This week in USI athletics

Zane Clodfelter

Eagles selected in 18th in the NABC preseason poll

The University of Southern Indiana men’s basketball team was ranked 18th in the NABC/Division II Preseason Top 25 poll. The Eagles were also ranked 23rd in the Division II Bulletin Top 25 preseason poll last month and have been selected in preseason polls 20 times over the last 22 seasons.

In addition to the Screaming Eagles in the NABC/Division II poll,  fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference members Bellarmine is ranked fourth and while Drury is eighth. Drury comes into the season as the defending NCAA Division II National Championship. Bellarmine is fifth in the Division II Bulletin poll, while Drury is 16th. The NABC/Division II poll is considered the official poll for NCAA Division II Basketball and media publications.

The Eagles open the regular season schedule Nov.19 at Kentucky Wesleyan College, before opening the home schedule Nov. 23 in a contest against Lake Erie College.

Winter picks up GLVC honor 

University of Southern Indiana sophomore middle blocker Abby Winter was named the Baden/Great Lakes Valley Conference Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after her performance in the Eagles three-match sweep of opponents over the weekend.

Winter averaged 2.60 kills, 2.00 blocks, and 4.00 points per set to help lead the Eagles to road wins over Cedarville, No. 20 Truman State, and Quincy.

Winter collected 13 kills, a .393 attacking percentage, two service aces, and seven blocks as the Eagles upset the Bulldogs.

Winter’s performance around the net helped the Eagles hold Truman State to a .115 attacking clip and Quincy to a mere .060 attacking percentage.

For the Week, Winter tallied a .295 attacking percentage as the Eagles took over first-place in the GLVC East Division. USI also currently holds the tie-breaker for the top overall seed in the GLVC heading into the final two weeks of the season.

The weekly award is the first for Winter and marks the fourth time this season that a USI volleyball player has been recognized by the GLVC.

The Eagles begin a five-match homestand to end the regular-season starting Saturday at 5 p.m. when it hosts Maryville at the Physical Activities Center.