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Cardinal Stritch begins NAIA defense today

Cardinal Stritch University begins defense of its NAIA Division 2 National Championship today in Branson, Missouri.

The Milwaukee area school is the top seed heading into the seven-day event, despite a large roster turnover from last season.

Coming off of last year’s national championship, 5th year coach Drew Diener had 9 new faces on his roster to mesh around returning starters Derek Semenas (Senior from Rosendale/UW-Green Bay) and junior Tony Smith (Fond du Lac).

Drew Diener
Drew Diener

Semenas averaged 24 points a game this season and was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Smit (11.3 ppg/5.4 apg) was also a first team all-league choice.

The Wolves (29-4) will play Northern New Mexico (16-15) in the first round at noon today (Wednesday).  Teams must win 5 games in 7 days to win the NAIA National Championship.

AUDIO: Drew Diener says they have a target on their backs :17

AUDIO: Drew Diener thinks they can win it all again :20

(Thanks to Wade Bades at affiliate KFIZ in Fond du Lac for contributing)

posted : March, 12th by WSCO

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