Posted by: Ethan | December 15, 2010

espnW: There Go the Goalposts

I awoke to the following sentence via Wendy Parker:

Sports business ace Kristi Dosh talks to espnW vice president Laura Gentile on the Forbes SportsMoney blog in response to some of the rather heated reaction to last week’s site launch, and says we’re missing the point entirely.

Wait for it…

For those wishing for more women’s sports coverage on this platform, it’s not going to happen. At first I thought it was a missed opportunity by espnW, but that’s really never been a major objective.

It seems like only days ago that I had this to say about espnW’s soft launch:

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Carthage vs University of Chicago

I don’t have lots to say about this, except it was the final home game of 2010.

My Twitter feed contains the blow by blow, but yeah, blowing happened quite a bit tonight. Blown chances, blown calls by the refs, blown horns by the pep band.

Naturally, Carthage got ranked #5 as of tomorrow by d3hoops.com, and played like they’re new to all of this “basketball” stuff. 46-49 University of Chicago.

Here’s to 2011 and CCIW conference play.

Posted by: Ethan | December 12, 2010

espnW: Soft Launch

While I was offline working through a viral chest infection (it’s almost gone now), espnW launched, quietly.

Thinking back to my comments and concerns voiced this past October about this new initiative, how did the real thing meet or defy those expectations?

Taken in order, I said, quote,

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Carthage wins the tip off vs Loras

Get ’em while they’re young, they say, and to that end I took my neighbor’s 8 year-old son to see the Carthage College Lady Reds take on Loras College in women’s basketball.

His instant take: “Boring.”

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Carthage College basketball tipoff

As covered via Twitter, Carthage College had their women’s basketball home opener last night.

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Posted by: Ethan | November 22, 2010

NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Championship: Final

Or, “That’s Why They Play the Games.”

Who’d-a thunk it, but Calvin College beat #1 Emory in the NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Championship final held earlier today in St Louis, Missouri.

Coach Amber Warners’ squad took control early – with a .609 kill percentage in the first set – and stayed in control in its 25-14, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23 win over Emory.

“I think that there are many people that doubted that we had the chance to win the match today,” Warners said. “There were 22 people that walked into the gym today that believed they could do it. They not only played like they could but they went out and did it.”

Congratulations to Calvin College on the win and the trophy.

UWP vs Wayne State tip off

I made the trek slightly further north and showed some love (and $8 including the program) to the UW-Parkside Rangers. Carthage doesn’t play at home until this coming Tuesday and I wanted to give UWP a look-see before barricading myself into the Tarble Arena for the winter.

Who are the UW-Parkside Rangers? What is their motivation? What is their quest? Time to meet the UW-Parkside Rangers, and by extension, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and by deduction and inference, NCAA Division II:

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Posted by: Ethan | November 21, 2010

NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Final Tomorrow

The finalists for the NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Championship have been determined: Emory will face Calvin College tomorrow at 2:00pm Central Time. As a result, I won’t be able to watch the live stream.

I was shocked that Juniata did not advance to the final, especially after establishing a comfortable 2-0 lead. Calvin pulled together and took the match all 5 sets and closed the deal.

Emory took less time to dispatch Washington-St Louis, needing 4 sets to secure their spot in the final. I found it interesting that Washington used some of Carthage College’s trick plays to try to stay above water, but Emory was too focused and determined for that to be an effective strategy. I was disappointed that it wasn’t a 5-set nailbiter but once it became clear that Emory was the team of destiny, I just wanted the game to end quickly.

I’d have to pick Emory to win it all tomorrow, but I do give Calvin ample respect from clawing back from a 2-0 deficit. They’re going to need that sort of determination to claim the title.

I was lamenting the apparent absence of live streaming or TV coverage of the NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Championship, when some actual research revealed that you can indeed see today’s games and tomorrow’s final via NCAA All Access.

Be prepared for a HOT second game today.

Game 1 (3:30pm Central): Juniata vs Calvin

I don’t have lots of insider information or exclusive insights to share about either school, but I have seen Juniata play when they came to Carthage recently and they’re an efficient bunch. They’re also crushing everyone in straight sets. I say, advantage Juniata.

Game 2 (6:00pm Central): Washington-St Louis vs Emory

HOT. #1 Emory vs the hosts of the championship, Washington. Emory has been taking 5 sets to win lately, which could tip the scale to Washington, who has only dropped one set during the entire tournament. I am pulling for Washington to advance to the final but no matter what happens the game should be really exciting in front of a hostile home crowd.

Late notice again, but I wanted to post a quick reminder that the NCAA D-III Women’s Volleyball Championship starts in about an hour. I don’t know if there are any live feeds or TV coverage, but I’ll be cheering in spirit for Washington-St Louis and Juniata College.

(Update: Click on the interactive bracket on the main D-III volleyball championship page and you can see the text updates from each game.)

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