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10.13.11 | Basketball

Baker men and women picked sixth in HAAC Preseason Poll

2011 HAAC Media Day

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

VB Savannah Smith

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

Women Draw

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

Baker escapes Avila

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

2011 Dig Pink Game

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.

10.17.11 | Soccer

No. 19 Baker women set for NAIA Fab Four rematch with No. 18 Hastings

Baker vs Hastings

HASTINGS, Neb. The Baker women’s soccer team travels to Hastings, Neb., on Tuesday evening in a rematch of last season’s NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship semifinal game. Action is slated to begin at 3 p.m. from Lloyd Wilson Stadium.

10.18.11 | Volleyball

Baker volleyball grabs key 3-1 victory over MidAmerica Nazarene

BU vs MANU

BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University volleyball team won a key HAAC match-up on Tuesday evening, defeating MidAmerica Nazarene 3-1.

After jumping out to an early 2-0 set lead, MidAmerica managed to battle back in the third set, and really made things interesting in the fourth before the Wildcats finally put the Pioneers away.

Three Baker players recorded double-digit kills as Savannah Smith led the offensive attack with 12, while Christina Delladio and Sydney Pemberton each added 11.

10.18.11 | Men's Soccer

No. 5 Baker defeats top-ranked No. 1 Hastings 1-0 in OT

BU knocks off Hastings

HASTINGS, Neb. –The Baker University men’s soccer team won a key non-conference showdown Tuesday evening as it defeated top-ranked Hastings College (Neb.) to end the Broncos NAIA-record 39-game winning streak.

Baker struck in the first overtime courtesy of a ball from Nick Aguilar to Tom Lowndes in the 92nd minute.

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