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September 16, 2010

RAMBLIN' RECK: ISU coaches discuss teams’ early success at chalk talk

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State fall sports teams have enjoyed success so far this season and two of them will be out to improve on their marks this weekend.

Coaches of the women’s soccer, volleyball and football teams spoke to fans on Wednesday at at Chalk Talk luncheon at MCL.

The women’s soccer team has won five matches in a row for a 5-2 record,  the best start in school history. The school record is six in  a row and the Sycamores can tie or break that mark, playing at IUPUI on Friday and hosting Bowling Green on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.

Erika True is the coach of the team that has already matched the win total of the past two years and has the best mark so far among Missouri Valley Conference teams.

Kourtney Vassar and Emily Lahay of Sullivan have earned MVC honors for their play in the early games.

“We have 14 newcomers on our roster,” said True.

The volleyball team is 7-5 for its best start since 1995 and won its first tournament since 2004, taking first place in the Akron Invitational after finishing second in two other tournaments with 2-1 records.

“That was a big accomplishment,” said coach Traci Dahl.

The Sycamores have matched their win total of the 2009 season with one senior on the roster. “We have three juniors, five sophomores and five freshmen on the roster,” said Dahl.

Three players have earned spots in the top 10 in MVC stats with sophomore Morgan Dall third in kills and fifth in service aces. “We have not had a player in the top three since the early 1980s,” noted Dahl.

Junior Kiya James is fifth in digs and freshman Loni Mackinson is eighth in assists.

Indiana State also has received the NCAA Team Academic Award based on team GPA for the 13th straight year, the longest streak of all schools.

The Sycamores close out non-conference play tonight against Chicago State and commence league play Friday against Illinois State. Both matches are in the ISU Arena and begin at 7 p.m.

“We’re still learning to win. Winning the championship was a step in the right direction,” said Dahl.

The football team is off this week after winning its opening game for the first time in 14 years and losing to Big East power Cincinnati, trailing 12-7 at halftime.

“We’re getting better but not close to where we want to be. We’ve gone from not having a chance to win to learning to win,” said coach Trent Miles.

The Sycamores commence Missouri Valley next week at Western Illinois, which lost to Purdue last week by 31-21.

“We finally have a quarterback [Ronnie Fouch] playing quarterback. He has good feet and good vision in the pocket,” said Miles of the quarterback who backed up a Heisman Trophy candidate at Washington.

Six seniors are on the roster. Miles said three of the four players in the secondary played their first games at ISU in the opener.

“We still may be two or three years away from where we want to be. We’re looking forward to being a better team this year and [hope] it equates in wins,” said the coach.

He said 34 players made the honor roll in the spring semester.

ISU schedule

Today

Volleyball — Chicago State, 7 p.m.

Friday

Cross Country — Indiana Intercollegiates at Purdue

Volleyball — Illinois State, 7 p.m.

Soccer — at IUPUI, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Soccer — Bowling Green, 1 p.m.

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