It was a busy weekend in Bulls land, and I unfortunately missed all of it while out of town visiting some friends. We've had some folks asking on Twitter about the Olympic sports, so here's a quick and dirty roundup of UB exploits off the football field this weekend.
You can still expect the normal Soccer and Volleyball Roundups on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, as we get back to our regular schedule.
Volleyball continues to look good, as they won both their matches without dropping a set this weekend to open MAC play 2-0 and are currently sitting on their second five-match win streak of the season after the wins over Bowling Green and Miami. You won't find any better on this weekend than Paige Miller's fanpost on the two matches
UB Volleyball Sweeps First Two MAC Matches - Bull Run
It wouldn’t be fair to refer to UB Volleyball as "The Tahleia Bishop Show". Buffalo used two strong all-around team performances to sweep both Bowling Green on Friday and Miami (OH) on Saturday.
Women's Soccer also opened MAC play with two wins - and even better, two more shutouts for Laura Dougall - after a pair of losses to Virginia Tech and Cornell the last two weekends.
On Friday night, the Bulls traveled to Kent State to start conference play on the road and used a ninth-minute goal from Katie Roberts and an additional score from Celina Carrero to stake a 2-0 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Things were dicier against Ohio on Sunday afternoon. Once again on the road, it took the Bulls 109 minutes to score, but thanks to Katie Roberts with just minutes left in the second overtime and yet another shutout from Laura Dougall, UB took another MAC game on the road from the Ohio Bobcats, 1-0.
For all the success UB has had against Big Four rivals Canisius, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure, I wouldn't mind if we never saw the Cornell Big Red again. Men's Soccer was the latest team to fall to the Ivy leaguers, dropping their lone match of the weekend 5-0.
Cornell scored all five goals on just five shots on net. In most other stats that less directly contribute to winning and losing, UB stacked up favorably to the Big Red - more favorably than 5-0 in goals, at least - but unfortunately goals is all that matters.
Men's Tennis competed for the second straight weekend to close out September, heading to the Penn Invitational for three days. Friday's opening matches started so-so for the Bulls, who went 5-1 against Temple, but just 1-5 in matches against the host Quakers for a .500 record on the day. Saturday UB dropped just one singles match of seven and went undefeated in doubles play against Binghamton, only to improve their lot on Sunday, going undefeated in seven singles matches and four doubles matches against Penn and Duquesne.
For UB's Women's Tennis team, the weekend started slowly, only to finish strong as the Bulls went undefeated in doubles play on the second day and undefeated in singles action on the third day. Margarita Kotok was the lone Bull to go undefeated in singles, while all three of UB's doubles teams were swept by the Mountaineers on the first day.
Rowing kicked their fall slate off this weekend, and now every Bulls team has gotten things started! In three races against boats from local rivals Canisius and D'Youville, UB notched first- and third-place finishes from their Varsity 8 A and B boats, finishing in front of Canisius' boats in second and fourth. In the Varsity 4 race, the Bulls finished just four seconds behind the winning Golden Griffins.
With Rowing's 2-1 performance against Canisius, UB across all sports is 14-3 in fall season competition against Canisius, Niagara, and St. Bonaventure. In the fall season, the only game left against a Big Four rival comes on October 21, when Men's Soccer will take on the Bonnies.
Congrats to all the Bulls teams on a successful weekend!