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State of the Nova Nation – Season One (Episodes 1-8)

Missed an episode? Want to take a look back in time? Here’s a complete list of all of the episodes we released this season:

Episode One

Release Date: October 1, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Don Cherry, Football (Sr., Linebacker)
Featured Segments: Football, Men’s Soccer
Quick Recaps: Volleyball, Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, Cross Country

Summary: As we experimented and tried a few things in our first episode ever, we took an in-depth look at football and men’s soccer. The football team was fresh off of a loss to Penn, while men’s soccer had just played their first conference game of the year. All-American linebacker Don Cherry joined us to chat about the season and his career.

Episode Two

Release Date: October 6, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Aaron Sandifer, Track & Field (Sr., Sprinter)
Featured Segments: President’s Award, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer
Quick Recaps: Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country

Summary: Villanova was awarded the first ever Big East President’s Award for its achievement in athletics, academics, and service. The volleyball team improved to 13-4 after back-to-back sweeps of Marquette and DePaul. After grabbing an early lead over Creighton, the women’s soccer team was handed a tough road loss, losing 3-1 to the Bluejays. Aaron Sandifer spoke to us about his career so far, how he’s preparing for the upcoming season, and his future.

Episode Three

Release Date: November 3, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Bobby Reiff, Special Olympics Fall Festival Director
Featured Segments: Volleyball, Field Hockey
Quick Recaps: Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Cross Country
Summary: We started to finally get the recipe and rhythm down in this episode, where we spoke to Bobby Reiff about the preparation and history behind Villanova’s biggest weekend in the fall. Field Hockey had its senior day, playing Big Five rival Temple. The volleyball team posted back-to-back sweeps of Creighton (it would eventually be the Bluejays only loss in conference play) and DePaul.

Episode Four

Release Date: November 10, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Claire Crutchfield, Volleyball (Jr., Outside Hitter)
Featured Segments: Special Olympics Fall Festival, Men’s Basketball
Quick Recaps: Volleyball, Football, Men’s Soccer

Summary: It was another successful Fall Festival weekend on Villanova’s campus. The men’s basketball team played their preseason exhibition game over Pace University, where the public got their first glimpse of Jalen Brunson. For our weekly conversation, Claire Crutchfield stopped by the studio to discuss the team’s first Big East Tournament bid since 2010, the season as a whole, and looking ahead down the stretch of the regular season.

Episode Five

Release Date: November 17, 2015
Weekly Conversation: None
Featured Segments: Football, Men’s Basketball, Volleyball
Quick Recaps: Women’s Basketball, Cross Country

Summary: No weekly guest in this episode, so we threw in an extra segment. The football team had a dramatic, last-second homecoming win over Richmond. Men’s basketball rolled in its season opener against Fairleigh Dickinson. The volleyball team improved to 10-0 at home after sweeping Seton Hall.

Episode Six

Release Date: November 24, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Andy Talley, Football (Head Coach)
Featured Segments: Men’s Basketball, Volleyball
Quick Recaps: Football, Cross Country

Summary: Football head coach Andy Talley shared his thoughts on the season, his quarterbacks, and the loss to James Madison in the final game of the season. The volleyball team finished a perfect 12-0 at home and we recap the games and look ahead to the Big East Tournament. The men’s basketball team head into Thanksgiving with a 4-0 record.

Episode Seven

Release Date: December 1, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Patrick Tiernan, Cross Country (RS Jr.)
Featured Segments: Men’s Basketball, Volleyball
Quick Recaps: Women’s Basketball

Summary: It was a big weekend for Villanova Athletics. Selection Sunday brought good news to the volleyball team, who was headed for their first NCAA Tournament since 1997. The men’s basketball team won the NIT Season Tipoff tournament over at the Barclays Center in New York during Thanksgiving. As for the women’s basketball team, they celebrated Christmas early with winning the Lehigh Christmas City Classic. Patrick Tiernan, who placed second overall at cross country nationals, joined us in-studio to talk about the season, nationals, and Olympic aspirations.

Episode Eight

Release Date: December 8, 2015
Weekly Conversation: Darby Goodwin, Swimming (Fr.)
Featured Segments: Men’s Basketball, Volleyball
Quick Recaps: Women’s Basketball, Indoor Track & Field, Swimming

Summary: In the season finale of State of the Nova Nation, we spoke to swimmer Darby Goodwin, who broke a couple of records at the Big A.I. Open at Princeton, N.J. We also wrapped up the end of a great volleyball season and took an early glimpse into next season. As for the men’s basketball team, they suffered a tough loss against Oklahoma in Hawaii, we break that down too.

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About The Author

Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.

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