A Special Year for the Bearcats

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While the school year continues, the calendar year is coming to a close--and it's time to look back at the year in the women's Bearcat programs. It's been a successful, building year, with more to come.  Some highlights include:

  • In volleyball, the Bearcats won the BIG EAST regular season title, were nationally ranked and racked up a 30-win season. Senior Stephanie Niemer was conference Player of the Year and was named to the Division 1 All America second team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Niemer is the first player in Cincinnati history to earn a selection on the All-America Second Team after finishing the season ranked fourth in the NCAA in kills per set (5.12) and third in points per set (5.93). Another senior, Annie Fesl and sophomore Jordanne Scott were honorable mentions.  

    The women's soccer team started out its season 5-0-1, including a win on the road over ranked Wisconsin. The team didn't make the BIG EAST tournament, but the young team got some valuable experience. The team also earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award.

    The lacrosse team will soon be moving into a new home at the Jefferson Avenue Sports Complex, and coach Lellie Swords has 10 top high school players coming in for the fall season. It's a growing program, and a new field will give the Cats terrific home field advantage.

    Golf, led by coaching legend Janet Carl, and tennis have wrapped up fall seasons and are getting ready for spring, and it seems as if the track and swimming seasons never have a break. Women's basketball is tuning up for the BIG EAST season, facing some of the toughest competition in the country. All student-athletes represent the University with honor and pride, and it's a lot of fun to see them compete week after week.

    So as we look back on the year in women's sports at UC, there is a lot to be proud of, and a lot to look forward to in 2011 and beyond. Congratulations of everything you've accomplished, and best of luck for a successful 2011.


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