The women’s volleyball team hosted the defending DIII national champions Hope College on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Albion came out strong and took the first set 25-23, but Hope responded by taking the next three and winning 3-1.
“If this is how we play against the defending Division III national champion, it says a lot about how we can play against other teams,” Coach Kristin de St. Aubin said.
The lady Brits then traveled to Olivet College for their second MIAA match of the week. Even though they started off slow, the Brits overcame a 21-20 deficit to take the first set and proceeded to take the next two sets. Milford, Mich. freshman Monica Shuk led the team with 19 digs, and Okemos, Mich. senior Halle Thom led the team with nine kills.
Saturday, Sept. 12, the Brits traveled to North Park, Ill. to compete in the Viking Clash against North Park University and North Central college. In five sets, the Brits defeated North Park University; they were unable to defeat North Central college, as they lost in three sets.
The team will take a 6-2 record to Alma, Mich. to face the Scots on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
The men’s football team traveled to Augustana, Ill. to take on Augustana College in their second game of the season. As they did in their first game, the Brits ran up the score with their high-powered offense. Accumulating 733 yards of offense, the Brits were able to defeat Augustana 60-49.
Pinckney, Mich. senior quarterback Dominic Bona once again had a big day, throwing for all 370 of Albion’s passing yards.
With their 2-0 record, the Brits will host Lakeland College this Saturday, Sept. 19; kickoff will be at 1 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 11, the Brits took a roadtrip to Elmhurst College, and the fans in attendance were treated to some extra action. Traverse City, Mich. sophomore keeper Justin Kraft stood tall, but Albion’s offense couldn’t get anything going. The game ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods were played.
The team traveled to North Park University the next day and came up short in the 4-0 loss. Livonia, Mich. senior Evan Schweizer had two of Albion’s three shots on goal.
The Brits will take on the Adrian Bulldogs in their first MIAA match on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Adrian, Mich.
The women’s soccer team traveled to Indiana to face Saint Mary’s College in their first MIAA match of the season. The scoring for the Brits came quickly. Two goals two-and-a-half minutes apart by Bloomfield Hills, Mich. senior Caroline Eagan and Canton, Mich. junior Domenique Sarnecky proved to be all that was needed, as Albion won 2-0.
After their 2-0 win over Saint Mary’s, Albion made the trip to Alma College for their second league contest. South Lyon, Mich. sophomore Jenna Urso scored in the second half, producing the only goal of the game and giving the Brits a 1-0 victory. Traverse City, Mich. sophomore Maggie Troost made seven saves in her second shutout of the week and third of the season.
Improving to 4-1 this year, the team will bring its three-game winning streak back to Albion on Monday, Sept. 14 to face Calvin College. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
The men’s tennis team hosted Trine University in their season opener at Albion. In nine matches (six singles, three doubles) Albion was edged out by Trine and took a 6-3 loss. Grand Blanc, Mich. junior Zach McKenzie and Macomb, Mich. freshman Josh McGarry picked up wins in the singles column, and the Brits only doubles win belonged to Fremont, Ohio freshman Robert Joerg and Saginaw, Mich. freshman Nick Kinachtchouk.
In Richmond, Ky., the team faced Central College. Although they were able to split the singles matches, they couldn’t hang on in the doubles and took a 5-4 loss. Highland, Mich. senior Ryan Kynast, Grand Blanc junior Zach McKenzie and Fremont, Ohio freshman Robert Joerg each won singles matches.
The team’s next match will be in February of 2016.
In the MIAA jamboree on Sept. 9, the Brits faced the seven other MIAA schools in Marshall, Mich. Finishing with a team score of 318, it was good enough to finish fifth. Cedar Springs, Mich. senior Tyler Covell led the team with a score of +4, and he was tied for seventh overall.
The Brits will be hosted by Olivet on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in their second of eight MIAA jamborees.
In the Olivet Fall Invitational in Marshall, Mich., the Brits were hosted by Olivet College. Albion finished eleventh out of thirteen participants with a team score of 751. Grosse Ile, Mich. freshman Megan Moco led the team with a score of +36 and tied for twenty-seventh.
The team’s next match will be on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Alma, Mich.