It was another action-packed week in sports here at RIT. Many of the fall teams had their seasons officially ended last week, while most of the winter sports are off and hitting the ground running.
Congratulations to the volleyball team (31-11) on a tremendous season. The Tigers made their first NCAA appearance since 1999, with a valiant effort against Heidelberg College of Ohio. Junior Jessica Schaffer became the first Tiger to record 600 kills and 600 digs in the same season. Schaffer and Nichole Boxler were honored by the AVCA for their excellent play.
There were questions raised over why the NCAA chose to send RIT out to the tougher Ohio bracket, while Nazareth, who RIT defeated four out of five times this season, was able to stay east in the much easier New York/New Jersey bracket and win two matches. Here is the complete NCAA Tournament field.
Head Coach Roger Worsley was not one of the people who questioned the move. He was happy with his team’s effort and that the Tigers were able to see volleyball played at a higher level.
Senior Andy Varble will be the lone Tiger to race at the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday. He led the men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the Atlantic Region Championship. The women placed 13th.
The men’s hockey squad played Air Force in a pair of games at the Ritter Arena over the weekend. The results were exactly how every other game against the Falcons has played out over the past few years. Air Force won 2-1 on Friday in overtime, while the Tigers scored four first period goals and hung on to win 4-3 on Saturday. RIT now leads the all-time series between the two clubs 7-6-2 and is 4-4-2 against the Falcons since RIT moved to Division I in 2005.
This weekend, the men host Mercyhurst College for a pair of games at Ritter. Mercyhurst, like Canisius, was a member of the ECAC West in the ’80s and ’90s. The two teams built a good rivalry in Division III and have carried it over to Division I.
Women’s hockey maintained its #6 ranking, despite two closer than anticipated wins over Buffalo State. The women play Hamilton College in a home-and-home series this weekend. The Tigers are the home team on Saturday, while the Continentals host on Sunday.
Swimming and diving wrapped up its work for the fall quarter. The men defeated St. Lawrence behind two pool records from All-American diver Quinn Donahoe, while the women went down in defeat. Angie Palomaki did receive an Empire 8 honor. Swimming hosts the Don Richards Memorial Tournament from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.
Good luck to all of the RIT students with final exams this week. There are not too many better feelings than when that final test for the quarter is finished and there is nothing but a few weeks of R and R on the horizon.
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