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—Missouri Valley Conference beat writers are posting their preseason picks (Wichita State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa). Most peg Evansville either fourth or fifth in the league. I have the Aces third and haven’t seen anyone else go that high. When making my picks, I figure if UE could finish third last year, the Aces can do so this year in an MVC that’s not any stronger. It’s also a pretty sure bet Colt Ryan will make preseason all-MVC when the lists is released Oct. 29.

Yahoo! Sports’ college basketball blog tabbed UE fifth in the MVC but also said coach Marty Simmons is on the “hot seat,” which shows how little research can sometimes go into these sort of things on the national level.

—I featured women’s freshman point guard Laura Friday in today’s paper, who will compete for the starting job with sophomore Kat Taylor. Coach Oties Epps — more on his background here — has talked up Friday quite a bit leading into this season.

—UE announced (or really reminded) on Tuesday that tickets for the Aces’ exhibition Oct. 27 against the University of Southern Indiana are still on sale — $18 or the lower bowl and $14 for upper.

—The MVC named UE sophomore Tatiana Pagan its women’s soccer defensive player of the week. Pagan, a defender, recorded an assist and helped shut out Northern Iowa on Saturday in the Aces’ 2-0 win. The women’s soccer team hosts Indiana State at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the first half of a soccer doubleheader at Arad McCutchan Stadium that ends with a UE-SIU Edwardsville men’s soccer nightcap.

—Courier & Press reporter John Martin wrote from Monday’s City Council meeting that the nine-member council again supports razing Roberts Stadium, although some are individually still against tearing down the Aces’ former arena.

—Steve Ford from the Courier & Press featured Castle High School senior Kayla Katterhenry, one of the area’s up-and-coming golfers, who has committed to UE.

—Big East Conference writers named Louisville their unanimous No. 1 team. Not far behind, in third, is Notre Dame. The Aces open against the Irish Nov. 10 in South Bend.

—ESPN published an interesting read today on how the unlimited contact rules between coaches and players has changed recruiting. In essence, it says coaches need to diversify their pitches now that players communicate more with each other.

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