UIndy football to play in GLVC
UIndy will be one of the charter members of the newly formed Great Lakes Valley Conference. The addition of football to the league’s sponsored sports beginning in 2012 will allow UIndy to compete as a full member, joining the 17 other teams battling for GLVC championships. UIndy competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as an associate member and will play its 2010 and ’11 schedules in that league. It has been a GLIAC member since
it merged with the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference in 1999.
“The competition level is intense and among the best in Division II ,” UIndy President Beverley Pitts said. “We’re confident the league will provide a long-standing home for our football team that will be a better fit geographically and help foster rivalries that exist in other sports.” It is anticipated that the 2012 GLVC schedule will be adopted at the league’s spring meeting in May. The Conference also will explore additional football-playing institutions that
would serve as associate members.
UIndy sponsors 21 varsity sports in Division II , including 17 as a full member of the GLV C. The Greyhounds will remain associate members of the GLIA C in men’s and women’s swimming and diving (which are not current GLV C sports) and continue its independent status in wrestling (which is not offered by the GLVC or GLIAC).
As of the first week of February, UIndy boasted seven winter or spring teams in the top 16 in the nation. The group was led by the undefeated women’s basketball team at No. 2 with women’s golf and softball at No. 5. Men’s golf (9), women’s swimming (11), baseball (14), and men’s swimming (16) rounded out the group.
The men’s golf team played in the first-ever Golfweek Spring Invitational. At the prestigious event at the Reunion Resort’s Independence Course in Orlando, Fla., the Hounds took a share of sixth place in the 18-team, 54-hole event featuring some of the best talent in NCAA DII.
Junior transfer DeWann Squires dumped in a career-best 45 points on a whopping 19-of-24 from the floor in a 110-83 win over Cincinnati Christian on Dec. 15. It was the most points scored by a Hound since NCAA DII Player of the Year David Logan scored 46 in his senior season (2004–05).
Women’s basketball standout junior Samantha Meissel led the GLVC in scoring, averaging over 20 points per game. She and Jessica Canary each topped 1,000 career points in the same game—a 77-59 win at Saginaw Valley State on Nov. 21. They became the 17th and 18th Greyhounds to reach the milestone in school history. Samantha Meissel was named GLV C Player of the Year on March 1; Head Coach LeAnn Freeland was named Coach of the Year. Canary was selected to the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA )/ESPN The Magazine Women’s Basketball Academic All-America
Third Team. She becomes the 43rd Co-SIDA All-America honoree at UIndy—and the 31st since 2000.
The softball team was the unanimous favorite to capture the Great Lakes Valley Conference title in the league’s preseason poll. UIndy, ranked fifth in the nation, is coming off a regional championship and an NCAA World Series berth last season.