Flyers fall sports create season of firsts for UD

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — There has been plenty to celebrate for the Flyer Faithful this fall.

Between four of the university’s fall sports, there have been four A-10 championships, three NCAA tournament appearances, and an impressive 34-4-2 combined record during conference play.

All the success has kept student-athletes pretty busy.

“All the teams just support the other teams,” said Angel Agu, a fifth-year senior and middle blocker for the volleyball team. “That’s what Flyer pride is all about.”

It has been that support Agu said inspired the volleyball team towards an A-10 conference championship. The team will automatically appear in the NCAA tournament. The selection show is set for Sunday, Nov. 29.

Agu and other student-athletes said one of the struggles this season has been trying to get to other games to keep the support going.

Some of the athletes and student fanbase most recently traveled to the first round of the NCAA tournament.

“We had a couple football players at the men’s soccer match that went into PK’s which they won at the end,” said Alex Jeske, quarterback for the football team. “The celebration at the end was really cool. ”

In the second round of the same tournament, Flyers fans had a strong show of support despite the soccer team’s loss to Ohio State University. It was the program’s first-ever appearance in the second-round of the tournament.

“A lot of people said we had more fans there than the OSU fans so it’s just so great to see the Flyer family just travels for everybody,” said Mickey Ludlow, a member of the cross country and track team.

The gridiron also held plenty of success for the Flyers this year. The football team won the Pioneer Football League giving the university its first-ever berth into the FCS Playoffs.

The game will be played at Welcome Stadium against Western Illinois on Nov. 28 at noon.

“I think that’s a credit to the university and the organization that we’ve done in NCAA activities here and all the different tournament games that we’ve hosted,” said Rick Chamberlin, Head Coach for the football team. “I think that played a big part into the decision to bring the first round game here.”

Reflecting on her five years, Agu said it has been great to see the progress during her time at the University of Dayton. She hopes to add one more championship in the NCAA volleyball tournament.

“I think just the program in itself has really grown,” said Agu. “It’s just really cool to see that these last five years.”

The women’s soccer team also finished the season 8-2 in the Atlantic 10. The team finished second in the conference.

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