July 2012 Archives
Women's soccer alum Nataly Arias and her Colombian team were eliminated from competition today, after a 1-0 loss to France in the quarterfinals.
She's been on the Colombian national team since late 2010 and played every minute in the World Cup and the Pan American Games last year.
Arias played in College Park from 2004-08 and was team captain in her senior year. She was named to the All-ACC Freshman team in 2004, as well as the SoccerBuzz All-American Freshman Team.
Here's a Washington Post article from earlier this month on her life now: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nataly-arias-olympic-soccer/2012/07/18/gJQAsotjtW_story.html
All five of the Terrapin athletes in London will be in action Tuesday, with men's basketball alums Sarunas Jasikevicius and Lithuania taking on Ekene Ibewke and Nigeria. For more on that matchup, see today's earlier entry below. Nataly Arias and the Colombian women's soccer team will play France.
Field hockey superstars Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo (right) will take on Argentina, the No. 2 team in the world, with the rest of Team USA, after beating ARG twice in the past year. Team USA beat top-ranked Argentina, 4-1, in October to win gold at the Pan American Games and clinch its Olympic bid. In June, the U.S. went 1-1-2 in a test series with Argentina in Virginia. Head coach Missy Meharg will commentate on the game for NBC.
Lithuania (Sarunas Jasikevicius) vs. Nigeria (Ekene Ibekwe)
9:30 a.m. ET (LIVE)
NBC Basketball Channel
Colombia (Nataly Arias) vs. France
12:15 p.m. ET (LIVE)
USA (Katie O'Donnell, Keli Smith Puzo) vs. Argentina
2:00 p.m. ET
Terrapin head coach Missy Meharg on the call for NBC
For full television listings and more details, log on to http://www.nbcolympics.com/get-local/tvlistings.html. For all games not featuring a USA team, please check TV listings closer to event's scheduled time. Games streamed online atNBCOlympics.com.
Anyone remember this huge Terps win on Dec. 7, 1997?
Sarunas and No. 23 Maryland beat No. 2 Kansas, 86-83, in the Franklin National Bank Classic at the then-MCI Center in Washington D.C. for the Jayhawks' first loss of the year. Sarunas scored 21 points with four boards and three assists. He hit two free throws with 1:45 to go to give Maryland the lead for good.
In his time as a Terp (1995-98), Sarunas scored 929 points and dished 273 assists. He helped lead the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet Sixteens. As a senior, he averaged 12.4 points per game and a team-high 39.7 percent from outside the arc.
In Ekene Ibekwe's four years (2004-07), he helped bring home Gary Williams' first ACC title and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In his senior year, the Terps went 3-0 vs. Duke and North Carolina in a three-week span in February. Throughout that stretch, the Terrapins remained unranked.
Check out this clip from the Terps' win over No. 14 Duke at Cameron on Feb. 28, 2007.
Ekene finished this game with 17 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two assists. He scored six of his points in the last two minutes to help hold off the Blue Devils. The Terrapins would go on to earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Davidson, 82-70, in the First Round.
Ekene finished his career in the top 45 of all Maryland scorers with 1,107 points. He is No. 11 in rebounds with 781 and No. 5 all-time in blocks with 230. In his senior year, he led the ACC in blocks with 88 on the year.
Check out Sarunas' Lithuania team taking on Ibekwe's Nigeria team Tuesday LIVE at 9:30 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Channel. For more info on where to watch, log on to http://www.nbcolympics.com/get-local/tvlistings.html. All games are broadcast online at NBCOlympics.com.
Katie, Keli and Team USA will take on Argentina at 2 p.m. ET LIVE on MSNBC. The Americans have gone 2-1-2 vs. Argentina, the top-ranked team in the world, in the last year. The U.S. beat Argentina, 4-2, last October for the gold medal in the Pan American Games and its beat to the Olympics. In June, the Americans went 1-1-2 vs. Argentina in a test series in Virginia.
In men's basketball, Ekene Ibewke's Nigerian team beat Tunisia, 60-56. Sarunas Jasikevicius and his Lithuanian team fell to Argentina, 102-79. Sarunas added six points and four assists in his 19 minutes on the floor.
These two Terrapins will play each other Tuesday when Nigeria and Lithuania play at 9:30 a.m. ET. That game is tentatively scheduled to be shown live on the NBC Basketball Channel.
In women's soccer, former Terp Nataly Arias and Colombia will play France Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. ET LIVE on MSNBC.
For more information on where to watch, log on to http://www.nbcolympics.com/get-local/tvlistings.html. Watch all games live or replays at NBCOlympics.com.
In Saturday's action, women's soccer star Nataly Arias and Colombia fell to Team USA 3-0 in Glasgow, Scotland.
The four other Terrapin Olympian athletes will compete on Sunday. Their times, opponents and channels are listed below, but for more info, log on to http://www.nbcolympics.com/get-local/tvlistings.html.
The volleyball season is quickly approaching as we reach the end of July. The Terps begin practice August 8. As the season nears, I will be introducing you to the newest members of the Terrapin squad starting with Dani Bozzini. Dani starred at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., before arriving in College Park. She was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and a two-year letterwinner in basketball for the Monarchs.
This week's edition of Meet the Terps catches up with rising sophomore Juliet Vongphoumy. Vongphoumy enjoyed a strong freshmen campaign and finished with the lowest single-season scoring average in school history.
Head coach Missy Meharg and former Terrapin standouts Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith Puzo, are all geared up to take part in the 2012 Olympics in London over the next few weeks.
O'Donnell, the 2009 and 2010 Honda Sports Award winner, and Smith Puzo, a three-time All-American, are both key players for the U.S. Olympic Team. Meharg will work for NBC as an analyst on the field hockey broadcasts.
For more on the field hockey Terps in London, log on to http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-fieldh/spec-rel/072612aac.html.
Back in June, the Maryland wrestling coaching staff hit Times Square for the 2012 Beat the Streets Gala in New York City, which featured the United States Men's Freestyle Olympic Team.
Current and former Terps kicked off the month of July in a big way this past week.
On Wednesday, rising junior Sean Bosdosh won the 91st Maryland Open, while former Terp Fred Funk tied for second at the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday.
This week's edition of Meet the Terps catches up with rising junior Emily Gimpel. Gimpel joined the Terps in the fall after spending her freshman year at William and Mary. Gimpel has been featured in several publications for her work with Junior Golf Clubs Cancer, which can be found on Facebook.
Rising senior Remy McBain is in Puerto Rico training with the Puerto Rico Women's National Volleyball Team while the squad prepares for the start of the Pan American Games in Mexico. McBain will be providing us an exclusive look inside her trip over the next few days.
Rising senior Remy McBain is in Puerto Rico training with the Puerto Rico Women's National Volleyball Team this week while the squad prepares for the start of the Pan American Games next week in Mexico. McBain will be providing us an exclusive look inside her trip over the next few days.
With the start of the 2012 season a little over a month away, two future Maryland volleyball players concluded their club careers Sunday in the gold medal match of the 18 Open Division at the 2012 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Over the course of the next several weeks, I'll introduce you to each member of the Maryland women's golf team including the incoming freshmen. This is an opportunity to learn a little about more about the women who hit the links throughout the year. This week, rising senior Christine Shimel reflects on her time in College Park.