News from the University of Cincinnati Sports Information Department.
Meet the Team Day at King’s Island Set for Aug. 10
Brian Kelly and Bearcats to appear at amusement park
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football will be appearing at the Kings Island amusement park near Mason, Ohio on Aug. 10 for Meet the Team Day.
Head coach Brian Kelly and the football team will be taking a break from the rigors of preseason training camp to meet fans, sign autographs and pose for photos.
The Bearcats plan to parade down International Street with Kelly addressing the crowd on stage near the famous Eiffel Tower. The UC Pep Band, cheerleaders, dance team and the Bearcat will lead a pep rally as UC prepares for the 2008 season.
King’s Island will be offering special ticket prices for the day and the Bearcat Caravan will be on hand with games and prizes for Bearcats fans.
UC opens the 2008 season on Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky in Nippert Stadium. For tickets and information, call 1-877-CATS-TIX or log on to www.CATSTIX.com.
Bearcats Volleyball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 15
PrepVolleyball.com give UC recruits high marks
CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati volleyball team’s 2008 recruiting class is ranked No. 15 in the nation according to PrepVolleyball.com. The Bearcats have added four freshmen, highlighted by Missy Harpeneau (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy), the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year in 2007.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work my staff has done on the recruiting trail,” head coach Reed Sunahara said. “Adding such quality players that will have an immediate impact is exciting and we are looking forward to competing for BIG EAST Championships for years to come.”
UC’s class is ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST and is one of just two BIG EAST programs ranked in the Top 30.
Along with Harpeneau, Kelsey Brandl (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North), Ashley Nevelle (Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia) and Natalie Pierce (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) round out the freshman class for the 2008 Bearcats.
UC opens its 2008 season by hosting the sixth annual State Farm/Vernon Manor Bearcats Invitational on Aug. 29-31 in Fifth Third Arena. UC will take on Wright State, Tennessee Tech and Marshall during the three-day tournament. Season tickets are available now by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX or logging on to www.CATSTIX.com.
PrepVolleyball.com’s report on the Bearcats:
“The Bearcats scored big when they kept Harpenau, PrepVolleyball.com’s National High School Player of the Year, home and lured Brandl, nicknamed “Beast,” away from her Big Ten suitors. Harp, a string bean outside, should start immediately for Cincinnati and will contribute as much with her ball control and serving as with her arsenal of shots on the pins. Brandl also should start, giving the ‘Cats a strong blocking presence in the middle as well as someone who can terminate behind the setter. Nevelle is a fine setter who could spell incumbent Annie Fesl from time to time. Together, this trio could help lead Cincinnati to several BIG EAST championships, the first as early as this fall.”
Martin Joins Women’s Soccer Staff
Former Oklahoma assistant added to first-year head coach Michelle Salmon’s staff
CINCINNATI — Amanda Martin, a former assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Oklahoma, joins first-year head coach Michelle Salmon’s University of Cincinnati women’s soccer staff in the same capacity for the 2008 season.
“We are elated to be adding Amanda to our Bearcat family,” said Salmon. “Her experience coaching and playing at the highest level is a welcome addition to our staff. Amanda’s knowledge of goalkeeping as well as her dedication and desire to help us capture our first BIG EAST Championship is perfectly on par with our program’s philosophy. “
Martin comes to Cincinnati after serving one season as an assistant at Oklahoma, where she was responsible for goalkeeper training. OU goalkeeper Jenny Nichols was twice named BIG XII Goalkeeper of the Week under Martin’s watch.
Prior to her stint at Oklahoma, Martin spent one season at Charlotte, where she worked with the 49ers’ goalkeepers. Under her tutelage, UNCC keepers recorded the school’s lowest goals-against average (GAA) in four years. Additionally, Martin’s goalies combined to record five shutouts which tied the most by a 49ers club in the last five years. Freshman Lauren Brown was named to the Atlantic-10 all-Rookie Team after finishing the year with a perfect 6-0 record and one shutout for the A-10 champs.
Martin graduated in May 2006 from Saint Louis University with a degree in communications where she also put together an impressive playing career for the Billikens.
The Franklin, Tenn., native finished her soccer career at Saint Louis as the career leader for goals-against average (0.65). She also ranked second all-time at Saint Louis with 19 shutouts and 34 wins in over 4,100 minutes of action in 51 games played during her three-year career. Prior to transferring to Saint Louis, Martin began her collegiate career at the University of Arizona where she started nine games and recorded two shutouts as a freshman.
As a senior goalkeeper at Saint Louis, Martin played a vital role in helping lead the Billikens to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2005. The postseason appearance came after the program captured the A-10 regular season and tournament titles. During her final season, Martin was 9-2 and recorded a 0.91 goals-against average in 11 starts.
Martin earned first-team all-Conference USA honors as a junior during the 2004 season. During that campaign, she set the Saint Louis school record with a 0.53 GAA, which was also the seventh-lowest mark in the nation that season. Martin also led C-USA with a 0.20 GAA in conference play in 2004.
In addition to playing soccer on the collegiate level, Martin was a member of the W-League’s Charlotte Lady Eagles team from 2003-2005.
At Cincinnati, she will be responsible for goalkeeper training as well as aiding UC’s recruiting efforts, academic oversight, alumni and booster relations.