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SU roundup: Hornets picked 10th in women's hoops


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Shenandoah University is the pre-season No. 10 selection of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference women's basketball coaches in voting results released Thursday afternoon as part of the league's annual media day.

The Hornets, preparing for their first season of ODAC play, have 32 points in the poll to come in just behind ninth place Emory and Henry.

Shenandoah is picked ahead of both Randolph and Washington and Lee in the 12-team poll.

Guilford, the defending league champion, is picked to repeat this season. The Quakers received eight of a possible 11 first-place votes (teams are not allowed to vote for themselves in the poll) and 118 points to edge Eastern Mennonite for the top spot.

EMU has 114 points and the remaining four first-place votes.

Shenandoah opens its season Nov. 15 with a non-league game at Wilkes University.

Women's Field Hockey

Shenandoah had two ODAC field hockey major award winners in all-league selections announced Thursday morning by the conference office.

Coach Kim Iman-Bianchi was named as the ODAC Coach of the Year while freshman Alexandra Darrow was tabbed as the league's Rookie of the Year.

Additionally, senior Amber VanHorn earned first team All-ODAC honors for the second straight year and Darrow capped her outstanding freshman campaign by being selected to the second team.

In her second year at the helm of the SU program, Iman-Bianchi led the Hornets to a program 11 victories and its first-ever berth in a post-season tournament.

As the fifth seed in the six-team tournament, Iman-Bianchi directed her squad to a 1-0 upset of No. 4 Washington and Lee in the quarterfinals before falling 3-1 to eventual champion Lynchburg in the semifinals.

The SU goal scored against Lynchburg was just the second LC had given up to league opponent this season.

Darrow, from Chesapeake, led Shenandoah is scoring with 10 goals and 17 assists for 37 points. She is currently sixth in the nation in assists per game and she was named as the ODAC Player of the Week one time.

VanHorn earns her second straight first team All-ODAC honor at defender after anchoring the SU defense to a 1.81 goals against average this season.

Playing at the point on penalty corners, VanHorn had nine goals and two assists for 20 points. Three of her goals were game winners, she earned ODAC Player of the Week accolades one time and she grabbed ODAC All-Tournament honors as well.

Iman-Bianchi and Darrow are the first members of the SU athletic department to earn an ODAC major award.

Football

Senior defensive tackle Nick Erdman has been named first team Capital One Academic All-District V in selections announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Erdman is a four-year starter for the Hornets on the defensive line and currently has 14 solo and 29 assisted tackles on the year. Included in that total are three sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.

A Richmond native, Erdman earned All-USA South honors in both 2010 and 2011. Prior to this season, he was named All-South Region by USA Football and was announced as a semi-finalist for a National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship last month. 

This is the third straight year that Erdman has been named Academic All-District. A 3.73 student who earned his undergraduate degree in just three years, Erdman is currently in his first year as a Doctoral Candidate in the SU Physical Therapy school.

To be eligible for Academic All-District/All-America honors, nominees must have at least a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a starter or important reserve on their team. Nominees are then voted on by CoSIDA members in one of eight districts across the country with the first team All-District honorees then being considered for Academic All-America.

The Academic All-America team will be announced in December.



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