The Cardinals hit the new season running, taking down Aurora University Friday before hosting their annual triangular, which saw them fall to no. 5 New York University while cruising to an easy victory over Marian. The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League this year.
Men’s Track & Field
Competing against a couple nationally ranked teams wasn’t enough to stop the Cardinals in their home opener as they tallied 227.5 points to cruise to a comfortable 25 point win over a six-team field. The team’s distance squad came up big, sweeping the top eight places in the 5k and the top seven places in the 3k. The Cardinals now prepare to travel to Wisconsin-Whitewater Friday where they’ll get some more tough competition.
Women’s Track & Field
The Cardinals turned in a few strong performances at the Cardinal Opener to place third in an eight-team field, notching a win in the distance medley relay as well as the 800-meter run. The Cardinals take the road Saturday, traveling to the University Wisconsin-Whitewater for the Warhawk Classic.
All good things must have to come to an end. Unfortunately, that rang true for the Cardinals who were riding a nine-game winning streak before falling 91-77 to CCIW foe Elmhurst. The Cardinals look to rebound Wednesday by taking advantage of playing in front of the North Central faithful as well as playing a Millikin team that’s 1-6 in conference play.
Unfortunately, the women’s team fared no better at Elmhurst, falling 77-55. The Cardinals were forced to play catch-up all game after putting up just two first-quarter points and never were able to recover. The Cardinals travel to face the no. 18 Illinois Wesleyan, whose undefeated this year in conference play.
The Cardinals carried on with their winning ways, this time disposing of the no. 23 University of Chicago in a non-conference dual, 27-12. The win helped propel the Cardinals to the no. 13 ranked team in the nation.