Norton earns honor for MU
In her first official race in the red and black, No. 25 Mansfield University's Lauren Norton took fourth overall at the Hamilton College Invitational to earn Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
It marks the second straight week that a Mountaineer runner has earned cross country Athlete of the Week honors and the third time this season after Jess Scordino was named Athlete of the Week in weeks three and five.
Norton turned in a 5K time of 18:05.1 on Saturday to lead Mansfield to a fifth place team finish at the event. The field included 13 teams and 148 athletes.
Norton transferred to Mansfield from the University of Rochester where she earned All-American honors last season after finishing 27th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
Mountaineer cross country will prepare for the PSAC Championships at Kutztown on Oct. 26.
LOCALS MEET AT VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
The Elmira College women's volleyball team (17-9) completed a sweep of the Cazenovia Dig Pink Tournament after picking up a pair of 3-0 wins. The Soaring Eagles did not lose a single set in the tournament over the weekend. The EC women defeated Keystone College (11-11) in the morning matchup before taking down the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (8-12).
Mansfield graduate Taryn Rumsey '14 and Ashley Heiman '16 led the Soaring Eagles in the action. Rumsey finished the day with 20 kills, 15 digs, five aces and an assist while Heiman tallied 19 kills, three block assists, two digs and one solo block. Sami Hanes '16 set up the attack with 52 assists and also chipped in with eight digs, two block assists, two aces and two kills. Catherine Miller '14 and Amanda Blinkinsop '16 led the defensive effort as they combined to post 39 digs.
Match One Recap
Elmira College 3, Keystone College 0 (26-16, 25-17, 25-9)
The EC women used the two-game sweep of the prior night as momentum going into this match-up. Rumsey and Heiman led the Purple and Gold offensively as they both tallied nine kills apiece. Hanes helped out by putting up 29 assists while Miller and Blinkinsop led the defensive effort with a combined 23 digs.
Wellsboro's Hannah Zuchowski paced Keystone with 11 grads.
Match Two Recap
Elmira College 3, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 0 (25-8, 25-5, 25-11)
The Soaring Eagles kept the momentum rolling in the second game of the day as they let up a combined 24 points in three sets to the Trailblazers. Once again the Purple and Gold looked to Rumsey and Heiman to lead them offensively as they combined for 21 kills while Hanes produced 23 assists in the afternoon contest. Miller and Blinkinsop both put up eight digs apiece.
In the nightcap, Nazareth won by scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-14.
Jennifer Hicks and Kassandra Buseck had eight kills apiece to lead Keystone, who also got nine kills from Chelsea Beecher. Maureen Thayer led the squad with 18 assists and five service aces while Cady Messmer paced Nazareth with nine digs. Hicks added a pair of solo blocks in the win.
Zuchowski had three kills and three digs for Keystone.
Senior Katelyn McKillop (Mount Pocono, Pa./Pocono Mountain West) established a Commonwealth Conference record by serving for 15 straight points in the first set of the Lycoming College volleyball team's 3-0 (25-3, 25-20, 25-11) win over Hood in a conference tri-match at Lamade Gym. In the tri-match finale, the Warriors fell, 3-0 (25-13, 25-11, 25-16), to 20th-ranked Stevenson.
McKillop's 15 points of service helped Lycoming (19-8 overall, 4-3 Commonwealth) jump out to a 16-0 lead in the first set, as she dropped in five aces during the run. It is the second-longest hold of service since the NCAA went to the 25-point scoring format in 2008, behind only a 20-point service from Lauren Halverson of Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) in 2009. The service was the longest in the Commonwealth Conference since changing to the 25-point format, but is the second-longest in conference history, behind Mary Kate Cordisco's rally-scoring record of 25 straight serves against Washington College in 2003, when each set was plated to 30.
The Warriors hit .529 in the first set while cruising to the set win, the largest margin of victory in a set since NCAA volleyball moved to the rally scoring format in 2001.
Towanda grad Kyle Sutton had a kill and three points and Canton grad Cortney Tice had six digs for Lycoming.
WYALUSING'S CARR SHINES
The King's College women's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to host FDU-Florham Tuesday in Madison, N.J.
The Devils won by scores of 25-23, 25-7 With the loss, King's fell to 11-7 and 1-3 in the Freedom Conference while FDU improved to 12-15 overall and 2-2.
King's was led by Elen O'Donnell with five kills, seven service points, and 11 digs while Mary Loughran tallied 19 assists, and eight digs. Kelsie Kramer contributed seven kills while Sarah Busse added four kills, 14 digs, and seven service points. Wyalusing grad Jessica Carr contributed seven kills while Aubrey Gryskiewicz tallied four service points. Eboni Chase chipped in with nine digs.
BRISTOL LEADS MARYWOOD
Ashley Zalewski recorded 12 kills to guide Marywood University volleyball to a 3-0 victory over Notre Dame University of Maryland Saturday in a Colonial States Athletic Conference matchup. The Pacers halt their four-match skid by scores of 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
Marywood (12-8 overall, 3-2 CSAC) had a .298 shooting percentage for the game with just 11 errors on 84 attempts. Troy grad Mikayla Bristol posted six kills, and both Kathleen Reilly and Sara Melick registered five kills.
WALKLEY, WAKE FOREST FALL TO NO. 2 UNC
No. 2 North Carolina defeated No. 15 Wake Forest 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in fast-paced game at Kentner Stadium.
Wake Forest moves to 8-5 on the season and 0-4 in the ACC. North Carolina improves to 10-2 and 2-2 in conference.
Taylor Rhea had two goals for the Demon Deacons with one early in the first half and one late in the second. Rhea is one goal away from tying her career high in a season as she has seven this season. Valerie Dahmen had nine saves for Wake Forest.
Tioga grad Kari Walkley had one shot for Wake Forest.
BIG DAY FOR TROY'S CASEY NORTON
The Shippensburg University women's cross country team skillfully navigated through unseasonably warm conditions at Saturday's Paul Short Invitational and put forth a balanced, fleet-of-foot performance that resulted in a second-place finish out of 45 teams in the Brown race.
Despite entering as the Atlantic Region's No. 4 seed and competing without one of its regular runners, SU finished six places and 176 points ahead of the next closest PSAC school (Mansfield) in the 6K race. Cal, the region's No. 3 seed, finished ninth. Kutztown (20th), Bloomsburg (21st), West Chester (24th), Millersville (27th), Lock Haven (38th) and Clarion (42nd) were also in Saturday's Brown race.
SU maintained a strong pack and had all six of its runners finish within 71 seconds of each other - one of the tighter margins in the field. Despite being the middle of the three women's races contested on Saturday, the Raiders still ran amidst a host of talented schools from Divisions I-III and bested the likes of
Haverford, Dickinson, UMBC, Monmouth, Towson and Piper Alumni Meet Champion Elizabethtown.
Freshman Casey Norton, a Troy graduate. continued her impressive rookie campaign with a 12th-place finish out a 365-person field. Her time of 22:09 is a 58-second improvement from her previous 6K at Dickinson on Sept. 14 and ranked fourth-fastest among Division II competitors.
Wyalusing grad Erika Huffman was the third finisher for Shippensburg, 212nd overall in 24:34 in the open race.
ROBINSON RUNS FOR BONNIES
St. Bonaventure junior captain Hannah Robinson, a Sayre grad, finished in 79th place, scoring 78 points with 23:26 at the Paul Short Run in the Brown Race.
Bona's scored 398 points, defeating teams such as Little Three rivals Canisius College (22nd, 554 points) and Niagara University (36th, 892 points), former Atlantic 10 opponent Temple (19th, 540 points) and sister school Siena College (43rd, 1096 points).
For the men fellow Sayre grad Peter Eller, a senior, finished in 509th place with a time of 36:20.
TIOGA GRADS THINK PINK
The Alfred State volleyball team sent a large "Dig Pink" crowd home happy with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 victory over D'Youville on Thursday evening. The Lady Pioneers are now 14-8 on the year.
Rebecca Hanrahan (Greene) led the way with nine kills and two blocks while Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) finished with 10 digs and eight kills. Lera Braun (Waterloo) finished with 29 assists, eight digs, and three kills, Jess Ramsey (Tioga) had 19 digs, and Jessica Padley (Buffalo/Sweet Home) chipped in five kills.
The Lady Pioneers wore their pink jerseys and held numerous fundraisers to raise money for the Side-Out Foundation.
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