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Albion Volleyball Student-Athletes Connect With Volcanoes, Hawaiian Culture

While the conditioning required to be in shape for volleyball and hiking may differ, Albion first-year students Lauren Ferguson and Rachel Spencer were thankful to have a fitness base for their field trip to Hawai'i during the break between the fall and spring semesters.

The Albion volleyball student-athletes joined about 30 of their classmates as the learning in the geology-based Mountains and Oceans and education-based Mauka and Makai first-year seminars culminated during a 10-day field trip to Kona and Hilo.

A Troy native, Ferguson arrived at Albion with a concentration in the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management and an expectation to double-major in Spanish and international business. The exposure to geology from professor Carrie Menold, however, grabbed her attention enough to register for the department's introductory class this semester.

"I picked the first-year experience for the field trip to Hawaiʻi, but the class opened my eyes to something new," Ferguson, who remains committed to her Spanish major, said. "We saw lava flows while hiking volcanoes. I had never hiked in my life and we would go all the way down to the caldera of the volcano. I don't know how to explain it other than to say it's mind-blowing. I would have never seen anything like it if I had not gone on the field trip."

Of course, the hiking involved in reaching the bottom of the caldera (the bowl-shaped depression formed during very large eruptions when the peak of the volcano collapses into an empty reservoir left by erupting lava) meant the class had to make the steep climb out. Kilauea caldera was formed hundreds of years ago.

"We never talked about [the hikes] in class but they were rigorous," Spencer, a Dexter High School graduate, said. "You're going up and down and walking across craters. It's not like a nice cement path. You had to walk on unstable rocks.

"The first hike through Kilauea caldera was the longest, and it was rough," she added. "There was a beautiful view when we started. We would finish one crater and then Dr. Menold would say we were going down to another one. The walk back up felt it like it took forever because you don't realize how steep it is. You don't realize how far down you are until you have to start walking up. When you are standing at the top of the crater looking down the people look like specks."

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Players of the Week 

Men's Basketball
Player of the Week: Will Dixon, Trine
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Women's Basketball
Player of the Week: Maura McAfee, Hope
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Men's Swimming and Diving
Athlete of the Week: Johnson Cochran, Calvin
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Women's Swimming and Diving
Athlete of the Week: Molly Meyer, Hope
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Trine Favored To Repeat As MIAA Softball Champs

After a season that saw them making a run to the final eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, Trine has been picked to repeat as Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association softball champions for the 2015 season.

The Thunder, who have won 46 consecutive MIAA regular season games dating back to 2012, received eight out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league's coaches. Hope, which was picked to finish second, received the other first place vote. Coaches could not vote for their own team.

MIAA Preseason Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Trine (8) 8 pts. 2. Hope (1) 16. 3. Olivet 27. 4. Calvin 30. 5. Alma 32. 6. Adrian 44. 7. Saint Mary's 46. 8. Kalamazoo 57. 9. Albion 64.

MIAA schools begin non-conference play February 23, with conference action to begin on March 26 when Alma hosts Hope for a doubleheader.