UofL Indoor Track & Field’s Strong Season

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

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From Friday, January 18 to Saturday, January 19, the University of Lynchburg Indoor Track & Field squad continued their quest to receive an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship at the VMI Keydet Invitational in Lexington, Virginia.  This event had athletes in all divisions of collegiate play competing against each other and was the second invitational that the team has competed in this season (2018-19).

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Lynchburg Men’s Basketball Starting Strong

Caitlin Dorsch ~ Copy Desk Chief

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Members of the Lynchburg Mens Basketball team cheering on their other teammates in the game against Ferrum College. Photo taken by Taylor Herzog and retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports Website.

On Sunday, November 25, the University of Lynchburg’s Men’s Basketball team overwhelmed Eastern Mennonite University by a score of 87 to 72.  This is the team’s fifth straight win of the season. Their win streak began in their home opener on Thursday, November 8, against Ferrum College by a score of 75 to 57.  Next, the team defeated St. Mary’s College (Md.) in a nail-biter by a score of 83 to 80 on Sunday, November 11. Then, at the start of our Thanksgiving Break, the team defeated Randolph College by a score of 60 to 48 on Saturday, November 17.  That particular win was huge as it marked the beginning of the 2018 Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular season.

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Women’s Basketball Ranked Third in Preseason Poll

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Head Coach Abby Pyzik giving the team a pep talk during a team timeout against Washington and Lee last season.  Photo retrieved from the Lynchburg Sports website.

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual pre-season poll on Thursday, October 25, and the University of Lynchburg women’s basketball team was ranked third as they head  of their 2018-19 season. The Lynchburg women’s basketball team, with 122 points, was one of only four teams in the conference to reach over 100 points in votes.

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LWS: Ohana Leading to Success

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Left to right – Junior Midfielder Alyssa Rudy, Senior Forward Caitlin Mertens, Graduate Student Midfielder Rachel Cooke, Senior Defender Tate Royer, and Senior Defender Katie Waring.  Photo taken by Senior Hannah Grasberger of Lynchburg Sports.

As highlighted in  Issue 3 of The Critograph, the University of Lynchburg Women’s Soccer teams’ theme for this year is ‘Ohana’.

With only two regular season ODAC matches left, the team is looking to end their regular season on a six game winning streak.  After losing a close game to Randolph-Macon College in the middle of the season, the team has regrouped.

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The Lynchburg Cheer Culture

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The University of Lynchburg’s Cheer Team is gearing up for their season to begin.  

The cheer squad is preparing hard, and they are ready for their first performance in front of the student body this season. The cheerleaders are more together and more committed than they have ever been according to junior, Nursing major and Cheer Co-Captain, Abigail Herring.  

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Starting Off ODACs Strong

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On Wednesday, September 26, the Lynchburg Volleyball team defeated their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent, Ferrum College, in a thriving five sets (25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 10-25, and 15-5).  The Junior class stepped up for the Lady Hornets, specifically outside Sydney Frink, libero Lauren Stanford, and setter Erin Farina. On Saturday, September 29, the team split two ODAC matches, being defeated by Roanoke in three sets (24-26, 19-25, and 23-25) but defeating Eastern Mennonite University in four sets (25-18, 25-18, 19-25, and 25-17).

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Women’s Cross-Country Ranks 2nd

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The Old Dominion Athletic Conference coaches released their annual preseason poll on August 16, 2018 with the University of Lynchburg Women’s Cross Country team obtaining a rank of second-place, just 13 points behind Washington and Lee University.

Having brought back most of the squad and by adding one freshmen to the mix, the UofL team seems ready to attack any course. The returning runners, who are apart of the UofL outdoor track and field program in the spring, are fresh off their first conference title since 2011.

Although being ranked second in the poll, the UofL runners feel that they should have been ranked first. Sophomore, Kaitlyn Johnson said, “We have a chip on our shoulder about being ranked second. We’ve been working so hard for it; we won outdoor track ODACs and beat [Washington and Lee] in regionals last year.”  Junior, Michela Cholak insisted, “We are preparing for the season by doing high intensity training, doing our endurance and two-mile time trials, and going on runs together.”

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Lynchburg College Women’s Cross Country team. Photo retrieved from Lynchburg Sports website, August 26. Photo taken by Hannah Grasberger (currently a senior at UofL)

The UofL runners believe that their team dynamic will help them excel into first place as the season progresses.  Sophomore, Stephanie Burnett said this UofL team is the “closest team [she has] ever had” and that the most important entity of a strong team, no matter the sport, is when “you actually like the people you are with, spending time with them, and hanging out off of the track.”

“I think the cool thing about our team is that even if we are dealing with something, we still help each other through whatever we are dealing with. We are there for each other,” adds Senior, Morgan Watson.

“After our two-mile time trial, Coach [Jake Reed] told us that our sixth girl was one minute and a half faster than our sixth girl last year. And, we beat [Washington and Lee University] in regionals last year. We are coming back this year stronger than ever,” says Burnett.

“Coming from a small town where everybody knows each other, it’s really nice to come here and immediately feel a strong family aspect on this team. I am so excited for what is to come,” states Freshmen, Rosie Gumm.

“We are ready,” says Johnson.

The UofL Lady Hornets begin their quest this Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, North Carolina. Then, they head just down the road to Blacksburg for the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitation on Saturday, September 15, 2018.