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Around the Yard: Navy, Air Force, and Army each won big in different areas

Army, Air Force, and Navy all had exciting weeks of sports. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights for the Cadets and Midshipmen.

NCAA Football: San Jose State at Air Force Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Army

  • The Army Black Knights had a bye this week in football. This off weekend came at a timely moment due to the injury of their starting quarterback, Kelvin Hopkins Jr. The weeks prior, the Black Knights have been forced to play with both Jabari Laws and Christian Anderson under center. It appears as though Hopkins Jr. may have possibly been able to play in these games, but because of the high likelihood that Army would win in both, the decision was made to rest him. This upcoming week the Black Knights will host the Tulane Green Wave. Tulane may end up being the toughest opponent left on Army’s schedule. Will Kelvin Hopkins Jr. play?
  • The biggest highlight in Army sports this past week was the exciting win that the women’s volleyball team earned over Navy. In a tough, five set match, the Black Knights pulled out the victory, 3-2. Courtney Horace, Sydney Morriss, and Allie Strong led the way with 14, 13, and 12 kills respectively. Navy still leads the Star Series, 2-1; however, this Army team played their hearts out for themselves and their school.

Air Force

Air Force played San Jose State in multiple sports this past week.

  • Falcons football bounced back from their first loss of the season to Boise State this Saturday when they took on another Mountain West opponent, the San Jose State Spartans. San Jose State was regarded as one of the worst FBS programs this season until they upset Arkansas, 31-24, in Week 3. The Falcons dominated San Jose State, winning 41-24. This week, Air Forces travels to Navy in the first meeting for the quest of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
  • San Jose State got the best of the Falcons in their Men’s Water Polo meeting. However, it was a relatively close match. The Spartans entered the SoCal Water Polo Invitational, that was held in Los Angeles, California, as the number 20th ranked team in the country. The Spartans had their biggest lead of the day as they scored their 10th goal, making the score, 10-5. The Falcons made a strong rune late, highlighted by Corey Tanis’ performance, and brought the score to within two goals. Ultimately, the Spartans came out on top, 10-8.
  • Air Force Women’s Soccer also lost to San Jose State this weekend, by the score of 2-1. Unfortunately for the ladies, both of the Spartans’ goals came in the second half, despite the Falcons dominating the first part of the game.
  • Lastly, Air Force cross country star, Mikayla Gallagher, led the women’s team to an incredible third place finish in the Bill Delinger Invitational. Her individual performance as the sixth finisher, out of 141 racers, played the biggest contributing role in this team success.

Navy

  • The Navy Football team traveled to Tennessee to face the undefeated Memphis Tigers. Navy entered halftime with a 20-14. However, after a few defensive mistakes and a handful of injuries, the Tigers were able to come back and win, 35-23. Memphis is one of the favorites to win the AAC West this season. Navy will host Air Force on Saturday and will be looking to avoid a losing streak.
  • The Navy Sprint Football team, on the other hand, has extended their perfect record to 3-0 with their win over Chestnut Hill, 28-12. The sprint football team has a legitimate chance to go undefeated this year. Next week they travel north to Caldwell.
  • Navy Women’s Soccer earned back the volleyball loss to Army by beating the Black Knights on the soccer pitch. The women are off to a phenomenal start to their season and are holding a 10-1 record. The Midshipmen are 2-0 in Patriot League play and will look to win their third conference game this week against Lafayette and a fourth against Lehigh.
  • The Navy Men’s Soccer team are off to an even better start that the women with a 9-0 record. They are currently ranked at number 25 in the country, which is best Navy has done in years. The Midshipmen will face American and Bucknell as they continue Patriot League play.