FROM THE SUMMIT
Now in its second season, “Inside The Summit League” is hosted by Tom Nieman. Visit thesummitleague.org/itsl to view the list of channels and times or to watch online. This week’s show highlights fall sports action and includes an interview with Fort Wayne’s Interim Athletics Director and head volleyball coach Kelley Hartley Hutton.
Western Illinois is the lone team competing this weekend and is at the SIUE XC Challenge.
On the men’s side, IUPUI is participating in The McLaughlin while Western Illinois is at the Illinois State Invitational … North Dakota State is hosting the Erv Kaiser Invitational with Omaha also competing and Denver and South Dakota State will be at the Ram Master’s Invitational … On the women’s side, North Dakota State, Omaha and South Dakota are at the North Dakota Invitational, while Fort Wayne travels to Chicago for the Cougar Golf Classic.
Denver plays at No. 6 Saint Louis Saturday … The Summit League placed a pair of players in the NCAA’s top five statistical leaders with Eastern Illinois’ Jake Brillhart second in assists per game (1.00) and Fort Wayne’s Raphael Kotzock fourth in saves (23) … EIU hosts its 50 Years of Soccer Tournament: Sponsored by Bella Vein Medial Spa, this weekend.
All eight teams are in non-league tournament action for the third-straight weekend … Highlighting this weekend’s action are four matches against opponents ranked in the AVCA Poll top-25 and one match versus a team receiving votes … Denver hosts its second non-league tournament and welcomes No. 11 UCLA, No. 24 Creighton and Cal State Northridge, who is receiving votes … Fort Wayne and IUPUI are both set to match up against AVCA top-15 Big Ten opponents, the Mastodons take on No. 15 Michigan State and the Jaguars face No. 13 Ohio State … South Dakota’s Tori Kroll is closing in on the USD all-time assists record with 3,672 career assists needing 93 to break the record (3,764), while teammate Kendall Kritenbrink is nearing the 1,000 kill mark with 998 career kills.
Entering Friday play, league teams are a combined 25-19-5 (.561) … Denver is ranked No. 16 in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll, moving up four slots from the previous week … The Pioneers take on Colorado, who is receiving votes, in their lone match this weekend … South Dakota and South Dakota State both enter play this weekend riding a four-game unbeaten streak … The Coyotes are at Creighton Friday, and host St. Mary (Neb.) Sunday, while the Jackrabbits are at Drake and UNI … Dating back to last season Western Illinois has won its last five matches at home and will put that streak on the line against Missouri State on Friday.
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