Mason Sports Roundup

Posted: February 19, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In addition to men’s basketball results, posted yesterday, the following Mason athletic teams were in action over the weekend.

Men’s Volleyball

Junior opposite hitter Kyle Gramit recorded a match-high 18 kills as the 13th-ranked Patriots defeated NJIT 3-0, en route to an Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Tait Division victory Saturday night in Newark, N.J.

The Patriots hit .263 over three games compared to .083 for the Highlanders, taking a 33-31, 30-22, 30-28 win to improve to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Tait Division. The Highlanders fall to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in conference matches following the loss.

Games one and three played out in a similar pattern, with the score tied on several occasions. In both instances, it was when the score was in the mid-20s that the Patriots seemed to have the extra push to take control and emerge with the win.

Junior Hudson Bates was the only other Patriot to post double figures in the kills category, ending the night with 17 kills. Sophomore setter Ryan Kwiatkowski recorded a match-high 41 assists. Kwiatkowski led Mason with nine total blocks, while senior R.J. Goubeaux posted eight block assists.

Eduardo Welter led the Highlanders with 16 kills and four digs while Leonardo Paludo finished the match with 12 kills and six digs. Defensively for NJIT, Amobi Armstrong posted a match-high nine digs.

Mason returns to action next weekend at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic Tournament in Springfield, Mass. The Patriots begin the two-day tournament with a match against no. 11 IPFW on Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field

Junior Murielle Ahoure finished in 10th place amongst a group of world-class sprinters at the Tyson Invitational, held on Feb. 15-16 at the Randal Tyson Track Complex on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Ahoure crossed the finish line in 7.35 seconds in the finals of the 60-meter dash.

In the preliminary heats, Ahoure ran a time of 7.38 seconds to advance to the final round. She has already reached the provisional qualifying standard for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the event. In addition to the 60-meter dash, Ahoure also ran the 200-meter dash, qualifying for the ECAC

Championships with a time of 24.15 seconds in the preliminary heats. Unfortunately, the time did not qualify her for the finals of the event.

Sophomore Tiara Swindell also ran in the 200-meter dash with Ahoure. She set a new personal record in the event, clocking in at 24.75 seconds to qualify for the ECAC Championships. She also set a new personal best in the 400-meter dash, finishing the race in 54.97 seconds.

The Mason women also topped the ECAC qualifying standard in three other events. Sophomore Asia Odum ran a time of 8.75 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, junior Ryann Hendricks jumped 11.80 meters (38 ft. 8.75 in.) and the 4×400-meter relay team ran a time of 3:41.42 to finish in sixth place.

On the men’s side, junior Mutsa Nyakabau set a new personal record and qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 400-meter dash. Nyakabau crossed the finish line in 49.03 seconds in the event.

A pair of Patriot seniors also performed well at the meet. Brian Hay topped the IC4A qualifying standard with a time of 8.08 seconds in the preliminary heats of the 60-meter hurdles, while Ryan McCoy jumped 15.20 meters (49 ft. 10.5 in.) in the triple jump.

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete again next weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational at Rector Field House in Blacksburg.

Women’s Basketball

Senior Lateisha Wade connected on all five attempts from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 23-point outing, but the UNC Wilmington Seahawks broke open a tight contest in the second half to earn a 69-55 victory in Colonial Athletic Association action on Sunday at the Patriot Center.

Mason falls to 9-15, 3-10 in the CAA, while the Seahawks improve to 15-9, 6-7.

Wade was the lone Patriot to score in double figures, while Brittany Blackwell led the Seahawks with 22 points. She was joined in double digits by Sahsha Taylor and Candace Walker, who chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Wade also recorded a season-high six assists, while junior Jessica Smith pulled down a team-best six rebounds.

Mason opened the game with an offensive outburst, outscoring the Seahawks by a 6-2 margin in the first 2:16. The first six Patriot points came in the paint, while Wade found her stroke by knocking down a pair of threes on assists from Akintunde. Mason would grow its lead as large as 12 at 20-18 with 11:19 left in the half, but UNCW mounted a furious rally, eventually leveling the score at 23 with a 15-3 run. From there, the two teams were nearly even for the duration of the half, as neither squad’s advantage was larger than two points.

UNCW’s 9-2 run out of the locker room provided all of the cushion it would need in the second half, as the Patriots advanced no closer than four points. The Seahawk lead grew as large as 15, when Shade Smith’s pair of free throws at the 1:43 mark put UNCW ahead by a 67-50 margin.

Mason will travel to Boston on Thursday to face Northeastern at 7 p.m.

Women’s Tennis

The Mason women’s tennis team, playing without their no.1 player, Lindsay Gray, as she battled the flu, fell to Mary Washington by a score of 7-0 on Saturday.

Meredith Cutchin had a strong showing for Mason at the no. 6 position. She fought the Eagles’ Amy Sheetz for three sets before falling 6-2, 6-7(6), 10-7. Mary Washington was able to sweep all other singles matches in two sets.

The Eagles also swept the doubles matches. Stacey Berlinger and Stephanie Longueria fell to Mary Washington’s Rebecca Morse-Karzen and Natlie Fugate, 8-2, in the no. 1 doubles position.

The Lady Netters, with an overall record of 2-3, will travel to Pittsburgh next weekend to take on the Pittsburgh Panthers and also Duquesne.


With a 37-12 thrashing of the Delaware State Hornets on Sunday at the Field House, the Mason wrestling team earned its 13th victory of the season, matching its highest win total since the 1991-92 season, when the Patriots won their first of five CAA titles. Mason has now won its past four meets and six of its past seven.

The Patriots jumped out to a commanding 18-0 lead behind a pair of forfeits and a first-period fall at 133 pounds by senior Joe Coughlin. It was Coughlin’s seventh fall of the season.

Freshman Cayle Byers earned his team-leading 33rd win of the year at 197 pounds with a commanding 14-4 major decision over Shawn Nowrey. Byers, the reigning CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, is currently ranked 12th by InterMat and 20th by Amateur Wrestling News.

The meet ended with an exciting battle at the heavyweight class between senior Harry Zander and Delaware State’s Eric Sewell. Trailing by a point, Zander scored a takedown in the final period to come away with a 5-4 win.

Mason wrestles in its final dual meet of the season against Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Field House.

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