Friday, October 17, 2014

FGCU Trio Keeps Eagles Soaring on Offense

FGCU was primed to be contenders in the Atlantic Sun for women’s soccer in 2014 in the preseason, returning three of its top scorers, placing six players on the Preseason All-Conference team and looking to bounce back from a 2013 A-Sun Championship Final shootout loss to Jacksonville.
Moving forward to today, FGCU sits 5-0 in the conference standings and has already clinched a spot in the 2014 A-Sun Championship, while owning a 12-3 overall mark for the season. There is no shortage of offense for the Eagles, thanks to FGCU’s top scoring trio.
Sophomore Tabby Tindell, 2013 A-Sun Freshman of the Year, already matched her goal total from last year of 15 and leads the conference with 36 points. So what is the difference between this year and the 2013?
“I feel like last year, my freshman year, I was still getting into the swing of things and getting used to everything,” mentioned Tindell. “Coming in this year I’m playing with mostly the same girls so it helps a lot to still have that chemistry we had last year. It has been working really great and I just hope it continues.”

The chemistry shows in Tindell’s numbers. The Ocala, Florida-native is tied for second in the conference with six assists and leads the A-Sun with 15 goals.
“We only lost one starting senior off last year’s team so it’s mainly the same group of girls and I think that’s helped a lot with the way we play on the field,” Tindell explained about team chemistry and her comfort level on the field.
Tindell is not the only Eagle surpassing her 2013 numbers. Paulina Speckmaier has seen improvements in the program ever since she transferred to FGCU from Florida.
“Last year was my first year here as well and coming from Florida and not playing, I kind of had to get back in the groove a bit,” said Speckmaier about the transition. “This year it’s just finding the love for it again and playing the way I know how to play.”

Speckmaier, third in the A-Sun with 17 points and has six goals this year, also cites the chemistry as a factor to her successful second season at FGCU.
“I guess as the season is progressing we’re learning how each other play and I can kind of anticipate now where Tabby and [Shannen] Wacker are going to be before I even pass the ball.”
Anticipation is a key to Shannen Wacker’s contributions as well for the FGCU attack. One of six total seniors on the squad, Wacker leads the conference with a season-high 10 assists.
“The chemistry, especially between the three of us has gotten so much better now that we have Paulina in the attacking third most of the time. It definitely helps having that one extra person that you can find in the box.”

Wacker has no issue being the one to set up the scoring chances for the Eagles. To her, it all comes down to wins.
“It’s cool that I’ve got something that will help these two [Tindell and Speckmaier] get goals and as long as it makes us better and helps us win games then it puts me in a way happier place than just trying to be selfish about it.”
FGCU, clinching a spot in the A-Sun Championship last Friday, has an opportunity to stay at home for the A-Sun Championship if the Eagles remain as the No. 1 seed.
“We know that we’re not going to let up just because we’ve achieved something,” stated Wacker about the possibility of relaxing after clinching a spot for the postseason. “That’s not good enough for us so we’re just going to keep playing our game and getting better at it so that we can continue winning.”
Wacker, playing in the final season of her collegiate career, wants to leave a statement with this year’s FGCU squad by the end of the year.
“I want to go out with a win and go as far as we can go because I know that we’re better than the first round of the NCAA Tournament and we’ve had three years to prove that,” said Wacker on her goals for the season. “I think this is finally going to be the year that we’re going to exceed the goals we’ve had in the past.”
FGCU closes the conference season with matches against Jacksonville and Stetson at home and then prepares for the A-Sun Championship.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Who's Hot in the A-Sun?

In case you missed them, several players and teams have produced impressive performances as the A-Sun heads into its second full month of the season. This list of "Who's Hot" includes several performances from Lipscomb athletics along with a number of student-athletes and teams whose efforts place them among the best in the conference and in the nation.
 
Lipscomb Men's Soccer/Luke Gearin
The Bisons are 7-2-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the A-Sun, beginning 1-0 in conference play for the first time since 2006. Luke Gearin scored game tying goal in A-Sun opener with USC Upstate and now has a total of six scores for the season to lead the conference in goals scored. Gearin was also a member of the Hyatt Place Select Lipscomb Invitational All-Tournament Team, which the Bisons won just over a week ago.

Sammie Strausbaugh, Jacksonville Volleyball
Strausbaugh continues to compete at the highest level for the Dolphins, as the junior now sits in sixth place on the NCAA kills per set list (4.98). She leads the A-Sun with 254 total kills and enters this weekend first in the A-Sun and ranked among the NCAA leaders in points per set (5th), kills per set (6th), total kills (16th) and aces per set (17th). She is also one of only three players in the country to have recorded at least 23 kills in more than one three-set match this season.

Strausbaugh is already a two-time A-Sun Player of the Week this season and helped JU to an 8-4 record during the month of September. She broke a 14 year-old school record by posting 24 kills in a three-set match vs Dayton on Sept. 19, also becoming just the fifth player in school history to record over 1,000 career kills in the same match.

Lauren Ford/Lipscomb Volleyball
A perennial standout for the Lady Bisons, Ford has helped Lipscomb into the lead in the A-Sun overall in kills with 699, an average of 13.19 per set. The Lady Bisons also lead in conference matches only with 69 and an average of 17 per set.

Ford has double figures in kills in 11 of her 13 matches this season. Now with 1,341 kills, she is only the third Lipscomb player to pass 1,300 career kills and is also tied for seventh on the A-Sun all-time career kills list. Currently Ford is second overall in the conference in kills with 203 (3.83 per set) and second in conference matches only with 23 (5.75 per set).
She is also fourth in hitting percentage in conference play (.327) and eighth overall (.253).

Lipscomb Women's Soccer
Outscoring all opponents 20-8 this season, Lipscomb ranks second in the A-Sun for shots (154) and goals (20) and sports a 0.667 shutout percentage, ranking the Lady Bisons 13th in the nation in shutout percentage.

With its win over Kennesaw State in the conference opener, Lipscomb added to its streak of record-breaking performances, increasing the record for most shutouts in a season to eight as well as breaking the record for most wins in a season with seven.

Tabby Tindell, FGCU Women's Soccer
Tabby Tindell certainly has the Eagles' wings up as her latest game-winner against La Salle brought her season total to six game-winning goals. The sophomore forward now ranks tied for fourth in the A-Sun record books for game-winners in a single season.  


Nationally she ranks first in game-winning goals (6), third in points (28) and points per game (2.55), is tied for third in goals (12) and is tied for fourth in goals per game (1.091). With her dozen goals already this season, she is just three scores shy of matching her own single-season record of 15 and has already matched her 2013 total of four assists. She leads the A-Sun with those 12 goals and 28 points.

Twice this season Tindell has been named the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week which recognizes the top performances of players nationwide. Individuals from national powers, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Duke, UCLA, Florida, Penn State, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas and Georgia are all represented on the list alongside the A-Sun standout.

J.J Webber, NKU Men's Cross Country
"Running well and getting faster each week" is how NKU Cross Country Coach Steve Kruse described J.J. Webber's 2014 season thus far. Webber won the Rhodes Invitational last week and also led the Norse to a first-place team finish at the event. Webber turned in a time of 24:37.40, winning the 8K race by margin of 36 seconds. He also claimed his third A-Sun Runner of the Week honor this season and eighth overall in his career at NKU.
 

Daniel Garcia, KSU Cross Country
Garcia joins Webber as one of the top men's cross country runners in the conference this season. A two-time A-Sun Runner of the Week, Garcia most recently ran in the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted by the University of Florida. The Owls' freshman stayed with the front of the pack and finished in second (24:25.70), just eight seconds behind the winner of the men's 8K. He outran 86 other runners in a field that contained Florida, Georgia Tech and five A-Sun teams. His 8K time ranks second in the A-Sun this season, behind J.J. Webber's 24:14.55 at the Bluegrass Invitational.

Anna Buhigas, Lipscomb Women's Soccer
In denying Kennesaw State a goal in the Lady Bisons' conference opener, Buhigas dropped her season GAA to 0.67 and is now tied for eighth nationally for the lowest GAA in a single season. The sophomore goalkeeper also has a 0.94 career GAA, putting her sixth in the A-Sun record books. Buhigas has helped Lipscomb to eight shutouts thus far in 2014.

UNF Men's Golf/Joey Petronio
Senior Joey Petronio fired a career low of 66 (-6) in the final round and helped North Florida Men's Golf overcome a six-shot final round deficit to capture the Shoal Creek Invitational hosted by Graeme McDowell last week.

The Ospreys fired the lowest score of the final round (287) to rally
past two-time defending national champion Alabama and finish with a 54-hole total of 859 (-5). Petronio claimed the second individual medalist title of his career after blistering the course for a three-round 205 (-11). The total bettered Petronio's previous tournament best by three strokes while the tournament crown marked the 45th team title in UNF program history. Two others, MJ Maguire and Taylor Hancock, joined Petronio with top-10 finishes.

Fans can follow all of the A-Sun action at www.atlanticsun.org, by selecting their favorite sports' twitter handles here, or at the conference's Facebook page.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Atlantic Sun Fall Teams Off to Historic Start

Only a few weeks into the 2014 Atlantic Sun fall season and already program record books are needing to be readjusted as several teams are off to a blistering start to the year.

Overall, A-Sun men's soccer (10-6-6) and volleyball (29-23) teams have a combined winning records, while four women's soccer teams own winning records after three weeks of competition.

Starting with volleyball and ending with women's soccer get a rundown of some of the hot starts for league teams in 2014.

Atlantic Sun Volleyball
Lipscomb (5-1):
With five wins in six matches, Lipscomb is tied for first in the A-Sun for wins with Northern Kentucky and Stetson. More impressive is all five victories have come away from Allen Arena including a road win at No. 22 Kansas and at SEC's Missouri. The 5-1 start is the best in the program's NCAA era. Lipscomb sits just outside the AVCA Top-25 in 27th place.

Stetson (5-1): The Hatters fell in the third contest of the season, but have battled back to win three-straight games for the best start in program history dating back to 1980. Under first-year Head Coach Kristina Hernandez, Stetson has posted all of its victories on neutral or road courts.

Northern Kentucky (5-1):
After starting the season at 5-0 for the second time in the past three seasons, NKU finally dropped a match on Saturday against Eastern Michigan. The Norse remain undefeated on the road at 3-0. Three of NKU's victories have been sweeps.

Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer
FGCU (1-0-2): 
The Eagles have battled a tough opening schedule to remain unscathed with an undefeated mark. FGCU began the year with a 2-0 victory vs. South Florida - a 2013 NCAA Tournament Participant - before adding ties vs. Akron and Portland. Akron reached the Second Round of last year's NCAA Tournament. Under Head Coach Bob Butehorn, the Eagles are off to their best three-game start in program history. The Eagles earned a national ranking this week at No. 24 in the Soccer America Top-25 Poll.

Lipscomb (3-0): Not only has Lipscomb landed victories in its first three matches, but all three of them have come in true road games. The Bisons' 3-0 start is the best in program history. Now Lipscomb returns for six-straight home contests including its conference opener on Oct. 1st vs. USC Upstate.

Northern Kentucky (1-0-2): 
One of three remaining undefeated teams in A-Sun men's soccer, NKU is off to its best start as a member of the A-Sun. The Norse have posted ties against Cincinnati and High Point, while landing a overtime victory vs. Detroit.

Stetson (2-1-1): Under first-year head coach Ernie Yarborough, Stetson owns its best record after four matches since the 2010 season when they also began 2-1-1. The Hatters have yet to play at home but own wins vs. Elon and FIU with a tie at FAU.

Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer
FGCU (4-1):
Behind six goals and 14 points from Tabby Tindell, FGCU has matched the 2011 squad for best five-game start. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 10-3 and posted shutouts in their last two victories. FGCU already owns victories against Arizona, Miami (Fla.), FIU and Murray State.

Jacksonville (4-2-1): Riding a two-game winning streak, the Dolphins are off to their fastest start since 2011 with an identical 4-2-1 mark. Before posting victories vs. UAB and College of Charleston this past weekend, Jacksonville had defeated Coastal Carolina and Lafayette with a tie vs. High Point. JU's two losses came by the smallest margin (1-0) to Boston College and Miami (Fla.).

Lipscomb (4-2-1): In their past three games, the Lady Bisons have registered shutout victories to give Lipscomb three-straight wins for the first time in program history. To match that, Lipscomb's 4-2-1 start is the best in program history through seven games. The Bisons have victories vs. Austin Peay, Western Carolina, Chattanooga and Alabama A&M and tied Memphis on the road.

Northern Kentucky (2-1-1):
NKU joined the A-Sun for the 2012 women's soccer season, but this season marks the best start as a conference member as the Norse own a 2-1-1 record to begin the year. The Norse recently defeated IUPUI in overtime and opened the season 1-0-1 with a win vs. Eastern Illinois and tie vs. Morehead State.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Norse Players & Coaches Thrilled For Postseason Possiblities


MACON, Ga. With the 2014 Atlantic Sun Fall Seasons starting over the next few days, Northern Kentucky University has been looking forward to this moment all summer long. The Norse are now eligible to compete in all A-Sun Championships beginning this fall.

The entire athletic department has felt extra energy since the news was delivered on July 22nd as the fall sports of men's soccer, women's soccer and volleyball will get the first chance to compete in the postseason. 

The Norse men's soccer team has won nine conference games over the past two seasons combined, and finished in the top half of the standings in each year including a second-place finish in 2014.

Head Coach John Basalyga, entering his 12th season at NKU, expressed what it means for his squad, "Anytime you can tell a player or recruit that you are eligible to play in the postseason it's a plus. The face that the A-Sun is doing this by letting us compete for the championship this year shows their commitment to NKU."

Katelyn Newton, a sophomore women's soccer player, had committed her playing future to NKU not knowing that her team would be eligible for postseason play this soon. The change in eligibility had a profound impact on her perspective as well as her team.

"We could not be more excited to be eligible to participate in the A-Sun Tournament this season. Keeping this in mind will definitely raise the intensity as we go into every practice and game this year. Now, we as a team, have control over how far our season goes as we continue to compete for the A-Sun Championship title."

Head Coach Bob Sheehan echoed the sentiments of Newton, "This will provide our players with additional motivation in training and matches throughout the entire season."

The Norse team has won 12 games over the past two seasons, and will now have a chance to push forward and become postseason eligible for the first time.

NKU's volleyball squad has seen high levels of success in two years as A-Sun members including a 25-win season in 2012. Head Coach Liz Hart is thrilled for the opportunity it provides for her student-athletes.

"I am happy our student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in postseason play. The previous two seasons, our past and current student-athletes have represented our program and university with pride. They made the sacrifice of no postseason play."

Junior outside hitter Jayden Julian added, "The entire team was thrilled to hear we could participate! We all are so competitive in everything we do, so the opportunity of competing in the A-Sun Tournament added some fuel to our fire."

The fall sports are not the only ones to have seen the excitement level and energy raised around their teams. Men's Basketball Head Coach Dave Bezold, entering his 11th year with NKU, could feel that the announcement meant for his team.

"Every player dreams of playing in the postseason, and the opportunity to play in the conference tourney this year has added a little spring in the step of our players."

In recent seasons, the Norse women's basketball team has tasted some postseason play, as they have competed in the WBI tournament the last two year. 

However, the thrill of playing for your conference's championship is something Coach Dawn Plitzuweit relishes, "When we heard the great news, we were thrilled for our young ladies and for our fans! Playing for a conference championship is an incredible opportunity and we are very grateful to Commissioner Ted Gumbart and the entire A-Sun for bringing this to fruition."

Senior Kaitlyn Gerrety, who has been with the Norse through their transition from Division II to Division I, found out the news from her coaching staff.

"My teammates and I were so intrigued by "the big news" that our coaches said would be breaking soon. We couldn't wait until the "next day" to find out, so we texted Coach Dawn at midnight to see if she could tell us. Although she made us wait, it was worth it. Melody Doss and I are the only players who really know what it feels like to compete for NKU in a conference tournament and I couldn't be more excited to share that experience with my teammates."

On Friday, August 22nd, the Norse women's soccer team will kick-off the regular season with a match against Eastern Illinois. Men's soccer and volleyball begin their journey the following week with a renewed perspective and the hope of earning an Atlantic Sun Championship title.

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Volleyball Preseason Preparation

Atlantic Sun Conference volleyball teams began to prepare for the 2014 season this week. To stay up-to-date on everything A-Sun volleyball, be sure to follow @ASunVolleyball on Twitter.

See how some teams get ready for the new season...






Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Women's Soccer Preseason

Today, practices started for women's soccer, see how teams in the A-Sun teams are getting prepared for the start of the 2014 season...



















The first exhibition of the 2014 season is on Friday, August 8, where Northern Kentucky travels to take on Wright State at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Get to Know the A-Sun's New SAAC Officers for 2014-15


Led by Northern Kentucky’s Malika Glover, a quartet of very capable student-athletes is ready to lead the A-Sun Student Athlete Advisory Committee as the 2014-15 academic year is just days away from beginning.

Glover, a senior guard for the Norse, joins Vice-Chair April Terry (Lipscomb women’s track & field), Secretary Shannon Christian (Kennesaw State women’s track & field) and A-Sun National SAAC Representative Brittney Reed (Kennesaw State women’s soccer) in leadership this year. Read below for more about each of the A-Sun SAAC leaders via their Q&A.

Chair – Malika Glover, NKU Women’s Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams
Favorite Team: Detroit Lions
CD in your car player right now: India Arie - Voyage to India
Favorite Band/Artist: Hillsong Worship
Favorite Social Media Outlet: Twitter
Favorite Movie: Princess Diaries 2
Favorite Actor/Actress: Tina Fey
Favorite Food: Nachos (not the concessions kind)


Vice-Chair – April Terry, Lipscomb Women’s Track and Field

Hobbies Outside of Your Sport: Exploring Nashville, going to concerts, art, and annoying my little brother
Favorite Athlete: Serena Williams. She makes being strong fabulous!
Favorite Team: Team USA. I love watching the Olympics. 
CD in your car player right now:  Booker T, Sound the Alarm
Favorite Band/Artist: Justin Timberlake
Favorite Social Media Outlet: Facebook. I refuse to get a Twitter or Instagram. I also like Vine, as my suitemate Ashley Southern from Lady Bison Basketball and I will watch and laugh for hours.  
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Food: Cold Watermelon

Secretary – Shannon Christian, Kennesaw State Women’s Track and Field

Hobbies Outside of Your Sport: Writing, listening to music, dancing
Favorite Athlete: Gabby Douglas
Favorite Team: Any team at KSU
CD in your car player right now: R&B channel on Sirius Radio
Favorite Band/Artist: Drake
Favorite Social Media Outlet: Instagram
Favorite Movie: Law Abiding Citizen
Favorite Actor: Denzell Washington
Favorite Food: Chips and Queso

A-Sun Representative to the NCAA SAAC – Brittney Reed, Kennesaw State Women’s Soccer


Hobbies Outside of Your Sport: Going to the lake
Favorite Athlete: Abby Wambach
Favorite Team: US Women’s National Team
CD in your car player right now: Summer Jam Mix tape 2012
Favorite Band/Artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Social Media Outlet: Instagram 
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
Favorite Actor/Actress: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Food: Mexican


If you could play any other sports besides your own, what would it be and why?
MG: The one other sport I wish I could play besides basketball would have to be Tennis. I always grew up watching tennis on TV and I even went to a couple camps when I was younger to learn. Sadly I was awful and never got the hang of it. Now I resort to simply living through Serena Williams.
AT: Volleyball. I played in middle and high school and actually dreamed of playing in college. I love watching our team play, and probably get a little too excited when they score points.
SC: Volleyball. I love watching it.
BR: I would play football. I’ve always wanted to play football since I was a little girl since I was a tomboy and loved competing against boys. My parents figured it was too rough and chose to sign me up for soccer.

Why is involvement in SAAC so important?
MG: Being involved in SAAC for has been such a great experience. I love the fact that the student athletes have a say. SAAC is a way for our voices to be heard but also a way for us to reach back to our communities and stand united.
AT: While the SAAC’s main goal is to hear the voices of student athletes, it is important to me because it gives student-athletes leadership positions and opportunities to contribute to the campus outside of the playing field.  It helps student athletes become, as the A-Sun motto says, not only just champions of sport, but also winners for life.
SC: It is important that the student-athlete has a voice, and we represent not only ourselves but also all of our student-athletes through our activity. Being a collegiate student-athlete teaches your things about dedication, commitment and time management and I believe that SAAC can assists our SAs with those things as well.
BR: As a representative for SAAC at the institutional, Conference, or National level, I feel it is important to be involved with SAAC to develop leadership skills and express our opinions as Student athletes.

What is/are your goal(s) via your leadership in SAAC this year?
MG: My goals for SAAC would be to communicate clearly and to complete current SAAC initiatives with both the A-Sun SAAC and NKU. I am so thankful, for the leaders before who have led by example with their leadership. I hope to continue in their footsteps.
AT: I would love for SAAC members to get to know each other better this year. I look forward to the A-SUN SAAC meetings and want the representatives to spend more time with each other. No one knows about being a student athlete better than our fellow student athletes, so having that fellowship time will be rewarding.
SC: We already have a good presence in the community through current activities but I would like to see even more community involvement from our student-athletes. It seems as though we see the same people and I would like to get more teams represented in the group.
BR: I would like to become a more educated leader who efficiently represents the voices of student athletes from Kennesaw State University and the Atlantic Sun Conference.

If you could improve one thing about your game, what would it be?
MG: Definitely my outside shot.
AT: I think way too much. I would like to just go out there and throw without dwelling on achieving perfect technique every time.
SC: Improve my high jump and shot put to join the stronger scorers since you get one combined score from those
BR: I would like to be braver heading the ball. After I got a concussion in high school, I am sometimes hesitant to head the ball.

What is your best memory as a player?
MG: My best memory in basketball at NKU comes from winning our first post-season tournament game last year. Every year we continue to improve so I am really excited for this upcoming year.
AT: Participating in the Costal Carolina University Invitational flight of the hammer throw with Olympian Amber Campbell, and competing with women’s hammer world recorder holder, Betty Heidler, at the University of Tennessee, all this season. I have watched countless videos of those two throwing the hammer to help me with my own technique, and I never would have guessed I would meet and compete with my throwing heroes. Collegiate track and field is amazing because the meets are open, meaning anyone can participate, and that gives us the chance to sometimes see or compete with professional athletes.
SC: Practicing in snow was one of the coolest things that I can remember.
BR: Winning a Youth Soccer National Championship

What is your game-day routine?
MG: I honestly do not have much of a routine on game days. I go to shoot around/ pre game meal, I never take naps because I always feel like I will oversleep and miss the game.  Before the game I like to just relax listen to gospel music and do some mental reps.
AT: I always lay out my uniform the night before, listen to upbeat music, and say a prayer on the way to the meet. I’m also superstitious-I won’t pick up a shot put until it is time to compete and I always call or text my mom after a meet.
SC: Go through the neuromuscular wakeup early in the day to get the muscles warm, eat a good breakfast about an hour and half before warm up.
BR: I listen to music as I am preparing for a game. Also, I wear white athletic tape on my left wrist with a motivational quote.

What is the best advice that you were ever given?
MG: To live in the present.
AT: My mom asked me “how bad do you want it?” once when discussing some athletic goals. Though it’s not “advice”, I always ask myself that question when I’m trying to accomplish something as a reminder that I will have to work harder to achieve what I want, as well as assess what I am willing to do to get there.
SC: One thing that stands out – If you are going to be your biggest critic, don’t forget to be your biggest fan. You can always see a need to improve, and is easy to beat yourself up if you don’t also remember to celebrate the victories.
BR: Be confident and brave.

Do you have a favorite quote/saying/mantra?
MG: Bible Verse – Ephesians 1:11
 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
AT: Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t!
 I’m too blessed to be depressed.
SC: The pain of discipline is sweeter than the pain of regret.
BR: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” –Tim Notke

How do you define a good teammate?
MG: I think there can be many forms of a good teammate but I think some of the main attributes are passion, selflessness, and visionary commitment. These are just a few qualities, but there is nothing better than having a teammate that you can trust, count on, and know the whatever happens they are all about the team.
AT: Proverbs says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity”. A good teammate is like the brother- there to love you when you win, but more importantly, ready to support and encourage when you lose.
SC: A good teammate is someone who is a hard worker, encouraging and honest. They set realistic goals and keep the team in mind, with a servant leadership mindset. They are someone who shows someone by helping them.
BR: A teammate who is: passionate, committed, a friend, and self-disciplined.

The best thing about my school is……
MG: MY TEAM...... But I really do have some of the best professors. 
AT: The best thing about my school is the people. The supportive atmosphere is why I chose to go there.  
SC: Campus life as a whole as KSU. There really is something for everyone so that you can get plugged in and find community.
BR: The Soccer Stadium

What does a “winner” look like?
MG: I think that a winner is someone who never gives up, in any circumstance. They are able to see the best in others and themselves. Winners are people who have a motivated mindset and expect greatness. To me the most important characteristic of a winner is someone who makes the best of every situation enjoying the little things in life.
AT: A winner is someone who strives to be his or her best. They win, even if it’s not the best, because they gave all of their effort.
SC: A person who through defeat ignores negativity and keeps trying. You are a winner in life when you don’t let defeat, defeat you.
BR: A true winner is a person who can persevere and overcome adversity under pressure.