Manchester U Round Up

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Spartans place in top 15

OBERLIN, OHIO – Sophomore Mariah Jordan (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and senior Cayla Pusey (Fort Wayne, Ind.) paced Manchester University results at Oberlin College’s Interregional Rumble Saturday, Oct. 18.

For the 10th consecutive meet, Jordan was the Black and Gold’s top finisher. She completed the 6K course on OC’s campus in 22:48.8. Pusey followed her, winding up 68th in 23:50.2.

MU’s team-point total closed at 449, just 15 points shy of Nazareth College of Pennsylvania for 14th. Geneseo State, with an impressive seven runners winding up in the scoring top 25, rolled to the team title (54 points), besting the field by 71 points.

The Spartans break from competition next weekend to continue preparations for the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Earlham College hosts the HCACs Saturday, Nov. 1.

NOTES: In the open 6K, senior Nicole Lynn (New Palestine, Ind.) and junior Peyton Miller (Clayton, Ohio) each wound up among the top 70. Lynn crossed 55th (26:03.4), and Miller finished 65th (26:20.2).

VOLLEYBALL

Black and Gold gain HCAC victory

RICHMOND, IND. – Sophomore outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) registered double-figure kills for a sixth straight match, leading Manchester University a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win Saturday, Oct. 18.

Chowning pounded 13 kills and a .290 attack percentage at the host Quakers’ defense. She was one of many to get in on the act for the Black and Gold (5-19, 1-5 HCAC).

Junior outside hitter Sarah Pruden (Noblesville, Ind.) gave the home team fits on the other side with eight kills and no errors in 27 attempts, good for a .290 attack percentage. Looking further into MU’s statistics, freshman defensive specialist Megan Robbins (Connersville, Ind.) tallied 20 digs; junior middle hitter Morgan Pavelka (Noblesville, Ind.) fired up four service aces; junior setter Mikayla Munn (Elkhart, Ind.) turned in 28 assists, a service ace, 10 digs and two kills during a .500 attack percentage effort; and junior middle hitter Devin Clark (Madison, Ind.) tallied four blocks, two assists and three digs.

Manchester University continues conference play Wednesday, Oct. 22. First serve at Bluffton University of Ohio is 7 p.m.

NOTES: The win snapped an eight-match skid … Munn reached the 800-assist mark for the season. It’s the top single-season effort for a Spartans’ player since Lauren Nash recorded 897 in 2010.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

HCAC thriller eludes MU

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Despite heavy rains and cold wind that swept through Spartan Field on Manchester University’s campus Saturday, Oct. 18, the host Spartans and visiting Rose-Hulman put on a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference classic.

There were sparkling saves from goalkeeping counterparts senior Emily Willmann (Montpelier, Ind.) and Lucinda Combs, strong defense played on both ends of the pitch and offensive opportunities throughout the 93 minutes and 43 seconds. In the end, the 1-0 Rose-Hulman victory came down to a well-placed cross off the foot of Hayley Gilliam that found Kate DeMoss standing near the far post of MU’s goal area. DeMoss headed it past a diving Willmann, who finished with five saves against an aggressive Fightin’ Engineer offense, for the game-winning score.

MU out-shot their guests 19-15 overall and 9-6 in on-goal attempts. The Spartans (6-8 overall, 3-2 HCAC) received five offensive strikes from senior forward Katelyn Barta (Griffith, Ind.) with two that Combs had turn away, while the freshman duo of forward/midfielder Pfeiffer Neubert (Dearborn, Mich.) and midfielder Jenny Pudlo (Crown Point, Ind.) added three attempts each. Pudlo had two that were saved, while her third, coming in the waning moments of regulation, went just high over the upper left hand corner of the net.

MU, who stands fourth on the league standings, faces another pivotal loop contest Wednesday, Oct. 22. They travel to Anderson University for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

MEN’S SOCCER

Black and Gold turn in strong showing

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Freshman forward Travis Richardson (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and senior forward Austin Finley (Kokomo, Ind.) each struck two shot attempts, leading Manchester University in a meeting with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference leading Rose-Hulman Saturday, Oct. 18.

MU, falling to 5-9 overall and 1-4 in league play, gave their guests a strong test throughout a rain-soaked, cold and windy afternoon at the pitch on Spartan Field. Freshman goalkeeper Jared Hallal (Indianapolis, Ind.) turned in four saves amidst a 17-7 shots disadvantage. With the exception of a five-minute span in the opening 15 minutes when Rose-Hulman tallied two goals en route to the 2-0 decision, the hosts managed to keep their net clean.

Richardson did force a save from visiting goalkeeper Drew Miller with one of his shot tries. Sophomore forward Ola Ladapo (London, England), freshman forward Nate Johnson (Portage, Ind.) and freshman midfielder Colin Singer (Columbus, Ind.) added to the Black and Gold shot list with one each.

Manchester University continues conference play Wednesday, Oct. 22, facing off against rival Anderson University. Kickoff is 3 p.m. at AU’s Macholtz Stadium.

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

Sophomores guide efforts

OBERLIN, OHIO – A pair of top 100 individual finishes led Manchester University’s performances at the Oberlin College Interregional Rumble Saturday, Oct. 18.

The Spartans concluded the team event with 542 points to end 18th in the 34-team field. The sophomore duo of Blake Harris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Alex Gudeman (Rochester, Ind.) had the low finisher marks. Harris circled the 8K course on OC’s campus in 27:00.2 to end 96th, while Gudeman was right behind, ending 27:00.9 for 97th. The two wound up 91stand 92nd in the scoring portion. Fellow sophomore Connor Bresnahan (Portage, Mich.) was the third-lowest Black and Gold finisher, ending in the top 100 of the scoring section and 106th overall (27:09.3).

Geneseo State, completing a team championship with their women’s program, claimed first with 97 points. Carnegie-Mellon University of Pennsylvania claimed runner-up honors, compiling 130 points.

The Spartans break from competition next weekend to continue preparations for the 2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Earlham College hosts the HCACs Saturday, Nov. 1.

NOTES: Freshman Dallas Piotrowski (Columbia City, Ind.) led the Spartans in the open 8K. He placed 122nd (30:02.5).

WOMEN’S TENNIS

MU closes fall campaign

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – A fifth straight appearance in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason Championships wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 18, for Manchester University.

The sixth-seeded Spartans, dipping to 4-8, were topped by third-seeded Franklin College 5-0 in one of two quarterfinals. Junior Megan Buckner (Muncie, Ind.) and freshman Alisha Paddock (Alexandria, Ind.) battled to four game victories at No. 3 to highlight doubles’ competition, while Buckner and sophomore Alaina Beckner (Columbia City, Ind.) were the only two Black and Gold singles’ players to complete their matches after FC swept through doubles and claimed the first two singles’ decisions to stop the dual.

NOTES: Freshman Erin Cordill (Zionsville, Ind.) and sophomore Adriana Brown (Columbia City, Ind.) concluded the fall one-two in singles wins with seven and five, respectively … Cordill joined fellow freshman Katy Ashpole (Leesburg, Ind.) to top the doubles’ win chart (five).

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