Mason Rowing Wins Big at CAA Championships; Men’s Volleyball Readies for EIVA Tournament

Posted: April 23, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For the first time in the university‚Äôs history, Mason women’s rowing and the Mason Crew Club (men) combined points to win the full team Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship on Saturday at the Kerr Cup Regatta in Philadelphia.

In addition, for the first time in program history, Mason’s women’s Varsity 8 won the Kerr Cup and CAA title. Also for the first time, Mason’s Novice 8 won their CAA title.

“I am proud of our novices for their composure throughout the entire race. They have been building confidence through the spring and put together a complete race today,” novice Coach Ellen Gallagher said. “They knew Army was making a big push but refused to give up their lead. We’re thrilled to have their competitive spirit on the team and I think it shows great things for the future of Mason rowing.”

The Varsity 4 followed. With every boat earning points towards the team championship, the four contributed a solid race for a second place among CAA schools (third overall), beating William and Mary, the University of Delaware and UNC Wilmington.

The Second Varsity 8 raced to a 7:08.43 lead, finishing 16 seconds ahead of Drexel University.

“Our Second Varsity 8 has been rowing really well the last couple of weeks, and Saturday was no exception. They wanted to take control of the race from start to finish. They got out early and then just kept walking away from the field,” coach Geoff Dillard said.

The Varsity 8 race had some of the closest racing at the regatta. Leading from the start to the finish, they won in a time of 7:05.42 to Drexel’s 7:08.45. Dillard said, “It felt really good to win the Varsity 8 Kerr Cup for the first time ever, and to finally be on top of a close race.”

Dillard added, “We are all very excited about winning our second consecutive CAA Championship. It was definitely a focus for us this spring but is not an end. [This was] a stepping-stone in our season, and we now look to build on that speed for the Dad Vail [regatta].”

Men’s Volleyball

Men’s volleyball, seeded no. 2 in the EIVA Championship Tournament, will face no. 6 NJIT in the semifinals on Thursday, April 24, at Penn State University.

Bus transportation will be available through Mason Athletics if the Patriots reach the EIVA Championship match on Saturday, April 26. The price is $15 and does not include the game ticket. The deadline to sign up for the bus is Friday, April 25, at noon.

The bus will depart from the Mason Field House at approximately 1:30 p.m. and return at the conclusion of the match. Seating is limited. Reserve your spot on the bus at the Mason Athletic Ticket Office in the Field House or by calling 703-993-3270. Payment is due upon signing up.

Mason students will have priority in signing up until Wednesday at noon. If space is still available, general Mason fans can sign up.

Match Schedule

Thursday, April 24 – Semifinals

Recreation Hall – Penn State University

4:30 p.m. Match 1: no. 2 George Mason vs. no. 6 NJIT

7:30 p.m. Match 2: no. 1 Penn State vs. no. 8 NYU

Saturday, April 26 – Finals

Recreation Hall – Penn State University

7 p.m. Match 3: TBD

The winner of the EIVA Championship will advance to the NCAA Championship, to be held May 1 and 3 at the University of California-Irvine.

EIVA Tournament Tickets

Tickets for the EIVA Semifinals and Championship are $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Groups of 10 or more, any age, are just $2 per person. Seating is general admission, and tickets will be available at Penn State’s Recreation Hall ticket office beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, and starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

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