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Cornerstone has hired its first full time Sports Information Director with the hiring of Cornerstone alum Aaron Sagraves. Sagraves was named as Assistant Athletics Director for Communications a couple of weeks ago and will be starting in that role on Monday, September 29th.
Sagraves helped out in Sports Information at Cornerstone both as a student and then as a graduate before being hired as Davenport's first full time SID back in 2007. Since that time Sagraves has received many honors and accolades at Davenport including WHAC SID of the Year and he developed their website that was named NAIA Website of the Year in 2012-13. Sagraves is married to Allison Sagraves (Cornerstone alum) and they have two children (Kenyon and Koleman).
Cornerstone University has experience a lot of growth over the past 15 years and the athletics department has been a big part of that growth. The Golden Eagles now sponsor 15 varsity programs and 2 JV programs and will be expanding again next year with the additions of Men's and Women's Bowling and Cheerleading to the varsity line-up and JV teams in both Women's Soccer and Women's basketball. The additional teams and the changes in the roles and responsibilities in Sports Information has led to the need for a full time person in that position. That position was shared by former Women's Basketball coach Carla Fles and current Women's Soccer Coach Randy Strawser from 2000 to 2012 when Coach Fles retired. Aimee Luurtsema came on staff in 2012 to fill the role that Coach Fles had done during her tenure. The roles and responsibilities have changed and evolved over the years that increased the need for a full time person in that position. The school has been working towards making that a full time position for a while but the funding wasn't there until this summer.
The Cornerstone men's tennis team took to the court today for a matchup with the Trojans of Taylor University. For the fifth time in their first six matches, Cornerstone raced out to a match clinching 5-0 lead. They didn't let the intensity drop even after the clinch, finishing the match 9-0.
The Cornerstone women's tennis team took to the courts Friday in its first Night of Nets match to fight malaria. The biggest crowd Cornerstone tennis has ever seen turned out to help raise money and support the team. Through the generaous donations of the crowd, enough money was raised to provide over 100 mosquito nets to those most in need. This represents 100 lives that may be saved, and possibibly an entire community that could be transformed.
In the weekend of matches, Cornerstone first fell to Bethel in a tightly contested 6-3 match. Winning for CU was Ashley Greene & Allison Rusticus in singles, as well as the doubles team of Ashley Greene & Heidi Boesl. Allison had to fight back from a first set loss to win her match in a third set tie-breaker.
On Saturday, the women took on the Taylor Trojans, and fell 9-0 in a match that was much closer than the score would suggest. Ashley Greene fought back from a first set loss to force a third set breaker, but came up just short. In the match of the day, Janie Silvers lost a first set tie-breaker, won a second set tie-breaker, but then lost the third set tie-breaker for a 7-6, 6-7, (10-6) final score in what was a wonderfully played match by both players.
This concludes the women's tennis fall season. Up next is Albion College in February.
(Lima, Ohio) The Golden Eagles opened up WHAC play today at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Cornerstone entered the game with a 5-0-2 record while UNOH entered the game with a 6-0-1 record. The Golden Eagles played a tough first half keeping the Racers off the scoreboard. The Racers dominated possession in the first half of play but the Golden Eagles kept them from getting quality chances and Allison Snowden made a nice save late in the half to keep a clean sheet. The Racers did break the ice early in the second half scoring in the first minute of play to put Northwestern Ohio up 1-0. The Golden Eagles responded with some good play after that doing a much better job of keeping the ball and creating more in the attack. Cornerstone battled to the end but couldn't find the back of the net and ended with a 1-0 loss. Cornerstone will returns to action on Wednesday night when they play Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne at 7:00 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Head coach Ryan Campbell and his Golden Eagles finished the week with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Lourdes University as CU won going away 25-20, 25-23, 25-15. The victory lifts Cornerstone to 14-5 on the year and 5-3 in league action as they will host Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
After picking up a 3-0 win over Indiana Tech on Friday night, the volleyball team carried the momentum into Saturday to post a sweep of Lourdes. It was the first meeting against the Gray Wolves since they upset CU in the WHAC tourney a year ago.Cornerstone controlled the play on offense and defense as they limited the visitors to a dismal -.043 hitting percentage highlighted by 11 team blocks by the Golden Eagles.
CU was paced on offense by 11 kills from Megan Newhouse while Heather Green and Cailie Schultz each finished with four. Chelsea Lake (11) and Hope Leppink (8) combined for 19 assists while Amber Carmean had nine digs.
CU will stay at home on Wednesday and host Northwestern Ohio at 7 p.m.