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Friday, August 27th, 2010 - 9:48 am

Athletic expansion underway;
4 new teams begin competition

The debut of four varsity sports teams is prompting what promises to be a busy fall of Purdue Calumet intercollegiate competition. Men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball squads are beginning play, marking the first time in a decade that Purdue Calumet has sponsored more than two intercollegiate athletic programs. Here are team previews.

Men’s Golf

Head coach Matt Meneghetti has high expectations for his team in its inaugural season. Leading the Peregrines is captain Rupert Kurmis. Others joining him include Richard Boltvitz, Luke Marthaler, Matt Mishevich, Dana Plant, Adam Sauter and Ryan Seapan, and incoming freshmen Matt Barenie, Danny Johnson and Marty Wisnewski. The squad, which will compete in the fall and spring, kicks off its fall campaign in mid-September.

Men’s Tennis

Adam Morris and freshmen Matt Redensik, James Haywood and Eli Wilson are expected to lead the Peregrines under the direction of veteran local coach Donn Gobbie. “Our main goal is to instantly become a respectable program,” Gobbie said. “We want to hit the ground running with a viable program that will represent Purdue Calumet with pride.” The Black and Gold open fall phase of its fall/spring season Sep. 12.

Women’s Tennis

The team sports a balanced group of upper and underclassmen who will look to improve with each match. Transfer Jamie Pittman will lead the squad. Among those joining her is freshman Alyssa Hojnicki, who starred at high school state finalist Highland this spring. Other former high school standouts Dawn Jaranowski, Kara Buchholz, Jamie Kuscera, DeeNoel Clayton and Kiki Bytner also should contribute.

Women’s Volleyball

Former standout Natalie Shadowen returns to her alma mater to oversee a volleyball revival. “Our goal is to win close to 10 matches with a group of kids who are good students and bring the necessary passion to the volleyball court,” the coach said. Shadowen is looking to front row players Ashley Eaves, Chelsie Kelly and Savannah Hauter; setter Julie Sipek; and defensive specialists Maria Frebis and Carlie Crosby to lead the way.

Check the Peregrines’ website for more information about each team, including schedules, post-game recaps and other news.

Jordon Bruner, assistant director of sports information, marketing and event management, provided team previews.