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WNBS Sports Report – November 22, 2014

MURRAY ADVANCES TO 2A SEMIFINALS
Murray High scored 33 unanswered points and pulled away from Caldwell County 47-28 Friday night in a KHSAA 2A quarterfinal game in Princeton. Caldwell County All-State QB Elijah Sindelar was injured scoring a touchdown to put his team ahead 14-0 and did not return. Caldwell ends the season with an 11-2 recored, while Murray improved to 9-4 and advanced to the state semifinals. They will play at Desales in a game tentatively scheduled for Friday.

RACER VOLLEYBALL TO PLAY FOR OVC TITLE
The Murray State volleyball team is heading to the OVC Championship match after sweeping Tennessee Tech 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-13) Friday at Racer Arena. The Racers will face #2 seeded Belmont in the championship match at 7 p.m. Murray State’s 25 wins is tied with the program record for wins in a single season. Taylor Olden had a match high 12 kills, while Ellie Lorenz had a match high 14 digs. Kristen Besselsen had a double-double off of 11 kills and 11 digs. Scottie Ingram put down 10 kills and 10 digs for a double-double. Sam Bedard dished out 37 assists along with 8 digs. The Racers hit .308 while holding Tennessee Tech to a .087 clip. Murray State will play in the championship match Saturday at 7 p.m. against Belmont at Racer Arena.

RACER FOOTBALL CLOSES WITH TSU AT THE TRACK
In college football tomorrow, Murray State closes out the season with a 1pm home game against Tennessee State. The Racers are 3-8, while the Tigers enter the game 5-6. The Racers love to pass, but the Tigers rank first nationally in pass defense. Given that, Racer head coach Chris Hatcher expects a tough battle…(SB). Airtime tomorrow is 12:30 on Froggy 103.7. In other OVC games Saturday:

Eastern Kentucky at Florida 11:00 a.m. (SEC Network)
UT Martin at Eastern Illinois 12:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Jacksonville State at SEMO 1:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Tennessee Tech at Austin Peay 4:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)

SEC FOOTBALL
EKU at Florida
Charleston Southern at Georgia
South Alabama at South Carolina
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Western Carolina at Alabama
Samford at Auburn
Missouri at Tennessee
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State

GAMES ON THE RADIO
On 1340 WNBS Saturday, catch a college football doubleheader as #15 Wisconsin visits Iowa at 2 pm, followed by #19 USC at #9 UCLA at 6 pm. Our Sunday NFL Schedule finds Green Bay at Minnesota on WOFC at 11:30 am, and at the same time Jacksonville visits Indianapolis on WNBS. The Sunday night game on WNBS features Dallas at the New York Giants at 7pm.

WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNEY COMING TO RUPP
For the first time since 1986, the NCAA women’s tournament is coming back to Lexington. Rupp Arena will be the regional host for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tournaments. NCAA officials called Lexington “a great basketball hotbed.”

CHURCHILL DOWNS RESUMES RACING
Horses are ready to gallop around the track at Churchill Downs. Officials said racing will resume today. They were cancelled for the past two days, the first back-to-back shutdown in 140 years.

GRAVES STUDENTS HONORED
Graves County High School student-athletes Emily Whitnell and Tanner Smith recently were named Wendy’s Heisman winners for the 2014-15 school year. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must participate in at least one varsity sport and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale for their years in high school. Winners are determined by an application process and judged by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Whitnell recently signed a letter of intent to attend Freed-Hardeman University on a golf scholarship. Smith currently is weighing his post-high school options, with an offer to play junior college baseball in Illinois.

HOOD AND GRASS MAKES ROBINSON LIST
Voters might find selecting the 2014 Eddie Robinson Award winner to be difficult work this year. The list of 20 finalists for FCS coach of the year is strong. Twelve of the finalists have led their teams into The Sports Network Top 25. Many have guided championship seasons or have their teams on the verge of one. Some have raised their teams from the lower half of their conference.

The 2014 Eddie Robinson Award finalists:
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington (Big Sky Conference)
Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
Clint Conque, Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference)
Marty Fine, Bryant (Northeast Conference)
Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
John Grass, Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
Russ Huesman, Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
Chris Klieman, North Dakota State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Mike Kramer, Idaho State (Big Sky Conference)
Dale Lindsey, San Diego (Pioneer Football League)
Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire (CAA Football)
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
Tim Murphy, Harvard (Ivy League)
Tony Reno, Yale (Ivy League)
Mike Sanford, Indiana State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Brock Spack, Illinois State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Mark Speir, Western Carolina (Southern Conference)
Joe Susan, Bucknell (Patriot League)
Everett Withers, James Madison (CAA Football)