Fall Season Set to Begin


Photo by Brinkley Beever

The volleyball team celebrates a point after a rally. The team played against Missouri State University last season. Photo by Graduate Student Brinkley Beever.

 Fall sports are ramping up at the University of Central Missouri, with the Women’s Soccer team already played their second game.

  The UCM Women’s Soccer team played on Aug. 25 against Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a win 3-2. They also played against Oklahoma Baptist University on Aug. 27 winning 3-1. Other fall sports will have home games coming up in the next few days.

  The next home game soccer will have is on Sept. 9 against Missouri Southern State University.

  Cross Country will have its time trial on Sept. 7 at the South Recreation field. The time trial night will consist of all of the lights turned off and glow sticks around the course for the runners to see. The cross country head coach, Kirk Pedersen, is ready for the season to start. He said that this year’s teams, boys and girls, will consist of 12 runners on each.

  “It’s a great team and it’s a group that works together,” Pedersen said. “I’m excited to see how this team grows as it will be a smaller team.”

  The volleyball season started their season Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 when they took a trip to Pensacola, Florida for tournament games. Their record is now 2-1. Redshirt junior setter Olivia Olson said she is looking forward to seeing how the team will form because there were lots of graduates on the team last year.

  “We have a great team chemistry and I think that it’s super beneficial to how we play on the court as it translates really well,” Olson said.

  The Mules football team will travel to Pittsburg State University on Sept. 1 and then back home on Sept. 8 for the home opener against Washburn University. Last season their record was 4-7 under former head coach Jim Svoboda.

  Women’s bowling season will start on Oct. 1 with a scrimmage and on Oct. 7th at home against the University of Nebraska and Lincoln University.  

  While many teams have been prepping for their seasons, fans are also looking forward to the first game. 

  Junior UCM THRIVE student Ben Avery said he is ready for the season to begin. Avery is majoring in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in sports reporting and broadcasting. The sport that Avery said he watches the most is either football or baseball at UCM. Avery said he interviewed players last year and is looking forward to doing more interviews this year, along with commentating on games.