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Volleyball goes 1-3 during week WSU tops Walsh, loses to Findlay and Malone ZEINAB NAJM Senior Writer Wayne State’s volleyball team went 1-3 overall last week. The women faced the University of Findlay, Malone University and Walsh University. On Nov. 5, the Warriors were defeated by the Findlay Oilers in four sets, 1-3 at home. WSU opened the first set with a lead but Findlay came back and took a 12-9 advantage. They would eventually win the set 25-21. The Oilers would take take early control of the second set. It was a tight one the whole way, but a 3-0 run by WSU gave them the victory. Findlay rallied out to a lead again in the third set but this time they held on to win 25-17. The fourth and final set was won by FU after they went on a 4-0 run. WSU cameback effort came up short and the Oilers earned the set and match win. Kristen Bulkiewicz collected another double-double with 20 kills and 11 digs. WSU headed to the road on Nov. 8-9 and improved to .500 away from Detroit. WSU played Malone Nov. 8. It was a hard fought match that went to five sets and the Pioneers won 3-2. The Warriors hit .248 as a team compared

to Malone who hit .199. Malone took a 2-0 set lead over WSU. They won 25-18 and 25-13 but WSU would fight back. In the third set, the Warriors raced out to a 13-3 lead and wouldn’t look back. A kill by Heather Weiss gave them the 25-12 set win. WSU and The Pioneers played a close fourth set. A late Warrior run earned them a 20-14 advantage. They would hold on to force a fifth set with a 25-18 victory. The fifth set, was all Malone from start to finish. Their 9-3 early lead allowed them to easily win the set 15-6 and the match. Nov. 9, the Warriors played their final road game of the regular season against Walsh. WSU won in straight sets, 3-0. Heather Weiss and Madison Reeves led WSU with 13 kills and 30 assists respectively. The first set was won by WSU on late errors made by Walsh. They took the set 25-19. A late 6-1 run in the second set would put the win in the bag for the Warriors. WSU took a lead over the Cavaliers, 17-9 before a rally to make the third set close. The Warriors held on and won 25-23 to earn the 3-0 sweep. WSU will play its last two regular season games at home over the weekend. They will face Ashland University at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and Lake Erie College at 2 p.m. Nov. 16.


Track and field back at WSU Team triumphs despite rushed recruitment MICHAEL LEWIS Contributing Writer Last year, women’s track and field made its return to Wayne State’s athletic program. Despite a brief and hurried recruiting campaign, the women’s track team was able to produce 14 letter winners in both indoor and outdoor events. Now, with a full offseason and a successful first year under their belts, the Warriors of WSU women’s track are ready to compete for a spot atop the GLIAC conference. “There are 16 women’s teams in the conference. The top 8 in each event score,” said Rick Cummings, coach of the women’s track team. “In our first year we scored, beat teams indoor and outdoor, produced a conference champ, and qualified for nationals. Those are

big first year accomplishments.” One of last year’s standouts was redshirt junior Kelsey Chapman. Chapman was a swimmer before making the switch to running track full time, but her young track record bolsters her as an experienced veteran on a team of youngsters. She set six WSU’s records in the 60m, 200m, 400m races and also in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4,000 DMR relays. “We are all working hard and supporting each other and the coaches are very supportive of that,” Chapman said. The Warriors placed 10th of 16 teams in the outdoor championships with a total of 21 points. They did so with a roster full of cross country runners and transfers from other schools. Now with a full group of recruited freshmen and veterans from last year’s success, Cum-

mings is expecting great things from his athletes. “This year is going to be a whole new ball game,” Cummings said. “We’d like to climb up in the standings and we have a bunch of quality young athletes - this year is going to be better than last year.” Cummings has been head coach of the men and women’s cross country coaching staff since 1997. After leading WSU to only their third national championship race, he assumed the duties and title of head track coach in April 2012. While his primary event group is distance runners, Cummings has surrounded himself with a well-qualified coaching staff. In addition to the experience head coach at the helm, there is a team of strength, conditioning, and specializa-

tion assistant coaches working with each athlete to push them to the next level. Kirby Blackley is an experienced assistant coach and an accomplished student athlete. Prior to coaching at Central State University and her alma mater, University of Findlay, Blackley was a 2008 NCAA track athlete of the year. She captured national titles in both the long jump and 100 meter hurdles where she set a school record at 13.29 seconds. “It’s a group effort,” Cummings said. “There’s no doubt that we have good people running this show.” The athletes on the team are also buying into Cummings’ enthusiasm. “I feel like it’s a family,” Chapman said. “We’re all very close and we are all there for one goal and that is to have a great season.”


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