howard’s key losses include running back Dezmond Wortham (Frisco, Texas) and All-MEAC First Team selections Anthony Philyaw (Los Angeles) and Gerald Wright (Miami).


Defense


A year ago, second-year defensive coordinator and 2019 College Football Hall of Fame finalist Vince Brown played several freshmen during the 2017 season; thus, watching the defense battle through growing pains.


“Defensively, we had a lot of young players play last year that might not be household names yet,” London added. “We’ve also added young players on the roster competing for starting jobs.”


Howard returns seven starters from last season, including All-MEAC selection defensive back Bryan Cook (Cincinnati). Cook headlines an exciting secondary, which features sophomores Tye Freeland (Petersburg, Va.) and D.C. native Aaron Walker. With the addition of three-star prospect defensive back Jalen Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.) from Ocean Lakes H.S. (Va.), HU’s secondary will create challenges for opposing teams’ air attack.

“I expect us to communicate and trust each other,” said Cook on his expectations. “We’re going to complete, play our game, make plays, and have fun doing it. I am going to do whatever it takes to help this team.”

Last season, second-year pass rusher Aaron Motley (Highland Springs, Va.) led the squad with five sacks while registering 39 tackles (35 solo), six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles despite missing three games. Senior Isaiah Fludd (Richmond, Va.) and junior Tyler Fuller (Manuel, Texas) also return to the DL, along with highly recruited Jayde Pierre (Sterling, Va.), who ranks No. 27 in HERO Sports 2018 recruiting class.


The unit’s biggest losses come in the linebacker core, losing last year’s leading tackler Devin Rollins (Miami) and the versatile Elijah Anglin (Detroit). Despite their departures, Howard has an experienced set of veterans ready to fill those holes, led by seniors Marcellus Allison (Durham, N.C.), David Lee (Miramar, Fla.) and Dominique Smith (Cincinnati). Two-star prospect Jomier Augustine (Suwanee, Ga.) provides more depth to the front seven.

Upcoming Season

Howard’s 11-game regular season slate features five home contests at Greene Stadium and two matchups against FBS opponents: at Ohio (Sept. 1); at Kent State (Sept. 8). On Sept. 15, the Bison host Savannah State in their home opener before traveling to Indianapolis for the 35th Circle City Classic against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 22).


Other notable games include Howard University Homecoming versus South Carolina State (Oct. 27), followed by long-time rival Florida A&M (Nov. 3).

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

 
Three NCCU Eagles Named to BCFHOF Player of the Year Watch List

ATLANTA – Three North Carolina Central University Eagles – senior safety Davanta Reynolds, sophomore running back Isaiah Totten and freshman running back Jamal Currie-Elliott - are among the 52 student-athletes from 25 different HBCUs to be named to the 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award, the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCFHOF) announced Wednesday. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University.



The winner of the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 16, 2019 in Atlanta. Four finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 29.



“HBCU football has outstanding talent, as evidenced in this year’s NFL Draft,” said Super Bowl MVP quarterback Doug Williams, a BCFHOF co-founder and 2011 inductee. “This Award is a way that the Black College Football Hall of Fame is able to recognize these talented student-athletes.”



“The Deacon Jones Trophy is the most prestigious football award for HBCUs,” said BCFHOF co-founder and 2012 inductee James Harris. “Deacon Jones was a pioneer and an icon, and still to this day represents the very best of Black College Football.”


Three NCCU Eagles Named to BCFHOF Player of the Year Watch List


The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the 2018 season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.


Former North Carolina A&T, and current Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2016; and Bowie State sophomore quarterback Amir Hall was the 2017 recipient.


A native of Tucker, Georgia, Reynolds was announced as the 2018 MEAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. During a spectacular junior season, he was voted First-Team All-MEAC, named Associated Press FCS All-American as a member of the Third Team, and announced to 11th annual BOXTOROW All-America Team, honoring the top 29 players in HBCU football. Reynolds tied for second in the nation (FCS) with a conference-high six interceptions for 141 return yards and a touchdown (31-yard TD), while also returning a fumble 85 yards for a touchdown (featured on ESPN Top-10 Plays). The safety tallied 54 tackles (35 solo), including 2.5 stops for a loss with a sack, along with a forced fumble and a pass break-up.


Out of Apex, North Carolina, Totten earned a spot on the All-MEAC Second Team as a redshirt freshman last season. He ranked fifth in MEAC with 65.3 rushing yards per game and third with an average of 5.7 yards per carry, totaling a team-high 718 rushing yards with five touchdowns.


A four-star running back out of Hillside High School (Durham, N.C.) who committed to the Oregon Ducks, Elliott was ranked as the No. 12 running back prospect in the nation and the 11th overall player in the state according to 247Sports.com. He graduated from Hillside and attended the University of Oregon in the spring semester before deciding to transfer.

The NCCU Eagles, under the direction of first-year head coach Granville Eastman, open the season on Sunday, Sept. 2 against Prairie View A&M in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at Georgia State Stadium in Atlanta. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2 at 12 noon.

For more information about NCCU Football, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.


At a glance:

• Award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player from a Historically Black College & University (HBCU).

• Watch List is composed of 52 players from 25 different HBCUs.

• Players per conference: MEAC (18), SWAC (15), CIAA (10), SIAC (8) and Independent (1).



ABOUT THE BLACK COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

The Black College Football Hall of Fame was founded in 2009 by African-American pioneers, quarterbacks James Harris and Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). There have been 77 Inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who serve as Trustees. Its permanent home is currently being constructed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org



ABOUT DEACON JONES

David “Deacon” Jones played defensive end for South Carolina State University and Mississippi Valley State University from 1958 to 1960. Blessed with speed, agility, and quickness, the “Deacon” became one of the finest pass rushers in the business. He won unanimous All-NFL honors six straight years from 1965 through 1970 and was selected to eight Pro Bowls. Jones is an inaugural Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee (2010) and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
 
Bright, Moore Named to Black College Football Player of the Year Watch List

WSSU duo among preseason favorites for national honor

Trevin Q. goodwin

ATLANTA, GA – The expectations will be high for the Winston-Salem State Rams as the duo of senior defensive lineman Jarell Moore and senior running back Kerrion Moore were both named to the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCHOF) 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. The annual award is presented to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University. The candidates were selected based on past performances and future potential.


Bright returns as one of the top defensive linemen in the nation. Last season, he earned Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) First Team All-Conference honors and was selected for the 2018 CIAA Preseason All-Conference team. For his career, he has compiled 101 total career tackles with 16 sacks.


Moore returns as one of the top offensive threats in the nation. He has compiled 2,224 rushing yards in three seasons with the Rams, including 884 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns despite having his season shortened due to an injury. For his efforts, he was honored as a second-team All-CIAA selection and he earned a spots on the 2018 Pre-Season All-CIAA Team.


The winner of the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on February 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga.


Bright, Moore and the rest of the Winston-Salem State Rams will open the 2018 season against the UNC Pembroke Braves on September 1st at Bowman Gray Stadium. For more information on Rams football, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
Hall, Tate and Flowers Named to 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year

ATLANTA, Ga. – Excitement is building around the start of the 2018 Bowie State University football season. Senior quarterback Amir Hall (Bowie, Md.) along with junior linebacker Derrick Tate (Fort Washington, Md.) and sophomore defensive back William Flowers (Baltimore, Md.) were named to the Black College Football Hall of Fame (BCHOF) 2018 Watch List for the Black College Football Player of the Year Award. The annual award is presented to the most outstanding football player from a Historically Black College & University. The candidates were selected based on past performances and future potential. OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Hall, the reigning BCHOF Player of the Year, led the nation in Points Responsible For (294), ranked second in NCAA Total Offense (356.8), fourth in Passing Yards per Game (319.9) and fifth in NCAA Passing Yards (3,519).

Tate led the team in total tackles during the 2017 season and was named to the All-CIAA First Team and Don Hansen All-American Honorable Mention Team. Flowers was named to the All-CIAA First Team as a punt returner and accounted for 30 tackles last season. Tied for third on the team in interceptions (3) and ranked second in team pass breakups (8).

The winner of the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award will be honored with the Deacon Jones Trophy during the Black College Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on February 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Bowie State Bulldogs will open the 2018 season on the road against Division I (FCS) Wagner College on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m.
 
Howard Football’s Caylin Newton Nominated to the 2018 CFPA FCS National POY Trophy Watch List
 

Second-year signal caller continues to receive preseason accolades

DEREK W. BRYANT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 20, 2018) – The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) unveiled its 36-member watch list for the 2018 CFPA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Player of the Year Trophy where Howard University sophomore quarterback Caylin Newton (Atlanta) was among the honorees. The announcement came Monday.



The Atlanta native has racked up numerous preseason accolades, including being named to the 2018 Black College Football Player of the Year Award Watch List a week ago. Newton is only one of two student-athletes on the list from a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the other is Lamar Raynard (North Carolina A&T State).



In June, Newton was named to the HERO Sports Preseason All-American Third Team after winning the 2017 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rookie of the Year awards.



Last season, he became the first freshman in MEAC history to surpass 3,000 yards of total offense (3,185) while averaging 289.5 yards of offense per outing. The Atlanta product led the league in scoring as he combined for 25 touchdowns en route to leading Howard to its best finish and record since 2012.



To view the 2018 CFPA FCS National Player of the Year Trophy, please Click Here.



On Sept. 1, Coach Mike London and the Bison open its 2018 slate at Ohio. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.



For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

Tennis

UDC Women’s Tennis Announces 2018 Schedule


WASHINGTON, DC – Head Coach Dickie Mahaffey announced the University of the District of Columbia women's tennis 2018 schedule Aug. 17.

"We're excited about this year's schedule," Mahaffey said. "As always, the conference is going to be very competitive, and I think the league and our non-conference opponents will provide us a good challenge to step up and meet."

The Firebirds, coming off of a 4-8 overall record last season and a 4-3 mark in East Coast Conference play, will play a total of 11 dual matches and compete in the ITA East Regional Championships this fall. Should they qualify for the ECC Championship Tournament, the semifinal and final rounds would be played at Flushing, NY on Oct. 26-27.

The Firebirds will take on all seven other ECC schools, including 2018 NCAA Tournament participants, Queens College and New York Institute of Technology, as well as four non-conference opponents: USciences, Le Moyne College, Millersville University and Wilmington University,

UDC will open its season on Friday, Sept. 7 on the road at ECC foe Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY. Following that match, the Firebirds will square off the very next day against last year's ECC runner-up and NCAA Tournament qualifier, Queens College.

Mahaffey, entering his 10th season as head coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at UDC, will try to steer this women's tennis team back to the ECC post season for what would be its 7th appearance in eight years after a one-year absence last season.
 

UDC Women’s Tennis Picked 4th in East Coast Conference Preseason Poll



WEST BABYLON, NY – The University of the District of Columbia women's tennis team was picked to finish 4th in the East Coast Conference preseason poll voted on by the league's head coaches.

The Firebirds, coming off a 4-8 overall record last season and a 4-3 mark in the ECC, earned 41 points in this year's poll, five points shy of 3rd place LIU Post. Queens College, last year's ECC regular season champion and ECC Championship Tournament runner-up, tops the poll with 61 points and five first-place votes. New York Institute of Technology, the six-time reigning ECC champions, came in at 2nd place in the poll with 57 points and three first-place votes.

UDC will try to make it back to the ECC Championship Tournament for what would be its 7th appearance in eight years after a one-year absence last season. Head coach Dickie Mahaffey, entering his 10th season at UDC, will return four starters from last year's team.

Should UDC qualify for the ECC Championship Tournament, the semifinal and final rounds would be played at Flushing, NY on Oct. 26-27.

The Firebirds will open the 2018 fall schedule on the road vs. ECC foe Molloy College on Friday, Sept. 7.

2018 ECC Women's Tennis Preseason Poll


School Pts. 2017-18 Record
1. Queens (5) 61 11-5 (7-0 ECC)
2. NYIT (3) 57 10-7 (4-3 ECC)
3. LIU Post 46 8-4 (6-1 ECC)
4. Dist. Columbia 41 4-8 (4-3 ECC)
5. St. Thomas Aquinas 32 10-11 (4-3 ECC)
6. Roberts Wesleyan 27 10-7 (2-5 ECC)
7. Daemen 15 10-14 (1-6 ECC)
8. Molloy 9 0-10 (0-7 ECC)
 
 

Volleyball

 
Baker, Wright Named to Pre-Season All-CIAA Volleyball Team

Jim Juno 8/15/2018 | Women's Volleyball

Virginia Union University's Akira Baker and A'rmaria Wright have been named to the 2018 Pre-Season All-CIAA Volleyball Team, the CIAA announced on Wednesday, July 15.

Baker, a junior 5-3 libero from Fayetteville, N.C., led the Lady Panthers with 235 defensive digs last season.

Wright, a 5-6 junior setter from Arlington, Tex., led VUU with 391 assists and 61 service aces last season.

As a team, the Lady Panthers were predicted to finish third in the Northern Division of the CIAA and eighth overall.

Virginia Union opens the 2018 volleyball season against Emmanuel College of Georgia on the first day of the Coker College Tournament at
 
Lady Eagles Lose Five-Set Affair in Opener

Kevin Bucjek

EMERSON, Ga. — A revamped North Carolina Central University lineup took the two-time defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions to the brink in a 3-2 season-opening loss to Alabama State University in 2018 MEAC/SWAC Challenge at the LakePoint Convention Center Friday afternoon.


The Hornets had to rally from a 2-nil deficit to claim the dramatic 25-27, 20-25, 28-26, 28-26, 15-11 win in which three of the five sets were extended to extra points. ASU (1-0) has appeared in two straight NCAA Division I National Championship tournaments. NCCU (0-1) will continue play in the challenge against Alabama A&M University on Friday at 4 p.m.


NCCU HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:


A few newcomers jumped into the starting lineup and immediately made an impact. Freshman Morgan Goodwin posted a team-high .364 hitting percentage and flirted with a double-double by adding eight blocks to a dozen kills. Classmate Isis Mitchell took over the vacant setter position and had a solid debut with 38 assists and 15 digs. Other benefactors to Mitchell’s helpers were sophomore Christine Alcox with a team-high 13 kills, senior Whitney White with nine kills and junior transfer Jessica Pilivi with eight spikes.


NCCU’s defense was highlighted with four players tallying double-digit digs. Senior Erika Ianovale scooped up 17, Pilivi tallied 16, Mitchell 15 and senior Bree Simmons with 13.


The Lady Eagles finished with a 15-5 advantage in blocks. Goodwin had one solo block and assisted on seven others. White followed just behind with seven blocks (three solo, four assists). Mitchell added five.


ALABAMA STATE HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:


The comeback was spearheaded by a trio of attackers with Krysta Medearis pacing all players with 20 kills. Bayle Bennett and Kaitlynn Stoker followed with 18 and 16 kills, respectively. Bennett had a double-double with a match-high 19 digs.


Senior setter Kori Kutsch, who has been a well-decorated SWAC letter winner for the Hornets, started her final season in impressive form with 60 assists and 15 digs.


SET-BY-SET:


1ST: NCCU had its offense clicking early with a .188 hitting percentage in the first frame. ASU was able to avoid set point a couple times to level the score at 25-all, but two consecutive hitting errors gave the Lady Eagles the 27-25 win. Goodwin had four kills on five swings.


2ND: Trailing 13-12 at the midway point, NCCU scored the next five points to jump in front for good on the service rotation of freshman Celene Morris. An ace by Goodwin on set point clinched the five-point win for the maroon and gray.


3RD: The middle frame stayed close throughout with 12 ties. NCCU had a chance to close out the match at 26-25, but the Hornets stayed alive by winning the next three serves. Bennett finished off the set with a kill and an ace.


4TH: The Lady Eagles had three more chances at match point, but an ensuing ASU kill leveled the score each time. Bennett once again sealed a Hornets set win – this time with a solo block.


5TH: Alabama State kept the momentum in the shorted set, hitting .208 in the race to 15 points with eight kills. The Hornets doubled up NCCU, 14-7, before the Lady Eagles made an improbable comeback attempt with four straight points. However, Medearis’ 20th kill finished off the rally in favor of ASU.
 
Trevor Callarman named Hawks head volleyball coach


August 22, 2018

Matt McCann

Trevor Callarman named Hawks head volleyball coach
Assistant ascends to role following strong performance over past year

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland — Following a nationwide search, The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Athletics stayed very close to home when filling its vacant head volleyball coaching position. Trevor Callarman — who has been serving in the role on an interim basis — has been named the head coach for the Maryland Eastern Shore volleyball team through the 2019 season.
“We are very happy that Trevor is taking the reins of the volleyball program.” Director of Athletics Keith Davidson said. “Over the summer, he has become the leader of this team, and we are confident he can continue to deliver the great results that our volleyball program has historically achieved.”
An assistant for the 2017 season, Callarman ascends to the position after serving in an interim capacity following the departure of Toby Rens in January.
“I’m very excited to lead this team this fall.” Callarman said. “After being on campus for a year and experiencing success, I’m ready to dedicate myself — with hard work and high energy — to our plan of bringing the MEAC title back to The Shore.”
This is Callarman’s first collegiate head coaching job, retroactive to the interim post over the past eight months. His duties included spring practice and scrimmages, recruiting five new student athletes for this season as well as completing the upcoming season schedule and countless other responsibilities. He also led the school’s annual Nike Volleyball Camp this past July.
He helped guide the Hawks to a 27-9 record last season with a MEAC Northern Division title and an appearance at the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
“I’m fortunate to inherit a great program with a sustained culture.” said Callarman. “I have developed a bond with the team. We’ve worked a lot to instill core values and live by them. We are focusing on who we are, how we push ourselves to the next level, and not settling.”
The Hawk volleyball program has certainly sustained a nearly two-decade long period of achievement. This includes MEAC Championships in 2011 and 2012, two trips to the NCAA Tournament, six national statistical awards in aces per set, numerous conference player of the year honors, and an average of nearly 20 victories a season dating back to 2002.
The team has also achieved in the classroom frequently ranking among the athletic program’s top grade point averages year-after-year.
The team he has built for this fall will consist of eight returning players and five newcomers that will play 25 regular season matches.
“I am confident in the team that’s been assembled here and we will hold ourselves to a high standard of play and high level of expectation,” Callarman said.
Callarman came to Maryland Eastern Shore with more than 10 years of experience on the sidelines and 15 on the court, working and playing the volleyball circuit in his native Texas. Prior to his time in Princess Anne, his stops included a stint with Texas State University and the head men’s club coach for the University of Texas at Austin.
He also worked with Austin Performance Volleyball, where as head coach he led the club team to numerous top 25 AAU finishes. He also worked in the development of a beach program and assisted with summer camps. Players who worked with the program went on to have collegiate careers at Texas, TCU and North Carolina, among others.
Along with his coaching positions, Callarman competes in the USAV Open Championships annually. Earlier this summer his team placed second at nationals in the Men’s BB division.
The 2018 season kicks off in Chicago Friday (Aug. 24) as the Hawks travel to the UIC Invitational. Their first match will be against Central Michigan, followed by host UIC and Bryant on Saturday (Aug. 25).
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com<http://www.easternshorehawks.com/>
 

Soccer - Women

 
Hawks Women's Soccer Picked Third In Preseason Poll


HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2018 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer preseason poll has been released. Chowan will look to continuing their upward trajectory after posting a program best 12-3-2 overall record last season.

1. Limestone College: The Saints earned 120 points from Conference coaches, including 10 first-place votes.

The Saints posted their third straight trip to the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in 2017 after going 17-3-1 overall record and 11-0 in conference play. Limestone also captured both the Conference Carolinas regular season and tournament titles in 2017.

The Saints have a ton of talent back in 2018 with their five United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections in Lea Hippauf, Alex Mathis, Holly Rawcliffe, Millie Shaw and Veronica Smeltzer leading the way. Limestone also returns all-conference performers Selina Boveleth and Emma Hickson, 2017 tournament MOP Megan O'Connor and all-tournament pick Danielle Murray.

A few priorities for the Saints this season is to defend their conference title and be a major competitor in the Southeast region. Limestone enters 2018 with a 31-match Conference Carolinas winning streak, including tournament play, dating back to Nov. 2, 2015. With the level of talent back, it could be tough for anyone to end the Saints' conference streak without being on their 'A' game and should put the rest of the region on notice.

Players to Watch:
•*Lea Hippauf (Sr.) - Defender
•*Holly Rawcliffe (Sr.) - Midfielder
•*Millie Shaw (Sr.) - Forward

2. Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders enter 2018 second with 106 points from Conference coaches. Belmont Abbey finished third in Conference Carolinas last season with a 7-3-1 league record and 11-5-2 overall.

The Abbey returns a pair of United Soccer Coaches All-Region selections in Rachel Coutinho and Morgan Patton, along with two more all-conference selections in Alex Butorovich and Savannah Goodin. The Crusaders are the last team to beat Limestone and with the amount of talent returning they could be a favorite to knock them off this season.

Players to Watch:
•*Alex Butorovich (Jr.) - Midfielder
•*Rachel Coutinho (Sr.) - Defender
•*Morgan Patton (Jr.) - Forward

3. Chowan University: The Hawks narrowly enter their second season as an associate member ranked third with 105 points and two first-place votes. Chowan wrapped up 2017 with an 8-2-1 conference mark, which ranked second, and 12-3-2 overall record.

The Hawks return the 2017 Conference Carolinas Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year and United Soccer Coaches All-Region pick in Carolina Lucci, who led the league with 42 points and 19 goals. In addition to Lucci, Chowan returns four other all-conference players in Olivia Borer, Asia Fort, Sabrina Henderson and Shannon Park, and all-tournament pick Sierra Gonzalez.

With a year of experience under their belt in Conference Carolinas and all the returning talent, the Hawks have a strong chance of winning a regular season title in 2018.

Players to Watch:
•*Olivia Borer (Sr.) - Goalkeeper
•*Carolina Lucci (So.) - Forward

4. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats enter the year with 83 points and a fourth-place ranking. Lees-McRae turned in a sixth-place conference finish in 2017 with a 4-5-2 record while going 5-12-3 overall.

A year after making a run to the Women's Soccer Championship semifinals in 2016, the Bobcats took the next step and made a late-season run to the Championship final in 2017. A big part of the run was due to 2017 Conference Carolinas Defensive Player of the Year Alexis Feely and her stellar play between the pipes, as she led the league with 144 saves.

Feely will be back for her senior season in 2018 and will be joined by another all-conference selection in Kiara Monetenegro. Also returning are two all-tournament picks in Autumn Esposito and Katie Lysaght, which gives Lees-McRae the talent and experience to be a real 2018 title contender.

Players to Watch:
•Autumn Esposito (Jr.) - Midfielder
•*Alexis Feely (Sr.) - Goalkeeper
•*Kiara Monetenegro (So.) - Forward

5. North Greenville University: The Crusaders tallied 80 points and are fifth entering the season. North Greenville finished fourth in the Conference Carolinas standing last season by going 7-4-1 and 9-7-4 overall.

First team all-conference selection Asheton Robinson is back for the Crusaders and should be the driving force that allows them to continue their rise in Conference Carolinas.

Players to Watch:
•Michaela Gleed (Jr.) - Defender
•*Asheton Robinson (Sr.) - Forward

6. Barton College: The Bulldogs posted 73 points from Conference coaches and are ranked sixth. Barton went 8-8-3 overall in 2017 while posting a 5-4-3 conference mark, which earned them a fifth-place finish.

Three all-conference honorees return for the Bulldogs in Rebekah Beal, Rebecca Fraser and Laisy Scardazzi, which will make them a tough team to face during the grueling conference slate. A breakout star for Barton in 2018 could be forward Jordyn Brown, who put up all-conference caliber numbers in 2017 with 16 points on seven goals and two assists.

Players to Watch:
•*Rebekah Beal (Jr.) - Forward
•Jordyn Brown (Sr.) - Forward
•*Laisy Scardazzi (Sr.) - Midfielder

7. Emmanuel College: The Lions earned 53 points from coaches and make their Conference Carolinas preseason poll debut in seventh-place. Emmanuel finished last year with a 4-6-1 record in league play while going 10-9-1 overall.

Had the Lions been postseason eligible, they would have been the No. 7 seed in last year's Women's Soccer Championship. Making the team's 2018 projection quite appropriate and if it holds, Emmanuel will be dancing come tourney time.

Players to Watch:
•Cynthia Gonzalez (So.) - Defender
•Lindsay Lee (Jr.) - Forward
•Hannah Welch (Sr.) - Goalkeeper

8. Southern Wesleyan University: The Warriors collected 46 points and enter the season ranked eighth. Southern Wesleyan finished 2017 with a 4-7-0 conference record and 9-10-0 overall mark.

The nine wins in 2017 was the Warriors' best total since 2009 (11) and the group is hungry to hit the pitch in 2018 and build on it's success.

SWU will have all-conference selection Ashley Romanowski back in the fold to help the team build on earning the No. 7 seed in last season's conference tournament. Southern Wesleyan will have a potent offensive duo up top, as Romanowski posted 28 points (11g, 6a) and Rachel Curtis notched 20 points (8g, 4a).

Players to Watch:
•Rachel Curtis (Jr.) - Forward
•*Ashley Romanowski (Jr.) - Forward
•Helen Schweiger (Sr.) - Midfielder

9. Erskine College: The Fleet picked up 39 points from Conference coaches to enter the season ranked ninth. Erskine went 6-11-0 overall in 2017, which included a 4-7-0 conference record.

Players to Watch:
•Alexa Barrios (Fr.) - Midfielder
•Vivian Gonzalez (Fr.) - Forward
•Brittiney Gardner (Fr.) - Midfielder

10. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans enter the season with 37 points and a 10th-place ranking. Mount Olive posted an 4-13-0 overall record and 3-8-0 conference mark in 2017.

The Trojans will have a new coach at the helm and also welcomed in 14 new players to the squad. UMO should hit the ground running and make a push to land in the conference tourney by season's end.

Players to Watch:
•Kaylee Larson (Sr.) - Midfielder
•Lauren Mumford (Sr.) - Midfielder

11. Converse College: The Valkyries tallied 30 points from coaches and an 11th-place projection for 2018. Converse went 3-7-1 in Conference Carolinas action and 4-10-2 overall in 2017.

Players to Watch:
•Anna Claire Albritton (So.) - Midfielder
•*Melissa Carlyle (Sr.) - Midfielder
•Lizzie Melching (Sr.) - Defender

12. King University: The Tornado close out the 2018 poll in 12th-place with 20 points. King went 2-13-1 overall and 2-9-0 in league play in 2017.

With 18 freshmen and nine solid returners, the Tornado is looking to bounce back after a tough 2017 season and qualify for the conference tourney.

Players to Watch:
•Emaleigh Adcox (Sr.) - Defender
•Lizzie Boone (Sr.) - Midfielder
•McKenzie Clarke (Sr.) - Midfielder


*denotes 2017 All-Conference Carolinas selection

2018 Women's Soccer Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes) Total
1. Limestone (10) 120
2. Belmont Abbey 106
3. Chowan (2) 105
4. Lees-McRae 83
5. North Greenville 80
6. Barton 73
7. Emmanuel 53
8. Southern Wesleyan 46
9. Erskine 39
10. Mount Olive 37
11. Converse 30
12. King 20
 
 

Soccer Men

 
Caro Selected to the 2018 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference Team
Junior goalkeeper recognized among the league’s best

DEREK W. BRYANT

NEW ORLEANS, La. (August 14, 2018) – The Sun Belt Conference (SBC) revealed its 2018 preseason poll and honors where Howard University junior goalkeeper Carlos Caro (Silver Spring, Md.) was recognized among the league’s best. The announcement came Tuesday afternoon.

All votes were submitted by the Sun Belt’s five men’s soccer head coaches.

“I am happy to see Carlos [Caro] acknowledged by the coaches throughout the Sun Belt,” said Howard Men’s Soccer Head Coach Phillip Gyau. “I truly believe he’s one of the best goalies in the country.”

Last season, the Maryland native was selected to the 2017 SBC All-Tournament Team after guiding the Bison to the conference semifinals. Caro finished his sophomore campaign second in the league with 66 total saves and 4.12 saves per match while registering two shutouts.

Georgia State’s Hannes Burmeister was picked 2018 SBC Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Offensive Player of the Year whereas Coastal Carolina’s Kervin Fadel took home 2018 SBC Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.


Furthermore, the Bison were projected to finish fifth in the conference. Sun Belt reigning champions Coastal Carolina was predicted to win the league title for a third consecutive year.

To view the entire 2018 Sun Belt Men's Soccer Preseason Poll and Honors, please Click Here.

On Aug. 24, Coach Gyau and the Bison open its 2018 campaign versus Bryant at Greene Stadium. Match time is set for 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 Staats Joins Hawks Men's Soccer Staff

Evann Carpenter

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Athletic department and Chris Whalley announced the hiring of Luke Staatsas the assistant men's soccer coach.


"Firstly, I want to thank Lee Williams for the four years he gave to this program and wish him the best," stated Chris Whalley. "I am really excited to work with Luke (Staats) again. As a student-athlete he was extremely dedicated and with that brought huge success on and off the field. His collegiate and professional playing and coaching career will be beneficial to our program."

Luke, a former player under Coach Whalley at Lees-McRae, comes to Chowan after spending two seasons as the Development Director and Academy Coach for Albion SC San Diego. Staats also played for Albion SC Pros for two seasons. He earned NPSL First Team honors.

Prior to Albion, Staats was the Director of Coaching for the Pacific Storm FC for two seasons and then the Varsity Coach at Linfield Christian High School. At Linfield, Staats guided the team to their first appearance in the second round of the CIF State tournament.


Before returning to the States, Luke played professionally in Netherlands for SV Spakenburg and FC Volendam as a defender. In 2013, Staats was the Academy Coach for SV Spakenburg U15 squad.

Staats was a four-year member of the Men's Soccer program at Lees-McRae. During his playing career, Staats helped lead the team to three Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament Titles, four straight NCAA Appearances, two trips to the Division II Sweet 16, and a National Championship Finalist appearance. His efforts named him Conference Carolinas All-Conference three times, an All-Region selection, and an All-American.


Luke graduated with high honors from Lees-McRae in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
Men's Soccer 8/14/2018 2:08:00 PM

Chowan Men's Soccer Second In Preseason Poll


HIGH POINT, N.C. – The 2018 Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer preseason poll has been released. Chowan picked up one first place vote to sit in a tie for second place with Lees-McRae.

1. Limestone College: The Saints, who were preseason ranked No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches poll, earned 98 points with nine first-place votes from Conference coaches.

Limestone finished 2017 ranked No. 15 in the nation after going 15-3-2 overall and 9-0-1 in conference play. The Saints completed the season sweep of Conference Carolinas regular and tournament titles last season, while also punching a ticket to the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship for a fifth consecutive season.

Limestone has three United Soccer Coaches All-Region picks returning in Dominic Boland, Ruairi Croskery and Jamie Smith to help pace the team. Also back in the fold for the Saints is all-conference selection Luca Thuyl and all-tournament picks Kristian Moore-Cowell and Roberto Ortega Lopez.

Limestone will have a target on its back in 2018 with teams like Chowan and Lees-McRae on the rise. However, the Saints are a traditional conference power that know how to meet the challenge.

Players to Watch:
•*Dominic Boland (Sr.) - Defender
•*Ruairi Croskery (Jr.) - Forward
•*Jamie Smith (So.) - Defender

t2. Chowan University: The Hawks enter their second season as an associate member tied for second place after collecting 83 points and one first-place vote. Chowan went 5-3-2 in league play and 11-5-2 overall in 2017.

Chowan made quite the impact in its first season in the league last year, as it turned in a 2-0-1 record against the teams that make up the top four in the 2018 preseason poll. That play earned the Hawks the No. 4 seed in last season's conference tourney.

With two all-conference picks back in Toby Sims and Lee Wattam, Chowan has a legitimate chance to build on the success from a season ago and capture a title.

Players to Watch:
•Elliot Chadderton (Sr.) - Goalkeeper
•*Toby Sims (So.) - Defender
•*Lee Wattam (Sr.) - Forward

t2. Lees-McRae College: The Bobcats enter the year projected tied for second after earning 83 points. Lees-McRae finished 2017 second in the Conference Carolinas standings with a 7-3-0 record, while turning in an 11-5-3 overall record.

It's truly no surprise that Lees-McRae begins the year as one of the conference favorites. The Bobcats ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation after getting off to a 6-0-1 start last season.

The squad was known for its offensive fire power and that has a lot to do with all-conference returnees Harvey McMorrow, Johannes Oeksnevad and Pol Vassart. Barring any skids during the season, 2018 could be a another season to remember for the Bobcats.

Players to Watch:
•*Harvey McMorrow (Jr.) - Midfielder
•*Johannes Oeksnevad (So.) - Forward
•*Pol Vassart (Sr.) - Forward

4. Belmont Abbey College: The Crusaders enter the season in fourth after nabbing 80 points and one first-place vote. Belmont Abbey posted a 9-6-1 overall record and 6-3-1 league mark in 2017.

The Crusaders have two all-conference picks coming back in midfielders Nando Morales and Mark Trompeter, who should be a fun duo to watch in the midfield. While projected fourth, The Abbey is definitely a contender in the Conference Carolinas race since taking a leap over the last few years.

Players to Watch:
•Aaron Madison (So.) - Forward
•*Nando Morales (Sr.) - Midfielder
•*Mark Trompeter (Sr.) - Midfielder

5. University of Mount Olive: The Trojans captured 60 points to open the 2018 season. Mount Olive turned in a 4-4-2 conference record and 10-7-2 overall in 2017.

The Trojans are coming off a runner-up finish in last year's Men's Soccer Championship and return all-tournament pick MacLayne Garriet to lead the 2018 squad. While it's a new season, UMO should feel confident as they beat three of the four teams ranked ahead of them at least once in 2017.

Players to Watch:
•MacLayne Garriet (Jr.) - Defender
•Travis Jones (Sr.) - Midfielder
•Alfie Pope (Fr.) - Forward

6. Southern Wesleyan University: The Warriors collected 57 points and narrowly sit in sixth to start the year. The Warriors turned in a 6-10-4 overall mark and 4-3-3 league record in 2017.

Southern Wesleyan's league record a season ago shows the competitive nature of the Conference top to bottom. The Warriors were able to post a 2-2-1 record against the teams ranked ahead of them in this poll, while going 2-1-2 against everyone else.

If SWU wants to take the leap to true title contention in 2018, a pair of returning all-conference selections in Grant Kiker and Miguel Uribe will have to lead the charge. Kiker posted 15 points (7g, 1a) to lead the Warrior offense, while Uribe was a brick wall between the pipes with a league-best 126 saves.

Players to Watch:
•Marshall Ball (So.) - Defender
•*Grant Kiker (So.) - Forward
•*Miguel Uribe (Sr.) - Goalkeeper

7. Emmanuel College: The Lions make their preseason poll debut in seventh-place with 40 points from Conference coaches. Emmanuel posted a 4-4-2 conference record while going 6-7-3 overall.

The Lions will be postseason eligible in 2018 and if they can duplicate their conference record from last season they will be in the tourney field by season's end.

Players to Watch:
•Channing Park (Sr.) - Midfielder
•Craig Russell (Sr.) - Midfielder
•Blair Springhall (Sr.) - Midfielder

8. Erskine College: The Fleet picked up 30 points and enter 2018 sitting in eighth. Erskine finished 3-5-2 in the Conference standings last year while going 5-11-2 overall.

Players to Watch:
•Vicente Belloso (So.) - Defender
•Alex Mushata (So.) - Midfielder
•Dario Pavon (So.) - Midfielder

9. Barton College: The Bulldogs narrowly sit in ninth-place after collecting 29 points from Conference coaches. Barton went 5-12-1 overall in 2017, which included a 1-8-1 conference record.

The Bulldogs finished at the bottom of the Conference table last season, but will be looking to rebound in 2018. To do so, Barton will need all-conference picks Tolly Beatson and Pol Monells to continue their caliber of play in the midfield and up top, respectively.

Players to Watch:
•Javier Alcarria (Sr.) - Midfielder
•*Tolly Beatson (Sr.) - Midfielder
•*Pol Monells (So.) - Forward

10. North Greenville University: The Crusaders are preseason ranked 10th after posting 26 points. North Greenville went 3-6-1 in Conference Carolinas action and 5-10-1 overall in 2017.

Players to Watch:
•Gareth Greene (So.) - Midfielder
•Ope Olaloko (So.) - Forward

11. King University: The Tornado close out the 2018 poll with 19 points. King went 1-8-1 in league action and 5-9-2 overall in 2017.

Players to Watch:
•Jairo Ruiz Caram (Jr.) - Midfielder
•Ben Delisle (So.) - Midfielder
•Carlos Saavedra (Sr.) - Defender

*denotes 2017 All-Conference Carolinas selection

2018 Men's Soccer Preseason Poll

School (first-place votes) Total
1. Limestone (9) 98
t2. Chowan (1) 83
t2. Lees-McRae 83
4. Belmont Abbey (1) 80
5. Mount Olive 60
6. Southern Wesleyan 57
7. Emmanuel 40
8. Erskine 30
9. Barton 29
10. North Greenville 26
11. King 19
UDC Men’s Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule Featuring Four NCAA Tournament Teams, Reigning National Champion

Men's Soccer vs. Barton College, 9/13/17
Head Coach Matt Thompson enters his 7th season as head coach at UDC.

Posted: Aug 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The 2018 University of the District of Columbia men's soccer schedule was announced by head coach Matt Thompson on Aug. 15.

The Firebirds, coming off the school's first ever NCAA Tournament appearance last season where they advanced to the 2nd round, will take on four teams that advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament, including the reigning NCAA Division II champion, University of Charleston (WV).

"We have a very difficult schedule with many road trips," the seventh-year head coach said. "We have put together a schedule that will test this group of players and coaches, and I think that is great for where we are now as a program."

Right off the bat, UDC opens the season at a tournament in Millersville, PA on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 against two strong regional opponents out of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), Goldey-Beacom College and Wilmington University.

Goldey-Beacom advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament last season and was picked to finish 3rd in the CACC preseason coaches' poll. Wilmington, who the Firebirds have split four games with in as many years, was picked to finish 1st in the CACC preseason poll.

From there, UDC plays three more non-conference games: a neutral site contest vs. Barton College, a road game at Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA and the finally, its home opener on Sept. 12 vs. Thompson's alma mater, Slippery Rock University.

Thompson, who is being inducted into SRU's Athletic Hall of Fame in September, said he is excited to be involved in that game as The Rock will be coached by his good friend, Kevin Wilhelm.

The Firebirds will then open East Coast Conference play on Sept. 15 at home vs. Queens College where UDC will look to avenge last year's 2-1 loss in Flushing, NY.

"They beat us last season and they will be stronger this coming year," Thompson said. "That will provide a stern test to open up league play."

After the ECC opener, the Firebirds will play another non-conference game on the road vs. No. 16 preseason ranked West Chester University (PA).

The Golden Rams finished 14-3-2 overall and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament in the Atlantic Region last season.

Then UDC returns to ECC play with a tough slate of four conference opponents, beginning with a road game against its ECC nemesis, New York Institute of Technology. The Firebirds have yet to beat the Bears in Thompson's six-year reign.

"We've had some close games, and one double-overtime loss, but we cannot seem to get over the line against them," Thompson said. "Hopefully that changes this year."

Next are two home games vs. ECC foes Molloy and Bridgeport, followed by a much anticipated road challenge at No. 6 preseason ranked, LIU Post. The Firebirds fell victim to the powerhouse Pioneers three times last season – once in the regular season in overtime after surrendering a 3-1 second half lead, again in the ECC Finals, and once more in the NCAA Tournament 2nd Round.

Shortly after that trip, the Firebirds head out to Charleston, WV to take on the reigning NCAA Division II champion, Golden Eagles, followed by the longest road trip of the season to Rochester, NY to take on ECC foe, Roberts Wesleyan College.

"That will be a tough week, physically and mentally for our student-athletes," Thompson said. "They will need to be prepared well and in good physical condition to compete."

The Firebirds then take on ECC foes Daemen College (at home) and St. Thomas Aquinas College (away) before ultimately ending the season on the road at Mercy College on Oct. 27.

Before the regular season finale, UDC will host its Senior Day game on Oct. 23 vs. non-conference opponent, Lock Haven University.

The East Coast Conference Championship Tournament will begin on Oct. 31 with the semifinal round, and the finals will follow on Nov. 3. The sites of both rounds will be at the higher seed's site.

Thompson, who through six years is approaching 50 wins as UDC head coach, said the UDC men's soccer program has come a long way from when he started in 2012.

"We have come a long way in a short amount of time," he said. "From not having a conference when I first arrived, to making the playoffs and the NCAA Tournament this past season."

Thompson said the team and coaching staff is looking forward to the challenge this fall.

"I think the key word for us as we enter the season is consistency," he said. "We need to find the right balance on and off the field, and prepare the team and individuals for the grind, which is our season."

 
Gyau, Howard Men’s Soccer Looking to Rise Up in 2018
 

Bison looking to turn the corner


(Photo Credit – Rodney Pierce)


WASHINGTON (August 15, 2018) – Entering his fifth season at the helm, head coach Phillip Gyau and the Howard University Men’s Soccer team look to turn the corner and take the next step in their pursuit for a Sun Belt (SBC) Title.


“We have high expectations going into the 2018 season,” Gyau stated. “This is my best team since I’ve been at Howard and we’re looking forward to a very good season.”


A year ago, Howard reached the SBC Semifinals before falling to eventual champions Coastal Carolina, 2-1. Despite the loss, HU showed potential as they went toe-to-toe with the Chanticleers, who went on the road and defeated No. 8 Clemson in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.


“We showed promise last year,” Gyau added. “Of course, winning is an attitude and the guys know we can play with the best of them. With the young players coming in and the returning veterans, I think we’re going to do very well.”


In the offseason, Coach Gyau and his staff addressed two challenges from the 2017 season: the inability to score and lack of depth.


In the first 14 matches of the season, Howard was held scoreless 10 times; however, the club played their best ball towards the end of the year, scoring in their final six matches. Graduate Student Joel Cunningham (Spanish Town, Jamaica) and junior Andres Gomez (Silver Springs, Md.) return to lead the Bison attack.

“Last year, our main problems were scoring and depth,” Gyau explained. “Once we made substitutions, our level [to compete] dropped. This year, we addressed that by bringing in nine young and talented players, who will compete for starting positions. We’re going to be much better.”


Among those newcomers feature a pair of defenders, Jherson Machado (Bethesda, Md.) and Vincent Turk (Las Vegas) and a solid wing forward, Ronald Little (Olney, Md.). Howard also brings back 2018 Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference selection junior goalkeeper Carlos Caro (Silver Springs, Md.).


After their final tune-up at Bucknell (Aug. 19), HU opens its 15-match regular season slate in our Nation’s Capital against Bryant (Aug. 24). Other notable home matches include a nonconference bout with Yale (Sept. 7) and a rematch against conference champions No. 18 Coastal Carolina (Oct. 20) on Senior Night.

“I think the nonconference schedule is going to set us up nicely as we prepare for conference play,” said Gyau. “I think we have a good chance to start off strong. Based on last year, we can make the SBC title match, that’s not unreasonable.”

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.

Howard Men’s Soccer Wins Season Opener Over Bulldogs

Howard Men’s Soccer Wins Season Opener Over Bulldogs
Bison open season 1-0 for the first time in seven years

Lawrence Johnson

Derek W. Bryant

(Photo Credit – Lawrence Johnson)


WASHINGTON (August 24, 2018) – Coach Phillip Gyau and the Howard University Men’s Soccer team opened its 2018 campaign in style with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Bryant Bulldogs at Greene Stadium. HU picked up its first season opening victory in seven seasons.


“This is only the beginning,” said Gyau after today’s victory. “We’re looking forward to good things this season, but again, this is only the beginning. HU [Howard] is rising.”


Howard outshot the Bulldogs, 10-8, with senior Victor Guirma (New Paltz, N.Y.) and junior Andres Gomez (Silver Springs, Md.) each registering a goal in the victory.


Despite a scoreless first half, HU picked up the intense and built momentum going into intermission once reserves entered the contest.


After the break, Bryant’s Antonio Terceros put the Bulldogs ahead, thanks to a long cross pass from George Gill, 1-0.

Moments later, Gomez was foul inside the box and capitalized on a penalty kick to draw the match even, 1-1.


With time dwindling, Guirma delivered the go-ahead goal at the 80-minute mark and gave the Bison their first season opening victory, dating back to 2011.

Defensively, junior Carlos Caro earned three saves in the win.

On Aug. 28, Howard travels to the City of Brotherly Love where La Salle awaits. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 

Volleyball

 
Defending Northern Division Champs Picked Fourth


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in conjunction with its Volleyball Coaches Association announces the 2018 Predicted Order of Finish and Preseason Team.


Chowan, who wrapped up their fourth straight CIAA Northern Division Title last season is predicted to finish atop the Northern Division and fourth overall.


The Hawks have a lot to prove as the team has several new faces and four returners from last season. Courtney O'Keefe, Kayla Gates, and Milica Vejnovic return for the Hawks on the offensive front as they posted 161, 154, and 133 kills each. Gates was named CIAA Rookie of the Year in 2017 with 104 kills in CIAA play. Alyssa Born gave the Hawks a spark on the defensive side with 205 digs.

Chowan opens the season on the road against Tusculum, Mars Hill, and Lincoln Memorial on August 31.


2018 CIAA Volleyball Preseason Honors

Predicted Order of Finish

1. Shaw

2. Fayetteville State

3. Winston-Salem State

4. Chowan

5. Virginia State

6. Johnson C. Smith

7. Claflin

8. Virginia Union

9. Saint Augustine's

10. Bowie State

11. Lincoln (PA)

12. Livingstone

13. Elizabeth City State

Northern Division

1. Chowan

2. Virginia State

3. Virginia Union

4. Bowie State

5. Lincoln (PA)

6. Elizabeth City State

Southern Division

1. Shaw

2. Fayetteville State

3. Winston-Salem State

4. Johnson C. Smith

5. Claflin

6. Saint Augustine's

7. Livingstone
 
Rams Picked to Finish Third in the CIAA Volleyball Preseason Predictions

WSSU’s Mia Herrod selected for PreSeason All-CIAA Team

Tevin Q. Goodwin

CHARLOTTE, NC – The defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) champion Rams were picked to finish third in the CIAA in the 2018 CIAA PreSeason Predicted Order of Finish, Wednesday. After claiming their second conference championship in three seasons, the Rams will have a lot to prove when the team takes the court in 2018.


The Rams were also picked to finish third in the CIAA Southern Division in the preseason. Last season, the Rams finished with a 22-8 overall record and a 14-2 record in CIAA play. The team placed second in the CIAA Southern Division and upset the top seeded Shaw Lady Bears in three sets to claim the 2017 CIAA Volleyball Championship.


WSSU senior right side hitter Mia Herrod was the only Ram to earn a spot on the 2018 CIAA PreSeason All-CIAA team. She was named to the team at the right side hitter position after earning first team All-CIAA honors last season. She finished the 2017 season with 276 kills to lead the CIAA.


The Rams will open the 2018 season on August 24th against the Coker Cobras when the team takes part in the Coker/Francis Marion Invitational. For more information on Rams volleyball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.