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Sophomores Kristin McNally (Boardman) and Erin Bennett (Poland) were involved in two wins to help the women's tennis team hand Westminster its first loss of the season, 9-0. McNally defeated Sara Belsito at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1, and teamed with Lindsey Hosler to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-0. Bennett defeated Katie Huber at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0, and teamed with Jenna Powell to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-0. Grove City is 2-1 and 2-0 in the PAC. The Wolverines are the defending PAC champions.
Dana Donchess, a junior on the women's soccer team from Poland High, scored a goal to help the Pioneers defeat Oberlin, 3-2. Marietta is 5-0-1. Donchess scored the third goal of the game to give the Pioneers a 3-1 lead. Donchess took three shots in the game.
Steffi Graf (Poland) continued to stand out for the volleyball team, though the Battling Bishops lost four of five matches last week. In the lone win, Graf, a sophomore outside hitter, had 16 digs, seven kills, a solo block and a block assist as OWU beat Olivet in the seventh-place match at the Hanover Invitational. In OWU's four losses, Graf had 28 digs and seven kills against Wilmington; 25 digs and nine kills against Anderson; two solo blocks against Hanover; and 13 kills and 22 digs against Spalding.
Sophomores Emily Berry (Struthers) and Lisa Baumgartner (Wilmington Area) are two of the top six holdovers on the women's tennis team under sixth-year coach Lori Sabatose. Berry posted a 13-4 singles record last season along with a 7-8 doubles mark. Baumgartner went 13-1 in singles and 7-2 in doubles last year and was selected to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West first team. Berry is playing at No. 3 singles and Baumgartner at No. 4 singles for this season, and are paired at No. 2 doubles. Also on the roster is Jessica Hogue, a sophomore from Hickory High who posted a 9-1 singles record (at Nos. 3-5) last spring, as well as a 4-6 doubles mark.
Brian Gilson, a junior member of the men's cross-country team from Warren JFK, placed third in the Great Lakes College Association Championships held at Albion College. Gilson covered the distance in a team-best 27 minutes to help Denison place fourth. Gilson improved 12 spots from his 15th-place finish in last year's meet.
Megan Taylor, a sophomore on the volleyball team from Lakeview High, leads the North Coast Athletic Conference in assist average with 13.79 per game and ranks No. 2 in digs per game with 3.55. Taylor helped Hiram to win all five of its matches during a recent week as the Terriers improved to an 8-1 record. Four of those wins came in the Hiram Invitational, in which the Terriers won all their games. For the week, Taylor had 21 kills, 227 assists and 65 digs in 17 games.
Vindicator staff reports