Football continues winning ways

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The football team scored 24 unanswered points en route to a 24-3 home victory against Rhodes College Sept. 29.

The Bears limited Rhodes to 122 yards of total offense in the second half. Junior quarterback Buck Smith finished 19-of-30 in passing for 228 yards and two touchdowns and has thrown for 1,014 yards in five games this season. Senior Michael Casper had three receptions for 71 yards, including a touchdown, while junior Kyle Gray added three catches for 61 yards. WUSTL improved to 4-1, its best start since 2001.

Men’s soccer opens UAA play with win

Sophomore Nat Zenner scored two goals in the second half as the Bears opened University Athletic Association play with a 3-2 home win against Carnegie Mellon University Sept. 29.

The victory was their first against Carnegie Mellon since a 2-1 win in Pittsburgh in 2001. It also was WUSTL’s first conference-opening win since the 2001 season.

Cross country teams compete in Minnesota

The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 29.

The No. 3 women’s squad placed first in the 42-team race, while the men’s team finished sixth out of 34 teams. Senior Kate Pentak finished seventh overall with a time of 22:56.9. For the men’s team, senior Jesse McDaniel was the best finisher, coming in 10th in a field of 367 with a time of 26:20.

Men’s tennis sweeps singles, doubles titles

WUSTL quarterback Buck Smith, a pre-med biology major in Arts & Sciences, has thrown for 1,014 yards through five games.

The men’s tennis team swept the singles and doubles titles at the 2007 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Region Championship this past weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Sophomore John Watts captured his second consecutive singles title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Mike Greenberg of Kenyon College. Watts is the third Bear (Brian Alvo, 2002, 2004; Watts, 2006) to win the championship under seventh-year head coach Roger Follmer.

In doubles, juniors Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland teamed up to win the school’s first doubles title since 2002 by defeating DePauw University’s Scott Swanson and Kourtney Keith, 8-6. Watts, along with the doubles team of Cutler and Hoeland, advance to the Wilson/ITA National Small College Championships Oct. 11-14 in Mobile, Ala.

Swimming & diving season opens

The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams opened their seasons with a dual meet against rival Saint Louis University Sept. 29.

The men’s squad beat the Division I Billikens, 151-137. The women’s team fell 197-101. Key races for the men’s team were the 200-yard breaststroke, won by junior Julian Beattie with a time of 2:09.58, and the 500-yard freestyle, won by sophomore Alex Beyer at 4:46.99. For the women, junior Kelly Kono won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.38, and senior Meredith Nordbrock took first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:11.46.

Volleyball begins conference play

The No. 7 volleyball team opened conference play with the first University Athletic Association round robin of 2007, winning three matches in New York, Sept. 29-30.

The Bears’ toughest foe was Carnegie Mellon University Sept. 29. WUSTL led the Tartans, 2-0, before Carnegie came back to force a deciding fifth game. WUSTL responded to the pressure by winning the fifth game, 15-7. The Bears swept Case Western Reserve University and the University of Chicago Sept. 30.

Women’s soccer unbeaten, untied

The women’s soccer team posted two victories to improve its overall record to 10-0.

On Sept. 26, sophomore Caryn Rosoff scored two goals in a 3-0 win against Webster University. WUSTL followed with a 2-0 home win against Carnegie Mellon University Sept. 30. After a scoreless first half, freshman Julie Tembunkiart netted the game-winning goal in the 71st minute, firing a shot to an open net. Rosoff scored the insurance goal in the 74th minute for the Bears as she fired a shot to the far corner from 20 yards out for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. WUSTL extended its University Athletic Association winning streak to eight games and its regular season streak to 24 games.