The University of Dayton volleyball team in November won its league- record 15th Atlantic 10 Championship, beating Fordham in the finals 3-0. In its next game, UD beat Marquette 3-1 in the NCAA first round, advancing to the second round for the ninth time in school history. The game marked the Flyers 20th consecutive win. In the second round, the Flyers fell to sixth-seeded Purdue. UD finished the season 26-6.
For the third consecutive season, senior Jamie Peterson was named an All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She is the third volleyball Flyer in history to be so honored three times, joining Faye Barhorst (2004-06) and Lindsay Fletemier (2008-10). Peterson was also three-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
The Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team had a Flyer at every soccer field position: junior defender Mackenzie Lutz, junior midfielder Jessica Sheldon and sophomore forward Itala Gemelli, who was also named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.
The Flyers finished 8-2 in the A-10, 12-6-2 overall, the winningest season in the five-year tenure of head coach Eric Golz.
Junior running back Jake Chisholm was named Stats Perform Football Championship Series All-American as an all-purpose runner. He was second in FCS football in all-purpose yards at 163.9 per game as well as being first in rushing attempts per game (23.5) and touchdowns per game (1.8).
The Flyers’ MVP, Chisholm led the Pioneer Football League in rushing with 103.3 yards per game and scoring with 11 points per game. He scored 13 touchdowns in the team’s last three games, all wins.
The New York City Football Club picked Dayton senior midfielder Kingsford Adjei in the second round of this year’s Major League Soccer draft. “He is one of the most exciting attacking players in college soccer,” said Dayton head coach Dennis Currier.
Adjei was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team three years in a row and was the past two years A-10 Midfielder of the Year.
Adjei’s selection makes it two years in a row that a Flyer has been taken in the MLS draft; F.C. Cincinnati chose Jonas Fjeldberg ’21 last year. In the MLS, they join Lalas Abubakar ’16 of the Colorado Rapids.
Freshman Hannah Moulton helped lead the women’ s cross country team to a second place overall finish at the Atlantic 10 Championships in October. She was named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team.
At halftime of the Flyers men’s basketball game against St. Bonaventure Jan. 18, a sell-out UD Arena crowd stood and chanted, “Bucky! Bucky! Bucky!” They, along with coaches, players and former players, were honoring the man known as “The Legend,” Arlen “Bucky” Bockhorn ’58.
Born into a poor, hard-working family, Bockhorn starred at UD and in the NBA with the Cincinnati Royals. And for half a century, he provided the color commentary for the Flyers on WHIO Radio.
Writing for the Dayton Daily News about The Legend’s tribute, Tom Archdeacon ’72 closed his article, “the final word on the night came from another UD legend, Flyers’ Hall of Fame coach Don Donoher: ‘There’s never been a better Flyer than Bucky.’”