October 20, 2012

McGuire earns Player of Year; Wolverines take 3rd

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team placed third out of 10 teams at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday at the Pennbriar Club. Grove City concluded the two-day event with 34 team points. Saint Vincent and Westminster tied for the conference title with 49 points.

Sophomore Caroline McGuire (Shorewood, Wis./Dominican) captured the conference's Player of the Year award after winning the league title at first singles. McGuire upset top-seeded Amanda Gans of Saint Vincent in the championship match, 7-5 and 6-2.

Overall, Grove City won three of the nine flights of competition. At third singles, freshman Karolina Lagerquist (Pittsburgh, Pa./Homeschooled) earned the conference title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Westminster's Jane Larson.

Lagerquist and freshman Kendra Tetrick (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) combined for the conference crown at second doubles. The Lagerquist-Tetrick tandem downed Westminster's Heather Santa and Lauren Fling in the finals, 9-7.

McGuire's march to the title began in the quarterfinals with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over No. 6 seed Geneva. In the semifinals, third-seeded McGuire toppled No. 2 seed Alex Bailey of Westminster, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The top-seeded Lagerquist dropped just six total games in rolling to the No. 3 singles title. She opened the tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Bethany's Allison Snyder. In the semifinals, Lagerquist recorded a 6-0, 6-1 victory over W&J's Danielle Ufolla, the No. 5 seed.

The Lagerquist-Tetrick tandem entered the No. 2 doubles draw as the top seed and opened play with an 8-2 win over Thomas More's team of Sierra O'Bryan and Paige Thoerner. Lagerquist-Tetrick then picked up an 8-4 semifinal victory over Chatham's Linah Richer and Allison Makosky.

At sixth singles, sophomore Leah White (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) captured third place by downing Geneva's Alison Beattie in the consolation match, 6-4, 6-3. White opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-7, 10-7 win over Waynesburg's Madison DuBrock in the quarterfinals. White, the No. 3 seed, dropped a 7-5, 6-7, 6-1 decision to No. 2 seed Beth Ekimoff of Westminster in the semifinals.

Junior Lauren Troxel (Wheaton, Ill./Timothy Christian) took fourth at second singles after dropping the consolation match to Thomas More's Emily Wesselman, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Troxel, the No. 4 seed, earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Bethany's Sarah Geier in the quarterfinals. Troxel then fell to top-seeded Shayla Landman (Saint Vincent) in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-3.

Tetrick fell in the quarterfinals at fourth singles, dropping a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Geneva's Brittany Kress. Sophomore Kaitlyn Heese (Akron, Ohio/Highland) also fell in the quarterfinals in the fifth singles draw as she dropped a 6-0, 4-6, 10-7 verdict against Waynesburg's Sarah Reyes.

McGuire and Troxel finished fourth at first doubles. After downing Thomas More's Wesselman and Maria Pascaul in the quarterfinals, Grove City's top tandem fell to Gans and Landman, 9-7, in the semifinals. In the consolation match, Waynesburg's Rachel Klemash and Alyssa Daniel pulled out a 9-7 win against McGuire and Troxel.

Heese and sophomore Danielle Mendheim (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Homeschooled) fell in the quarterfinals of the third doubles tournament. DuBrock and Ellen Limback of Waynesburg earned an 8-4 win over the Heese-Mendheim tandem.

Saint Vincent coach Chris McMahon received the league's Coach of the Year award.


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