SAU Buzz

Spring Sports

by Abbey Nimrick
Posted on Nov 27, 2016

While some students are packing up and preparing to go home for winter break, other students are preparing for spring sports.

Upcoming spring sports include; baseball, softball, golf, lacrosse, tennis, outdoor track and field and volleyball.

Feb. 25-26 the baseball team will be traveling to Benedictine University, to start their season.

Starting off with a swing, softball has already played a six-week fall season. Now, the team is lifting three days a week, conditioning two days, pitching two days, and hitting two days a week.

“Last year we were 35-18 and very competitive in our first year of the Chicagoland conference,” Ronald Ferrill, head softball coach at St. Ambrose University said. “This year we expect to win the Chicagoland conference.”

Official softball practice begins on Jan. 16. The junior varsity team will have their first game on Feb. 18, followed by the varsity team on Feb. 25.

After finishing 19th place at the NAIA national golf tournament last season, Jeffery Griebel, head men’s golf coach, has high hopes for his team to improve. Both the women’s and men’s teams will start their spring season in the beginning of 2017.

The lacrosse team has been practicing twice a day in the offseason to prepare. With morning workouts five days a week, followed by field practices five days a week in the afternoons.

“This is the first time the SAU lacrosse program has worked this hard,” Garrett Wimberly, head coach of men and women’s lacrosse at SAU said.

Wimberly has high hopes for his men’s team in the upcoming season.

“I truly believe it will help us reach the conference tourney this year,” Wimberly said.

The men’s lacrosse team will have their first game on Feb. 11 at Lawrence Tech in Michigan.

Men’s tennis will start up in the middle of January. Their first match will be near the beginning of February against Central College.

The track and field team is off to a running start in the off season as well. They have been practicing five days a week.

After a strong 2016 season, they’re projected to succeed. The team's’ first meet will be held on Jan. 21 for the Wartburg Invite.

For the men’s volleyball team their offseason has consisted of focusing on explosiveness, lateral foot speed, defensive range, and strength.

Dawn Kerr, head volleyball coach at SAU is looking to contend for a national title this year.

“Our men’s program has been in the top of the nation for many years and we want to stay there,” Kerr said. “We will certainly be a force to reckon with.”

The men’s volleyball team will begin their official season in January.

For more information on the upcoming spring sports, visit the official athletic site for the SAU bees at www.saubees.com