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April 2011 Sports Update

Get the latest news about your favorite IUP sports teams as the Spring 2011 season winds down. Find full reports on the IUP Athletics website.

Baseball

Following a doubleheader split on April 17 at Slippery Rock, the baseball team was at 15-21 overall and 7-9 in the PSAC West.

The team heads into the final two weeks of the regular season squarely in the hunt for a berth in the conference playoffs.

Next up for the Crimson Hawks is Mount Aloysius on April 20. They resume PSAC West play April 22 and 23 against Clarion.

Men’s Basketball

Joe Rocco of the men’s basketball team, along with volleyball player Emily Pany, was selected as IUP Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2011-2012.

The award is given annually to one senior man and woman based on academic and athletic achievements and community service work.

Rocco was also selected, along with IUP swimmer Jackie Hynson, as a recipient of the PSAC Top 10 award for the winter sports season. The award, combining academic and athletic excellence, is given to five men and five women at the conclusion of each of the three sports seasons.

Rocco has a 3.96 cumulative grade point average through his first seven semesters at IUP. The Biology major will attend medical school in the Fall to study infectious diseases and immunology. He has narrowed his choices to Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh.

On the court, Rocco played in thirty of thirty-two games during his senior season and was a key reserve on a team that won its second straight PSAC West and PSAC tournament title and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Atlantic Region tournament. He scored 39 points, grabbed 38 rebounds, made 18 steals, and dished out 13 assists during the 2010-2011 campaign.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team held off Concord to win the team title, while Brad Boyle captured medalist honors, at the IUP-Cecil Spadafora Invitational, which wrapped up April 11 at the Indiana Country Club.

The win was the third of the spring season for IUP and marked the seventh time the Crimson Hawks have finished first during the 2010-2011 campaign.

It also marked the second straight year the Crimson Hawks have had the medalist at the IUP-Cecil Spadafora Invitational, with Boyle joining two-time All-American Gavin Smith, last year’s champion.

Women’s Lacrosse

The women’s lacrosse team stepped out of conference play to earn a 16-13 win over Seton Hill on April 18 at Offutt Field.

The Crimson Hawks are 11-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference.

They return to conference action April 21 as they travel to Lock Haven.

Women’s Softball

A doubleheader sweep over Clarion on April 17 kept the women’s softball team’s hopes alive for the PSAC Central title.

The Crimson Hawks are 27-6 overall and 10-4 in the PSAC Central. Their next scheduled game is against Mercyhurst in the PSAC semifinals April 21.

Swimming

Swimmer Jackie Hynson, a junior, was selected, along with Joe Rocco of the men’s basketball team, as a recipient of the PSAC Top 10 award for the winter sports season.

The award combines academic and athletic excellence and is given to five men and five women at the conclusion of each of the three sports seasons.

Hynson was also named the PSAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, while Chris Villa earned conference Coach of the Year honors for the 2010-2011 season.

Villa led the Crimson Hawks from tenth place at the 2010 PSAC meet to fourth this year and only one point out of third.

Hynson, a student in the Robert E. Cook Honors College, has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a speech-pathology major in three semesters at IUP after transferring from Oakland University in Michigan.

Hynson’s season included third-place finishes and all-time PSAC records in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke at the NCAA Division II meet.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team defeated Slippery Rock 5-3 in the PSAC quarterfinals April 18.

The Crimson Hawks will travel to Bloomsburg on April 21 to face the Huskies in the semifinals.

West Chester will take on tournament favorite California in the other semifinal, and the winners will play for the conference title April 22, also at Bloomsburg.

The Crimson Hawks, who have won eight in a row and are 18-5 on the season, are seeking their first PSAC championship in women’s tennis.

Track and Field

Five track and field athletes have provisionally qualified for NCAA outdoor meet.

Three turned in winning performances and gained provisional qualification for nationals during the Maryland Invitational on April 11: Jared Long in the 400 meter hurdles, Nafee Harris in the long jump, and Brianna Liebold in the triple jump.

At the Ed Fry Invitational on April 18 at Miller Stadium, Brandon Ford earned a provisional qualifying mark in the triple jump, as did Laurie Ajavon in the long jump.

IUP will host a meet for the second straight weekend with the IUP Open on April 23 at Miller Stadium.

Women’s Volleyball

Emily Pany of the women’s volleyball team, along with basketball player Joe Rocco, was selected as IUP Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2011-2012.

The award is given annually to one senior man and woman based on academic and athletic achievements and community service work.

Pany took a 3.71 grade-point average as a history education major into the final semester of her college career.

She has also emerged as one of the top defensive players in the nation in her four-year career, earning a pair of All-Atlantic Region berths from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

As a senior last fall, she led the PSAC and ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 6.62 digs per set, and her total of 741 digs ranks second on the IUP single-season list.

Posted on 4/18/2011 2:38:21 PM

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