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High Fives: September 21-September 27

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Senior Tyler Little (Men's Soccer) faced 23 shots and earned seven saves in the Westminster's 0-0 double overtime tie at the nationally ranked) Carnegie Mellon last week.

#2 - Junior Sydney Sterner (Women's Tennis) led Westminster to a 2-1 record last week, while keeping the Titans undefeated in the PAC, as she went 2-0 at no. 2 singles and 1-1 at no. 1 doubles.

#3 - Senior Rachel Simko (Women's Soccer) scored the game-winner, her team-high second of the season, in the Titans' 1-0 win over La Roche.

#4 - First-year Delaney Saxton was second on the team with 42 combined kills last week, including a career-high 12 kills against Brooklyn, in Westminster's six matches.

#5 - Sophomore Nick Torrence (Men's Golf) carded a 76, good enough for fifth place, guiding the Titans to a fifth-place finish overall at the La Roche College Invitational.

Honorable Mention:
- Sophomore Jordan Edwards (Football) scored from 18 yards out at the 5:13 mark, tying the longest rush of his career, versus Thomas More.
-Senior Justin Shaw (Football) led the Titan defense with a game-high eight tackles, versus Thomas More.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Page collected (Women's Soccer) a season-high seven saves in a complete-match effort in Westminster's 1-0 win versus La Roche for her third shutout of the season.

High Fives: September 14-September 20

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - In Westminster's 8-1 win over Pitt-Greensburg, Titan senior Rachel Simko (Women's Soccer) highlighted the night with a hat trick. Simko scored her first goal at the 2:53 mark after she received a pass from classmate Gretchen Schwarz, notched her second in the 25th minute after she received a cross in the box from classmate Raechel Pusateri, and Schwarz found Simko again at the 25:13 mark with a through ball for Simko's third goal.

#2 - Junior Gator Phillips (Football) had a game-high two interceptions, including an 89-yard return for a touchdown, and three solo tackles, leading Westminster to a 38-24 win at Bethany in Westminster's PAC opener.

#3 - Senior Marcus Gurgiolo (Men's Soccer) headed the game-winner in Westminster's 3-2 overtime win against D'Youville. Classmate Cody Postupac earned the assist.

#4 - Sophomore Lexie Yoho (Volleyball) led the Titans with a combined team-high 39 kills, including a 2.79 kills per set average, and a team-high 20 blocks, guiding the Titans to a 3-1 record last week.

#5 - Junior Christijana Vucenovic (Women's Tennis) went 2-0 at no. 3 singles last week and 1-1 at no. 3 doubles.

Honorable Mention:
-Senior Michael Frankowski (Football) had a career day with game- and career-highs six catches, 71 yards, and two touchdowns, leading Westminster to a 38-24 win at Bethany in Westminster's PAC opener.
-Sophomore Katelynn Morrell (Women's Cross Country) paced the women's team with a 34th-place finish at 20:58.1 on the Saint Vincent Invite.
-Freshman Michael Peters (Men's Cross Country) finished first for the Titans in 66th place with a time of 30:20.3 at the Saint Vincent Invite.
-Freshman Chris Kier (Men's Golf) carded a team-best 75 for seventh place at the Grove City Invitational.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 379 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

High Fives: September 13-September 18

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Sophomore Laura Page (Women's Soccer) earned her fourth win last week to help the Titans remain undefeated at 4-0. She posted one complete-match win and totaled three saves.

#2 - Senior Ethan McCarthy (Men's Soccer) led Westminster to a 2-1 record last week with a team-high seven points, including a hat trick in the Titans' 6-2 win at Penn College on Sunday. McCarthy also earned the assist in classmate Marcus Gurgiolo's game-winning goal against La Roche.

#3 - Sophomore Gabby Eaborn (Women's Tennis) guided the Titans to a 9-0 win against Thomas More last week as she won at no. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Eaborn also teamed up with junior Sydney Sterner for an 8-0 win at no. 1 doubles.

#4 - Junior Mac Quinn's (Football) team-high 10 tackles guided the Titan defense who held Washington & Jefferson under 100 yards rushing for the first time since last year when the Presidents played the no. 12 Wittenberg University in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs; this was also the only time that the Presidents were held under the century mark on the ground last season.

#5 - Titan sophomore Lexie Yoho (Volleyball) was named on the All-Tournament team at the Baldwin-Wallace/Case Western Reserve Invitational. She registered a team-high 30 kills over the weekend, while adding 10 digs and six blocks

Honorable Mention:
- Sophomore Kelsey Phillips (Women's Golf) led Westminster with a 90 (44-46) for sixth-place at the Westminster Fall Invitational.
- Freshman Connor White (Men's Golf) led Westminster with a top-10 finish as he placed ninth with a 152 (73-79) at the Allegheny Invitational.
- Westminster out-rushed Washington & Jefferson, 199-87, led by Titan sophomore Dominique McKinley (Football) who rushed for a game- and career-high 163 yards and a touchdown, his second 100-yard game of his career.

High Fives: August 31-September 6

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

High Fives are the Top-5 performances by Westminster athletes during the previous week as selected by the Titan Sports Blogger.

#1 - Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Page (Women's Soccer) guided Westminster to two shutout-wins last week. She earned two four saves in 165:00 minutes.

#2 - Junior Mac Quinn (Football) led the defense with a game- and career-high nine tackles in Westminster's 17-9 win over Hiram.

#3 - Senior Marcus Gurgiolo (Men's Soccer) scored a team-high two goals last week, guiding Westminster to a 1-0-1 record.

#4 - Sophomore Katelynn Morrell (Women's Cross Country) paced Westminster with an eighth-place finish (24:42.43) at the Westminster Fisher Invitational.

#5 - Sophomore Lexie Yoho (Volleyball) led the Titan offense with 31 kills in five matches last week. She also had a team-high 11 blocks.

Honorable Mention:
- Freshman Connor White (Men's Golf) paced the Titans with a 151 (76-75) for a 21st-place tie at the Gatorade Collegiate, hosted by The College of Wooster.
-Sophomore Melissa Thomas (Women's Soccer) lifted the Titans to a 1-0 win over the visiting Franciscan University Barons.
-Sophomore Kimu Kim (Football) added insurance for Westminster with a career-long 53-yard run up the middle in the Titans' 17-9 win at Hiram.

Titan Softball Players Featured in Loudoun Times-Mirror

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 by Jason S. Rufner from the Loudoun Times-Mirror

(Link to story)

If Joe and Katie Liverman ever create a family crest, the design ought to feature a softball diamond graced by three stars.

It was around a softball field that the couple shared a hello which evolved into marriage - and it was on the softball field that Joe's daughter, Kailey, and Katie's twin daughters, Addie and Courtney Dieterich, grew close enough to call themselves sisters.

Next fall, the Liverman-Dieterich family of Purcellville will hold a kind of reunion in Pennsylvania. Kailey, the senior first baseman for the Loudoun Valley Vikings conference champion softball team, will relocate to Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., where Courtney and Addie are already on the softball team Kailey will join.

"I'm just so proud," said mom Katie. "The girls were on opposite teams before they knew each other, but when they started playing together, it became this threesome all the time."

There's a minor reportage detail on which Katie wants no mistake.

"I saw that they were called teammates," she said, smiling. "They're not just teammates, they're sisters!"

Over a series of softball camps attended by their kids in 2008, Katie got to know Joe, himself an experienced coach of youth softball. Their relationship grew to the point of marriage in late 2009, blending the two families into one.

In 2010, Katie formally adopted Kailey and her older brother Taylor.

"It's funny that we do all kind of look alike. Kailey looks just like me," said Katie as Joe laughed. "But I am their mom, to Kailey and the twins."

Kailey Liverman has a vague recollection of the Dieterich twins as kids in the neighborhood, going to birthday parties and such, but the three didn't know each other well until their parents became involved.

Now Kailey considers herself a full relation with Addie and Courtney in every way but biological.

"My two older twin sisters and I have played together in travel ball and high school, and getting to continue that is truly a blessing," Kailey said. "We're all one family. We're never without each other."

The three sisters first teamed up on the softball diamond as 13-year-olds for the Ashburn Shooting Stars travel club. Since, they've shared the field with the Loudoun Storm travel team and the Loudoun Valley Vikings' varsity.

Valley head coach Kristin Thurston is in her fourth season guiding the Vikings.

"They seem to complement each other so well. Those three have such a great bond," said Thurston, who noted the two occasions when Addie and Kailey clubbed back-to-back home runs for the Vikings.

Kailey is an RBI-collecting first baseman who's received Thurston's praise for leadership as the Vikings' sole senior. Courtney is a strong-armed, speedy outfielder who redshirted this spring due to a shoulder surgery. Addie - the most emotional of the three, according to Joe - is a power-hitting catcher, leading Westminster in batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.566) while earning all-conference honors as a freshman.

Before reuniting in college, the sisters will spend one more summer with the Storm's 18U team, toiling together in Loudoun uniforms, dad Joe in the dugout.

"Then we have fall ball, then spring season next year," anticipated Kailey with some glee.

Kailey has been coached by Joe from the earliest age. Joe remarked on the skill sets offered by his three daughters.

"Sometimes there's an unwritten sign or language where they can just look at each other and know exactly what to do," he said. "Each of them understands what the other sisters can do, from a fundamental perspective."

He continued. "Off the field, they're sisters. Like any family, they sometimes yell and scream..."

"Usually about clothes," his wife interjected.

"… but when they come back on the softball field, they're one," he said. "They protect each other, which is really interesting."

Katie expressed satisfaction with her daughters' choices for study. Courtney is studying special elementary education. Addie is taking courses on psychological counseling. Kailey plans to double-major in psychology and fine arts, with the goal of becoming an art therapist.

"They're all hoping to join helpful professions, which makes me even more proud," Katie said. "I have to say, we are blessed."

As the sport of softball brought Joe and Katie Liverman together as husband and wife, so too did the game bring a trio of players together as genuine sisters.

"Being able to play a sport I love with my sisters makes it that much more exciting, because I get to share it with them," Kailey said. "We've never been happier.

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