October 21, 2005

Grove City leads PAC Championships after first day

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team leads after the first day of the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships at the Pennbriar Racquet and Fitness Club. The Wolverines advanced participants to the championship round in all nine positions and currently have 36 team points. Waynesburg is second with 30 points. Grove City is seeking its 19th straight PAC title.

All nine Grove City entries earned byes into the semifinals. At first singles, sophomore Kristin McNally (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Thomas More's Whitney Reis. McNally will face Waynesburg's Mindy Hall in the finals.

Freshman Tamara Nations (Kailua, Hawaii/Homeschooled) advanced to the second singles finals by topping Westminster's Dana Larson, 6-2, 6-0. Nations will meet Bethany's Lindsay Caparese in the finals. Senior Julie Crewson (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview) reached the third singles finals with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 win over Westminster's Christina Commisso.

At fourth singles, junior Lindsey Hosler (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central) downed Thomas More's Emily Prescott in the semis, 6-0, 6-0. She will meet Waynesburg's Laura Garcia in the finals. Sophomore Erin Bennett (Poland, Ohio/Poland) reached the fifth singles finals by defeating Bethany's Erica Smith. Bennett will meet Waynesburg's Sara DePiano in the finals.

Freshman Chris Sager (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) defeated Bethany's Katie Erdy in the sixth singles semifinals, 6-0, 6-1. Sager will meet Washington and Jefferson's Lisa McLaughlin for the title.

In doubles action, the first doubles team of Crewson and Nations will play Hall and Garcia in the finals. Crewson and Nations defeated Thomas More's Whitney Reis-Alma Murga, 8-2. At second doubles, McNally and Hosler downed Westminster's Sara Belsito and Betsy Nolan, 8-2. They will play Waynesburg's Beth Conlon-Jenn Knight in the finals.

At third doubles, Bennett and senior Jenna Powell (Rochester, N.Y./West Irondequoit) will play DePiano and Evelyn Fabian in the finals. Bennett-Powell defeated Westminster's Andrea Pastorius and Katie Huber, 8-1.

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