Fort Wayne, Ind. – On Monday, Indiana Tech Warrior Athletics hosted its first fall media day which allowed local news outlets to opportunity to interview the fall sports teams.
Five of Indiana Tech’s eight fall sports teams (women’s soccer, men’s soccer, volleyball, cross country and women’s golf) were in attendance with each sport represented by three student-athletes, with the exception of cross country that had four.
Volleyball gets the fall season started for the Warriors when they head to Miami, Fla. To take part in the St. Thomas Tournament and face the host Bobcats on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 4:30 p.m. Head coach Kourtney Volkmer chose two seniors, Suzanne Taylor and Kelsey Fitzpatrick along with junior Stacy Nagy to attend the media day. Nagy, a middle blocker for the black and orange, was first-team All-WHAC a season ago while Taylor is a solid right side and all three student-athletes are captains this season.
The goal for coach Volkmer and her team is to win a conference title and make a run at the NAIA National Championship and they know it won’t come easy. “We are a young, strong defensive team and I like to get tested early,” stated Volkmer. “We play strong early season competition to prepare for our tough WHAC slate. We have strong leadership this season and should be fun to watch.”
Women’s soccer starts competition this week as well, playing host to Purdue-Calumet on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. Head coach Jim Lipocky hopes to get off to a fast start with several tough games early in the season. Lipocky chose first-team All-WHAC senior Jordan Roell, junior scholar-athlete Natalia Salcedo and sophomore Tori Singstock to represent the team at the media festivities. Roell and Salcedo are each apart of the team’s leadership committee as chosen by their peers.
Women’s golf is the next fall sport to kick off their season on Monday, Aug. 26 at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich. Head coach Kelly Mettert chose three newcomers to represent his squad, highlighted by two Germans, Wiebke Schlender and Tamina Romer. They were joined by Travers City, Mich. Native Courtney Dye. When asked why each chose Indiana Tech, they all had a similar answer, to play golf and get a solid education.
Warriors men’s soccer, which opens regular season play at home on Wednesday, Aug. 28, was represented by three seniors; Paulo Degadio, Timothy Short and Reece Richardson.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country is the last to start this fall as they travel to North Manchester, Ind. to take part in the Manchester Hokum Karem on Saturday, Aug. 31. First-year head coach Josh Wolfe was joined by graduate student Aubree Reichel, 2012 National qualifier’s Cherie Gaines and Aaron Belcher as well as Matt Adair who was a member of the 2013 NAIA National Championship fourth place 4x800m relay team.
Stay up-to-date on the latest news, stats and highlights for all Warrior athletics at www.indianatech.edu/athletics.