TERRE HAUTE —
A new season is about to begin for the Indiana State volleyball team and fans will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Sycamores before the season starts as they’ll compete in a Blue-White Scrimmage at 5 p.m. Saturday in the ISU Arena.
The Sycamores will be divided into two teams and play five games.
“This will be a great chance for fans to come out and get to know our athletes,” ISU coach Traci Dahl said. “And it will be a great way for the players to get some court time before the season starts.”
A social will take place at the Ballyhoo Pizza King & Tavern immediately after the scrimmage. There will be a $5 cover charge with pizza available.
The Sycamores will be on the road for their first six contests of the 2013 campaign. Indiana State will play SIU Edwardsville and Akron at the SIUE Cougar Classic (Aug. 30-31), travel to Chicago State (Sept. 3) and go up against Georgetown, Campbell, and North Carolina Central at the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invitational hosted by Campbell University (Sept. 6-7).
The home opener for Indiana State will come Sept. 10 when it entertains the IUPUI Jaguars in a non-conference contest at 7 p.m.
The Missouri Valley Conference tournament will be played Nov. 28-30 in Wichita, Kan.
In other volleyball news:
• Sawin joins ISU coaching staff — One of the top setters at the University of Evansville has joined the Indiana State coaching staff as an assistant, announced coach Traci Dahl.
Ellen Sawin was hired as an assistant coach for Indiana State in July. During her time as a coach for the Sycamores, she’ll also be pursuing her master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and media technology.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Ellen to our volleyball family here at Indiana State,” Dahl said. “I have known Ellen as a player during her time at Evansville and have always thought she would be a good fit here at Indiana State. Her leadership and knowledge of setting will complement our coaching staff. She will be primarily working with the setters and will be assisting in recruiting.”
Prior to Indiana State, Sawin spent four years playing for Evansville, graduating in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in visual communications design. A 6-foot setter from Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill., she concluded her time at Evansville second in school history for career assists.
As an Ace, the two-year team captain earned several athletic and academic awards, including being named to the 2008 MVC All-Freshmen Team, multiple All-Tournament teams and the 2012 UE Female Student-Athlete of the Year. She has spent time coaching at collegiate and high school camps at Lincoln-Way Central and UE.
• Engineers getting ready — Rose-Hulman conducted its first practice of the season amidst sunny and humid conditions Monday at Cook Stadium.
The Engineers had their record eighth straight season at .500 or better last fall, finishing 5-5 overall and 5-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference games. Rose tied for fourth place in the league.
A total of 47 letterwinners and 18 starters are back for the Engineers, with seven starters on offense, eight on defense and three on special teams. Coach Jeff Sokol welcomed close to 100 players.
First game for Rose-Hulman is Sept. 7 at Kalamazoo. The home opener is 7 p.m. Sept. 14 against Centre.
• Terre Haute man fares well — At Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pa., near Pittsburgh, 72-year-old Bob Sampson of Terre Haute was named “Shooter of the Year” for the Senior Masters Class during the 2013 Rinehart/International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) World Championship and Archery Festival, which took place Aug. 8-10.
Sampson placed third in the Senior Masters Class in that event. He said there were 1,433 competitors in all classes at the IBO World Championship.
Earlier in the year in the same class, Sampson finished first in the IBO Winter Nationals at Wetumpka, Ala.; and second in the IBO Spring Nationals at Cartersville, Ga. As previously reported in the Tribune-Star, he won that class in the Archery Shooters Association’s (ASA) Easton Florida Pro-Am tournament Feb. 2-3 at Newberry, Fla.
In late July, Sampson captured the Senior Masters championship in the ASA Classic at Cullman, Ala. He posted a score of 412.
• First day off, first ace — Alice Harder, a recently retired teacher from Terre Haute North High School, enjoyed what would have been her first day of school Monday by recording her first-ever hole-in-one at Mark’s Par Three.
Harder used a driver to cross the lake for the ace on the 143-yard fifth hole. Mona Christie witnessed the shot.
• Anthony wins — At Anderson, Jim Anthony won the Indiana Super Senior championship concluded Tuesday at the Anderson Country Club.
Anthony finished with a 1-under-par 143 to win by five shots. Alan Buell of Brazil tied for 10th, going 77-76 for a 153, and another Wabash Valley golfer, Steve Paquin, tied for 12th with a 154 (79-75).
• Clauson prevails — At Sun Prairie, Wis., Bryan Clauson won twice in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Sunday at Angell Park Speedway.
Clauson won his heat and led the final 26 turns to win the 30-lap main. Tracy Hines was second and Darren Hagen took third.
Chris Bell was seventh and has a 33-point lead over Clauson in the dirt midget point totals.
Fast qualifier — Parker Price-Miller.
Heat winners — Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines, Jake Blackhurst, Zach Daum (semi).
Feature — Clauson, Hines, Darren Hagen, Jerry Coons Jr., Daum, Andrew Felker, Chris Bell, Tanner Thorson, Brad Kuhn, Bill Bales.