HCAC 2021 Football Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Josh Taylor (Mt. Orab, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | Sophomore – Taylor continues to be an all-around contributor for the Mount’s offense. He went 22-of-41 passing for 225 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground he carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Rashard Brown (Columbia, S.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Junior – Brown had eight tackles and the team’s lone interception of the day to pace Rose-Hulman’s defense in a 27-20 loss at Hope. Brown now has two interceptions in three games this season and had four solo tackles among his eight hits.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Ryan Murray (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Punter | Junior – Murray had an outstanding game against Trine on Saturday. He was forced to hit eight punts in the game four of which landed inside the Trine 20-yard line. Over his eight punts he averaged 39.6 yards per punt with a long of 60-yards and two going for more than 50. On kickoffs he hit four kicks, for 238-yards and average of 59.5-yards per kick
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jarrett Gibson (Angola, Ind.) Franklin College | Wide Receiver | Junior – Gibson continued to be the top pass-catching target in the FC offense, hauling in nine passes for a season-high 145-yards and a touchdown for the Grizzlies against UW-Platteville on Saturday. He added another 36-yards in the return game for a team-high 181 all-purpose yards.
  • Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Running Back | Senior – Coane helped pace the Panther offense on Saturday at Albion as the senior rushed for a touchdown, tying the Hanover all-time career rushing touchdown record of 41. He tallied 86-yards on the ground, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
  • Kiefer Askew (Warren Robins, Ga.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Senior – Askew posted an impressive afternoon as the Panthers took on undefeated Albion. The senior charted one interception and added three pass break-ups. He finished the contest with three total tackles, including one for a loss.
  • Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla.) Manchester University | Punter/Kicker | Senior – Kibler had 327-yards punting for Manchester against Olivet on Saturday. Kibler pinned a pair of kicks inside the 20-yard line and his longest punt of the day went for 55-yards.
  • Andrew Dion (San Diego, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Quarterback | Senior – Dion finished 24-of-41 for 343-yards and three touchdowns as Rose-Hulman’s furious late rally fell just short in a 27-20 loss at Hope. Dion connected on TD passes of 36-yards to Noah Thomas, 8-yards to Adam Tice-Saliu and 56-yards to Jailen Hobbs, with the final two TDs coming with 1:05 and 0:53 left in the game to give Rose-Hulman two quick scores before Hope gained possession after an onside kick to secure the win.

FOOTBALL STANDINGS

SCHOOLCONFCPCT.OVERALLPCT.STREAK
Franklin0-00.0002-10.667L1
Bluffton0-00.0001-20.333W1
Hanover0-00.0001-20.333L1
Mount St. Joseph0-00.0001-20.333L1
Rose-Hulman0-00.0001-20.333L1
Defiance0-00.0000-20.000L2
Anderson0-00.0000-30.000L3
Manchester0-00.0000-30.000L3

HCAC 2021 Cross Country Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Athlete of the Week:
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Salazar was the individual champion at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational on Friday night at Shelbyville, Ind. Salazar led the field with a leading time of 26:43.
Women’s Athlete of the Week:
Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – In a field with the top 2 NAIA teams and five nationally-ranked NAIA teams, Loller captured 27th in the Ray Bullock Invitational with a 5K PR of 19:52.2.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Ayden Humbles (New Castle, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – The Ravens competed in the Ray Bullock Invitational, which consisted of the top two NAIA teams and four NAIA teams ranked in the top 10. Ayden Humbles secured 110th with an 8K time of 31:08.1.
  • John Asplund (Bloomington, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year – Asplund led Franklin and all Division III runners at the Ray Bullock Invitational, hosted by Taylor University on Friday night. He finished the 4.97 mile race in 27:12.2 to place 21st overall against a field of runners from Division III and the NAIA.
  • Ethan Weston (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Weston continued his strong 2021 season as he turned in a runner-up finish as part of the Indiana University East Run with the Wolves Invitational. The sophomore completed the 8,000-meter race in a time of 27:43.6.
  • John Sluys (Columbus, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Sluys led Rose-Hulman with a 69th place finish out of 149 primarily NCAA Division I and II runners at the Indiana State University Invitational on Saturday. Sluys completed the 8K in a time of 27:34.

Women’s

  • Haley Makowski (Osceola, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year – Makowski took the top spot for the Franklin women and finished 45th overall at Friday night’s Ray Bullock Invite as she broke the finish line in the 3.11 mile race in 20:31.2.
  • Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Medcalf posted a strong showing as part of the Run with the Wolves Invite hosted by Indiana University East. Medcalf finished second overall in the 53 runner field with a time of 21:28.1.
  • Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Brubaker ran to an eighth-place finish at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational on Friday night in Shelbyville. Brubaker was the top Spartan to cross the finish line, posting a time of 25:18.6 in the race.
  • Libby Smith (Williamsport, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Smith led Rose-Hulman with a 63rd place finish out of 133 primarily NCAA Division I and II runners at the Indiana State University Invitational on Saturday. Smith completed the 5K competition in 20:18.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Golf Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Matthew Kadnar (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Kadnar recorded the 10th round in the 60s in Rose-Hulman men’s golf history with a 69 to finish help him finish 28th individually at the Rhodes Invitational last week. Kadnar compiled scores of 80, 76 and 69 over the 54-hole event, with his round of 69 highlighted by an eagle on the par-five third hole.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Dominic Castelvetere (Ontario, Ohio) Bluffton University | Senior – Taking fifth place and setting Bluffton’s 36-hole individual record was Dominic Castelvetere who shot 74-76 for a 150. He helped the men to their first-ever golf tournament victory at the Beaver Fall Classic this weekend. His par on the first playoff hole led to Bluffton defeating Ohio Northern when the teams ended the 36 holes with identical 605 scores. Bluffton’s 605 shattered its school record by 18 strokes.
  • Dawson Long (Paoli, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Long led the Panthers at the Battle of Belterra last week, finishing tied for ninth overall. He finished the two round event shooting a 149 (76-73). The junior ranked the highest among all HCAC opponents who competed.
  • Rhett Cox (Campbellsville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Cox shot a three-round score of 10-over-par 226 at the Rhodes College Fall Classic at Tunica National last Monday and Tuesday to lead the Pioneers. Cox took 32nd overall on a 91-man leaderboard featuring multiple top-25 teams. Cox topped off his performance with an even-par 72 in Tuesday’s third and final round, which included five total birdies and four birdies in a five-hole span on the front nine of play. His third-round 72 was the eighth-lowest score of any player on Tuesday. Cox’s team-best score led the Pioneers to a 10th place finish on the 18-team leaderboard. For the tournament, Cox totaled eight birdies.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Kruschwitz could not be stopped in Manchester’s lone match of the week. He scored his first career hat trick against Olivet on Saturday – netting all three of his goals in the first half against the Comets. Also had a hand in the fourth Manchester score as he picked up the assist on Chris Gerken’s goal. Kruschwitz finished with seven points on the day and has scored in three consecutive games. The Spartans topped Olivet 4-1.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Elliott Clark (Brownstown, Ind.) Franklin College | Goalkeeper | Senior – Clark turned in a perfect week in goal for the Grizzlies, stopping eight shots across back-to-back shutouts of Olivet and Berea. He need to make two stops to preserve the clean sheet in the Grizzlies’ dominant win over Olivet on Wednesday and he made six stops against Berea to earn his third career shutout.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Elijah Zimmerman (Archbold, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Zimmerman netted Bluffton’s first hat trick since 2019 in Bluffton’s 5-0 win over Ohio Christian on Monday. He has been an integral part in Bluffton’s best start (3-1) since 1989 and their first-ever perfect home slate heading into Heartland Conference play.
  • Angel Velasco-Urbina (Louisville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Velasco-Urbina pitched two shutouts for Bluffton as the Beavers downed Ohio Christian and Thiel last week. He was in the net for 177:09 minutes with four saves and only came out for the final three minutes of Bluffton’s 5-0 rout of OCU. He also notched his second assist of the season with a booming punt that hit Zimmerman in stride for one of his three goals on Monday afternoon.
  • Dillon Neel (Louisville, Ky.) Franklin College | Forward | Junior – Provided a scoring jolt off the bench for the Grizzlies, scoring a goal in both contests as Franklin went 2-0 for the week with wins over Olivet and Berea. He recorded career-highs in shot attempts (five) and shots on target (four) in Sunday’s victory over Berea.
  • Fellipe Busato (Sao Paula, Brazil) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Busato charted the Panthers’ lone goal of the week as Hanover hosted No. 3 ranked Washington & Lee and Wabash. The senior finished the week with six shots, two of which landed on frame.
  • Salemi Luciano (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – In a week that saw Hanover welcome two tough opponents in No. 3 ranked Washington & Lee and Wabash, Salemi held strong. The goalkeeper got the start against Washington & Lee making three saves and surrendering just two goals on five shots faced.
  • Takezo Kelly (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Kelly scored three goals on 10 shots this week, helping Rose-Hulman finish 2-0 with wins over DePauw (3-1) and Albion (4-1). Kelly scored twice in the win over DePauw and added a third goal for the week as the first goal in the Albion match.
  • Evan Hofer (St. Luois, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer finished 2-0 with a 0.62 goals against average to help Rose-Hulman defeat DePauw 3-1 and Albion 4-1 this week. Hofer allowed one goal with three saves in a 3-1 win one DePauw and had one save and no goals allowed over the first 56 minutes of the Albion win.

STANDINGS

SCHOOLCONFCPCT.OVERALLPCT.STREAK
Bluffton0-00.0003-10.750W2
Rose-Hulman0-00.0003-2-10.583W2
Hanover0-00.0003-3-10.500L2
Defiance0-00.0004-40.500W1
Franklin0-00.0002-30.400W2
Manchester0-00.0002-4-10.357W2
Transylvania0-00.0001-3-10.300W1
Anderson0-00.0002-50.286L3
Mount St. Joseph0-00.0001-60.143W1
Earlham0-00.0000-50.000L5

HCAC 2021 Men’s Tennis Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Seth Nation (Middletown, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Nation went 4-0 on the week as Anderson won both of its matches. The Ravens captured 5-4 victories against Trine and Calvin. Against Trine, Seth Nation/Peter Hallam took an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles against Jaxon Davis/Caleb Morris. Nation then faced off with Davis at No. 3 singles at grinded out a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory. Against Calvin, Seth Nation/Parker Bradley secured an 8-5 win against Harrison Sindelar/Isaac Jeong at No. 2 doubles. Nation then clashed with Jeong at No. 3 singles. Nation faced match point seven times against Jeong, but still pulled out a 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10) win.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Matt Leming (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Leming went 2-1 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles competition for Franklin over the weekend. He earned the deciding point for the Grizzlies against St. Francis (IN) at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win and also picked up the winning point against Division II Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday with a 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 win at No. 4 singles.
  • Joey Keal (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Keal posted a perfect 2-0 day as the Panthers welcomed Ohio Northern in non-conference action. The sophomore opened the match with a 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles, before winning his No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-2.

HCAC 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 3 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cassidy Posey (Paulding, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Posey led the Beavers to a 3-1 mark at the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic over the weekend. She pounded a career-high 24 kills in a five-set loss to host Wooster while hitting .327 for the match. Posey finished the week with 63 kills (3.32 KPS), four blocks, 13 digs and a .222 hitting percentage.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn helped propel the Panthers to a 4-1 week, as they won the Hanover Invitational going a perfect 4-0. The sophomore tallied 105 total digs, charting 20 or more in three of the four contests. She added five service aces and three kills. For her efforts, she was named a member of the all-tournament team.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind.) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Bontrager was named to the Bishop Invitational All-Tournament Team. For the tournament, Bontrager contributed 32 kills, 12 blocks, 13 digs and a .279 attack percentage. She provided 2.13 kills per set and 0.8 blocks per set during the tournament. Against Ohio Wesleyan, Bontrager turned in six kills, four blocks and a .235 attack percentage. She then tallied six kills and three blocks against Kenyon. Against Otterbein, Bontrager racked up six kills, three blocks and a .429 hitting percentage. Bontrager then capped off the tournament by pouring in 14 kills and a .333 attack percentage against Mount Union.
  • Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Libero | Senior – Kleman led the Beavers to a 3-2 mark over the week, picking up 104 digs (5.47 DPS). The senior libero added 11 aces, seven kills and 20 assists for the week.
  • Billie Jarrett (Speedway, Ind.) Franklin College | Setter | Junior – Jarrett recorded 117 assists (7.8 per set) for Franklin last week with four aces and three blocks. She turned in a huge game for the Grizzlies in their five-set win over Berea on Saturday, handing out 45 assists with a career-high 25 digs. Jarrett was named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the Hanover Invitational.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham paced the Panthers as the senior helped lead the Blue and Red to a 4-1 mark, a perfect 4-0 as part of the Hanover Invitational. For her efforts, she was named a member of the All-Tournament team. Ketcham finished the week with 128 assists and 19 kills. She posted a game-high 38 assists in the team’s win over Berea.
  • Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind.) Manchester University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Campbell hit .257 across three matches this week for Manchester. Tallied 33 total kills. Had 18 kills in a narrow, five-set loss to Indiana-Northwest. Added 13 kills and a .417 hitting percentage in a three-set sweep of St. Mary’s College on Saturday.
  • Morgan Whitaker (Milford, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Whitaker had a solid weekend for the Lions at Wittenberg. It was the best weekend of her young career as a Lion. She had 28 kills, 2.8 k/s, hit .209 while leading the team with 86 total attempts.
  • Erin Androne (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Libero | Sophomore – Androne was once again outstanding for the Lions at the Wittenberg Tournament, leading the Lions to a 2-1 record. She led the way with 52 digs, 5.2 digs per set and only a single receiving error in 37 total attempts. For her play she was named to the All-Tournament team at Wittenberg.
  • Sophia Koop (Lawrenceville, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Koop recorded 40 kills at a .178 hitting percentage with 53 digs to help propel Rose-Hulman’s attack in a 1-3 week. Koop also led the team with seven service aces and ranked No. 2 on the squad in kills and digs last week.
  • Kylie Rathbun (Tulsa, Okla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Rathbun led Rose-Hulman’s back row defense with 5.64 digs per set (79 in 14 sets) as the Fightin’ Engineers finished 1-3 against four strong Midwest programs last week.
  • Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Hitter | First-Year – Scheper totaled 64 kills over five matches (19 sets total) for the Pioneers, including double-digit kills in four of the five matches. Scheper led off the week with a career-high 17 kills in a five-set win over Maryville (Tenn.) College. Scheper was the kills leader for the Pioneers in four out of five matches this week, including 11 kills in a four-set win over Kenyon which included an individual .276 attacking percentage. Scheper totaled 14 digs and four total blocks along with her 64 kills for the week, adding an ace along the way.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Miller totaled 77 digs in five matches (19 sets total) for the Pioneers, including a week-high 24 digs in a four-set loss on Friday against Ohio Wesleyan. Miller led the Pioneers in digs in 3-of-5 matches this week, including a team-high 21 digs in a five-set home win against Maryville (Tenn.) last Wednesday. For the week, Miller totaled 77 digs, 13 assists, two aces, and six kills in an all-around effort for Transylvania.

STANDINGS

SCHOOLCONFCPCT.OVERALLPCT.STREAK
Mount St. Joseph1-01.0006-20.750W5
Earlham0-00.0008-40.667L1
Transylvania0-00.0007-60.538L1
Franklin0-00.0006-60.500W2
Hanover0-00.0006-60.500W4
Bluffton0-00.0006-70.462W1
Rose-Hulman0-00.0005-60.455L1
Manchester0-00.0005-70.417W1
Defiance0-00.0002-70.222L1
Anderson0-10.0005-80.385L1

HCAC 2021 Women’s Golf Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Svarnika Bommakanti (Tampa, Fla.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Bommakanti finished third overall out of 117 golfers at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational to help lead Rose-Hulman to an eighth place finish in the 20-team field. Bommakanti recorded an even-par 72 in opening round play and scored a 76 in the final round to bring home the individual top-three finish in a tournament that featured five national top 50 programs.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Chapman tied for 15th with a 36-hole score of 183 in the Beaver Fall Classic. She fired rounds of 92 and 91 on the par-72 layout at Bluffton Golf Club. Chapman shot a two-day relative-to-par score of +39, which marks the program’s lowest two-day relative-to-par score since 2014.
  • Haley Gill (Indianapolis, Ind.) Bluffton University | Junior – Gill got it done down the stretch, firing a school-record 80 on Sunday, which added up to a fourth place finish individually. Gill’s 169 for the weekend Beaver Fall Classic also equaled her own record for 36 holes. The Beavers shot a 355 (tied for fourth best all-time), giving Bluffton a 713 for the tournament which is tied for second all-time for 36 holes.
  • Maci French (Lebanon, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – Led the way for Franklin against a very competitive field at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic on Friday and Saturday, carding a 36-hole score of 159 (80-79) to finish in a tie for 29th. She tied a career 36-hole best with her performance.
  • Taylor Caldwell () Hanover College – Caldwell led the Panthers at the Heidelberg Fall Invite where she finished tied for 12th overall with a two-round total of 164 (79-85). As a team, Hanover finished fifth overall in the 11 team field.

HCAC 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Audrey Rawls (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Forward | First-Year – Rawls paced the offense for the Pioneers on a 1-0-1 week for the Pioneers. Rawls collected her first collegiate multi-goal game in a matchup against the Asbury while firing eight shots, four on target for a 0.500 shot on goal percentage in the 3-0 victory. Rawls also collected her brace in just over five minutes of game time early in the second half.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton starred in two contests for the Pioneers leading them to a 1-0-1 record on the week. Patton had clean sheets in both matches while collecting five saves and with a 1.000 save percentage. Her week was highlighted by a stellar performance against Emory & Henry where she surrendered zero goals in double overtime 0-0 draw. Patton featured all 200 minutes in goal for the Pioneers this week.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Holly Garrett (Dayton, Ohio) Anderson University | Midfield | First-Year – Garrett delivered a game-winning header in the 105th minute as Anderson captured a 2-1 win against Bethel (Ind.) on Wednesday.
  • Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Paarlberg saved 12 of the 14 shots she faced this week. She came up with six saves on seven shots on goal in Anderson’s 2-1 double-overtime win against Bethel. Paarlberg then saved six of the seven shots she faced as St. Mary’s (Ind.) handed Anderson a 1-0 loss.
  • Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Boothby helped lead the Panthers past Capital in convincing fashion, 4-0. The senior forward finished the contest with a goal and an assist. She added two shots, both of which landed on frame. With the win, HC moves to 3-0-2 overall on the season.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hinegardner led the Panthers to a shutout 4-0 victory over Capital as the goalkeeper tallied four saves through 90 minutes of work.
  • Catherine Hatfield (Batavia, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Midfield | Senior – Hatfield was helped the Lions to a 1-1 record on the week. On Saturday vs. Marietta the senior assisted on the Lions first goal of the game and just over a minute later scored her second goal of the season. Her goal would eventually qualify as the game winner.
  • Sarah Shoemaker (Chesterfield, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Shoemaker scored one goal and had three assists as Rose-Hulman finished 1-0-1 last week. She scored once with two assists in a 5-0 win over Millikin and assisted on the team’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw at Knox.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon finished 1-0-1 with a 0.45 GAA and eight saves for Rose-Hulman last week. She recorded two saves in a shutout win against Millikin, after tallying six saves in a 1-1 draw at Knox.

STANDINGS

SCHOOLCONFCPCT.OVERALLPCT.STREAK
Rose-Hulman0-00.0004-0-10.900W1
Hanover0-00.0003-0-20.800W2
Transylvania0-00.0004-2-10.643T1
Defiance0-00.0002-30.400W1
Mount St. Joseph0-00.0002-4-10.357W1
Manchester0-00.0001-20.333L1
Bluffton0-00.0002-40.333L3
Anderson0-00.0001-4-10.250L1
Earlham0-00.0001-40.200L4
Franklin0-00.0001-40.200L1

HCAC 2021 Women’s Tennis Notebook, Week 3

Athlete of the Week:
Grace Gardner (Georgetown, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Gardner had a perfect 4-0 week for the Transylvania women’s team as she guided the Pioneers to a 2-0 start in conference play with a Sunday win over Anderson and a 1-1 week overall. Gardner delivered a resounding win in No. 4 singles on Sunday in a 6-0, 6-3 win over Anderson’s Jenna Kuntz and teamed with Katherine Taylor for a perfect 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles over Anderson. Despite a 6-3 Wednesday nonconference defeat to Centre, Gardner delivered two of Transy’s three match wins in the result, teaming with Taylor for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles and winning handily again in No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Megan Long (New Palestine, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Long went 4-4 on the week, finishing 3-1 in singles and 1-3 in doubles. As a team, the Ravens went 2-2 on the week. Highlighting Long’s performance of the week, as Anderson trailed Trine 4-3, Long grinded out a full three-set win at No. 2 singles to keep the Ravens alive before clinching a 5-4 win. In singles, Long recorded a 6-1, 6-0 win against Franklin’s Maddie Bright at Mo. 3 singles, a 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4 win against Trine’s Jadyn Davis at No. 2 singles and a 6-2, 6-2 win against Transylvania’s Shelia Cetina at No. 2 singles. Megan Long/Anna Creech scored an 8-2 win against Franklin’s Grace Otee/Maecee Terhune at No. 1 doubles.