Football team on track for success
Winners of seven of their first eight games, the No. 10-ranked UIndy football team is gearing up for the first round of the NCAA Division II Championships in 2013. Last season, the Greyhounds made their first postseason appearance since 1975 and first since joining Division II; UIndy earned the No. 4 seed and ousted fifth-seeded and visiting Midwestern State, 31–14, before falling at No. 1 Colorado State-Pueblo, 28–7, in the second round. Starring again this season is senior running back Klay Fiechter (pictured). After breaking the school’s single-season rushing record as a junior in 2012, the Bluffton, Ind., native broke UIndy’s 51-year-old mark for career rushing touchdowns this year and shortly thereafter became the program’s leader in career all-purpose yards. Fiechter, an All-America honoree from a season ago, is on pace to become UIndy’s all-time leading rusher before the season end. Not to be outdone, the Greyhound defense has quietly put up a remarkable season for head coach Bob Bartolomeo. The unit, which allowed just 13 total points in four October games, has consistently ranked in the D-II top 15 in scoring defense, total defense and passing defense. Senior defensive end and team captain Vince Maida ranks among the GLVC leaders in sacks, while defensive backs Andre Smith and Koby Orris ranked one and two in the league, respectively, in interceptions.
Men’s soccer advanced to postseason
The Greyhound men’s soccer team experienced one of the best seasons in program history, including a school-record 12 conference wins to secure a share of the GLVC regular-season title. UIndy downed the No. 9 team in the nation during its run, and found its way into the National Soccer Coaches Association of America top 25 for the first time since 2011. The team ended its historic season with a 0-0 tie to Lewis in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 15 at Ohio Dominican. The Greyhounds (15-3-3) came into the match as the four-seed in their program-first NCAA appearance. In addition, the Greyhounds feature the top goal-scorer in the GLVC in Ngwese Ebangwese (pictured). The junior transfer from Rochester, N.Y., has found the back of the net 12 times this season, good for the GLVC lead in goals. He also leads the league in points, points per game, and goals per game. Their current nine-match win streak matched the longest UIndy men’s soccer history, achieved by the 2011 squad. The Greyhounds will host a first-round GLVC match and have climbed their way into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings. They are looking forward to NCAA postseason play.
Wrestling team brings experience
The 58th season of UIndy Wrestling opened with head coach Jason Warthan’s squad featuring five returning NCAA Division II National Qualifiers and three All-Americans. The Greyhounds were ranked No. 10 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division II Preseason Poll, with a pair of UIndy student-athletes earning individual rankings at their weight classes; Alex Johns (pictured), an All-American via a fifth-place finish at the 2013 national meet, opened the season ranked No. 4 at 125 pounds, while fellow 2013 All-American Cameryn Brady, who finished seventh at nationals a year ago, opened the 2013–14 year ranked No. 4 at 149 pounds. In addition to Johns and Brady, the Hounds returned 2013 National Qualifiers Justin Kieffer and Evan Wooding. Kieffer went to the NCAA Division II National Championships in the 141-pound weight class, while Wooding is at heavyweight for the Hounds, who finished 19th as a team at nationals a season ago. Kieffer’s twin brother, Josh, is back in action for UIndy, after taking the 2012–13 season off as a redshirt. Josh Kieffer was an All-American for the Hounds two seasons ago, taking sixth at 125 pounds as a true freshman, and will wrestle at 133 pounds this year.
Volleyball starts season in national top 10
Under new Head Coach Jason Reed, the UIndy volleyball team began the 2013 season ranked ninth in the country and was quickly tested in the opening weekend. At the Concordia–St. Paul Tournament, the Greyhounds faced No. 20 Wayne State (Neb.) (L, 0–3), No. 21 Wingate (L, 2–3) and top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul (L, 0–3), along with regional-foe Hillsdale (W, 3–0). Even with the tough stretch, UIndy is 21–9 (19–5 in region), and is No. 7 in the Midwest Regional Rankings at press time. Perhaps the signature win of the season thus far is a straight-set victory over No. 22 Ferris State at the 2013 GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament. After controlling the first two sets, the Greyhounds battled to a 31–29 third set win, sealing the sweep. Junior setter Meghan Binkerd has facilitated the Greyhound offense, currently second in the GLVC with 11.06 assists per set. Her 70 assists against Rockhurst on September 28 set a school record for assists in a five-set match. She is currently fourth in program history with 3,923 career assists. Senior Brittany Anglemyer leads the Hounds with a .314 attack percentage, which ranks fifth in the GLVC. Her hitting is on pace to put her in the top 10 in program history.
Women’s basketball ranked 20th at start
The women’s basketball squad began the 2013–14 season ranked 20th in the Women’s Division II Bulletin, and is picked to finish second in the GLVC East by the league’s coaches. The Greyhounds are ranked 18th in the USA Today Sports Division II Top 25 poll. UIndy is coming off its second consecutive 19-win regular season, and has made the NCAA Tournament five of the last six years. Head coach Constantin Popa brings back three starters and 10 letter-winners.Senior Katy McIntosh (pictured) averaged 16.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last season, earning All-GLVC First Team honors. She was also named to the All-Midwest Region First Team by Daktronics. The Austin, Ind., native finished second among Division II guards with a .532 shooting percentage. Other returners include junior Kirsten Gliesmann, who led the team last season with 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, and Dajana Jovanovic, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The Hounds opened the season at the Disney D-II Tip-Off West Coast Classic in Anaheim, Calif., with a loss to fifth-ranked Emporia State, but they beat defending national champion and No. 15 Ashland 85–76 on Nov. 17. The Hounds host 18th-ranked Lewis Jan. 30 in GLVC play.
Greyhound Athletics’ ongoing success
Dr. Sue Willey ’75, vice president for intercollegiate athletics at UIndy, was interviewed on the television show “Inside Indiana Business” in November about what host Gerry Dick called “one of the top college athletic programs in the country.” Citing the successes of recent years—and a particularly good fall season for Greyhound football, volleyball, and men’s soccer—sports reporter Bill Benner asked Willey, “What’s the secret sauce?” “The secret sauce is great personnel, great coaches, a great administrative team, and a University that supports what we’re doing. And our coaches just do a great job recruiting the kind of quality student-athletes that we want in our program,” Willey replied.The two also discussed UIndy student-athletes’ academic success and record of community service.
—Compiled by Ryan Thorpe, Jackie Paquette, and Kyle Piercy