Things you learn when you get up early and attend a U.C. Athletics Department staff meeting..
A little background here--all of us bloggers you see on the gobearcats.com website were invited to the meeting, more to introduce us to the other coaches in the room than anything else. We hope these updates will be not just informative to fans, but give coaches a way to let us know, and in turn let you know, what's new in their sport.
Which leads me to today's revelation: As Athletic Director Mike Thomas was running down the accomplishments of the fall sports, he mentioned volleyball. And here's what Coach Reed Sunahara's squad has done this season as the Bearcats head into the final weekend of action this weekend at home. With last weekend's win at South Florida, the 'Cats reached the 20-win mark for the season, the ninth time that UC has reached that mark under Sunahara.
The team also has the second longest home winning streak in the nation, behind only Penn State. The 'Cats will try to extend that streak against Connecticut Saturday and St. John's on Sunday.
All this leads me to the one point that works for both men's and women's sports: It's terrific that the football team is putting a national spotlight on the Bearcat athletic program, and the men's and women's programs are on the upswing now, with promises of great things to come. But there are so many other sports that contribute to the well being and education of the student-athlete on the Clifton campus. And each deserves support of the Bearcat community.
For example, it was great during Monday night's exhibition between the U.C. women's basketball team and Kentucky Wesleyan to see members of the men's basketball team there to support the women. Just seeing student-athletes supporting other sports is terrific, but the support can extend to the U.C. family both on and off the campus.
And this weekend is a great time to start. Sunday evening will be a big day for the women's basketball program, as the Jamelle Elliott era starts for the 'Cats. But think about coming a little early on Sunday and attend Senior Day for the women's volleyball team at Fifth Third Arena. They work just as hard, and take just as much pride in their sport as any of the other student-athletes. And you'll feel good about supporting these young women who are proud to wear the U.C. unifrom.