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Thursday, September 23, 2021
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Players stand in the middle of the court during volleyball’s senior night Saturday.

Volleyball wins last regular-season home game

The UB women’s volleyball team (11-15) won its last home match of the season against Miami (OH) University (16-9) Saturday. The Bulls defeated the No. 1 team in the MAC East in five sets (25-22, 18-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-9). It was first time Buffalo has beaten Miami (OH) since 2014, and they snapped Miami’s nine-game win streak in the process.

UB’s women’s soccer was defeated by Bowling Green during the MAC semifinals on Friday with a 2-1 loss.

Women’s soccer eliminated in MAC semifinals

UB women’s soccer (9-8-3) lost 2-1 to Bowling Green (14-5-2) in the Mid-American Conference semifinals Friday. The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 lead when senior midfielder Chelsee Washington converted on a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Freshman midfielder Katie Cox added to that lead in the 25th minute, scoring on a pretty pass from sophomore forward Sarah Allen. The Falcons outshot the Bulls 11-4 in the first half.

Senior defensive end Ledarius Mack has 4 sacks and 2 forced fumbles on the season so far, earning his reputation as a top pass rusher.

Leading by example

Ledarius Mack has always had big shoes to fill. His older brother, Khalil, was an All-American linebacker at UB. But Ledarius, who was once teased by friends for not being “tough enough” to make it on the gridiron, has never been one to back down from a challenge. He used his friends’ teasing and brother’s success as motivation.

The women’s basketball team huddles up before an offensive possession.

Women’s basketball wins season opener

Women’s basketball (1-0) started its season Tuesday night with a 61-56 win against Central Connecticut (0-1).  While the Bulls came out victorious, the win was still a tough start for the defending conference champions. Consistent defense kept them in the lead but many players struggled offensively, revealing areas for improvement as the season progresses.

Sophomore QB Kyle Vantrease has a unique role on the UB football team. This season Kyle has found himself as the teams starting quarterback and starting punter.

Quick Change

Kyle Vantrease never thought the 2019 UB football season would begin like this. Nobody thought it would begin like this. During the third quarter of the Bulls’ week-two game against Penn State, starting punter Evan Finegan after breaking his leg.

Senior guard Antwain Johnson leaps to dunk at the men’s basketball exhibition game against Daemen College Oct. 24.

Fall Fest, homecoming basketball game both on Friday

The biggest music event and biggest sporting event of the semester will be happening next door to each other Friday. UB basketball tips off against Dartmouth University at 7 p.m. in Alumni Arena as the rising hip-hop giant DaBaby joins Gunna to take over the Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. for “Trap Fest,” the final show in the Fall Fest Concert Series.

Sophomore Taylor Caridi secures the ball against a defender at Sunday's soccer game.

Women’s soccer wins first game of MAC tournament

UB women’s soccer team (9-7-3) advanced to the Mid-American Conference semifinals for the first time since 2015 with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Akron (8-10-2) Sunday. Sunday’s frigid temperatures didn’t halt the Bulls’ momentum and sophomore forward Taylor Caridi’s goal 109th minute made all the difference for the Bulls, who travel to Bowling Green Friday.

Wrestlers practice their drilling positions during warmup.

Wrestling is back in action

The Bulls wrestling team was back on the mat this weekend. Coming off one of their best seasons in recent program history, the Bulls have high hopes for the 2019 campaign. Last year, the senior-heavy team consistently put up strong performances, earning a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference.

Senior guard Theresa Onwuka beats a defender to the basket.

Bulls blow past Lakers in exhibition game

The women’s basketball team may have the youngest roster in the Mid-American Conference this year but they aren’t playing like it.  It seemed the Mercyhurst Lakers had no chance against the Bulls, who held a substantial lead for the entire introductory 96-44 exhibition at Alumni Arena on Friday night.

Eastern Michigan wide receiver Dylan Drummond runs into traffic.

Get to know an opponent: Eastern Michigan

Buffalo is 4-4 entering the Eastern Michigan game. The Bulls defeated Robert Morris, Temple, Akron and Central Michigan, and lost to Penn State, Liberty, Miami (OH) and Ohio so far this season. Here’s what to expect when the Bulls take on the Eagles Saturday afternoon:

Senior guard Dontay Caruthers picks up his dribble. Caruthers is a former MAC defensive player of the year and will be critical to the Bulls’ defensive success this year.

Dontay Caruthers signs with Grand Rapids Drive

Former UB men’s basketball player Dontay Caruthers signed with the Grand Rapids Drive, the G-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, on Sunday. Caruthers became the second former Bull to sign a professional contract in the last few weeks, after C.J. Massinburg signed with the Long Island Nets on Oct. 15.

Former UB football star Demone Harris with fiancee Arianna Marinelli (left), Harris signs with Baltimore Ravens (right).

A Raven finds his ring

The former UB football star and ‘18 alum’s whirlwind week wasn’t entirely his fault. In a matter of days, Tampa Bay cut him from its roster with no explanation, his plans to propose to his longtime girlfriend Arianna Marinelli were interrupted after misplacing the engagement ring and he had to prove himself to the Baltimore Ravens to keep his football career alive.

Sophomore Guard Jayvon Graves takes a shot over a Daemen defender.

Men’s basketball defeats Daemen in exhibition game

The UB men’s basketball team dominated Thursday night with a 111-73 victory against Daemen during its first pre-season exhibition. The defending conference champs played a strong game to prove their new lineup has the skills to make a big impact this season. The win is Jim Whitesell’s first as the Bulls’ head coach.

Senior Kara Daly looks to pass during game on Sunday.

Soccer defeats Western Michigan in final home game

The UB women’s soccer team (8-6-1) has extended its win streak to four straight after an overtime win against Western Michigan (6-8-1) Sunday. The Bulls are coming off a successful week as they shut out Ohio University 2-0 last Sunday and Northern Illinois 5-0 on Friday night.

Former Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson.

Six former UB players selected in XFL Draft

Six former members of the UB football team were selected in last week’s XFL Draft, including four selected by the DC Defenders. Quarterback Tyree Jackson, center James O’Hagan, defensive end Chuck Harris, defensive tackle Kristjan Sokoli, offensive tackle John Kling and punter Jake Schum were all taken in the eight-team draft. 

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