Women′s volleyball finished 16–15 overall and 8–8 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association — the program′s best season since joining the NCAA. Betsy Irwin (Athens, Ohio/Alexander) was named Freshman of the Year and was a second–team all conference player.
Trine football continues to reach new heights. The Thunder captured their second–straight MIAA title and NCAA playoff berth. The Thunder stunned No. 9–ranked Case Western Reserve in the first round before falling to Wittenberg in the regional semi–final. The Thunder finished 10–2 overall and 6–0 in the MIAA. Kicker Jeremy Howard (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) was named a third–team Academic All–American by the College Sports Information Directors of America and ESPN the Magazine.
Eric Watt (Kentland, Ind./South Newton) was the MIAA′s offensive player of the year. Thirteen players were first– or second–team players. Coach Matt Land was also one of the top vote getters in the early rounds of fan balloting in the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year contest.
Men′s soccer finished 8–11–1 overall and 5–8–1 in the MIAA and struggled with a myriad of injuries but stayed competitive in the MIAA. Midfielder Femi Adediji (Cedar Park, Texas/Vista Ridge) was a second–team All–MIAA selection.
Injuries have also hit women’s basketball hard. With the early setbacks, the Lady Thunder opened 4-2.
Men′s basketball opened the season against nationally–ranked Wheaton College and Ohio Northern in the Lee Pfund Tournament at Wheaton. There are high hopes for this talented and experienced squad. Insiders say this team could be near the top of the conference by February.
Trine wrestling is currently 3–3 and in the midst of its toughest schedule, facing a number of nationally ranked Division III programs. The Thunder will face 21 of the top 30 teams in dual meets or tournament action this season.
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