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The OVC is not as stable as it used to be but I would say a good move for WIU.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Josh Irwin Transfers
« on: May 09, 2023, 09:03:23 PM »
Sorry to see him go, I loved his energy. Best of luck

Mid-major vs. #5 ranked big time power. Winning conference championships is our ultimate goal for every sport except for football (and bowling.)

Good point

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Transfer Portal
« on: May 03, 2023, 09:41:06 PM »
Dump the Portal.

Philosophically, I agree with you. This portal has wrecked college sports as we have known them. College rosters now resemble those of minor league baseball teams: here today, gone tomorrow.

However, since this is the new reality and we can not change it, be grateful that Calhoun has mastered the new rules. Let's hope that his second batch of transfers can mesh together into a cohesive unit.  That is not guaranteed.

I agree

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Tennis
« on: May 02, 2023, 07:49:51 PM »
Shame on me but I was not aware of how good the program is.
Congrats ladies!!!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Tennis
« on: May 02, 2023, 07:47:49 PM »
YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State women’s tennis program has quietly cultivated a Horizon League dynasty over the past decade.

In 10 seasons under head coach Mickael Sopel, the Penguins have dominated the conference. From 2014-2018, YSU won the Horizon League crown, qualifying for the NCAA tournament, five times in a row, and then again scaled the top of the conference once more last season.

On Sunday, YSU added its seventh Horizon League championship, going back-to-back and surviving an epic 3.5-hour marathon match in a 4-3 victory over rival Cleveland State in the conference tournament final at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“It’s always a very special thing to achieve and win, doing so back-to-back makes it a little sweeter because it’s hard to do,” Sopel said. “We know how hard it is to go back to the tournament and win it again. We saw how hard it was (Sunday) in that final match. It’s very special to have a group that’s able to do that again. It shows how resilient they are and shows a lot about what it means to them.”

It was the ninth time that YSU has reached the tournament final in the 10 years it has been contested.

Sopel credits YSU’s prolonged run of success to the culture that the players and the coaching staff have fostered within the program.

“A culture of the way we compete, the way the girls train everyday, how serious they are about their tennis and everything they do on a daily basis,” Sopel said. “This is a team that sticks together, that fights together and that goes out there and finds ways to win matches. With all the culture we’ve built and all the types of players that have come through this program, they know how much the Horizon League means to them and they put in all the work and always have that in their minds to go out there and win that title.”

What’s unique about this year’s title, is that the Penguins also won the Horizon League regular season championship in addition, something that they haven’t done since 2015, with Sopel calling it “a really big achievement for this program.”

Being the top seed after going undefeated in conference play during the regular season, YSU earned a bye for the quarterfinals. After the Penguins swept past No. 5 seed Milwaukee 5-0 in the semifinal, YSU was set for the championship against the second-seeded Vikings.

YSU started things off by clinching the doubles point, winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions.

Singles, however, were a gauntlet.

Sophomore Elisa Rigazio made quick work of her opponent, winning in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) at the No. 1 spot. But then Cleveland State picked up its first point of the match, as sophomore Lili Minich fell at No. 2 (4-6, 0-6).

Each of the final four singles matches went the distance, all going three sets. After sophomore Julia Marko came back from a set down to win at No. 5 (6-7, 6-1, 6-1) and the Penguins lost at the No. 3 and No. 6 spots, it all came down to fifth-year senior Cecilia Rosas at the No. 4 spot with the match tied 3-3.

“Everyone talks about being the clincher, but you never know until you’re there,” Rosas said. “So when everything came down to me, first, I didn’t want to mess it up for me or for my team. So I was like, this is up to me — all the pieces of the puzzle are together, but to complete the puzzle, you must be the last piece.”

Rosas took the first set in a tiebreak, but dropped the second set 6-2. In the deciding set, Rosas held a 6-5 lead with her opponent, Sima Heren to serve.

During that final game, Heren dealt with cramping issues and Rosas said she saw an opening to break serve and clinch the match. On her third match point, Rosas returned Heren’s serve and as Heren’s crosscourt forehand drifted wide, Rosas’ Penguin teammates stormed the court and mobbed her on the baseline in celebration.

“We had planned a whole drop the racket celebration, but honestly, (in the moment) I didn’t think of it,” Rosas said. “I just thought, it’s finally over and I just raised my hands — just happiness as the girls ran over to me.”

“It was such a hard match,” she added. “I was already tight and nervous. But at the end, I just came through. Everything is so loud and so quiet (during the match), and everything is so fast and so slow. You just hope to make the best of it and that it will work out.”

As she stood anxiously watching her teammate, Minich had the rare perspective to understand what Rosas was going through, since she ended up being the clinching match in last year’s championship against Milwaukee.

“I was so scared and anxious,” Minich said. “I could totally relate to her. But it was a completely different perspective for me, seeing her clinching, instead of being the one on court. Hopefully next year or the next two years, we’ll be able to accomplish something similar. It’s always special (to win.)”

The title clinched the Horizon League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. During a selection show watch party Monday night at the Beeghly Center, the Penguins learned of their fate.

YSU will head back to Ann Arbor on Friday, where it will face No. 5 seed Michigan at 2 p.m. in the first round of the tournament. The YSU-Michigan winner will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Ball State matchup in the second round.

“We know that Michigan is a very, very good team,” Minich said. “We saw them play last year during regionals, so we know their girls are very good. I’m excited to be going back (to Ann Arbor) because it’s kind of like our second home. We have a lot of good memories there from (winning the conference title) last year and from this year. So I’m super excited to go back and hopefully we have a great match.”

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Possible rule change
« on: April 23, 2023, 05:10:33 PM »
Interesting that it may not apply to D3

YSU Penguin Athletics / Possible rule change
« on: April 21, 2023, 08:52:18 PM »
NCAA Set To Approve Major Change To First Down Rule And Many Fans Aren’t Thrilled
Story by Connor Toole • 7h ago

There have historically been a number of different rules that differentiate college football from the NFL.

That includes regulations governing a catch (college players only need to keep one foot in bounds as opposed to two) and those concerning when a play is whistled dead (NFL players can continue advancing if they fall to the turf without any contact, which isn’t the case in college).

There’s also a very notable difference when it comes to how the clock operates, as NFL teams have to be a bit more cognizant of time management compared to the college squads that can take advantage of the clock temporarily stopping in the wake of a first down.

Earlier this year, the NCAA announced it was taking a second look at that particular policy in an attempt to shorten the average length of games by floating a rule that would eliminate the first down clock stoppage that’s been in effect since 1968.

According to CBS Sports, the governing body’s Playing Rules Oversight Panel is poised to officially approve that proposed measure at the DI and DII levels ahead of the upcoming season, although it will reportedly still be in effect in the last two minutes of both halves

An NCAA representative said the new rule will likely reduce the number of plays in an average game by seven, but based on the initial reactions, there are plenty of college football fans who aren’t thrilled to hear about the impending change

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU Spring game
« on: April 12, 2023, 09:48:41 AM »
Read somewhere recently that there has been discussion about allowing schools play an exhibition game against another school instead of just a spring game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Transfer Portal
« on: April 03, 2023, 09:39:20 PM »
Did not expect that!

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Collective Money for NIL
« on: March 30, 2023, 06:24:15 PM »
Sure, that we all can agree that a redo of the original space is all that is needed. I assume that capacity will go down but will be worth it, if done right.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Bowling
« on: March 30, 2023, 08:32:43 AM »
Congrats ladies!

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown State women’s bowling team received an at-large bid to the 2023 NCAA Women’s Bowling Tournament.

YSU is an unseeded team and will open tournament play against Marysville.

“The last two months, we’ve been doing some of our best bowling,” says head coach Doug Kuberski. “The results haven’t been there, but the scores have been great, just, some tough matches. So to get some really big wins this past week — get that experience in some tough best-of-seven matches — was pretty huge. I think we’ve got some good momentum going into next week.”

Vanderbilt and Carthage are the other two teams in the regional.

Youngstown State finished fourth in the Southland Conference tournament over the weekend and is one of six teams from the conference to reach the NCAA Tournament.

“I feel like we can make it all the way to Vegas and win the whole thing,” freshman Hope Bunk says. “It was awesome to be able to hear that because as a freshman, to be able to just new experiences with the team.”

The Penguins are in the Lansing Regional which is hosted by Royal Scot Golf & Bowl in Lansing, Michigan on April 7-8.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: YSU extends Calhoun
« on: March 29, 2023, 04:05:23 PM »
Also, just a guess but I would expect some sort of announcement on revamping Beeghly in the near future.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Re: Transfer Portal
« on: March 23, 2023, 10:47:54 AM »

The NCAA issued an updated memo to college athletics programs regarding the waiver process for undergraduates who are two-time transfers.

“In all sports, four-year undergraduate student athletes who decide to transfer to a new NCAA school can generally be eligible to compete for the new school provided that they have not previously transferred and notify their current school by entering the NCAA Transfer Portal during their sport-specific transfer window,” the memo read.

Of course, that practice has been standard for a few years now, as college athletes became immediately eligible at their new institutions as a first-time transfer upon the inception of the transfer portal.

The memo continued, and noted the rules for athletes who did not qualify for the one-time transfer exception to become immediately eligible.

“A waiver process remains available for undergraduate student-athletes who do not qualify for the one-time transfer exception; however there have been changes made to the types of requests that will be considered.

“An undergraduate transfer waiver will only be considered for student-athletes who transfer for reasons related to the student-athlete’s physical or mental health and well-being; due to exigent circumstances outside the student-athlete’s control (e.g., physical or sexual assault or discrimination based on a protected class); or assertions involving diagnosed education impacting disabilities.”

The memo also said that waivers will no longer be approved just because the athlete’s participation opportunity at their former school changed, or even because of a coaching change or a change in the athlete’s scholarship status.

Boston, been thinking the same for years now, for a while I thought that the min attendance rule would force a change but they either changed the rule or just ignore it.

These mid level schools are happy to pretend and recruits love to tell their friends that they are going "big-time".

Not confident that things will ever change.

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