October 24, 2015

Grove City repeats as conference champion

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's tennis team repeated as Presidents' Athletic Conference champion Saturday by earning 43 team points at the two-day conference championships, held at the Pennbriar Club in Erie, Pa. Westminster earned a share of the league title by also recording 43 team points. Washington & Jefferson finished third with 39 points and Saint Vincent took fourth with 32 points.

Grove City players earned titles in three flights of competition. At second singles, freshman Maggie Manchester (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport) earned the conference title with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Westminster's Sydney Sterner.

Sophomore Taylor Bradley (Mount Pleasant, Pa./Mount Pleasant) captured the conference crown at No. 6 singles wtih a 6-1, 6-1 finals victory over W&J entry Abigail Palmer.

Bradley and junior Julie Becker (Kingsport, Tenn./Homeschooled) teamed to win the league title at third doubles. The Becker-Bradley duo pulled out an 8-6 win in the finals over Westminster's Stephanie Homitz and Patricia Pivaronas.

Senior Leah Thomsen (Cary, N.C./Cary Christian) earned runner-up at fourth singles after falling in the finals to Westminster's Mariah Turiano, 6-2 and 6-0.

Grove City also recorded third-place finishes in four other flights of play. At fifth singles, Becker won the consolation final over Thomas More's Maryann Meadows, 7-5, 6-2.

Senior Karolina Lagerquist (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) placed third at first singles by decisioning Westminster's Gabby Eaborn in the third place match, 7-6 and 7-6. Lagerquist and Manchester teamed for third place at first doubles by blanking Eaborn and Sterner, 8-0, in the consolation finals.

Thomsen and sophomore Janine Jones (Northfield, Ohio/Nordonia) grabbed third at second doubles by pulling out a 9-7 win over the Saint Vincent duo of Lucy Bujdos and Autumn Miller in the consolation finals.

Saint Vincent's Susie Ellis earned the conference's Player of the Year award after winning the league title at first singles. Saint Vincent coach Jym Walters received Coach of the Year honors.

Westminster will earn the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament due to the Titans' 5-4 win over Grove City during the regular season October 10.

Grove City has now won 28 all-time Presidents' Athletic Conference titles.

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