Bulls Roundup: Weekend of 10/25

Wrestling picked up a big commitment from New Jersey this week. - UB Athletics

Links roundup for the week behind us and some prep for the week ahead! With a special focus on the non-football, non-men's basketball teams.

Men's Basketball (@UBmenshoops)

Javon McCrea, Bobby Hurley aim to make ‘one-year run’ a successful one | CollegeBasketballTalk

This post is desgned for the less followed sports, but this article is too good not to highlight. It's a well-researched and substantial article on the outlook for Hurley's first - and McCrea's last - year in Buffalo. My post on Friday's Bulls Madness is already up, and stay tuned for a six part basketball season preview in the two weeks leading up to Texas A&M on November 8th. Part One: The Coaches will go up this coming Saturday or Sunday.

Cross Country (@UB_XCTF)

Cross Country has not competed since the last Roundup. They next race at the MAC Championships at Bowling Green on Saturday, November 2nd. Look for Zach Ahart to finish in the front group for the men, and for the women to build on their strong showing at the Princeton invite.

Rowing (@UBCoachCalfo, @UBCoachKanaley)

The rowng team heads to Philadelphia this weekend to wrap up their fall schedule at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

Welcome to the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

Men's Soccer (@UBMens_Soccer)

The men's soccer team played a midweek game against Gannon Wednesday night, winning 3-1 on the strength of some good bounces, including a sixth minute own goal by Gannon, in a first half during with they were otherwise outplayed by the side from Erie, PA. Russell Cicerone once again had the GWG for the Bulls, and Coach Stu Riddle was able to use the late season nonconference game as a chance to get some playing time for the backups.

Watch highlights here

Bulls Claim Mid-Week Match with Gannon - Buffalo Athletics

"It was a disappointing first half, they (Gannon) were very unlucky to be behind," head coach Stu Riddle. "I was much more pleased with the second half and finding that third goal and killing off the game. Ultimately we got what we needed, which was a win, and a lot of guys got minutes."

The Spectrum also ran a truly excellent piece on freshman midfielder Nicolai Berry, who like Coach Riddle hails from New Zealand. Even if you don't like soccer, I highly recommend this piece. Here's hoping great things are in store for the Auckland native whose family gets up at the crack of dawn to watch him play.

‘A bit of an adventure’ - Sports - The Spectrum - The University of Buffalo

Berry, a freshman midfielder for the men’s soccer team, grew up in Auckland and moved to Buffalo this fall. Amid his transition to a new culture in the United States, Berry has excelled on the pitch. He ranks second on the team in points and has started in 12 of 13 games.

Coach Riddle's team takes on Belmont in another nonconference match this Saturday at 6:00 PM in Tennessee before they wrap up their conference slate in early November.

Women's Soccer (@UBWomensSoccer)

Women's soccer will spend the upcoming weekend on the road in Michigan, with a visit to Ypsilanti on Friday for EMU's Senior Day, and to Kalamazoo on Sunday. At 2-6 in conference, the ladies have played their last home game of the season and have only a single match against Akron after Sunday.

The Official Website of Eastern Michigan Athletics - Senior Day Highlights Final Regular Season Homestand

Swimming and Diving (@UBSwimDive)

I missed this last week, but Swimming and Diving actually kicked off the winter season two Saturdays ago at their own Western New York Invitational. The men won seven events, highlighted by a program record from senior transfer Dan O'Connor. Many UB swimmers placed in multiple events as the Bulls showed off their depth and got the wheels turning on another strong season in the pool.

The women had five winners, paced by senior Brittany Kuras who was part of the victorious 200 Medley Relay and touched first in the 50 free and 100 meter breaststroke.

On the diving board, Katarina Chang and Mackenzie Moss finished 2-3 and 4-5 in the one and three meter dives, while Chris Iafrati was a double winner, leading the men to five of the top six places in the one meter, and the top four places in the three meter.

O'Connor's Record-Setting Day Highlights WNY Invite - Buffalo Athletics

BUFFALO, NY - The 2013-14 swimming and diving season began Saturday morning, with the Bulls hosting the annual Western New York Invite. The event featured swimmers and divers from McMaster University out of Hamilton, Ontario, St. Bonaventure, Niagara, Buffalo State, and UB. Dan O'Connor provided the highlight of the day, setting a program record in the 1000-yard freestyle

Both teams will host Cornell Friday at 4:00 PM, while the ladies will swim against Toledo on Saturday at 1:00 PM in Amherst.

Men's Tennis (@UBmenstennis)

Men's Tennis had wrapped up their fall season by the last roundup, but this week announced their spring schedule.

Tennis Announces Challenging Spring Schedule - Buffalo Athletics

BUFFALO, NY - Coming off the ITA Northeast Regionals, the Buffalo men's tennis team announced its Spring semester schedule, complete with road trips to ten different states and matchups against the top competition in the region. In a schedule sure to test the experienced group, the team will have four home duals as opposed to 14 road events.

Women's Tennis (@UBwomentennis)

After I complained in the last roundup about the lack of information about the women's matches at the ITA Regional Tournament, it turns out I was just being hasty. The Bulls wrapped up their fall schedule with a series of first round exits and now look forward to January 25th, when they kick off the "spring" with a match against St. Bonaventure.

Bulls Conclude Fall Season At ITA Regionals - Buffalo Athletics

The doubles squad of senior Miranda Podlas and freshman Margarita Kotok won their opening match, defeating the 11th ranked squad from Cornell, 8-3.  The Bulls fell in the round of 32, dropping a match to a pair from Quinnipiac, 8-3. In singles, Podlas received an opening round bye, but dropped her first match to Ksenia Kuzmenko of NJIT, 6-2, 6-1.  Fellow senior Anamaria Candanoza played in the qualifying draw, but dropped her opening match, 6-3, 6-4. The Bulls will begin their Spring season on January 25 when they host St. Bonaventure.

Volleyball (@UBvolleyball)

Of all the fall sports, Volleyball has the most left on their plate, as they still have four weekends of MAC tilts to build on their 4-4 conference record in advance of the MAC Tournament the weekend before Thanksgiving. This week, they also travel into Michigan to take on Central Michigan on Friday and the Eagles of Eastern Michigan on Saturday.

The Official Website of Eastern Michigan Athletics - Eastern Comes Back to the Convocation Center for Two Matches

This week, the Green and White take on a pair of squads from the MAC East Division. The Eagles will first welcome the University of Akron to the Convocation Center Friday, Oct. 25, for a 7 p.m. start time. Following its match with the Zips, the University at Buffalo Bulls come calling for a Saturday evening, Oct. 26, match in Ypsilanti.

Wrestling (@BullsWrestling1)

Wrestling doesn't kick their season off until November 9th, but Coach Stutzman did pick up a commitment this week from top 150 recruit Jason Estevez from New Jersey.

Buffalo Wrestling Adds Jason Estevez To The Mix - Buffalo Athletics

Something I knew before reading this article: New Jersey is kind of a wrestling hotbed.

Something I didn't know before reading this article: There is a top 150 ranking for prep wrestlers.

That's it for the upcoming weekend, folks. Check in on Monday or Tuesday for the Weekend in Review Roundup.

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