Weekend action: Volleyball, women’s soccer dominate; men’s soccer drops one, ties one
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 01:09
Volleyball – 3-0 win over Niagara; 3-0 win over Temple; 3-0 win over Niagara
The Bulls (3-0) dominated the weekend at Alumni Arena, winning all three matches without dropping a single set. Sophomore Tahleia Bishop became the first player in school history to record 20 kills in a three-set sweep in Buffalo’s win over Temple. Senior Kelly Svoboda was awarded tournament MVP, highlighted by 47 digs.
“We had a hot hitter tonight in Tahleia,” said head coach Todd Kress. “We were smart to get her the ball as she was scoring all night.”
Men’s Soccer – 3-1 loss at St. Bonaventure; 1-1 tie vs. Vermont
Buffalo (0-1-1) surrendered two early goals versus the Bonnies and was unable to recover in the match. Freshman midfielder Russell Cicerone continued his early success as a Bull with a goal in the 60th minute after scoring twice in the team’s exhibitions.
In the Bulls’ second weekend contest, they were unable to secure the victory, allowing a goal in the 75th minute after taking an early lead. The game ended in a draw after two overtime periods. Freshman midfielder Nicolai Berry had Buffalo’s lone goal in the 14th minute.
“We’re playing against an experienced team and we don’t know how to protect that lead, and that’s something were going to have to learn how to do,” said head coach Stu Riddle. “We talked at halftime how we had to eliminate giving them those opportunities. But that didn’t seem to change what we did. We gave them plenty and they were able to score off one of them.”
Women’s Soccer – 2-1 win at St. Bonaventure; 1-0 win vs. Youngstown State
The women’s soccer team (2-1) had better success than the men over the weekend. In the two contests, junior forward Katie Roberts and junior defender Sophie Therrien were all over the field for the Bulls.
Both players scored in the first match and followed up their performance by combining for 10 shots Sunday afternoon against Youngstown State. Junior midfielder Megan Abman scored off a long throw from sophomore defender Kristin Markiewicz in the 71st minute for the only goal of the game. Senior goalkeeper Ainsley Wheldon had four saves en route to her 16th career shutout.
“I cannot give more credit to my teammates,” Abman said. “We practice set plays day in and day out … I think [the goal] was a culmination of our efforts in training and that just manifested nicely on the field.”
Wheldon was named the MAC defensive player of the week for her efforts.