The Aces Men’s basketball team has continued their season strong as they have now made their conference play record 6-11 and their overall record 15-13. They remain close in games on both ends of wins and loses getting big wins against Valpo, Illinois State, UIC, and Bradley. They have taken close losses to Murray State, Drake, Illinois State, and UIC. They have split a lot of conference series showing resilience and fight in the team that is promising for them as they approach postseason play. One of the most noticeable differences this season for the Ace’s is their home record becoming 10-3 which is a complete flip and improvement from their 3-10 home record last season. The Aces will compete in “2024 Arch Madness” in their opening round on March 7, in St. Louis Missouri at the Enterprise Center. The Aces are hopeful for a first round win and to continue their strong season. (follow up)

            The Aces Women’s Basketball team has also continued their season as they have continued to fight for conference wins. The Aces have not come out on top of most of their contests, but have battled against good teams and continue to show fight even when things get tough. The Aces are currently 2-12 in conference play but have seen some light in the last couple weeks. The Aces were able to get two big conference wins against Valpo and Southern Illinois which happened to be back-to-back wins for the team. This was the first time the Aces have gotten back-to-back MVC wins since 2017 so it has left the team hopeful for the rest of the season. Regular season play is winding down and the Aces will continue to gear up for the postseason that begins on March 7th and work for a run in the tournament.

            The Aces Track and Field team has continued to work and compete at meets over the past month. They competed in the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tennessee and the team scores were not available. But the teams also competed in the DePauw Indoor Invitational in Greencastle, Indiana where the men’s team placed 7th of 7 teams, and the women’s team also placed 7th of 7 teams. The teams’ last regular-season meet was the Indiana State Open where the men’s team placed 6th of 7 teams, and the women’s team placed 4th of 7 teams. The Aces Track and Field team competed in the MVC Championships on February 25th and 26th and the men’s team placed 9th out of 10 teams on the first day and on the second day they placed 10th out of 10 teams. The women’s team competed as well and placed 9th out of 11 teams on the first day and on the second day they placed 10th out of 11 teams. The Track and Field teams will head into their off season workouts to begin preparation for the next season as this one comes to a close.

            The women’s Swim and Dive team competed at the MVC Swim and Dive Championships here in Evansville, Indiana at Deaconess Aquatic Center February 21st-24th. The Aces competed in the 200 Yard Medley Relay, 500 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard IM, 50 Yard Freestyle, 1 meter diving, 100 Yard Butterfly, 100 Yard Breaststroke, 100 Yard Backstroke, 400 Yard Medley Relay, 1650 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Backstroke, 100 Yard Freestyle, 200 Yard Breastroke, 200 Yard Butterfly, 3 meter diving, 400 Yard Freestyle Relay, 50 Yard Freestyle, and 100 Yard IM. The Aces took 8th out of 9 teams in the MVC Championships. The men’s Swim and Dive team are working towards a postseason run as they finished up regular season play in January and wait for the MAC Championships which will take place in Carbondale, Illinois March 6th-9th.

            The Aces Softball team had their home opener tournament February 16th-18th hosting Miami-Ohio and Austin Peay where they took tough losses throughout the weekend but stayed competitive. The Aces then traveled south to Monroe, Louisiana where they played at the University of Louisiana-Monroe. They played Sam Houston, Northwestern State, Louisiana-Monroe, and Syracuse but the Aces fell short once again. The Aces used their Spring Break to travel to Charleston, South Carolina and play College of Charleston, Wofford University, and University of Buffalo. The Aces have faced adversity early in the season, but are hopeful to turn it around once conference play begins in the middle of March where they will host Indiana State for a mid-week game to kick off MVC play.

            The Aces baseball team had their opening weekend February 16th-18th in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Oral Roberts University and they were able to win the series. The Aces then had their home opener where they hosted Bellarmine and took a win of 16-6. The Aces then hit the road again and headed to New Orleans, Louisiana to New Orleans University where they played another preseason series. The Aces did not bring home the win for the series, but were able to take home one win from that series. The Aces then headed to Nashville, Tennessee where they played Vanderbilt, as they stayed competitive they lost 7-3. The Aces had their first home series March 1st-4th against Purdue Fort Wayne and split the series 2-2. The Aces will head south to Mississippi State for a series against the bulldogs before opening MVC play on March 22nd against Murray State. Player spotlight has been focused on junior transfer Cal McGinnis as he has had a great impact on the Aces in the early start of the season. McGinnis was named MVC Player of the Week for opening week and remains in the top three on the team with a .404 batting average.

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