Dover, Del. (Nov. 7, 2017) --- The Delaware State University campus will be alive with Hornets sports this weekend. The events begin Friday evening (Nov. 10) when the DSU men’s basketball team tips off its 2017-18 season against the Cairn University (Pa.) Defenders. Game time is 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
The Hornets return four regulars from last year’s squad, led by senior forward Kavon Waller, a Preseason All-MEAC Third Team selection. Waller was fourth on the Hornets in scoring at 10.0 points per game, while ranking third in the MEAC in three-point field goal percentage (.415) and ninth in the league at 2.3 three-pointers per game (73 total) as a junior during the 2016-17 season. He tied the team record with eight three-pointers (8-for-9) during a career-best 26-point performance in the Hornets’ 92-69 victory over Keystone last season.
Seniors Artem Tavakalyan and Joseph Lewis , along with junior center Demola Onifade and sophomore guard Kobe Gantz are other returning players expected to play bigger roles after logging significant minutes last season.
On Saturday (Nov. 11), the Hornet football team will play its 2017 MEAC and home finale against long-time rival Morgan State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Alumni Stadium. DSU won its last home contest, 17-14, against South Carolina State on Oct. 21.
Prior to the game, the Hornets will honor their 2017 seniors. The contest has also been designated as Military Appreciation Day.
Hornet fans unable to attend any of the home weekend events can watch them live online via the school's athletics webpage at www.DSUHornets.com. In addition, Saturday's football contest will televised live on Delaware Channel 28 in New Castle County.
Fans attending the Friday Delaware State basketball game can purchase a general admission ticket for Saturday’s Hornet football contest for just $5.
Sunday (Nov. 12), the DSU volleyball team will take on MEAC North leader Maryland-Eastern Shore at 3 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
The contest will also mark the final home match for Hornet seniors Morgan Tennant, Sabina Szmajduch, Gabriella Enriquez, NaKia Jones and Alliyah McBean. The group will be honored during a pre-match ceremony.
Hornet fans attending any of the home weekend events are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donations to local charities.
Also this weekend, the Delaware State women’s basketball team will tip off the 2017-18 season at Temple on Friday. Game time is 7 p.m. in Philadelphia. The Lady Hornets are led by MEAC Preseason Player-of- the-Year NaJai Pollard, who led the league in scoring (18.6 ppg), rebounding (9.8 PG) , field goal percentage (.537) and double-doubles (19) as a sophomore last season.
Lanayjha Ashe, Kia Abrams, Alycea Sharpe and Gennell Addison are expected to increase their contributions after gaining valuable experience as freshmen last season.
The Delaware State bowling team will begin defense of its MEAC North title when the first division competition of the season takes place in Baltimore, Md., this weekend.
Despite winning the North last season, the Hornets have been picked to finish second behind UMES in the division race this season. DSU is led by Preseason All-MEAC First Team selections Alexis Nauer, Chelsey Merklinger and Elizabeth Burkholder.
The Hornets were 12th in the 2017-18 National Tenpin Coaches Association Preseason Top 25 poll.