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Sports Update for September 2009

See how IUP sports teams are faring so far this Fall. For regular updates, visit the IUP Athletics website.

Men’s Basketball 

Head coach Joe Lombardi has appointed Kranthi “Krunch” Senadhi to a full-time assistant coaching position on the Crimson Hawks men’s basketball staff. Senadhi replaces John Janovsky, who has moved on to Duquesne. Senadhi is in his third year working with the IUP men’s basketball program but his first as a member of the coaching staff. His duties include on-floor coaching, recruiting, scouting, video exchange, and assisting with administrative duties.

Women’s Basketball 

Women’s basketball head coach Jeff Dow has announced the addition of transfers Sylvie Tafen from the University of Pittsburgh and Vianca Tejada from St. Francis (New York), bringing the total number of newcomers for the 2009–2010 season to nine.

Cross Country 

The men’s cross country team took second place while the women were third at the Lock Haven Invitational. The IUP men were led by freshman Clint Keller, who finished ninth in the 10K race, with a time of 26:59. He was followed in the top five by Colt Mack (seventeenth, 27:12), Josh Joson (eighteenth, 27:13), Matt Rutt (twenty-eighth, 28:04), and Steve Wainwright (thirty-seventh, 28:48). The IUP women were led by freshman Alyssa Taddie, who finished sixth in the 6K race, with a time of 23:46. She was followed by Kelly Best (fourteenth, 24:17), Jane Looby (twenty-fifth, 24:48), Julie Johnson (twenty-sixth, 24:51), and Lauren Bauer (twenty-seventh, 24:52).

Field Hockey 

The field hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak to record its first win of the season, defeating PSAC West opponent Mansfield, 3-0 at Miller Stadium. Shannon Sullivan posted the first goal of the season for the Crimson Hawks. In the second half, Jenna Humphreys added an unassisted goal at the 45:58-minute mark, putting the Crimson Hawks up by a pair. Caroline van Tulder chipped in with a goal with five minutes remaining in the game to give IUP the 3-0 decision. IUP shut out the Mountaineers as Renee Lustenhouwer turned away fifteen shots.

Football 

Tobias Robinson rushed for 169 yards against Millersville.

IUP limited Millersville to 233 yards of total offense and without a touchdown for the third straight meeting in a 17-3 victory over the Marauders in a PSAC crossover game at Miller Stadium. IUP entered the game ranked fifteenth in the D2Football.com poll and tied for twenty-fourth in the American Football Coaches Association poll. The Crimson Hawks, who are 3-0 for the third straight year and for the eleventh time in the past nineteen seasons, have won three in a row versus Millersville by a combined score of 125-6. Tobias Robinson carried twenty times for 169 yards and scored on an eighty-three-yard run, and Andrew Krewatch completed eighteen of thirty-five passes for 217 yards.

IUP will be providing a free, live webcast of all of its regular season home games this year. To access the games, go to the Penn Atlantic website and click on Watch Live Sports. From there, scroll down the page until you find the IUP game.

Golf 

IUP won its first golf tournament of the Fall season, using a tiebreaker to edge host Ohio Valley at the Burger King/Ohio Valley Invitational, which wrapped up recently in Vienna, W.Va. The Crimson Hawks and Fighting Scots both had scores of 597 at the end of the second and final round. The tiebreaker used was the score of the number five player on both teams. IUP’s Brad Boyle shot a 160 while Ohio Valley’s Joe Viner came in at 166. Senior Gavin Smith, the reigning NCAA Division II national champion and two-time PSAC Player of the Year, was the top scorer for IUP. He had scores of 72 and 71 to finish at three-over par 143 and tie Paul Raines of Ohio Valley for second, two shots behind Clarion’s Jared Schmader.

Soccer 

The women’s soccer team improved to 4-0 on the season, with a 4-1 victory over PSAC West counterpart Edinboro. Each of IUP’s four victories have come in division play. The Crimson Hawks were led by Heather Robbins with two goals and an assist, giving her five goals on the season. Kyra Hricik and Paige Virgara both added a goal, while Sarah Romasco and Ashley Moyer both chipped in with an assist for IUP.

Softball 

IUP athletic director Frank Condino has announced the appointment of Bill Graham as the Crimson Hawks new softball head coach. Graham succeeds Ali Ferrari, who accepted a position at Coastal Carolina last month. Graham comes to IUP after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Ashland, where he had responsibilities in the areas of scouting, game management, practice development, recruiting, and fundraising. He also conducted clinics and oversaw the team’s academic progress. Graham has previous college head-coaching experience at Saginaw Valley State, where he was also an assistant baseball coach.

Tennis 

The IUP tennis team rolled to an 8-1 season-opening victory over Fairmont State, with four freshmen combining to lose only three games in their singles matches. Chloe Pike and Emilia Osborne, both first-year players from England, posted 6-0, 6-0 wins at number-one and number-three singles, respectively, while a third freshman from England, Katie Eaton, had a 6-1, 6-1 victory at number-two singles. The fourth freshman singles winner for the Crimson Hawks was Kelly McBryan from Grove City, who dropped one game in her straight sets win at number six. Senior Alyssa Shubra had a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at number four. IUP swept the three doubles matches, including victories by Pike and Osborne at number one, Eaton and Emily Shubra at number two, and Alyssa Shubra and Alex Ballard at number three.

The IUP women’s tennis team has been awarded All-Academic team status by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for the 2008–2009 season. Emily Shubra, Alyssa Shubra, Laura Kale, Kristi Jacobson, and Kerri Kelly were also named ITA Scholar-Athletes. IUP has a team cumulative grade-point average of 3.44 entering the current school year. ITA All-Academic team status is awarded to programs that have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Volleyball 

The women’s volleyball team split recent games as they fell 3-2 to West Virginia State, then bounced back with a 3-1 victory over Shepherd. IUP went 2-1 in the Atlantic Region Crossover Tournament and improved to 6-5 on the season with the win over Shepherd. In the first match with West Virginia State, Jessica Bodkin led the Crimson Hawks with twenty-three kills, two aces, and thirteen digs. Laura McFadden posted fifteen digs and two aces, while Chelsey Kreinbrook recorded fifty-seven assists, and Emily Pany chipped in with thirty digs for IUP. In the second match with Shepherd, Bodkin posted fourteen kills and six digs to lead the Crimson Hawks. Danielle Ostendorf added thirteen kills with a .765 hitting percentage, while Kreinbrook posted thirty-nine assists for IUP. McFadden and Alyssa Prince both recorded fourteen digs for the Crimson Hawks.

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