Summer 2018: Sports Highlights
A Record-Breaking Year
The 2017-18 academic year proved to be historic for the Greyhounds, including a second women’s golf national championship in four years and a seventh consecutive GLVC All-Sports Trophy. UIndy also acheived conference championships at a record-breaking pace. The Hounds earned eight GLVC titles on the year–good not only for a school record, but also a conference mark–while tacking on one GLIAC championship for good measure.
Conference Highlights and Honors
GLVC All-Sports Trophy
UIndy captured its seventh straight GLVC All-Sports Trophy, an award that judges department-wide success on the conference level. The feat matches the league record for consecutive wins, set by Lewis University from 1984 to 1990.
The Greyhounds also impressed in the classroom, with UIndy’s 600+ student-athletes combining for a 3.24 GPA. A league-high 306 Hounds earned Academic All-GLVC accolades (3.3 GPA or higher), including 19 that maintained a perfect 4.0 throughout the 2017-18 year. UIndy also brought home five GLVC Scholar Athlete of the Year awards and five Academic All-America honors, while senior women’s golfer Annika Haynes earned her sport’s NCAA Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing at each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
Learfield Directors’ Cup
The Crimson and Grey secured a 12th consecutive top-20 finish in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings in 2017-18. The Greyhounds racked up 598.75 total points, including 374.25 alone, on the way to a ninth-place showing–their sixth top 10 in the last seven seasons. The Directors’ Cup awards institutions maintaining broad-based success in many sports, both men’s and women’s.
Individual Program Highlights
The UIndy women’s golf team capped an historic season with a dominating performance at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championships, held at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, May 16-19. The Greyhounds won their second national championship in four years with a convincing 38-stroke, wire-to-wire win on the way to matching the tournament record for lowest team score (+5).
The performance also produced the individual national champ, as junior Katharina Keilich (-1) became the first Greyhound to take the individual medal at nationals since former UIndy All-American Lyndsay McBride in 2009.
For the first time in program history, five Greyhounds garnered All-America honors from the WGCA. Keilich and sophomore Pilar Echeverria received first-team recognition, seniors Paxton DeHaven and Kylie Raines earned second-team accolades, while senior Annika Haynes collected All-America Honorable Mention.
The group also set new UIndy single-season marks for team scoring average (293.2) and winning percentage (.948). Echeverria even broke her own school record for lowest single-season average at 73.2 strokes per round.
In addition, Head Coach and UIndy alum Brent Nicoson was named the 2018 WGCA Division II Coach of the Year, while Assistant Coach Kacey Dalpes picked up up the inaugural WGCA DII Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Also led by Nicoson, the UIndy men’s golf team brought home the hardware in 2018, capturing its league-record 16th GLVC title, as well as its first NCAA Midwest Regional crown since 2008. The Greyhounds went on to place fifth in the three-round stroke play portion of the 2018 NCAA DII Championships, advancing to match play for the first time since the format was adopted in 2011.
The Greyhounds were led by GLVC Player of the Year and conference medalist Graham McAree. The senior from Fishers, IN, finished his stellar Greyhound career with a 72.78 scoring average–good for second in the UIndy all-time annals, just behind 2009 graduate and current professional golfer Justin Hueber (72.68).
Sophomore Erik Edwards joined McAree on the All-Midwest Region squad. Both garnered All-GLVC accolades, as well as freshman Ian Carroll and sophomore Spencer Klimek. Carroll was named GLVC Freshman of the Year.
The Greyhounds advanced to the NCAA postseason for the fourth consecutive season, but just missed out on a trip to the NCAA Championships in as many years. Hanna Volikova received GLVC Player of the Year honors, while Alina Kislitskaya took home the league’s Freshman of the Year award. Florence Renard finished her career at UIndy as the all-time leader in doubles victories, while Volikova is already atop the record books in singles and total wins as a junior.
UIndy advanced to the national semifinal for the first time in program history this past season, falling to eventual runner-up Barry. It was the first time the Greyhounds won a match at the NCAA Championships, defeating Hawai’i at Hilo, 5-4, before prevailing over upset-minded Washburn, 5-1. Nils Hoffacker was named the GLVC Player of the Year, while Renato Lima was honored as the top rookie in the conference. Head coach Malik Tabet earned the league’s Coach of the Year award.
The UIndy baseball team finished the 2018 season with a 31-23 overall record and fell in the GLVC championship game to Quincy. Head Coach Gary Vaught called it a career after 24 seasons at the helm of the program, which saw him win 808 games. Dylan Jones, Storm Joop, Kyle Orloff and Hunter Waning were named to the All-GLVC East Division second team.
The Hounds concluded their 2018 campaign with an 11th straight trip to the NCAA Midwest regional. The team won 39 games with 65 percent of the roster made up of underclassmen, including just two seniors. Sophomore pitcher Lauren Honkomp earned first-team all-GLVC honors before tossing a no-hitter in the conference tournament over top-seeded Illinois Springfield. Haylie Foster and Gianni Iannantone were all named all-conference performers.
The Greyhounds won the inaugural GLVC Championship Tournament, which was held at Key Stadium. UIndy went 10-5 in its third campaign in program history, the most wins the team has earned in a season. The Hounds had 10 players receive all-conference laurels, including a league-high five first-team selections. Max Groves was the lone unanimous choice for the Crimson and Grey, as Parker Kump, Sam Horning, Max Gerhardt and Jake Wittmeyer joined him on the top team.
The Greyhounds finished their third season as a program with a record of 16-4 and a GLIAC tournament title. The Hounds were invited to their first NCAA tournament as the three seed in the Midwest region, in which they dropped the first round matchup to Regis. Overall, UIndy had nine all-GLIAC selections, including Defender of the Year Riley McClure and Freshman of the Year Lauryn Hardoy.
The UIndy football team hopes to build on an epic 2017 campaign that saw the Greyhounds complete the program’s first undefeated regular season in 63 years. The Hounds set new team records for most wins in a season (11), consecutive wins (15) and scoring offense (38.2 ppg) on the way to securing their fifth GLVC title and fourth NCAA playoff berth in the last six years.
Head Coach Bob Bartolomeo returns 12 starters from last year’s club, including senior quarterback and Harlon Hill-candidate Jake Purichia. A native of Indianapolis, Purichia was voted the 2017 GLVC Offensive Player of the Year after finishing with 2,738 passing yards, a school-record-tying 29 passing touchdowns and just four interceptions while also setting a UIndy single-season record for passing efficiency (186.5).
Sophomore running back Al McKeller will also return to the fold. Another Indy native, McKeller wrapped up one of the greatest freshman campaigns in program history last November. The Lawrence North High School graduate burst on the scene with a 206-yard performance versus No. 2 Grand Valley State in the season opener before finishing with 1,134 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the year.
The Greyhounds open the 2018 season at Grand Valley Thursday, Aug. 30. The upcoming schedule features five home dates, including Homecoming versus Lincoln University on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Family Day versus William Jewell on Saturday, Sept. 22. The regular season concludes Saturday, Nov. 10, with Senior Day versus Hillsdale.