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Athletics Weekend Roundup: TU athletes rake in honors

It was a big weekend for Towson University Athletics, as three athletes were given conference awards in their respective sports.

Towson volleyball senior Saitaua Iosia was named CAA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Towson Volleyball's Saitaua Iosia was one of three Tigers to receive CAA honors this weekend.

Towson Volleyball’s Saitaua Iosia was one of three Tigers to receive CAA honors this weekend.

Iosia had 45 kills in the Tigers’ pair of victories last week. This is the second straight week, and fourth time this season, that a Towson player won the award.

For the second time this season, Towson football’s James Simms was named CAA Rookie of the Week.

The linebacker had six tackles in Towson’s 24-17 upset win at Delaware on Saturday.

Towson women’s soccer co-captain Katie Ponce earned CAA Player of the Week after the Tigers went 1-0-1 this past weekend on the road.

Ponce hit the game-winning goal on Friday against Delaware; it was the Tigers’ first win at Newark since 2000. Ponce also scored a goal in the Tigers’ 2-2 overtime draw at Drexel.

Along with the conference awards, men’s golf sophomore John Hulede won medalist honors at the Lehigh Invitational.

Hulede carded a 148 to earn his first career medalist finish.

Men’s golf earns victory in last tournament of fall season

Behind Hulede’s medalist performance, The Towson men’s golf team finished its fall season by winning the team title at the Lehigh Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Tigers finished the 36-hole event with a 602 to win the team title by 19 strokes in the 12-team field.

“It’s great to end the fall season with a victory,” said Towson Head Coach Brian Yaniger. “John played exceptionally well, but everyone contributed to the team victory. This win will allow us to go into the spring season with more confidence.”

Senior Sam Stewart claimed fourth-place while sophomore James Grem finished tied for 11th.

Volleyball takes two to extend win streak to five games

The Towson University volleyball team took two conference wins to extend its’ win streak to five games.

On Thursday, The Tigers took a 3-1 win over Elon behind 19 kills by senior Saitaua Iosia. Senior Victoria Williams added 17 kills, while junior Aimee Schubert dished out 29 assists.

On Sunday, Towson got a pair of double-double performances in a hard-fought 3-2 victory at UNC Wilmington.

Iosia finished with a season-high 26 kills, and added 12 digs and three blocks. Haley Pa’akaula had 12 kills, 16 digs and a game-high four services aces.

Towson (now 19-3 overall and  6-2 in the CAA) will be in action again on Tuesday, Oct. 21 when it travels to Delaware State for a non-conference match.

Other athletics news

  • Women’s Soccer finished the weekend with a 1-0-1 record. On Friday, Towson picked up a 1-0 win at Delaware. It was the Tigers’ first win against Delaware since 2009, and the first win at Delaware since 2000. The Tigers then played Drexel to a 2-2 tie on Sunday.
  • The Towson Tennis team finished its fall season at the ITA Regionals held in Virginia Tech. Freshmen Nicole Shakhnazarova and Lucy Williams represented the Tigers, and picked up a doubles victory in the opening round. Williams also picked up an singles round in the opening round of main draw singles.
  • Field Hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to Appalachian State on Sunday at College Park. This came on the heels of a 2-0 defeat against VCU.

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