Thursday, October 11, 2007

In the Polls

Several NCAC teams are making their presence known on national and regional stages:

Women's Cross Country: Ohio Wesleyan is 32nd in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll. Allegheny is fifth in the Mideast Region. In the Great Lakes, Ohio Wesleyan is fifth, followed by Oberlin in sixth, Kenyon in eighth and Denison in ninth.

Men's Cross Country: Allegheny is 15th in the U.s. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III poll. The Gators are second in the Mideast Region. Wabash is 10th in the Great Lakes Region.

Football: Wabash has climbed to 10th in the latest AFCA poll and 14th in the Top 25. Wittenberg received votes in both polls. Ohio Wesleyan received votes in the AFCA poll. Individually, Oberlin senior defensive back Chase Palmer and Wooster senior linebacker Trey Simmerman were named to the Team of the Week. Palmer intercepted a pass with 47 seconds left to stop Denison's final drive, and clinch the Yeomen's 34-27 win over the Big Red. He posted a team high eight tackles (five solo), 3.5 tackles for a loss, and 1.5 sacks. Simmerman had 14 tackles (eight solo), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in Wooster's first win over the season, 13-9 over Ohio Wesleyan.

Women's Soccer: Denison is ranked 13th and Wittenberg 17th in the national NSCAA/adidas poll. The Big Red are first in the Great Lakes Region, followed closely by the Tigers in second, Ohio Wesleyan in sixth and Kenyon in ninth. ranks Denison 23rd in their national Top 25. Wittenberg received votes in the poll. Individually, Wooster sophomore Simone DiSalvo was named to the Team of the Week after she scored the game-winner in overtime versus Hiram, a 4-3 decision, and also had an assist in the contest. The Fighting Scots were 1-1 on the week after losing to Kenyon, 1-0, in overtime.

Men's Soccer: Wittenberg is 14th in the national NSCAA/adidas poll - a two-spot improvement over last week, and once again the highest ever national ranking for the Tigers. Wittenberg is second in the Great Lakes Region, followed by Kenyon in sixth, Ohio Wesleyan in eighth and Allegheny in ninth. Denison and Hiram also received votes in the regional poll. Wittenberg received votes in the national Top 25. Individually, Earlham freshman Bannett Asingura was named to the Team of the Week after he recorded a pair of goals to lead the Quakers past Oberlin, 2-1 in overtime, to win the Freedom Trophy for the first time since the trophy was established three years ago by the 1954 Quaker team inducted into the Earlham athletics hall of fame in 2005. Asingura gave the Quakers a 1-0 lead midway through the first half then scored the game-winner 6:26 into the extra session.

Volleyball: Wittenberg is ranked second nationally for the fourth straight week. The Tigers, who received six first-place votes, are 24-0. Wittenberg and Haverford (23-0) are the only undefeated teams left in Division III. The Tigers are off to the best start in the program's history. The have overtaken the NCAC record for wins in a season, which they previously held (18 in 2004 and 2005). Wittenberg has only dropped five games all season, and have a current win streak of 38 games in a row. Hiram is ranked 24th by the AVCA.

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