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Wide World of Tiger Sports – September 9 Sports

Welcome back to the 2008-09 RIT Athletics sports season. The fall sports are just starting up, with several teams already in action and a few set to start this weekend.

Volleyball completed a solid 3-1 week at the Ithaca Invitational last weekend, earning fifth place honors. The Tigers lost to eventual champion Union to open the tournament on Friday, but rebounded with wins over St. John Fisher, SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Oneonta. Senior defensive specialist Kate Gleason was named to the All-Tournamnet Team. Junior middle hitter Vic Petko recorded 51 kills and 11 blocks over the weekend.

The Tigers host the 20th annual RIT Volleyball Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The 12-team tournament features the best New York State has to offer, including E8 foes Ithaca, Nazareth and St. John Fisher, along with NYU, SUNY Cortland and Rochester. RIT won last year’s tourney, defeating Nazareth 3-0 in the championship match. Action begins at 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Check the official invitational website for complete details.

Men’s soccer
gave a valiant effort against Hamilton on Saturday, but fell short, 2-1. Todd Gaulocher was the RIT Male Athlete of the Week. Injuries have decimated the Tigers so far, but the men have battled, and played well, despite the 1-2 record. It doesn’t get any easier for the Tigers this weekend, as they travel to the North Country to play perennial power St. Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday.

The RIT women’s soccer squad also played a strong game against nationally-ranked Hamilton on Saturday, but fell short, 2-1. The Tigers will attempt to win their first game of the season at Buffalo State on Wednesday, then return home to face Clarkson on Saturday.

Women’s tennis
(1-0) had their contest against Hartwick rained out due to Tropical Storm Hanna on Saturday. This weekend, the Tigers face a stiff test, with three matches in four days. On Thursday, the Tigers travel down Jefferson Road to play at St. John Fisher. RIT returns home to face Ithaca on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Nazareth 24 hours later.

Both the men’s and women’s cross country squads kick off their season on Saturday at the Oswego Invitational. The women race at 12 p.m., while the men begin at 1 p.m.

Men’s hockey season and single-game tickets are on sale. Fans, faculty/staff and students can receive a great discount by buying season tickets. Compared to what you would pay for Rochester Amerks season seats (then paying for parking, food and beverages), the Tiger season tickets are an absolute bargain.

As always, for complete coverage of RIT Athletics, check out www.ritathletics.com. Be on the lookout for a re-design of the RIT Athletics website in the next week or two.


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