Women's Tennis: Titans Win Second–Straight PAC Title

Saturday, October 19, 2013

ERIE, Pa. - For the second-straight year, the Westminster College women's tennis team was crowned champions at the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday afternoon. The two-day tournament took place at the Pennbriar Athletic Club.

Titan senior Caitie Hosler (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central) was named Player of the Year. Westminster eighth-year head coach Scott Renninger was named the Coach of the Year, for the fourth time of his career. The Titans finished with 54 total team points, edging second-place Grove City who had 48 points. The Titans were champions at no.1, no. 2, no. 3., and no. 4, singles and no. 3 doubles.

Westminster earned the PAC's automatic qualifying bid to the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships, which will take place in Claremont, California on May 19-24.

No. 1-seeded Hosler won at no. 1 singles (6-3, 6-2) over no. 3-seeded Grove City's Caroline McGuire. Freshman no. 1-seeded Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg) won no. 2 singles (6-4, 6-1) over no. 2-seeded Grove City's Karolina Lagerqui. No. 1-seeded freshman Sydney Sterner (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny) was the no. 3 singles champion with a 6-2, 6-3 win over no. 3-seeded Grove City's Kendra Tetrick. Rounding out the singles champions was senior Heather Santa (Butler, PA / Butler) who won at no. 4 singles in straight-sets (6-0, 6-0) for her second PAC crown.

The duo of Sterner and freshman Maria Pallone (New Kensington, PA / Valley) won no. 3 doubles (8-1).

Earning second-place for the Titans was freshman Christijana Vucenovic (West Middlesex, PA / West Middlesex) at no. 6 singles. Finishing second in doubles were Hosler and Turiano who placed second at no. 1 and Santa and junior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton) at no. 2.  Fling also placed third at no. 5 singles winning the consolation match (6-4, 0-6, 6-2).
Geneva finished third with 24 points. Saint Vincent (22) finished fourth, followed by Waynesburg (20/5th), Washington & Jefferson (16/6th), Thomas More (13/7th), Thiel (9/8th), Chatham (1/9th), and Bethany in tenth.

The Titans finished the regular season with a perfect 15-0 overall (9-0 in the PAC) record for the second time in three years.

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Senior Caitie Hosler - Player of the Year. Head coach Scott Renninger - Coach of the Year