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Killer V's Kelsey Volkmer & Megan Verhoff are ready to stonewall the competition in the MEC this year. Come to a match and cheer on Coach Haught's rising squad.

2014 #UUVB Schedule

Flying High in the MEC

Youth and some international flair helped the Blue Knights finish 3rd in the MEC last season. Can UU capture its 2nd conference title in 3 years this fall?

UU Men's Soccer

Record Setting Rookie

Last fall, rookie runner Mason Dail ran the fastest 5K in UU history. Dail and his Blue Knight teammates hope to go even faster this fall and improve upon their 8th place finish in the MEC.

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ON YOUR MARK...

All-MEC as a rookie, Jenna Hooks is joined by record-setting teammates Jackie Smith & Nicolette Holthaus in pursuit of an MEC Championship this Fall.

UU Women's Cross Country News

Moving Mountains

New Head Coach Kevin Mounce has his young and talented Blue Knights ready to rise in the MECl. Come out and support the Royal Blue & White in 2014!

2014 #UUWSOC Schedule

Dusting the Competition!

Picked 6th again in the preseason MEC poll, the Blue Knights have their sights set higher than last year's runner-up finish. #UUFB

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Student-Athletes Shine at Urbana U

On behalf of the entire Urbana University family, I would like to welcome you to our website and the home of Blue Knight athletics. Urbana University is proud to sponsor 15 athletic programs in one of the most beautiful geographic locations in the nation.

Although athletics is an integral part of our campus environment, it is the pride that we take in the development of the total person that we find most rewarding. Read More

SAAC Names Gianangeli & Snodgrass September's Scholar Athletes of the Month

Football player Ross Snodgrass (Troy, Ohio/Miami East HS) and women’s soccer player Taylor Gianangeli (Weirton, West Virginia/Weir HS) have been named the September Scholar Athletes of the Month by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Scholar Athletes of the Month will be awarded from September to May by Urbana University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Committee includes at least one leader from each intercollegiate sports team on campus. It serves as a bridge between Urbana University's student-athletes and the NCAA. The Scholar Athletes of the Month are selected and voted on by each member of the SAAC. In order to qualify to be nominated for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in the classroom. Nominees also must have made the Dean’s List in the previous semester with a minimum GPA of 3.60 for the semester. Winners must be in-season, and they must have made a significant athletic contribution during the month of their selection. Read More

 

#12 WJU Sweeps Volleyball

Oct. 31st, 2014

The Urbana University volleyball team fell to nationally ranked Wheeling Jesuit University in straight sets for the second time in 13 days. The 12th ranked Cardinals eclipsed Urbana 25-12, 25-8, 25-11.

The Blue Knights were led by Maia Dunlap’s 11 digs. Kaci Eurez chipped in 10 digs. Mary Hendricks had 14 assists and 9 digs, and Katlynn Dunlap led all attackers with 6 kills. Wheeling Jesuit maintains their perfect record in the Mountain East Conference with the win, improving to 27-3 overall and 12-0 in league play. The Cardinals are close to wrapping up the regular season title and right to host the MEC tournament in November. Urbana slips to 9-5 in the MEC, but the Blue Knights have already clinched a spot in the MEC tournament. Read More

Kremer, Volkmer Power UU to Senior Night Win

Oct. 28th, 2014

Playing in front of the home crowd for the final time in 2014, the Urbana University volleyball team sent seniors Kelsey Volkmer and Katlin Kremer out as winners with a straight sets victory over visiting Notre Dame College on Tuesday night.

The home team raced out to a 23-18 advantage in the opening set before NDC ran off six straight points to grab a 24-23 lead. Urbana staved off one set point and finished off the Falcons 26-24. Neither team could separate itself by more than a couple points in the second and third sets, but the Blue Knights surged ahead late in both. The home team took the second set 25-21, and after Volkmer’s big block put Urbana ahead 24-23 in the third set, Kremer (pictured) sealed the win with an overhead right-handed kill on match point. The win was the duo’s 41st over four years together at UU. In each of their four years, Urbana’s winning percentage has increased. Read More

Rams Rally Past UU 3-1

Oct. 25th, 2014

The Urbana University, Fairmont State University and Shepherd University volleyball teams all entered the weekend with matching 8-2 records in Mountain East Conference play. The timing was perfect for Urbana, who welcomed both West Virginia squads to the Grimes Center to break the three-way tie. Unfortunately, Urbana’s home court advantage didn’t help the Blue Knights. On Friday night, Fairmont State defeated Urbana to take solo second place, and on Saturday afternoon, the Shepherd Rams came from behind to defeat the Blue Knights 3-1.

With just four matches remaining in the conference season, Urbana now sits behind both FSU and Shepherd in fourth place. In defeat, redshirt freshman Katlynn Dunlap was phenomenal up front for the Blue Knights. Dunlap had a match-high 19 kills against just 1 error for a .429 hitting percentage. Read More

Football Preview: Malone @ Urbana

Oct. 30th, 2014

The Urbana University football team (1-7) returns home to square off against non-conference rival Malone University (1-7) this Saturday at 1:00p.m.

Urbana opened last week's contest in full force against the Fairmont State Falcons. The Blue Knights opened the game with 21 straight points and led 28-7 at the half, but the Falcons held UU to just 3 points in the second half of a 35-31 come from behind win. The Falcons scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, knotting the score up at 28 apiece. After an Urbana field goal, Fairmont State scored the game-winning touchdown on a 32-yard pass with under 7 minutes remaining. Check in here for a full game preview, as well as links to live coverage on Saturday. Read More

Justin Edwards Named Honorary Captain for Week 9

Oct. 28th, 2014

During the 2014 season, the Urbana University football team will name honorary captains before each home game. These honorary captains will take the field prior to kickoff with current Blue Knight captains for the coin toss. There will also be an opportunity for the honorary captain to speak with the team prior to each home game.

Head Coach David Taynor has appointed former Blue Knight football standout and UU alum Justin "Fast Eddy" Edwards honorary captain in Week 9 vs. Malone University. Edwards was a 4-year letterwinner for the Blue Knights from 2001-04, earning Special Teams MVP as a freshman and later paving the way as a bruising fullback and running back as a junior and senior. Edwards earned team Iron Man awards and Hustle Awards for his relentless effort and work ethic, but his true calling was as a trained MMA fighter. Edwards currently fights professionally on the biggest stage in the UFC. Read More

FSU Erases 21-Point Deficit, Defeats UU 35-31

Oct. 25th, 2014

For the first time in 13 seasons, the Urbana University football team entered a game on a six-game conference losing streak. The banged-up Blue Knights had also dropped five straight on the road. Both skids almost ended on Saturday at Fairmont State University until the home Falcons erased a 21-point second half deficit on their way to a 35-31 Homecoming win over Urbana.

Urbana’s offense outgained its fifth opponent in eight games, but the Blue Knights still have just a Week 1 win to show for their efforts. Sophomore quarterback Cale Burdyshaw threw for 338 yards and rushed for 23 more as the Blue Knights piled up 449 yards to FSU’s 392. Fairmont State trailed for the first 53 minutes on Saturday. Down 31-28 with 6:56 remaining, the home team grabbed its first and only lead on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Fabian Guerra. On its ensuing drive, Urbana marched down to the nine-yard line where Burdyshaw threw four straight incompletions to seal Urbana’s fate. Read More

Men's Soccer Upsets #17 NDC in Home Finale

Oct. 29th, 2014

On a crisp and windy autumn afternoon at Urbana University Stadium, the Blue Knight men’s soccer team won their home finale by upsetting the #17 team in the nation, Notre Dame College. Sophomore Ben Fitzpatrick scored twice to propel the Blue Knights to a 2-0 victory, their second over a nationally ranked opponent in the past 11 days. The 17th ranked Falcons handed Urbana a 4-0 loss back on the first day of October. Five of Urbana’s losses this season have come to nationally ranked opponents, but the Blue Knights have also bagged a pair of wins against teams in the national rankings.

Wednesday’s contest opened with a Fitzpatrick goal in the 33rd minute. Sporting a club-like cast on one hand and a mask to protect a freshly broken nose, Fitzpatrick’s fortune finally changed as he found himself in the right place at the right time. Read More

Men's Soccer Routs Rams 4-1

Oct. 25th, 2014

The Urbana University men’s soccer team raced out to a 4-0 lead on the road at Shepherd University on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Knights held on for a decisive 4-1 win to improve to 5-10 on the season.

Lewis Dunne got the scoring started in the 32nd minute. The Blue Knights tacked on two more before the first half horn sounded. Alpha Barry got an assist from Joe Carter in the 44th minute, and a minute later, Callum Kerswell-Reid took a Raymond Roberts’ pass and deposited it in the back of Shepherd’s net to give the Blue Knights a 3-0 advantage at the break. Kerswell-Reid’s goal came with just 10 seconds left on the first half clock, and he wasn’t done there. In the 72nd minute, Barry found Kerswell-Reid in front of the Ram keeper. Kerswell-Reid notched his first two-goal game as a Blue Knight, and the rout was on. Read More

Concord Completes Season Sweep with OT Goal

Oct. 21st, 2014

The Urbana University men’s soccer team dropped out of contention for the fourth spot in the Mountain East Conference post-season tournament with a 2-1 overtime loss against visiting Concord University on Tuesday night. The loss leaves Urbana’s MEC record at 3-7. A win or two ties in the final three games by nationally ranked West Virginia Wesleyan eliminates Urbana from the four-team MEC tournament.

Concord’s win is just their second of the season. Both have come at the expense of Urbana. The visitors grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a 35-yard free kick off an Urbana foul in the 18th minute. The ball careened into the goal off the inside of the left post. That shot on goal was Concord’s only shot on goal in regulation. Read More

Urbana Undone by MEC Champs in Season Finale

Oct. 29th, 2014

The 2014 Mountain East Conference regular season champs from Notre Dame College handed Urbana University a 2-0 loss in the Blue Knights’ 2014 finale on Wednesday afternoon. Notre Dame wrapped up the regular season title in their last contest. The Falcons improve to 12-1-2 on the year, including a 10-1-2 mark in the MEC. One of those wins was a 5-1 decision over the Blue Knights in South Euclid, Ohio earlier in the fall.

On Wednesday, the visitors started the scoring on a 30-yard blast by Alexis Manoa in the 7th minute. Manoa’s shot careened off the post into the back of the net to put NDC out in front early. Urbana actually had more shots on goal than the MEC’s top team until the 71st minute when NDC’s 7th shot on goal found the back of the net to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Megan O’Connor redirected a pass from Katherine Beattie past UU goalkeeper Taylor Gianangeli. Urbana’s offense finished with 6 shots on goal, 3 by Hannah Rembach, but the Blue Knights couldn’t get one past NDC keeper Sam Shoemaker. Read More

Rams Edge Women's Soccer 1-0

Oct. 25th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s soccer team is experiencing a little déjà vu at the tail end of the 2014 season. Like last year, Urbana got out to a promising start, but the Blue Knights are faltering down the stretch. Urbana ended 2013 on a six-game losing streak, and on Saturday afternoon at Shepherd University, the Blue Knights suffered their fifth straight loss with one match remaining. Shepherd edged Urbana 1-0 on a late goal.

The Blue Knights and keeper Taylor Gianangeli were able to keep the Rams at bay until the 73rd minute. An Urbana foul granted the home team a free kick which was promptly deposited into the back of the net by Kesley N. Smith to give Shepherd a 1-0 lead. Urbana’s offense wasn’t able to muster another shot attempt over the final 17 minutes. Gianangeli made 8 stops in 90 minutes in goal. Read More

Concord Continues Women's Soccer's Skid

Oct. 21st, 2014

On a cold, wet Tuesday afternoon at Urbana University Stadium, the Blue Knight women’s soccer team dropped their fourth straight conference contest, falling 2-0 to visiting Concord University.

The Blue Knights and Mountain Lions played to a scoreless draw at Concord back on September 24th. Urbana opened the game with a couple of golden opportunities, but it was the visitors that capitalized first. During a four-minute span in the first half, Concord collected a pair of rebounded shots right in front of Urbana’s goal and punched the balls into the back of the net for a quick 2-0 lead. Kari Simon scored the first ricochet. Then, it was Simon’s shot that ricocheted to teammate Sami Spertzel for the second goal. Read More

SVSU Swims Past UU Women

Oct. 25th, 2014

The visiting Lady Cardinals from Saginaw Valley State University swam past Urbana University’s women’s swim team in the Blue Knights’ 2014 home opener on Saturday evening. The much larger SVSU squad overpowered an injury-plagued Urbana team 109-62.

Only four healthy Blue Knights were available for Saturday’s meet, which gave the squad little hope of contending with SVSU’s double-digit numbers. However, Urbana’s foursome fared well in their first dual meet of the season. Aerika Weiser returned to her winning ways in the freestyle races. She took the 50 by almost a full second, touching in at 24.59. Her winning margin was almost 2 seconds in the 100 free, earning nine points with a time of 55.87, and she won the 200 free in a time of 2:02.76, defeating her closest competitor by almost 5 full seconds. Read More

Swim Team to Host Annual September Tune-Up Camp

Sep. 8th, 2014

Urbana University Head Swim Coach Dave Johnson announced plans to host a September Stroke Tune-Up Camp for swimmers of all ages. The camp will run for the duration of September into the first week of October. There will be 12 total sessions at 1.5 hours each, for a total of 18 hours of instruction, training, video work, and more. Cost of the camp is $50 per swimmer. The camp is limited to the first 30 swimmers to sign up.

Camp runs from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights starting September 8th and running until October 2nd.

For more details, please contact Coach Johnson at dave.johnson@urbana.edu or by phone at (937) 772-9278 . Read More

Wieser, Stover & Helander Earn Scholar All-American Awards

Jul. 14th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim. The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

Urbana University junior Kim Helander became the first back-to-back Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in the Blue Knight swimming program after once again posting a GPA above 3.5 and swimming multiple "B" cut times. Helander was joined on the squad by fellow junior Matt Stover and freshman teammate Aerika Wieser, who became the first Blue Knight female in the program's 6-year history to earn the distinction. Read More

Men's Golf 5th in Final Fall Tourney

Oct. 21st, 2014

In the final tournament of the fall season for the Urbana University men's golf team, the Blue Knights finished fifth of seven squads at the Sixth Annual Yellow Jacket Fall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Host Cedarville University won the event, which was held during two very cold and rainy afternoons at Country Club of the North in Beavercreek, Ohio. Urbana posted team scores of 328 and 321 to edge Cedarville's second squad and Kentucky State University.

The Blue Knights were led by senior Adam Mitchley, who carded the low round of the fall by any Blue Knight with a Tuesday 2-over 74. That round matched teammate Brandon Weiss' 74 at the Fall MEC Invitational three weeks ago. Mitchley's 74 was made even more remarkable considering he was fifth on the team after shooting an 86 on Monday. His 12-stroke improvement helped him edge freshman teammate Cody Lyons who shot 79-82 to finish a single stroke behind Mitchley. Read More

Men's Golf 9th Again at MEC Fall Championships

Oct. 15th, 2014

Concord University led wire-to-wire to win the 2014 Mountain East Conference Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday at Longaberger Golf Club. The Mountain Lions successfully defended the title they claimed a year ago after shooting 310 on the final day. West Liberty finished second with a score of 951, followed by Shepherd (955) and Charleston (956). The Golden Eagles had the lowest score of the tournament on the final day shooting 298. Notre Dame finished fifth (969), Fairmont State was sixth (971), West Virginia Wesleyan was seventh (977) and Wheeling Jesuit was eighth (983). Urbana (993), UVa-Wise (1,013), Glenville State (1,058) and West Virginia State (1,152) rounded out the field.

A pair of freshmen paced Urbana, who finished in 9th place for the second consecutive year in Nashport. Cody Lyons (pictured) and Brandon Weiss were separated by a single stroke after 54 holes. Lyons shot 79-85-78 to finish tied for 21st in the field of 59. Weiss posted rounds of 78-81-84. Either Lyons or Weiss has led the Blue Knights at all four tournaments this fall. Weiss leads the squad with six rounds in the 70’s. Lyons has four rounds in the 70’s after four collegiate tournaments. Read More

Runner-Up Weiss Leads UU to 4th Place Showing

Sep. 30th, 2014

The Urbana University men's golf team enjoyed their most successful conference tournament to date on Monday and Tuesday at the Fall Mountain East Conference Invitational hosted by Notre Dame College. Thanks to true freshman Brandon Weiss' runner-up finish, the Blue Knights claimed 4th place in the 11-team field. Urbana leaped three spots from Day 1 to Day 2 after trimming 10 strokes off their first round score. Their 2-day total of 636 was just 4 strokes behind tournament hosts Notre Dame College and 21 strokes off the winning pace set by West Liberty University.

Collectively, Urbana shot a 313 on Tuesday. Only West Liberty and 8th place Shepherd fared better than the Blue Knights on the tournament's final day. The 313 is a top 30 team score all-time for Urbana. Three Blue Knights carded rounds in the 70's on Urbana's moving day. Weiss' 74 was the third lowest round of the day. After shooting 76 on Monday, he climbed 4 spots into second place overall. West Liberty's Matthew Iceton won medalist honors with rounds of 72 and 75. Weiss was three strokes behind at +8 overall for the tournament. Read More

MEC Basketball Media Day Set for Nov. 3

Oct. 20th, 2014

The Mountain East Conference men's and women's basketball media day will be held on Monday, Nov. 3, at the Bridgeport Conference Center from 1-4 p.m. Coaches and select players from each of the 12 schools will be present to meet members of the media. The MEC preseason poll will also be revealed on that day.

Each coach and player will be made available to members of the media throughout the afternoon. Refreshments will be served. The 2014-15 basketball season starts on Friday, Nov. 14. Read More

Whitehead, Borchlewicz & Phelps Round Out Men's Basketball Staff

Sep. 11th, 2014

Urbana University and new Head Men’s Basketball Coach Rob Summers added two new assistant coaches to the staff this offseason. Brandon Whitehead and Matt Borchlewicz recently joined Summers’ staff and will serve as assistant coaches for the 2014-15 season.

Brandon Whitehead spent the past four seasons with the Ohio Northern University men’s basketball program as an assistant coach and summer camp administrator. Matt Borchlewicz brings a wealth of experience to his new position on Coach Summers’ staff. Most recently, he served Radford University as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations from 2012-14. Read More

2014-15 Ticket Prices Announced for UU Home Games

Aug. 4th, 2014

Ticket prices have been announced for the 2014-15 school year at Urbana University Athletics' home games. The cost for Urbana's 6 home football games remains the same at $8 for adults, $6 for youth and senior citizens. Also remaining the same is the cost to attend Blue Knight basketball games at $6 for adults, $4 for youth and senior citizens. New in 2014 is a $5 admission charge for home volleyball matches.

As always, current UU students, staff and faculty are free with a valid UU I.D. There is no charge for attending any other home sporting event on the campus of Urbana University. This includes home soccer matches, baseball and softball games, swim meets, golf tournaments and women's lacrosse games. Read More

8 Runners Compete at #JennaStrong Classic

Oct. 17th, 2014

Four men and four women’s cross country runners from Urbana University competed in the #JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College on Friday night. Leading the Blue Knights in the men’s 8K was sophomore Mason Dail. The women were led by sophomore Jenna Hooks. Each squad fell one runner shy of logging a team score. Ashland University took home both the men’s and women’s championships in a field of about 40 area schools.
Freshmen Alyssa Strickland (22:47.97) and Ally Ulery (23:23.65) finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Blue Knights. Strickland was 27 seconds behind her best 5K time at UU, but Ulery (pictured) trimmed over three minutes off her previous best in the distance. Read More

Records Fall for UU at All-Ohio Race

Oct. 3th, 2014

The Urbana University cross country team’s turned in their strongest performance of the season in the fall’s third race on Friday afternoon. The Blue Knight women’s team fielded a full squad for the first time this fall, earning their first wins in the process.

The All-Ohio Championships hosted by Cedarville University featured over 40 NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA schools from across the state. D-II Malone University claimed the women’s overall championship. D-I Akron University took home the men’s crown. Urbana’s women defeated Hiram, Lorain County Community College, Central State and Lourdes. It was the women’s team’s first wins since the 2011 All-Ohio Championships. Freshman Alyssa Strickland (pictured) turned in the third fastest 6K in program history with a time of 26:03.46. Strickland has been less than 30 seconds behind teammate and UU leader Jenna Hooks in all 3 races this fall. Read More

Hooks Leads UU Again at Cedarville Invite

Sep. 20th, 2014

On a picturesque morning at Cedarville University, the Urbana University men’s and women’s cross country teams hit the course for their second tune-up this fall.

One week after fielding a full squad, the Urbana women were two runners short of logging a team score at Cedarville. Sophomore Jenna Hooks, freshman Alyssa Strickland and junior Jackie Smith completed their second competitive 5K of the fall for Urbana. Hooks (pictured) led the way with a time of 21:52.70, good for the 10th best 5K in UU history. Hooks now owns 4 of the top 10 times all-time at Urbana. Read More

8 Runners Compete at #JennaStrong Classic

Oct. 17th, 2014

Four men and four women’s cross country runners from Urbana University competed in the #JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College on Friday night. Leading the Blue Knights in the men’s 8K was sophomore Mason Dail. The women were led by sophomore Jenna Hooks. Each squad fell one runner shy of logging a team score. Ashland University took home both the men’s and women’s championships in a field of about 40 area schools.

Senior Josh Brown (pictured) broke through the 30-minute barrier for the first time in his career on Friday night. Brown crossed the finish line in 29:35.16, shaving nearly a full minute off his previous best. Brown is now just one of 4 Blue Knights to break through the 30-minute barrier (Erion, Dail, and Andy Stephan). Read More

Records Fall for UU at All-Ohio Race

Oct. 3th, 2014

The Urbana University cross country team’s turned in their strongest performance of the season in the fall’s third race on Friday afternoon. The Blue Knight women’s team fielded a full squad for the first time this fall, earning their first wins in the process. Urbana’s men were paced by a new personal best by sophomore Mason Dail (pictured). Dail’s time is the fastest 8K at UU since 2011.

The All-Ohio Championships hosted by Cedarville University featured over 40 NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA schools from across the state. D-II Malone University claimed the women’s overall championship. D-I Akron University took home the men’s crown. Urbana’s women defeated Hiram, Lorain County Community College, Central State and Lourdes. It was the women’s team’s first wins since the 2011 All-Ohio Championships Read More

Men's Cross Country Posts Win at Cedarville Invite

Sep. 20th, 2014

On a picturesque morning at Cedarville University, the Urbana University men’s and women’s cross country teams hit the course for their second tune-up this fall.

The Blue Knight men fielded a full squad for the first time after just three runners were available to run in the opening meet of the season at Ohio Wesleyan University two weeks ago. Urbana finished 9th out of 10 squads in Cedarville’s Friendship Invitational, defeating Central State University for the team’s first victory since the second week of the 2013 season. Sophomore Mason Dail and senior Josh Brown (pictured) finished back-to-back to lead the Blue Knights. Dail crossed the finish line in the 8K in a time of 30:21.91. Brown was 18 seconds behind him in 30:39.49. The time was a new personal best for the senior. Brown trimmed almost a minute off his previous 8K record, set at 2012’s Cedarville Friendship Invitational. Read More

Women's Golf Places 6th at MEC Fall Championships

Oct. 14th, 2014

Notre Dame College shot the lowest round of the tournament on the final day to secure the 2014 Mountain East Conference Women's Golf Championship. The Falcons entered the final day with a two-shot lead over Wheeling Jesuit, and closed out the tournament with a team score of 330. Notre Dame won the championship with a three-day total of 1,006.

Wheeling Jesuit finished runner-up with a score of 1,023, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (1,042), Charleston (1,050) and West Liberty (1,077). Urbana finished sixth (1,089), and Glenville State (1,145), UVa-Wise (1,171) and Fairmont State (1,229) rounded out the field. The Blue Knights’ sixth place showing is one spot higher than the squad finished at last year’s MEC Fall Championships. Urbana’s clubhouse leader on Day 3 was senior Lindsey Phillips (pictured), who shot 90, 86, 88 to earn a top 15 finish in the field of 44. Read More

Trio of Top 20 Finishes Leads UU Women's Golf to 5th Place Finish

Sep. 29th, 2014

A trio of Blue Knights earned Top 20 finishes at the Ohio Valley University Invitational over the weekend. Courtney Tierney, Lindsey Phillips and Kasey Caudill all finished between 11th and 19th at the two-day tournament that featured 10 teams, including 6 from the Mountain East Conference. Urbana finished 5th as a team in the Blue Knights' final tune-up before the MEC Fall Championships in October. Their Sunday team total of 336 was just 2 strokes off the school record, set last fall.

Tierney (pictured) shot 83-80 to tie for 11th overall and lead the Blue Knights. Her Sunday 80 was a personal best and the 4th best single round score in UU history, and her two-day total of 163 has only been bested by one other Blue Knight in the program's 10-year history. Read More

Caudill, Phillips Lead UU at Gannon

Sep. 15th, 2014

The Urbana University women’s golf team competed in the Michael Corbett Fall Classic on Sunday and Monday. The tournament was played at the Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, Pennsylvania, where the Blue Knights finished 15th in the 18-team tournament. Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana's old conference rivals in the G-MAC, won the event with a 2-day total of 636, edging their hosts from Gannon by a single stroke.

Urbana was led by seniors Kasey Caudill and Lindsey Phillips (pictured). Caudill and Phillips both recorded 167's, tying for the team low. Caudill and Phillips shot identical 85's on Sunday, followed by identical 82's on Monday, which left them tied for 30th out of 102 competitors. The 167's tied them for the 5th lowest 2-day tournament scores in school history, and Monday's 82's are tied for the 8th lowest single round score at UU. Read More

Hill Hired to Assist Women's Basketball Team

Sep. 4th, 2014

New Urbana University Women's Basketball Head Coach Haley Ducey announced the hiring of her first assistant this fall. Recent Texas A&M grad Rodney Hill has accepted a position as the Blue Knights' Graduate Assistant after spending two seasons with the Texas A&M women’s basketball program as a practice player, camp instructor, and student intern.

"Rodney brings the energy, passion, and drive that programs love to see in their assistants," said UU Head Coach Haley Ducey upon his hiring. "I am extremely blessed and excited to have Coach Hill as a part of this is program and join this great family at Urbana. He comes here full of optimism and experience, ready to continue the winning tradition that the Urbana women’s program has held for many years." Read More

Ducey Named New Women's Basketball Head Coach

Jul. 15th, 2014

Urbana University Athletic Director Doug Young appointed former Blue Knight standout and assistant coach Haley Ducey as the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

“After an extensive national search, we decided that the best person for this job was already here on campus,” explains Young. “I have known Haley since she signed to play at Urbana University out of high school in 2007. She was an exemplary student-athlete for four years, a dedicated assistant coach for two years, and a loyal employee and recruiter in the admissions office these past two years. We are proud to have a true Blue Knight take charge of one of our most successful programs.” Read More

Johnson Named 1st Team All-Region

Mar. 13th, 2014

West Virginia State University senior guard Lexy Carson was named the Atlantic Region’s Most Outstanding Player on Thursday morning to highlight the 2013-14 Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball All-Atlantic Region Team. Joining Carson on the Daktronics All-Atlantic Region First Team squad are Bloomsburg University’s Catherine Noack, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Player of the Year, and Edinboro University’s Valerie Majewski, the PSAC Western Division Player of the Year. Urbana University’s DeVonyea Johnson and West Chester University’s Dallas Ely were also voted to the First Team.

Johnson (Ypsilanti, Michigan/Ann Arbor Huron) became the first Blue Knight in program history to earn First Team All-Region honors. It's the second year in a row Urbana landed a player on the All-Region team. (Ciara Geiger was a Second Team selection last season.) Johnson averaged 20.0 points per game as a senior. She was one of just 25 players across the country to score 20 or more points per game, and she was the first Blue Knight in women's basketball history to average 20. In addition, Johnson added 5.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She finished top 15 in the MEC in scoring, assists, defensive rebounding, steals, FG% (45.3%), 3-PT FG% (37.9%), 3-PT FG (66), FT% (78.1%), and assist-to-turnover ratio. The 5-8 guard started all 28 games for the 18-10 Blue Knights. Urbana's 18 wins were the most since the 1998-99 season. Read More

Softball to Host Clinics in the Fall

Aug. 25th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Dani Lowe announced the addition of more fall clinics to the schedule for aspiring collegiate softball players. The clinics will focus primarily on defensive skills and pitching. They will take place on Sunday, October 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, October 26th from 2:00-4:30 p.m. The clinics are $35 per player.

Click 'Read More' for more information, including a registration form. For more information on the clinics, please contact Coach Lowe at dlowe@urbana.edu or (937) 772-9308. Read More

Softball Recruiting Class Reaches 10 after Haley Signing

Jun. 23th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the addition of another recruit to her talented 2014 class, bringing the total to 10 new Blue Knights joining the squad this fall. Bellefontaine High School standout Jazmyn Haley is the 10th and newest softball Blue Knight.

Haley just wrapped up her senior season on the diamond for the Chieftains and Coach Kate Buffkin. She was a First Team All-CBC performer while hitting an eye-popping .607 and also leading the team in stolen bases and on-base percentage. Haley earned 2nd Team All-Ohio honors in addition to First Team All-Metro accolades. She was named her team's offensive and defensive MVP. Haley excelled in four different sports during her time at Bellefontaine. Read More

Softball Adds Gearhart & McNulty

Jun. 3th, 2014

Urbana University Head Softball Coach Danielle Lowe announced the addition of two more recruits to her talented 2014 class. Miami East High School’s Ellie Gearhart and Keystone High School’s Morgan McNulty will join four recent Blue Knight spring signees, and three early signees, on the field this fall at Urbana University.

Gearhart and McNulty will both bolster the Blue Knight infield. Gearhart is a 5’10” South Charleston, Ohio native with experience at third base, shortstop and first base. McNulty is a 5’3” middle infielder from Elyria, Ohio. Read More

Tavone Jr. Inks Deal with Atlanta Braves

Aug. 4th, 2014

Urbana University baseball standout Robert Tavone Jr. realized a lifelong dream today, signing a professional contract to play for the Atlanta Braves organization. Tavone Jr. will report immediately to the Gulf Coast Braves, Atlanta’s Rookie League affiliate located in Kissimmee, Florida.

A four-year starter behind the plate for the Blue Knights, Tavone Jr. (Whitby, Ontario) was the 2013 G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year as a junior. He hit .387 that season with 3 home runs, a school-record 19 doubles, and 30 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .451 and he slugged a team-high .606. He finished fifth in NCAA Division II in doubles per game (0.49). Over the final 27 games that season, Tavone Jr. hit .463 with 17 doubles, 20 RBIs, and 25 runs, collecting at least one hit in 26 of the final 27 games. Amazingly, he struck out just twice over the final 23 contests of 2013. Read More

Chalfant Chosen as 38th Member of UU Hall of Fame

Jul. 14th, 2014

Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight baseball standout Matt Chalfant into its Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. Chalfant will become the first Blue Knight baseball player enshrined since 1995, and the first Hall of Famer that made his athletic mark exclusively on the baseball field at UU. Overall, Chalfant will become the 38th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987.

Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current University Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman, administered the nomination and selection process. “Baseball has been an ongoing cornerstone of our athletic program. Matt was both an excellent player and leader in his four years while excelling in a difficult academic major. His coach and teammates were very supportive of his candidacy which attests to his fine character.” Read More

Baseball Announces Team Award Winners

May. 22nd, 2014

Following a 24-win season and a school-record 20 conference wins in the inaugural season competing in the Mountain East Conference, the Urbana University baseball team and Head Coach Mike Goldschmidt announced the 2014 team award winners. In addition to the team's quality season on the field, the Blue Knights also enjoyed a stellar year in the classroom. The baseball team finished the spring term with a 3.07 team GPA, bringing their 2013-14 team GPA up to 3.068! Twenty-four out of 33 student-athletes had a 3.0 GPA or higher, 20 of which will make the Athletic Director's Spring Honor Roll with a 3.25 or higher! Brad Hall, Bronson Marlett, Matt Paculan, Cody Ridinger, and Matt Watson all posted perfect 4.0 GPA's for the spring. Hall & Paculan earned perfect 4.0's for the entire school year! Read More

Helander, Stover & Wieser Earn Scholar All-American Awards

Jul. 14th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim. The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

Urbana University junior Kim Helander became the first back-to-back Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in the Blue Knight swimming program after once again posting a GPA above 3.5 and swimming multiple "B" cut times. Helander was joined on the squad by fellow junior Matt Stover and freshman teammate Aerika Wieser, who became the first Blue Knight female in the program's 6-year history to earn the distinction. Read More

Men's Swim Team Posts Top GPA in the Country

Mar. 7th, 2014

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) is proud to announce the 2013 Fall CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams. The CSCAA Scholar All-America program is supported by Nike.

Overall the two highest team G.P.A.s were produced by D-II programs, with Urbana University leading the way for the men with a 3.82 and Lynn University Women's team posting a 3.71. Urbana's women finished 6th in D-II with a 3.53 team G.P.A. Read More

UU Swimmers Take Program to New Heights at ASC Championships

Feb. 15th, 2014

The Urbana University swim teams wrapped up their 2013-14 season by taking the sixth year program to new heights at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christiansburg, Virginia this weekend. Nearly 20 inches of snow that fell Wednesday and Thursday forced the full three day event to be crammed into a day and a half, but after the frenzied championship format, the Blue Knight men landed in third place out of 12 squads, while the women finished seventh of 13. Both finishes were program bests. The women’s team has now improved their standing in the ASC in each of the last five seasons, and a pair of Blue Knights captured the program’s first ever individual conference titles. Together, the men's and women's teams collected six individual championships. In the five seasons prior, Urbana took home four event championships.

Kim Helander handed Urbana’s men its first individual title on Friday in his signature event, the 100 fly. He fell short of his ASC and UU record time of 49.01 but won the event easily in a time of 49.64. It was his third straight title in the event. Helander followed his win in the 100 fly with another championship in the 200 fly on Saturday. Read More

Corsmeier, Stein Earn GLIAC Academic All-Conference Honors

Jun. 30th, 2014

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced the 2014 Spring All-Academic & All-Academic Excellence Teams. All-Academic Teams are comprised of those student-athletes that meet criteria and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0-3.49. Academic Excellence Teams are comprised of student athletes that have a cumulative GPA of 3.50-4.0.

The Urbana University lacrosse team landed a pair of players on the academic squads. Senior Chiara Corsmeier earned Academic Excellence distinction and sophomore Tabitha Stein landed on the Academic All-Conference Team. Read More

Arrows Bring Down Blue Knights in Finale

Apr. 27th, 2014

The Urbana University women's lacrosse team dropped its season finale and Senior Day contest 13-8 to the Ursuline Arrows.

Junior Hannah Walters led Urbana's offense with four goals, including three after the half to briefly cut Ursuline's lead to 11-8 with 16:46 left to play. The Arrows slowed the pace of the game by holding the ball before scoring the game's final two goals to arrive at the 5-goal margin of victory.

Taylor Anderson, Maria Garcia, and Tabitha Stein also contributed to Urbana's total with a combined four goals. Andersen scored twice in the first half. Garcia led UU with 4 ground balls. Jessica McHenry caused a career-high 4 turnovers to go with her 3 ground balls. Senior Courtney Hockenbery had 2 draw controls in her final game. Sophomore goalkeeper Paige Waqa finished with a school record 26 saves in the loss. Read More

Lakers Blank Blue Knights

Apr. 25th, 2014

The GLIAC's top ranked squad handed Urbana University its first shutout loss in the program's 4-year history on Friday night. Grand Valley State University blanked the Blue Knights 18-0 to officially elminate Urbana from the GLIAC post-season tournament.

The Lakers led 11-0 at the half before tacking on 7 more goals over the final 30 minutes. Urbana managed just 1 shot on goal on the night against the stout Laker defense. Hannah Walters had the lone shot. Paige Waqa recorded 9 saves in goal for the visitors. The loss was Urbana's 7th straight. The Blue Knights put the finishing touches on the 2014 season on Sunday at home. Urbana welcomes Ursuline College to UU Stadium for the finale. Prior to the game, Urbana will honor seniors Chiara Corsmeier and Courtney Hockenbery. Read More

Bowlers Edged by Lindenwood in National Title Match

Apr. 18th, 2014

It wasn’t supposed to end like this. The Urbana University men’s bowlers were the Cinderella darlings of the 2014 Intercollegiate Team Championships. The week started with Blue Knight Graham Fach bowling the first 300 game and 800 series of the 2014 Open Championships. Then, smallest school in the draw got hot and took down bowling Goliaths from Robert Morris University and Wichita State University.

Destiny seemed to be smiling on Urbana until a couple of tenth frames didn’t go the Blue Knights’ way in Friday night’s National Championship match with Lindenwood University. After losing the first two games by a total of seven pins, Lindenwood completed the three-game sweep in the best of five series with a 201-167 victory in the decisive game. Read More

Blue Knight Bowlers Advance to National Championship Match

Apr. 17th, 2014

On the brink of elimation and needing 3 strikes in the tenth frame to knock off top-seeded Wichita State University, lefty anchor Graham Fach rolled three perfect balls to send the Urbana University men's bowling team to the National Championship match on Friday. Fourth-seeded Urbana advances after a marathon day to meet the third-seeded Lindenwood Lions for the Men's Team Championship on Friday at 5:00 p.m. local time, 8:00 p.m. Eastern. The match will be a best 3 out of 5 format. There is no live video coverage of the Championship, but it will air on Tuesday nights throughout the month of May on CBS Sports Network. Follow @UUSports on Twitter or "Blue Knight" on Facebook for live updates on Friday night. Read More

Fach Rolls Perfect Game, 800 Series at 2014 USBC Open

Apr. 16th, 2014

From the time his flight landed in Reno on Tuesday morning, Graham Fach of Urbana, Ohio, was on the move, and that included a quick stop at his hotel, a to-go order at Denny's, a quick march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium and a record-performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

The 22-year-old left-hander barely had time to look around and admire the grandeur of the NBS before hitting the lanes at the one-of-a-kind venue for the first time, and three hours later, he polished off the ninth perfect game and first 800 series of the 2014 event. Read More