November 2, 2012

Today's Blue & White - Nov. 2, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

Opening Kickoff!

Happy Homecoming!

This is truly one of Spike’s favorite weekends on The Citadel’s calendar and he’ll be on his best behavior all weekend for all of the festivities (to review all of the activities that that are going on, please refer to

Saturday’s game against Elon is the football team’s final home game of the season and they are heading toward a winning season.  Therefore, we need a solid crowd behind us, so bring all of your family and friends to the game.  To avoid lines at the ticket window, call 843/953-DOGS (3647) for your advance tickets.  They are also available online at and at

Speaking of tickets, basketball season is right around the corner (home opener is Nov. 10-11 with the Army ROTC All-Military Classic, presented by USAA and Schupp Enterprises, Inc.).  Coach Chuck Driesell and his staff have been preparing the 2012-13 team with intense practices, and the Bulldogs should be ready to go against VMI on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4 pm.

Congratulations are extended to soccer players Mariana Garcia and Vanessa Aponte, who were voted to the 2012 All-Southern Conference first and second teams, respectively,

As you’ve come to expect, we have another solid issue of news and notes, so enjoy and Go Bulldogs!!!

Citadel’s Second Half Comeback Falls Just Short in Loss at Wofford

The Citadel sliced a 17-point halftime deficit down to three at the outset of the fourth quarter, but three subsequent drives failed to produce points and the Bulldogs dropped a 24-21 decision at No. 7 Wofford.

The Citadel trailed 24-7 at halftime but touchdown runs of 44 yards by Darien Robinson and five yards by VanDyke Jones made it 24-21 following the first play of the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs got the ball back three more times but could not cross midfield.  Their final attempt at pulling off the comeback win ended when an Aaron Miller pass sailed over the head of Dom Jones on fourth down with 1:25 remaining.

The Citadel defense held Wofford to well more than 100 yards below its season averages in both rushing and total offense. The Terriers managed only 110 yards of total offense while being shut out in the second half.

Robinson led the Bulldogs with 85 rushing yards followed by Ben Dupree with 72. Dupree added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jones in the first quarter to give The Citadel the early lead.  Jones finished with four receptions for 58 yards.

Wofford’s Eric Breitenstein, a national player of the year candidate, rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns but was held to 50 yards below his season average.

Freshman James Riley, who was scheduled to redshirt, made his college debut as a starting linebacker for The Citadel and responded with a game-high 12 tackles including a sack.

The Citadel Hosts Elon in Homecoming Affair

Saturday’s Homecoming game features The Citadel hosting Elon in a 2 pm showdown.  The Cadets hold a 6-5 lead in the series, but Elon has won four in a row.  The Phoenix’s current winning streak over the Bulldogs have come by scores of 27-23 (2008), 43-7 (2009), 27-16 (2010) and 18-15 in overtime (2011).  In the previous three seasons, The Citadel won by scores of 21-0 (2005), 44-7 (2006) and 42-31 (2007).  Kevin Higgins is 3-4 against Elon while second-year coach Jason Swepson is 1-0 vs. The Citadel.

The Bulldogs need to win their final two SoCon games to record the first winning season in conference play since going 4-3 in 2006 and 2007.

Garcia Tabbed with First Team All-SoCon Honors; Aponte Voted to Second Team

Junior midfielders Mariana Garcia and Vanessa Aponte were voted to the 2012 All-Southern Conference first and second teams, respectively, by the league's head coaches.

Garcia had an historic season as the Bogota, Colombia, native broke school career records in goals (31), points (67) and shots on goal (100).  She closed out her junior campaign tied for 12th in the NCAA with 14 goals and tied for 34th with 28 points.

She has collected multiple awards during her three seasons at The Citadel.  In 2010, she received Freshman and Southern Conference Player of the Year honors and a season ago, she was named second team all-conference.

Aponte's name has also been etched into The Citadel record book as the junior captain sits in first place all-time for career assists (12) and shots (204).  In her three seasons, the Orlando, Fla., native broke season records for assists with seven in 2012 and shots with 83 in 2011.

During her freshman season, Aponte was named to the 2010 SoCon all-tournament team when she helped lead the Bulldogs to their first conference tournament appearance and win.

That same season she was also selected to the all-freshman team.  In 2011, Aponte was tabbed with first team all-conference honors.

Jannel Johnson was selected to the conference's all-freshman team as the Pembroke Pines, Fla., native collected five goals and 13 points.  Johnson also posted 67 shots, which is the fourth-most recorded in a season in Citadel history.

Keene, McKee Lead Bulldogs at 2012 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships

On a rainy Saturday morning at its home course of Laurel Hill Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, The Citadel men took ninth place while the women finished in 11th at the 2012 Southern Conference Championship race.

Kyle Keene led all Bulldog runners for the fourth time this season in his final collegiate cross country meet as the senior captain finished in 16th place with a time of 25:31. Joining Keene was Austin Waldrop (26th; 25:44), Atom Young (52nd; 26:46), Raeven Lantz (27:16) and Miles Keohane (27:49).

On the women's side, Danielle McKee closed out her junior campaign by leading all Bulldogs for the 18th consecutive race.  McKee posted a 18:42 to finish in 40th place.  Senior captain Micah Wessinger finished her cross country career in 64th place with a time of 19:52.  The freshmen trio of Caillian Colquitt (20:15), Jacqueline Thompson (20:15) and Jessica Dewitte (20:24) rounded out the top 5 for the women.

UNC Greensboro took the top two spots in the men's 8k, while Samford took the top two in the women's race.  Appalachian State took the team titles in both the men's (63 points) and women's (64 points) races.

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Volleyball Drops Home Matches to Georgia Southern, Davidson; Sweeps Savannah State

Senior Rachael Farrell finished with 10 kills and added seven digs to lead The Citadel past Savannah State by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-16 on Wednesday night.

Following Farrell and her 10 kills were Jessica Maxwell (eight kills), Ise d'Angelo (seven kills) and Bailey Kernodle (seven kills). The Bulldogs converted 42 kills in 99 total attempts to post a .323 hitting percentage.  Erin Bucherl paced the Cadets with 13 assists, while Hurt and Maxwell chipped in three assisted blocks, respectively.  The Bulldogs offense was led by Rachel Keefer (18 assists) and Mikaela Tracy (17 assists).

Four Citadel players reached double figures in kills, including d'Angelo, who notched a match-high 15, but it was Davidson that took advantage of Caroline Brown's 28 kills as the Wildcats earned a hard-fought 25-16, 26-24, 27-29, 25-22 and 19-17 victory over the Bulldogs at McAlister Field House on Sunday afternoon.

D'Angelo was joined by Hurt (14 kills), Farrell (14 kills) and Maxwell (13 kills) as The Citadel posted 70 kills and a .189 hitting percentage.  Bucherl anchored the defense with 29 digs, while Farrell completed her team-best fifth double-double by adding 25 digs.  Also key for the Bulldogs’ defense were Maxwell's three assisted blocks.  Keefer handed out 58 assists.

Behind a pair of double-digit kill performances by two top players, Georgia Southern earned a 25-13, 26-24, 25-13 victory over The Citadel on Saturday evening at McAlister Field House.

The Cadets were led offensively by the combination of Maxwell (nine kills) and Farrell (six kills). Bucherl and d'Angelo anchored the back row with nine and eight digs, respectively.  Up front, the Bulldogs were paced by Hurt's three assisted blocks, while Amanda Rudnik and Maxwell each finished with two assisted blocks.

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Golf Completes Fall Slate at 2012 Palmetto Intercollegiate

Sophomore Kellie Anderson continued her solid play for The Citadel as she posted a two-day score of 240 (+24) and tied for 78th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate, which took place at the par-72, 5,906-yard Oak Point Course on Kiawah Island.

The Bulldogs posted scores of 988 (326-328-334) as Campbell captured the tournament with an 866, one shot better than East Tennessee State.  Coastal Carolina rounded out the top three finishers with an 891 over the two-day event.

Anderson (79-81-80=240), who was the only Bulldog to post a round in the 70s, was nine shots better than teammate Erica Pellegrini, who shot a 33-over 249 (81-84-84) for the tournament.

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Elliott Sperr Wins Singles Flight Championship at The Citadel Fall Invitational

Elliott Sperr captured the singles flight-6 championship as the Bulldogs hosted The Citadel Fall Invitational at the Earle Tennis Center over the weekend.  This marked Sperr's best performance as The Citadel netters concluded their fall campaign.

Sperr, a junior, routed three different opponents during the course of the weekend in his quest as the flight-6 victor.

On a clear Friday morning, Sperr opened the first round of play defeating a Georgia Southern player in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2.

Effects of Hurricane Sandy hit Charleston all day Saturday and kept the teams from taking the courts. 

During the final day of competition on Sunday, Sperr took down a Bethune-Cookman rival in the morning session, 6-2, 6-4. To finalize his best performance of the fall, the local product routed a USC Upstate player in two quick sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Sperr was the lone Bulldog to collect three wins during the weekend.  

Nine different Bulldogs hit the courts during the weekend.  David Orces earned two singles wins on the final day of play in flight-1 singles, as he went 2-1 on the weekend.  

Freshman Matt McGill delivered a solid performance with a 2-0 record in flight-7 singles as the Atlanta, Ga., native defeated a player from GSU in a three-set battle, 3-6, 6-3, 10-7.  McGill concluded his weekend with a win over a player from Bethune-Cookman, 7-6, 6-2.

Three different Citadel tandems earned at least one doubles win. Pairing up for the second tournament this fall Orces and Oliver Dedding earned a win in flight-1 doubles over Georgia Southern, 8-5.  Peter Bleach and Alex Howle teamed for the first time to post a 1-2 record over the weekend.  The Bulldog duo defeated GSU, 8-5, in flight-2 doubles.  Sperr and Jackson Pride earned their first win as a duo, defeating Bethune-Cookman, 8-4, to secure a 1-2 record in flight-3 doubles.

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Basketball Tickets Are on Sale

Season tickets for all 14 basketball home games are now on sale for $180 while the special Courtside Season Plan is $300 per person.  Tickets for the Army ROTC All-Military Classic, presented by USAA and Schupp Enterprises, Inc. are $20 per person per day, which is the same price for the College of Charleston game on Jan. 14.  All Southern Conference games are $14 each while non-league games are $13 each.  Also, if you are interested in attending the College of Charleston game at TD Arena on Jan. 24, those tickets are available for $20 each (but you better get them early).  We also have Southern Conference Tournament (in Asheville, NC) tickets available and they are $18 per session.

As always, if you need tickets to any Citadel event, please call us at 843/953-DOGS (3647) or you can order online at

Grapplers Host Annual Blue/White Wrestle-Offs

The White team, guided by first-year assistant coach Tucker Lane, edged out associate head coach Jeff Ragan's Blue team by a score of 27-14 on Saturday morning at McAlister Field House in the team's annual Blue/White wrestle-off competition.

(125): Jordan Wigger (White) and Steven Cox began the day's events in the semifinals of the 125-pound class. Wigger, a freshman from Summerville, recorded a quick pin at 2:21 that earned him a spot in the finals against Drew Ferguson.

(141): Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (Blue) recorded a first period pin on Kyle Casaletto at 1:15.

(149): Freshman Aaron Walker (White) stayed in control throughout the entire match against 2012 preseason all-conference team member Jordan Dix and edged him, 5-3.

(157): Nick LaFevre (White) and Blake Holt competed in a close match as LaFevre's 1:01 of riding time gave the senior the one-point needed to edge Holt, 4-3.

(165): Kenneth Radford (White) spread out his seven points equally through the bout to top Mike Harper in a 7-4 decision.

(Third Place at 125): Cox (White) took a 5-2 decision over freshman Zach Young in a bout that would determine third place at the 125-pound class.

(174): A quick takedown along with five near fall points in the first period resulted in a pin for Jack Duane (White) over Brian Dopson.

(184): Two-time SoCon champion Turtogtokh Luvsandorj (White) narrowly beat Josh Tuck in a 4-3 decision.

(197): Freshman Nick Grossi (White) topped redshirt freshman Marshall Haas, 7-3.

(HWT): Three-time SoCon champion Odie Delaney (White) recorded a second period pin on Gerald Johnson.

(Final at 125): Wigger (White) topped Ferguson in a 6-3 decision to win the 125-pound weight class.

(Exhibition at 133): Aaron Hansen (Blue) shutout Cox, who was wrestling in his third match of the day, by a 15-0 tech fall.

(True Second Place at 141): Casaletto (Blue) dominated Nate Harper, 16-4, in the day's final match.

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Design a Blue Out Rally Towel for Basketball Game

The basketball team wants your help designing the Blue Out Rally Towel that will be distributed at the Blue Out basketball game versus Davidson on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 7 pm.

The design may consist of up to three colors on one side of a blue towel.  The fan with the best design, as voted on by members of the athletics department staff and Coca-Cola, will win a $250 VISA gift card, courtesy of Coca-Cola and an autographed team basketball.

All designs must be submitted via email to or in person by bringing a CD to the sports marketing office in McAlister Field House, by Nov. 2, at 5 pm.

The winner will be announced Nov. 10 on the official Citadel Sports Athletics Facebook page at  For more information or questions please contact or 843-953-8303.

Another Citadel-Furman Competition Looms

In conjunction with The Citadel playing rival Furman in football, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation is seeking golfers in which to battle the Paladins on the links.  Anyone interested in playing on Friday, Nov.16, at The Furman Golf Course (1 pm tee time) are asked to contact Jerry Baker at (843) 953-5277 or email him at

TCBF Launches New Website

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation recently launched its own website and we’ll ask that you make one of your bookmarks.  The site is clean and easy-to-navigate site, and is full of information on facts and events surrounding TCBF.  We hope you find it beneficial.

Bulldog Business Partners

The Citadel Brigadier Foundation has once again begun the “Bulldog Business Partners” for the 2012-13 academic year and the first to sign up are:

  • Allstate - Kevin Shealy Agency
  • Charleston Crab  House
  • Delicious Management – East Bay Deli
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Airport
  • Hay Tire
  • Moe's Southwest Grill
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Radiste Tech
  • Wilson & Quirk
We encourage you to please stop by and thank our supporters.  If you want more information on how your business can partner with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, please call us at 843/953-5277.

Date for 25th Annual TCBF Auction Set

Be sure and mark down February 9 on your calendar or IPhone as that will be the date for the 25th Annual Citadel Brigadier Foundation’s Auction.   If you have items to donate or care to join the planning committee, please contact Gina Inabnett at 843/953-5277.

Keep Up With Citadel Athletics

For the latest on all athletic events and giveaways, visit the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of The Citadel Athletics at and at  Also, the baseball and football teams now have their own Twitter accounts at and  Follow them today!

They Said It:

“I promise you, I knew it was coming.  Those Citadel guys, you don’t beat App and Georgia Southern and not have confidence. They came in here bound and determined to get it done. It was just one or two plays that made the difference.”

 - Veteran football coach, Mike Ayers, after the Terriers held on to defeat The Citadel, 24-21, on Saturday in Spartanburg.

"We talk about this game, and try not to get caught up in other things.  It's so easy to get caught up in those things. We try not to talk about that, because if you do that and lose that first game, then the other two don't mean a whole lot. …Our energy, all our focus is on Elon."

 - Coach Kevin Higgins, on hosting Elon on Saturday.

"Our whole goal was to win the SoCon championship.  But the playoffs and making sure we have respect in the conference that also means a lot to us. The more we invest into each game, the better off we'll be."

 - Senior running back VanDyke Jones.


Nov.  3                        Chuck Driesell                        Basketball
Nov.  9                        Caleb Davis                           Brigadier Foundation

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9              25th Annual TCBF Auction @McAlister Field House

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