GROVE CITY –– Grove City College football team’s annual night game, played under the lights of Thorn Field , kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Wolverines will welcome Bethany College.
The home opener will feature a halftime show by the Wolverine Marching Band and conclude with a fireworks display that lights up campus and Olde Town Grove City. Admission is free.
Grove City is looking for another win after besting Juniata last week The Wolverines have won 8 straight games. That is the 2nd-longest active streak in NCAA Division III. It is Grove City’s longest win streak since the 1997 team won eight straight games to close the regular season.
A note to pedestrians: Rainbow Bridge will be closed at the end of the 3rd quarter; the Main Street bridge will remain open for pedestrian traffic.
• Women’s volleyball — The Wolverines opened the home schedule by earning a 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-16 victory over Penn State Altoona (3-2) in non-conference action at Grove City College Arena.
Grove City improved to 5-0, thes best start for the Wolverines since the 2007 squad opened the season with eight consecutive victories.
Setter Cassidy Kohmann matched a career high with 49 assists, while four players recorded double-digit kill totals, including Elisabeth Sems (14) and Faith Keating (13). Emma Hartshorn tallied a dozen kills and Maria Boris added 10. Keating led the defense with 22 digs. Senior libero Katie McClymonds (Slippery Rock High) chalked up 21 digs while Hartshorn and Sems each had 14 digs. Kohmann collected 12 digs. Ellianna Fry had a team-leading 3 blocks and Hartshorn had 2.
Grove City will open its Presidents’ Athletic Conference schedule Saturday with a tri-match at 10 a.m. in New Wilmington.
• Women’s golf — The Wolverines opened the season by earning a 418-496 victory over Geneva at Connoquenessing Country Club.
Kaylee Grieb led Groev City with a 95, while Madeline Temple shot 103. Junior Steph Croll (Slippery Rock High) made her collegiate debut with a 109 while Ashley Donaldson carded 111.
The Wolverines will host their annual Fall Invitational this Saturday at Grove City Country Club. The event will start at 1 p.m.
• Women’s tennis –– The Wolverines opened the home schedule by rolling to a 9-0 victory over visiting Geneva in PAC action at Walters-Zbell Courts.
Grove City (3-0, 2-0 PAC) won all 6 singles matches in straight sets, including sophomore Sydney Adams (Grove City High), Jennifer Elder, freshman Logan Fuss (Grove City High), Morgan Happe, Mallory Jackson and Madi Reed.
Winning doubles duos includedHappe-Reed, Elder-Fuss, and Adams-Jackson
Grove City will host conference foe Washington & Jefferson at 4 p.m. Sept, 18.
• Football — Safety Aaron Pierce was selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week, presented by Scoutware.
Pierce returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns in the season-opening win against Capital. His 97-yard return gave the Titans a 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter and his 50-yarder came just four offensive plays later. Pierce is the first PAC player since Thomas More’s Marcus Lancaster to return 2 interceptions for TDs in a game. Pierce was also named the PAC Defensive Player of the Week.
This is the 21st season that D3football.com has selected the Team of the Week, which honors the top player nationally at each position from the previous week.
Westminster will return to the field this weekend when it opens up the PAC schedule at home against Waynesburg University on Saturday at 1 p.m.
• Men’s golf — The Titans finished in 8th place at the Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Invitational with a 2-day total of 645. Westminster’s day-two score of 321 improved 3 strokes on it’s day-one score of 324.
Jonny Stuckert led for Westminster with an 81-78––159 to finish tied for 23rd in the 69-player field. Avery Andric finished just 1 stroke behind Stuckert with an 81-79––160 to finish tied for 25th. Michael Bell carded an 81-80––161 to finish tied for 33rd. Rounding out the team scores for Westminster were Connor Chirdon and Mark Moran, who fired two-day scores of 167 (81, 86) and 170 (86, 84), respectively.
Calen Cummins and Sam Napper competed as individuals, finishing tied for 36th and solo-52nd, respectively, with scores of 163 (78, 85) and 171 (89, 82).
Westminster will return to the course today when it competes in the Grove City Fall Invitational. Shotgun start is sets for 1 p.m.
• Women’s soccer — The Titans defeated the NAIA Carlow University Celtics, 1-0, at Highmark Stadium. Carlow dropped to 2-4. The Titans (4-2) have now won 3 out of 4 games decided by one goal this season.
Gabrielle Diamond tallied the only goal of the contest in the 47th minute to give Westminster a 1-0 lead, a lead it held for the duration.
The Titans and Celtics had 12 shots each, while Westminster edged Carlow in corner kicks (3-1). Camille Holzschuh recorded 8 saves, picking up the 8th shutout of her career.
Westminster will return to the pitch Sept. 18 when it takes on La Roche University at Harold Burry Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
• Baseball — The team has announced its annual prospect camp for Oct. 13.
The prospect camp is designed for the individual who has the interest and talent to play baseball at the collegiate level and provides the opportunity to work with the Thiel College coaching staff as well as the current players.
• Women’s soccer — The Tomcats came away with a non-conference 1-0 victory over the La Roche Redhawks at Alumni Stadium.
With just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Allison Hamilton drew a penalty that awarded Thiel a free kick from just outside the box. Emma Polinski d curled her shot over the defensive wall and just past the goalkeeper’s glove in to the left side of the net, giving the Tomcats the lead in the 83rd minute.
Defensively, Bethany Bonnar recorded 5 saves in net to preserve the win and earn her first collegiate shutout. Arlene Baretto, Hanna Strott and Nicole Pereksta all tested La Roche’s defense with 3 shots each.
• Men’s golf — The Tomcats finished 10th at the 2-day Guy and Jeanne Kuhn Invitational, hosted by Allegheny College at the Country Club of Meadville.
Zach Lyons led the Tomcats with a 162 (81-81) while Zach Doddo (Lakeview High) tied for 36th after carding a 163 (85-78). Also for the Tomcats, Luke Sadowski (Sharon High) tied for 42nd (89-76-165) while Jimmy Buckley and Logan Pistorius tied for 54th with scores of 174.
The Tomcats finished 10th with a score of 661. Carnegie Mellon won the team title while Allegheny finished 2nd. Carnegie Mellon Jay Milch was the medalist with a score of 146 (70-76).
The Tomcats will be back in action today when they compete in the Grove City Invitational, which will take place at the Grove City Country Club. The invitational is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
• The Slippery Rock University football team dropped 1 spot to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II rankings released by the American Football Coaches Association.
The Rock opened the year ranked 10th in the preseason poll, but slipped 1 spot out of the top 10 despite scoring 62 points and running away from Wayne State, 62-37, on the road in week one. SRU led 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 before Wayne State got on the board. The starting offense put up 49 points in the 1st half and scored touchdowns on 9 consecutive possessions in a game that was never close after the early stages.
Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III put up the best individual performance in the nation in week one, passing for career-highs of 405 yards and 6 touchdowns and rushing for 67 yards and one score. His 472 yards of total offense and 42 points responsible for are both the most in the country, as are his 405 passing yards and 6 passing TDs.
SRU slipped 1 spot back to No. 11 and remains one of four Super Region One teams to be listed in the top 25 following the first week of the season.
Notre Dame (Ohio) continues to lead the regional teams at No. 4 after a 33-10 win over Concord. West Chester moved up 3 places to No. 19 after a 14-7 win at home over Bentley and Indiana (Pa.) jumped from out of the rankings to No. 24 this week after a 24-13 win at home over New Haven.
In addition to the four ranked teams from the region, another 6 teams from Super Region One are listed among the “others receiving votes” this week, including California, Ohio Dominican, Kutztown, Shepherd, Findlay and Fairmont State. Super Region One includes all schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Mountain East Conference, Northeast-10 Conference and Great-Midwest Athletic Conference.
Slippery Rock (1-0), having won its opener for the 11th straight season, will look to improve to 2-0 when Shippensburg visits Mihalik-Thompson Stadium Saturda for a 6 p.m. kickoff.