Streaks build as season progresses
Cowgirls’ soccer made it 14 in a row; Akron men stay unbeaten
No. 2 Cowgirls make it 14 in a row
Streak: Fourteen consecutive wins sets a school record for longest unbeaten streak
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma State continued its winning ways and extended several impressive streaks with a 3-0 victory against Bedlam-rival Oklahoma Friday night in front of a record 2,002 fans at John Crain Field.
With the win, the No. 2 Cowgirls improved to 14-0-0 and 3-0-0 in Big 12 Conference play. The 14 consecutive wins sets a school record for longest unbeaten streak, and OSU also extended its record winning streak to 14.
And OSU continued its dominance over the Sooners. The Cowgirls are now unbeaten in their last 10 matches against OU and are 9-0-1 during that streak.
"It's pretty surreal at times; it's a credit to the girls and all the hard work they've put in," said OSU head coach Colin Carmichael of the 14-0-0 start to the season. "This one tonight was about our seniors. I'm really proud of the fact that they've never lost to OU. They're very proud of that record. They wanted to come down here and make a statement, and they did."
OSU junior goalie AD Franch recorded five saves in the match for her fourth shutout of the season 24th of her career, and three different Cowgirls notched goals. OSU has now outscored its opponents 37-4 on the season.
Montclair State off to program’s best start
Streak: Red Hawks’ 11-0 record sets mark for best start in school history
MONTCLAIR, N.J. -- Junior midfielder Michelle Hagel scored a pair of goals, including one during a three-goal run in the second half as 10th-ranked Montclair State remained unbeaten with a 4-2 victory against Alvernia at Sprague Field on Saturday afternoon. The Red Hawks are off to their best start in school history.
Sophomore Jennifer Tafro and senior Devin McNamara each had goals during the second half as the Red Hawks erased a one-goal halftime deficit to improve to 11-0 on the season.
Junior Lauren Guido and senior Sam Landis each had a goal for the Crusaders (7-3), who had their four-game winning streak snapped. Junior Erin Solley collected a pair of assists and had a defensive save.
Minnesota-Duluth off to record start
Streak: Minnesota-Duluth’s spotless 15-0 record is program’s best, topping 14-0 starts in 1983 and 2010
Senior outside hitter Hannah Johnson toyed with career-highs in both kills and hitting percentage, posting 17 kills and hitting .593 to help lead the Bulldogs past the Wildcats (10-5, 3-3).DULUTH, Minn. -- No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth (15-0 overall, 7-0 Northern Sun) made school history Friday night by sweeping past No. 10 Wayne State (Neb.) 25-19, 25-21, 25-17. The Bulldogs are off to their best start in school history, topping 14-0 starts in 1983 and 2010.
Eleena Iisakka had another solid performance with 41 assists, but ran the offense particularly well in the first and second sets, leading UMD to a .287 hitting percentage through two sets. Iisakka found Johnson for seven kills in seven attempts in the second set, boosting the senior attacker to 14 kills in 18 swings after two sets.
Julie Rainey finished with a team-high 20 digs, and found herself in good company, as four Bulldogs recorded double-digit digs and two more notched at least seven, allowing UMD to out-dig Wayne State by a 76-49.
Iisakka recorded 13 digs, Samantha Hertaus had 11 and Kate Lange finished with 10, completing her 11th double-double of the season with 18 kills.
Junior middle blocker Kalli Lochner was the third Bulldog to reach double digits in kills, finishing with 11 and hitting .450. Lochner had a monstrous third set, killing seven balls in 11 attempts to lead the way in the final frame.
No. 2 William Smith stays unbeaten
Streak: Herons tied school record for consecutive shutouts to start a season at nine
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Senior Chelsea England scored a pair of second half goals to lead No. 2 William Smith to a 3-0 Liberty League victory against No. 24 Skidmore Friday. The Herons tied the school record for consecutive shutouts to start a season with their nine clean sheet of the year.
William Smith (8-0-1, 2-0-0) kept the Thoroughbreds under heavy pressure throughout the match, but struggled to solve senior goalie Megan Sleezer, who counted at least three diving stops among her five first half saves.
The match was still scoreless at halftime despite a 10-1 advantage in shots for the home side. The Herons also took all seven corner kicks in the first 45 minutes.
England got William Smith on the board in the 56th minute with a brilliant left-footed strike from the far left of the box that slid under the crossbar just inside the far post. Just over three minutes later, England notched her second goal of the match, the one with a more deft touch, chipping the ball over Sleezer to about the same spot in the cage. Both tallies were assisted by senior Whitney Frary.
No. 4 Akron remains unbeaten in MAC opener
Streak: Zips hold a consecutive conference unbeaten streak of 32 games (30-0-2), which represents the sixth-longest run in NCAA history
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Newcomers Aodhan Quinn scored twice and Luke Holmes added a goal and an assist to lead No. 4 Akron to a 3-0 victory at Western Michigan in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools Saturday.
The Zips, who remained unbeaten on the season with a 7-0-2 overall record, put away the Broncos (3-7-0) early with all three goals coming in the first 30 minutes of the match. With the win, UA extended its consecutive conference unbeaten streak to 32 games (30-0-2), which represents the sixth-longest run in NCAA history.
"I was very proud of this team for how sharp they were in the first half," said UA head coach Caleb Porter. "They came out with the right mentality and showed that physical and direct play does not win out against us. Some of the soccer they put together in that first half was special – especially on a slippery field and against a team that was clearly taking a negative approach to the game."
Akron, which has now scored nine goals in its last three contests, out-shot WMU 13-6 for the game, including a 9-1 margin in the first 45 minutes and a 9-3 advantage on frame. Holmes led the team in shots for the second consecutive contest with five attempts; all but one on frame.
Streak: Warhawks' win streak holds strong at 34
WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Number one UW-Whitewater defeated UW-Platteville 34-14 Saturday before 10,632 fans at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, Wisconsin, running the nation's longest win streak to 34 games. The win is also Whitewater's seventh consecutive against UW-P. UW-W is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Whitewater gained 270 yards on the ground, averaging 5.6 yards per rush. Levell Coppage, a three time All-American, rushed 30 times for 168 yards, his biggest output of the season. Coppage, with 6,019 yards in his career, became just the second back in WIAC history to pass 6,000. Whitewater's Justin Beaver (2004-2007) holds the school and league record with 6,584 yards. The rushing game allowed Whitewater to control the ball for 37:09.
Senior linebacker Greg Arnold led the Warhawks with 12 tackles plus two tackles for a loss.
The win also pushes UW-W's streak to 23 at Perkins Stadium and 18 in the WIAC.
No. 1 Illinois is only unbeaten squad in DI
Streak: Illini reach 15-0 status, leaving them as only unblemished team in Division I
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The buzz about No. 1 ranked Illinois reached another crescendo on Saturday night. A standing room only crowd of 4,261 jammed to the rafters at Huff Hall, the second largest volleyball crowd in the building's history, to witness the last two undefeated teams in the nation square off. Three of the four sets went down to the final swing and Illinois held off 12th-ranked Purdue 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23. Illinois moves to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. Purdue falls to 14-1, 3-1 in the league.
"It's like having a seventh person out on the court," junior setter Annie Luhrsen said of the capacity crowd. "It gives us an advantage in a lot of ways and it's such a positive atmosphere. Volleyball is a game of energy and it's all about who has more of it. [The crowd] helps us win and keep moving forward. It really made a difference tonight."
No. 1 Illinois (15-0) is the only undefeated team remaining in the NCAA. And for the first time in school history, Illinois tops the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.
Illinois is off to its second best start to a season in school history, its second-best start in school history behind only the 30-0 beginning to the 1985 season.
Mount Union’s hot streak continues on road
Streak: Raiders’ road win streak reaches 101 in a row
ADA, Ohio – Jeremy Murray had a career-high 41 carries for 130 yards on the ground and the defense made a key play late in the game as No. 2 Mount Union scored a 14-6 win at No. 24 Ohio Northern on a wet and muddy Dial-Roberson Stadium Saturday in Ada.
Murray had a pair of touchdown runs – a nine-yard scamper in the second quarter that was the only score in the first half as Mount Union led 6-0 at the break along with a seven-yard run and subsequent two-point conversion run midway through the third quarter gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead.
Ohio Northern (2-2, 1-2) got on the board with 6:33 left in the game when Tyler Rue hit Frank Thien on a 19-yard touchdown pass but after a missed point after attempt left the score 14-6.
On the ensuing possession, Mount Union attempted to run out the clock but turned the ball over on downs on the Northern 19-yard line.
Ohio Northern drove to the Mount Union 28 and on third down and 10, defense end Charles Dieuseul sacked Rue and forced a fumble which linebacker Arthur Smith recovered to end the game.
Murray finished with his fourth consecutive and 11th career 100-yard performance as he had 130 yards as he led a Raider offense that out-gained Ohio Northern 226-195.
Mount Union (4-0, 3-0) won its 101st consecutive road victory.
Washington-St. Louis sets records against NYU
Streak: Bears improve to 17-0 while winning 51st consecutive set
ST. LOUIS, Mo.-- It was an historic afternoon for Washington-St. Louis as the Bears picked up a 3-0 victory against New York University at the University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin of the season.
The Bears saw an individual and team milestone set with the win against New York. Senior middlehitter Lauren Budde finished the match with a team-high 14 kills to go along with four digs, becoming just the eighth student-athlete in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and digs.
The Bears also improved their overall record to 17-0 and won their 51st consecutive set in the process. The previous school record of 48 consecutive set wins came during the 1996 season when the Bears posted 16 consecutive sweeps from Oct. 14-Nov. 18. Washington-St. Louis now sits just six sets shy of the all-time Division III record of 57 consecutive sets, set by Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2007.
Game information compiled from and photos courtesy of respective athletic department websites.