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Hornets' 2011 baseball slate nearly set


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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University baseball coach Kevin Anderson announced Thursday morning the path his team will take in attempting to earn a third straight trip to Appleton, Wis., and the NCAA National Championships.

Anderson currently has 39 of his 40-game allotment scheduled and is in discussions with two teams (both 2010 NCAA National Championships participants) to fill the final date.

SU has 19 home games scheduled for this spring at Bridgeforth Field, including matchups with fellow Fayetteville Regional participants Salisbury and Bridgewater on March 15 and 17, respectively.

In addition to the six USA South Conference games (versus N.C. Wesleyan, Methodist and Averett), the Hornets will also host traditional powers Elizabethtown, Randolph-Macon, Virginia Wesleyan, Ithaca (N.Y.) and Wesley.

The Randolph-Macon game is part of a home-and-home with the Yellow Jackets and R-MC is one of nine games the squad will have against ODAC opponents. The Hornets will play both Bridgewater and Eastern Mennonite home-and-home while traveling to Lynchburg and Washington & Lee.

The March 26 contest against Ithaca will be the first-ever game against the Bombers.

Anderson's club opens the 2011 season on February 12 and 13 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., against Bates (Maine) and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For the second straight season, SU will face both of those schools in a pair of weekend doubleheaders at the Ripken Complex.

The home slate is scheduled to open with a non-league doubleheader on Feb. 19 against Misericordia University.

Dickinson, Messiah, St. Mary's, Stevenson and Frostburg State round out the non-league slate.

"I think this is a good schedule for us," Anderson said. "We have a number of tough mid-week games and we are going to need to be successful in those contests if we intend on being prepared for our league games.

"Obviously, our goal is to repeat as conference and regional champions. This schedule is set to prepare us for that difficult task. There are a number of excellent teams in our region and we need to be prepared to play each time out."


College football

Giffing lands weekly honor

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Junior linebacker Corey Giffing has been named to the D3football.com week one Team of the Week in selections announced late Wednesday by the web site.

Giffing, who was named as the USA South Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, made a co-game-high 13 tackles Saturday night in the Hornets' 16-13 loss to Catholic University of America.

Giffing also had a co-game-high seven solo stops, a forced fumble and 1 1/2 tackles for loss.

This is the second consecutive year that an SU defensive player has earned D3football.com Team of the Week honors following the Catholic contest.

In 2009, then-sophomore Larry Gibbs was honored after making an end-zone interception in the Hornets' 21-3 win.

Giffing, Gibbs and the rest of the Hornets are back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. with a non-league contest at Bridgewater.


Volleyball

Hornets 3, Royals 0

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University kept its perfect volleyball record intact Wednesday evening with a 3-0 non-league sweep over Eastern Mennonite.

SU (3-0) wasted little time with the Royals (1-4), winning at 18, 20 and 19 to give coach Jaime Terenzi three wins in three matches as the Hornets' head coach.

Junior Rachel Maki helped the hosts to a 2-0 lead by contributing six kills in the opening-set victory, and three more in the second.

Sophomore Mary Harshman then took over, posting six of her co-match-high 12 kills in the final set to clinch the match.

Shenandoah hit .218 for the match with Harshman committing just two errors in a team-high 31 attempts.

She also had double-double, chipping in a team-high 12 digs.

Sophomore Kelcy Brown had 29 assists.

Tabitha Bowman paced the Royals with 12 kills.

SU is back in action Saturday with a tri-match at Catholic against the host Cardinals and Washington (Md.).


Men's soccer

Cardinals 2, Hornets 0

WASHINGTON -- Host Catholic University scored a pair of first half goals on its way to a 2-0 non-conference men's soccer victory over Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon.

Ian Smith scored in the 30th and 39th minutes to propel the Cardinals (2-2) to the shutout victory over SU (2-2).

Shenandoah, which had to play the last 3:44 of the contest a man down after being issued a red card, also missed a golden opportunity to cut the deficit in half early in the second.

The Hornets were awarded a penalty kick in the 47th minute, but Cardinals keeper Thomas O'Leary robbed Chester Podd with a diving save, and the Cards maintained their two-goal advantage.

SU had three more shots, including two on goal, but O'Leary again was in place to keep his sheet clean.

Adrian Acosta made four saves for the visitors.

Catholic held a 13-9 advantage in shots and took three of the game's five corners.

Shenandoah is back in action today at Frostburg State.



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