Hamden, Connecticut is a long way from the region, but Emma Ogden is feeling right at home at Quinnipiac University.
The freshman setter was named the MAAC Volleyball Player of the Week after leading the Bobcats to wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Morgan State.
The Crown Point product, who spent her sophomore year at Valparaiso before the family relocated, is the first Bobcat to earn a weekly Player of the Week award in almost three years.
Quinnipiac volleyball became a Division I program in 1998.
“The setting position is hard enough for a freshman, but Emma did a great job this past week adjusting to her hitters and learning their tendencies,” Quinnipiac coach Kris Czaplinski told the school’s website.
During the Crosstown Tournament, Ogden played in all 14 sets and compiled 103 assists, 32 digs, five service aces and three kills.
She also had a double-double against Morgan State, her second of the year. She had 29 assists, 14 digs and two service aces against Morgan State. She also had 37 assists, seven digs and a career-high three service aces against St. Francis Brooklyn.
Through the team’s first 10 games, she has compiled 238 assists, 71 digs, 10 blocks, eight kills and 11 service aces.
Also competing for Quinnipiac is Katie Urycki (Chesterton). The freshman’s increased playing time has benefited the Bobcats as well. Urycki had 11 kills, 12 digs and six blocks against St. Francis Brooklyn. She just missed another double-double with nine kills and 10 digs to go with four service aces against Morgan State.
Ogden and Urycki are part of huge recruiting class at Quinnipiac, which only won two games last season.
• Tiffany Madura (Munster) had a team-high seven blocks in Olivet Nazarene’s five-set victory over Purdue North Central.
Penn State’s Sam Ficken (Valparaiso) kicked a career-long 54-yard field goal in Saturday’s 34-0 win over Kent State. It was the longest field goal by a Nittany Lion kicker at Beaver Stadium, tied for fourth longest in school history and longest kick since 1979.
Ficken just missed a 57-yarder against Central Florida last week.
• Senior safety Taylor Brown (Chesterton) had a team-high nine tackles and forced a fumble as St. Francis (Fort Wayne) beat William Penn (IA.) 31-13. Teammate Aaron Knight (Chesterton) had five catches for a team-high 46 yards.
Calumet wrestling coach Jim Wadkins is already in the Wabash College Hall of Fame, but last week he went in with the 1980-81 unbeaten squad as part of the school’s “Inaugural Class of Teams” in the Athletics Hall of Fame. His freshman year, when he competed at 190 pounds, the Little Giants went 23-0.
Wadkins was a four-year letterman who helped Wabash go 75-3 in dual meets. The three-time Little Giant state champ finished his career with a 69-13-1 record, which included a victory over Notre Dame when Wadkins bumped up to heavyweight to secure the win. He was the 1984 team captain and Most Valuable Wrestler.
Women’s Cross Country
IUPUI’s Rachel Zajac (Lake Central) was ninth overall – becoming the first runner in school history to finish in the top 10 – at Friday’s Indiana Intercollegiate Meet in Bloomington.
Jordan Hanaway (Hebron) ran a personal-best 19:10.38 to finish 22nd on the 5K course.
Men’s Cross Country
Seniors Chris Shellenberger (Crown Point) was 29th and Shane Kenney (Chesterton) was 58th as St. Xavier finished sixth out of 18 teams at the Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships on Sept. 17.