NEW WILMINGTON – The Westminster College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected track and field senior Selena Thomas as its Titan Athlete of the Week.
Thomas, a Farrell High product who was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week, posted individual 1st-place finishes in the 100 (12.95), 200 (27.09), and long jump (17-04.25, 5.29 meters) and also anchored Westminster’s 1st-place 4x100 relay (51.36) at the recent Golden Tornado Classic hosted by Geneva College.
Westminster will be back in action on Saturday when its travels to Greenville for the Thiel College Invitational.
• Men’s Golf – The Tomcats finished 4th at the Saint Vincent Invitational at Latrobe Country Club. Thiel (335) finished 4th.
Mark Knox led the Tomcats with an 82 to place 9th overall. Charlie Lichtenwalter and Logan Pistorius both carded 83’s to tie for 10th. Also for the Tomcats, Luke Sadowski (Sharon High) shot an 87 to place 21st while Tyler Zere tied for 23rd with an 89.
The Tomcats will compete in the Grove City Invitational today.
• Women’s Tennis – Thiel lost a PAC match on the road Wednesday to the Washington & Jefferson Presidents, 9-0.
Jaelyn Kennedy defeated freshman Payton Blankenbeckley 6-3, 6-2 at fourth singles.
Thiel also lost three close doubles matches. Maya Krishnasamy and Libby Conlon topped Natalie Zgurich and Sarah Haritos 8-7 (7-4) at No. 1 doubles. Bella Goldman and Lisha Chadda defeated Allyson Stanley and Blankenbeckley 8-6 at second doubles while Victoria Wilson and Kennedy topped Madeline Depalma and Reagan Hayne (Greenville High) 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.
The Tomcats will face the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets on the road on Saturday. The PAC match is scheduled to begin at noon.
• Men’s Soccer – The Tomcats lost, 5-1, in a PAC contest against the Bethany Bison. Thiel also celebrated senior night for Andreas Hauge Jonassen.
The first half was a close one, with the Tomcats scoring the only goal off of the foot of Evan Young. However, in the second half, the Bison took control, scoring five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 final.
For the Tomcats, Young recorded four total shots, one on goal, which was the lone Tomcats goal. Jonassen also notched three shots on goal. Yuta Koike and Rodney Washburn also took shot attempts. Devin Weisbarth tallied 12 saves in the contest.
Five different Bison scored, including Pedro Chillemi, who also recorded an assist off the bench. Adis Salihovic allowed just one goal and saved three shots.
The Tomcats’ next game will be Saturday at Washington and Jefferson on Saturday at 1 p.m.
• Women’s Soccer – Thiel defeated the Bethany Bison, 7-1, in a PAC game on Wednesday. The Tomcats also recognized their seniors Amber Hoskins, Nicole Pereksta, and Madison Acor before the game.
The game was scoreless for most of the first half until the Tomcats struck first nearly 34 minutes in. In the second half, the Tomcats ran away with the game, scoring five unanswered goals to close out the 7-1 victory.
The Tomcats were led by multi-goal efforts from Taylor Warner (Greenville High), Kelly Clark, and Reilly Lutz, scoring three, two, and two goals, respectively. Pereksta, Madison Walsh, Arlene Barreto, and Katlyn Phillips each notched an assist. Samantha Hoffman allowed just one goal and tallied eight saves in the winning effort.
For the Bison, Kirwan Myia scored the loan goal, assisted by Riley Meyers. Corinne Grabow recorded six saves in net for the Bison.
The Tomcats will look to keep rolling when they travel to take on the Washington and Jefferson Presidents Saturday at 4 p.m.
• Women’s Tennis – GCC won its fourth consecutive match Wednesday night by earning a 6-3 PAC road win over Geneva at Blackhawk High School in Darlington, Pa.
Grove City swept the three doubles matches and then split the six singles matches. Each of Grove City’s three singles wins came in three sets. Grove City players went three sets in the other three matches.
Logan Fuss (Grove City High) won at third singles for the Wolverines, 6-1, 6-1. Sydney Adams (Grove City High) captured a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles. Fuss also teamed with Morgan Happe for an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles.
The Wolverines (4-1, 4-0 PAC) host Waynesburg at 4 p.m. Friday in conference play.
• Volleyball – The Grove City College volleyball team closed the spring 2021 regular season Wednesday by dropping a four-set decision at Geneva in PAC action at Metheny Field House. Grove City (6-4, 6-3 PAC) won the first set 25-21 but Geneva claimed the next three sets, 25-23, 25-20 and 26-24.
Senior Elisabeth Sems paced Grove City with a career-high 21 kills. Her 21 kills match the conference’s top total this season and are the most by any conference player in a four-set match this year. Sophomore Faith Keating added 16 kills.
Freshman setter Sarah Webb distributed a career-high 52 assists. The 52 assists are the most by a conference setter in a match this season.
Freshman libero Gabby Lucas recorded a career-best 31 digs to help lead the Grove City defense. Webb tallied 19 digs, Sems had 17 digs and Keating collected 14 digs. Sems and freshman Katie Pry both had three blocks. Freshman Anna DeGraaf added two blocks.
Geneva (5-2 PAC) clinched the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Grove City will be seeded third or fourth, dependent upon Wednesday night’s results. Grove City will host a conference tournament quarterfinal match Saturday, regardless of its seed.