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Olivet Tigers take the field and court as fall 2017 season gets underway

Posted: Aug 31, 2017


Olivet Nazarene University's Tiger football team had its first win over a nationally ranked opponent since 2011. Eric Hehman is the head coach.


Olivet Tiger men's soccer team is coached by David Blahnik.


Olivet Tiger women's soccer team is coached by Bill Bahr.


Olivet Tiger volleyball team is coached by Brenda Williams.

As Olivet Nazarene University kicks off the 2017-2018 academic year, several Tiger athletic teams are starting their fall season of competition. Here are a few highlights from the opening games.


Tiger football met Kansas Wesleyan University for the home opener on Saturday, August 26, 2017. When the clock read 0:00, the standing-room-only crowd was on its feet applauding the Tigers’ victory, 31-24. Rashaan Gaymon, a junior majoring in sport management, had six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter.

The Tigers’ win in their season opener was their first since 2015. This was also ONU’s first win over a nationally ranked opponent since 2011.

“What a game!” says Head Coach Eric Hehman. “I was really proud of how our team battled. Our team stayed positive and in the present on each play. I like our physicality and our energy. It was a good first game.”

Men’s soccer

Following a tough loss in the season opener, Tiger men’s soccer tied 1-1 with Cornerstone University in the home opener. Even with two 10-minute overtimes, neither team prevailed. Tiger forward Tumi Moshobane — an international business major from Soweto, South Africa — scored his first career goal during the game.

Women’s soccer

Beginning the season with a tournament, Tiger women’s soccer snapped back on day two of the Columbia Classic to pick up a win over Missouri Valley College. Sarah Buffum, a sophomore nursing major, scored her first goal of the season. Freshman Emily Hulliberger added her first college goal, which was the game winner.


Tiger women’s volleyball downed a NAIA-ranked opponent in the Saint Thomas Classic at Saint Thomas University in Florida. Against Missouri Baptist, Jeslyn Roat — a senior majoring in social work — finished with 17 kills. Freshman psychology major Kayleigh Kastelein ran the offense, dishing out 43 assists. Four Tigers finished with double-digit digs, led by Alex Ewalt — a junior majoring in chemistry — with 24.

Against Saint Thomas University, Kayleigh finished with 35 assists. Jeslyn dominated at the net with 20 kills. Alex had 22 digs, and Micki Quackenbush — a sophomore majoring in dietetics — contributed 15 digs.

On the road again over the weekend, the Tigers will be at home in McHie Arena on Sept. 5 for their first conference match against Indiana University South Bend.

For more information about the Olivet Tigers athletics program, contact the Office of Admissions at or 800-648-1463.


Intramural sports in which Olivet students can participate, ranging from basketball and soccer to euchre and dodgeball