The Elmhurst College football team is looking forward to opening the 2016 season against Loras College on September 3rd after finishing 4-6 and 1-6 in CCIW (College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) play at the end of the 2015 season.
The 2016 Bluejays will see several new players leading the offense and defense positions after a number of graduating seniors exited the team.
As seen in the final game of the 2015 season against North Central College, finishing strong were offensive players sophomore Orlando Hernandez and senior Drew Dominon. Seniors Andy Warsen, Sean Wetherell and Perode Charles will lead the Bluejays’ defense.
A majority of the volleyball roster will return for the 2016 season with the exception of two key team members, Peggy Clemens and Shannon Burns, who graduated this past spring. According to Head Coach Julie Hall, Clemens and Burns successfully mentored the team prior to their departure at the end of the season. The Bluejays will look toward juniors Mel Lundin, Hannah Davis, Mary Lawrence, and seniors Hannah Nimrick, Kerry Swain, and Amy Schryver to lead the team.
The team finished the 2015 season with a 24-12 overall record and ranked 15th in the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Poll. The 2015 season ended in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament with a 24-26, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25 loss to No. 15 ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The 2016 season will begin with a home game against Gustavus Adolphus College on Sept. 2.
The 2015 season came to a crushing end for the Elmhurst men’s soccer team with a shootout in the semifinal of the CCIW tournament. After a scoreless double overtime draw and then an amazing 10- 9, 11-round shootout, Carthage College advanced to the CCIW Tournament Championship. This was the second consecutive year that Elmhurst advanced to the CCIW semifinals. Elmhurst finished the season with an 8-8-3 overall record.
The 2016 Bluejays will look for leadership from sophomores Josh Arvidson and Austin Lars- en as well as juniors Alec Gnass, Nick King, and Nick Fecci as their season kicks off against Earlham College on Sept. 2.
The Elmhurst women’s soccer team wrapped up the 2015 season in a 2-1 winner-take-all loss to Carthage College and a fifth-place finish in the CCIW. The Bluejays ended their season with an 8-6-2, 3-4-0 CCIW overall record. Anchoring the Bluejays will be junior goalkeeper, Melinda Vickers.
The Elmhurst women’s golf team finished the 2015 season with a total score of 1,243 to place eighth at the 2015 CCIW Championship. Senior Brittany Stevens was Elmhurst’s top finisher by placing 34th with a 287 and senior Kayla Hansen finished with a score of 298 for 36th place. Sophomore Brittany Zabel placed 40th with a score of 322 and senior Madison Rankin placed 42nd with a score of 336.
In closing the 2015 season, the Elmhurst men’s golf team took fifth place at the 2015 CCIW Championships at The Rail Golf Course. The Bluejays finished the event with a total score of 1,232 over the three-day, four-round event.
Juniors Kyle Brenkman and Wyatt Stickney shot an identical score of 304 and were the high scorers for Elmhurst, which ended in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings. Senior Jeremy Yoder placed 35th and sophomore Tyler Ross placed 40th in the standings to complete the strong showing for the Bluejays.
The Elmhurst College women’s tennis team ended their 2016 spring season tied for fifth place with North Park University in the CCIW Championships. Leading the Bluejays in singles and doubles play rising sophomores Ava Kolman, Rachel Rettger and Chiara Gaudio and and junior Camile Knapik-Balch. The lady Bluejays will begin their 2017 season in the spring.