Baker University weekly sports roundup

October 20, 2011

Baker volleyball grabs key 3-1 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene

The Baker University volleyball team won a key HAAC match-up on Tuesday evening, defeating MidAmerica Nazarene 3-1.

After jumping out to an early 2-0 set lead, MidAmerica managed to battle back in the third set, and really made things interesting in the fourth before the Wildcats finally put the Pioneers away.

Three Baker players recorded double-digit kills as Savannah Smith led the offensive attack with 12, while Christina Delladio and Sydney Pemberton each added 11.

“I thought the crowd was great tonight,” said head coach Kathy Allen. “Not only did we put on a great show for our home fans, it all went to a great cause.”

Tuesday evening marked the volleyball team’s annual ‘Dig Pink’ volleyball match, with all proceeds going to support breast cancer research.

With the victory, Baker takes a 1 ½ lead in the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings. The Wildcats have two games remaining against Avila University on Oct. 25 and Peru State College on Nov. 1.

“I think we’ve put ourselves in a position to control our own destiny at this point,” Allen added. “We’ve just got to take care of business the rest of the way out.”

With one more victory, Baker would assure themselves of at least a tie for the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Title.

Baker is the only remaining undefeated team in Heart of America Athletic Conference play.

No. 19 Baker women fall to No. 18 Hastings

HASTINGS, Neb. – The Baker University women’s soccer team fell to Hastings College 4-2 on Tuesday evening.

The Broncos (12-2-1) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and never trailed from that point forward. Maddie Michalek scored just two minutes into the contest for the Broncos, before Esmeralda Lacayo added another goal in the 18th minute.

Baker (8-3-1) responded quickly after going down two goals, as Jordan Dolbin knocked in a free kick just 37 seconds later.

The Broncos would add another goal just before the half to take a 3-1 lead heading into the break.

Esmeralda Lacayo struck again in the 53rd minute to give Hastings a 4-1 lead. Alix Schiraldi added a goal for Baker in the 67th minute to close the gap to 4-2, it was her 11th of the season.

Goalkeeper Maggie Dupes made four saves in the contest.

The Wildcats return to action on Saturday evening against Benedictine College at 5:30 p.m. from Liston Stadium for Senior Night.

No. 5-ranked Wildcats remain undefeated

Baker University, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, improved to 13-0 with a 2-1 men’s soccer victory over Avila on Saturday at Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats scored in the ninth minute on a goal by Rich Klein. After Avila tied the game in the 51st minute, Baker scored the decisive goal four minutes later on a penalty kick by Tom Lowndes. Wildcat goalkeeper Matt Bickley made one save in the contest as Baker improved to 4-0 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Baker’s home finale is 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22 at Liston Stadium against Benedictine.

Baker, Avila tie in women’s soccer

A late goal by Amber Pickering allowed Baker University to tie Avila 2-2 in women’s soccer on Saturday at Liston Stadium.

Avila scored in the 17th minute before the Wildcats responded with a goal by Alix Schiraldi — her team-high 10th of the season — in the 31st minute for a 1-all tie. Avila took a 2-1 advantage in the 62nd minute before Baker countered with Pickering’s goal from 25 yards out.

The Wildcats (8-2-1) will play host to Benedictine at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Liston Stadium in the home finale.

Wildcats coast past Culver-Stockton

Baker University cruised to a 3-0 victory over Culver-Stockton on Thursday in Canton, Mo., winning the volleyball match 25-17, 25-7, 25-11 to remain undefeated in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Christina Delladio led the offensive attack with 10 kills, and Savannah Smith chipped in nine. Jana Boss had 24 assists.

Defensively, Kelsey Cobb led the Wildcats with 12 digs and Brooke Allen added 10 digs.

Over the weekend, Baker went 4-0 at the Hannibal LaGrange Tournament in Hannibal, Mo. The Wildcats defeated Mayville State 3-0 and Stephens College 3-0 on Friday before rolling on Saturday with a 3-0 decision over Hannibal LaGrange and 3-2 win over William Woods.

Baker (21-10, 6-0 HAAC) will close the regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Avila and at home on Tuesday, Nov. 1, against Peru State.

Baker homecoming set for Saturday

Baker University will play host to Culver-Stockton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Wildcats’ homecoming game at Liston Stadium.

The Wildcats (4-3 overall and 3-3 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference) are 3-1 at home this season. Culver-Stockton enters the contest at 1-6 overall and in the conference.

Before the homecoming game, young Wildcat fans are welcome to attend the KidZone in the northeast corner of Liston Stadium.

Baker will wrap up the regular season with a 1 p.m. home game on Nov. 5 against unbeaten Benedictine, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA, before heading to Graceland on Nov. 12 for the finale.

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