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Wide World of Tiger Sports – September 17 Sports

The men’s soccer team (1-4-0, 0-0 E8) dropped both matches last weekend up north, losing at St. Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday. Freshman Bobby Bullard has four goals and nine points in five games for the Tigers. The Tigers have been hurt the by the injury bug, as four key starters (2007 leading scorer Dan Holowaty, sophomore back Kyle Grimaldi, junior back Jake Yates and senior back Chris Somers a three-time All-Empire 8 selection, have missed significant action. RIT continues its run against the Liberty League with a home match against Skidmore on Saturday.

Women’s Soccer (2-2-1, 0-0 E8) – Freshman goalkeeper Ashley Valenti was named the Empire 8 Goalkeeper of the Week after shutting out Clarkson in her first collegiate start on Saturday. Senior Emily Traversi is one point shy of entering the top-10 all-time at RIT. She has 39 points (13-13-39). Traversi scored her first two goals of the season last week. The Tigers open up Empire 8 play with home matches against St. John Fisher on Wednesday and Ithaca on Saturday.

Volleyball (7-6, 0-0 E8) – RIT Volleyball Head Coach Roger Worsley needs just one win this weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Tournament to become the first RIT Volleyball coach to amass 200 wins. Last weekend, junior middle hitter Vic Petko was named to the RIT Invitational All-Tournament Team after recording 69 kills and 17 blocks, while hitting .347 in four matches. The Tigers played a rare mid-week contest on Tuesday and defeated University of Rochester in five games. RIT has now won seven of eight matches after starting the season 0-5.

RIT’s women’s tennis squad (3-1, 3-1 E8) – Sophomore Amanda Berg, a transfer from the College of New Jersey and the 2007 NJAC Rookie of the Year, is off to a perfect 4-0 start in both first singles and first doubles for the Tigers. The Tigers lost to defending conference champion Ithaca on Saturday, but rallied to defeat Nazareth on Sunday. Starting Wednesday, the Tigers play six matches in eight days, then travel to play in a singles tournament the next day. A few members of the team could play eight times in 10 days.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed great starts to their seasons at Oswego. The men placed second overall out of 14 teams, with seven runners placing in the top-20. Freshman Mike Kurvach was RIT’s top finisher and earned RIT Male Athlete and Empire 8 weekly honors. The women placed fourth without a handful of top runners competing. This weekend the two squads are in Grand Island, N.Y. for the University of Buffalo Stampede Invitational.

Atlantic Hockey Media Day is slated for Wednesday, September 24 at Blue Cross Arena. There, the preseason poll will be released. It should be interesting to see what the coaches think will happen this season. My guess is RIT will be ranked in the top-four. Air Force will probably be the preseason choice, with the Tigers, Sacred Heart, Army and Mercyhurst battling for#2.


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