February 8, 2013

Weekend Preview

By Byron Mitchell '14

WINCHESTER, Va. - This coming weekend is a light one at SU with only men's tennis slated to have a home event. Coach Larry Hubbard's club opens its 2013 season Saturday night against DII Shepherd – like the women's match last week, the men will play the match indoors at Winchester Country Club beginning at 6 p.m.

Looking slightly forward, on Tuesday, the women's basketball program will put on its annual Play4Kay event in a 7:00 game against Randolph-Macon.

After a disappointing 0-15 season last spring, the men's tennis team is looking to turn fortune around in its first-ever ODAC season with a strong group of men ready to make a change in the program.

"I have vividly high expectations for our team this year," said senior captain Michael Milanov. "Out of all the years I have been at Shenandoah, I feel this year's team will bring out the most amount of success.

"I've been fortunate to play for Shenandoah and as my last year I hope to influence others that if we consistently put in the hard work, it will bring success back to us."

Milanov, a two-time All-USA South honoree, headlines the program at the No. 1 singles and doubles positions again this spring.

Tuesday night at 7 p.m., the SU women's basketball squad (10-12, 6-7 ODAC) hosts its final regular season home game in Shingleton Gymnasium this season against ODAC opponent Randolph-Macon College (5-17, 4-9).

The match will be the second meeting between the Hornets and R-MC this winter. The Yellow Jackets were 70-69 winners in Ashland three weeks ago.

During the game, head coach C.K. Calhoun and her team will put on the Play 4Kay event to bring awareness to breast cancer. 

"This game shows our team support towards breast cancer awareness," said sophomore forward Holly Chittenden. "So many people have been affected by this—through friends or family—that we want to support them and encourage others to do the same."

Play 4Kay—a charitable organization committed to being part of finding an answer in the fight against breast cancer—allows coaches throughout the nation to raise breast cancer awareness on the court, throughout campus and in the community.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, Kay Yow, former North Carolina Sate University head women's basketball coach, organized the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to raise money for cancer research.

Play4Kay, formerly "Think Pink" and "Pink Zone", is named in Yow's honor.

On Jan. 24, 2009, she passed away after suffering a third occurrence of the disease.

The Kay Yow Cancer Fund has been in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation for the last seven years and has raised over $7 million for breast cancer research during that time.

"As a coach, my main goal is to get my team, fans and friends informed about breast cancer and how many people are affected," Calhoun said.

Donations to help the fight against breast cancer will be taken during the game.

The 2013 Play 4Kay project is an 11-day event (Feb. 8-18) that will conclude with ESPN's Play4Kay coverage on the 17th and 18th.