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Howard Swimming & Diving Takes On Local Foe George Washington Saturday
HU ends home stretch with GW

 Derek Bryant    (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

WASHINGTON (November 8, 2019) – Howard University men’s & women’s swimming and diving squads wrap up their three-meet home stretch with local foe George Washington (GW). First race starts 1 p.m. inside Burr Pool.

LAST TIMEOUT

On Nov. 1, the Howard men secured a 139-79 victory over crosstown rival American to remain unbeaten (4-0).

That same day, the Bison women fell short against American, 157-67, inside Burr Pool.

MEET PREVIEW

HOWARD

HU men seek to keep the momentum going and stay undefeated on the season while the Bison women look to rebound after a pair of back-to-back losses.

Seniors Leanne McMaster (Kingston, Jamaica), Noah Nicholas (Atlanta), Maalik Nixon (Peachtree City, Ga.), Skylar Smith (Los Angeles) and Andreas Weech (Nassau, Bahamas) continue to pave the way for HU.

GEORGE WASHINGTON

Last weekend, GW had a break after facing off against ACC foe Virginia Tech in a tough road meet (Oct. 26).

On the season, both squads are 1-1 in duel meets.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

On Dec. 6-7, Howard ends the first half of the season in Baltimore for the H2ounds Invitational, hosted by Loyola (Md.).

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Champs Host Bobcats For Conference Quarterfinals

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The 2019 Conference Carolinas Regular Season Champions, Chowan Men's Soccer, hosts the No. 8 seeded Lees-McRae in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals.

WHEN Saturday, November 9 | 2:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N. C. (Hawks Field)

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HAWKS HIGHLIGHTS


Chowan, ranked 9th in the region, wrapped up the regular season with a 10-4-1 overall record and an 8-1-1 mark in league play to grab the regular season championship outright.

Harrison Ardron finished the regular season with a career-high 12 goals. Toby Sims added six goals and two assists as a defender.

Trevin Myers finished with a league leading seven assists to add to his two goals. Sam Hall chipped in with four goals and three assists. Mitchell Levi Lewis and Jouryden Boogert posted two goals and five assists. Levi Lewis netted the game-winner in the season finale.

Ross Miller is10-3-1 on the season with five shutouts and a 1.04 goals allowed average.

CAGING THE BOBCATS
Lees-McRae grabbed the eighth seed despite falling in their regular season finale. The Bobcats are 3-10-2 on the season and finished with a 3-6-1 mark in league action. The Bobcats have lost three straight matches and are 1-5-2 on the road this season.

Stephon Davis leads the team with four goals. Johannes Oeksnevad and Eduardo Olavide have tallied three goals each.

Anton Sundstrom has 72 saves between the pipes this season and allows 2.20 goals per game.

PAST MEETINGS

Chowan leads the series 4-2 and have won the last four meetings. The Hawks took the 4-2 victory earlier this season at home. The Hawks defeated the Bobcats last season on the road prior to picking up a huge 3-2 win in 2017 as the Bobcats were nationally-ranked.

 
Hawks Women's Bowling Opens Season at CIAA Event I

L. Charlotte Dinkins  Photo courtesy CU

MURFREESBORO, N.C.-The Chowan Women's Bowling team is set to open their 2019-20 season in Charlotte, N.C. at the CIAA Event I hosted Johnson C. Smith.

WHEN Friday, November 8-10

WHERE Charlotte, N.C. (AMF Centennial Lanes)

HAWKS PROFILE
The CIAA in conjunction with the Bowling Coaches Association announced the 2019-20 Bowling Predicted Order of Finish with the Hawks picked to finish seventh overall with Bowie State as the top bowling contender this year.

The Hawks concluded their 2018-19 season with a 12-39 overall record.
Chowan will be returning Hampton, Va. native, Baylee Laxton who recorded a 150.02 season average after knocking down 6,001 pins.

Also, returning for the Hawks is Jasmine Basnight who posted an average game pin fall of 110.25 and 2,082 pin count, while DejaKing recorded a total pin count of 3,040 for the 18-19 season, averaging 101.3 a game.

CIAA EVENT I
Chowan will begin play on Friday, November 8 in match play against conference opponents Virginia State, Virginia Union, Bowie State, and Elizabeth City State. Teams will continue match play through Saturday and conclude the tournament on Sunday November 11in Baker Play.

L. Charlotte Dinkins
Howard Volleyball Back Home for Another Set of Rematches
Bison meet Delaware State Friday; HU hosts Maryland Eastern Shore Sunday

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team returns to The Burr for another set of rematches.

Friday (Nov. 8), the Bison meet Delaware State (DSU) at 6 p.m. Two days later (Nov. 10), HU hosts Maryland Eastern Shore at 1 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action at www.HUBison.com.

LAST TIMEOUT

Last weekend, Howard split in Baltimore, going 1-1 overall.

On Nov. 1, the Bison suffered its first conference loss at the hand of Morgan State in straight sets (24-26, 20-25, 11-25) inside the Hill Field House.

Two days later (Nov. 3), HU wrapped up the weekend with a five-set victory (21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 22-25, 15-12) over Coppin State inside the Physical Education Complex Arena.

MATCHUP PREVIEWS

HOWARD

Howard (13-12, 10-1 MEAC) returns home looking to clinch the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division crown. A pair of victories over the Lady Hornets and Hawks give HU an inside track with only two league matches remaining.

Senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) leads the MEAC with a .359 hitting percentage while freshman Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.) ranks seventh (.250).

DELAWARE STATE

Since their last encounter with HU, Delaware State (10-16, 5-6 MEAC) has went 4-4 in league play where they are tied for fourth with route 13 rival Maryland Eastern Shore. With only four conference matches remaining, DSU sits outside looking in at the MEAC Tournament.

Offensively, Sydney Armbrister and Sydney Lewis rank second and third, respectively, in hitting percentage.


MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE

Before visiting The Burr, Maryland Eastern Shore (10-16, 5-6 MEAC) goes to Norfolk State Friday (Nov. 8). Entering the weekend, the Hawks have won two-in-a-row and hold the No. 4 spot in the MEAC Northern Division standings.

Eastern Shore comes in as the league’s top hitting squad (.198).

UPCOMING SEASON

Tuesday (Nov. 12), Howard goes to Norfolk, Va., for their final road test of the year at Norfolk State. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
Hawks Volleyball Takes On Trojans And Crusaders
Evann Carpenter   Photo courtesy CU
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Volleyball team faces off against Mount Olive and Belmont Abbey in another split weekend competition as the Hawks travel to Mount Olive and host Belmont Abbey.

WHEN Friday, November 8 | 7:00pm

WHERE Mount Olive, N.C. (Kornegay Arena)

WHEN Saturday ,November 9 | 2:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Helms Center)

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HAWKS HIGHLIGHTS
The Hawks are 4-18 on the season and 1-12 in Conference Carolinas action heading into the weekend.


Chowan has fought in their last couple matches but have been on the short-end with six straight defeats. The Hawks are led by Anixa Rosa-Martinez, Hannah Sladick and Ciara Ortega the past couple matches recording double-doubles along the way.


Anixa Rosa-Martinez leads the offense with 227 kills and 281 digs. Hannah Sladick has produced 138 kills this season, while Ann-Marie Johnson has 133 kills and 61 total blocks.

Ciara Ortega has 561 assists on the year and recorded a double-double in digs as the freshman has 166 digs. Katie Houston leads the defense with 428 digs, sixth all-time in a single season.


AVOIDING THE TROJAN HORSE
Mount Olive is 7-13 on the season and 3-9 in league action. The Trojans have won the last two matches.

Starr Sergent and Amara Eziakonwa leads the team with 174 and 172 kills respectively. Jimnelly Del Valle leads the defense with 308 digs.

CAPTURING THE CRUSADERS

Belmont Abbey enters the contest with a 15-12 overall and 10-2in league action. The Crusaders are coming off their first home loss of the season which snapped a six match winning streak.

Cassidy Bonito leads the Crusaders after recording her seventh triple-double of the season as a setter. Bonito has 754 assists on the year with 169 kills and 247 digs.

Mackenzie Chrapliwy leads the team with 271 kills, while Andie Meredith is second on the squad with 215 kills.

Evann Carpenter
 
Howard Women’s Soccer Quest for SWAC Title Begins Thursday
Bison seek fourth tourney title in six years


Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell III)

WASHINGTON (November 6, 2019) – Howard University women’s soccer team returns to action after nearly two weeks away where they look to win their fourth Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) title in six years at the 2019 SWAC Tournamentin Houston, hosted by Prairie View A&M (PVAM).

HU’s quest begins Thursday (Nov. 7) when they take on No. 8 Southern in the SWAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Match time is set for 11 a.m. (ET)/10 a.m. (CT).

Fans can follow all the action at www.pvpanthers.com or www.SWAC.org.

SEASON IN REVIEW

Howard enters tourney play with a 12-3 (10-1 SWAC) mark and a share of the SWAC Regular Season Championship. Despite sharing the title, HU comes in as the top seed in the tournament, thanks to a head-to-head victory over the Panthers, 3-0, back in October.

In league play, Howard outscored the opposition, 25-4, with eight shutouts, including seven consecutive to start SWAC competition. HU’s lone loss in conference play came on the road at Alabama A&M, 1-2.

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

Last year, Howard defeated Grambling State, 1-0 to claim its third SWAC crown since joining the conference.

No. 1 Bison face No. 8 Southern Thursday at 11 a.m. (ET)/10 a.m. (CT).

Prairie View A&M earned the No. 2 spot and will play No. 7 Alabama State. No. 3 Jackson State and No. 6 Texas Southern will also square off while No. 4 Alabama A&M is slated to face No. 5 Grambling State in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Sunday's championship match will stream live on the SWAC Digital Network at noon (ET)/11:00 a.m. (CT).

MORE INFORMATION

To view the 2019 SWAC Women’s Soccer Tournament bracket, please click here.

For updates on the tourney, please visit www.SWAC.org or www.PVPanthers.com.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
MEAC Football Week 11: Conference's Top Teams Hit the Road

Maurice D. Williams

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 6, 2019—North Carolina A&T State and Bethune-Cookman are tied atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) standings, and though they don’t meet until next week, the Week 11 slate still features some intriguing match-ups – including the Aggies heading to Baltimore, Md. to face Morgan State (who defeated North Carolina A&TState in Greensboro, N.C. last season). The Wildcats will hit the road to take on Delaware State, while Howard visits South Carolina State and North Carolina Central will celebrate Homecoming by taking on Norfolk State.

North Carolina A&T State Aggies (6-2, 4-1 MEAC) vs. Morgan State Bears (1-8, 1-5 MEAC)

Saturday, Nov. 9 • Hughes Stadium • Baltimore, Md. • 1 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

North Carolina A&T State’s Kylil Carter had a career day in the Aggies’ 22-20 win over South Carolina State this past Saturday. He set career highs in passing yards (267), completions (21), passing attempts (38) and total offense (340). Jah-Maine Martin reached 1,000 yards on the season and became the ninth different Aggie to do so in the last 10 seasons. The Aggies have had a 1,000-yard rusher in seven straight seasons. Morgan State was held to just 153 yards of total offense in a 48-0 loss to Norfolk State this past Saturday. The Aggies have won three of the last five meetings with the Bears, although Morgan State won last year’s meeting 16-13 in a game that did not count toward the conference standings.

Howard Bison (1-8, 1-4 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-3, 3-2 MEAC)

Saturday, Nov. 9 • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium • Orangeburg, S.C. • 1:30 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Howard’s Kyle Anthony became the program’s leader in career receptions with 187 after catching nine passes for 57 yards in a 28-6 loss to North Carolina Central this past Saturday. De’Montrez Burroughs had a career day with eight catches for 168 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ 22-20 loss to North Carolina A&T State, including a strike over the middle from quarterback Corey Fields. The two schools have split the last six meetings, with the Bison winning last year’s matchup 27-21 in Washington, D.C.

Norfolk State Spartans (3-6, 2-3 MEAC) vs. North Carolina Central Eagles (4-5, 3-2 MEAC)

Saturday, Nov. 9 • O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium • Durham, N.C. • 2 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Norfolk State’s Juwan Carter and Nhyre’ Quinerly were named MEAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in the Spartans’ 48-0 win over Morgan State this past weekend. Quinerly had nine tackles and pick-six, which was the first defensive touchdown of the season for the Spartans, in helping Norfolk State pitch its first shutout since 2012. On offense, Carter accounted for 340 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while adding seven carries for 26 yards and a score. Davius Richard threw for 214 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ 28-6 win over Howard this past weekend, and Isaiah Totten added 77 yards rushing and a touchdown. Norfolk State has won five of the last six meetings between the two schools, including a 36-6 win last season. This will be North Carolina Central’s Homecoming.

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (6-2, 4-1 MEAC) vs. Delaware State Hornets (1-8, 0-6 MEAC)

Saturday, Nov. 9 • Alumni Stadium • Dover, Del. • 2 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Delaware State’s Thomas Bertrand-Hudon ran for a career-high 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Hornets’ 52-30 loss to Florida A&M this past Saturday. Bethune-Cookman, which is tied atop the MEAC standings with North Carolina A&T State, is coming off a bye week. The Wildcats have won six of the last seven meetings, including a 41-10 victory last season.
 

Conf. Carolinas Releases Soccer Championship Brackets

Evann Carpenter  Photo Credit CU
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Conference Carolinas Men's and Women's Soccer Championship brackets are set with the Chowan Men's Soccer team grabbing the top-seed, while the Chowan Women's Soccer team is slated seventh.

On the men's side, the Hawks claimed the Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship with an 8-1-1 mark in league play. They will host the eighth-seeded Lees-McRaeBobcats on Saturday at 2pm.

Chowan captured their first-ever league title in program history. The only other title in program history came in 2015 when the Hawks won the NCCAA South Region Title and advanced to the NCCAA National Championship Tournament.

The top four seeds in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Championship host quarterfinal matchups this Saturday with Chowan hosting eighth-seeded Lees-McRae, second-seeded Belmont Abbey hosting seventh-seeded Mount Olive, third-seeded Erskine hosting sixth-seeded Emmanuel and fourth-seeded Barton playing host to fifth-seeded Limestone.

With a win on Saturday, Chowan will host the Conference Carolinas Men's Soccer Semifinals and Finals.

The Chowan Women's team grabbed the seventh seed with a 4-4-3 record in league play. Chowan will travel to Belmont Abbey on Saturday for an 11:30am start.

The top four seeds in the 2019 Conference Carolinas Women's Soccer Championship host quarterfinal matchups this Saturday with second-seeded Belmont Abbey hosting seventh-seeded Chowan, third-seeded Barton hosting sixth-seeded Emmanuel and fourth-seeded Limestone hosting fifth-seeded North Greenville.

For more information visit www.conferencecarolinas.com.
 

In The News

 
WSSU  introduced new athletic director on Thursday
Jay Davis
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Etienne Thomas has been named athletic director at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU). WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson will hold a press conference to introduce the university’s next director of athletics.

•When: 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov.7

•Where: Richardson Room (second floor) in the Bowman Gray Stadium Field house, 1250 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Media parking is be available in the field house parking lot located at Bowman Gray Drive.

About: Etienne Thomas, director of athletics at Kentucky State University, has been named the next director of athletics at WSSU. Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson made the announcement in an email to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

Thomas comes to the university with nearly two decades’ experience as an athletics administrator. A seasoned leader, she has worked at Division I and Division II institutions, among them North Carolina Central University (NCCU), San Jose State University, Howard University, Saint Paul’s College, and the University of Iowa – a Power 5 conference school.

Thomas’s long list of career highlights include serving as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference representative on the NCAA Division I Council, as a member of the NCAA Governance Student-Athlete Experience Committee and as a council liaison to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Included among her many accomplishments is assisting NCCU with its transition from a Division II independent program to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and its transition to Learfield/LRG licensing.

“In Etienne, we have found a trailblazer who possesses the critical leadership skills and executive presence needed to meet the university’s strategic goals related to athletics,” Chancellor Robinson said. “She understands the importance of not only winning on the field, but also succeeding in the classroom and raising funds for to support our student-athletes. Having worked at a sister UNC System institution, Etienne is very familiar with WSSU, our programs, our alumni, and the challenges and opportunities of Division II athletics. I could not be more excited about the future our athletics program.”

A 1996 graduate of NCCU, Thomas has also completed coursework for a J.D. degree from The University of Iowa College of Law. In 2006, she completed the 18-month NCAA Fellows Program. She is a lifetime member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and is a member of Minority Opportunities Athletics Association, Women Leaders in College Sports, National Association of Collegiate Directors of America and the National Association of Athletics Compliance. Thomas will be WSSU’s third female athletic director and is among only 23 female African-American athletic directors in the NCAA.

“This is my dream job,” Thomas said. “Returning home to North Carolina and the CIAA is a full circle moment. I am thankful for the opportunity and the trust that the Board and Chancellor Robinson have placed in me as the next servant leader for Rams Athletics. The coaches, staff and I will ensure our student-athletes have a first-class experience at WSSU. This begins with academic success and graduation; winning championships; alumni and community engagement; mental health and wellness; and retention."

At WSSU, Thomas will lead a program that includes 10 teams, approximately 275 student-athletes, and 33 athletics staff. She will fill the role previously held by Tonia Walker, who resigned in May 2018. George Knox, associate athletic director for compliance, has served as the interim athletic director and will return to his role when Thomas officially begins her duties on January 1, 2020.

Additional Information: The press conference also will be live streamed at: https://livestream.com/wssummts/pressconference
Thomas also will be an interviewed on “WSSU Future Focus” on WSNC 90.5 FM at 1 p.m. on Thursday. The broadcast also will be available on the station’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wsncradio/.
 
 
TIMMONS DAGGER LIFTS LADY PIRATES OVER ALABAMA
James Heath
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Graduate student MaKayla Timmons made her Hampton University debut a memorable one with a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Hampton knocked off Alabama 64-61 in the season opener on Wednesday.

The win by Hampton was the 12th for head coach David Six over a “Power 5” Conference as they last defeated North Carolina 70-66 on Nov. 10, 2017. That was the fifth win by Six over a member of the SEC having defeated Florida(2010-11), Mississippi State and LSU (2012-13), Auburn (2014-15) and now Alabama.

Hampton trailed 54-49 with 3:03 left after a layup by J Lewis. Five straight points by Laren VanArsdale tied the game as a bucket from a Timmons feed evened the game at 54 with 2:08 remaining.

Each team then hit a 3-pointer with VanArsdale answering to tie the game at 57 with 52 seconds. Charlisa Jenkins and Ashley Bates each hit a pair of free throws to push Hampton ahead 61-59 with 21 seconds left. A Copeland nailed a putbackwith six seconds remaining to tie the game at 61.

VanArsdale got the inbounds pass after a Hampton timeout and found Timmons from the top of the key for a 3-pointer and the win.

Hampton opened the game pressuring the Tide into an 0-for-12 from the field in the first quarter and for the night held Alabama to 17-of-62 from the floor (27.2%).

VanArsdale was the leading scorer with 17 points, while Bates added 16 with five assists and four steals and Timmons had 10 for Hampton.

The Lady Pirates return to action on Saturday visiting Chattanooga for a 2pm tip.

For more information on Hampton University women’s basketball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

PIRATES CAGE MUSTANGS IN SEASON OPENER

Marrow breaks 2,000 with 30-point night

HAMPTON, Va. – Senior Jermaine Marrow joined a select group on Wednesday night scoring 30 points to surpass 2,000 in his career as the Hampton Pirates rolled to a 112-52 win over Mid-Atlantic Christian in the season opener.

Marrow, entered the game needing 13 points to break the mark went over the mark off a feed by Daniel Bannister for a jumper with 4:17 left in the half to lead 50-19. He ended the half with 16 points converting a three-point play with2:19 left to lead 55-22.

Edward Oliver-Hampton was the next scorer for Hampton with 19 points and six rebounds in his debut, while Davion Warren missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Returners Ben Stanley (16 pts, 5 reb) and Greg Heckstall (11 points, 8 rebs, 5assists) rounded out the double figure scorers for Hampton.

The largest lead on the night for Hampton was the final margin as a putback by Pierre Sow with 40 seconds left put Hampton up 112-52.


Mid-Atlantic Christian had three in double figures with Kevin Fletcher leading scoring 16 points, Jabari Richardson adding 14 and Malik Galloway scoring 10.


Hampton returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 12 with a 7pm tip against The Apprentice School.


For more information on Hampton University men’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.


Jim Heath
 
 
 
Howard Women’s Soccer Racks Up on SWAC Postseason Honors
Trio of Bison earn yearly awards; Brent Leiba named SWAC Coach of the Year

Derek Bryant
 (Photo Credit – Howard Athletics)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 6, 2019) – The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) unveiled its 2019 women’s soccer postseason honors where Howard University racked up numerous awards. The announcement came Wednesday night before tourney play.

Among the honorees included sophomores Thalia Boucher (SWAC Co-Player of the Year; All-SWAC First Team), Kendall Macauly (SWAC Defensive Player of the Year; All-SWAC First Team) and Victoria Thornton (All-SWAC Second Team) and senior Alayah Hightower (SWAC Goalkeeper of the Year; All-SWAC First Team). Coach Brent Leiba was named league’s coach of the year.

Boucher (Toronto, Canada) collected SWAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year accolades after leading the top-seed Bison to a 12-3 (9-1 SWAC) overall record. The Toronto native recorded eight goals and two assists, tallying 18 points on the season. She also finished first in the league with four game-winning goals.

Macauly (Toronto, Canada) picked up SWAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after helping anchor Howard’s defensive attack that did not concede a goal in 10 contests throughout the season. The two-time defensive player of the week honoree aided the Bison in allowed just .67 goals per match while limiting opponents to a combined 149 shots on goal.

Hightower (Largo, Md.) earned the 2019 SWAC Goalkeeper of the Year award by leading the conference in goals against average (31-percent). She ranks first in the league with a .914 save percentage and responsible for 10 shutouts, including eight during SWAC play.

Leiba earned the SWAC Coach of the Year award as he guided the Bison to a 12-3 record (9-1 SWAC) and a share of the conference regular season title. Under Leiba’s direction, Howard allowed 0.67goals per match and boasted the best scoring margin among all teams. Additionally, Howard gave up only 10 goals throughout the entire regular season.

Thornton (Plainfield, Ill.) started all 15 contests for the Bison where she produced five goals, including three game-winners. The Illinois native best performance came against Alcorn State (Oct. 20), drilling a pair of goals in the back of the net.

Mississippi Valley State’s Beatriz Kretteis won SWAC Freshman of the Year while Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Sarah Wright shared the conference co-player of the year award with Boucher.

The teams and award winners were determined in a vote among the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

To view the 2019 SWAC Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors, please click here.

HU's quest for the tournament title begins Thursday (Nov. 7) when they take on No. 8 Southern in the SWAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Match time is set for 11 a.m. (ET)/10 a.m. (CT).

Fans can follow all the action at www.pvpanthers.com or www.SWAC.org.

About Howard University Athletics


The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The 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.

About SWAC

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is considered one of the premier HBCU conferences in the country and currently ranks among the elite in the nation in terms of HBCU alumni playing with professional sports teams. Current championship competition offered by the league includes competition for men in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field and Tennis. Women’s competition is offered in the sports of Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball.

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

 
 
NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month: Christine Alcox

Kevin Buczek  Photo courtesy NCCU

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University volleyball outside hitter Christine Alcox has been named the NCCU Student-Athlete of the Month for September 2019 in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments on the court and in the classroom.

Alcox averaged a team-best 2.62 kills per set in 11 matches during the month of September. She posted a .172 hitting percentage with 97 kills, 30 digs, 11 blocks, five assists and two aces over that span.

The Carrboro, North Carolina, product tallied 15 kills in a neutral site match against Presbyterian College on her way to being named to the Davidson Invitational All-Tournament Team. Alcox added two more double-digit kill performances in back-to-back wins against The Citadel (14 kills) and South Carolina State University (11 kills) to end the first full month of the season.

Alcox is a kinesiology major with a concentration in fitness and wellness. Alcox maintains an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.74. She is a MEAC All-Academic Team honoree who received the NCCU Volleyball Debra Saunders-White Leadership Award in 2018-19 and the NCCU Volleyball Players’ Choice Award in 2017-18.

The junior is the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Alcox is leaning towards studying occupational therapy in graduate school after she graduates NCCU.

For a complete list of award winners, visit NCCUEaglePride.com
 
 
Eagle Cheerleader Crowned Miss NCCU

Written by Jailen Leach, NCCU Sports Information Intern

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University cheerleader Ti’Eja Woodson was crowned Miss NCCU for the 2019-20 school year during the Miss and Mister NCCU Coronation and Ball on Monday night.

Miss NCCU is a position within the Student Government Association (SGA), an organization that creates and hosts events and service projects. Woodson will be the third cheerleader and the fourth overall student-athlete to serve as Miss NCCU since 2008.

A senior business major from Richmond, Virginia, Woodson spoke about how her decision to pursue the Miss NCCU crown was spontaneous.

“I know a lot of girls come to school wishing to be the next Miss NCCU,” Woodson said. “However, that was never an intention of mine. It just happened.”

Woodson also mentions that some of her friends and teammates influenced her decision as well.

“Many of my friends said they could see me in the position,” Woodson said. “I thought about it and decided to give it a try.”

Head cheerleading coach LuAnn Edmonds-Harris gave high praise to the new Miss NCCU.

“She has many qualities that will help her be successful in her new role,” Edmonds-Harris said. “She is organized, persistent, and very good at meeting and dialoguing with new people.”

Woodson talked about her plans for her role.

“As Miss NCCU, I want to bring awareness to the campus of individuality and diversity,” Woodson said.

Edmonds-Harris also spoke on some of the things that Woodson has done as an NCCU cheerleader that could benefit her.

“We prepare them for leadership starting their freshman year, providing them opportunities to serve the community,” Edmonds-Harris said. “We do encourage our student-athletes to step outside ofthe box.”

Woodson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and has done multiple community service projects with the organization.

Woodson mentioned how her new position will not change her mindset.

“I will continue to be myself, but I do know my position,” Woodson said. “As well as knowing there is a time and place for everything.”

Edmonds-Harris also spoke on what it means to have one of her student-athletes be in a position of office at the university.

“It makes a statement to the student population, faculty, staff and alumni, that our cheerleading program has high morals and ethical values,” Edmonds-Harris said. “Cheer is such a small piece of the pie.”
 
 MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY FOOTBALL HONORS
 
   

Maurice D. Williams  Photos courtesy MEAC

NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 4, 2019 – Norfolk State quarterback Juwan Carter and Florida A&M wide receiver Xavier Smith have been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Co-Offensive Players of the Week, the conference office announced today. Norfolk State’s Nhyre’ Quinerly is the Defensive Player of the Week and teammate Devyn Coles has been selected as Rookie of the Week. Earning Offensive Lineman of the Week honors is Norfolk State’s Jalen Powell and picking up Specialist of the Week honors is Florida A&M’s Marcus Williams.


Carter (QB, 6-0, 175, Jr., Pembroke Pines, Fla.) tallied 340 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns in Norfolk State’s 48-0 win over Morgan State. He completed 16 of 28 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, while also carrying the ball seven times for 26 yards and a touchdown. He surpassed the 6,000-yard career passing mark in the Spartans’ Homecoming win.

Smith (WR, 5-10, 165, r-So., Haines City, Fla.) had nine catches for 184 yards and four touchdowns in the Rattlers’ 52-30 win over Delaware State, averaging over 20 yards per reception.

Quinerly (DB, 6-0, 195, r-Sr., Norfolk, Va.) spearheaded a defensive effort that held Morgan State to just 153 yards of total offense and forced five turnovers as the Spartans notched their first shutout win since 2012. He finished the game with nine tackles and an interception that he returned 48 yards for a touchdown.

Coles (DB, 5-11, 175, Fr., Richmond, Va.) intercepted two passes in the first half and finished the game with four tackles, one for a loss as the Spartans upended Morgan State 48-0.


Powell (OL, 6-3, 305, Jr., Temple Hills, Md.) graded out at 95 percent and helped the Spartans roll up 529 yards of offense (215 rushing and 314 passing). He aided a Spartans rusher to go over 100 yards on the ground for the third straight game (Rayquan Smith, 142 yards).Had four pancake blocks and didn’t yield any sacks.


Williams (WR/KR, 5-11, 185, r-Sr., Miami, Fla.) registered 143 kickoff yards, including returning a kickoff 94 yards for a score in the Rattlers’ 52-30 win over Delaware State. He also caught six passes for 69 yards and finished the day with 212 all-purpose yards.


OTHER TOP PERFORMERS

Thomas Bertrand-Hudon (DSU) carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns for the Hornets against Florida A&M.

Kylil Carter (NCAT) recorded a career high 267 yards pass, 21 completions and 340 yards of total offense. Finished with 267 yards passing and a touchdown and 73 yards rushing.

Kyin Howard (NCAT) had a key safety in the second quarter that turned the game around for the Aggies.

Noel Ruiz (NCAT) went 2-for-2 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points. He broke the school’s single-season record for field goals made with 16.

Latrell Collier (NCCU) scored two touchdowns (39 yards and two yards), finishing the game with 48 all-purpose yards.

Josh Nordone (NSU) was perfect 2-for-2 on field goals, connecting on two 30-yard kicks, and he was 6-of-6 on extra points, for a total of 12 points.

De’Montrez Burroughs (SCSU) had eight catches for 168 yard and a touchdown for the Bulldogs.

Corey Fields (SCSU) finished with a career-best 14-for-31 passing for 284 yards and a touchdown.

Maurice D. Williams

 
Grooms Net First Career Goal On Senior Day
Team 1 2 F
EMMANUEL 1 1 2
Chowan 0 1 1

Evann Carpenter  Photo courtesy CU
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Women's Soccer team suffered a tough 2-1 loss at home on senior day to Emmanuel on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS

FINAL | Chowan 1, Emmanuel 2

RECORDS | Chowan 4-7-3 (4-4-3), Emmanuel 9-7-1 (6-5-0)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawks Field)

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

KarissaGrooms scored her first collegiate goal.

Chowan outshot the Lions 11-6 and 6-3 on target.

Lyznie Hulle recorded one save.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half:

Emmanuel would strike quickly as the Lions took a 1-0 lead just 2:12 into the match.

Stephanie Quintanilla would record the first shot for the Hawks in the 14', but the headed attempt sailed high.

The Hawks would not record another shot until the 45' as Lillian DeLucca's attempt was saved.

Second Half:

The Hawks would look to get on the board early in the half as Sabrina Henderson had an attempt sail high and one that was saved.

Carolinas Lucci put a shot on frame but bounced off the post in the 54'.

KarissaGrooms would put the Hawks on the board with the equalizer as the first attempt was blocked. Grooms would put it into the far right post in the 71'.

The score would not stay tied long as Emmanuel found the game-winning goal in the 80'.

Sydney Henderson, Sierra Gonzalez, and Carolina Lucci put a shot on target late in regulation but were all denied by the Lions' keeper.

UP NEXT

Chowan will be the seventh seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament that starts on Saturday, November 9. The Hawks will await to see who becomes the second seed between Belmont Abbey and Barton.
 

Lady Eagles Suffers First Home MEAC Loss  
Kevin Buczek

PICTURED: NCCU junior Christine Alcox, who had 13 kills, on the attack in Friday’s match against N.C. A&T (by Doug Burt)
NOTES: NCAA box score with play-by-play

DURHAM, N.C. — Junior Christine Alcox and sophomore Jasmine Sanders both smashed 13 kills for host North Carolina Central University in a 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) setback to North Carolina A&T State University Friday night.



The Aggies clinched the MEAC Southern Division title with the 27-25, 25-15, 17-25, 25-17 victory. N.C. A&T holds a 12-13 overall record and 10-1 mark in league play.


NC Central (6-22, 5-6) next plays its last regular season road match at MEAC rival South Carolina State University on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.


NC CENTRAL HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:


Alcox posted a .265 hitting percentage on her way to 13 kills. Sanders reached double-digit kills for the first time in 14 matches by matching Alcox with 13 kills. Alcoxalso tallied three block assists for a team-best 14.5 points.


Sophomore setter Celene Morris just missed another double-double with a match-high 40 assists and eight digs. Junior libero paced NCCU with 11 digs. Sophomore Isis Mitchell chipped in 10 digs, three aces and three kills.


NORTH CAROLINA A&T HIGHLIGHTS & STATS:


Sophomore Fatimah Shabazz logged a match-high 15 kills.


SET-BY-SET:


1ST SET: A kill by Alcox gave NCCU a chance to serve for set point at 24-23, but the Lady Eagles committed their seventh service error of the set to tie the score. A couple more hitting errors by the hosts then provided the Aggies with the extended two-point set victory.

2ND SET: N.C. A&T hit .310 in the set to win by 10. Trailing 8-7, the Aggies used an 11-1to pull away.


3RD SET: Sophomore Ammaarah Williams tallied four of her eight kills in the set and the LadyEagles hit .405 to extend the match. NCCU had the Aggies doubled up, 12-6, after a Williams kill and eventually extended the lead to as many as 10 points a few times before settling for the seven-point win.


4TH SET: The Aggies ended the match by jumping out early. N.C. A&T scored the first four pointsin the coast-to-coast win and Shabazz had six kills in the clinching seven-point triumph.
 
 
 

Howard Men’s Swimming Secures Win Over American
Bison down Eagles to stay unbeaten

 

DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit – Tim Rice)

 

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2019) – Howard University men’s swimming and diving team secured a 139-79 victory over crosstown rival American inside Burr Pool.

 

With the win, HU remains unbeaten on the season (4-0).

 

Howard opened and closed the night with a pair of relay victories.

 

Senior Maalik Nixon (Peachtree City, Ga.), junior William Speakman Smith II (Jacksonville, Fla.) and freshmen Mark-Anthony Beckles (Chaguanas, Trinidad & Tobago) and Miles Simon (Atlanta) represented HU in the men’s 200 Medley Relay where they placed first overall, clocking in at 1:36.63.

 

The nightcap saw Beckles, junior Kegan Ford (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) and newcomers T’lez Foulkes (Durham, N.C.) and Arion Solomon (Fairburn, Ga.) claim gold in the 200 Free Relay with a 1:26.55 mark.

 

Individually, Beckles (100 Free; 47.95), Ford (50 Free; 21.62), Simon (500 Free; 4:56.85) and Smith (100 Breast; 59.69) each won their respective individual events.

 

Other notable Bison performances included victories for newcomers Kevin Claiborne (Queens, N.Y.; 100 Back; 55.94) and Luke-Kennedy Thompson (Nassau, Bahamas; 1000 Free; 10:05.31).

 

To view results versus American, please click here.

 

Howard closes out its three-meet home stand against local foe George Washington (Nov. 9). First race is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside Burr Pool.

 

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

 
Chowan Swimming Concludes Races at Converse


L. Charlotte Dinkins  photo courtesy

SPARTANBURG, S.C.-The Chowan Men's and Women's Swimming teams concluded competition against Converse and Mars Hill on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
FINAL | Men- Chowan 186.00, Mars Hill 139.00
Women- Chowan 125.00, Converse 123.00
Women- Chowan 125.00, Mars Hill 134.00

LOCATION | Spartanburg, S.C.

Complete Results Here

INSIDE THE LANES
400 Medley Relay
For the Women:
The Hawks A team took first place with a time of 2:13.08 with Laurie-Ann Sargent, Julia Stegmaier, Jasmine Gibson and Grace Arredondo.

The B team consisted of Keitra Lloyd, Erin Garza, Megan Reid and Jeleah Delancy who swam a 2:26.49.

For the Men:
Taylor Woodard, Lucas Pels, David Clark and James Cameron touched the wall in 2:01.35 for second place.

1000 Free
For the Women:
Atar Idrissi took second place overall with a time of 11:58.13 while Marissa Mann clocked a time of 12:31.72 for the Hawks.

For the Men:
Justin Lough secured a first place finish after he swam a 10:53.84 for Chowan.

200 Free
For the Women:
After clocking a time of 2:03.33 Laurie-Ann Sargent took second for Chowan. Grace Arredondo finished in sixth with a time of 2:09.12.

For the Men:
Igor Proszynski swam a 1:50.30 for second place while David Clark finished in third with a 1:51.20 in his race.

100 Back
For the Women:
Ashley Hernandez and Taylor Bitting took home fifth and seventh place for the Blue and White.

For the Men:
Taylor Woodard recorded a 1:00.27 while Andrew Simmons swam a 1:02.14 for Chowan.

100 Breast
For the Women:
Grabbing first place was Julia Stegmaier who touched the wall in 1:11.11. Jeleah Delancy posted a 1:18.20 for fourth place.

For the Men:
Garrett Kirkland posted a 1:05.00 for the Hawks while Kyle Sheridan recorded a 1:15.30 on Saturday.

200 Fly
For the Women:
After swimming a 2:31.98, Jasmine Gibson finished in fourth place. Keitra Lloyd finished in fifth place overall with a time of 2:34.54,

For the Men:
Taking home third place was Shaine Olmstead who swam a 2:04.32 in his race.

50 Free
For the Women:
Taking home second place was Grace Arredondo who touched the wall in 26.79 while, Ashley Hernandez posted a 26.83 for the Hawks.

For the Men:
James Cameron took the win for the Hawks with a time of 22.88 while, Jordan Walker posted a 24.91 in his race.

100 Free
For the Women:
Grace Arredondo recorded a time of 57.67 for third place. Jasmine Gibson finished in fourth place with a 58.02 in her event.

For the Men:
After posting a 50.04, David Clark took second place, while Justin Lough followed in third with a 50.68 swim time.

200 Back
For the Women:
Atar Idrissi took fifth place with a time of 2:23.85 while Taylor Bitting took home a sixth place finish after posting a 2:39.12.

For the Men:
Andrew Simmons and Christopher Starks clocked a 2:19.81 and 2:28.06 respectively.

200 Breast
For the Women:
Julia Stegmaier won the event with a time of 2:34.37. Erin Garza finished in fourth place after recording a 2:48.56.

For the Men:
Lucas Pels placed second with a time of 2:24.56 while Kyle Sheridan touched the wall in 2:46.22 for third place.

500 Free
For the Women:
With a 6:01.80 time, Keitra Lloyd finished in fourth place.

For the Men:
Winning the event for the Blue and White, Igor Proszynski posted a 4:52.33. Shaine Olmstead finished in third overall with a time of 5:18.62.

100 Fly
For the Women:
Jasmine Gibson posted a 1:04.82 for fifth place.

For the Men:
Taylor Woodard finished in third place with a time of 56.51.

200 IM
For the Women:
Laurie-Ann Sargent won the event for Chowan with a 2:14.46.

For the Men:
Lucas Pels took home second place with a 2:11.76 while, Kyle Sheridan recorded a 2:31.10 for fourth place.

200 Free Relay
For the Women:
The Hawks took second place with Jeleah Delancy, Ashley Hernandez, Laurie-Ann Sargent and Julia Stegmaier who swam a 1:44.46.

For the Men:
James Cameron, Justin Lough, David Clark, and Igor Proszynski touched the wall in 1:30.31 for first place.

The B team took third place with Shaine Olmstead, Andrew Simmons, Garrett Kirkland and Jordan Walker clocked a time of 1:37.53.

UP NEXT
The Hawks will hit the pool again on November 22-24 as they make an appearance in the Fall Frenzy Invitational hosted by Queens University of Charlotte.

Howard’s Nickolas, Tyme Lead the Way in Loss Versus American
 

DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit – Tim Rice)

 

WASHINGTON (November 1, 2019) – Howard University women’s swimming and diving team fell short against American, 157-67, inside Burr Pool.

 

Junior Christian Nickolas (Brentwood, Calif.) and freshman Breyahna Tyme (Ontario, Canada) led the way with a pair of individual victories.

 

Nickolas won the women’s 1-meter dive with a 244.80 score while the Canada native claimed gold in the 100 Backstroke, clocking in at 1:00.22.

 

The 200 Free Relay squad of Skylar Smith (Los Angeles), junior DeAngela Fobbs (Upper Marlboro, Md.), sophomore Madison Freeland (Glenside, Pa.) and freshman Tiffanee Moore (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed second with a season-best 1:40.66.

 

Individually, junior Abolade Oyetunji (Pembroke Pines, Fla.; 500 Free; 5:43.23) and newcomer Courtney Connolly (White Lake, Mich.; 100 Butterfly; 58.93) posted season bests in their respective events.

 

To view results versus American, please click here.

 

Howard closes out its three-meet home stand against local foe George Washington (Nov. 9). First race is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside Burr Pool.

 

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

Chowan Men's Soccer Nets Championship In OT

Evan Carpenter  Photo Credit CU

MURFREESBORO, N.C. – CHAMPIONS. The Chowan Men's Soccer team needed overtime to claim the outright Conference Carolinas Regular Season Championship with a 2-1 overtime win against Emmanuel.

THE BASICS

FINAL | Chowan 2, Emmanuel 1 OT

RECORDS | Chowan 10-4-1 (8-1-1), Emmanuel 8-6-1 (4-4-1)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Hawks Field)

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Mitchell Levi Lewis would net the game-winner in overtime.  Harrison Ardron would add his 12th goal of the season.

Robin WalshJoury den Boogert, and Sam Hall added an assist.

Ross Miller moved to 10-3-1 on the season with two saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half:

Emmanuel would record the first shot of the contest and make Ross Miller have to make a save.

Chowan had a bunch of chances that would just miss as Robin Walsh's attempt was blocked, Mitchell Levi Lewis missed wide and Trevin Myers hit the post.

Harrison Ardron and Toby Sims had attempts blocked before Trevin Myers' recorded a shot on frame.  Sam Hall also recorded a shot on target but was saved.

Both teams went into the half scoreless.

Second Half:

The scoreless match would end in the 58' as Joury den Boogert slotted the ball to Robin Walsh down the right side of the pitch.  Walsh would play the cross in front of the teeth of the goal and find Harrison Ardron for the attempt near post and the 1-0 lead.

The Hawks continued to push forward but not able to find the back of the net.

Chowan would be called for a foul just outside the box and the Lions would convert on the free kick to find the equalizer in the 89'.

Overtime:

Ross Miller would produce the lone save in the overtime period to keep the match going.

After a foul by the Lions, the ensuing free kick would sail just over the crossbar.  43 ticks later Mitchell Levi Lewis would punch home the game-winner after receiving a through ball on the left side of the box from Sam Hall and finishing far post in the 98'.

UP NEXT

Chowan secured the No. 1 seed and will host the No. 8 seed on Saturday, November 9 in the Conference Carolinas Quarterfinals.

 
Howard Volleyball Edges  Out Coppin State in Five


DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit – Tim Rice)

BALTIMORE (November 3, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team wrapped up the weekend with a five-set victory (21-25, 26-24, 27-25, 22-25, 15-12) over Coppin State (CSU) inside the Physical Education Complex Arena.

With the win, HU improved to 13-12 (10-1 MEAC) while the Eagles dropped to 11-15 (7-5 MEAC) on the season.

“Coppin [State] played aggressive and with more urgency than we did,” said Howard women’s volleyball head coach Shaun Kupferberg after today’s win. “We are at a crossroads right now and have a lot to figure out in the next two weeks.”

Junior Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) and freshman Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) led the Bison attack with a pair of double-doubles. Tipton produced 14 kills (team-high) and 10 digs while the Texas native added 33 assists (team-best) and 10 digs in the win.

Howard battled their way through sets two and three after dropping the opening game, winning both by two points.

CSU responded and forced a fifth and deciding set after taking game four, 22-25.

In game five, Howard took a three-point advantage after an Eagle attack error and pair of kills from sophomore Kailyn Williams (Arlington, Texas) and Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.). After a called timeout by the Eagles, HU extended its lead as much as five, thanks to a service ace by junior Abby Morrow (Detroit), 13-8. CSU clawed their way back and sliced the margin down to two, 13-11, but a service error and kill by Tipton secured the Bison victory.

Williams recorded 11 kills while Wells added 10 kills and seven blocks. Defensively, third-year libero Fola Wilson (Minneapolis) had a match-high 25 digs in the win.

For Coppin State, Paola Caten and Miajavon Coleman each registered double-doubles in the loss.

Howard returns to the Hilltop for two more rematches.

Friday (Nov. 8), HU takes on Delaware State at 6 p.m. Two days later (Nov. 10), the Bison square off against Maryland Eastern Shore. First-serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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

Howard Bowling Battles for Position at the Virginia Union Invitational
HU sits in second place for a chance at the tourney title

 

DEREK W. BRYANT (Photo Credit – Megan Raymond)

 

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (November 2, 2019) – The Howard University Women’s Bowling Team had a phenomenal start at the Virginia Union University (VUU) Invitational, hosted by the Lady Panthers, where they sit second overall in the standings with a chance to win the tournament title.

 

Friday (Nov. 1), HU began the event with five sets of baker style matches. After suffering back-to-back tough losses against Chestnut Hill College (855-938) and tournament leader Wilmington (Del.) University (813-832), the Bison regrouped and found their groove.

 

Howard wrapped up day one sitting in second place with only one pin out of first, thanks to three straight wins against conference rivals Coppin State University (956-849) and Norfolk State University (893-813) and recurring opponent Mount Aloysius College (884-676).

 

Saturday (Nov. 2), the Bison took part in five traditional style matches where they went a perfect 4-0 on the day.

 

Second-year bowler Jahnia Phillips (Elmont, N.Y.) rolled a 185 to guide HU to a 902-784 victory over No. 24 Mount St. Mary’s University. Fellow classmate Jayla Webster (Woodbridge, Va.) shined in the win over Fayetteville State University (904-802), recording an impressive 193.

 

HU’s momentum continued where they dominated Virginia State University (911-675) and knocked off tournament host VUU (893-709), despite a tough outing during the bye.

 

“Our bye match really hurt us,” said Howard junior captain Carolyn Williams. “We knew that going into the last match of the day. We bowled on a difficult pair and we were never able to get ahead of the transition. We wanted to go into the final match of the day at least giving ourselves a chance to bowl for the title.”

 

Chicago native sophomore Janae Bradford rolled a 203 in the victory over Virginia Union.

 

Howard wrapped up day two with just enough to finish in second place for a chance at the title.

 

Williams (Glen Burnie, Md.) and lone senior Tea Lewis (Chesterfield, Va.) were named to the VUU Invitational All-Tournament Team. Both Bison finished top 5 in the individual standings. Lewis placed second with a 189.4 average while the Maryland product took fourth overall, producing a 188.0 mark.

 

HU returns to the lanes for three best-of-seven matches Sunday (Nov. 3) at Bowl America Short Pump to close out the tournament.

 

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

 

Big Second Half Lifts NCCU Football over Howard

 

Kyle Serba  Photo courtesy NCCU  (attached photo of Latrel “Mookie” Collier by KeShawn Ennis)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Central University broke open a one-possession game at halftime by exploding for three touchdowns after intermission to cruise to a 28-6 conference victory over Howard University inside Greene Stadium in the nation’s capital on Saturday.

 

All three NCCU running backs found the end zone, topped by redshirt freshman Latrell “Mookie” Collier with a two-yard touchdown rush and a 39-yard catch-and-run for a score. Junior Isaiah Totten amassed a game-high 90 rushing yards on 17 carries for the visiting Eagles, including a 5-yard touchdown as the only score in the first 30 minutes. Junior Jordan Freeman broke two tackles then raced to the end zone for 37 of his 40 ground yards.

 

As a team, NCCU (4-5, 3-2 MEAC) posted 199 rushing yards, while limiting the Bison to just 39 yards on the ground. In all, the Eagles recorded 390 yards of total offense, compared to 195 total yards by Howard (1-8, 1-4 MEAC).

 

The NCCU defense held Howard scoreless until the final minute of the contest. The Eagles registered seven sacks, including 1.5 each by senior Darius Royster and sophomore Jessie Malit, and junior Bryan Mills tallied his fifth interception of the season. Royster, the league leader with 8.0 sacks, and senior Deonta Fair collected a team-high six tackles apiece.

 

NCCU freshman quarterback Davius Richard completed 18 of 29 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. He connected with seven different Eagles, with Ryan McDaniel, E.J. Hicks and Tyler Barnes each grabbing four receptions. Daeshawn Stephens added three catches for a team-best 50 yards.

 

NCCU has now won eighth straight against the Bison, with Howard’s last victory in the series coming in 1994.

 

Up next, NCCU hosts Norfolk State for homecoming on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.

 


Evann Carpenter
 Photo courtesy CU

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Virginia State 0 14 14 0 28
Chowan 0 7 7 7 21

Game Recap: Football | 11/2/2019 7:14:00 PM



MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Football team continued to play tough down the final stretch as the Hawks fell short on Senior Day to regionally-ranked Virginia State on Saturday.

THE BASICS

FINAL | Chowan 21, Virginia State 28

RECORDS | Chowan 2-7 (1-5), Virginia State 7-2 (5-1)

LOCATION | Murfreesboro, N.C. (Garrison Stadium)

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE

Deshaun Wethington rushed for 117 yards on 20 carries to become the third Hawk to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season.  Wethington would add a 65 yard receiving touchdown.

Bryce Witt threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns.  Witt added 38 yards and a score on the ground.

Imeek Watkins would lead the team with three receptions for 74 yards and one score.

Raydarius Freeman and Marcus Devin led the Hawks defensively with 13 and 10 tackles respectively.  Freeman added half a sack.  Rafiq Abdul-Wahid recorded 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Quarter:

Virginia State moved the ball on the opening drive, but the Hawks' defensive would step up as Rafiq Abdul-Wahid and JayVon Rush forced a fourth down.  The Trojans' 49 yard field goal attempt would fall short.

Chowan's opening drive looked strong to start as Bryce Witt connected with Tyrell Freeman on passes of eight and 12 yards.  Three unsuccessful plays would stall the drive and force a punt.

VSU would be forced to punt on their next drive as the Trojans would pin the Hawks inside the ten yardline.

Bryce Witt tried to spark the offense with a 14 yard run.  Deshaun Wethington would add a 14 yard run, a penalty and an incomplete pass stalled the drive.

The defense continued to play strong for the Hawks forcing another punt.

Second Quarter:

Virginia State would open the scoring with their first drive of the quarter.  A pass interference call would push the Trojans into the redzone.  Two plays later, VSU would find the endzone to lead 7-0.

The next drive for the Hawks would move the ball via Imeek Watkins on a 10 yard reception and 10 yard rush.  Bryce Witt found Ra'Cee Lucas on a 13 yard reception, but the drive would stall near midfield.

Chowan's defense would force another punt, but a muffed punt would allow the Trojans to continue their drive just outside the redzone.  Despite a sack by Rafiq Abdul-Wahid and Antonio Hines, the Trojans used two intermediate passes and find the endzone to lead 14-0.

The Hawks would be able to find paydirt on their next drive as Deshaun Wethington started the drive with a pair of runs.  CU would get the big play as Bryce Witt found Imeek Watkins for a 54 yard touchdown reception to cut the deficit to 14-7.

The final drive of the half for the Trojans would see VSU move the ball into the redzone.  Coach Mark Hall would call back-to-back timeouts to "ice" the kicker.  The kicker would miss the 30 yard attempt to end the half.

Third Quarter:

The opening drive of the half for the Hawks was abruptly ended as a fumble allowed the Trojans to take over near midfield.

VSU would strike three plays later on a big run.  Antonio Hines blocked the PAT to keep the score 20-7.

Chowan would answer the score with one of their own as Bryce Witt found Deshaun Wethington on the throw back pass down the right side line for 65 yards.

The Chowan defense continued to play solid as the Hawks forced a fourth down.  Rafiq Abdul-Wahid and Cameron Smith came up with the stop for a two yard loss.

Bryce Witt's pass would be intercepted on the next drive.  VSU used the turnover and turned it into points with a 10 play, 61 yard drive to lead 28-14.

Fourth Quarter:

Deshaun Wethington would churn up yards on the next drive.  VSU would get called for roughing the passer to continue the drive.  Tyrell Freeman rushed the ball down to the VSU4.  Bryce Witt called his own number for the score to trim the deficit to 28-21.

Raydarius Freemand and Rafiq Abdul-Wahid would team up for a sack to force a punt.  The Trojans' punter would flip the field with a 63 yard punt.

The defense would step up once again as the Trojans looked to seal the game.  The Trojans' kicker would miss his third field goal of the contest as his attempt missed left.

On the final drive of the contest for the Hawks, Bryce Witt connected with Brian Hopper Jr. for 13 yards.  A personal foul penalty pushed the Hawks across midfield.  Deshaun Wethington added 33 yards on three carries to move the ball into the redzone with 1:14 left.

The Hawks would start to move backwards on a holding penalty and a sack forced a 4th and 31.  Imeek Watkins had a chance on fourth down to make a reception, but the attempt would be knocked away to end the rally.

UP NEXT

Chowan will wrap up their season as the Hawks travel to Lincoln (Pa.) for the regular season finale on Saturday, November 9.

 

Rams Shut Out in a 21-0 Homecoming Loss to Shaw Bears

WSSU offense struggles in homecoming loss

 Trevin Goodwin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (4-5, 3-3 CIAA) gave a tremendous effort, but it was not enough when the team took a 21-0 loss to the Shaw Bears (5-4, 4-2 CIAA), Saturday afternoon. The Rams gave it their all in the game, but the team could not find answers for a Shaw team that seemed to be a bit more motivated on the day.

 

“This is a disappointment. We didn’t play well at all,” WSSU interim head football coach Robert Massey said. “We didn’t tackle well. We didn’t play well on offense. They wanted it more. They outplayed us, they outcoached us, and it is what it is. Lesson learned.”

 

The Rams were held scoreless for the first time since the 2013 season when the team took a 7-0 road loss to the Shepherd Rams in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.  As a team, the Rams totaled just 247 yards of total offense in the game. WSSU senior running back Farrell Murchinson led the way for the team with 13 carries for 96 yards in the game. Sophomore quarterback Dominique Graves completed 10-of-19 passes for 113 yards in the game.

 

Winston-Salem State would not put any points on the scoreboard, but the team had several promising moments. The Rams got the game started with an impressive drive. The team drove the ball down to the Shaw nine-yard line. However the drive stalled and ended with a missed 29-yard field goal from the Rams. While the Rams were unable to score, they also held the Bears scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Rams allowed the Bears to score on a nine-yard touchdown run that left WSSU trailing 0-7 after the PAT kick. The next WSSU drive ended in another punt for the Rams. On the following drive, the Rams allowed a 72-yard rushing touchdown to the Bears that left WSSU trailing, 14-0 after the PAT kick with 8:38 left in the second quarter. The Rams had two more drives in the half that stalled with one ending in a punt and another ending in a turnover on downs. The Rams would go to take the 14-0 deficit into the locker room at halftime.

 

In the second half, the Rams defense continued to keep the team in the game. The Rams forced a punt on the opening Shaw drive of the half, but WSSU ended up punting once again themselves. The Rams allowed another score Shaw score on a one-yard touchdown run. The PAT kick left the Rams trailing, 21-0 with 3:36 left in the third quarter. The Rams showed some life in their effort to get back into the game when senior linebacker Bikembe Kearney forced a Shaw fumble and recovered it. The Rams were able to move the ball late in the game with a five-play, 66-yard drive that ended on a goal-line fumble by the Rams that was recovered by the Bears in the WSSU endzone. From there, the Rams continued to try to force a turnover, but the team fell short in the tough loss.

 

With the loss, the Rams fall to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) play. The team will close out the regular season when they host the Fayetteville State Broncos in a 2:00 p.m. Senior Day game. For more information on Rams football,  log on to www.WSSURams.com.

 
 Hampton Saturday  Recaps

James Heath

SECOND HALF RUN LEADS HAMPTON TO 40-17 WIN

HAMPTON, Va. –  Shai McKenzie ran for a career-high 152 yards as the Pirates scored the last 20 points of the game to pull away from Presbyterian for a 40-17 win on Saturday.

The win, Hampton’s first in the Big South Conference, started quickly as Hampton scored on its opening possession.  A pass from Deondre Francois to Marcel Paul went for 52 yards down to the Presbyterian 11.  From there McKenzie bulled his way into the end zone for an early 6-0 lead just 41 seconds into the game.

The Blue Hose answered taking advantage of a turnover to gain possession at the Hampton 14.  The Pirates defense stiffened and forced a 32-yard field goal by Parker Maddrey to trail 6-3 with three minutes left in the quarter.

Hampton scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, both on passes by Francois. He connected with KeyRon Catlett on a 10-yard scoring pass at the 10:04 mark and then with Aedon Johnson on a nine-yard scoring strike with 94 seconds left as Hampton took a 20-3 lead into halftime.

Presbyterian got themselves back into the contest scoring twice in a five-minute span of the third quarter.  Brandon Thompson connected with Dohnte Meyers on a 42-yard scoring pass with 11:59 left to trail 20-10.  Thompson finished off a 59-yard scoring drive with a one-yard run at the 6:32 mark as the guests trailed 20-17.

Austin Bradley answered the two touchdowns by the Presbyterian quarterback with a pair of his own.  He connected with Jadakis Bonds on a 51-yard scoring pass with 4:55 left in the third to push the lead back to double digits at 27-17.

The Pirates then went on an 82-yard scoring drive over 14 plays that took 9:10 off the clock as Bradley finished it with a one-yard push to take the lead to 33-17 with 7:47 left.

Hampton’s special teams put the finishing touches on this win as Lorenzo Thompson blocked a punt that was scooped by Ohmante Jenkins for a 24-yard run with 4:26 remaining.

This was the fourth straight 100-yard game for McKenzie with career highs in carries (28) and yards (152).  He is now at 909 yards through nine games and could become the first Hampton 1,000-yard rusher since Jeremiah Schwartz ran for 1,043 in 2012.

Francois was 13-of-23 for 195 yards and two touchdowns to go over 2,000 yards on the year.  His two touchdowns now puts him tied for third on the single-season touchdown passes list with 20.

Bonds had his third 100-yard receiving game of the year with eight catches for 134 yards and one touchdown.  That score moved him into second on the single-season touchdown reception list with 11.

For the fourth time in nine games, the defense held an opponent to under 55 yards rushing as the Blue Hose ran for 46 yards.  That matches the fewest yards on the ground in a game this year as North Alabama ran for 46 on October 5.  Elizabeth City State and Gardner-Webb ran for 55 yards on the Pirates.

Caleb Brown had seven tackles to lead Hampton defense with two for a loss.  Mason King, DeAndre Faulk and Oral Varcciann added five each.

Hampton (5-4, 1-2) now visits Charleston Southern on November 9 for a 6pm kick.

WOMEN FINISH 10TH AT BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

BUIES CREEEK, N.C. – The Hampton women’s cross country team finished its season on Saturday coming in 10th at the Big South Conference meet hosted by Campbell University,

High Point won the race with 32 points, followed by Campbell (48) and Charleston Southern (69).

Zuri Rashad was the leading runner for Hampton coming in 55th place in a time of 20:50.56 over the 5k course.

Other Hampton runners were:

58. Alexia Phifer – 21:04.97

66. Shakeira Johnson – 21:37.26

74. DeVonya Brown – 23:05.59

80. Gabrielle Chenault – 24:13.38

For more information on Hampton University women’s cross country,  visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.

MEN FINISH 10TH AT BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Hampton men’s cross country team finished its season on Saturday taking tenth in the Big South Conference Championships held at Campbell University.

The host Camels won the event with 28 points, followed by Charleston Southern (56) and High Point (61).

Geoffrey McCullough was the leading runner for Hampton with a 43rd place finish in 27:46.70 over the 8k course.

Other Hampton runners included:

57. Coby Price -- 28:27.81

75. Jeremiah Hill – 30:51.58

81. Josiah Hill – 32:21.95

83. Jordan Ross – 32:21.95

VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN FOUR TO GARDNER-WEBB

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hampton volleyball team fell in four sets on Saturday afternoon to visiting Gardner-Webb 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-13.

After losing the opening set 25-21, Hampton rallied to take the second after opening down 7-2.  The Lady Pirates tied it at 10 on a kill by Sasha Saric and at 11 on one by Gabby Calloway.  They took their first lead at 13-12 on another kill by Saric and it grew to 17-14 after a pair of kills by Alyah Barkley.

As the lead went from three, to one, to three again, kills by Barkley and Isis Black gave Hampton the second set at 25-21.

In the third set, Hampton held a 17-14 lead after a service ace by Ana Baruh Krstic before the guests scored six of the next seven points to lead 20-18 and eventually winning 25-21.

Calloway had 12 kills and 11 digs to lead Hampton, while Black added 10 kills and Saric with nine.  Jessica Pugh chipped in 10 digs, while Lena Reed-Petracek had 33 assists.

Hampton will be home again next weekend hosting Radford at 6 pm on November 8.

 
 
MEAC Football Week 10: Big Showdown in Orangeburg Highlights  Slate

Maurice Williams

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 30, 2019 – A big showdown in Orangeburg, S.C. highlights Week 10 of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) football, as North Carolina A&T State and South Carolina State – both 3-1 in league play – square off at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in a contest to be rebroadcast on ESPNU. Elsewhere, Norfolk State will celebrate Homecoming against Morgan State, North Carolina Central will visit the nation’s capital to take on Howard and Delaware State will fly to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on the Rattlers.
 

North Carolina A&T State Aggies (5-2, 3-1 MEAC) vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs (5-2, 3-1 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium • Orangeburg, S.C. • 1:30 P.M.

TV: ESPN3 (Rebroadcast on ESPNU @ 1:30 a.m.)


Running back Jah-Maine Martin was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season after his performance in the No. 16/16 Aggies’ 64-6 rout of Howard this past weekend. Martin ripped off 138 yards and three scores on just seven carries, averaging 19.7 yards a rush. Linebacker Jacob Roberts had a huge day in his first-ever Homecoming game; he was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week after racking up 15 tackles (six for loss) and three sacks in the win over Howard. That performance also earned Roberts STATS FCS National Freshman Player of the Week honors. “He was a one-man wrecking crew,” Aggies head coach Sam Washington said. “Since the first day I told him, there’s only one other freshman who has played for me. He has made me proud ever since that moment. I’m expecting much more from him.” South Carolina State handed Bethune-Cookman its first MEAC loss of the season this past Saturday, thanks largely to 108 rushing yards from Labron Morris. Tyrece Nick had two touchdowns for the Bulldogs – one passing and one rushing. The two conference heavyweights, who are both 3-1 in league play, will meet for the 55th time, with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series, 31-21-2.

North Carolina Central Eagles (3-5, 2-2 MEAC) vs. Howard Bison (1-7, 1-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 • Greene Stadium • Washington, D.C. • 1 p.m.


TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Eagles punt returner Brandon Codrington was named MEAC Specialist of the Week for his performance in the Eagles’ 30-23 win over Delaware State this past Saturday. He returned a kickoff 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown after the Hornets had tied the score with 50 seconds left in regulation. Codrington also had a touchdown-saving tackle on a Delaware State kickoff return. Meanwhile, Howard receiver Kyle Anthony is in pursuit of several records. After catching three passes in the Bison’s 64-6 loss to North Carolina A&T State, Anthony now has 178 for his career. He needs six receptions to break the school record held by Gary “Flea” Harrell. He also needs six touchdown receptions to become the program’s all-time leader. The Eagles have won the last five match-ups between the two schools, including a 40-35 thriller last season.


Morgan State Bears (1-7, 1-4 MEAC) vs. Norfolk State Spartans (2-6, 1-3 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 • Dick Price Stadium • Norfolk, Va. • 2 p.m.

TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Juwan Carter threw for 221 yards and a touchdown in the Spartans’ 35-22 loss to Bethune-Cookman back on Week 8, as Norfolk State was idle this past week. Kevin Johnson ran for 99 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and caught four passes for 81 yards and another touchdown in that contest. Manasseh Bailey had six catches for 90 yards in the Bears’ 24-12 loss to Florida A&M this past Saturday. Norfolk State has dominated the series in recent years, winning nine of the last 10 games against Morgan State. However, the Bears’ lone win came last season, 44-27.

Delaware State Hornets (1-7, 0-5 MEAC) vs. Florida A&M Rattlers (7-1, 5-0 MEAC)
Saturday, Nov. 2 • Bragg Memorial Stadium • Tallahassee, Fla. • 4 p.m.
TV: MEAC Digital Network / ESPN3

Florida A&M continues to roll, winning its seventh straight game behind the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Rasean McKay. Making his first career start in place of the injured Ryan Stanley, McKay showed poise and completed 25 of 35 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown in a win over Morgan State. The Rattlers are nationally ranked for the first time since 2009 and continue to rise, sitting at No. 17 in both the STATS FCS and AFCA Coaches polls. They are also No. 1 in the BOXTOROW Coaches’ Poll. Mean while, Bryant Dallas had 88 yards on 21 carries in the Hornets’ 30-23 loss to North Carolina Central. Bizzett Woodley had seven catches for 99 yards and a career-high two touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Tylik Bethea has thrown for over 1,200 yards in his first season under center. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since 2016, when the Rattlers beat the Hornets 41-27.

Maurice D. Williams

 
CU Football Week 9: Hall of Fame/Senior Day

Evann Carpenter  Photo Courtesy CU
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Football wraps up their 2019 home schedule as the Hawks host regionally-ranked Virginia State in the home finale. The meeting will be Hall of Fame and Senior Day for the Hawks.

WHEN Saturday, November 2 | 1:00pm

WHERE Murfreesboro, N.C. (Garrison Stadium)

FOLLOW GAMEDAY CENTRAL

Game Notes: Chowan vs Virginia State


RUNNING DOWN THE "HALL "WAY

Chowan ended their five game losing streak with an emphatic win over rival, Elizabeth City State, for homecoming, 49-41.

The Hawks are averaging 56.7 more yards of total offense in the past two games under interim head coach Mark Hall. The majority of that is coming on the ground from Deshaun Wethington who is averaging 215.0 yards the past two games after churning out a career-high 297 yards against Elizabeth City State.


Defensively, the Hawks have slowed the running game from 254.8 to 143.5 in the past two games. The opposing offenses have seen an up-tick in passing yards as the Hawks have faced two teams that like to air it out.


Chowan is 1-1 under the direction of interim head coach with two games to go in the season.


WHERE DO WE STAND?

Deshaun Wethington jumped to 12th in the country in rushing yards after a strong performance against ECSU. Wethington sits with 958 rushing yards. Wethington is second in the CIAA in rushing yards. Wethington also sits third in the country in rushing yards per game at 158.8 and first in the CIAA.

Torrance Brumfield is seventh in the country and second in the CIAA in combined kick return yards with 644.

Rafiq Abdul-Wahid is eighth in the country and second in the CIAA in blocked kicks (2).

Bryce Witt is 15th in the country and first in the CIAA in passing touchdowns (19). Witt is second in the CIAA in passing yards (1,578) and passing yards per game (197.3).

Chowan is ranked in the top-25 in several categories:

17th - 3rd down conversion (48.1%) | 2nd - Blocked Kicks (7)

15th - First Downs Offense (192) | 11th - Rushing Offense (262.8)

15th - Total Offense (473.4)

CIAA RANKINGS

Chowan's rankings within the CIAA Conference:

1st - 3rd down conversion (48.1%) | 2nd- blocked kicks (8)

1st- completion percentage (59.8%) | 4th - fewest penalties (60)

1st - First down offense (192) | 6th - passes intercepted (10)

4th- passing offense (210.6) | 1st - rushing offense (262.8)

3rd - scoring offense (36.8) | 3rd - team passing efficiency (140.54)

1st - total offense (473.4)

TROUNCING THE TROJANS
Virginia State enters the contest with a 6-2 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the CIAA. The Trojans are ranked #7 in the Super Region 2.

Cordelral Cook makes this offense tick with 959 yards passing and six touchdowns along with 477 yards rushing and six touchdowns. The Trojans have a potent offense attack with Cook along with Darius Hagans and Demetrius Strickland. VSU averages 239.8 yards per game on the ground.

The Trojans defensively are one of the best in the league allowing 16.5 points per game. VSU is tops in the league in sacks with31. Javon Frazier leads the rush with 6.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. Zion Johnson leads the team in tackles with 37.

VSU doesn't allow many points or total yards allowing 238.8 yards per game including a stingy 71.1 yards per game on the ground.

IN THE SERIES
Virginia State leads the series 7-2. The Hawks snapped the five game losing streak in the series last season with a 45-38 victoryon the road. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by a single score. The Hawks nearly upset the then-#19 ranked Trojans the last time VSU was in Murfreesboro. Chowan fell short 26-23 as a late fumble ended the upset bid.

Evann Carpenter
 
 Howard Swimming & Diving Continues Home Stretch with Crosstown Rival American
HU takes on Eagles Friday night

Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2019) – Howard University men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams continue their home stretch when crosstown rival American comes to The Burr. Meet time is slated for 6 p.m.

LAST TIMEOUT

Saturday (Oct. 26), the Bison men won a close home meet against Mary Washington, 136-126, while the women gained their first loss of the season, 124-153.

MEET PREVIEW

HOWARD

HU men look to remain undefeated this season (3-0) whereas the Bison women seek redemption after suffering their first loss.

Seniors Leanne McMaster (Kingston, Jamaica), Noah Nicholas (Atlanta), Maalik Nixon (Peachtree City, Ga.), Skylar Smith (Los Angeles) and Andreas Weech (Nassau, Bahamas) continue to pave the way for HU.

AMERICAN

Both American squads are searching for their first wins of the year. After opening the season with solid outings in the annual Potomac Relays, the Eagles have lost to Loyola (Md.) and Georgetown.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Howard closes out its three-meet home stand against local foe George Washington (Nov. 9). First race is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside Burr Pool.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Hawks Look to Continue Fast Times at Converse

Charlotte Dinkins  Photo courtesy CU

MURFREESBORO, N.C.-The Chowan Men's and Women's Swimming teams are set to travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to compete against Converse and Mars Hill on Saturday, November 2.

WHEN Saturday, November 2 | 11:00am

WHERE Spartanburg, S.C. (Montgomery Pool)

HAWKS PROFILE
Chowan dominated the pool last week on the road against Virginia Wesleyan with Atar Idrissi who clocked a time of 12:17.68 to win the 1000 Free. Igor Proszynski won the event for the men with a time of 10:19.15.

After posting a 2:04.47 in the 200 Free, Julia Stegmaier took home the win for the Hawks, while Shaine Olmstead touched the wall in 2:05.19 in the 200 Fly for first place.

LAST MEETING
The Hawks last competed against the Valkyries and Lions during the 18-19 season. The women fell short to Converse and Mars Hill while the men competed against Mars Hill and loss the dual meet 135-58.

Marissa Mann recorded a career best of 12:02.20 in the 800 Free to claim second place for the women, while ShaineOlmstead won the event with a 10:38.72 career best for the Blue and White.

Lucas Pels secured third after he recorded a 4:46.46 in the 400 IM.

Action against Converse and Mars Hill begins at 11am in Spartanburg, S.C.
 
Howard Bowling Back in Action for the Virginia Union Invitational
Bison looking to stay hot after layoff


Derek Bryant (Photo Credit – Frank Mitchell III)

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2019) – Howard University women’s bowling team returns to the lanes after a week away for the Virginia Union (VUU) Invitational, hosted by the Lady Panthers. The three-day event (Nov. 1-3) takes place in Glen Allen,Va., at the Bowl America Short Pump (4400 Pouncey Tract Road in Glen Allen, Va.).

The action starts Friday (Nov. 1) at 10 a.m.

LAST TIMEOUT

The bowling team participated in the Mount Shootout, hosted by Mount St. Mary's University (Oct. 19 and 20). Boasting a 7-2 mark, the Bison finished sixth overall, which was a huge improvement from their bottom four ranking the year before. All five student-athletes finished top five, individually.

MEET PREVIEW

Howard enters the weekend with an 11-8 overall mark with a pair of victories over top 25 squads: No. 21 Mount St. Mary’s and No. 24 LIU-Brooklyn. On the year, HU has a 2-3 mark against teams ranked in the top 25.

Senior Tea Lewis (Chesterfield, Va.) and sophomore Janae Bradford (Chicago) led the Bison, posting an average over 180.

Over the weekend, the lone senior will be recognized for her outstanding contributions to the program.

UPCOMING SEASON

On Nov. 8-10, HU goes to nearby Glen Burnie, Md., for the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) meet of the season, hosted by Coppin State.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.com.
 
Howard Volleyball Set for a Pair of Rematches in Baltimore
Bison look to remain unbeaten in conference play
Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)

WASHINGTON (October 31, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team hits the road for a pair of rematches in Baltimore.

Friday (Nov. 1), HU meets Morgan State (MSU) at 7 p.m., followed by Coppin State (CSU) Sunday (Nov. 3) afternoon at 1 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action at www.morganstatebears.com and www.coppinstatesports.com.

LAST TIMEOUT

Last weekend, HU had a pair of five-set thrillers inside The Burr.

The team started the weekend by winning a five-set match Friday (Oct. 25) against North Carolina Central (23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-18, 15-13).

The Bison continued the weekend with yet another five-set match Sunday (Oct. 27) against North Carolina A&T State. The victory (25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 20-25, 15-5) left the Bison as the only undefeated team in the MEAC at 9-0.

MATCHUP PREVIEWS

HOWARD

HU (12-11, 9-0 MEAC) enters as the league’s lone team unbeaten in conference play. Howard stands on top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division with only a handful of matches remaining before the tournament (Nov. 22-24).

Recently, the MEAC revealed its women's volleyball weekly honors where Howard senior Kira Porter (Lake Tahoe, Nev.) earned the league's top award.

MORGAN STATE

Since their last outing against the Bison, MSU (12-11, 6-4 MEAC) has found its rhythm, winning four-of-their-last five contests, including 3-1 victory over crosstown rival Coppin State. Currently, the Lady Bears sit second in the northern division with the tiebreaker over CSU.

On Oct. 8, the Bison defeated Morgan State in straight sets (28-26, 25-18, 25-23) inside Burr Gymnasium. HU recorded 12 total blocks, led by Porter with a match-high eight blocks (two solo).

COPPIN STATE

CSU (10-14, 6-4 MEAC) enters winning three-of-their-last four matches since playing Howard with their only loss coming against rival Morgan State. As of today, Coppin State holds the No. 3 slotin the northern division.

On Oct. 13, the Bison took down Coppin State in straight sets (25-22, 26-24, 25-21) inside Burr Gymnasium. Redshirt sophomore Marcelle Butler (Canton, Ga.) led the way with a match-high 12 kills, followed by third-year outside hitter Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) collecting 11 kills with a .350 hitting percentage.

UPCOMING SEASON

Howard returns to the Hilltop for two more rematches.

Friday (Nov. 8), HU takes on Delaware State at 6 p.m. Two days later (Nov. 10), the Bison square off against Maryland Eastern Shore. First-serve is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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