Nov. 8, 2009
By Megan Roehm
A quick look at the weekend that was and the week ahead:
The UC football team beat Connecticut 47-45 on Saturday night, which tied the best start in school history. The Bearcats are 9-0, 5-0 BIG EAST. Cincinnati dropped one spot to No. 5 in Sunday's new Associated Press rankings and remains No. 5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Sophomore quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 480 yards, the second-best passing performance in Cincinnati's history. The Bearcats are one of only six undefeated Division I teams. UC has won 10 consecutive BIG EAST games and remains tied with Pittsburgh (8-1, 5-0) for first place in the conference.
The UC swimming and diving team lost to West Virginia on Friday at the WVU Natatorium. The men's team lost 120-98, and the women lost 122-97. Cincinnati traveled to Pittsburgh on Saturday and lost to the Panthers. The men lost 177-122 and the women 196-104. UC was missing several key performers due to illness but still earned a number of event wins in the team's first road test of the season.
UC's volleyball team had a seven-match winning streak end Friday when it lost to Georgetown (13-14, 3-8 BIG EAST), 3-0, on the final conference road trip of the regular season. The Bearcats played in Tampa on Sunday and were defeated by South Florida 3-0, giving Cincinnati 20 wins. It marks the ninth time that UC has reached the 20-win plateau under 10th-year coach Reed Sunahara. The win also gave UC its 10th conference victory; the Bearcats have registered back-to-back 10-win conference seasons for the first time since joining the BIG EAST in 2005. The Bearcats are 20-9, 10-2 BIG EAST. They are tied with Pittsburgh for second place in the league, trailing 12-0 Notre Dame.
Swimming and Diving: West Virginia def. UC (men 122-97; women 120-95)
Volleyball: Georgetown def. UC, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21
Football: UC def. Connecticut, 47-45
Swimming and diving: Pittsburgh def. UC (men 177-122, women 196-104)
Volleyball: UC def. South Florida, 25-22, 25-15, 25-23
The UC football team plays West Virginia at 8 p.m. Friday at Nippert Stadium. Fans are encouraged to wear red for the Bearcats' "Ring of Red game." The game will be televised on ESPN2. With a victory UC will set a record for best start in school history (it's tied right now). UC goes into the game 9-0, 5-0 BIG EAST. West Virginia is 7-2, 3-1 BIG EAST.
The volleyball team returns home to close out its regular season against St. John's and Connecticut. The Bearcats welcome Connecticut to Fifth Third Arena at 2 p.m. Saturday and plays host to St. John's at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's match will be Senior Day as UC honors its only senior, Jaime Frey (Cincinnati/Roger Bacon High school).
Cincinnati's cross country team returns to action Saturday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind.
The UC women's basketball team opens its regular season at 7 p.m. Sunday at home against Furman. It's the debut of new coach Jamelle Elliott.
This week's events
FOOTBALL (Tickets: $42 adults, $25 ages 4-12)
Friday, Nov. 13: UC vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m., Nippert Stadium
MEN'S BASKETBALL ($10, $5)
Thursday, Nov. 12: UC vs. Bellarmine (exhibition), 7:30 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ($7 adults, $5 for children)
Monday, Nov. 9: UC vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (exhibition), 7 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
Sunday, Nov. 15: UC vs. Furman, 7 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
VOLLEYBALL ($5 adults, $3 ages 12 and under)
Saturday, Nov. 14: UC vs. Connecticut, 2 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
Sunday, Nov. 15: UC vs. St. John's, 2 p.m., Fifth Third Arena
Saturday, Nov. 14: NCAA Great Lakes Regional, Bloomington, Ind.