Michael Haris IU Kokomo, Cougar Women’s volleyball First Historic win.

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Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!

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Michael Haris IU Kokomo, Cougar Women’s volleyball First Historic win.

  1. 1. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball People   Unit IUK News Home Schools Divisions Faculty Chancellor Around Campus News Campus Around Kokomo Athletics Athletics News  IUK Search Contact Login Alumni RSS Feed Search search news... Chancellor News IU Kokomo emeritus faculty member recognized for IU Kokomo adds women’s basketball, hires Kokomo Wayne James sworn in as IU Kokomo chief of IU Kokomo director Marilyn Skinner receives First Cougar athlete qualifies for national IU Kokomo’s Enactus food drive receives boost IU Kokomo students decorate Seiberling Mansion IU Kokomo volleyball earns tournament bid; players IU Kokomo faculty member chosen for Clinton IU Kokomo student lands dream job weeks before Students partner, share information at “Block Out Joint simulation gives students chance to Allied health classes use Cole Fitness Center as IU Kokomo cross country team sets high goals for IU Kokomo students gain job experience, benefit Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College Contact Marie Radel Director of Media and Marketing 10 SEPT E MB E R 20 1 1 (765) 455-9468  meradel@iuk.edu KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo Cougar Women’s Volleyball team made history on Saturday (Sept. 10) by winning its first game against Grace College. The Cougars beat the Lancers 25-22, 25-22. Danielle Rush Communications Specialist “This is an amazing accomplishment for our team,” said Coach Kristen Snoddy. “We have come together in a short amount of time and have proven we are competitive and driven. I am so proud of all the players.” Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team. (765) 455-9414  darush@iuk.edu Find us on Facebook Indiana University Kokomo Like 2,637 people like Indiana University Kokomo. “I am thrilled to share this amazing experience with the coaches and the team who have worked so hard to reach this goal,” Harris said. “They are Coach Snoddy and the team celebrate scoring a point. fulfilling the dream and vision of the campus by proving to be a first-rate team. This is a great, historic day for IU Kokomo and its future as a world class regional campus.” Spearheading the victory were setter Rachael Williams' 21 assists, middle hitter Jenna Pelling's 8 kills, and libero Emily West's 10 digs. The Cougars host Grace College at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, September 14, at their home site of Northwestern High School.  Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Women’s Volleyball team gains experience in first two games Facebook social plugin 28 AUG U S T 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – The start of athletics at Indiana University Kokomo got off with a big bang even though the women’s volleyball team went 0-2 in its opening weekend of play. Despite losing matches to Indiana Tech on Saturday and Vincennes University on file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
  2. 2. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball Sunday, coach Kristen Snoddy said the Cougars gained something from the experience. www.flickr.com   “I saw dramatic improvement from one day to the next,” said Snoddy. “If we had played on Saturday like we did on Sunday, we’d have won that match.”   Sunday the Cougars opened their home schedule at Northwestern High School against the Trailblazers before a packed house. The final scores were not indicative of the effort put forth by the new team. Vincennes won 25-15, 25-17 and 25-12, despite a strong performance by IU Kokomo.   The first game of the match saw the Cougars fall down 7-0 before scoring their first point on a strong serve by Lael Burrus. The Trailblazers, thanks to the strong play by the back line, pushed the score to 18-6 before IU Kokomo could make another run. The Cougars cut the lead to 23-15 but Vincennes put the game away with two quick points.   The Cougars found their feet in the second game, battling to a 7-4 lead early in the match. Vincennes stormed back, reclaimed the lead at 9-8 and pushed its advantage to 2117 before pulling away for the win.   In the best of five set, the Cougars fell behind early in the third match as Vincennes built a 13-3 lead. IU Kokomo never came closer than eight the rest of the way.   “Our improvement today (Sunday) was incredible,” Snoddy said. “We made about half as many mistakes as we did the day before.”   Snoddy understands the pressure the players in a new program feel.   Liz Barney (15) gets the volleyball over the net. See More “We were playing against a team with several scholarship players,” she said. “This is still a club sport for us. But we played well today and we will get better as the season goes along.”   Against Vincennes, the Cougars were led by Krista Armstrong with 29 digs and Shelby Spall with six kills. Rachael Williams led the team with nine assists from the setter position.   “I have to give Rachael credit,” Snoddy said. “She wasn’t really a setter but she knew we needed one. She stepped up and took the position when we needed her to.”   In addition, the Cougars received solid play from Payton Landseadel, Jenna Peling, Brittany Royer, Alex Wylie, Emily West and Liz Barney.   Indiana Tech The Cougars opened the season against Indiana Tech, losing 25-16, 25-17, and 25-14. “We had some opening game jitters,” Snoddy said. “That was to be expected. We had lots of errors but we played with lots of emotion.”   The next match for the Cougars is Sept. 6 against Goshen College at Northwestern High School with a 7 p.m. start time. On Sept. 10, IU Kokomo travels to Grace College for a three-way match with the first game at 9 a.m.   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Go to IU Kokomo's photostream file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
  3. 3. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball Tailgate party kicks off opening of IU Kokomo women’s volleyball 28 AUG U S T 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – More than 300 people joined in the celebration and support of the Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball team at a tailgate party and inaugural home opener on Sunday (August 28).   Cougar fans of all ages enjoyed great food, fun and music, including the t-shirt launcher and corn hole games, sponsored by the IU Kokomo Alumni Association. The Cougar Women’s Volleyball team played the Trailblazers of Vincennes University at Northwestern High School.   “I’m excited for the first game ever at IUK,” said senior Jordan Ousley. “I think we're going to have a good year. It's something for these girls to build on for the future. I'm really excited to see how they do it.”   IU Kokomo basketball player Seus Parker showed up to cheer on the volleyball team as well.   Student Jordan Ousley gets his war paint for the first Cougar home game. See More “I can’t wait for the girls to play,” Parker said, a freshman. “I’m part of the basketball team and I think it’s important to support our girls’ first year out here. We’re all Cougars.”   The IU Kokomo Crescendos led the crowd in the IU fight song. Students, faculty, and staff were on hand to share in Cougar pride and enjoy the pre-game festivities.   “I’m really excited to be here for the game,” said Professor of Finance Dianne Roden, as she enjoyed the tailgate party. “It’s such a beautiful day and there are so many people here. There is a camaraderie and excitement and energy that is great.”   Chancellor Michael Harris, who encouraged and supported club sports to be made available for students at IU Kokomo, was more than pleased with the turnout.   “You can just feel the pride and excitement in the air,” he said. “I am so proud of our women’s volleyball team – win or lose. They have worked so hard, and I know they will continue to work even harder throughout the season.”   IU Kokomo Volleyball Coach Kristen Snoddy is optimistic about the upcoming season.   “We had some big improvement in terms of fewer errors. In terms of intensity we had some longer runs,” she said after the game. “If we continue to improve, I’m going to predict that we’re going to have some big wins.”   The IU Kokomo Cougars will play Goshen College on September 6, at 7 p.m. at Northwestern High School.   Kokomo’s Windmill Grill catered the event, while local DJ Kevin Boucher provided the music.   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
  4. 4. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball Cougar women’s volleyball at Indiana Tech 27 AUG U S T 2 0 1 1 The IU Kokomo Cougar women’s volleyball team opened its first season of intercollegiate competition in Fort Wayne against the Indiana Tech Lady Warriors, a very strong program -- 126-41 wins over the last four years and a top 12 finish in the 2009 National Tournament. As slated, the Cougars competed against Tech’s JV squad, falling 16-25, 14-25 and 17-25.  At one point in the third set, the Cougar’s owned a five point lead; however, as was characteristic throughout most of the match, unforced errors plagued the team in its first showing.  Coach Kristen Snoddy commented, “It wasn’t as though the errors fell into one category in particular. We just did not play well in long enough spurts, and that may have certainly been due to the fact that this was the first collegiate competition for all but one of our girls, and perhaps there was added pressure and excitement over it being the first ever showing for the Cougars – very historic.” Jenna Pelling and Krista Armstrong had 6 and 5 kills respectively and setter Rachael Williams had 10 assists. Libero Emily West had 9 digs. Snoddy acknowledged the girls’ accomplishments yet stated some ambivalence over the match. “I told the team after the match that I was equally pleased and disappointed. On the one hand, we learned today that when we play well we are certainly competitive. It is not a matter of us not belonging here. Quite truthfully, as new players and coaches we were not sure how we would measure up until today. The downside is that we beat ourselves – had we played as well as we are capable of playing, we could have very well come out on the other side of this.” The women host the next two opponents, Vincennes on August 28 and Goshen on September 6. Tailgate party to mark opening of Cougar women’s volleyball season 22 AUG U S T 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Come join Indiana University Kokomo for food and fun as they kick off the opening of the women’s intercollegiate athletics program with a tailgate party on Sunday, August 28, at 12:30 p.m. at Northwestern High School. The IU Kokomo Cougars will take on Vincennes University at 2 p.m. Leading the Cougars in their first season is Coach Kristen Snoddy, a senior lecturer in English, who previously coached at Northwestern. Coach Snoddy said the team is more than ready to take on the Trailblazers.   “We have been working hard since the beginning of June, and we are very ready to begin our season and see where we stand,” she said. “The support from the community and the campus has been wonderful. There is definitely a buzz outside the campus and I really think we’re going to have a great crowd.”   The inaugural women’s volleyball team consists of 10 student athletes: Krista Armstrong, Bunker Hill; Liz Barney, Wabash; Lael Burrus, Denver; Payton Landseadel, Tipton; Jenna Pelling, Michigantown; Brittany Royer, Rossville; Shelby Spall, Kokomo; Emily West, Peru; Rachael Williams, Kendall, Wisc.; and Alex Wylie, Bunker Hill. Cougar volleyball Team   The IU Kokomo Alumni Association, sponsor of the tailgate party, will give a free gift to the first 50 alumni who arrive to cheer on the Cougars. The Windmill Grill is catering the event, and music will be provided by local DJ Kevin Boucher. Attendees should bring their own seating.   The tailgate will be alcohol and tobacco free. ß   Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. Team effort helps kids stay FIT 15 JUN E 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Nursing students and the Lady Cougars at Indiana University Kokomo teamed up Tuesday to teach fitness, good health, and even a few volleyball skills to local youth. The first annual FIT Kamp kicked off this week, sponsored by the School of Nursing, to teach kids ages six through 13 the importance of exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. FIT Kamp joins two long-running camps – Camp Eeze-The-Wheeze and file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
  5. 5. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball KIDDS Kamp – which teach children with asthma and diabetes how to live with and manage their diseases. More than 30 local children are participating. Samantha Dalpoas, 12, who attended the Camp Eeze-TheWheeze last year, was one of the dozen FIT campers who enjoyed exercising at the Jackson Morrow Park sand courts. “I’ve learned about how to take care of myself, deal with asthma, and stay fit,” said Dalpoas. “I decided to attended FIT Kamp this year because I wanted to learn how to stay healthy, how to eat healthy, and exercise. This has been a lot of fun working with the volleyball team.” Cougar team members led exercises for campers – running scrimmages against nursing students, backwards and diagonally, and correctly hitting volleyballs. The Cougars and the Kampers do one last rally before they say goodbye to each other... Photos “This week has been very fun and I’ve definitely enjoyed interacting with the kids,” said junior Ashley VanSkyock, a nursing major. “Just knowing kids are learning about being healthy and active is rewarding. I’m probably going to be sad when this week is over. It’s certainly made me think about specializing in pediatric nursing.” Eleven-year-old Gradyn Rogers showed off his competitiveness during the exercises, challenging everyone to sprint races in the sand. “Today is the best so far, because we finally got to race and I love racing,” said Rogers, a little breathless after racing Assistant Volleyball Coach Melissa Wetekamp. “My parents signed me up for this camp, and I’m glad they did, because I know what I’m going to be doing next summer!” Brittany Royer, a junior who transferred from Ivy Tech Lafayette to play on the Cougar team, was excited about having the experience of working with the campers. “I’ve coached fourth graders before and it’s fun working with kids because they get so excited,” said Royer. “Kids want to learn to hit the ball right away and are anxious to play.” For Ora Peters, helping out at camp is more than just a service project. “Coming together with my classmates and meeting various kids in the community has been a great experience,” Peters said. “Just to see the number of kids participating, whether it’s to learn more about staying fit, diabetes, or asthma has been rewarding. This has been very enlightening and enjoyable.” Student interaction with the campers is vital to the success of these camps, and Lynda Narwold, director of the R.N.-B.S.N. programs and a camp coordinator, is pleased with the outcome. “This activity is great for campers, nursing students, and the volleyball team,” she said. “It gives our kids a chance to have fun while exercising, and it gives the students a chance to work with youth.” Photos  Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana. IU Kokomo signs seven volleyballers 16 MAY 2 0 1 1   KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s volleyball team brought together the core of its team on Friday, May 13, as seven athletes signed to become part of the newly-formed squad. Coach Kristen Snoddy, Chancellor Michael Harris, and Assistant Athletic Director Sarah Sarber welcomed the seven women in a signing ceremony at Kresge Auditorium.  Coach Snoddy said the seven will form the nucleus of the Lady Cougars that could number 15 players before the season starts. “We wanted to sign these seven first since they are already college students,” Snoddy said. “We have four more athletes we want to sign that are file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
  6. 6. IU Kokomo Women's Volleyball currently high school students. We will have those ceremonies at their schools.” Snoddy said the 11 signees could be joined by as many four more players before the fall season begins. Chancellor Harris said athletics is quickly becoming part of student life at the university. Seven new volleyball players pose for a photo with Chancellor Harris. “We are very delighted to have you here,” Harris said to the students and their families. “We are very serious about athletics, but more importantly, we are very serious about education. Athletics has an important role in education.” All seven athletes indicated that the university’s size and closeness to home were factors in their decision. Read more... Indiana University Kokomo women's volleyball tryouts slated 06 APRI L 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo is coming one step closer to establishing its first women’s volleyball team. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, April 12 through 14, tryouts for the women’s volleyball team will be held in the Northwestern High School gymnasium. Eligible athletes must be full-time students and in good academic standing. Earlier this year, IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris announced the addition of club sports to student activities – offering competitive men’s basketball and women’s volleyball with an eye on joining the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) by fall 2012. In March, Kristen Snoddy, senior lecturer in English, was named coach of the campus’ first women’s volleyball team. “There are approximately 25 women who have expressed an interest in playing on the team,” said Coach Snoddy, who has about 30 years of experience in coaching volleyball. “I am pleased so far with the interest and the encouragement that I have received both on and off campus.”   Read more... Kristen Snoddy named first women's volleyball coach 17 MAR C H 2 0 1 1 KOKOMO, Ind. – Indiana University Kokomo has named the first women’s volleyball coach for the upcoming fall season, and tryouts are scheduled for mid-April. Kristen Snoddy, senior lecturer in English, has a 30-year history of coaching volleyball, most recently for Northwestern High School. She encourages all interested students to attend try outs tentatively scheduled for April 12, 13, and 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northwestern High School gym. Read more... Page 2 of 2 << Start < Prev 1 2 Next > End >> file:///C|/.../mharris50/Pictures/Cougar Women’s Volleyball nets first win against Grace College, Chancellor Michael Harris attended the game and shared the proud moment with the team!.htm[12/11/2013 10:22:37 PM]
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