NCCU Beats ECSU for Oliver’s First Coaching Victory

Kyle Serba
(Attached photo of NCCU head coach Trei Oliver after being presented with the game ball. Photo by KeShawn Ennis.)

DURHAM, N.C. –Trei Oliver celebrated his first victory as a head coach at his alma mater, as North Carolina Central University cruised to a 45-7 triumph over Elizabeth City State University in the Eagles’ home-opener inside O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday night.

NCCU amassed 391 yards of total offense, paced by rookie quarterback Davius Richard, who completed 17 of 24 passes for 208 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 34 yards. Running back Isaiah Totten accumulated 74 rushing yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run, while Jordan Freeman added 68 ground yards and a score on just five carries. Receiver Ryan McDaniel collected four catches for 74 yards, including a spectacular one-handed grab resulting in a 45-yard touchdown.

The Eagles held the visiting Vikings to just 91 total yards, recording 14 tackles for a loss with seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and an interception returned for a touchdown. Senior defensive end Darius Royster amassed eight takedowns, including 3.0 stops in the backfield with 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. Defensive tackle Cyrus Stanback also tallied a pair of sacks, and linebacker Jerome Foster posted four tackles with a fumble recovery and a pick-six.

NCCU (1-3) begins conference play next Saturday (Sept. 28) at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Howard Volleyball Knocks Off Rutgers in Four
Bison end skid with big win over Big Ten foe

Derek  Bryant  (Photo Credit – Mark Coleman)

WASHINGTON (September 21, 2019) – Howard University women’s volleyball team grabbed its first home win of the season after knocking off Rutgers in four sets (25-22, 25-17, 15-25, 25-19) inside Burr Gymnasium.

With the victory, HU snapped its six-match slide while securing its first win over a Big Ten foe.

“Our team put together a solid performance today,” said Howard women’s volleyball head coach Shaun Kupferberg. “Our setters did a great job spreading the offense around and our hitters were efficient. Now, we have to look for some consistency heading into tomorrow [at Georgetown].”

Overall, Howard registered a .301 hitting percentage on the day. Freshman Tamar Wells (Apopka, Fla.) led the charge, posting a .526 hitting percentage with 12 kills and a match-high seven blocks (four solo).

Freshmen setters Semira Blair (Fort Worth, Texas) and Kayla Diaz (Nanuet, N.Y.) tallied 42 combined assists.

HU opened the first set trailing as much as five, 11-6, until the Bison tallied four consecutive kills to slice the margin down to one, 11-10. After both squads were deadlocked at 18 until back-to-back kills from Wells created enough separation to secure the first game in favor of Howard.

Set two saw Rutgers unable to keep the ball in play, recording 12 unforced errors (11 hitting and one service). As a result, Howard kept the pressure on and delivered seven blocks in the game, led by Wells with four blocks (two solo), and won the second set.

Rutgers rebounded and won set three, recording a .556 hitting percentage with no errors.

In game four, HU regained control of the match after delivering 17 kills. Both clubs were tied at 15 until the Bison scored five straight points, forcing the Scarlett Knights to take a timeout,20-15. After the short intermission, Howard scored its final five points on kills.

Four Bison recorded double-digit kills, led by redshirt sophomore Marcelle Butler (Canton, Ga.) with a team-best 13 kills.

Juniors Myca Mitchell (Clovis, Calif.) and Jurnee Tipton (Ypsilanti, Mich.) combined for 22 kills and 16 digs while follow classmate Fola Wilson (Minneapolis) produced a match-high 15 digs in the victory.

For Rutgers, Nastya Kudryashova led the Scarlett Knights with 14 kills in the loss.

Sunday (Sept. 22), HU wraps up the weekend at crosstown rival Georgetown. The action starts 1 p.m.

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Hawks Battle to Draw Against Warriors
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 OT 1 OT 2 F
Chowan 1 1 0 0 2
Southern Wesleyan 0 2 0 0 2

Evann Carpenter  Picture Courtesy  Chowan

CENTRAL, S.C. – The Chowan Women's Soccer team battled back to even the match up and settled for a draw against Southern Wesleyan in Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon.


FINAL | Chowan 2, Southern Wesleyan 2 - 2OT

RECORDS | Chowan 0-3-1 (0-1-1), Southern Wesleyan 2-1-2 (1-0-1)

LOCATION | Central, S.C.


Chowan peppered the cage to outshot Southern Wesleyan 24-13. The Hawks were able to post 12 shots on target and notched six corner kicks.

Carolina Lucci led the team with three points grabbing a goal and an assist. Shannon Park found the equalizer for her first collegiate goal.

Lucci, Sydney Henderson and Sierra Gonzalez posted five shots each in the contest.

Lynzie Hulle recorded seven saves in the draw.


First Half:

Both teams recorded a shot on frame before the scoring happened. Following a shot on target by the Warriors, Karissa Grooms posted a shot in the bottom right corner but was saved.

n the 14' Carolina Lucci broke away near midfield and buried the shot into the left corner to open the scoring for the Hawks.

Lynzie Hulle kept the Warriors from scoring in the first have with three saves.

Second Half:

Southern Wesleyan would shift the momentum in the second half as they would find the equalizer in the 58'. Ysa Novak would post a shot for the Hawks before the Warriors would go up 2-1 in the 61'.

With time running late in the half, Carolina Lucci finds Shannon Park in the middle of the box. Novak distributed the pass into the bottom left corner to even the match at 2-all in the 79'.

SWU looked to take the advantage in the 86' but Lynzie Hulle would charge off her line and halt the attack. The Warriors had another chance in the 88', but the back line defense of the Hawks kept the match level.

Stephanie Quintanilla and Sierra Gonzalez posted shots in the final minute of regulation but were turned away to force overtime.


Chowan was on the front foot during the first overtime period getting three shots off early. Sierra Gonzalez looked to go bottom corner but was unable to sneak it past the keeper.

SWU had a chance in the 100' but Lynzie Hulle stopped the attempt to send it to the second overtime.

Sydney Henderson blasted a shot over the crossbar in the 103' for the first attempt for the Hawks in the second overtime.

Carolina Lucci ripped a last ditch effort as the horn sounded but was unable to get it past the SWU keeper.


Chowan takes a step out of league play as the Hawks will host Wingate in a non-conference match on Wednesday, September 25. First touch is at 3pm.

Chowan Soars Past Warriors in League Opener

Evann Carpenter  Picture Courtesy  Chowan

CENTRAL, S.C. – The Chowan Men's Soccer team picked up the Conference Carolinas opening win in a shutout performance against Southern Wesleyan on the road.


FINAL | Chowan 1, Southern Wesleyan 0

RECORDS | Chowan 2-1-0 (1-0-0), Southern Wesleyan 1-4-0 (0-2-0)

LOCATION | Central, S.C.


Chowan peppered the cage leading to a 29-8 advantage on shots.

Harry Ardron netted his third goal of the season. Jouryden Boogert added an assist.

Ross Miller picked up the win in goal with eight saves.


First Half:

Harri Lovett started the assault on the cage in the second minute with a shot. Mitchell Levi Lewis ripped a shot towards cage and made the Southern Wesleyan back line make a defensive save. Levi Lewis posted another shot on frame but was saved by the keeper.

The Hawks continued to send shots towards the cage but were turned away. Both teams headed into the break scoreless.

Second Half:

The assault continued into the second half with several shots by the Hawks. Chowan was able to find the back of the net as Jouryden Boogert found Harry Ardron for the first tally in the 57' for the 1-0.

In the 79', Chowan had a chance to make it 2-0 but the Warrior's keeper would save the penalty kick.


Chowan continues their road trip with a non-conference contest against Queens on Wednesday, September 25. First touch is at 4pm.

L. Charlotte Dinks  Picture Courtesy Chowan

MURFREESBORO, N.C.- The Chowan Men's and Women's Golf teams hit the road for weekend play. The men will travel to Rocky, Mount, N.C. to compete in the Don Scalf Invitational while the women, will play in the Hampton Collegiate hosted by Hampton University.

WHEN     Saturday, September 21-23

                W | (EAGLEWOOD GC) HAMPTON, VA.

Women's Golf
Chowan opened their fall season at the Cutter Creek Invitational hosted Barton competing Inecia Rolle and Annery Abreu as individuals in the tournament this year. 

Inecia Rolle finished the invitational T3 with Hannah Stephenson from Lander after posting a 152 final score.

Freshman, Annery Abreu improved her first round score by 15 strokes to post a 79 on Tuesday afternoon. Abreu finished T19 for the Blue and White.

Adding to the strength for the Blue and White will be Samone Morgan and Carrington Alston.

Men's Golf
The men opened their 2019 fall season in 18th place at the Kiawah Invitational after posting a 317 round two score and 634 tournament final.

Leading the Hawks was Dale Davis who improved his first round score by 10 strokes to record a 72 on Tuesday. Davis finished the tournament T73 with a 154 final.

Noah Pendergrass shot a 79 in the final round to finish T76 while teammate, Tyler Pittman carded an 84 on Tuesday for the Blue and White.

The Hawks last competed in the Don Scalf Invitational in the Fall of 2018. After carding a 648 final Chowan finished in 10th place as a team.
MJBL organizes hurricane fundraiser 2019

Larry Barber  (picture courtesy Larry Barber)

2019 MJBL 10-under champion Bahamas Freedom Farm Baseball Team,  MJBL staffer Mike Berry who organized this fundraiser is in the chair behind sitters.

Richmond, VA –  Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL) of Richmond, VA has started a relief fund for those affected by Hurricane Dorian.  A
GoFundMe page has been established via the web pages.  "I urge you to join the young men of the MJBL in their endeavor to raise money in support of the relief effort to aid the Bahamian people that have suffered through the devastation of Hurricane Dorian,"  said Mike Berry, the fund organizer. 

These young men have formed a strong bond with players of MJBL affiliate Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL) in Nassau, Bahamas.  This bond was established when a MJBL all-star team traveled to Nassau this past January during the MLK, Jr. holiday to play against FFBL.  Seeing the devastation that occurred in the Bahamas on television and on social media prompted these young men, their families and coaches to take action to be a part of the relief effort.

Local television stations WTVR-CBS 6 and WRIC-ABC 8, the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the San Francisco Giants AA affiliate have all joined forces to get the world out on his relief aid effort.  All monies raised will be sent to the office of Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), covering the expense of the trucking company and relief supplies sent to Miami and then load them to a ship and sent to the Bahamas.
Howard’s Tyson Speaks at the NFCA Coaches Clinic ; Tyson invited to coaching clinic in Kansas City

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Lawrence Johnson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 19, 2019) – The National Fast pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced open registration for the 2019-20 NFCA Coaches Clinics where Howard University softball head coach Tori Tyson will be among the incredible speakers. The announcement came Monday.

Entering Year Three, the clinics feature 40 elite softball minds, who will share their knowledge, drills and secrets to success this winter.

“[This is] such an opportunity to grow the game, but most importantly, learn it,” said Tyson, who is entering her second year at the helm. “I’m humbled and excited to share my little piece, especially being surrounded by some future Hall of Fame coaches. I always jump at the opportunity to grow the game and represent Howard [University] and HBCUs on these stages.”

Tyson will take her knowledge of the game to Kansas City where she joins Larissa Anderson (Missouri), Courtney Deifel (Arkansas), Caryl Drohan (Northwestern) and Sam Marder (Texas Tech).

Clinics will be offered in seven cities- Chicago (2), Louisville, Portland, Ore., Charlotte, Nashville, Minneapolis and Kansas City - with five speakers at each site. Over two days, participants will gain knowledge from world-class speakers and be able to mingle with exhibitors, who will be showcasing some of the newest innovations in the softball world.

The 2019-20 lineup features seven NFCA Hall of Famers, 11 national champions, four coaches with over 1,000 career wins, three Olympic gold medalists and the two winningest coaches in the NCAA (Carol Hutchins, Michigan) and NCAA Division I (Mike Candrea, Arizona), respectively.

"Providing relevant, cutting-edge fast pitch education is one of the NFCA's main pillars,” said NFCA Executive Director Carol Bruggeman. “The NFCA is thrilled to provide eight coaches clinics nationwide to help our coaches on their quest for excellence.”

In only her first season, Coach Tyson revitalized the program with several victories throughout the year. HU reached the postseason for the first time since 2015 while grabbing their first tourney win in eight seasons (2011). Additionally, the Bison's 19 victories are the most since 2012.

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: 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 NFCA
Established in 1983, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) is the professional growth organization for fastpitch softball coaches from all competitive levels of play. Although collegiate coaches comprised the majority of the organization's membership in the early days, today they are joined by high school, travel ball, professional and international coaches, along with umpires, clubs, businesses and fans of fast pitch softball. Growing from40 members in 1983 to over 5,700 today, the NFCA boasts members from all 50 states and 11 international countries – Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at www.HUBison.comor the NFCA website at
Hightower, Macauly Lift Howard Women's Soccer Over VMI ; Bison remain unbeaten at home

Derek Bryant  (Photo Credit – Randy Smith)

WASHINGTON (September 15, 2019) – Howard University women’s soccer team ended its brief homestand with a 1-0 victory over Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in an intense, nonconference matchup at Greene Stadium.

With the win, HU moved to 3-1 overall and remains unbeaten at home.

“Today was a hard fought victory,” said Howard women’s soccer head coach Brent Leiba. “We had plenty of quality opportunities that we need to do a better job at executing, but I'm proud of the players for finding a way to get the result.”

At the 85-minute mark, sophomore defender Kendall Macauly (Toronto, Canada) was foul inside the box and granted a penalty kick opportunity. In the waning moments of a tied contest, the Toronto native delivered the match-winning goal over VMI’s Noelle Heilpern head and propelled HU to victory.

Although the Keydets outshot HU, 23-13, senior goalkeeper Alayah Hightower (Largo, Md.) keep VMI over the board and tied a career-high 12 saves in the victory.

“Alayah [Hightower] was fantastic,” said Leiba on his senior goalkeeper. “[She] certainly was a major factor in getting the team a victory.”

For VMI (1-6), Heilpern registered five saves in a losing effort.

Tuesday (Sept. 17), Howard goes to nearby Annapolis, Md., where they take on Navy. Match-time is set for 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bison Athletics website at
MEAC Maurice Williams

Ty Halpin
Director, Championships and Alliances, Division I Football

Media Professionals:

This e-mail is the continuation of a sustained educational effort regarding NCAA football playing rules and officiating topics. At the request of the College Football Officiating, LLC Board of Managers, materials will continue to be created and distributed, focusing on playing rules and officiating principles that are intended to enhance the safety of the game. The latest installment is the video at the link below and was prepared by Rogers Redding, national coordinator of officials, focusing on the first few weeks of the season.

Please find a link to the video below.

The point of this effort is to educate the media and fans not only to the rules, but to the rationale and intent of these policies.