Exciting South African rhythms and song will ring out during Dance In Concert 2004, set for Nov. 10-14 in Katherine Dunham Hall theater-but any similarities to The Lion King ends there.
J. Calvin Jarrell, professor of Theater and Dance, has choreographed a piece, Madiba Swing: Indumiso (A Song of Praise), that captures the spirit of African music as realized through the compositions of Corneille Hutten-Burger from Pretoria, South Africa.
Dance In Concert runs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 10-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.
But Jarrell's piece also might surprise the audience with a few jitterbug moves. "I've tried to create a fusion of African rhythms and contemporary African music with modern dance and traditional African movement," Jarrell said. "The name 'Madiba' was a nickname given to Nelson Mandela."
Jarrell said he gave a lecture at CIDA University in Johannesburg, South Africa, while on sabbatical last spring and became acquainted with Hutten-Burger and his music. The composer's song that Jarrell is using to accompany his dance is currently being considered as the official theme of the World Cup soccer match to be played in South Africa in 2010.
Hutten-Burger's melody is based on a traditional African folk song and is reminiscent of themes written for Disney's The Lion King. "In fact, Shaluza Max, the singer on Hutten-Burger's CD, was a consultant on the original production of The Lion King," Jarrell said.
The concept for the dance piece uses a theme of a "coat" that is made up of the colors of the South African flag, which in turn are the colors of the South African landscape. "Just like the Biblical Joseph and his coat of many colors, the dancers 'create' a coat from the African soil, connecting it to to the sky," he explained.
"The dance is built around the coat," Jarrell said, "and the thematic movement develops as more and more 'coats' appear." The piece is very colorful and the movement of its nine dancers also is reminiscent of choreographer Katherine Dunham's technique that Jarrell studied several years ago. "It's celebratory and very exciting."
Other pieces in the show are being choreographed by guest artist Heather R. Harris, dance faculty members Kerry Shaul and Michael Thomas, and students Ashley Manzo and Tyler Smith.
Tickets are $10; students, senior citizens, and SIUE employees, $6. SIUE students admitted free with a valid university ID. For tickets, call (618) 650-2774, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 2774.
The 33rd Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair is set for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1-2, in Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center.
Vendors may rent booth space, based on a juried evaluation of arts and crafts to be exhibited and space available. Those interested in becoming a vendor should do so soon because spaces tend to be rented quickly.
Sponsored by the Morris University Center Print and Design Shop, the fair will be open from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. both days. There is no admission charge to attend the fair and the public is invited.
Items at the fair will include original works produced by local and regional artists and crafts persons. Many types of handmade goods will be available for purchase, including pieces made from clay, weaving, fiber, fabric, wood, paper, metal, glass, leather, graphics, painting, photography, and other materials.
Selections for purchase will include many articles suitable for holiday gifts.
For more information about obtaining booth space or about the fair itself, call Tom Ostresh in the Print and Design Shop, (618) 650-2178.
The SIUE East St. Louis Center welcomed partners during its Third Annual Partners' Reception Oct. 26 in the Multipurpose Room of Building D at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus.
Partners from the area and the SIUE community learned more about the Center's 14 programs. Representatives from local businesses, school districts and organizations were part of the crowd.
Addressing the audience were Dr. Vaughn Vandegrift, SIUE Chancellor; Dr. Sharon Hahs, SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Percy McKinney, St. Clair County Assessor and Chair of the SIUE East St. Louis Community Advisory Council; Carl E. Officer, East St. Louis City Mayor.
Reggie Thomas, associate professor of Music in SIUE's Jazz Studies program, and an SIUE Jazz Combo provided entertainment for the evening.
"We could not do the job we do with our children, our clients and our programs if it were not for the firm commitment and constant support we receive from our partners in the Metro East area," said Center Director Patricia Harrison.
"The reception is one small way of thanking everyone for their contributions and recognizing our powerful partnership," she said. "Together, the SIUE East St. Louis Center and its partners help empower people and strengthen communities."
One of the rules of laying concrete says to make sure the mix is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Seems reasonable ... unless you're a construction foreman in North Dakota or, say, Mongolia.
If the concrete is being poured in North Dakota, there are tricks of the trade to be used, such as introducing chemicals into the mix or using Styrofoam insulation placed strategically to contain the heat generated from the chemical process that occurs while cement dries.
Or, if you're in Mongolia, use bare wire with electricity running through it to warm the mix.
Wait. That doesn't seem safe. "I was shocked to find them using this process when I arrived in Mongolia two years ago," said Luke Snell, professor of Construction in the SIUE School of Engineering and director of its Concrete Construction Resource Unit.
But, since Snell and his wife, Billie, have been working with the construction industry in Mongolia, the future seems brighter for the developing nation. One of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, Mongolia is emerging from a modern history of political turmoil and looking to the west for assistance in its development. Mongolia is Asia's seventh largest country in area but with a population of about 2.5 million.
"When I arrived in that country two years ago," Luke Snell said, "I saw construction cranes everywhere. I thought the industry was booming, but upon closer inspection I saw the cranes were rusting and the construction sites had been abandoned." Thanks to the Snells and work by earlier visitors, the country's construction industry is beginning to modernize.
The Snells led the first Mongolian concrete conference in May of 2002, where they served as "good will ambassadors" for concrete as they toured the country. One might observe that the couple has cemented a relationship between SIUE and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology at Ulaanbaatar, resulting in educational exchanges between the two institutions.
It all began when a colleague from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology spent a year teaching at Ulaanbaatar and invited Luke Snell to organize the 2002 conference. The Snells are returning for their fourth visit in spring 2005.
Snell has been providing guidance to the industry in Mongolia and has high hopes for the country's continued progression into modern concrete applications. In spring, Snell will bring with him Frank Kozeliski, a longtime friend who is CEO of the Gallup (NM) Sand and Gravel Co.
"The country needs to begin developing companies that will manufacture and deliver a 'ready mix' concrete to construction sites," Snell explained. "Now, they mix the cement with the sand, gravel, and water on site, but that method is too difficult to control when you're talking about large quantities of cement needed to construct an apartment building. Frank will be advising them in the ready mix process."
A graduate student from Ulaanbaatar is studying this year at SIUE for a master's in Public Administration and Policy Analysis. Khishgee Radnaabazar already holds a bachelor's and a master's in civil engineering and hopes to effect change in the construction industry in her home country. "Khishgee also is studying cold weather concrete techniques with me," Snell said. "Next year, a professor from Ulaanbaatar will come to SIUE to also learn more about construction techniques," Snell said.
The SIUE Construction professor speaks proudly of the change he has been able to bring about during his trips to Mongolia. "They are in the process of adopting American construction codes," Snell said. "I'd like to think we've had a big impact in influencing those kinds of decisions."
They may seem like just another tiny toy made up of plastic, multi-colored building blocks, but inside these little robots beats the mind of a programmed computer.
Although not much to look at, the robots created at the SIUE Robotics Competition are mimicking human movement. And, to design that kind of artificial intelligence takes a blend of knowledge from computer programming to mechanical engineering to physics.
Not bad for a high school student.
The Robotics Competition will take place in the lobby of the Engineering Building on Nov. 20 when some 120 students from East St. Louis Charter School, Triad High School, Columbia High, Highland Community, and Edwardsville will compete.
Each of the high school teams have attended a seminar in robotics at SIUE and also have been tutored in robotics by SIUE graduate engineering students. "We encourage the high school students to first come up with a strategy," Weinberg explained. "Then they design and build a robot based on that strategy. They have to have a notion of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science, and that's where the seminar and the mentoring play a part."
Each team has created a plastic robot that will be required to lift golf balls from one area, carry them to a raised platform, and deposit the golf balls on the platform. "They can also 'steal' golf balls from an opponent's store," says Jerry Weinberg, associate professor of Computer Science.
The top 10 scoring teams will then return and compete against SIUE freshman engineering students at a second competition on campus Dec. 2.
Weinberg has been involved in the Robotics Competition since its inception in the School of Engineering four years ago. And, the competition is part of a larger picture of teaching robotics at SIUE. Weinberg, along with three other colleagues-Associate Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Cem Karacal, and Associate Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Computer Science Professor William White-have been teaching robotics since 1999.
"The robotics class we teach at SIUE has become very popular and routinely receives high marks on student evaluations," Weinberg said. "This class is a reflection of how things work in the real world," he said. "What we're really trying to do with this class is to get our students better prepared to be successful once they graduate."
And, Weinberg said, the idea behind the competition is to get high school kids interested in science, technology, and engineering, so that they may come to SIUE and study engineering. "The competition becomes a learning experience in which we teach these principles and then they apply what they've learned."
The 27th Annual Art Auction, sponsored by the SIUE Friends of Art, is set for Thursday, Nov. 18, at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. All artwork is original and may be previewed between 6 and 7 p.m. when the auction begins.
Each year, the Friends of Art assembles an impressive array of donated artwork from faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Art and Design for auction, all in the name of enhancing the university's undergraduate and graduate art programs.
Since l977, the Friends of Art has assisted the department in staging the fund-raiser; last year's event saw nearly 190 pieces sold by professional auctioneer Gary Neimeier; 75 additional items were sold during the Silent Auction.
Money raised by the auction is used to fund a number of events for the department and its students. Last year, these included 21 nationally and internationally-known artists/scholars who came to SIUE for workshops and lectures. The funding also supports the Art Scholarship Fund and helps purchase books and films about art and design for Lovejoy Library.
Additional monies are awarded to students traveling to conferences, for visiting artist receptions, the High School Award and the Art Auction Awards, the Graduate and Undergraduate Exhibit Purchase Awards, and stipends for speakers in the Art Seminar. The funding also aids the local Art East Studio Tour reception.
For further information, call Dianne Lynch, (6l8) 650-3073, or Pam Decoteau, (618) 650-3107.
Winners of the 10th Annual Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Awards were announced at the awards banquet sponsored Saturday night by the School of Business.
This year's recipients were announced in three categories: large (250 or more employees), medium (50 to 250 employees), and small (fewer than 50 employees).. They winners are:
Illinois Small Business Category-White's Greenhouse Inc., Godfrey-White's Nursery sold its first bedding plants in the spring of 1976 as an extension of Jim White's hobby. By 1980, the business was the sole support of the White Family, with 5,000 square feet of retail space. When the company was incorporated in 1985, husband and wife team Jim and Diane White became president and secretary/treasurer, respectively. Today, White's has approximately four acres of greenhouses, a double-level service building, and about 6,000 square feet of retail greenhouses. In 1999, White's opened Season's Garden Center in Alton that carries a line of gift items and holiday home and garden décor in addition to the plants for which White's is known. This division was conceived by Beth Paule, the Whites' oldest daughter. This year marks Whites' 27th year in business.
Illinois Medium Business Category-Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc., Highland-Cyril "Pete" Korte founded the company in 1958 at the age of 19. The following year, his wife's brother, Joe Luitjohan, became a partner, forming Korte & Luitjohan Excavating Contractors Inc. As brothers-in-law, they worked side-by-side pouring countless hours into building a foundation for what would one day become a multi-million dollar construction company. Throughout the years, the company grew and changed, and today Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. is in its third generation of family members in the business. Company projects have included the Highland Dairy Queen, Mid America Airport in Mascoutah, the city of Grafton's New Visitors' Center, the O'Fallon YMCA, and the Marion County Law Enforcement Center.
Illinois Large Business Category-Luhr Brothers Inc., Columbia- Founded in 1939, Luhr Brothers has grown considerably since its humble beginnings. Initially digging basements with one tractor, a scoop, and three employees, Luhr Brothers has grown to include 200 pieces of earth-moving equipment, 25 boats, and 180 barges. There are 500 full-time employees and the company has expanded into four offices across the South. Three generations of the Luhr family have been actively involved in the business. The principal owners are Alois and Twyla Luhr.
Missouri Small Business Category-Branneky Hardware in Bridgeton, Mo.-Branneky Hardware has been serving customers in and around Bridgeton since 1857. C.C. Branneky began as a stock boy in a general store located along St. Charles Rock Road, which was at the time a supply station for covered wagons traveling from St. Louis to St. Charles on the Oregon Trail. Brothers Tim and Jeff Branneky are the current owners of Branneky Hardware and represent the fourth generation of the business. Over the years, their values have remained the same-to serve their community and its members in the best possible way. The business sponsors sports teams, contributes to various organizations, and are members of several charity organizations.
The family prides itself on offering great service and competitive pricing. The company began by delivering products and services by horse and carriage and by keeping track of customers in a hand- written account book. Today, they cater to large commercial accounts as well as the individuals looking for more than the large home centers offer, including hard-to-find items and a smiling face.
Missouri Medium Business Category-Da-Com Corp. of St. Louis-Da-Com offers office machines and digital solutions to the St. Louis area. Owned by the second generation of the Tipton family, Da-Com was purchased by Jack Tipton in 1993. His sons, John and Bill Tipton, and daughter, Lorie Bean, are now the owners, as Jack remains CEO, overseeing long-term planning and strategy. In 2003, Da-Com was named one of the best companies in St. Louis for which to work by the St. Louis Business Journal. Da-Com has grown 66 percent over the last two years, mainly as a result of employee involvement at all levels, incentive programs, and lack of turnover. Da-Com is actively involved with education, children, and the overall enhancement of the St. Louis area. The Tipton family and Da-Com Corp. have imbedded two philosophies in the way they do business, which go hand-in-hand unconditionally guaranteeing 100 percent of every product or service sold and never having an unsatisfied customer.
Missouri Large Business Category-The Western Group of St. Louis-The Western Group, founded in 1915, is owned by the third generation of the Bishop family. For 90 years, the Western Group has been the nation's largest specialty contractor in masonry and concrete restoration, and new-construction preventive waterproofing. The privately-owned company specializes in the construction of building restoration and preservation services. Now, joined by five other companies, this business offers more capabilities than ever. It has grown from a single office in 1915, to 37 offices across the country. Contribution to the community is also a priority for The Western Group. They are involved with organizations such as The United Way, The Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. Offering both services in new construction and restoration, The Western Group has the ability to "go where few (if any) have gone before." Over the years, the Bishop family has placed its own signature on service, but certain characteristics such as human kindness, communication, and opportunity have always been constants.
The Mississippi Valley Family Business of the Year Awards are presented to companies with a strong commitment to both business and family. In addition to business success, those recognized demonstrate positive family business values, have multi-generational family business involvement, use innovative business strategies, and make personal contributions to their industries and communities.
Sponsors of this year's awards include Colarelli Meyer & Associates, Lexow Financial Group, MassMutual Financial Group, Moto Inc., Partners Bank, Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus PC, Sheppard, Morgan & Schwaab Inc., the St. Louis Business Journal, and TheBANK of Edwardsville.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., has contributed $10,000 to SIUE's National Corn-To-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC). The contribution will help fund research to improve distillers' dried grain/solubles (DDGS) for use in animal feed.
"The purpose of this research is to develop a model to predict the quality and composition of DDGS to ensure a continued market for these co-products as the fuel ethanol-production industry continues to grow," says NCERC Director Martha Schlicher. "The NCERC is very grateful to Pioneer for its contribution, as well as the technical expertise of Pioneer staff members who have helped us develop this research project."
DDGS is a co-product of dry-grind fuel ethanol production and remains after the starch portion of corn is converted to ethanol. Used as animal feed for cattle, poultry and swine, DDGS is an important part of the overall economic value of dry-grind ethanol production. The research being conducted by the NCERC will help to determine if corn grown under certain conditions results in better DDGS for the animal-feed market. This information will then be used to develop corn-production management recommendations to help growers produce corn that will deliver the most valuable product for this market.
"This contribution to the NCERC is part of the ongoing mission of Pioneer to expand the ethanol market for our customers," says Pat Hilliard, account manager-ethanol industry, Pioneer. "The research conducted at SIUE will work to make the downstream market for ethanol producers more profitable and, consequently, help expand the market for corn producers."
The NCERC is designed to support research and development of the corn ethanol-production process. Its mission is to improve the economics of corn ethanol production and accelerate commercialization of new technology within the industry for starch and ethanol processing, including value-added components.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a subsidiary of DuPont, is the world's leading source of customized solutions for farmers, livestock producers and grain and oilseed processors. With headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Pioneer provides access to advanced plant genetics, crop protection solutions and quality crop systems to customers in nearly 70 countries.
Boyd Bradshaw, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, has been elected coordinator-elect of the state and regional Presidents Council for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
The NACAC, founded in 1937, is an organization of 8,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.
As coordinator-elect, Bradshaw chairs the organization's grant selection committee, coordinates the organization's Rising Star Awards program, helps in setting the agenda for the four annual meetings of the state and regional President's Council, and chairs the meetings in the absence of the coordinator. Next year, Bradshaw will become coordinator of the council.
Bradshaw is currently president of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). The IACAC is made up of more than 1,600 counseling professionals throughout the state, who are dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing post-secondary education. IACAC members are counselors, admission or financial aid officers, active retirees, or students who are concerned about the future of education in Illinois and in the nation.
Bradshaw has served as an NACAC delegate since 2000 and has been a member of the organization's Membership Committee, Reading Committee for the Assembly, and the General Membership Meeting Committee. He currently serves on the Ad Hoc Committee on Assembly Structure.
In other professional activities, Bradshaw has been secretary of the Illinois ACT Council and is currently coordinator-elect for that organization (2004-05). He also is a member of other state and national organizations, and has been a presenter at both the state and national levels.
SIUE completed its magical 2004 men's soccer season with a second-place finish nationally after the Cougars were defeated today in the NCAA Division II Championship game 2-1 by Seattle.
The Cougars finished the season with a 19-3-2 mark, while the Redhawks survived a late second-half offensive onslaught and were 22-0-1 for the season.
SIUE Coach Ed Huneke could only watch as the game clock hit zero and the Cougars were defeated. Huneke said he was proud of his team's effort in this game as well as for the whole season.
"That is the great thing about this sport, too," Huneke said. "You develop a relationship with players that is a lot of hard work, a lot of pain, a lot of fun, and a lot of success. It is an imperfect world, but time heals all wounds."
Bobby McAllister scored the game-winning goal at 69:58 for Seattle, outdueling SIUE freshman goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles, Mo.) who had six saves.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go in the first half. Adam Jensen scored his sixth goal of the season off a double assist from Cameron Weaver and Santa Maria Rivera.
"I told them at halftime that things would even out. And they did," said Huneke. "In the second half there were about 15 or 20 minutes that we were combining very well. We were right on the doorstep of finishing it off. It just didn't happen."
The Cougars didn't back down from the No. 1 team in the nation, outshooting the Red hawks 12-10. SIUE's Victor Pacheco (Sao Luis, Brazil) scored the team's lone goal unassisted as he connected on a breakaway past Seattle's 6-foot-5-inch goalkeeper Jeremiah Doyle at 48:55. Pacheco, who also scored in the national semifinal game Friday (12/3) , became the only player this season to record a seventh goal. Six other Cougars finish with six goals this season.
The Cougars momentarily thought they had the lead in the 65th minute as Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) slipped the ball past Doyle. But the goal was disallowed when referee Robert Mann signaled offsides on the Cougars. "It happened real quick," said Huneke. "It was an awful close bang, bang play. I don't think they (Seattle) would have objected if it wasn't called."
Banner led all players on Sunday with five shots. Banner, Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles, Mo.), and John Matthews (Edwardsville) were honored as members of the All-Tournament team.
Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis), whose father helped SIUE win a national championship in 1972 and whose uncle helped the Cougars to a national title in 1979, said he felt like the Cougars underachieved in the national title game. "We did play very hard," said Cacciatore. "We wanted to win this championship for Coach Huneke and (Assistant) Coach (Kevin) Kalish."
Huneke enjoyed a wealth of success in the 2004 season, including recording his 200th victory earlier this season. SIUE's 19 victories tied the school record set by the national championship team of 1979. The Cougars had six players on the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team and won the GLVC Tournament for the second time. The Cougars also advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in four seasons.
Tim Bauersachs scored a career-high 20 points as SIUE toppled fourth-ranked Southern Indiana 75-70 in men's college basketball on Saturday (12/4) at the Vadalabene Center.
The win halted streaks and continued streaks alike. SIUE had not defeated Southern Indiana in 13 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 8, 1998, when the Cougars defeated then No. 1-Southern Indiana 96-86.
SIUE improved to 6-2 with a five-game winning streak, the longest since Marty Simmons became head coach. The Cougars also are 3-0 in GLVC play to start the season. It is the first time SIUE has won three straight Great Lakes Valley Conference games to begin the season since joining the league in the during the 1995-96 season.
The Cougars had to come from behind to throttle the Screaming Eagles. SIUE played its typical defense, holding SI to 39 percent shooting for the game. SIUE countered that with a strong offensive game, hitting 50 percent of its own shots.
Southern Indiana, which suffered its first conference loss in four games, had the momentum going at halftime, leading 38-31 and forcing two SIUE turnovers in the final minute of the first half. Southern Indiana is now 4-2 overall
The Cougars came out in the second half and played steady. Kris Crosby's bucket at 12:09 tied the game 42-42. SIUE then picked up a pair of free throws from Joel Jaye at 11:42 and did not relinquish the lead.
SIUE was steady from the line, hitting 32 of 36 shots. Bauersachs was perfect in five attempts. Justin Ward, who finished with 15 points, was perfect from the free throw line in six attempts. Joel Jaye, who had 17 points for the game, made all eight of his free throws.
Chris Thompson powered the Screaming Eagles with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Geoff Van Winkle scored 12 points off the bench for Southern Indiana, and Stacy Pearson added 10.
SIUE returns to the Vadalabene Center on Monday (12/6), playing host to Southwest Baptist. Tip-off time is 7:30 p.m.
Jamie Truitt hit four three-pointers and all seven of her free throws to lead Southern Indiana to a 71-59 victory over SIUE in women's college basketball action Saturday (12/4) afternoon at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE fell to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Screaming Eagles improved to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the GLVC.
The Cougars shot 28 percent in the first half and found themselves down 31-21 at halftime. The Cougars fell behind by as many as 16 points in the second half and didn't move any closer than eight points from Southern Indiana.
Tanya Guell led the scoring attack for SIUE with 16 points. Julianne McMillen followed with 10.
Southern Indiana had four players in double figures along with Truitt. Sabrina Brandon came off the bench for 12 points while starters Andrea Engleking and Megan Nelson finished with 10 each.
The Cougars did score 27 of their points off 26 Southern Indiana turnovers, but also suffered from 21 turnovers of its own. SIUE now has one day of rest before returning to the court Monday(12/6) evening for a 5:30 non-conference matchup at the Vadalabene Center against Southwest Baptist.
For some players, this could be the biggest game of their lives. For others, the NCAA Division II championship game is just another soccer contest.
SIUE, 19-2-2 overall, has been in this position before. SIUE was the national champion of NCAA Division II in 1972 and the NCAA Division I champion in 1979. SIUE also was the national runner-up in 1975. For the 2004 SIUE men's soccer team, this is the opportunity to create Cougar history.
SIUE, ranked sixth in the final collegiate poll, faces No. 1-ranked Seattle University, 21-0-1, at 1 p.m. on Sunday (12/5). The national title game can be heard on WSIE FM 88.7 and SIUE's Web Radio at webradio.siue.edu.
SIUE Coach Ed Huneke came close to a junior college national title once before in 1982 as the head coach at Lewis and Clark Community College. This time, Huneke has put together a team which has a strong defense and yet is difficult to defend. "Teams have a hard time defending us because we have so many different weapons on offense," Huneke said.
Huneke pointed to SIUE's first goal in the 4-1 NCAA semifinal win over North Carolina-Pembroke. "That was goal by Michael Burgund and an assist for Kevin Thibodeau. That's two backs out there creating scoring chances," he said.
SIUE has been stunningly balanced on offense this season. Seven players are tied for the team lead in goals with six. All four of SIUE's goals on Friday (12/3) was a player's sixth goal. Eight different players have scored in SIUE's three games in the NCAA Tournament. John Matthews and Ross Beveridge are the only Cougars with more than one goal as SIUE has outscored its opponents 10-4.
The Cougars have pushed through a gauntlet of top-ranked teams to get to this point in the postseason. SIUE defeated 10th-ranked Lewis 2-0 in the championship game of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament on Nov. 7. The Cougars then began the NCAA charge with a 3-1 win over 19th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside, a 3-2 win over 14th-ranked Tusculum and a 4-1 drilling of No. 5-ranked UNC-Pembroke.
Nicholas Frasca has been in goal for the Cougars in each of those victories. The freshman emerged as the team's goalkeeper toward the end of the season. He enters the game with a 0.65 goals against average and 51 saves.
Frasca's counterpart at Seattle is Jeremiah Doyle, who has started all 22 games for the Red hawks and holds a 0.45 goals against average with 90 saves.
Seattle's offense is led by Bobby McAllister, who has 21 goals this season including the game-winner in overtime as Seattle advanced over Dowling 2-1.
Just one more. SIUE advanced to the NCAA Division II men's soccer title game Friday night (12/3) with a 4-1 thumping of North Carolina-Pembroke.
SIUE will play in the national championship game against the winner of the Dowling and Seattle match, which was to be played at 7:30 p.m. that same day. The national title game is set for 1 p.m. Sunday (12/5) and can be heard on WSIE-FM (88.7) and SIUE's Web Radio at webradio.siue.edu.
The Cougars, 19-2-2, picked up goals from Michael Burgund, Pete Cacciatore, Victor Pacheco, and Mike Banner. All four players picked up their respective sixth goals of the year. Both teams appeared to be close in the first half as UNC-Pembroke outshot the Cougars 8-5 in the first half and 16-14 overall. UNC-Pembroke, 16-3, held off SIUE's relentless offense with 10 offsides calls in the game. "They were pressing us in the first half," said SIUE Coach Ed Huneke.
However, it was SIUE that striked first as Burgund scored from six yards out front on an assist from Kevin Thibodeau. SIUE took a 1-0 lead to the locker room at halftime. UNC-Pembroke evened the score just 62 seconds into the second half as Graeme Little connected from 15 yards out with an assist to Trond Myrland.
"When they got that goal, it was big in terms of momentum. It was not a 4-1 game. Pembroke is a good team," said Huneke. The Cougars then took control, turning a close game into a second-half blowout.
Cacciatore picked up his first goal since Oct. 1 at 61:30. It turned out to be the game-winner. Pacheco picked up a rebound goal at 72:28 after Adam Lanter fired a shot off UNCP freshman goalkeeper Richard Sallin. Banner put the game out of reach with 58 seconds left with SIUE's final goal on a another assist from Lanter.
Huneke said Cacciatore's goal was how SIUE hoped to attack UNC-Pembroke. "They had three backs and we wanted to switch fields looking for an open player. (Brian) Higgins got the ball to an open Cacciatore on the wing, and he scored," noted Huneke. "Pete had one of his best games at SIUE. He was unbelievable on offense and defense."
SIUE goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca, a freshman, allowed just a single goal and picked up six saves.
SIUE has now tied the school record for victories in a season with 19, set previously by the 1979 national championship team.
The Cougars previously won national championships in 1972 and 1979. The Cougars finished second in 1975. "I'm happy not only for our players but also for the university, our alumni, and the St. Louis area," Huneke said.
The defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champion SIUE track and field teams are getting an early jump in recruiting. The Cougars signed three prospects to national letters of intent, who will enroll in fall 2005 and begin competition for SIUE in spring 2006.
The Cougar track and field staff announced the signing of two additions to the women's team and one addition to the men's team. On the women's side, the Cougars added Alberta Douglas (Moweaqua) and Angel Royston (St. Louis). On the men's side, the Cougars added Aaron Wilson (Richton Park).
"I'm delighted with this start to our recruiting classes," said Head Coach Ben Beyers. "I expect all three of these athletes to be able to come right in as freshmen and make major contributions to our teams."
Douglas, a two-time state 100-meter champion at Central A&M High School, will be counted on to bring help to the Cougar short sprint area. "Alberta won state in the 100-meter dash both as a freshman and as a sophomore and was second last year as a junior," said Beyers. "Even though she's already one of the best sprinters in the Midwest, I see her improving more as we are able to refine her technique and give her some added strength and explosion. Her desire to be the best has been apparent for years, and this drive will propel her to even bigger things in college."
Royston, a team Most Valuable Player and All-Conference performer at Hazelwood (Mo.) East High School, will be expected to contribute to the longer sprints. "Angel is a truly talented young lady that I'm sure a lot of schools will be wishing they saw earlier," Beyers said. "She's coming out of the toughest sectional in Missouri, so she has been somewhat overshadowed during much of her career. But her times, potential, and work ethic put her very high on my list of 'must-haves' for recruiting class. I think that she will open some eyes both this year in her last year of high school and throughout her college career."
Wilson, an All-State performer last season while a junior at Rich Central High School, adds depth to an already talented mid-distance group for the Cougar men.
"Aaron had a tremendous showing at the state meet last year earning seventh place in the 800-meter run", noted Beyers. "We were not really actively looking for any more 800 runners since we are pretty deep and young in that area, but when you are able to attract a talented and dedicated young man like Aaron, you'd be crazy to pass that up. He's just barely scratching the surface of his enormous talent."
The 2005 Cougar teams open their season on Jan. 15 at the Illinois Wesleyan University Relays.
With the near-future hiring of a part-time men's golf coach, announced today by Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt, the Cougars hope to reinstate the men's golf program and compete starting next fall in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Hewitt said that SIUE Athletics is adding men's golf at the request of a "multitude of men's golf alumni." The funding for the team will be external in nature similar to the model currently being used by the Friends of Wrestling. The SIUE wrestling program was to be eliminated after the 2003-04 season, but with the help of several dedicated supporters and alumni, the wrestling program is being maintained on the intercollegiate level, funded primarily by private contributions.
"I'm ecstatic about this as an opportunity," Hewitt said.. "It gives us another conference sport and a stronger opportunity to compete for the All-Sports Trophy.".
There actually are two positions for golf coaches open in the SIUE Athletics Department. After Larry Bennett announced his retirement as the women's head coach earlier this fall, SIUE Athletics is now looking for a part-time women's coach and a part-time men's coach.
Hewitt said both positions will have similar duties and qualifications. The successful candidates should have proven successful playing and/or coaching experience at the collegiate level or professional level. The position also expects the head coach to provide evidence of a commitment to academic excellence, including student-athlete graduation, and demonstrate the ability to interact effectively with student-athletes, colleagues and the public. Fund-raising experience and tournament management is preferred.
SIUE announced it was dropping men's golf as a sponsored sport in January 1995 as a result of recommendations made by the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee. The first SIUE men's golf program began during the 1968-69 season. The Cougars made 16 national championship appearances under Harry Gallatin, who was SIUE's first Athletics Director and the team's first coach.
Gallatin oversaw a program with two first team All-Americans, two second-team All-Americans, one third-team All-American and six honorable mention All-Americans.
Under Bennett, the SIUE women's golf program has grown from its modest beginnings during the 1998-1999 season to national prominence. In seven years, the SIUE women's golf team has made two NCAA Championships appearances as a team and won a Great Lakes Valley Conference title in 2003.
Individuals wishing to apply for either or both positions should send a letter of application, résumé, official transcript and three references to Theresa Kelley, assistant to the director of Athletics, SIUE, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1129, and note whether applying for the men's coaching position, the women's coaching position, or both.
The SIUE men's soccer team is just two wins away from its third national title, previously winning it all in 1972 and 1979. SIUE coach Ed Huneke knows that his 2004 team is close to writing its own chapter in Cougar soccer history.
The Cougars (18-2-2) take on University of North Carolina-Pembroke (16-2) in the national semifinals on Friday (12/3) at 5:30 p.m. in Wichita Falls, Texas. "We set that (the national championship) as our goal," said Huneke. "We realize that it is a road filled with obstacles, and we are fortunate to be in this situation."
SIUE reached the final four by outlasting Tusculum 3-2 on Nov. 20. The Braves of UNC-Pembroke defeated Central Arkansas 1-0 the same day to reach the final round.
Just as in the match against Tusculum, the Cougars face another strong offense in the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars are second in the NCAA with a 0.57 goals against average, while the Braves are seventh in the country with 3.11 goals per game. "Team defense has been a big part of our success," said Huneke.
SIUE goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles, Mo.) ranks seventh in the NCAA with a 0.62 goals against average. He also has six shutouts on the year.
The Cougars have spread the wealth around on offense with 10 players with at least 10 points, seven players with five or more goals, and eight different players with game-winning goals. "We are not a team of individuals or selected superstars," he said. "We are a tough team to defend against because we do have several weapons."
UNC-Pembroke is led by a pair of sophomores: Trond Myrland (13 goals, 11 assists) and Mircea Cosac (10 goals, 4 assists). Goalkeeper Richard Sallin is second in NCAA with a 0.47 goals against average with eight shutouts on the season.
The winner of the SIUE-UNC-Pembroke contest will face the winner of the Seattle-Dowling matchup in the national championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday (12/5)
SIUE men's basketball will have to endure playing five games in the next nine days, but, luckily for the Cougars, all of those contests will be at the Vadalabene Center where SIUE has won 10 of its last 11 dating back to last season.
The Cougars are 3-2 overall, 1-0 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play and fresh off a 79-68 win over defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champion Lewis on Friday night.
"Anytime you can start the conference season with a 'W,' that is a plus," said SIUE coach Marty Simmons.
SIUE battles Missouri-Rolla on Tuesday (11/30) at 7:30 p.m. before GLVC games with Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Indiana on Thursday (12/2) and Saturday (12/4). "Missouri-Rolla is almost a conference game because they are joining the league next season," said Simmons. "UMSL and USI are really athletic teams."
In the Cougars' win over the Flyers, freshman Anthony Jones (Centralia) led all scorers with 22 points including six three-pointers. "Anthony gave us a big lift," said Simmons. "He really stepped up big."
SIUE connected on 9 of 18 shots from behind the three-point arc against Lewis. Senior Tim Bauersachs (Pinckneyville) leads the team in scoring (14.6) and rebounds (6.0), while being one of the teams top defenders. "Tim is a competitor," said Simmons. "He always does a good job guarding the other team's best player."
Justin Ward (Moline) is second on the team in scoring with 14.2 points a game and averaging four assists. Freshman Doug Taylor (McClure) has been a surprise off the bench, scoring 5.6 points a game including 10-point performances in two consecutive contests.
The Cougars have a 49 percent field goal percentage on the season, while holding their opponents to 42 percent. Simmons believes that the Cougars can't look past any opponent they face in the upcoming stretch and for the rest of the season. "Every game is going to be a tough game," said Simmons.
The SIUE women's basketball has a 1-3 overall record, 0-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play so far this season. That mark is deceiving as the Cougars lost two games by a total of seven points and dropped a 13-point halftime lead in the conference opener to Lewis.
In the loss to the Flyers, the Cougars shot 50 percent from the field in the first half only to follow that up with an 18-percent performance in the second half. "We put the best 20 minutes of basketball together this year," said SIUE coach Wendy Hedberg. "Then we came out and couldn't find the basket in the second half."
Hedberg knows that her team can regain some confidence by playing five games in the next nine days. "I don't think it is a time to panic," said Hedberg. "Don't count us out yet."
Four of the next five games will come at home for SIUE. "We have to win games at home," said Hedberg. "We count on winning those games."
Sophomore Julianne McMillen (Pana) is leading the team in scoring at 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Freshman Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) has made a team-leading 11 three-pointers. Junior Lindy Carey (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) is averaging 11.8 points, four rebounds, and 4.8 assists per contest for SIUE.
"Everybody knows she (Carey) is a very offensive player," said Hedberg. "She is really good at doing the smaller things." Another junior, Tanya Guell (Plymouth, Wis.), is second on the team in scoring with 12 points per game.
The Cougars have connected on 34 of 85 (40 percent) three pointers this season. SIUE travels to Oakland City on Tuesday (11/30) night for a contest at 6. They return home for GLVC games against Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday (12/2) and Southern Indiana on Saturday (12/4).
The SIUE wrestling team has started slow this season under first year head coach Khris Whelan, but the Cougars are looking to build toward a solid year. SIUE is 0-1 this season after one match and two open tournaments.
The Cougars recently wrestled in the Ryan Kaufmann Open on Nov. 20. Cory Scott (Sterling) and Steve Chico (Hammond, Ind.) each were tournament champions during the meet. "We are looking better and better as a whole," said Whelan. "We have gained a lot of experience in these early matches."
Sophomore Joe Rujawitz (Belleville) took part in the Marines All-Star Classic hosted by SIUE on Nov. 22. Rujawitz was the winner in an exhibition match at 149 pounds as he wrestled to a 5-3 win against Chad Swagman of Truman State.
In its last match before holiday break, the SIUE wrestling team will battle at Upper Iowa on Saturday (12/4) at 2 p.m.
SIUE volleyball players Allison Buss (Towanda) and Heather Bonde (Millstadt) have been named All-Region by the Daktronics, Inc.
Buss, who was named to the first team and will appear on the All-American ballot, led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in digs per game at 5.37. The junior libero also led the Cougars in service aces with 52. Bonde, who was picked to the Daktronics second team, led SIUE with a .323 hitting percentage and 431 kills. The junior middle hitter also was second in blocks with 105 (0.95 per game). Bonde was second on the team with 42 service aces.
The Cougars completed the 2004 season with a 25-7 record and a 14-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE finished in second place the during the regular season advanced to the championship match for the first time in school history.
The 2004 Daktronics, Inc. All-Great Lakes Region team is represented by players from each of the region's three conferences, and is comprised of four seniors, eight juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference led the way with eight honorees, while the Great Lakes Valley Conference and West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Association followed with five and one athlete, respectively.
Members of the All-Great Lakes Region first team are: freshman Stephanie Wilson, setter, Southern Indiana; senior Kristin Koralewski, outside hitter, Northern Kentucky; senior Carrie Ritchie, outside hitter, Ashland; junior Tracy Kirk, middle blocker, Grand Valley State; junior Laura Ellerbusch, middle blocker, Southern Indiana; junior Allison Buss, libero, SIU Edwardsville.
The all-region second team is comprised of: sophomore Kelly Byrnes, setter, Findlay; senior Karin Poschke, setter, Hillsdale; senior Karla Fairbanks, outside hitter, Ferris State; junior Heather Bonde, middle hitter, SIU Edwardsville; junior Michelle Clelland, middle hitter, West Virginia Wesleyan; junior Elisa Joris, middle blocker, Wayne State; junior Sei Hee Hwang, libero, Wayne State; junior Brittny Godlewski, libero, Ferris State.
Of the 14 players on the All-Region first and second teams, nine of them were all-conference first team selections in their respective leagues. In addition, Koralewski was chosen as the GLVC Player of the Year, while Ritchie was the GLIAC Player of the Year.
The team is voted on by the sports information directors of the region's member institutions and sponsored by Daktronics, maker of scoring, timing and programmable display systems for many sports at every level of competition.
SIUE softball coach Sandy Montgomery has her plans in order for the 2006 season.
Montgomery announced the signing of five players scheduled to enter SIUE in the fall of 2005 and play for the Cougars in the spring of 2006. The Cougars signed Nicole Beecher (Blue Springs, Mo.), Kaitlin Colosimo (Orland Park), Courtney Mall (Tucson, Ariz.), Amanda Pucel (Minooka) and Haylee Eubanks (Bethalto).
"I'm very happy with this recruiting class," said Montgomery. "I expect them to make an immediate impact on the program."
SIUE, 35-19 in the 2004 season, have made five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championships. In those five seasons, SIUE has posted a 210-78 record.
Beecher, an All-State selection at Blue Springs South High School, batted .494 with five home runs and 35 runs batted in. The team's offensive Player of the Year also received All-Region, All-Conference, All-Area and All-District honors. A second baseman in high school, Montgomery said she plans to use Beecher as an outfielder. "She's athletic and hits the ball well. She is a raw talent with lots of power," Montgomery said. Beecher plays summer softball for the Kansas City Lasers.
Colosimo is a left-handed pitcher who plays summer softball for the Lemont Rockers. A standout thrower from Carl Sandburg High School, Montgomery said she likes that Colosimo has a good drop ball and is a left-hander. "She will complement our pitching staff well," Montgomery said.
Mall helped the Arizona Sun Cats to a top-five finish in the Under 16 national championships last summer. The outfielder from Canyon Del Oro High School is very athletic and a hard worker, according to Montgomery. "The experience she brings from West Coast softball is a big plus. She fit in well with the team during her recruiting visit," Montgomery said.
Pucel, a second baseman from Minooka High School, hopes to join SIUE's new School of Pharmacy. A member of the Homer Hawks summer league team, Pucel figures to be a plus for the Cougars. "She has a lot of travel softball experience," said Montgomery.
Eubanks is the only non-freshman to join the Cougars in 2006. The Civic Memorial High School graduate currently plays at Lewis and Clark Community College. Montgomery said the shortstop's pluses include her work ethic and fielding ability.
"She has become an outstanding hitter since breaking into the college ranks," noted Montgomery.
SIUE volleyball player Heather Bonde (Millstadt) has been named All-Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Bonde, a junior middle hitter, led SIUE with a .323 hitting percentage and 431 kills. She also was second in blocks with 105 (0.95 per game). Bonde was second on the team with 42 service aces.
The Cougars completed the 2004 season with a 25-7 record and a 14-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. SIUE finished in second place the during the regular season advanced to the championship match for the first time in school history. Bonde is among the all-time leaders in several offensive categories. Most notably, Bonde is the all-time leader in hitting percentage at .318.
SIUE will play host to Tusculum (Tenn.) College at 7 p.m. Saturday (11/20) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships. The gates will open at Korte Stadium at 6 p.m.
SIUE, 17-2-2 and ranked sixth in the final regular season poll, was handed hosting duties after defeating Wisconsin-Parkside 3-1 on Saturday (11/13). The Cougars are now among the final eight teams in the nation. The winner of this Saturday's game advances to the Final Four in Wichita Falls, Texas, on the campus of Midwestern State on Dec. 3-5.
The game figures to be a battle of one of the top offensive teams in the country against one of the top defensive teams in the nation. Tusculum, also 17-2-2, has scored 80 goals this season and allowed 30. SIUE has scored 47 and allowed just 11.
SIUE Coach Ed Huneke said both teams will likely be prepared with scouting reports but those will be limited in scope for two teams that have never met. "The key will be for us to make sure our players read the game as it starts and progresses," said Huneke.
Huneke said he thought defense was going to play a major role in Saturday's game. "One or two goals isn't going to put them (Tusculum) down. They believe in themselves," he said.
Tusculum's top scorer is a 25-year-old from England named Paul Hopkins. The 6-foot-1-inch forward has scored 82 goals in his four seasons as a Pioneer.
SIUE looks to counter the Tusculum offensive attack with a balanced attack. Ten different players have three or more goals, and no one has more than six goals.
Freshman Adam Lanter (Edwardsville) leads the team with six goals, including four game-winners. John Matthews (Edwardsville) also has four game-winning goals. As a team, eight different players have walked away with game-winning goals in the Cougars' 17 victories.
SIUE's leading scorer, Victor Pacheco (Sao Luis, Brazil) does not have a game-winning goal among his five goals and team-leading nine assists.
This is SIUE's 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. SIUE won national titles in 1972 and 1979. The Cougars were national runners-up in 1975. SIUE was in the national semifinals in 1982 and 2001. The Cougars hold a 26-15 record in NCAA Tournament games in those previous 17 seasons.
SIUE last played a home NCAA contest in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2001 when it defeated Ashland 1-0 en route to a Final Four appearance.
Ross Beveridge scored a pair of goals, including a penalty kick, as SIUE defeated Wisconsin-Parkside 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament.
The Cougars, 17-2-2 and winners of the Great Lakes Region, now advance to play the winner of the Appalachian Region. Carson-Newman, 17-1-1, and Tusculum, 16-2-2, play in that region's finals on Sunday (11/14).
SIUE is now in the final eight in the nation after knocking off Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Wisconsin-Parkside on Saturday (11/13). The game was physical with 22 fouls for SIUE and 17 for the Rangers. Three fouls, however, were in the goalie box and resulted in penalty kicks.
The Cougars benefitted from the first two penalty kicks as Beveridge and Kevin Thibodeau scored to give SIUE a 2-0 lead. The Rangers lost their goalkeeper on the first penalty kick to a red card at 36:21 by pulling down an SIUE potential scorer from behind.
Beveridge gave SIUE a 3-0 lead by halftime by scoring at 43:08 from five yards out against the Rangers' backup goalkeeper Mickey Joy.
Wisconsin-Parkside, which was outshot 15-9 by the Cougars, got on the board at 49:28 as Sher Yang scored on a penalty kick after an SIUE defender committed a foul in the box.
Nicholas Frasca recorded four saves in the victory for the Cougars in goal.
SIUE won the first game but lost the next three in the finals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament at PAC Arena.
The Cougars are now 25-7 and await word on whether or not a second-place finish in the GLVC Tournament will be enough to garner a spot in the NCAA Tournament. By winning Saturday's title match, Southern Indiana, 23-6, earned an automatic bid to next week's tournament.
SIUE couldn't put together the same numbers as it did Friday night in its semifinal win over Northern Kentucky. The Cougars finished with a .126 hitting percentage. Shannon Winkeler led the Cougars with 17 kills, tying her season best. Heather Bonde followed with 16 kills. Bonde, a first team All-GLVC pick, had all but five matches this season with double-digit kills.
After losing the first game to the Cougars 30-25, Southern Indiana swept the next three games 30-24, 30-20 and 30-25. The Screaming Eagles had four players in double figures in kills, led by middle hitter Leanne Gross's 16. It was the third time this season that SIUE had lost to Southern Indiana.
The Cougars have just four losses in the region, three from Southern Indiana alone.
SIUE will make its first-ever appearance in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Volleyball Tournament finals after a convincing three-game victory over Northern Kentucky.
SIUE improved to 25-6 in handling the Norse 30-26, 30-18, 30-20. The Cougars hit .381 as a team with 50 kills and just seven errors in the sweep. SIUE will play top-seeded Southern Indiana in Saturday's finals at 2 p.m. Southern Indiana downed Indianapolis in the other semifinal match in three games.
The Cougars, playing without its top outside hitter Kindra Westendorf, came out strong against Northern Kentucky.
Heather Bonde led SIUE with 14 kills and hit a hot .444. Tricia Happe recorded 11 kills off the bench and hit .476. Krystal Majernik picked up 40 assists and nine digs.
The Cougars puzzled Northern Kentucky, which hit .138 as a team. SIUE held GLVC Player of the Year Kristin Koralewski to just 11 kills and a .118 hitting percentage, well below her GLVC-leading mark of .390.
SIUE also used blocking as a crucial weapon with 11 in the match. Bonde led the way with five. Tina Talsma finished with four blocks while Melissa Spann added three. Both Talsma and Spann had two solo blocks each.
This will be SIUE's first effort in the GLVC finals since beginning the program in 1995. The winner of Saturday's match earns an automatic bid to next week's NCAA Tournament.
Four SIUE volleyball players garnered All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors in a Friday breakfast ceremony before the semifinals of the league's tournament.
Heather Bonde (Millstadt) and Allison Buss (Towanda) were named to the first team. Krystal Majernik (Normal) and Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) were selected to the second team. The All-GLVC teams were chosen by a vote of the league's 11 coaches.
Bonde leads the Cougars in kills with 401 and hitting percentage at .324. Her 42 service aces also is third best on the roster.
Buss proved to be the league's top defender. As SIUE's libero, she averaged more than six digs per game in conference regular season matches. She finished the regular season with 5.42 digs per game. She will break the school record for digs per game at 4.29 previously held by Yvonne Welch in 1996. Buss, who also leads the Cougars in service aces with 52, needs 24 digs to break Welch's single-season record of 614 digs.
Majernik turned in another stellar season performance with 1,223 assists. She helped the Cougars to a .259 hitting percentage, which give the Cougars two straight seasons of .250 hitting or better.
Westendorf was second in kills with 328 and finished with a .280 hitting percentage. The junior outside hitter did not play in the final weekend of the regular season due to a knee injury.
Kristin Koralewski, of Northern Kentucky, was selected as the Player of the Year. Liz Holmes, of Northern Kentucky, was named the GLVC's Freshman of the Year. NKU's Carlos Chia was named the Coach of the Year.
SIUE men's soccer will face Wisconsin-Parkside in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament on Saturday night at Ralph Korte Stadium. Game time is set for 7.
The Rangers advanced after defeating Lewis 3-1 in penalty kicks on Thursday afternoon at a rain soaked Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The game was tied 0-0.
SIUE, 16-2-2 overall, is 1-0 this season against third-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside, 13-3-3. SIUE defeated UWP 2-0 on the road on October 1.
This is the first time SIUE has played a home NCAA contest in the second round since 2001 when it defeated Ashland 1-0 en route to a Final Four appearance. It is also the first time SIUE will play GLVC rival Wisconsin-Parkside in the NCAA Tournament.
SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke is counting on home field advantage to give the Cougars the little extra it will need in the 24-team NCAA Division II Tournament.
The NCAA announced Monday (11/8) that SIUE will be the host site for the Division II Great Lakes Regional Championship. As the No. 1 seed, the Cougars will have a bye and will play the winners of the Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis game.
Wisconsin-Parkside and Lewis will face off on Thursday at Korte Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. for the first round NCAA matchup. It will be a repeat of the Great Lakes Valley Conference semifinals, in which Lewis defeated Wisconsin-Parkside 2-1 in overtime.
SIUE, 16-2-2 overall, will await the winner of the first round game. The Cougars play the advancing team on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. "We have great respect for the traditions that exists in these programs," said Huneke. "They are competitive teams that will require us to again be at our best."
SIUE is 2-0-1 this season against third-seeded Wisconsin-Parkside, 13-3-2, and second-seeded Lewis, 16-3-2. SIUE defeated UWP 2-0 on the road and tied Lewis 1-1 on the road. The Cougars defeated Lewis 2-0 in the championship game of the GLVC Tournament on Sunday (11/7). "The familiarity factor is both a plus and a minus, and it's important that we approach it with respect to our opponents," said Huneke.
This is the third appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Cougars in the past four seasons. SIUE advanced to the Final Four in 2001 and into the second round in 2003.
Overall, Saturday's game will mark the 18th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Cougars. SIUE won national titles in 1972 and 1979. The Cougars were national runners-up in 1975. SIUE was in the national semifinals in 1982 and 2001. The Cougars hold a 25-15 record in NCAA Tournament games in those previous 17 seasons.
SIUE last played a home NCAA contest in the second round in 2001 when it defeated Ashland 1-0 en route to a Final Four appearance. The Cougars have never played fellow GLVC rival Wisconsin-Parkside in the NCAA Tournament. SIUE defeated Lewis 2-0 in the opening round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
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It's been an emotional week for the SIUE volleyball Cougars.
After learning that junior outside hitter Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) was sidelined with a knee injury, the Cougars had to regroup. Her injury figured to play havoc with the lineup as Westendorf is second on the team in kills per game at 3.64. "We responded well to this adversity," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober.
The Cougars defeated a feisty Quincy team in five games in Quincy and dispatched Missouri-St. Louis in three games on Saturday (11/6). SIUE completed the regular season with a 24-6 record and a 14-2 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
SIUE grabbed the No. 2 seed for the GLVC Tournament, set to begin Thursday (11/11) in Evansville, Ind. As the second seed, SIUE has a bye into Friday's (11/12) semifinals and will face the winner of the Northern Kentucky-Saint Joseph's match at 5 p.m.
"Every player has picked up their game," Gober said. "We've had different people step up. It's been about chemistry and attitude."
Allison Buss (Towanda), the GLVC's top defender, broke the school record for digs in a match with 44 in the win over Quincy. Jamie Jones (Flanagan) set a career high 18 kills in the victory over Missouri-St. Louis. "Tricia Happe (St. Louis) also emerged as an outside hitter for the team," Gober said.
Gober also credited setter Krystal Majernik (Normal) for her strong play. Majernik has averaged nearly 12.8 assists per game during the team's six-match winning streak.
SIUE has two more opportunities during the exhibition season to get better.
The first chance is Wednesday (11/10) at Western Illinois at 7 p.m. The final opportunity is Friday (11/12) in Bloomington, Ind., at Indiana University at 8 p.m.
SIUE Coach Marty Simmons said his team's focus is to work on the problems on defense and to simply get better. "Hopefully, we're going to pay more attention to details," Simmons said.
Simmons said Dan Heimos (Waterloo) was a factor in the 78-58 loss to the University of Illinois. He pointed to freshman J.B. Jones (Belleville), who had two turnovers in 26 minutes of play against one of the best-touted backcourts in all of Division I. Simmons also liked the minutes he got off the bench from Anthony Jones (Centralia) and Kris Crosby (Belleville).
The Cougars expect another tough exhibition game at Western Illinois on Wednesday (11/10). "They're very much improved with nine new players, including several junior college and Division I transfers," said Simmons.
The Cougars open the 2004-2005 regular season at home on Monday, Nov. 15, against Lincoln Christian.