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April 19, 2009

Wolverines 6th at CWPA Championships

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Grove City College women's water polo team placed sixth at the Collegiate Water Polo Association Western Division Championships this weekend, hosted by Indiana University. Grove City (12-9) went 1-2 in three weekend matches. The Wolverines opened the tournament with a 15-7 setback to fourth-seeded Gannon Saturday morning. Grove City rebounded for a 12-6 win over Penn State Behrend in Saturday's second match.

Sunday, Grove City dropped a 7-6 verdict to Washington & Jefferson in the fifth-place match.

Five Grove City players scored against Gannon Saturday. Freshman Chelsea Johnson (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) fired in three goals while sophomore Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn), senior Whitney Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn), junior Kate Stiebler (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and junior Amanda Thompson (Erie, Pa./McDowell) all scored once.

Johnson racked up four steals while freshman goalkeeper Amy Fleming (Annandale, Va./Annandale) stopped eight shots.

Stiebler's four-goal effort helped lead Grove City to its victory over Behrend Saturday afternoon. Thompson added three scores while Lauren Baur scored twice. Whitney Baur, Johnson and senior Monica Gigliotti (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) all added single goals. Stiebler had three steals while Fleming turned back seven shots.

Grove City trailed W&J 6-2 entering the fourth period but rallied to tie the match. However, W&J scored in the final minute to pull out the win. Stiebler recorded five goals for the Wolverines while senior Liza McRuer (Irvine, Calif./University) added a goal. McRuer also tallied seven steals against W&J. In goal, Fleming stopped seven shots.

Grove City returns to action May 1-3 at the Collegiate III National Championships in Orange, Calif.

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