GREENVILLE – The Presidents’ Athletic Conference will begin the fall championships season with its annual golf championships Wednesday-Thursday.
The 36-hole fall event will be hosted by the Avalon Golf & Country Club in Warren. The men will be playing at Avalon Lakes, while the women will be playing at Avalon at Squaw Creek in Vienna. The rounds will get underway at 10:30 a.m. each day.
This year’s PAC Championships feature a 54-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes contested this fall and another 18 holes played in April.
Five golfers will make up a team, with the lowest 4 scores per round from the designated 5-player squad used in team score compilation. For men, 1st-round pairings have been organized by last year’s team finish. For women, 1st-round pairings are set by scoring average. Second-round pairings and tee times will be set based on opening-round team and individual scores.
The final 18 holes of the men’s championship are scheduled for April 23, 2022 at Oglebay Resort’s Speidel Golf Club in Wheeling, W.Va. with a round on the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. course. The women’s championship will wrap up on April 25, 2022 at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon.
The combined 54-hole team totals will determine PAC team champions and winners of the league’s automatic qualifying bids to the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships. The All-PAC teams, as well the PAC Players of the Year and PAC Newcomers of the Year, are determined by the combined 54-hole scores from the PAC’s Fall and Spring Championships.
• Football – D3football.com named Grove City College safety Trevor Beck to its “Team of the Week” in recognition of Beck’s performance. Beck also earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors.
He helped lead the defense in the Wolverines’ 56-7 Homecoming victory over Geneva in PAC action at Robert E. Thorn Field. Beck forced 3 turnovers, recorded 2 tackles-for-loss and 7 total tackles.
Beck set up Grove City’s first touchdown of the game midway through the 1st quarter as forced a fumble that linebacker Ryan Fleming recovered at Geneva’s 37-yard line. Beck’s 2nd forced fumble ended Geneva’s 1st drive of the 2nd half at midfield as Nik Grabiec recovered the ball at the 50. In the 4th quarter, Beck set up Grove City’s final TD by returning an interception 31 yards to the Geneva 32.
Beck helped Grove City limit Geneva to 26 rushing yards on 35 attempts. Geneva’s option offense entered the game averaging 289 rushing yards per game.
A 1st-year starter in Grove City’s defensive backfield, Beck has 27 tackles and shares the team lead with 2 forced fumbles.
Grove City (5-1, 4-1) will visit Saint Vincent in conference play Saturday at 1 p.m. in Latrobe.
• Volleyball – Grove City College earned a 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 victory Tuesday night at Franciscan in PAC action at Finnegan Field House in Steubenville, Ohio. It is Grove City’s eighth sweep of the fall 2021 season.
Junior Faith Keating helped lead Grove City (14-7, 7-3 PAC) by posting 15 kills on only 29 attacks. Sophomore Anna DeGraaf added eight kills for Grove City, which posted a .326 hitting percentage in the match.
Freshman setter Kennedy Kerr recorded a team-leading 21 assists and freshman Katie Kenlein distributed eight assists. Sophomore Eloise Augustine served a career-best four assists while Kerr added two aces.
DeGraaf led Grove City’s defensive effort with four blocks. Senior Amanda Schmidt, junior Robyn Collier and sophomore Katie Pry all had three blocks. Keating added a pair of blocks.
Augustine had a team-leading 12 digs and Keating totaled 11 digs.
Grove City will close the week with a pair of home conference matches. The Wolverines host Waynesburg at 7 p.m. Thursday. Saturday, Grove City hosts Chatham at 11 a.m. The Wolverines are 6-0 at home this year.
• Women’s Tennis – Westminster lost, 5-4, at PAC foe Washington & Jefferson – their 1st loss of the season.
W&J (6-2, 5-1 PAC) won the first 3 singles, however, Westminster (8-1, 5-1 PAC) won the next 2 as Caroline Fox won 7-6(7-4), 6-3, at No. 4, and Ryleigh Valone won 7-6, 6-3(7-5), at No. 5. Fox partnered with Sabrina Slagle for a hard-fought 8-7(7-4) No. 2 doubles victory. Valone and Taylor Dlugozima (Wilmington High) took care of business at No. 3 doubles, winning 8-1.
Westminster will conclude its PAC slate today at Steubenville, Ohio against Franciscan University, currently 1st in the PAC at 6-0. Match time is set for 5:30 p.m.
• Volleyball – The Titans defeated Saint Vincent, 3-0, in a PAC matchup at home Tuesday night.
During the first set when the score was 16-16, Westminster (18-4, 10-0 PAC) scored four-straight points to take control of the set (20-16) and ignited a spark to win 25-21 (the Titans overcame a 12-6 deficit in the first frame). As the second set started, the Titans gained early momentum after going on a 7-0 run (10-2), making it hard for Saint Vincent (6-11, 3-7 PAC) to bounce back and dominated the set (25-10). In the final set, Westminster once again caught fire, this time scoring ten consecutive points when the score was 3-3, making it 13-3. To cap off the sweep, junior Kaylee Sciubba registered the match-deciding kill (25-19).
Titan senior Maya Steward led the charge with a match-high 14 kills and a team-high 13 digs. Senior Becky Adelman made her presence felt with three blocks and ten kills. Senior Samantha Kelly orchestrated the offensive attack with a three-set-career-high and match-high 39 assists. Sophomore Malia Duffy registered 12 digs. Senior Anna Lalama tied a career-high with match-high three service aces to go along with a career-high four digs.
The Titans are back on the court Thursday as they travel to Washington, Pa. to compete against Washington and Jefferson in a PAC showdown. Start time scheduled for 7 p.m.