Local college sports briefs

February 11, 2014 

Women's basketball

SIUE's Jones sweeps OVC awards

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball's Micah Jones swept the Player and Freshman of the Week awards in the Ohio Valley Conference.

It is the first OVC Player of the Week award of the season for the Cougars and the third time this season Jones has been tapped as the Freshman of the Week.

Jones averaged a double-double for the week with 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game against UT Martin and Southeast Missouri. She also led the Cougars for the week in assists (7), steals (5), and blocked shots (3).

The Cowden, Ill., native recorded a career-high 14 rebounds against Southeast Missouri to go along with her game-high 21 points. She scored 12 points in SIUE's upset win this past Saturday against UT Martin.

The Cougars, 7-18 overall and 3-9 in the OVC, continue play Saturday with a 5:15 p.m. contest at Austin Peay.

Women's track and field

Junior Wright breaks her own record

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Another standout performance from junior Jatavia Wright was the main highlight as the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track and field team wrapped up competition at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.

Wright broke her own school record in the triple jump with a mark of 12.99m (42-7.5) to finish second in the event. The junior is now tied for eighth nationally amongst all NCAA Division I athletes in the triple jump.

On three of her six jump attempts in her triple jump series, Wright bested her previous school record. The native of Miami Gardens, Fla., has now broken the SIUE record in the event in all three meets SIUE has competed in so far this season.

Jessica Oranika finished ninth in the women's 400 meter dash with a time of 55.73, ranking her third on SIUE's all-time list.

Hilary Conrad was a half second behind Oranika in the 400, finishing 12th with a personal best of 56.25. Conrad also placed ninth in the 200 meters, the third-fastest time in school history at 24.98.

Men's track and field

Klavins places third in Meyo Invitational

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Braxton Klavins completed an impressive meet by placing third in 400 meters with a time of 47.69 at Notre Dame's Meyo Invitational.

Personal bests were set by Renee Johns-Goodenough in the 800 meters (2:22.52) and the mile (5:09.63), as well as LaDonna Caston in the 200 meters (25.55).

For the men, Darius Smith set a new PR in the 200 meters (22.10) while Clint Kliem PR'd in the mile (4:19.46.). Freshman Derek Drew also set a personal best in the 400 meters (49.47).

The Cougars will be back in action this weekend at the Hoosier Hills Relays in Bloomington, Ind. Competition begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. inside Gladstein Fieldhouse.


Cougars drop three dual matches

EDWARDSVILLE -- Matt Lester and David Devine both collected three victories for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling in dual matches at the Vadalabene Center.

As a team, SIUE finished 0-3 for the day, dropping a 27-12 match to Buffalo, a 24-13 match to Eastern Michigan, and a 33-6 match to Grand Canyon. SIUE holds a 3-13 overall record.

After dropping the lower weights to Buffalo, SIUE dominated the upper weights by winning four of five matches.

Lester topped Tyler Rill at 165 pounds 7-3. Jake Residori collected the first of his two victories on the day with a convincing 11-5 win over Jarred Lux at 174 pounds.

Josh Wood, making his home debut for the season, bested Angelo Malvestuto 7-4 at 197 pounds. Devine overpowered James Benjamin 12-5 at 285 pounds.

SIUE won four of the 10 matches against Eastern Michigan. Karsten Van Velsor provided the highest scoring match of the day with a 13-10 win at 149 pounds over EMU's Chris Rau.

Lester and Devine were the only wrestlers to pick up wins against Grand Canyon in the day's final dual.

Men's volleyball

Antelopes leap by Bearcats in four sets

LEBANON -- The McKendree University men's volleyball team was defeated in four sets by Grand Canyon University Antelopes at the Harry M. Statham Sports Center. The visiting Antelopes pulled away to win the final two sets and the match by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 25-16 and 25-18.

The loss gives the Bearcats an overall record of 1-11 in its inaugural season.

Freshman outside hitter Dustin Borenstein led McKendree with 15 kills, including seven in the second set. Freshman outside hitter Andy Schnittker put down six of his 13 attacks in the opening set for the Bearcats. Freshman setter Jack MacLean handed out a match-high 39 assists against Grand Canyon, while freshman outside hitter Mike Polizzi contributed 10 digs from the back row.

Men's tennis

SIUE defeats winless Chicago State

HOMEWOOD -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville won four straight-sets singles matches and captured a 4-2 triumph over Chicago State.

Nico Kuehn provided the clinching point for the Cougars Saturday. After winning a first set tiebreaker at No. 4 singles against Chicago State's Julian Chavez, Kuehn sailed through the second set to win 6-5 (10-5), 6-1.

With the team victory, SIUE improved to 3-2 while Chicago State fell to 0-5.

SIUE also picked up wins from Nicolas Vincent at No. 1 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dergiu Muresan. Jacob Tanulanond, now 10-2 in singles this season, bested Chicago State's Luis Olloa at No. 5 singles 6-0, 6-3.

Matthew Hutchinson earned a well-played victory at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Unos Pajic. Coomer was pleased with Hutchinson's performance.

The Cougars now have just less than two weeks before their next scheduled match. SIUE travels across the Mississippi River on Feb. 21 to face Saint Louis.

Women's tennis

SIUE gets past Chicago State

HOMEWOOD -- Haley Ilcewicz provided the clinching point as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville defeated Chicago State 4-2.

Ilcewicz won the No. 5 singles match over Carynne Lloyd 2-6, 7-5, 10-2.

Mia Frogner provided a comeback as well at No. 3 singles. The Cougar freshman went to 4-0 in third-set tiebreakers this season and improved her overall record to 13-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 triumph over Faith Huckabee.

The Cougars also picked up straight sets victories by Lexi Aranda and Kali Donner. No doubles matches were finished as SIUE had clinched the match during singles. SIUE improved to 3-2 overall while Chicago State dropped to 1-4.

SIUE will be getting ready for its first home contest of the season. The Cougars take on Evansville at the Edwardsville YMCA this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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