Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Fall Sports Recap

Volleyball team features 3 NAIA Scholar Athletes

The Purdue Calumet women’s volleyball team wrapped up its first season in more than a decade with a 2-19 overall record and a 1-10 mark in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Division II.

Savanna Hauter
NAIA Scholar Athlete Hauter (right) helped trigger PUC’s volleyball return

Purdue Calumet’s resumption of intercollegiate volleyball included a victory over local rival Calumet College of St. Joseph. Ashley Eaves of Gary topped the Peregrines with 111 kills on the year, while Julie Sipek (Lombard, IL) posted a team-best 173 assists, and Savannah Hauter (Schererville) tallied a team-leading 153 digs.

Purdue Calumet earned recognition for its success in the classroom, as well, with three individuals garnering Daktronics-NAIA Volleyball Scholar-Athlete honors. Senior Alexis Valle (Monticello), junior Heather McCaslin (Grant Park, IL) and sophomore Hauter were named NAIA Scholar Athletes by combining athletic success with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

“The volleyball team and coaches are very proud of the athletes who have been named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete list,” Head Coach Natalie Shadowen said. “The athletic department, as well the coaching staff, understands that academics are our student-athletes’ first priority.  Purdue University Calumet’s staff has helped keep our athletes on the right track, and with the internal drive and passion of Alexis, Heather and Savannah, success is in their future.”

Men’s golf, men’s & women’s tennis squads also debut

Purdue Calumet men’s golf and men’s & women’s tennis teams also began intercollegiate competition last fall on a limited basis in preparation for their 2011 championship seasons this spring

Rupert Kurmis
Kurmis leads the Peregrines men’s golf squad.

Men’s Golf: Rupert Kurmis (Valparaiso) led the men’s golf team, earning team medalist honors in all four of his squad’s tournaments. The Black and Gold’s fall campaign was highlighted by a 14th-place finish at the St. Francis Fall Classic, as Purdue Calumet shot a season-best round of 313. Kurmis finished seventh overall with a round of 72, while Matt Mishevich (Crown Point) and Dana Plant (Cedar Lake) shot 78 and 79, respectively.

Men’s Tennis: Leading the men’s tennis squad were freshmen Matt Radencic (Schererville) and James Hayworth (Crown Point). The two opened the fall campaign with victories in their first two collegiate matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Mark Bauman (Goshen) also tallied a victory in singles play, while Haworth teamed with Scott Reynolds (Portage) to claim a victory in No. 2 doubles.

Mark Bauman Felicia Deardorff
Bauman and Deardorff are key members of the men’s and women’s tennis squads this spring.

Women’s Tennis: Purdue Calumet’s women’s tennis program wrapped up fall play led by Felicia Deardorff (Hammond), who finished 1-2 in singles action. The Peregrines’ new program will allow the CCAC to offer a conference championship in women’s tennis with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NAIA Championships in Mobile, Ala. this May. The Black and Gold will compete for the automatic bid on April 18, during conference quarterfinals play.

Stay tuned to the Peregrines’ athletic site ( for more updates on all three sports, as they resume play this spring.

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