October 22, 2011

Grove City wins 25th straight title

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team captured its 25th consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference title Saturday by posting 48 team points at the two-day PAC Championships, held at the Pennbriar Club. Grove City players won six of the nine flights of competition, including all three doubles matches.

Senior Stacy Moon (Lima, Ohio/Shawnee) earned the conference's Player of the Year award after winning the title at first singles. Head coach Joe Walters earned Coach of the Year recognition.

Moon entered the first singles draw as the top seed and won the conference title with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Saint Vincent's Alexis Cup. In the semifinals, Moon downed fourth-seeded Maria Vallone of Bethany, 6-4, 6-4. Moon opened the draw with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of No. 8 Rebekah Reyes (Waynesburg) in the quarterfinals.

At fourth singles, senior Reena Barnett (El Paso, Texas/Homeschooled) won the league crown with a 6-2, 6-4 win over third-seeded Julie Kline of Geneva. Barnett, the top seed, ousted Westminster's Lauren Latinovich in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-1. Barnett topped Thomas More's Ashley York in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-0.

Freshman Caroline McGuire (Shorewood, Wis./Dominican) won her first PAC title by prevailing at fifth singles. McGuire secured a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the championship match over Westminster's Heather Santa. McGuire's run began with a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal win over Chatham's Jenny Murphy. In the semifinals, McGuire picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Waynesburg's Jessica Kody.

Moon also won the conference title at first doubles, teaming with senior Megan Bennett (Poland, Ohio/Poland) for an 8-2 win over top-seeded Alex Bailey and Caitlin Hosler of Westminster. The Bennett-Moon combo earned an 8-0 win in the quarterfinals over Washington & Jefferson's Kathryn Mioduszewski and Lina Echeverri. Bennett and Moon then won 8-0 in the semifinals over Cup and Amanda Gans of Saint Vincent.

Barnett and McGuire captured the second doubles championship with an 8-3 victory over Latinovich and Jane Larson of Westminster. The Grove City duo reached the finals with an 8-4 semifinal win over Bethany's Brittani Seeman and Tinuke Adetunji. The Barnett-McGuire pairing opened the tournament with an 8-0 sweep of Waynesburg's Kelsey Diesel and Markie Gustafson.

Senior Christina Bedi (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar F. Smith) and sophomore Lauren Troxel (Wheaton, Ill./Timothy Christian) completed Grove City's sweep of the doubles matches by knocking off the top-seeded Westminster tandem of Santa and Lauren Fling, 8-6. Bedi-Troxel earned an 8-3 semifinal win over the Saint Vincent duo of Emily Morris and Stephanie Rubin after ousting Bethany's Melke Buhler and Tara Harris is the first round, 8-4.

Bennett earned runner-up at second singles as she dropped a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 verdict to Westminster's Alex Bailey. She pulled out a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 semifinal win over Gans and began the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal win over Chatham's Alexa Coughenhour.

Bedi placed second at third singles after falling to Saint Vincent's Morgan Dolinar in the final round, 6-4, 6-3. Bedi bounced Larson in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-3, and eliminated Geneva's Cassandra Califf in the first round, 6-0, 7-5.

Senior Emily Buurma (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) placed second at No. 6 singles after dropping a 6-2, 6-1 count to Westminster's Dana Griesmer in the finals. Buurma defeated Thomas More's Anna Illes in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-4, and opened up with a 6-0, 6-1 quarterfinal victory over Diesel.

As conference champion, Grove City earns an automatic berth to the 2012 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in May. Grove City's opponent will be determined in the spring.

Westminster finished second overall with 37 points, followed by Saint Vincent with 30. Bethany took fourth with eight points, followed by Geneva, Thomas More and Waynesburg with four points each. Chatham, Thiel and Washington & Jefferson all went scoreless.


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