Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A 100 Percent Chance

Courtney Banghart met with TigerBlog yesterday for the weekly episode of "The Court Report."

In addition to talking about how the season has started out for the Tigers, Courtney also mentioned she was a four-time high school state tennis champion in New Hampshire. TB is pretty sure he had no idea about that.

She also talked about the video in which Bella Alarie dunked a volleyball with her left hand.
Well that's pretty impressive, no?

Alarie, as you probably know, will be missing the first few games of the season due to a preseason wrist injury. The video suggests that she is sort of ready to get back at it, something that Courtney talked about on the podcast.

You can hear the whole thing HERE. By the way, Courtney and her team are home tonight at 6 against Seton Hall in their first game on Carril Court this season. It'll also be the debut of the videoboard for the women.

Princeton defeated Rider in its opener and then lost Sunday to George Washington. After tonight's game, Princeton plays at Penn State Sunday - you can see that one on the Big Ten Network - and then flies off for some pretty strong competition in Cancun over Thanksgiving weekend, as in DePaul, Syracuse and Kansas State.

Also, you might as well get out to Jadwin tonight, since that is the only home appearance for the Tigers in November. The next home game is Dec. 2, when Davidson will be here.

There aren't a ton of home events this weekend. There are two women's hockey games, with home games Friday against Colgate (6) and Saturday against Cornell (3). The women's hockey team, like the men's team, is currently 3-0-1 in the ECAC.

And, of course, there is that giant one Saturday, when the football team hosts Penn at 1 with a chance for the first perfect season by a Princeton team since 1964. The weather for Saturday is looking good, with sunshine and a high in the upper 40s.

Between now and then, there is a 60 percent chance of some snow, the first of the season. And a 100 percent chance of NCAA competition.

There are four Princeton teams who are competing this week in NCAA events, not to mention a fifth (women's soccer) did so a week ago and a sixth (men's water polo) is playing this weekend for its own shot.

The first NCAA competitor this week is the men's soccer team, who will be at Michigan tomorrow at 7. There's an 80 percent chance of precipitation in Ann Arbor for tomorrow, but a 100 percent chance that the Tigers don't care. The chance to be in the NCAA tournament? Dress warm and go play.

The winner of that game will advance to Sunday's game at Notre Dame, the seventh seed.

A day after the Princeton-Michigan game, there figures to be good weather in Louisville partly cloudy), the site of the Division I field hockey Final Four. The forecast is for no chance of precipitation and temps near 50 and a 100 percent chance that Princeton is the only team in the field that has never been in the ACC.

Princeton earned its second Final Four trip in the three years that Carla Tagliente has been head coach with a 2-1 win over Harvard Sunday on Bedford Field, and in all, Princeton will be making its eighth trip to the Final Four. The Tigers are the only Ivy League team ever to win the NCAA title, something they did in 2012.

The semifinal matchups will have top-seeded North Carolina take on Wake Forest and third-seeded Princeton take on second-seeded Maryland. Princeton lost to Maryland 5-4 in overtime earlier this season after building a 4-1 lead.

The Princeton-Maryland game starts at 3:45 in Kentucky. The final is Sunday at 1.

Then there are the NCAA cross country championships Saturday in Madison, Wisc., where there is 40 percent chance of snow showers in the morning and a 100 percent chance that this would be the best weather Princeton has run in for awhile.

Both the men and the women have qualified as team for the finals after their performances at the NCAA regionals last week, where the Princeton men won and the Princeton women finished second. The top two in each regional advanced automatically.

The men also won the Ivy League Heptagonal championships, while the women finished second. Both the regionals and Heps were run on miserable days, with heavy rain (it was also in the 30s for the regional) that turned the courses to mud. Princeton has showed incredible resilience to get through those conditions and perform at the level that it has, and the result is a chance to run against the best.

This was the goal for each when the season began, to get to the places where they're playing this weekend. The key now is not to just be satisfied with getting there. 

TB is 100 percent sure that they're not thinking that way.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last year, the women's soccer team had the best record in the ACC - beating Wake Forest, NC State (2x) and UNC. This year might be the Field Hockey team's turn.

After all, given the performance of Princeton athletics across the board this fall, a case can be made that the Tiger is in a Power Conference of One.