October 21, 2006

Grove City wins No. 20

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team captured its 20th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship Saturday afternoon at the PAC Championships, hosted by the Pennbriar Fitness Club.

Grove City players won eight of nine possible flights and accumulated 52 team points. Freshman Nicole Andreini (Wheeling, W. Va./Wheeling Central Catholic) earned PAC Player of the Year honors after captured the conference title at first singles. She downed Thomas More's Whitney Reis in the finals, 6-0 and 6-1.

Andreini teamed with sophomore Tamara Nations (Kailua, Hawaii/Homeschooled) for the PAC title at first doubles. Andreini-Nations earned an 8-1 victory over Westminster's Dana Larson and Christina Commisso in the finals.

At second singles, Kristin McNally (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman), the 2005 PAC Player of the Year, earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Larson in the finals. McNally and senior Lindsey Hosler (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central) earned the conference title at second doubles by earning an 8-4 win over the Westminster tandem of Sara Belsito and Trista Houck.

Nations won the PAC third singles crown with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Commisso. Hosler captured top honors at No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Thomas More's Monica Pharo. Hosler entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed but upset top-seeded Andrea Pastorius in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-3.

Junior Julie Bellissimo (North Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) knocked off top-seeded Alyson Lingle of Westminster for the sixth singles title, 7-6, 6-5.

Junior Erin Bennett (Poland, Ohio/Poland) and freshman Kristin Taylor (Westerville, Ohio/Worthington Christian) teamed for an 8-6 win over Westminster's Pastorius and April Scudere for the third doubles title. Pastorius and Scudere were the top seed in the tournament while Bennett and Taylor entered as the No. 6 seed in the six-team draw.

Bennett earned second place at fourth singles, dropping a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Scudere in the finals.

Andreini advanced to the finals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Waynesburg's Jenn Knight in the semifinals. McNally topped Waynesburg's Laura Garcia in the semis, 6-0, 6-0, while Nations secured a 6-0, 6-2 semifinal victory against Thomas More's Emily Prescott.

Bennett opened play Friday with a 6-1, 6-1 quarterfinal-round win over W&J's Kerri DiGiovanni. In the second round, Bennett topped Waynesburg's Sara DePiano, 6-0, 6-2.

Hosler posted a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal victory against W&J's Samantha Knapek Friday before downing Pastorius in the semis. At No. 6, Bellissimo registered a 6-1, 6-1 semifinal triumph over Waynesburg's Evelyn Fabian.

Andreini-Nations reached the finals at first doubles with an 8-0 win over Garcia and Allison Johnston. McNally and Hosler earned an 8-0 semifinal victory against Thomas More's Alta Murga and Haley O'Connell.

Bennett and Taylor downed Pharo and Katie Trauth in the third doubles semis, 8-0.

Westminster head coach Scott Renninger earned PAC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lady Titans to a second-place finish with 32 team points.

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