Shocker Brew 9/1: Time To Fly
Tee Times, Fighting Illinois, and much more!
Good morning! Look out for Wu next time you’re at a Shocker sporting event. We know you’ve been wanting some new Shocker swag this season, and everyone’s favorite mascot has the hookup!
What all are we mixing into today’s Brew?
⛳️ Tee Times
🏐 Fighting Illinois
🌾 And much, much more!
📈 STOCK UP
🔼 Tee Times. It’s almost tournament time for Shockers men’s golf, and with the release of the 2023-24 schedule, they have their eyes set on the prize. The team returns six golfers from last year’s team, and will run nine deep in total with two true freshman and one transfer added to the team’s roster.
The fall will be busy for the team, with the season-opening Allstate Streamsong Invitational teeing off the action down in Florida, followed by three tournaments in October. The spring season launches across the border in Cancun, Mexico, with the Los Vaqueros Intercollegiate with five tournaments to follow, including the AAC Conference Tournament.
🔼 Rookie Inbound. Former Shocker turned Cleveland Cavalier is loading into his rookie season with the team. Craig Porter Jr. was a part of the Summer League championship squad with hopes to return to that same level of basketball during the NBA’s regular season.
🔼 Headed North. Shocker volleyball is headed up to Champaign, Illinois, for their second tournament of the regular season to face off against two of the state’s biggest schools.
First up: the Fighting Illini. The Shockers have not faced a Big 10 opponent since 2019, and will be playing in the state for the first time in seven years. The two have only met twice, and have split the series at one apiece with the last matchup coming in 2015.
On Saturday, the Shockers will then take on Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State - the first time the team has faced a team from the conference since leaving for the AAC in 2017. Unlike the Fighting Illini, the Shockers and the Redbirds have history. The series sits at near .500 with ISU holding the slim lead in the all-time series 34-32.
🔼 Hot Bat. MLB Draftee and Shocker baseball standout Brock Rodden is on what one might call a ‘hot streak’. In his last nine games with the Modesto Nuts, the single-A Seattle Mariners affiliate, Rodden is hitting .372 with 16 hits, five RBIs, and is on a nine game hitting streak. The man is going nuts!
🤔 SHOCKER TRIVIA
Serious Numbers. Shocker volleyball season is underway, and just three games into the season, the team already has one member stuffing the stat sheet.
Our two part question today — first, do you know which player sits within the top-15 in the nation in the number of digs this season? Then, do you know how many that player has accumulated?
Think you got it? Scroll on down to the bottom of this email for the answer!
🌾 ONE BIG THING
For the first time this fall, it’s meet week for the Shockers as they prepare for the JK Gold Classic right at home in Wichita. Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will race in their respective events (6000m for men and 5000m for women) for a chance to get off the blocks to a hot start to the season.
Head to GoShockers.com/JKGold for more info!
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📆 LOOKING AHEAD
👟 Cross Country vs. JK Gold Classic @ 8:00am CT | Live Stats
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🎉 TRIVIA ANSWER
Answer: Gabi Maas, 65 digs!
Last weekend in Lubbock, Gabi Maas racked up a total of 65 digs across three matches, including a career-high 25 against Texas Tech. The number is good enough for 14th in the nation in that stat category.
🌾 Have a great weekend, y’all!