The Thunder of the East Marching Band traveled to the game along with three buses of students, giving the Bulls a distinct crowd advantage over the meager Kent State fan section.
Major props to the UB contingent at Kent. It was apparent on ESPN3 which team had the better support.
Elton Alexander's story on the Kent victory. Nothing new, but Alexander is a strong writer and the go to MAC guy for the Plain Dealer, which makes him worth following.
I include this article mostly just for this quote from Colin Reardon:
“It was a play we put in this week and I was running it good all week,” said Reardon, who passed for a career-high 260 yards on 20-of-33 passing. “I just stared it down a little bit. (Mack) did make a great play, I thought there was no way he was going to pick that. If anything, I thought it was the guy who was behind (receiver) Chris (Humphrey). But (Mack) went by and just stuck his hand out and caught it.”
Joe Konze, Jr., who I believe writes for the Spectrum, gets UB onto WGR's radar.
BUFFALO, NY - Coverage of the upcoming 2013-14 basketball season will be expanding, with UB women's games now available on Sports Radio 1270 WFAN, The Fan. Announced Friday afternoon, the Bulls will now be heard on one of the fastest-growing sports talk radio stations in the region.
This is good. This team is going to be better this year than they have in a while, and if a team takes after its coach, then look out. 1270 is available on iHeartRadio, as well.
Swimming and Diving
No score was kept, but UB won 19 of the 32 events.
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo women's swimming and diving team lost its opening Mid-American Conference dual to Toledo, 192-100, at the Alumni Arena Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. Brittney Kuras won three events and Cristina Czyrka won one for the Bulls.
In the Open 8 Finals, the Buffalo A boat finished 12th out of 40 teams with a t time of 17:10.55. The Buffalo B boat finished in 26th place with a time of 17:54.98. In the Open Heavy Championship Eights Final, Buffalo finished sixth out of 20 teams with a time of 16:12.22.
NASHVILLE, TN - Plagued by a handful of near-misses on the offensive end, the Buffalo men's soccer team wrapped up the 2013 non-conference schedule Saturday evening with a road match against Belmont. Russell Cicerone had three shots hit the post in the run of play for UB (3-10-3), including one in the waning minutes of regulation.
Russell Cicerone is going to be a name to watch in future seasons.
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo volleyball team began a five-match road trip on Friday evening, but fell to the host Central Michigan Chippewas, 3-0. The loss was UB's second straight, as its record now stands at 16-6 and 4-5 in conference play.
The Bulls only had a hitting percentage of 4.2%. That is not very good. Winning teams are usually above 20%
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo volleyball team ended a tough MAC road weekend with a 3-1 loss at Eastern Michigan. The loss drops the Bulls to 16-7 on the year and 4-6 in conference play. The Eagles took the contest 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 as they outhit the Bulls .228 to .142
The Bulls were led by three players in double figures in kills led by 15 from senior Christine Fritsche. Sophomore Akeila Lain added 11 kills and classmate Tahleia Bishop added 10. Setters Dani Reinert and Taylor Pritchett each finished with 20 assists, while the Bulls also added three service aces.
Senior Kelly Svoboda finished with a team-high 18 digs, while Bishop added 17 for the double-double. The Bulls had 11.0 total blocks, led by six from Lain and five from Amber Hatchett and senior Carissa McKenna.
Senior Paige Roback (Maumee, Ohio-Notre Dame Academy) made history as she became one of just seven Eastern Michigan student-athletes to tally 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. The senior outside hitter notched 17 digs on the night to bring her career total to 1,011 and etch her name in the record books
Better fight in the second match of the weekend, but still a loss to EMU. Fortunately for the volleyball, their conference schedule extends for a few more weekends to get some mojo before the MAC Tournament.
YPSILANTI, MI – The University at Buffalo women's soccer team (5-8-3, 2-6-1 MAC) used a early second half goal from Megan Giesen and some great defense down the stretch to earn a 1-1 draw on the road Friday afternoon at Eastern Michigan (9-6-2, 6-2-1 MAC). "The girls put forth a solid 110 minute effort this afternoon," stated head coach Michael Thomas. "I thought we came out strong in the second half and finally got a ball to bounce our way on the goal. We will try to take this momentum into Sunday's match against a very good Western Michigan squad."
The Bulls scored the game-tying goal just four minutes into the second half of action following a great corner kick volley from Sophie Therien. Therien's corner kick found its way to Jackie Hall in front of the net and her quick shot was turned aside but went right to Giesen who buried her second goal of the season
“I think we created some very nice opportunities, but we just got outworked today,” EMU head coach Scott Hall said. “We weren’t very good with our possession or our combining, but no discredit to Buffalo, they outplayed us today. ”
That's a nice quote to read as a Bulls fan, from the EMU coach.
KALAMAZOO, MI – The Buffalo women's soccer team (5-9-3, 2-7-1 MAC) could not pick up points in back-to-back conference games on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1 at Western Michigan. The Bulls were held scoreless for most of the game before Courtney Mann broke through in the 89th minute with her first goal of the season. Mann took a perfect pass from Sophie Therien and put the Bulls on the board with under a minute left in the contest.
Classic too little too late game in Kalamazoo.
Athletes of the Week
Swimmer Brittney Kuras and Running Back Branden Oliver have been named Athletes of the week. You all already know about Bo, but get used to Kuras' name, too. Swimming and Diving has a long schedule, and she's very, very, good.
University at Buffalo swimmer Brittney Kuras was named the Mid-American Conference Women's Swimmer of the Week on Monday. The senior swimmer won three individual events in the team's dual meet against Toledo. It's the second weekly honor for the senior in the last three weeks.
Check back later this week for the Weekend outlook. I'll give you a sneak preview: Cross Country is champing at the bit for a chance at the MAC Championships. Have a good week!