Saturday was quite a day for the DWU sports teams and their fans, and if it wasn't for a big second half by the Doane men's soccer team, it would have been pretty close to perfect.
To recap (with links): the Tiger football team clinched its first .500 season in the GPAC era with a 41-7 win at Briar Cliff. The DWU volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 sweep over York College, but more importantly, raised money and awareness for breast cancer research with their "Dig Pink" event at Mitchell High School. The Tiger women's soccer team earned a huge 2-0 win over Doane to even up at .500 (6-6-2, 3-3-2), and the DWU men were up 2-1 on Doane at the half, but couldn't quite hold on after halftime.
Tigers in the News
This is definitely playing catch-up from last week, but here are a few links to some stories in the media about DWU athletics.
From the Mitchell Daily Republic:
-Game story from DWU football's win at Briar Cliff.
-Story about Satuday's "Dig Pink" volleyball event.
-Preview story for Saturday's footbal game.
-Game story from DWU's volleyball match against DI North Dakota.
-Leah Rado's column about DWU's defense.
-Story about DWU soccer at Morningside.
-The "Dig Pink" preview story.
-Game story from DWU volleyball's win over Dakota State.
-Story about Eric Adolph's GPAC and NAIA Player-of-the-Week honors.
From the Brookings Register:
-More coverage of Adolph's big week.
From the Rapid City Journal:
-A great feature on DWU punter Nick Tolsma.
The big game...
Today will be an interesting day in terms of the hype machine for Saturday's home football game against the arch rival University of Sioux Falls. After DWU's impressive win Saturday, it's possible that the Tigers could get into the NAIA Top 25 when the weeky poll is release late this afternoon. Holding a national ranking while hosting the second-ranked Cougars (it's likely their ranking won't change) would certainly add some drama to what already figures to be a huge game. Mark your calendars to come out to the "Q" on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
Continue to check this blog for updates and analysis of Saturday's big game as the week goes on. I'm still strugging to find a lot of blog time with the basketball media guide deadline looming, but I'll make more of an effort this week -- especially becuase it will be a way to channel my excitement for the big game! Feel free to share any thoughts or predictions for Saturday's game in the "comments" section.
Even though DWU's "Dig Pink" event has come and gone, their fundraising efforts for breast cancer research could still use your help. Visit the team's official donation site here to make a donation or track the Tigers' fundraising progress.