N.C. Central University brought together three sports events Saturday — volleyball, football and baseball games — for what the University called “Super Saturday.”
The Lady Eagles’ 3-time CIAA championship volleyball team began “Super Saturday,” hosting a spring tournament featuring the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, Elon University Phoenix, Winston-Salem State University Rams, and the North Carolina A&T University Aggies in the McClendon-McDougald Gymnasium.
Each team faced each other team on the court, playing either two games to 30 points or for 50 minutes total.
The purpose of the tournament was to give fans a peek at what to expect from next year’s teams and to provide the teams a good practice session.
The two-time CIAA championship and 2006 National Black College Champion football team had its annual spring maroon and grey game in the O’Kelley-Riddick Stadium.
The scrimmage set the Eagle defense against the Eagle offense, playing in two quarters.
The Eagles defense claimed victory over the offense by smashing the offense with a score of 22-7.
The rules of the scrimmage were a little different, to help each team score faster during this short game.
The kicking game was eliminated and the team with the ball was awarded seven points for each touchdown and three for each penetration of the 10-yard line that did not result in a touchdown.
Friends, families and future recruits were invited to get a look at the 2007 team.
They also were invited to a cookout held by the Eagles football staff immediately after the maroon and gray game at Ben Ruffin Residence Hall, formerly known as New Baynes Hall.
Ending the Super Saturday events, participants took a trip to downtown Durham.
They were hoping to catch a glimpse of the Eagles baseball team.
That team is hoping to capture a victory in a doubleheader against the defending CIAA champion Elizabeth City State University Vikings in the Durham Bulls Stadium.
NCCU used a steal to home plate to score the only run in the first game, defeating the Vikings with a score of 1-0.
NCCU freshman pitcher Alex Weathersby had five hits and collected three strikeouts in his first collegiate shutout.
With hopes high and confidence strong, the Eagles returned to the diamond to face the Vikings and capture another victory.
The Vikings trailed the Eagles 3-1 into the fifth inning, but the Vikings scored seven runs to end NCCU’s eight-game winning streak.
Unfortunately, the Vikings had other plans, and fought back hard to defeat the Eagles 8-4 in the second game.
The Lady Eagles volleyball team and the Eagles football team will begin its action on the court and on the field in August 2007. The Eagles baseball team will face Barton College in Wilson on April 4 at 3 p.m.