Sports

Varsity sports set to begin regular season, try to repeat '08 success

It’s the first week of school and already Tartan athletes from football, soccer, volleyball, and cross country have hit the ground running in preparation for the upcoming fall season. Volleyball is aiming for another final finish in the UAAs, while 21st-ranked men’s soccer and football are looking to make the NCAA Division III Championship for the second year in a row. Also on the radar is sixth-ranked women’s tennis, who last year made the NCAAs but fell in the quarterfinals to rival University of Chicago. Although official practice has not yet begun, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, as well as both tennis teams, have already begun practice for play that begins in late September to early October. Such dedication from the school’s athletes shines true of the Tartan work ethic, and will hopefully yield successful results in the weeks to come.

This week marks the start of dual matches for most of the fall sports. Volleyball will kick off their season when they play Marietta College at Wiegand Gymnasium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the Tartans will travel to the Gettysburg Tournament hosted by St. John Fisher College in Gettysburg, beginning Friday, Sept. 4.

Tuesday night is also when both men and women’s soccer begin their fall season. The men’s team will open at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., while the women’s team will play at home against number 20 Denison in Gesling Stadium, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Football will begin their schedule this week, with the whistle set to blow on Friday at 1 p.m. against Ohio Wesleyan in Gesling Stadium. Cross country’s first meet will commence earlier in the day with a 9 a.m. start at the Duquesne Duals, held at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

For Tartan sports enthusiasts who wish to follow play live, live stats are available at [SLANT12]www.cmu.edu/athletics/fanzone/video/webcast.html[SLANT12].