Saturday, October 20, 2012ERIE, Pa. - The Westminster College and Saint Vincent women's tennis teams were crowned co-champions at the 2012 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Championships Saturday afternoon at the Pennbriar Athletic Club. This was Westminster's first PAC Tournament championship in school history.
Westminster and Saint Vincent each finished with 49 points at the conference's 28th annual women's tennis championship, with both squads having a pair of individuals win singles titles and one doubles pairing secure a conference championship.
Saint Vincent has earned the PAC's automatic qualifying bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship, which will be hosted by Kalamazoo College, because they recorded a 6-3 head-to-head match victory over Westminster on October 12.
Westminster had second-seed junior Caitlin Hosler (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Central) record a 6-1, 6-0 win over top-seeded Shayla Landman of Saint Vincent in the second singles title match. This was Hosler's second no. 2 singles PAC championship of her career.
Winning her first PAC crown was top-seeded Titan junior Heather Santa (Butler, Pa. / Butler) who posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over second-seeded Jacquelyn Hauser of Saint Vincent in the fourth singles championship match.
The Titan pairing of Hosler and senior Alex Bailey (Murrysville, Pa. / Franklin Regional) earned a walkover win in the first doubles championship match against Saint Vincent's Amanda Gans and Landman. This was the first double championship for Westminster since 2008 (April Scudere/Andrea Redhair).
Grove City College finished third at the event, finishing with 34 points. The Wolverines' third-place finish snaps a 25-year run of consecutive conference titles won.
Geneva College (19) and Waynesburg University (19) finished tied for fourth while Washington & Jefferson College (11) finished sixth and Chatham University (10) was seventh. Thomas More College (8) finished in eighth place followed by Bethany College (4) and Thiel College (4), who tied for ninth.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster 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 377 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 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.