October 19, 2013

Wolverines take 2nd

ERIE, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team captured second place at the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships Saturday afternoon at the Pennbriar Club, concluding the two-day event with 48 team points. Westminster won the team championship by earning 54 total points.

Grove City won conference titles at four of the nine championship flights, winning twice in doubles play and taking two singles titles.

Freshman Linnea Peters (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) capped her rookie season by winning the conference title at fifth singles while junior Leah White (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) won the sixth singles title.

Peters also teamed with sophomore Kendra Tetrick (Beaver, Pa./Beaver) for the conference title at second doubles. At first doubles, junior Caroline McGuire (Shorewood, Wis./Dominican) and sophomore Karolina Lagerquist (Pittsburgh, Pa./Homeschooled) combined for the league title.

Peters entered the fifth singles draw as the top seed and earned a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the finals over No. 2 seed Brittany Kress of Geneva. Peters reached the finals with a 6-4, 6-1 semifinal win over Washington & Jefferson's Brianna Morrison, the fifth seed. Peters began the tournament with a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal win over Thiel's Hanna Tegel.

White, the No. 2 seed at sixth singles, upended top-seeded Christijana Vucenovic of Westminster in the title match by a 6-4, 6-0 score. White opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the quarterfinals over seventh-seeded Lauren Wolfe of Thiel. In the semifinal round, White earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Waynesburg entry Lauren Cowden, the No. 5 seed.

The Peters-Tetrick team recorded two upset victories on its way to the championship at second doubles. In the quarterfinals, Peters and Tetrick rolled past No. 5 Jenna Supp and Katy Mioduszewski of W&J, 8-1. Peters and Tetrick then topped Thomas More's top-seeded tandem of Anna Hetzer and Jenny Block, 8-2, in the semifinals.

In the second doubles finals, the Peters-Tetrick combination earned an 8-4 victory over Westminster's Heather Santa and Lauren Fling, the third-seeded team in the draw.

McGuire and Lagerquist began their journey to the first doubles title with an 8-1 quarterfinal victory over the eighth seed, Julie Kline and Christine Bullock of Geneva. The McGuire-Lagerquist team then secured an 8-4 semifinal win over No. 5 Rachel Klemash and Alyssa Daniel of Waynesburg.

In the first doubles title match, McGuire and Lagerquist pulled out an 8-5 win over Westminster's Caitlin Hosler and Mariah Turiano, the second seed.

McGuire, Lagerquist and Tetrick all earned runner-up honors in singles play. McGuire dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision in the No. 1 singles title match against Hosler. McGuire entered the draw as the third seed and opened play with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Geneva's Elizabeth Stewart. McGuire then upset No. 2 seed Amanda Gans of Saint Vincent in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-2.

Turiano downed Lagerquist in the second singles finals by a 6-4, 6-1 margin. Lagerquist, the second seed, started the tournament by downing Kline in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2. In the semifinals, Lagerquist outlasted No. 3 Jacquelyn Hauser of Saint Vincent, 6-4 and 6-3.

Tetrick defeated No. 6 Shrieen Ghaznavi of Chatham in the third singles quarterfinal, 6-2 and 6-0. In the semifinals, Tetrick pulled out a 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 victory over Saint Vincent's Kylie Auman, the No. 2 seed. Top-seeded Sydney Sterner of Westminster downed Tetrick in the finals, however, 6-2 and 6-3.

At third doubles, senior Lauren Troxel (Wheaton, Ill./Timothy Christian) and freshman Julie Becker (Kingsport, Tenn./Homeschooled) placed third after entering the draw as the No. 3 seed. The Troxel-Becker team opened the tournament with an 8-0 quarterfinal win over the Thiel combination of Sara Matczak and Lauren Wolfe. Troxel and Becker fell to the eventual champions, Sterner and Maria Pallone (Westminster), in the semifinals, 8-4.

However, the Troxel-Becker team bounced back for an 8-6 win over Waynesburg's Madison DuBrock and Sarah Reyes in the consolation match.

Troxel fell in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Santa at fourth singles, 6-0 and 6-4.

Hosler earned the league's Player of the Year award as first singles champion. Westminster coach Scott Renninger earned Coach of the Year recognition.

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