10.11.11 | Soccer
Baker men jump to No. 5 nationally; women hold at No. 19
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University men’s soccer team broke into the NAIA top-five after defeating No. 20 Graceland, 4-0 last Saturday in Baldwin City.
The Baker women held steady at No. 19 after defeating Graceland 3-2 Saturday, giving the Yellowjackets their first regular season conference loss in over five years.
Both the men and women return to action on Oct. 12 against MidAmerica Nazarene at 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. in Olathe, Kan.
10.12.11 | Volleyball
BU volleyball improves to 5-0 with victory over Benedictine
ATCHISON, Kan. – The Baker University volleyball team sits atop the conference standings with MidAmerica Nazarene after defeating Benedictine College, 3-0 on Tuesday evening.
Sydney Pemberton led the Baker offensive attack with 12 kills, while Jana Boss added 25 assists.
Both Brooke Allen (14 digs) and Savannah Smith (10 digs) anchored the Baker defense. Allen also recorded two service aces in the contest.
10.12.11 | Soccer
No. 19 Baker women blast MidAmerica Nazarene 5-0
OLATHE, Kan. – Three first half goals sparked BU’s commanding 5-0 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene Univerisity Tuesday afternoon.
Alix Schiraldi and Jordan Dolbin scored back-to-back goals in the 19th and 20th minute, before Ashley Mauck added another score in the 27th minute.
MNU’s Kinsey Chavez had a ball deflect off of her in the 57th minute into the Pioneers (5-7-1, 1-2 HAAC) own goal to give BU a 4-0 lead. Skylar Baker added the final goal for the Wildcats in the 61st minute.
10.13.11 | Basketball
Baker men and women picked sixth in HAAC Preseason Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Both the Baker men’s and women’s basketball teams were picked to finish sixth in the Preseason HAAC Coaches’ Poll on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
The Baker women received 39 points, finishing behind MidAmerica Nazarene (49 points), Graceland (54 points), Benedictine (66 points), Avila (69 points), and Evangel (78 points). The Crusaders received eight first-place votes and Graceland received one first-place vote.
The Baker men received 41 points, finishing behind Central Methodist (44 points), Missouri Valley College (51 points), Benedictine (68 points), Evangel (73 points), and MidAmerica Nazarene (75 points). The Pioneers finished with four first-place votes, while the Crusaders finished with five, but were edged out in the overall total.
10.14.11 | Volleyball
Wildcats vault to first-place in the HAAC with victory over CSU
CANTON, Mo. – The Baker University volleyball team took care of business in under an hour on Thursday evening, defeating Culver-Stockton College 3-0 (25-17, 25-7, 25-11).
Christina Delladio led the offensive attack with 10 kills and Savannah Smith chipped in with nine. Jana Boss had 24 assists in the contest.
Defensively, Kelsey Cobb led the ‘Cats with 12 digs and Brooke Allen added 10 digs.
Baker (17-10, 6-0 HAAC) travels to Hannibal LaGrange on Friday and Saturday where they will face Mayville State (N.D.), Stephens College (Mo.), Hannibal LaGrange, and William Woods.
10.16.11 | Women's Soccer
No. 19 Wildcats record first draw against Avila
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker women’s soccer team tied Avila University 2-2 on Saturday evening, their first draw of the 2011 campaign.
Cara Duke put the Eagles on the board first with a goal in the 17th minute as she struck on a wide-open net.
Alix Schiraldi scored her team leading tenth goal of the season in the 31st minute from 30-yards out to tie the game at 1-1.
Cara Duke notched her second goal of the game in the 62nd minute to give Avila the advantage, but Baker would respond late as Amber Pickering scored the equalizer in the 87th minute from 25-yards out.
10.16.11 | Men's Soccer
No. 5 Baker men defeat Avila 2-1
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker men’s soccer team defeated a pesky Avila team on Saturday evening, 2-1.
The Wildcats struck first on Saturday as Rich Klein gave Baker an early lead in the ninth minute.
Avila scored an equalizer in the 51st minute on a goal by Dustin Deisher, but Baker quickly bounced back just four minutes as the Wildcats were awarded a penalty kick that Tom Lowndes buried to take the 2-1 advantage.
10.16.11 | Volleyball
Potential HAAC championship on-the-line Tuesday evening
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker women’s volleyball team won its tenth-straight match this past weekend as the Wildcats went 4-0 at the Hannibal-LaGrange Invitational.
Baker’s Christina Delladio was named to the all-tournament squad after finishing the weekend with 57 kills and 20 blocks.
With the victories, the Wildcats moved to 21-10 overall and currently sit atop the Heart of America Athletic Conference standings with a 6-0 conference mark. Tuesday evening’s foe MidAmerica Nazarene is the only other team in the HAAC with an undefeated record at 5-0.