Men's College Basketball

College notebook: Zika virus impacting tourneys in Puerto Rico

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Sep. 30, 2016 5:20 pm

Quincy University men's basketball coach Marty Bell is aware of the concerns about the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, where the Hawks are scheduled to play this November.

However, no move has been made yet to change the location of the Thanksgiving week shootout. Quincy is scheduled to play Tiffin and Northwood on Nov. 25-26 in the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

"If we don't go, that will be the reason why," Bell said. "I can tell you that."

Organizers of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, an eight-team tournament featuring NCAA Division I programs, announced earlier this week that the event was moving from San Juan to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. One of the teams in the tournament is Missouri.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans is the most important factor behind this decision," Tigers coach Kim Anderson said in a statement.

Bell had not heard of any other tournaments or games being moved off the island.

"No one has notified me of anything," Bell said.

The Hawks are scheduled to begin practice Oct. 15 and open their season Nov. 11 against Grand Valley State in the GLVC/GLIAC Challenge at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Lincoln fires football coach

A little more than a week after the QU football team handed Lincoln a 40-14 loss in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener, Blue Tigers coach Mike Jones was fired just four games into his sixth season at the Jefferson City, Mo., school.

The Blue Tigers are 0-4 after last week's 37-0 loss to Truman State.

Jones was a running back at Mizzou from 1987-1990 and made the game-saving tackle for the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. His teams went 8-51 at Lincoln.

"It's difficult," QU coach Tom Pajic said. "You take that personal. You get to know the guys in this league, and you all have families. Take me for instance. I'm not from here. If that's me getting fired, I go back to New Jersey. I'm four, five, six, seven states away. It affects your life. We say football is what we do, it's not who we are."

Pajic reached out to Jones following Sunday's dismissal and said the two had a nice phone conversation.

"He's one of the great ones in our profession, one of the great ones in our league," Pajic said. "I called Mike and let him know if I could help him in any way I would and be supportive. It's not something you want to see happen anywhere in coaching."

Lincoln assistant coach Lee Johnson is taking over as the interim coach.

Gengenbacher part of impressive rally

The University of San Diego women's volleyball team, ranked sixth nationally, was down two sets on the road in a West Coast Conference matchup on Monday with Loyola Marymount. It was the prime time for a monumental comeback.

The Toreros rallied for a 20-25, 14-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-11 with Kristen Gengenbacher, the junior setter and Quincy Notre Dame graduate, dishing out 44 assists. She also had five digs.

San Diego is 12-2 and has won 11 straight matches with Gengenbacher averaging eight assists per set. She has 400 assists and is second on the team with 126 digs. She ranks fifth in the West Coast Conference in assists per set.