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June 6, 2013

2013 Summit League Review–How did UNO stack up in their first year?

UNO, in just their 2nd year of D1 transition and first year playing in a conference had what has to be considered a fantastic season. UNO got solid, if not fantastic starts from their soccer teams and ended the year watching the baseball team win the school’s first Summit League title. Here’s a breakdown of how the school’s teams did throughout the year in comparison to other schools.

Fall Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Volleyball Men’s Cross Country Women’s Cross Country
Oakland 1st 1st T-3rd 4th 4th 2.6
South Dakota State N/A 5th T-5th 1st 3rd 3.5
North Dakota State N/A T-3rd T-5th T-6th 1st 3.75
Fort Wayne T-4th 2nd 2nd 8th 6th 4.4
South Dakota N/A 9th T-5th 2nd 2nd 4.5
IUPUI 6th 8th 1st 3rd 7th 5
Kansas City 2nd 6th T-3rd T-6th 9th 5.2
Western Illinois 3rd T-3rd 8th 5th 8th 5.4
Omaha T-4th 7th 9th N/A 5th 6.25

Winter Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s Swimming and Diving Women’s Swimming and Diving Men’s Indoor Track and Field Women’s Indoor Track and Field
South Dakota State T-1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th 5th 2.8
North Dakota State 3rd 7th N/A N/A 2nd 1st 3.25
IUPUI 9th 2nd 3rd 2nd N/A N/A 4
Omaha 6th T-5th N/A 3rd N/A 2nd 4
South Dakota T-7th 3rd 6th 5th 1st 3rd 4.2
Oakland 4th 9th 1st 1st 6th 6th 4.5
Western Illinois T-1st T-5th 5th 7th 5th 7th 5
Kansas City T-7th 8th N/A N/A 3rd 4th 5.5
Fort Wayne 5th 4th N/A N/A N/A 8th 5.7

Spring Season

Type of Results Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Regular Season Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Championship Standings Average Finish
School Baseball Softball Men’s Tennis Women’s Tennis Men’s Golf Women’s Golf Men’s Outdoor T&F Women’s Outdoor T&F
NDSU 4th 1st N/A N/A 5th 1st 1st 1st 2.2
Kansas City N/A 5th 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 4th 5th 2.9
South Dakota N/A 4th N/A 4th 2nd 9th 2nd 2nd 3.8
SDSU 2nd 8th 2nd 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 4th 4
Omaha 1st 2nd 6th 6th 8th 4th N/A 3rd 4.3
Fort Wayne 6th 3rd 3rd 1st 9th 8th N/A 8th 5.4
Western Illinois 5th 6th 4th 8th 4th 5th 5th 7th 5.5
Oakland 3rd 9th N/A 5th 6th 6th 6th 6th 5.9
IUPUI N/A 7th 5th 7th 7th 3rd 7th 9th 6.4

Overall Averages

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 3.75 4 3.25 4 2.2 6 14 2.93
SDSU 3.5 4 2.8 6 4 8 18 3.5
South Dakota 4.5 4 4.2 6 3.8 6 16 4.13
Kansas City 5.2 5 5.5 4 2.9 7 16 4.25
Oakland 2.6 5 4.5 6 5.9 7 18 4.5
Omaha 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
Fort Wayne 4.4 5 5.7 3 5.4 7 15 5.13
Western Illinois 5.4 5 5 6 5.5 8 19 5.32
IUPUI 5 5 4 4 6.4 7 16 5.38

The tale of the tape is kind of interesting here. Knowing that Kansas City and Oakland won’t be around next year of the remaining seven schools you can see where the balance of power definitely is, the Dakotas. North Dakota State seems to be the premier program in the league right now with South Dakota State their closest competitor. It’s a bit of a further drop to South Dakota who was never spectacular as their best average was only 3.8 in the spring. they were however consistent with their worst average being only 4.5 in the fall.

Omaha has to feel fairly good about how their first year went. They were a bit off the pace in the fall as their 6.25 average was the 2nd worst of any school for any season (IUPUI had a 6.4 average in the spring) but they were much stronger in the winter and the spring as they got their season long average down to 4.73.

Historical Comparison

I wondered how UNO stacked up compared to the last few schools to move into the Summit. Now one thing to note here is that Fort Wayne began their transition in 2001, NDSU and SDSU began in 2004, and South Dakota began in 2008. None of the schools went through the kind of transition UNO is dealing with where they will spend 3 years competing in the Summit League while not being eligible for the postseason. All were able to build their programs much more before their first Summit competition. So how does UNO stack up in terms of average finish?

School Fall  Average Fall Sports Winter Average Winter Sports Spring Average Spring Sports Total Sports Average Finish
NDSU 2007-08 4.75 4 2.25 4 3.8 6 14 3.64
SDSU 2007-08 2.75 4 4.5 6 4.8 8 18 4.22
Omaha 2012-13 6.25 4 4 4 4.3 7 15 4.73
South Dakota 2011-12 6.25 4 4 6 5.3 6 16 5.06
Fort Wayne 2007-08 5.6 5 6 3 5.9 7 15 5.8

Few things of note… the Summit League was only 9 teams this year as opposed to 10 last year and 10 in 2007-08. Was that an advantage to Omaha? Probably slightly. But in that 2007-08 season there were only 7 returning members as three new members joined. So that was certainly an advantage for NDSU, SDSU and Fort Wayne.

NDSU had an amazing first year in the Summit and were extremely competitive. They stand out from the pack in this table. I think the case could be made though that Omaha’s season was the 2nd best of these five. Yes they were a half spot worse on average than SDSU five years ago, but that season for SDSU came in their last season of transition as opposed to Omaha’s second. I think this seems to show the future is very bright for UNO.

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February 20, 2013

2013 Omaha Women’s Tennis – Match #3 Recap – Arkansas-Little Rock

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Tennis — Jon Green @ 4:57 pm

Omaha dropped their first match of the year as the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans rolled into Omaha on a five game winning streak and came away with a 6-1 victory. The Trojans are in the midst of a seven matches in eight days road trip and beat Creighton 5-2 on Tuesday.

Omaha kept all three of their same selections as the last matchup against North Dakota.

#1 Singles: Omaha got their only point of the match here where Alex Tran defeated Yana Kakovkina 5-7, 6-3, 10-4. Kakovkina has been playing #2 and #3 singles mostly going 4-0 at #2 and 2-2 at #3. Tran might have benefited from Kakovkina being here and now Veronique Luksich who got the day off after starting the year 8-2 at #1 singles.

#2 Singles: Omaha’s Molly Matricardi lost to Kamilla Galieva 6-1, 6-3. It was Matricardi’s first loss of the year in singles or doubles. It was Galieva’s first start at #2 singles but she was 9-1 on the season coming into the match.

#3 Singles: Omaha went with Lindsay Weideman and she lost 6-0, 6-0 to Viktoriya Plyuta. Plyuta has spent time playing at #2, #3, and #4 singles this year and was 1-1 at #3 singles coming into the match.

#4 Singles: Omaha’s Emily Pierson lost to Dane Vorster 6-4, 6-0. It was Pierson’s first singles loss of the year while Vorster moved to 3-3 at #4 singles.

#5 Singles: Omaha’s Jacqueline Baude lost to Michaela McShane 6-3, 6-0. The loss was the first singles loss of the year for Baude. McShane is now 4-0 this year at #5 singles and 7-1 overall.

#6 Singles: Omaha went with Rachel Pierson and she lost 6-1, 6-1 to Christel Amsallem. Amsallem has gone 0-1 at both #4 and #5 singles, but she’s now 3-1 at #6 singles.

#1 Doubles: Omaha’s duo of Alex Tran/Jacqueline Baude lost to Yana Kakovkina/Viktoriya Plyuta 8-5. Kakovkina/Plyuta have been the #1 doubles team for nine matches and are now 5-4.

#2 Doubles: Omaha had a good chance to pick up a doubles win as Molly Matricardi/Tiffany Hottman were up on Dane Vorster/Kamilla Galieva 7-4. Omaha’s counting it as a win so Matricardi/Hottman in the #2 doubles is the only selection to go 3-0 this year for Omaha. Vorster/Galieva had been 4-0 on the year at #2 doubles.

#3 Doubles: Omaha went with Rachel Pierson/Emily Pierson and they lost 8-3 to Michaela McShane/Christel Amsallem McShane and Amsallem were playing together for the first time this season but Amsallem has gone 1-1 in previous #3 doubles matches.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha faces Northern Illinois and Central Arkansas on Saturday March 2nd in Des Moines. Northern Illinois is 8-1 on the year with a 7-0 win against Western Illinois and a 6-1 win against IUPUI. Arkansas State is 3-6 on the year but when they faced Arkansas-Little Rock they only lost 5-2.

February 16, 2013

2013 Omaha Women’s Tennis – Match #2 Recap – North Dakota

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Tennis — Jon Green @ 4:32 am

Omaha got their 2nd win of the year as they beat North Dakota 4-3 behind a strong doubles effort and some solid singles play.  Omaha took two of the three doubles matches highlighted by Tiffany Hottman and Molly Matricardi winning the #2 doubles match 8-1.

In singles play every match was won in straight sets with Omaha picking up a victory in #2 singles as Molly Matricardi won her match 6-4, 6-2. Omaha also got a victory from Emily Pierson in #4 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Finally Jacqueline Baude picked up a victory in #5 singles with a 7-6, 6-2 win.

The only change in lineup for Omaha from their first match was Emily Pierson joining her sister Rachel Pierson for the #3 doubles matchup. They were victorious 8-5.

North Dakota wasn’t the best competition, they were 1-6 to start their season coming into Friday night.

Upcoming opponent:
Omaha faces Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday the 20th at 10 am at the Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center. The Trojans are 4-2 this year and have matchups with Washburn (Saturday the 16th), Rockhurst and UMKC (Sunday the 17th), and Creighton (Tuesday the 19th) before their match with the Mavericks. After facing Omaha they’ll hang around to face Nebraska on Friday before facing Wyoming in Lincoln on Saturday. Quite the one week road trip!  Amazingly the Nebraska game will mark the midpoint of their season just a day after they are Omaha’s 3rd match out of 20. In college tennis schedules are not remotely made equal.

February 6, 2013

2013 Omaha Women’s Tennis – Match #1 Recap

Filed under: Omaha Mavericks,Recaps,Women's Tennis — Jon Green @ 12:36 am

Maverick women’s tennis has only played once so far this year, a 7-0 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. Omaha won every set played and had two double bagels, freshman Emily Pierson at #4 singles and sophomore Jacqueline Baude at #5 singles. Sophomore Alex Tran won #1 singles 6-1, 6-0 while freshman Molly Matricardi won 6-2, 6-1 at #2 singles. Lindsay Weideman, the senior from Omaha, won #3 singles 6-2, 6-1 and sophomore Rachel Pierson won #6 singles 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles Omaha teamed up Tran and Baude at #1 doubles and they won 8-1. Matricardi combined with another freshman, Tiffany Hottman, at #2 doubles and won 8-4. Weideman combined with Rachel Pierson at #3 doubles and they were victorious at 8-4 as well.

Omaha has a young team. With a sophomore at #1, #5, and #6 singles and freshman at #2 and #4 singles the Mavericks have some room to grow. Matricardi is from McKinney, Texas where she was a state regional qualifier in girl’s doubles. Emily Pierson is Rachel’s twin sister and won two state doubles championships at Red Oak with her. Hottman won a state championship in #1 doubles at Elkhorn South as a junior. Hopefully this talented group will take the Mavericks to new heights over the next few years. Omaha went 7-12 last year but only had one D1 win.

Omaha next takes on North Dakota on Friday, February 15th at 6 pm at the Hanscom Brandeis Tennis Center. The former “Fighting Sioux” are without a nickname currently and will stay that way until 2015, so now you know what to call them. They are 1-3 on the year with the only win over D2 Minnesota State-Moorhead. They recently lost 2-4 to South Dakota State and will have three matches this weekend meaning they’ll have played seven to Omaha’s one when they meet on the 15th.

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