A full ten teams across seven sports in action, many of them for multiple contests, make Halloween the busiest weekend of the year so far for Buffalo. Some fall sports like volleyball and men's soccer have crucial road games for MAC Tournament positioning, while others, like women's soccer and cross country, begin their tournament runs.
Then you have the winter sports getting started: the swimming and diving teams are already on their third competition, and wrestling has a pair of road matches in North Carolina this weekend.
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Yep, this is one of those good weekends that started on a Thursday. When women's soccer kicked off at 3:00 PM yesterday, it was also one of the earliest weekend starts of the year for UB Athletics. If you missed it, the Bulls came from behind for the second time in three games in a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Akron to close out the first undefeated MAC season in school history - across all sports - and just the third undefeated MAC season in conference history.
Three sports are in action today: one in their final competition of the season, one looking for critical wins for MAC tournament positioning, and one getting their winter season started.
Men's Tennis is in action in Kalamazoo over the weekend, starting this weekend. The UB site calls in the "MAC Singles and Doubles Championships," while other schools are just calling it the "MAC Invitational." But it will take place over three days with multiple eight-seed singles and doubles flights and feature all six MAC teams - including new member Binghamton, whose inclusion in the conference I just learned about last night and am rather unhappy about.
In the lone non-soccer home competition on the weekend, Swimming and Diving will host teams from both Michigan State and Army this weekend. Today the competition gets started at 6:00 PM in the Alumni Arena Natatorium.
Finally for tonight, Volleyball looks to build on their home win last Saturday and push into more comfortable position as the MAC tournament draws closer. Right now the Bulls are in a three-way tie for the seventh seed, but have a relatively easy schedule in their final six matches. It's feasible that the team could go 4-2 or 5-1 to close out the regular season, when even 3-3 would put them in great shape.
Tonight UB plays Miami in Oxford. The Bulls swept the Redhawks at home back in September, but the teams have moved in opposite directions since, and MU is now 7-3 in conference.
Men's Tennis will continue on their way in Kalamazoo.
Rowing is at the Head of the Occoquan regatta in Fairfax, VA. It's their last competition of the fall season.
Wrestling is getting started with their first of two matches this weekend. Tomorrow they'll be in Buies Creek, North Carolina for a match against Campbell University that will get started at 10:00 AM.
The Big One: Both Cross Country teams are in Mount Pleasant for the MAC Championships hosted by Central Michigan. The men, led by Cameron Bruce, are looking for a top-three finish, though Bruce will have his work cut out for him to top EMU's Willy Fink and match Zach Ahart's 2013 individual championship.
The women face a stronger field but will likely be lead by Corinne Birchard. The championship starts at 11:00 AM. I'm not sure if the women or the men go off first.
Swimming and Diving will continue their home competition against Army and Michigan State at noon.
Men's Soccer, hitting the road for their final two regular season matches, take on West Virginia at 7:00 PM. WVU joined the MAC for men's soccer when it moved to a conference that does not sponsor the sport and the MAC lost former affiliate member Hartwick to the Sun Belt.
Finally, Volleyball caps off the weekend with another road match at Bowling Green. As they did Miami, the Bulls swept BG at home back in September. The Falcons sit a handful of games behind UB and will hopefully be a win for the Bulls.
Men's Tennis will wrap up their time in Kalamazoo.
Wrestling will move on to a second contest on the weekend without crossing any state lines: they take on Appalachian State and Cumberland in a pair of duals matches in Boone, NC, starting at 9:00 AM.
After wrapping up only the third undefeated MAC season in conference history, Women's Soccer starts the MAC tournament with a quarterfinal game against Toledo at UB Stadium at 1:00 PM. Make sure you get the time change right, brush up on UB's controlling 3-0 win against the Rockets a few weekends ago, and make your way to the stadium to cheer the ladies on.
Should UB get a win, they will host the MAC semifinals and finals, which will take place a week from today on the 7th and on Sunday the 9th.