Hawk’s Nest View

Published 10:21 am Friday, November 18, 2011

Hey Hawks fans!

Fall sports teams at CU are pretty much wrapped up for the year.  Congratulations to the seniors on the Volleyball team on their excellent careers.  Unfortunately, the three-peat was not in the cards this year for the Hawks, but they played hard and came close to beating St. Augustine’s College a few weeks ago in Hampton, Virginia.

The women’s cross country team competed in their first DII Atlantic Regional Meet a few weeks ago as well.

The men’s soccer team is still alive… they head to South Carolina this weekend to play in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Atlantic Tournament.  They take on the Sailfish from Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Good luck guys!

In other sports news…basketball season is underway!

The women’s team had a break out year last year, and they definitely look on building on that this season.  The women’s team returns CIAA stand outs Ransheda Jennings and Talaya Lynch.  Jennings is the lone senior this year for the Hawks, and looks to cap off an exceptional career.  I’m confident that Lynch will turn in another solid season for CU as well.  There are some young leaders on the team in Danielle Coleman and Courtney Knight.  This year, the women’s basketball team has worked especially hard to develop strong leaders within the team.

The women are off to a 1-2 start on the year.  They opened their season with an impressive 48-46 win over the University of Charleston.  The two losses on the season came at the hands of Shippensburg University and Norfolk State University.

Both the women’s team and men’s team, have tough schedules this year.  Their schedule is automatically difficult as members of the CIAA.  The CIAA is historically an exceptionally strong conference for basketball, and this year is no different.  Starting on January 4, the women will have 16 consecutive CIAA match-up games.  The men’s schedule is essentially the same in this way, except for a non-conference match-up against Allen University (SC). That 16-game stretch is a grind!  Tough competition… day in and day out…no soft spots in between.

The men are 0-3 so far this season, but they definitely show promise for a better season this year.  Antonio Reddic has certainly made a name for himself early this season as the team’s leading scorer so far.  The Hawks have three seniors in Aaron Allen, Lee Branscome and Mark McGlone.  They will be heavily relied upon to lead their teammates through another season with a challenging schedule.

The home opener for both basketball teams is quickly approaching.  The women open up with St. Andrews Presbyterian College on November 29 at 5:30 p.m.  The men follow the next day with their home opener at 7 .m.  against Newport News Apprentice School.

The athletic department has decided to host “Game Day” for the home opener in a new fan-friendly format.   Prior to the game, fans can enjoy hearing interviews with players and coaches.  There will also be giveaways, contests, and an “expert prediction” segment.  “Game Day” begins on November 29 at 2:30 p.m.  and November 30 at 4 p.m. Sounds cool!

Come check out the 2011-2012 Hawks Basketball teams! The video of the event will be available for fans that can’t come to the game via live stream available at www.gocuhawks.com.  GO HAWKS!


Allie Kolezynski is a senior at Chowan University and a member of the Hawk softball team. She can be reached via email at sports@r-cnews.com.