Sports, Thursday, March 18th

By: Nathan Bloechl — 

College Volleyball: Wesleyan Can’t Overcome Blue Jays:

The Iowa Wesleyan volleyball team was taken down in straight sets yesterday, falling 3-0 to Westminster.

The Tigers played to a close tilt in the second set, but the Blue Jays held on for a 26-24 win. They came back in the third set with a 25-19 win after winning set one 25-12.

Malie DaMate led the Tigers with seven kills, Skylar Garcille added five.

Lindsay Fernandes led the team with eight assists, while Leamaris Fuentes led the back row with 10 digs.

The loss drops Iowa Wesleyan to 1-11 overall.

They’ll be back at home this Saturday when they welcome in the Gorloks of Webster University.

First serve is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Men’s College Basketball: Drake, DeVries Agree on Eight-Year Extension:

Drake University Director of Athletics Brian Hardin has announced that the University and head men’s basketball coach Darian DeVries have agreed to an 8-year contract extension through the 2028-29 season.

DeVries, who is currently in his third season at Drake, guided the Bulldogs to their first at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament this season after compiling 25 wins, the third-most in the nation and third-most in program history.

DeVries has a career record of 69-28 at Drake with three-straight 20-win seasons.

In three seasons, DeVries has twice been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year and is only the second Drake head coach to earn the honor multiple times.

DeVries and the Bulldogs take on Wichita State this evening in a First Four matchup. The winner will play sixth-seeded USC on Saturday.

Women’s College Basketball: Iowa’s Clark Tabbed Second Team All-America:

Iowa freshman guard Caitlin Clark has been honored for her terrific inaugural campaign in Iowa City.

The Des Moines native was named an Associated Press Second Team All-American yesterday.

Clark is in rarefied air with the selection.

She is just the eighth Hawkeye to be named AP All-American and the first freshman.

In 27 games Clark averaged 26.7 points and 7.2 assists while connecting on 47% of her shots from the field.

The fifth-seeded Hawkeyes will open NCAA Women’s Tournament action on Sunday when they take on the Chippewas of Central Michigan.

Tip is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

College Wrestling: Iowa Favored in NCAA Championships:

The top ranked Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team hopes the wait is worth it as the NCAA Championships begin today in St. Louis.

The Hawkeyes were heavily favored to win the team title last season when the tournament was cancelled.

Iowa is coming off a dominant performance at the Big Ten Championships.

The Hawkeyes have four wrestlers who are top seeded, including 125-pounder Spencer Lee, who is favored to win his third national title.

The NCAA Championships are being wrestled in St. Louis.