GROVE CITY

• Women’s water polo — After 5 seasons at Grove City College, Head Coach Alyssa Hunt is leaving the College to become the program director for the Alberta Water Polo Association. An Alberta native, Hunt will begin her new position in Calgary in September.

 In 2019, Hunt guided Grove City to the Collegiate Water Polo Assn. Division III Eastern Division title and an 11-8 overall record. The Wolverines closed the season by going 2-1 at the CWPA D-III Championships. The CWPA honored Hunt as its D-III Eastern Division Coach of the Year for 2019.

Elizabeth Andrews and Tessa Leatherwood both earned Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America recognition after the 2019 season.

 Hunt had six student-athletes earned ACWPC All-Academic distinction in 2019. In 2017, Abby Jank earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

 Hunt also worked as the assistant swimming & diving coach at Grove City. She helped the women’s program to 4 Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles during her tenure. GCC’s men’s swimming & diving squad won the 2019 conference crown.

 Hunt spent the 5 years at California Baptist University, earning 4 letters as a member of the water polo team (2010-14), helping CBU to a 97-50 record and recording 70 career goals and 110 career assists. She graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and finished her master’s degree in kinesiology at CBU in 2014.

 • Women’s cross country — An 8-member senior class will lead the Wolverines, who look to reclaim the PAC title. GCC returns 3 All-PAC honorees from last year, along with several other key contributors. The Wolverines finished 2nd in the conference, then concluded 2018 as the top PAC team at the NCAA Mideast Championships.

Jessica Smith will lead GCCs head cross country coach and will rely upon a veteran nucleus in 2019.

Heidi Hoffman, senior Allison Hollenbaugh (Lakeview High) and Karen Prem all earned All-PAC honors last season. Hoffman earned 1st-Team distinction for the 2nd straight year, while Hollenbaugh and Prem earned their first All-PAC honor. Ellie Bell, Maddie Graner, Madelyn Kimpel, Kaylee Kriner, Ellie Lockwood and Brenna Rupe join Hoffman and Hollenbaugh. Prem will help lead 3rd-year runners Etielle deGruchy, Michaela Higgins, Denali Hutzelmann and Sionna Spear. Higgins and Hutzelmann are 2-year letterwinners. Rue Allison, sophomore Olivia Lowe (Grove City High) and Jane Vannoy return for their 2nd season. 

Grove City opens the season Friday at the Westminster Invitational.

Women’s tennis –– The Wolverines may have only one senior on its 2019-20 roster, but return plenty of experience and firepower as they pursue their 5th PAC title in the last 6 seasons.

Second-year Head coach Henry Boyle welcomes back 6 veterans from last year’s team, which won the program’s 30th all-time PAC title.

Jennifer Elder headlines the returners after earning 1st-Team All-PAC in singles action (12-2 last year) and 2nd Team All-PAC as a doubles competitor.

Joining Elder in helping lead Grove City this season will be Morgan Happe, who moved into the top of the singles lineup last season and compiled a 13-1 overall record. She earned 1st-Team All-PAC in both singles and doubles play and will again be at or near the top of the lineup this year.

Madi Reed emerged last season, earning the starting nod at 4th singles. Like Happe, Reed went 13-1 in singles play in 2018-19. She captured 2nd-Team All-PAC recognition in singles and doubles and again will bolster the middle of Grove City’s lineup. Hannah Tarolli will compete for a full-time lineup spot this season after playing as a reserve in her first 2 seasons. Also back are 2nd-year performers Sydney Adams (Grove City High) and Dana Ewing.

Six newcomers are also expected to challenge for spots in the Grove City lineup this fall. The Wolverines open the 2019-20 season Saturday at conference foe Thiel.

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