Another weekend, another handful of chances for glory for UB student-athletes. Not everybody is home, but somebody is competing at UB each day this weekend. For free, I might add.
Dang, you missed the start of the weekend! Trust me, it was a good one. The volleyball team bounced back from consecutive road losses last weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Akron. You can find my post on the win here, but if you'd like a Cliffs Notes version of the night, know that UB found its attack again even despite the continued absence of Tahleia Bishop and Marissa Prinzbach, and get to know Skyler Day. Though she has played more and more as the season has developed, the freshman enjoyed a breakout match of sorts with 12 kills and 11 digs.
Three UB teams are in action today: Women's Tennis hosts its own invitational, welcoming competitors from Binghamton, Cleveland State, and Niagara to campus for a three-day event. At least Cleveland State will be there, so there's one team that's not objectionable.
In the evening, both soccer teams will hit the pitch. For the locals, Men's Soccer returns home and to the pitch after playing just one game in the last two weeks. They will take on Western Michigan in the MAC opener for both teams at 7:00 PM at UB Stadium. The Broncos are 6-3-2 this season, though the Bulls fared better against the teams' one common opponent, beating Detroit 3-2 to WMU's 2-1 overtime loss.
Finally, Women's Soccer is also in action, but they're traveling far, far away from Buffalo to make it happen, going all the way to Dekalb for a faceoff with the Northern Illinois Huskies. UB at 4-0-0 is undefeated in MAC play, having surrendered just a single goal in their last two weekends. The match against the Huskies starts at 8:00 Eastern and will be a clash of the MAC's current division leaders.
Everything's a little slower on Saturday, so feel free to devote most of your attention to the football game.
You're going to do it anyway, I know.
Women's Tennis will of course be continuing their invitational, hopefully kicking butt. Women's Rowing will be in action in New Haven, CT at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta, but it's pretty difficult to follow that with any rigor.
Other than that, it's just Volleyball's second match of the weekend. They'll return home to Alumni Arena for a 7:00 PM game with Ball State, who is currently 4-1 in the MAC. The Cardinals and Bulls have just one common opponent; a Western Illinois team that both MAC squads were able to take care of easily. Hopefully one or both of Tahleia Bishop and Marissa Prinzbach are back in action for the Bulls, but UB showed last night against Akron that they can still play quality volleyball without them.
On Sunday, Women's Tennis will wrap up their tournament. Here's to a day full of all-Buffalo finals.
The only other team in action on Sunday is Women's Soccer, who get a chance of their own to host Western Michigan, taking on the Broncos at noon. WMU is 8-4 on the season, though they are coming off a pair of home losses last weekend and will challenge Akron on the road Friday before heading to Buffalo. The Broncos have similar goals-against and goals-for numbers to the Bulls, but I'm confident in saying they haven't faced a defense like UB's yet this season.
Good luck to all Bulls this weekend!