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Men's Hockey Splits with Western Michigan

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01/16/2018 - 2:30 PM

Men's Hockey Splits with Western Michigan
Blake Lizotte setting up front of WMU's net

This past weekend the SCSU men’s hockey team split with Western Michigan University losing Friday 7-5 and winning on Saturday 4-3.

On Friday SCSU started strong by tallying two power play goals in the first to help bolster them to a 3-1 lead after the first period. The tides shifted in the second with the Broncos scoring four times in the second to gain a 5-3 lead after 40 minutes. WMU would score their fifth unanswered goal on an empty net late in the game to lead them to the eventual 7-5 final.

Saturday was a different story as both teams seemed to trade goals back and forth throughout the game with the score being tied after both the first a second periods. Entering the third tied at 2-2, Mikey Eyssimont put the Huskies up by one on the power play. WMU’s Dawson DiPietro tied the game near the halfway marker of the third evening the game once again. Easton Brodzinski netted the eventual game winner with five minutes left to help SCSU force the weekend split.

Following the series SCSU moves to 14-4-3 overall and is 8-3-1 in NCHC play.

SCSU Volleyball Closes Promising Season With Back-to-Back Losses

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11/12/2017 - 12:00 PM

SCSU Volleyball Closes Promising Season With Back-to-Back Losses
Second Team All-NSIC Libero Clara Krenz

 St. Cloud State Volleyball ended the 2016 season with just 8 victories, 21 losses, and a 3-17 conference record.

2017 served as a looking glass into the exciting future of Huskies Volleyball, as the program doubled their win total. The Huskies finished the season at 16-14, the second time in 19 years that SCSU closed with a record better than .500 and the first time they hit that mark since the 19-win 2004 season. The squad hung their hats on defense, as their hitting percentage defense improved by a whopping 55 points, from .253 to .198. Sophomore Libero Clara Krenz led the NSIC in digs per det with a mark of 5.92, placing her top-20 in the Nation. Krenz was a Second-Team All-NSIC selection, the program's first All-Conference pick since Brianne Stamer's 2015 Second-Team season. The Huskies did not lose a single conference game against an opponent that hadn't received NCAA Top-25 votes, and they achieved the first ranked win in the Braegelmann era with a home sweep of #18 Wayne State College on September 23rd.

The team graduates three seniors in Outside Hitter Nicole Miller, Rightside Becca Gruber, and Setter Kayla Crane. Crane and Miller were instrumental in the defensive turnaround, placing second and fourth on the squad in digs per set respectively. Gruber served as the primary attacker for the Huskies, leading the team in kills, attack attempts, and hitting percentage. St. Cloud State will certainly miss the contributions of the three standouts as they move forward into 2018.

Looking ahead to 2018, the Huskies likely will be a serious contender for an NSIC Tournament berth, returning great depth to their defense. Krenz will enter her Junior season looking to repeat an outstanding 2017 season, while Taylor Olstad and Lindsay Brunssen will help solidify the back row in their second seasons. Middle Hitter pair Micah Nier and Marah Mulso each hit better than .200 for SCSU, and the two will likely anchor the middle for the team. At the pins, the team will rely on Senior-To-Be Krista Kuglin and second-year Abby Templin as hitters with experience. Maddy Torve likely will improve on a promising freshman season at the Setter spot, as the team may make the move to a 5-1 lineup.

The Huskies closed 2017 with two road sweeps by #22 Wayne State and #18 Augustana. The program announced their early 2018 signees here.

SCSU Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Accepts Position with NBA Affiliate

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11/02/2017 - 9:50 PM

SCSU Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Accepts Position with NBA Affiliate
Mahmoud Abdelfattah, Rio Grande Valley Vipers Assistant Coach

When the NBA came calling, St. Cloud State Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Mahmoud Abdelfattah was quick to answer.

Abdelfattah has accepted a Player Development/Assistant Coach position with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G-League Affiliate of the NBA's Houston Rockets.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers play their home games in Hidalgo, Texas, and have been affiliated with the Rockets from the start of the 2009-10 season. The team went 32-18 in 2016-17 and lost the 2017 Finals in three games to the Raptors 905.

"This is a great opportunity for me to learn and grow, not only as a coach, but also as an individual. I'm looking forward to working with the RGV Vipers!" Abdelfattah said.

Abdelfattah, known endearingly to many as "Coach A", has long been a staple of Men's Basketball at Halenbeck Hall. He played from 2006 to 2008 at Wilbur Wright College, and was named the Region MVP and a Second Team All-American in 2008. Abdelfattah then transferred to St. Cloud State, playing his final two years in the Huskies backcourt. His senior season saw the Huskies make an NCAA DII Elite Eight appearance. He began his coaching career as a student assistant coach during the 2010-11 season, followed by an assistant coaching stint with Perspective Charter School. Coach A returned to SCSU as an assistant coach in 2013-14. He has spent the past four seasons on the Huskies coaching staff, with the team going 70-50 over the 120 game span. One of his primary responsibilities was on the recruiting field, where he helped SCSU land Illinois prep stars Gage Davis and Mark Hall.

"I'm thankful for my time at SCSU, and wouldn't change a thing. I've learned a lot from the coaching staff, players, and everyone involved in the SCSU Athletic Department. They allowed me to be myself." Abdelfattah said.

SCSU Head Coach Matt Reimer spoke very highly of Abdelfattah’s time with the Huskies.

"I'm so excited for him, he's going to do great things. One day we'll say 'Hey, we knew him' when he's coaching in the NBA." said Reimer.

Abdelfattah was sure to thank two off-court influences from his time at St. Cloud State.

“I want to thank Carley Jeffery for being a great friend and office-mate. She’s taught me a lot during our time together. I also want to thank Dawn Schenk for always being there for me. There aren't enough words to explain how grateful I am for the support she’s given me over the last decade. Once a Husky, always a Husky!”

Written by KVSC Sports Director Thomas Breach

Sports Schedule

  • Men's Hockey vs MSU-Mankato
    Jan 20, 2018 - 5:00
  • Women's Basketball vs MSU-Moorhead (Sports Stream)
    Jan 20, 2018 - 6:00
  • Men's Basketball vs MSU-Moorhead (Sports Stream)
    Jan 20, 2018 - 6:00

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