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Fall 2008





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The Bulls are champions

Women’s Tennis champs Women’s Tennis champs Photo: Paul Hokanson

As the women’s tennis and rowing teams begin their fall seasons, they do so as reigning champions. This past spring, the women’s tennis team captured the 2008 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship. Rowing, meanwhile, put together a first-place points finish at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta May 10 on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Under the direction of head coach Kathy Twist, the women’s tennis team was the first team in UB history to win a postseason MAC title and did so April 29 on its home court. After being down 0–3 to Western Michigan, the Bulls rallied and captured four consecutive matches for the title. The clinching victory belonged to Smaranda Stan at fourth singles. Stan was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Meanwhile, head rowing coach Rudy Wieler saw his squad take home the Jack and Nancy Seitz Trophy for the first time in school history after earning 21 points by placing four boats in the finals, with two boats taking third and two taking fourth place in the finals. And, too, they had more boats in final races than did any other school. These titles for women’s tennis and rowing added to a championship windfall for UB in 2007–08. In fall 2007, football claimed a share of the MAC East Division, when the Bulls finished 5–3 in league play and Turner Gill was named MAC Coach of the Year.

Teague tapped to lead softball program

For the first time in the Division I era of UB softball, a fresh face will be in the dugout as head coach in 2008-09. Jennifer Teague, the seventh head coach of the UB softball program since its inception in 1979, comes from Eastern Michigan University, where she was the top assistant coach and pitching coach.

Teague also served as head coach of the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch League. After being named head coach of the Force in the middle of the 2007 season, her team lowered its ERA and increased its batting average, while racking up five times as many wins than losses (10–2).

Recently, the Bulls also added three additional members to the coaching staff: Crishna Hill and Corinne Pellegrini were appointed assistant coaches for the women’s basketball team, while Gretchen Krumdieck joined the volleyball staff as an assistant coach.

Jennifer Teague Teague Hill Hill Pellegrini Pellegrini Krumdieck Krumdieck Photos: Paul Hokanson

Gridiron schedule set through 2011

After the current football season (see page 17 in print edition for full schedule), the Bulls will be without Drew Willy, a candidate for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award given to the nation’s top senior quarterback. Willy, now a senior, will have graduated by that time. Happily, though, fans can look forward to a solid out-of-conference schedule, as the Blue and White finalize plans for the next three seasons.

In keeping with Buffalo’s plans to host six games at UB Stadium each season, the Bulls have added a match-up with a Division I Football Championship Subdivision team each season over the next three years. Scheduled opponents include Gardner-Webb (2009) and fellow SUNY institution Stony Brook (2011).

Buffalo also has plans to play home-and-home series with Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Central Florida during the 2009 through 2011 seasons, as well as head to Texas El Paso (2009) and Baylor (2010). Texas El Paso and Baylor visited UB Stadium in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Additionally, the Bulls will venture to Boston College in 2011.

Upcoming Bulls Gridiron Highlights

9.5.09 at Texas El Paso
9.26.09 at Central Florida
9.11.10 at Baylor
19.25.10 at Connecticut
9.17.11 at Pittsburgh
10.08.11 at Boston College

All caps indicates home game.

UB’s Helder sets world records in diving

Karla Helder
diving at the
2008 FINA World
Masters Diving
Championships in
Perth, Australia. Karla Helder diving at the 2008 FINA World Masters Diving Championships in Perth, Australia.

To say the UB divers have a professional coach is an understatement. Indeed, Buffalo’s diving coach Karla Helder is a world record-holder.

While competing in the 2008 FINA World Masters Diving Championships, Helder set records in the one-meter and three-meter competition in the 50- to 54-year-old age group. The one-meter record bearing Helder’s name is 228.30 points on five dives, while the three-meter record is 246.40 on five dives. Helder won both events.

In fact, Helder holds three additional world records, including two that can never be broken as they were set in 2002 under the previous nine-dive format.

No Bull: soccer box scores

UB mascot

Box scores in soccer? You bet your boots there are.

Goals scored determine the outcome of a soccer match but they’re not the only offensive statistic in a soccer box score. In addition to G (goals, of course), there are Sh (shots), SOG (shots on goal) and A (assists).

Shots (Sh) are balls directed toward the opponent’s net that are considered an attempt to score a goal. A player’s total shots include shots on goal.

Shots on goal (SOG) are shots deemed accurate in the effort to score a goal that would have been goals if the goalie or a defender had not interfered. The higher a player’s ratio of shots on goal to shots, the greater his or her accuracy.

Goals (G) are scored when the ball crosses the goal line between the goalposts and below the crossbar. When a goal is scored, it is defined as unassisted or assisted.

Assists (A) are credited to a player who makes a pass that leads directly to a goal. If two players pass the ball before it reaches the goal scorer—and neither had to face a defender— each may be credited with an assist. No more than two assists are awarded per goal.

There are slight variations and rare circumstances in soccer that also can lead to a goal being awarded or an assist being credited, but these definitions cover most situations.

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Compiled by Jennifer Gillan, BA ’07