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Lottery system to be used for Miami, BGSU student guest football tickets

The University of Toledo Ticket Office will sell 200 student guest tickets through a lottery system for the Rockets’ home games vs. Miami on Sept. 15 and Bowling Green on Oct. 6.

Lottery winners will be able to purchase two tickets at a $10 discount for each one bought — $48 vs. Miami and $28 vs. Bowling Green.

For the Miami game, students can register from Monday, Aug. 27, through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5.

For the Bowling Green game, students can register for the lottery from Monday, Aug. 27, through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.

To register for the lottery, students can go to utrockets.com/utstudentlottery and provide a UT student email and Rocket number.

Winners will be notified two days after registration for the lottery closes.

Lottery winners for the Miami game will be able to purchase tickets at the UT Ticket Office Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 10-11.

The lottery winners for the Bowling Green contest can purchase their tickets at the UT Ticket Office Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1-2.

Students will need to show a valid UT ID at the time of purchase and also will need to enter the Glass Bowl with their guest and their student ID. Failure to claim your ticket within the 48-hour window will forfeit your opportunity to purchase a lottery ticket.

If there are any remaining tickets after the 48-hour window, additional names will be chosen from the original lottery list. The student will be contacted and have 48 hours to purchase two tickets. This process will continue until all 200 student guest tickets are purchased.

As a reminder, UT students are admitted free to all home games by presenting a valid student ID. For all other home games, students may purchase up to four discounted student guest tickets by coming to the UT Ticket Office in Savage Arena with their ID prior to game day.

For more ticket information, students may contact the Athletic Ticket Office at 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Movie night location moved to Savage Arena Aug. 17

Due to the possibility of inclement weather, Movie Night featuring “The Incredibles” will be moved from the Glass Bowl to Savage Arena Friday, Aug. 17.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will start at 8 p.m.



Activities will take place on the main concourse, running from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Seating for the free presentation of “The Incredibles” will be on the east side of the arena.

Attendees may bring their own food and drink to the arena.

 The east side concession stand also will be open.

For more information about Movie Night at Savage Arena, call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

UT baseball team wins academic award third straight year

The University of Toledo baseball team has earned the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association.

This marks the third season in a row the Rockets have received this award. The Team Academic Excellence Award honors high school and college programs coached by association members that post a grade-point average above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the most recent academic year.

A record number of teams were recognized with the 2017-18 Team Academic Excellence Award. In total, 287 college and high school programs received this year’s award, including 93 high school programs and 76 teams from NCAA Division III.

Toledo and Ball State were the two Mid-American Conference schools to receive the award.

UT president, Toledo mayor to kick off Rocket Week at flag-raising ceremony

The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz will kick off the start of “Rocket Week” with an official proclamation from the mayor and ceremonial raising of the UT flag outside One Government Center on Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m.

Rocket Week is a series of special events the first week of the 2018-19 academic year leading up to the home-opening football game of the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Toledo Rockets. The Rockets will host the Virginia Military Institute at the Glass Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

In addition to the location at One Government Center, Rocket flags will be flown at other city buildings and parks. Toledo area businesses and fans are encouraged to fly their University or Rocket flags during the week leading up to the home opener and all season long.

As part of Rocket Week, UT and the city of Toledo also will recognize city employees during the game and pregame festivities.

“We’re ready for another exciting school year and Rocket football season,” Gaber said. “UT is proud to be this city’s university. We also are very proud of our MAC Champions. I want to highly encourage our community to join us in showing their Rocket pride. I look forward to celebrating with Rocket fans and recognizing the dedicated individuals who serve our city.”

“The city of Toledo has an amazing university with an incredible athletics program, and I invite all Toledoans to join me in showing their Rocket pride as we raise the UT flag at One Government Center, city parks and other sites across the city — including my own home,” Kapszukiewicz said. “I want to thank UT for recognizing the hard work city employees do for our community. We will see you at the game on Sept. 1 and throughout the season.”

Some of the events during Rocket Week include a pep rally on campus Wednesday, Aug. 29, as well as downtown pep rallies on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the food trucks at Levis Square and on Friday, Aug. 31, in the entertainment district. The Friday night rallies continue a tradition in which the Rocket Marching Band performs at various establishments, marching through the downtown streets between each performance.

There also will be a Rocket Week Barbecue on Health Sciences Campus Wednesday, Aug. 29. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the patio outside UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro.

Throughout the week, and especially on “Rocket Thursday,” fans are encouraged to wear their Rocket gear or school colors midnight blue and gold in support of UT. The University celebrates Rocket Thursday each week throughout the school year.

UT faculty and staff also are encouraged to decorate their offices to show their Rocket pride for a chance to win tickets to the game. The contest will begin Friday, Aug. 24, with participants posting photos of their spirited work area with the hashtag #RocketWeek to enter the competition, which ends at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30. The winner will be announced Friday, Aug. 31, on the UT Athletics Twitter account @ToledoRockets.

On game day, UT will debut Stadium Drive Live, a pregame tailgate event located adjacent to the Glass Bowl on Stadium Drive that will take place prior to the first five Rocket home games this season. Opening three hours prior to kickoff, Stadium Drive Live will give fans an opportunity to enjoy tailgate games and live music performances on the Battery Wholesale stage. Fans will be able to purchase food and beverages from Aramark’s Tailgate Gourmet II booth, which will offer grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and other items, in addition to food trucks and the Bud Light beer garden.

Rocky’s Locker will offer a Rocket Week promotion providing customers a 3×5 flag with the purchase of $50 in Rocket gear, while supplies last. Participate on social media using the hashtag #RocketWeek.

For more information about Rocket Week or to purchase football tickets, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena, go online to utrockets.com or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Trio of Rockets named to Scholar All-America Team

Toledo women’s swimming and diving student-athletes Izzy Jones, Maureen O’Sullivan and Alida Ramden have been named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team.

The award recognizes students who have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and National Junior Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships.

In total, the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America selected 1,069 swimmers and divers for its Scholar All-America Team.

The trio of Rockets also were honored for having achieved at least a  “B” cut time at an NCAA regional meet.

“I’m very proud of Izzy, Maureen and Alida for achieving greatness in the pool and classroom,” Head Coach Jonas Persson said. “They are leaders in and out of the pool, and are great role models for our team, especially for our incoming freshmen.

“This is what it’s all about as a student-athlete: having success academically and athletically. I’m thankful for our coaches’ association for working so hard to promote the sport of collegiate swimming and diving. Our goal is to increase this number every year.”

The women’s swimming and diving team earned a combined 3.59 GPA in the spring, the third-best mark in the Mid-American Conference.

Former baseball player named New York-Penn League all-star

Former University of Toledo baseball player Ross Adolph was selected to represent the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.

Adolph

He was one of six Cyclones’ players selected to the South All-Stars and one of three to be named a starter.

The Findlay, Ohio, native leads the team with a .769 on-base slugging percentage and ranks second in the league with seven triples. In 39 games for the New York Mets’ Class A short season affiliate, Adolph has driven in 21 runs and tallied 38 hits, 14 of which have gone for extra bases.

Adolph was selected by the Mets in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft in June, becoming the 46th player in UT program history to be drafted. An All-American and all-region performer in 2018, he turned in one of the best seasons by a Rocket hitter. The first-team All-Mid-American Conference and All-MAC Defensive Team selection tied the program’s single-season home run record with 15, tied for most in the league. He also led the MAC in RBIs (56) and was tops on the squad with 50 runs scored, 69 hits, 12 stolen bases, a .654 slugging percentage and a .445 on-base percentage. He became the first Rocket with double-digit home runs since 2010.

Women’s soccer to host garage sale

The Toledo women’s soccer team will host a pop-up garage sale Thursday, Aug. 9, at Scott Park prior to its 4 p.m. match against Michigan State.

Items for sale will include team-issued gear, clothes, shoes and other equipment from the Rockets’ championship season.

Admission to Thursday’s match is free.

Five Rocket tennis players named scholar-athletes

Five Toledo men’s tennis players were named Scholar-Athletes by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Additionally, the men’s tennis program was named an All-Academic team by the association.

Vincent Anzalone, Nikola Arsic, Reid Teatsorth, Luka Vitosevic and Danilo Vukotic earned the honor for Toledo and join a total of 4,328 scholar-athletes that span all five divisions of collegiate tennis.

“The guys all did a great job academically this past year,” Head Coach Al Wermer said. “This is another honor for our program that shows how much effort our student-athletes put forth.”

Student-athletes awarded the Scholar-Athlete honor needed to meet the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s criteria, which included being a varsity letterwinner, having a grade-point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and being enrolled at their current school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

For programs to earn the All-Academic honor, the team needed a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale).

Basketball player to shirt up for Philippines in international tournament

University of Toledo incoming freshman forward AJ Edu will compete for the Philippines in the FIBA Under-18 Asia Championships Sunday through Saturday, Aug. 5-11, in Thailand.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity, and we will need to play really well as a team to make the top four,” Edu said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing against some good competition and having the opportunity to get better.”

Edu

The Philippines will face China, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates in Group B and will be attempting to qualify for the Under-19 World Championship next year.

“AJ was really good in our workouts before he left to train with his national team, and we’re excited that he’s receiving this great opportunity,” Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “When AJ asked me what I thought about him playing for the Philippines, I told him that anytime that you have a chance to represent your country, it’s the greatest honor in athletics. I couldn’t be more proud of him and his family, and how he’s representing his mother’s native Philippines. I know AJ’s going to get some really good international experience and come back with unbelievable lifelong memories.”

The group stage concludes Tuesday, Aug. 7, with the top teams in each group proceeding to the quarterfinals Thursday, Aug. 9. Teams that finish second and third in each group will play each other Wednesday, Aug. 8, for a berth to the quarterfinals.

2018 FIBA Under 18 Asia Championships Group B Game Schedule

Sunday, Aug. 5
China vs. United Arab Emirates, 6:45 a.m. Eastern
Lebanon vs. Philippines, 9 a.m. Eastern

Monday, Aug. 6
China vs. Lebanon, 4:30 a.m. ET
Philippines vs. United Arab Emirates, 6:45 a.m. Eastern

Tuesday, Aug. 7
Lebanon vs. United Arab Emirates, 4:30 a.m. Eastern
China vs. Philippines, 6:45 a.m. EEastern

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Qualification to quarterfinals

Thursday, Aug. 9
Quarterfinals

Friday, Aug. 10

Semifinals

Saturday, Aug. 11
Final

Toledo volleyball team serves up 18th straight national academic award

For the 18th straight year, The University of Toledo volleyball program earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

Toledo, along with Bowling Green and Indiana State, are the only NCAA Division I programs to have streaks of at least 15 years earning the academic honor. UT and BGSU are tied for the second longest active streak at 18, while Indiana State has received the honor 20 years in a row.

Within the Mid-American Conference, eight teams earned the academic honor.

The award, which was initiated by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Overall, the association announced that a record-breaking 973 teams earned the academic honor in 2017-18, surpassing the previous total of 822 set in 2016-17.

Toledo will visit Oakland University in an exhibition match Saturday, Aug. 18, before beginning the 2018 season on the road at the Golden Dome Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25.