GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The University of Northwestern Ohio’s men’s tennis team put an exclaimation point on a historic week in the history of Racer Tennis.
Rik van Gerwin won the ITA Midwest Regional men’s tennis singles title, and the Racers’ top doubles tandem of Danny Reuda and Thommy Johansson earned the men’s doubles crown. On the women’s side, Melena Lopez upset her way to the singles final, while she and Ana Lacerda did the same to reach the women’s doubles final. It marked the first time in UNOH tennis history that the Racers have been represented in the finals of all four ITA Regional Tournament draws.
Van Gerwin opened the day by taking on Aquinas College’s Kristoff Saari, upsetting the tournament’s #2 seed in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. In the other men’s semifinal, UNOH’s Reuda entered as the top-seed in the draw, but he was upset in a super-tiebreaker, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 10-6 by Daniel Sanchez of Grace College. Sanchez, however, was unable to beat UNOH players in consecutive rounds, as van Gerwin battled through to win the singles title in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Having already upset the #8 and #2 seeds on Friday, Melena Lopez began the day with an upset of the Women’s #3 seed Alyssa Fuentes from Davenport 6-3, 6-2 to earn a berth in the women’s final. In the final, however, she ran into top-seeded Katie Wilson of Indiana Wesleyan and fell in straight sets 6-2 and 6-1.
After being upset in the singles draw, Reuda had to bounce back and finish the doubles competition with Johansson, and the two played one of their best matches of the tournament. They faced UNOH teammates van Gerwin and Emin Alpan in the final, winning the match 8-2 to take the title.
Davenport’s Fuentes and Emily Speich faced Lopez and Ana Lacerda in the women’s doubles final, after the UNOH pair had pulled off a pair of upsets on Friday. The clock again tolled midnight, however, on the Racers’ Cinderella run, as Lopez and Lacerda fell 8-4 in the title match.
“We had an unbelievable tournament all around,” said head coach Phil Carlisle after the match, “and so many firsts in our program’s history. Rik and Melena had extremely difficult roads to the finals, so just getting there was a major accomplishment, and Rik being able to win was a great bonus. Danny and Thommy played the whole tournament with a target on their backs, and they definitely saved their best for last.”
Van Gerwin, Reuda, and Johansson have now qualified for the ITA individual national tournament, which is scheduled to be held at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina on October 9-12. The UNOH men’s tennis team will be back in action on September 24th, heading to Otterbein University (0-0) for a 3:30 match. The women’s team resumes play on the 24th as well, heading to Ashland University (0-4).
Carlisle continued, “The regional tournament is one of the most physically and mentally brutal events of the year, and the fact that we had finalists in all four main draws is amazing. I think we saw what they are capable of over these few days, and I know they will be motivated to work, and improve, and build on the success we’ve had. We’re all excited for a few days to rest now as we prepare for the second half of our fall season.”
PITTSBURGH – The University of Northwestern Ohio men’s soccer team solidly out-shot their opponents from Point Park University (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon, but in the end, it was not enough to get the win on the road.
Point Park (3-1) got a pair of goals from Lucas Silva and 12 saves from Zak Borzovoy, and the Racers (3-1-1) were unable to overcome either of those numbers, falling 2-1 in overtime.
ALBION, Mich. — Sophomore David Janusz and freshman Ben Conkin each scored goals, but Albion (Mich.) edged Ohio Northern 3-2 in a non-conference men’s soccer match Saturday afternoon at rhe Albion Soccer Complex.
The Polar Bears fall to 5-2, while the Britons improve to 2-3.
BLUFFTON — A goal with one second to play in the first half stunned the crowd, but Bluffton University was unfazed as the home team scored two late goals to overcome the 3-2 halftime deficit. Bluffton picked up its first win of the season (1-4), while Marietta fell to 2-2 on the season.
Senior Peter Carlson was the big story for the Beavers, notching his first career hat trick, including the game winner with just over four minutes to play in the contest.
LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio’s Alice Coyne scored her first of four goals on the afternoon when a free kick went through the hands of the goalkeeper, and it sparked a UNOH (5-0) rout of Indiana Wesleyan University (1-5), 10-0.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ohio Northern dropped a 1-0 double overtime decision at Transylvania (Ky.) at Pat Deacon Stadium.
The Polar Bears fall to 3-2-0 on the year while the Pioneers improve their record to 3-3-0 on the season.
In the 102nd minute, Transylvania forward Alyssa Kruse scored the only goal of the game.
BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University women’s soccer team scored two first half goals to secure its first win of the season over Marietta College on a chilly Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The day consisted of two exciting soccer matches that left all of Bluffton’s students, staff and alumni with big smiles that can only come from tense and ultimately victorious sporting events. Bluffton improved to 1-3, while Marietta slipped to 0-6 on the season.
Women’s cross country
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Senior Samantha Hoffman led the Ohio Northern women’s cross country team to a 10th place finish at the 24-team Calvin (Mich.) Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Calvin Cross Country Course.
The Polar Bears (22-13 overall) finished with 281 points.
No. 7-ranked Calvin (Mich.) won the team title with 27 points, No. 9 (NAIA) St. Francis (Ill.), No. 22 (NAIA) Aquinas (Mich.) was third with 124 points, No. 34 Case Western Reserve was fourth with 135 points and No. 11 (NAIA) Cornerstone (Ind.) was fifth with 170 points.
Hoffman finished 23rd out of 292 runners in 19:11 over the 5,000-meter course.
Senior Raechel Moore was 65th in 19:53, junior Rebekah McCutchen was 66th in 19:54, junior Kara Sosinski was 74th in 20:01 and freshman Alexis Kandel was 91st in 20:19 for ONU.
Calvin’s Cassandra Vince won the race in 17:50.
Men’s cross country
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Ohio Northern men’s cross country team posted an impressive fourth place finish at the Calvin (Mich.) Knight Invitational Saturday morning at the Calvin Cross Country Course.
The Polar Bears (26-3 overall) were fourth out of 20 teams with 118 points.
No. 23 Calvin (Mich.) won the team title with 55 points. No. 5 (NAIA) St. Francis (Ill.) was second with 80 points and No. 4 (NAIA) Aquinas (Mich.) was third with 110 points.
Northern defeated No. 22 (NAIA) Indiana Tech, who finished sixth with 224 points.
Senior Nathan Rosenbaum finished ninth out of 291 runners in 25:51 over the 8,000-meter course.
Junior William Huddleston was 20th in 26:07, sophomore Aaren Hemmelgarn was 36th in 26:25, sophomore Kase Schalois was 39th in 26:29 and sophomore Cully Gordon was 40th in 26:30.
Louis Falland of Cornerstone (Mich.) won the race in 25:06.
WOOSTER, Ohio - The Bluffton University volleyball team began the morning with a solid win against Muskingum University. The first set was a tight battle with the Beavers losing to the Muskies by two, 25-23. Bluffton took the next three sets to win the match convincingly (25-16, 25-21, and 25-19).
Kendra Parmenter powered the team offensively with 20 kills and Sara Roth handed out 53 assists.
Defensively, Lauren Weisgarber was a force at the net with a solo block and five block assists. From the back row, freshman libero Sydney Mohler, a Lima Central Catholic graduate, led the Beavers with 16 digs and Roth contributed 13 pickups.
For Bluffton’s final match of the tournament, the Beavers faced Kalamazoo College which recently took defending national champion Calvin College to four sets. The teams battled back-and-forth for five sets. A 15-9 clincher gave the Hornets a victory over Bluffton.
Junior Jenny Brown, a St. Marys grad, and Mackenzie McFarlin led the team offensively with 13 kills each and Parmenter added 12 as well. McFarlin rifled three aces and Roth dished out 51 assists. Mohler and Roth led the defense with 19 and 15 digs, respectively.
SPRINGFIELD — Ohio Northern fell to Wittenberg in four sets in the nightcap of the Wittenberg Classic at the HPER Center.
Wittenberg took the first match by a score of 25-22 but ONU battled back and was able to defeat the Tigers 25-21 in set two. Wittenberg won the next two sets by a score of 25-16 and 25-17.
Ohio Northern was led by junior Kaitlann Hogrefe 15 kills and 29 total attacks. Sophomore Ashley Borchers had 34 assists in the match to lead the Polar Bears.
Earlier, Ohio Northern played well in a tight 26-24, 25-23, 25-16 loss to No. 1-ranked Calvin (Mich.) on day two of the Wittenberg Classic Saturday afternoon at the HPER Center.
Freshman Hannah Davis led Ohio Northern with 10 kills on just 23 attempts and a .304 hitting percentage.
Junior Ellie Gillespie had eight kills and a team-high 18 digs, junior Kaitlann Hogrefe had seven kills and sophomore Ashley Borchers dished out 32 assists for ONU.
Women’s Cross Country
Calvin Knight Invitational
At Calvin, MI.
Team scores: 1. Calvin 27; 10. Ohio Northern 281 (out of 25 teams).
Race Finisher: Cassandra Vince (C) 17:50.
ONU Finishers in the Top 25: 23. Samantha Hoffman 19:11.
Men’s Cross Country
Calvin Knight Invitational
At Calvin, MI.
Team Scores: 1. Calvin 55; 4. Ohio Northern 118 (out of 21 teams).
Race Finisher: Louis Falland (Cornerstone) 25:06.
ONU Finishers in the Top 25: 9. Nathan Rosenbaum 25:51; 20. William Huddleston 26:07.
Albion 3, Ohio Northern 2
Goals: Kyle Alsheskie (2), Mike Tolkacz (Albion); David Janusz, Ben Conkin (Ohio Northern)
Shots on goal: Albion 13; Ohio Northern 9
Saves: Andrew Bobowski (Albion) 10; Evan Bader (Ohio Northern) 9.
Records: Albion 2-3; Ohio Northern 5-2
Bluffton 4, Marietta College 3
Goals: Peter Carlson (3), Blake Drewes (Bluffton University); Boyd Kirk, Wesley Riley, Trenton Walty (Marietta College)
Shots on goal: Bluffton 12; Marietta 16
Saves: Jeff Yoder (Bluffton University) 4; Eric Pierce (Marietta College) 4.
Records: Bluftton University 1-4; Marietta College 2-2
Transylvania 1, Ohio Northern 0
Goals: Alyssa Kruse (Transylvania)
Shots on goal: Ohio Northern 12; Transylvania 7
Saves: Morgan Potts (Transylvania) 6; Emily Brodict (Ohio Northern) 3.
Records: Transylvania 3-2; Ohio Northern 3-2
Bluffton University 2, Marietta College 1
Goals: Terrill Webb, Jo Bondra (Bluffton); Alexis McKenzie (Marietta College)
Shots on goal: Bluffton 12; Marietta 14
Saves: Rebecca Tenney (Marietta) 6; Katie Neeley (Bluffton) 6.
Records: Bluffton University 1-3; Marietta College 0-6
Bluffton University 3, Franciscan University 0
at Wooster, Ohio
Scores: 25-20, 25-20, 25-17
Bluffton hitters: Kendra Parmenter 10 kills, Sydney Mohler 23 digs, Sara Roth 35 assists, Becca Tourney 3 aces.
Franciscan hitters: Ava Palgutta 5 kills, Amy O’Keefe 15 assists, Sam Kelly 16 digs.
Records: Bluffton 10-1; Franciscan University 4-6
Bluffton University 3, Oberlin College 0
at Wooster, Ohio
Scores: 25-19, 25-13, 25-11
Bluffton University hitters: Sydney Mohler 13 digs, MacKenzie McFarlin 12 kills, Sara Roth 31 assists
Oberlin College hitters: Ava Spencer 5 kills, Molly Powers 10 digs, Meredith Leung 12 assists.
Records: Bluffton University 9-1; Oberlin College 3-6
Kalamazoo College 3, Bluffton University 2
at Wooster, Ohio
Scores: 17-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-9
Kalamazoo College hitters: Kelsey Hill 12 kills, Alex Gothard 39 assists, 16 digs, Logan Horejsi 31 digs, 3 aces, Paige Johnson 3 aces.
Bluffton University hitters: Jenny Brown 13 kills, Sydney Mohler 19 digs, Sara Roth 51 assists, 15 digs.
Records: Bluffton University 11-2; Kalamazoo College 6-3
OSU-Lima 3, Miami University-Middletown 1
at Miami University-Middletown
Scores: 25-23, 25-20, 25-27, 25-17
Records: OSU Lima 2-3 (1-0)
Calvin 3, Ohio Northern 0
at Springfield, OH.
Scores: 26-24; 25-23; 25-16.
Top Calvin hitters: Maggie Kamp 17 kills; Elise Biesboer 24 digs, 1 ace; Megan Van Solkema 18 assists, 1 ace; Kielley Lemkuil 1 ace.
Top ONU hitters: Ellie Gillespie 18 digs, 1 ace; Hannah Davis 10 kills; Ashley Borchers 32 assists, 1 ace; Amanda Volosin 1 ace.
Juniata 3, Ohio Northern 0
at Springfield, OH.
Scores: 25-18; 25-22; 25-21.
Top Juniata hitters: Kelley Reynolds 32 assists; Ameila Kepler 2 aces; Nakita Gearhart 11 kills; Brittani Young 21 digs.
Top ONU hitters: Lauren Hulette 1 ace, 11 digs; Ellie Gillespie 10 kills; Ashley Borchers 28 assists; Amanda Volosin 1 ace.
Ohio Northern 1, Kalamazoo 0
at Kalamazoo, MI.
Goals: Patrick Sabol.
Shots on goal: ONU 7; K 4.
Saves: Dean McNeil (ONU) 7; Beau Prey (K) 3.
Records: ONU 5-1; K 2-2.