2018-2019 Sports Year in Review
When looking back at the 2019-2020 athletic seasons, the Tigers were successful year-round. Here is a look at some Tiger accomplishments from this year.
The football team, with five NCAA National Championships, 16 NCAC Championships and 193 All-Americans within their program, ended its season in November, at Wooster with a 27-21 victory. That win was the night that the Tigers were able to snag their 16 NCAC Championship title. The Tigers ended the season 9-1 overall after a tough loss to Wabash College on Senior Day. Those 10 games amounted to 145.5 yards rushed, 284.6 yards passed and 430.1 yards in total. The Tigers averaged 40.8 points per game and only allowed for approximately 23.1 points per game. Next year’s incoming freshmen have big shoes to fill.
The Tigers went all the way to the third-round of the NCAA tournament before falling to the Calvin College Knights in Grand Rapids, Mich. They currently have 23 NCAC Championships, and were 2011 NCAC Division III National Champions. In the 2018 season, the Tigers went 25-3 overall, 8-0 in conference. They averaged 13.37 kills, 12.49 assists, 2.49 blocks, 1.49 service aces and 18.88 digs per set. The team graduated five seniors at the conclusion of the season.
This season was a big one for the Tigers, as they went all the way to the NCAC Championship Tournament game. Going 6-9-4 for the season, the red and white went up against Wooster College, losing 4-0, after only taking five shots on the goal. The team scored a total of 16 goals in the 2018 season, averaging 10 shots per game and they are sending off six seniors.
The red and white wrapped up their 30-game season in the NCAA D-III Second Round against the Guilford Quakers with a 70-61 loss. They went 24-6, 14-4 in conference, and hit the 100-point mark against Emory University in the first round of the D-III tournament. The team averaged 82 points, 37.7 rebounds and 14.3 assists per game. They graduated their lone senior, Mitchell Balser, at the end of the season with five juniors currently rostered to step up next season.
The Tigers had 32 games under their belts by the conclusion of the season, making it all the way to the AMCC Tournament Championship, where they fell to the Thiel University Tomcats 3-1. They claimed their first ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title. The red and white went 21-11 overall, 11-3 in the conference. The team averaged 11.93 kills, 11.11 assists, 2.14 blocks, 1.33 service aces and 10.53 digs per set. The team is graduating 10 seniors this spring.
Women’s Water Polo
The women’s water polo team had its inaugural season as a varsity sport on campus this year. They went 8-13 overall and 4-7 in conference play. The team went into the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships and finished their season on April 14, against Grove City College, losing 11-9 in the fifth-place game.
The men’s golf team has continued its busy and successful season by earning the team title at the Strimer Memorial Tournament in Deleware, Ohio last week. This is the fifth time this season that the Tigers were so successful and was the third tournament expected in a row. With the NCAC and the NCAA Championships looming as we roll into May, the Tigers are preparing and practicing. If they conquer the NCAC Championship, it will be their 10th consecutive title. The women’s golf team has captured the first-place spot on two different occasions and is expected to capture second in the NCAC Championships that are coming in the next few weeks.