UE News and Notes for May 6, 2013

—UE celebrated commencement over the weekend, when a number of student-athletes graduated including all six of the men’s basketball team’s seniors. It continues a streak that I wrote about last fall: 77 four-year players in a row have graduated in a streak that dates back to 1989.

—Other graduates Saturday included Kristen Davis from the women’s soccer team. Her newscasting uncle, Al Roker, and aunt, Deborah Roberts, attended the ceremony at the Ford Center.

—Since Cowley County (Kansas) Community College guard Ben Vozzola announced Saturday that he’ll attend Cal State Northridge and play for new coach Reggie Theus, no new names have popped up online on UE’s recruiting radar. Still in the mix is Virginia native Travis Hester, a prep school guard also offered by Theus.

—UE’s baseball team swept a two-game, rain-shortened series at Indiana State and enters the regular season’s final stretch fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference standings behind the Sycamores, Southern Illinois and Bradley. Up next is a mid-week home game against SIU Edwardsville at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

—The Aces’ softball team, which finished the regular season 20-29 after rain washed out its series with Illinois State over the weekend, heads into the MVC tournament in Omaha, Neb., as the seventh seed. UE plays sixth-seeded Missouri State at 1:35 p.m. Thursday. The MVC will broadcast all tournament games online.

—Basketball website “Scouting the Mid-Majors” recently wrote about UE senior Colt Ryan’s professional aspirations. Ryan, the Aces’ all-time leading scorer, is still training out of town as he searches for the right fit but did make it back to Evansville for graduation.

—UE women’s basketball coach Oties Epps tweeted some impressive academic numbers for his team: a 3.463 grade-point average during the spring semester and 3.4 for the year.

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—A pair of UE cross country runners competed in the country’s largest mini marathon over the weekend, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon in Indianapolis. Among women’s runners, junior Kelby Jenkins finished ninth overall with a time of 1:23:24. Fellow junior Nicole Kruzman ended up 15th with a time of 1:26:07.

—Diamond Taylor, a rising senior guard at Southern Illinois, plans to transfer following a season marred by his off-the-court legal issues. Taylor, who was in his fourth year of college basketball after another transfer from Wisconsin, averaged fewer than a point and a rebound a game for the Salukis last season.

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