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By Terry Rabbitts, Sports Editor

September 9, 2015

Women’s Volleyball Fresh off their victories against Navy (3-0), St. Francis University (Pa.) (3-0), and Canisius University (3-1) in the Akron Invitational, the Zips head to the Holiday Inn Invitational in Dayton. This weekend’s matchups will include matches against Wright State University and a ...

Zips soccer complete holiday weekend sweep

By Terry Rabbitts and Feben Yeshak

September 9, 2015

The Zips men’s soccer team (3-1-0) registered victories over No. 4 Georgetown University on Friday and No. 6 University of Maryland on Monday, Sept. 7. The Zips are now ranked No. 22 in the latest College Soccer News poll. On Friday against Georgetown, junior Adam Najem found the back of the net a...

Defense looking to make noise this season

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports Editor

September 9, 2015

When teams have losing seasons, the blame is sometimes pinned on the defense for not being able to stop opponents. Not the case here in Akron, as last year’s team ranked second in the MAC in yards allowed per game (371.1) and first in points allowed per game (23.1). Despite the success, the ...

Zips offense looking to light up the scoreboard

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports Editor

September 9, 2015

Great offensive teams need consistency to go along with talent. Last year, UA’s football team had the talent to be competitive, as evident with the 4-2 record and winning the first two games in MAC play. Then the injuries began to pile up, and all the consistency went out the window—as did the Zips’ re...

Football looks to take the next step

By Terry Rabbitts, Sports Editor

September 9, 2015

In 2005, the Akron Zips football team enjoyed its finest season at the Division 1-A level. It finished the season with a winning record, won the MAC Championship Game, and competed in its first bowl game at that level. Fast forward ten years: since then the Zips have not had the luxury of a winning se...

Baseball beats Malone, Youngstown State

By Feben Yeshak, fey1@zips.uakron.edu

April 30, 2015

Akron sweeps in their mid-week matchups against Malone and Youngstown. The University of Akron baseball team defeated the visiting Malone Pioneers by a score of 9-7. The Zips (20-22) started the game with three runs in the first inning. Malone (26-18) answered with one run in the second and two...

Zips continue to earn MAC honors

By Feben Yeshak, fey1@zips.uakron,edu

April 30, 2015

MAC continues to honor Zip student-athletes for the work they do in Track and Field. The week of April 28 belonged to Zip’s junior Shawn Barber and sophomore Clayton Murphy, who were able to earn titles this past weekend at Drake Relays held at Drake University. In pole vault, Barber and Sam...

Softball overcomes invading Vikings

By Feben Yeshak, fey1@zips.uakron.edu

April 30, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, the Zips softball team (22-24) played a two game series against Cleveland State and swept the Vikings at home. In game one, Akron was able to start strong with a three run inning in the first. The Zips scored another three before receiving a response from CSU as they collected four...

Women’s soccer finishes spring schedule undefeated

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

April 28, 2015

The University of Akron women’s soccer team is ready to compete for the season under new coach Noreen Herlihy. Last year, the Zips women soccer team finished last in the MAC with a record of 6-12-1 and a conference record of 2-9. Even though the season record didn’t say much about the team, the...

Akron splits matches against Rams

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 28, 2015

On Sunday, April 26, the men’s soccer team ended their spring season with a split against the visiting Rams of VCU. In the first game, the Rams winning by a score of 1-0. The lone score happened during a PK in the 51st minute of the contest. UA had several chances to take the lead or equalize the...

UA baseball, softball fall in MAC

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 28, 2015

  The Zips Baseball team went on the road to play Eastern rival Ohio University in a series that could determine placement in the MAC championship. However, the Zips lost the series in a season sweep as the Bobcats won 1-0, 1-6, and 3-5 during this past weekend action. UA fell from a tie...

UA basketball honored by MAC

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 23, 2015

The Zips men’s and women’s basketball garnered recognition with four student athletes being named to the 2014-15 Academic All-MAC Team. From the men’s basketball team, Jake Kretzer and Reggie McAdams were named to the academic team. Kretzer, a sports management major finished the fall semester...

MAC honors Akron track

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 23, 2015

The Mid-American Conference award has been awarded to Claudia Garcia Jou and Clayton Murphy with MAC Women’s and Men’s track and field honors. Garcia Jou earned this honor after having two spectacular performances where she claimed the women’s high jump. At the Cal State Los Angeles Twilight...

Akron ties Kent in standings, aim to train Cats of OU

By Feben Yeshak, fey1@zips.uakron.edu

April 23, 2015

The University of Akron baseball team played Western Michigan on Tuesday, April 21 and came out the victors over the bucking Broncos. The Zips (19-19) defeated the Broncos (14-22) with a final score of 7-4. In the third inning, the Zips collected three runs from Brian Lees, Joey Havrilak, and Alex...

Football springs into action

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 16, 2015

Akron Zips prepare to show their stuff as they compete in the annual Spring Game Saturday, April 18. Teammates on the football team will be put against each other in this game as an exercise to determine who’s best suited for each position. The first half will be a regular NCAA football game, with...

Softball splits with Youngstown State

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 16, 2015

Softball ends series in a stand still Tuesday, April 14, the Zips softball team went out of conference to play the Penguins of Youngstown State. The two game series resulted in each team adding a victory to their overall record. In the first game, the Zips won 3-1. This come from behind win...

Baseball goes to .500

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtilite.com

April 16, 2015

Akron goes out of conference for mid-week action where UA split the games against Marshall and Dayton. The first mid-week out of conference clash was against the Thundering Herd of Marshall (11-24). This game was Akron’s the entire time, as the Zips finished with a 7-0 score. Collecting the win...

Akron stands best in Ohio

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 14, 2015

Last weekend, the Zips track and field team participated in the All-Ohio Championship. This competition brings Ohio’s best from all 88 counties to compete to be the best in the state. At the end of day one, Akron finished with two athletes in third place due to John Dashlstrand’s javelin flying...

Softball splits with Kent State, sweeps Buffalo

By Forrest Dukes, sports-editor@buchtelite.com

April 14, 2015

It was a busy weekend for The University of Akron’s softball team as they played four games over a three-day stretch. The Zips played two vital series against MAC foes in which they went 3-1 for the weekend. On Friday, Akron continued the Wagon Wheel Challenge as they played a double header with...

Golf reaches the end

By Haley Gaines, hg16@zips.uakron.edu

April 14, 2015

The men’s golf team finished their regular season on Sunday with a twelfth place finish at the 2015 Irish Creek on the par-71, 7,099-yard Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. After day one, the Zips sat in twelfth with a 36 hole score of 586 (+18). North Florida sat as the leader with a score...

Akron sends Huskies home with tail between legs

By Feben Yeshak, fey1@zips.uakron.edu

April 14, 2015

The University of Akron’s baseball team (16-16) swept their series against the Huskies of Northern Illinois at home. This three game series had a double header being played on Saturday, April 11 where Akron won 4-1 and 6-2. For the first game, all of the runs were scored in the fourth inning. NIU...

Akron quarterbacks set for competition for starting spot

Akron quarterbacks set for competition for starting spot

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

April 9, 2015

What do Ohio State and Akron have in common as they begin spring football practice? Quarterbacks, or rather, both teams have too many. Before either team gets set for their debut in late summer, the quarterbacks from both schools will have to beat out their teammates. While there is plenty to...

Men’s Golf comes out swinging

Men’s Golf comes out swinging

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

April 9, 2015

After participating in the two-day Gary Koch Invitational held in Gastonia, N.C. on April 6 and 7, the Zips tied for 12th place out of 15 teams. The field of 15 colleges was full of talent and expectations to finish on top of the standings. That expectation came true for the Seminoles of Florida State...

Baseball prepares to take Huskies out

Matt Rembielak preparing to run after hitting the ball.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

April 9, 2015

After their mid-week match against the Pittsburgh Panthers was canceled, the Zips baseball team looks to their weekend series against MAC foe Northern Illinois. UA is currently 13-16 for the season with a 5-4 record in MAC play. During their series with the Cardinals last weekend, the team suffered...

Softball’s fight for the Wagon Wheel

Sara Pearson in position to catch the ball.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

April 9, 2015

The Zips softball team’s match-up Wednesday, April 1 against Niagara cancelled due to weather, Akron prepares to travel to long-time rival Kent for a double header. The all-time series between these two universities swings on the behalf of the Flashes with an overall record of 60-41-1 against the...

Baseball loses series against Cardinals

Matt Rembielak preparing to run after hitting the ball.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

April 7, 2015

After a three game weekend series versus Ball State (21-10), the Zips fell short, only winning one of the three games. On Saturday, in a 4-1 loss, Akron’s only run came in the eighth off of a Ball State wild pitch which scored Brian Lees in. Despite John Valek only giving up one run and six hits...

Softball slips further down

Sara Pearson in position to catch the ball.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

April 7, 2015

Zips softball (13-17) slips further down the standings by losing two games in their weekend action to the visiting Michigan team. The UA softball team began with a Friday match against Eastern Michigan on the Zip’s home field and lost the game to the visiting Eastern Michigan team by a score of...

Men’s soccer tie in Kentucky

Jake Fenlason preparing to stop the ball from scoring.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

April 7, 2015

The Zips men's soccer team finished their game in a 1-1 tie, overcoming two red card violations. On Saturday, April 4, Akron traveled south to Kentucky to continue their spring exhibition schedule against Louisville. The two red cards were issued during the first half of the game, one in the ninth...

Tennis failing to finish points

Tennis failing to finish points

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

April 7, 2015

The University of Akron women’s tennis team played Ball State on Sunday, April 5, losing by a close 4-3. Akron now sits in eighth in the MAC standings with an overall record of 9-11 and a 1-5 conference record. Ball State (11-4, 1-2) stands one spot higher than the Zips in seventh place. "Losing...

Sexual assault awareness month

Sexual assault awareness month

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

April 6, 2015

April is sexual assault awareness month, and The University of Akron is taking action to educate and prevent threats to the campus community. It is estimated that 20 to 25 percent of women in higher educational institutions will become a victim of completed or attempted rape over the course of a college...

Senior continues to roll in recognition, honors, accolades

Sina King charging down the court to the basket.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 30, 2015

Sina King from The University of Akron women’s basketball team has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as an All-Region nominee with the chance of earning an honor as the Division I Coaches’ All-American Team. "I'm very happy for Sina to earn this prestigious honor....

Akron center earns national honor for year’s performance

Pat Forsythe shooting a fade away shot during the MAC tournament.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 30, 2015

Akron’s junior center Pat Forsythe has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Second Team. This is the eighth time that an Akron player has been honored from the NABC committee and for Forsythe this is his first honor from the committee. Forsythe...

Softball gets bit by Huskies

Taryn Allmon preparing to hit the ball.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 30, 2015

Saturday, March 28, The lady Zips softball played a double header series against the Huskies of Northern Illinois. In both games the Huskies left as winners and increase their record to 15-13 while the lady Zips fall to below .500 at 12-13. During the first game, the Huskies scored nine runs to...

Baseball launches Rockets with 2-1 series record

Former Zips pitcher Zak Knettel at the mound prior to the dissolution of Akron's baseball team following the 2015 season. (Photo courtesy of The University of Akron Department of Athletics)

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

March 30, 2015

The Zip’s Baseball (12-13) team played in three games this past weekend. They opened up their weekend Saturday, March 28 with a game against Toledo (9-16). The Zips fell short and lost to Toledo with a final score of 3-2. Both Akron and Toledo remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Toledo...

Golf unable to swing at par

J.B. Williams on the green after shooting a put.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 30, 2015

Akron’s men golf team finished in tenth place in their latest competition held in Greenville, S.C. The competition was the 46th annual Furman Intercollegiate which had 18 university teams aiming to reach the top spot before the competition came to a conclusion on Sunday, March 29. This year’s...

Tennis splits weekend action

Olga Shkundina hitting the ball back against a Miami serve.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 30, 2015

Weekend matches ended in success for the Zips tennis team, as they earn their first win in conference play over the visiting Falcons of Bowling Green (0-12). The Zips also hosted the RedHawks of Miami (8-6) which ended terribly for the Zips who were swept 7-0 by the RedHawks. "Miami is definitely the...

Akron to host first championship

Akron to host first championship

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 19, 2015

The University of Akron will make history in their first hosting of the NCAA Championship in Rifle. Rifle will be the talk of the campus as student-athletes from across the nation aim their season to finish in Akron during the 2016 rifle season. As a team, the Zips have proven themselves to be...

Women’s basketball set for WNIT opener

Kerri McMahan does a jump ball with Miami player.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 19, 2015

Akron women’s basketball team is set to play the Wildcats of Kansas State University in the first round of the NIT tournament. The Zips earned their fourth overall postseason berth this season as they finished 22-8 while losing in the third round of the MAC tournament to Eastern Michigan. This matchup...

Softball wins big on road

Chelsea Wildey throwing the ball to first base during the game

By Joey Greathouse, Sports Writer

March 19, 2015

The lady Zips softball team traveled to Fairfax, Virginia this past weekend where they took part in the Cherry Blossom Classic. On Friday the 13th, the lady Zips took on Wagner College and came out victorious with a 5-1 win. Later that day, they also took on George Mason and came away with another win...

LAX came up short against Spartans

Matt Modderman taking the ball up the field to the offensive side.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 2, 2015

Akron lacrosse came out excited and ready to play their second game of the season against the Spartans of Case Western. Unfortunately, the Zips didn’t have enough energy to go the distance and lost in the final minutes of the fourth quarter by a score of 7-5. This game was a tale of two halves....

Akron takes Gold for MAC title

Akron's swimming and diving team after their victory in the pool.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

March 2, 2015

The second year as Akron’s Swimming and Diving coach, Brian Peresie has led the Zips to back to back MAC Championship seasons. Akron led the entire way through the four-day match at Eastern Michigan’s Jones Natatorium winning the championship with 650 points. The Zips earned eight individual postseason...

Women’s hoops brace for final home game

Sina King fighting off the visiting team for a rebound.

By Joey Greathouse, Sports Writer

March 2, 2015

The Zips women’s basketball team (20-7, 10-6) coming off a loss on the road to Buffalo Saturday, Feb. 28 look to spring back into its winning ways as they host Miami (Ohio) this Wednesday night at the JAR at 7 p.m. It’s Senior Night for Sina King, a four year starter who has averaged 20.0 points...

Men and women’s track and field grabs first and second in MAC

Men's track and field team after capturing the MAC title in Michigan.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

March 2, 2015

Saturday, Feb. 27 brought an end to the indoor track season in Mount Pleasant, Michigan where the Zips showed up big and shined bright. Both the men and women’s team competed fiercely and the Akron men took the top spot after coming up and stealing the first place finish in the last event of the...

Men’s basketball aiming to avenge loss to RedHawks

B.J. Gladden taking the ball into the paint and taking a shot for the Zips.

By Khalil Smith, Sports Writer

March 2, 2015

After snapping their four-game losing streak versus Ohio University in a 70-58 victory on Senior Night, the Zips men’s basketball team (18-11, 9-7) look to avenge their loss to the Miami Redhawks (12-17, 7-9) this Tuesday, March 3. The two teams last faced each other back on Feb. 21, where the Zips...

Tough weekend for baseball

Joey Havrilak stealing a base in their game against the Fighting Irish.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

March 2, 2015

Akron’s men’s baseball team played in the 2015 Mercer Baseball Classics where UA went 1-2. In the game against the Mercer Bears on Friday, Feb. 27 Akron fell short with a score of 6-5. In the second inning, Akron had a lead of 3-0 after senior Matt LaRocca had a two-out, three-homer to left field....

Softball hits a snag in weekend action

Chelsea Wildey pitching the ball during a weekend of action.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

March 2, 2015

The Zips softball team endured a tough weekend when they traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to play in the Lipscomb Purple/Gold Challenge. Unfortunately, Akron lost all three games. On Saturday, Feb.28 the Zips started the weekend versus Western Kentucky, where they fell 14-0 in five innings. Outfielders...

New coach hoping to bring change to UA

Tom Hanna becomes the 10th coach of the Akron volleyball team.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 26, 2015

With the start of a new semester, The University of Akron has finished their search for a new volleyball coach with the hire of Tom Hanna. Hanna has spent the last few weeks getting acquainted with the campus, team, and surroundings of the Akron area. "I'm excited for the opportunity to become a Zip...

Men’s soccer set for challenging spring season

The Akron mens' soccer team being introduced before a match at FirstEnergy Stadium.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

February 26, 2015

Akron’s men’s soccer team has set their 2015 spring schedule and preparing for another season the at FirstEnergy Stadium at UA. The Zips will open against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer Leagues and Wright State on Sunday, March 15 at FirstEnergy Stadium. Wright State is coming...

Men’s hoops aim to end streak against OU

Akron basketball players playing defense against Buffalo.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 26, 2015

The Zips men’s basketball team will have their last home game  of the season on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. against bitter MAC rival Ohio University. This game will also be senior night for the two seniors on the team, Deji Ibitayo and Nyles Evan, who will be honored in the James A. Rhodes Arena before...

UA vaulter set new record

Shawn Barber before his vault.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 19, 2015

Let’s go back to Feb. 7, 2015; students are a few weeks into the new semester and while some students are studying, hanging with friends or doing whatever else students do, there are a few students on the Akron track and field team who are breaking records at the 11th annual Akron Invitational. Shawn...

Men’s basketball to face RedHawks of Miami

Left to right, Noah Robotham, Reggie McAdams, and Jake Kretzer before tip off

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 19, 2015

The men’s basketball team will look to avoid a massive upset when the RedHawks of Miami (Ohio) come to the JAR on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Akron is coming off of a loss to Eastern Michigan by a final score of 78-75 on Valentine’s Day. They now stand in second place behind a team that the...

Staying on pace

Anita Brown driving the ball into the paint and scoring an easy layup.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

February 19, 2015

With all this cold and snow heading towards Northeast Ohio, head to the JAR for some warmth and excitement as your Akron Zips prepare for battle against the visiting Bobcats of Ohio University, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. This year has been exciting for both teams who occupy the top two spots in the...

Zips handle UB in bullying fashion

DiAndra Gibson passing by a UB defender on her way to make a layup.

By Joe Greathouse, Sports Writer

February 12, 2015

On Wednesday night, the women’s basketball team who currently sit at (17-5 7-4) rebounded well from a tough loss to Northern Illinois with a double digit victory over the Buffalo Bulls, 81-70. The Zips battled the entire game with the score being knotted at 36 all in the first half, and seemingly...

Men’s basketball shines through the gold in the Golden Flash

Reggie McAdams easily shakes off defender for an easy layup against rival Kent.

By Khalil Smith, Sports Writer

February 12, 2015

On Wednesday night, the JAR was packed with nearly 5,000 fans amped up and ready to see their Akron Zips take down crosstown rival Kent State in a 61-52 victory. The win trims a three-way tie for first place in the MAC-East division to two teams, Akron and Bowling Green University, who both stand at...

Lady Zips prepare for a Toledo sweep

Zippy wants you at the game this Saturday, Feb. 14, when the Zips take on UT.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

February 12, 2015

The Zip’s women’s basketball team (17-5, 7-4) will play against the Toledo Rockets (12-9, 5-5) for the second time this season on Saturday, Feb. 14. The last time these two teams played was Jan. 14. The game was close but Akron was able to defeat Toledo with a final score of 102-101. The Zip’s...

Seven future players ready to represent UA

The Zips women's soccer team.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 12, 2015

New women's head coach, Coach Noreen Herlihy, has scouted and recruited across the nation for her first class of future Zips. "I am very excited to have these student-athletes join our program," Herlihy said. "They are coming into a new era at Akron Women's Soccer, and I am confident they will contribute...

Men’s Basketball set for tip-off against Eagles

Jake Kretzer in the process of driving to the basket against UB.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 12, 2015

The University of Akron will travel to Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 14 to visit the Eastern Michigan Eagles in a game that could be pivotal for both teams. Eastern Michigan is currently standing in fourth place in the MAC West Division with an overall record of 15-9 and a conference record of 4-7. In...

Soccer becomes friendly

Graphic by Ashlee Fields

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 10, 2015

The US men’s national soccer team won their first international friendly Sunday, Feb. 8. With this victory America has snapped a five game losing streak in the friendlies dating back to September when they beat Czech Republic by a score of 1-0. The match against USA and Panama went on in the...

Softball sunshine filled weekend

Chelsea Wildey throwing the ball to first base during the game

By Hailey Gaines, Sports Writer

February 10, 2015

After a five game weekend series in the Stetson Tournament, the Zips went 2-3. The tournament began on Friday, and the Zips struggled, coming up with two losses. They first lost 5-0 to Michigan State, and followed that with an 8-7 loss to Morehead State. The Spartans came out strong, and sophomore...

Football fresh faces for 2015

Terry Bowden and his football team on the side line.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

February 10, 2015

In total the Zips added 18 new members to the roster on National Signing Day and for the most part these student athletes hail from either Florida, with 11 players calling that state home and Ohio with four. Other areas were Georgia and Pennsylvania with two and one player(s) respectfully. “We think...

Rivals meet for first place spot

Rivals meet for first place spot

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

February 10, 2015

AKR: RPI 95  (16-7, 7-3 MAC) KSU: RPI 108 (16-7, 7-3 MAC) It’s rivalry week for the Zips Men’s Basketball team, as Akron hosts rival Kent State Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena. Both the Zips and Flashes are tied atop the MAC with a 16-7 record and a 7-3 conference record. This is the...

Men escapes horns of the Bulls

B.J. Gladden after stealing the ball from the UB player.

By Khalil Smith, Sports Writer

February 10, 2015

On a snow-free Saturday night, the Akron Zips (16-7, 7-3) bounced back from last Wednesday’s loss to Ohio University with a close victory over the Buffalo Bulls, 75-72. The entire contest was a neck-and-neck affair with neither team having a double digit lead throughout the entire game. The Zips...

Lady Zips fall big

Anita Brown and DiAndra Gibson defending the basket against WMU.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

February 10, 2015

The Zips lost a tough battle in DeKalb, as the Women’s basketball team which led by 15 points with eight minutes remaining in the game, falling to the Huskies of Northern Illinois (10-10, 6-4 MAC) 62-56. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak and now holds a 17-5 record 7-4 in MAC play. The...

Women eyes Bull for second

Kerri McMahan looking down the court to eye up KSU's defense.

By Khalil Smith, Sports Writer

February 10, 2015

The women’s basketball team will need to bounce back versus the Buffalo Bulls on Wed. Feb. 11 after loss to Northern Illinois last Saturday, 62-56. The Zips held a comfortable double-digit lead leading into the final stretch of the second half, but the Huskies stormed back with an overwhelming 26-5...

Zips mid-way recap

Left to right, Noah Robotham, Reggie McAdams, and Jake Kretzer before tip off

By Sartaj Aujla, Sports Writer

January 29, 2015

The Akron Men’s Basketball program currently holds a 12-5 overall record, and currently are 3-1 so far in Mid American Conference play. Not only that, but the program is currently performing strong at home, defending their home court to the tune of a 10-1 home record, averaging 17.4 more points...

Men’s basketball shines in purple

Deji Ibitayo taking the ball into the paint for a layup against Ball State.

By Feben Yeshak, Sports Writer

January 29, 2015

On Tuesday, the Second-Annual Purple Out game was celebrated as the Zips (14-6, 5-2) took on the Ball State Cardinals. The men’s basketball team defeated Ball State with a final score of 59-47, making this victory their 12th-straight against Ball State. In the first half of the game, the Zips were...

Zips looking towards new beginnings

The Akron Zips football team takes to the field during a 2015 game at InfoCision Stadium. (Buchtelite file photo)

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

January 29, 2015

Exciting news is coming from the UA Athletic Department including information on new hires and an invitation from the head coach himself. The Zips have hired Darrell Funk as an assistant coach to beef up the offensive line as the offensive line coach as well as to make improvements to the running...

Zips tie up the MAC

Reggie McAdams taking a three point shot during their win against BGSU.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

January 26, 2015

Last week, the men’s basketball team went 2-0, beating Bowling Green on Wednesday and Central Michigan on Saturday. After a week of wins, Reggie McAdams received the honor of being named Zips’ Student Athlete of the Week due to his stellar performances in the two wins. In the two wins, McAdams...

Loss to Falcons bring new records

Akron swimmer swimming the butterfly on her way to a top three finish.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

January 26, 2015

The Zips fared well against the undefeated Bowling Green Falcons but came up short in their last road meet of the season, falling 167-132 Friday night at Cooper Pool. The Zips are now 3-3 in dual meets for the season and will have one more meet to get above .500 before heading to the MAC Championships...

Zips serve big on the road

Zips serve big on the road

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

January 26, 2015

The Zips earned their first two victories of the season on the road Saturday during the tournament, Butler Bubble. UA improves to a 2-1 record overall as they destroyed the host team Butler Bulldogs 6-1 and the Valparaiso Knights with a sweep at 7-0. Butler Bulldogs Doubles: 1. Karolina Maksimava/Martina Zerbol...

Men’s bounce back with road win

Nyles Evan goes up for shot against Central Michigan.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

January 26, 2015

On Saturday, Jan. 24, the Zips battled Western Michigan to the very end and came out the victors. Isaiah Johnson made his first start of the year and stood at the free throw line twice during the final 1:05, sinking all four which led to a 71-69 Akron win. This victory snapped UA’s eight-game road...

Zips makes history looks to Athens

Sina King attacks the ball to the basket

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

January 26, 2015

The women’s basketball team defeated Central Michigan on Saturday for their first win in Central Michigan since Feb. 6, 2001. The game came down to the wire due to the Chippewas being unable to convert on several chances to tie the game by taking low percentage shots and turning the ball over. The...

Zips continue to shine in MAC

Anita Brown taking a layup against the Eagles of EMU.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

January 26, 2015

This week, junior Anita Brown has been named the MAC East Women’s Basketball Player of the week. Last week, the Zips beat Toledo 102-101 in a come from behind win and also beat Miami (Ohio) 65-47. In those games, Brown averaged 26.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2.5 steals. Against Toledo, Brown...

Rifle struggles with the the huskers

The Zips after shooting a round.

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

January 26, 2015

Saturday, the Zips competed against the No. 7 Cornhuskers of Nebraska. As the finial shots were fired the Zips lost ground on their aggregate score, but reaching high marks in Air Rifle as they raised the bar with a new school record of 2341 out of the possible 2400. With the final shot fired, UA came...

Basketball claims third place in South Carolina

Team celebrating after a win at home against UMBC.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 25, 2014

After a tournament weekend, the Zips men’s basketball team claimed third place in the Gildan Charleston Classic. On Thursday, Nov.20, Akron began the tournament with a 66-46 win over USC. Pat Forsythe and Kwan Cheatham Jr. each finished the game with a career high in both points and rebounds. Each...

PKs ends Akron’s run in NCAA College Cup

Akron huddled together after a heartbreaking loss at OSU.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

November 25, 2014

In the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament Akron was denied advancement after a double overtime tie Thursday against the Buckeyes at their Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The match ended in heartbreaking style after 15 rounds of penalty kicks, which ended with the Zips at a fall of 13-12. The...

Zips come up short against OSU

Rifle team showing guest how to shoot.

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

November 25, 2014

Hosting the last rifle match of the semester, the No. 14 Akron Zips went toe to toe with the No. 9 Ohio State University and No. 13 North Carolina State University the weekend of Nov.21 to Nov. 23. The second portion of the match was delayed due to OSU getting caught in an ice storm, but this did...

Silver goes to UA

Akron swimmer during her race in CSU.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 25, 2014

Akron swimming and diving team went to Cleveland State University and took home second place in the Magnus Cup Invitational. The invitational brought 10 squads together to compete in a weekend full of water, chlorine and hair caps. Some of the schools that participated were Youngstown State, Xavier,...

Women set to rewrite history

Sina King dribbling the ball up the court to the basket.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 25, 2014

After a week off, the women’s basketball team will be hosting Valparaiso on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in James A. Rhodes Arena. The Crusaders enter the game with a record of 3-1, while the Zips come in at 3-0 and look to add to their winning streak before the Winter Break. For the Crusaders, freshman...

The Roos and the Bees

The Roos and the Bees

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 19, 2014

With eight wins and four losses, Zippy needs your votes this week or else she’ll be eliminated. The marsupial that has cheered the Akron Zips on now needs the Akron community to cheer her on. Zippy has competed in numerous challenges this semester and with UA’s helps she can keep going. This is...

The Zip invasion of Columbus

The Zip invasion of Columbus

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

November 19, 2014

The MAC Champions the Akron Zips head back to Ohio State to begin their NCAA Tournament play. Akron (13-6-1) defeated Bowling Green 2-1 to advance to the tournament, while Ohio State (9-7-4) lost to Indiana 2-1 in the B1G semi-finals. LAST MEETING: On Sep. 12, Akron had a convincing 3-1 defeat...

The tundra victory

No. 16 Kyle Pohl stepping back to throw the ball.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 19, 2014

The University of Akron snapped their four game losing streak with a great preference against the Minutemen of UMass. The game itself had both teams battling through the wind and the cold but the final whistle revealed the Zips had a dominating victory of 30-6. Akron owes this performance in large...

Women’s Basketball rolling at 3-0

Sina King taking a lay-up.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 19, 2014

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Zips women basketball took the court and remained undefeated for the season at 3-0. During the game, the Zips and the visitor, Northern Iowa Panthers, were close throughout the game and the final buzzard range at 82-73, in favor of the Zips. The crowd of 1,200 people were...

Zips battle Trojans in SC

Zips battle Trojans in SC

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 19, 2014

The men’s basketball team will play in the Gildan Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina today. The games will begin on Thursday, Nov. 20, versus Southern California and Friday and Sunday versus teams yet to be determined.   Thursday will mark the first matchup between USC and UA ...

2-0 start for women’s basketball

Anita Brown charging up the court in their win over Binghamton.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 18, 2014

The women’s basketball team began their season in winning fashion, defeating both Binghamton and Northern Kentucky in the Akron Classic. The ladies began their regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 with an 80-49 win over Binghamton. Junior Anita Brown started out the season strong scoring a game and...

Basketball wins comfortably

Noah Robotham taking the ball up the court.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 18, 2014

Home opener victory over the Retrievers of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The Zips started their season off right with a win over UMBC, 74-57. The first half the game was close. The Retrievers even reached a eight point lead, but the Zips came back and at half lead the score 37-26. UA...

Senior’s last call

Kyle Pohl throwing the ball against BGSU

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Writer

November 18, 2014

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Zips will host their last home game of the season against UMass. This will be the third matchup between the schools with the series tied at one apiece. Akron will look to end their four game losing streak. Minutemen: UMass has a record of 3-3 in the MAC and averages just o...

Soccer claims MAC title

The team after winning the MAC title for the 11th time in school history.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 18, 2014

The Zips (13-6-1) earned their third consecutive and 11th overall MAC title Sunday with a win over the Falcons of Bowling Green State University 2-1. Semi Finals: The Broncos played a defence-minded, looking to limit shots from Akron. WMU’s Cam Jensen scored in the 55th minute of play. The...

SSA holds canned food drive

By Dakota Phillips, Opinion Editor

November 17, 2014

Among the many charitable drives this season is the Help the Hungry this Holiday Food Drive which is being held by the Secular Student Alliance. The event is led by Shauna Lachendro, who created the event and acts as its organizer. SSA is a secular organization on UA’s campus comprised of students...

The shot to the MAC crown

The shot to the MAC crown

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

November 13, 2014

The No. 1 seed and No. 22 ranked The University of Akron Men’s soccer team will host the 10th consecutive MAC Tournament. The Zips will face the No. 4 seed Broncos of Western Michigan in what will be a highly contested matchup. Tournament Rundown No. 1 AKRON: Adam Najem has shined this s...

Football get trampled by Bulls

No. !6 Kyle Pohl running with the ball against UB.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 13, 2014

Akron’s losing streak increases to four games, after the Zips performance in Buffalo. Tuesday, Nov. 11, UA traveled to The University of Buffalo to take on the Bulls in an important match for postseason contention. The Bulls and Zips have both dropped in the MAC East standings due to the teams recent...

Zips tip-off against the Retrievers

No. 14 taking a lay-up in the Zips exhibition game.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 13, 2014

The men’s basketball team opens the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. against The University of Maryland Baltimore County. This will be the first meeting between the two teams. UMBC finished their 2013-2014 season with a record of 9-21. They will have Rodney Elliott, who returns...

Rifle escapes at home

Rifle escapes at home

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

November 13, 2014

At the first of the two weekend Zippy Open rifle matches, the Akron Zips pull into an early lead. Along with many other junior rifle teams from across the nation, the Zips were scheduled in a shoulder to shoulder competition with Morehead State University and The University of Memphis. Akron succeed...

Women’s basketball ready to score

Anita Brown taking the ball up the court against KSU.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 13, 2014

Women's basketball is ready to tip off the 2014-2015 season with the Akron Classic. The Akron Classic brings four teams to compete in a weekend full of excitement, shots, and fun to begin their season. The teams who will be competing are Binghamton, Delaware State and Northern Kentucky. The Zips...

The chance of a lifetime

The chance of a lifetime

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 3, 2014

Tuesday’s game against the visiting Falcons of Bowling Green State University will be one to remember, even before the first play. The reason behind this memorial game is that four students will exit the game winning free tuition for the spring semester. "We are investing in our student body to...

A pool of emotions

The Akron swimming team during their meet against the Cardinals of Ball State University.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 3, 2014

The swimming and diving team competed in two conference meets on the road this past weekend. On Friday, Oct. 31 the Zips faced Eastern Michigan, and on Nov. 1 they swam against Ball State. UA split the weekend with a loss against Eastern Michigan, but came back with a nail biter win against Ball State. Eastern...

Shots fired while records fall

The University of Akron’s rifle team during their meet against the University of Science in Philadelphia.

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

November 3, 2014

Akron Rifle Team re-writing the Zips record book this weekend with win over USP. The University of Sciences in Philadelphia was dominated by The University of Akron as Akron shot 4633 to USP’s 3950. Additionally, for the third time this season, Akron raised the bar again establishing 4633 as the...

Standing in third

Standing in third

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 3, 2014

After taking Brutus down in week 10 of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, Zippy now has an 8-2 record. With this record she is now placed comfortably in the third spot with just two weeks left in the regular season. In week 11, Zippy is going up against another undefeated foe, Aubie the tiger from...

X-country edged by EMU

The University of Akron’s Cross Country team during the MAC championships.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 3, 2014

Zips lost to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan in the MAC championships. For the second year, the Zips place second in the Mid-American Conference Championships to EMU, who has now won the title for their third consecutive year. Akron finished the meet with an 18 point improvement from last year’s...

Volleyball falls again on road battles

Volleyball celebrating a victory over the Central Michigan University.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

November 3, 2014

With the streak continuing with the Zips volleyball losing their weekend match ups on Friday, Oct. 31- Nov. 1 the Zips have now won only one sets in their last 16 tries. Bowling Green, UA’s matchup on Friday, came out to play and end their losing streak while also adding to their MAC wins by defeated...

Chasing the Falcons

Chasing the Falcons

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 3, 2014

The Zips (4-4) are looking to take the lead in MAC east with a win over the visiting Falcons of Bowling Green State University (5-3). Bowling Green: The Falcons are coming off their first loss in conference play to Central Michigan and look to rebound against the Zips. BG’s offense is among ...

Zips takes control of the MAC with win over the Huskies

No. 10 Adam Nejam running after the ball last season against the University of Michigan.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

November 3, 2014

Saturday, Nov. 1 the Zips traveled down to Northern Illinois University and won a challenging game 2-1. During the weekend, the Broncos lost an overtime match against Bowling Green State University, giving the Zips the first place standings in the MAC. This week Akron will finish their regular season...

Disappointing ending for the UA seniors

Miami (Ohio) and UA players fighting for the ball.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

October 28, 2014

The women’s soccer team finished their home games in a disappointing fashion this weekend, falling to both Miami (OH) and Ball State. The Zips came ready to play the Redhawks, who clinched a MAC title on Sunday against Buffalo with a record of 13-3-1. At the end of regulation, neither team had points...

Broncos stun Zips, end home unbeaten streak

No. 22 Robby Dambrot throwing the ball in.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

October 28, 2014

The University of Akron’s men’s soccer team lost it’s first home game in 13 games Saturday Oct. 25, as the Broncos of Western Michigan stunned the Zips with a 1-0 victory. Akron ( 8-5-1, 2-1 MAC) controlled possession, but struggled to get shots on goal with no shots on goal in the first half....

WVU Mountaineers overpower Akron Rifle

Rifle team shooting during competition.

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

October 28, 2014

The No. 1 ranked West Virginia University team traveled to UA this weekend to face off against the No. 14 ranked Akron Zips.   Even though the outcome favored WVU by a score of 4697 to the Zips 4611, in the smallbore division the Zips yet again re-wrote the school record book. The old Akron smallb...

Zippy hammers the gophers, looks to defeat OSU

Zippy looking to continue her run as she face up against OSU.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 28, 2014

Zippy takes down Goldie Gopher for the University of Minnesota with 94 percent of the vote. Zippy now moves up into third place with a 7-2 record behind the two undefeated mascots, Aubie the tiger from Auburn University and Joe Bruin from UCLA. This week zippy takes on instate rival, Brutus Buckeye,...

Second half woes for the Zips

Zips football driving the ball up the field against BSU.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 28, 2014

With a controlling 21 to three lead late in the first half, the Zips gave up 29 points to the Cardinals who fought hard to come back for a victory. This comeback for the Cardinals was due in part to Akron’s lack of offensive production in the second half. Gaining a total of 103 yards in the last...

Visitors sweep volleyball in JAR

Zips playing defense in their match against UT.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

October 28, 2014

The volleyball team faced a tough weekend with losses to both Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. Both teams defeated the Zips three sets to none. In Friday’s game on Friday Oct. 24, against Central Michigan, Akron gained momentum as the set progressed, but did not gain enough for a win. CMU...

Zips ground the Falcons, ready to end the Wolverines streak

No. 3, Saad Abdul-Salaam takes the ball through three BG defenders.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

October 14, 2014

The Akron Zips opened MAC play in Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 11 as they defeated Bowling Green State University in a 1-0 shutout. The Zips improve to 6-4-1, 1-0 in the MAC while the Falcons fall to 9-3, 0-1 in the MAC. The lone goal of the match came in the 16th minute from an Adam Najem penalty k...

Setting up to gain ground

Setting up to gain ground

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

October 14, 2014

The Zips volleyball brought about two more MAC matches for the Zips. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the team faced Buffalo, now 13-7 after their win against Akron and a loss to Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 11. Toledo leaves the weekend at 1-17 after Akron came out victorious in a five set match where UT...

Coming up short in the bluegrass state

Coming up short in the bluegrass state

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

October 14, 2014

The 12th-ranked Akron Gold squad took to the road to visit the third-ranked The University of Kentucky Wildcats. Proving the No. 3 ranking was well deserved, the UK team defeated Akron, 4686 to 4615 out of the possible 4800 points. Coach Engle knew going into the match that Akron was outgunned, but in...

Zips avoid upset to stay perfect in MAC

Zips avoid upset to stay perfect in MAC

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 14, 2014

The Zips improved to 4-2 this season and 2-0 in MAC play after their win over the visiting RedHawks of Miami University (OH) by a score of 29-19. This marks Head Coach Terry Bowden his 150th win in his career. Akron is now on a three game victory streak for the season with a five game streak in...

Winning in pink

Winning in pink

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 14, 2014

Women’s soccer bounces back from their earlier weekend defeat to Western Michigan to win against the Northern Illinois squad Sunday afternoon. Against WMU: Akron 6-7-1 fell to Western Michigan Friday, Oct. 10 by a score of 1-0. The lone score of the game came from an assisted ball from...

Zippy cruising to give a bROOsing

The mascots of the 2014 Capital One Mascot Challenge.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 14, 2014

With two straight wins in her pouch, Zippy is looking to continue her dominance in the Capital One Mascot Challenge. After her biggest win of the competition against Cy, Zippy is now matched up against Spike, a bulldog representing The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Spike...

Zips extinguish ranked UAB Blazers at home

No. 3 Saad Abdul-Salaam recovering the ball from the UAB's attack.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

October 7, 2014

On a frigid Saturday evening, Akron (5-3-1) upset No. 21 Ranked UAB (6-3-1) in shutout fashion 1-0. In the 65th minute, midfielder Adam Najem would break the 1-1 tie off an Andrew Souders’ assist. Akron’s first chance to score came in the 13th minute off a corner kick and again in the 25th minute...

Akron finishes first through the rain

Men's cross country team after their victory in the All-Ohio Championship.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

October 7, 2014

On Friday, Oct. 3, the men’s and women’s cross country team traveled to Cedarville University to run in the All-Ohio Championships. The men won this race last year and they continued their winning ways by appearing as the champion for the first time in school history with thirty-one points out of...

Coming up short on the road

Karley Kusan setting up her teammates for a point.

By Haley Gaines, Sports Writer

October 7, 2014

The University of Akron’s women’s volleyball team (7-12) competed against Kent State University on Friday, Oct. 3. Unfortunately, the Zips came up short as Kent State won three sets to one. Kent State came out strong by winning the first set 25-18, but Akron fought back in the second, winning by...

Shining through the clouds

The UA's defensive line ready to attack the EMU's offense.

By Forrest Dukes, Sports Editor

October 7, 2014

The Zips win their first MAC opener since the 2007 season, this time against the Eagles of Eastern Michigan University (1-4). The final score was 31-6 as Akron takes a 3-2 record going into the sixth week of the season. Down 6-0 in the first quarter, the Zips took the ball down the field and...

Coming up big to fall short

Karina Atkinson attacking the ball into EMU territory.

By Tyler Novak, Sports Writer

October 7, 2014

The Zips went one for two this weekend as they defeated Eastern Michigan 2-1 Last Friday and struggled to find the net in a 1-0 loss to Bowling Green on Sunday. Akron falls to 5-6-1 on the season and is now 1-3 in MAC play. EMU: Akron came out kicking in the first half, as Midfielder Madison Kaser...

Akron rewrites record book in victory over Navy

Akron's rifle team practicing for next match.

By Marling Engle, Rifle Writer

October 7, 2014

It may have rained all the way to Annapolis, MD. but the spirit of the Zips Rifle Team was high and dry as they went head-to-head with the Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy. Akron finished on top, in their first match as the newest member of The Great American Rifle Conference (GARC), with...

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