Saturday, October 19, 2013ERIE, 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.
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 378 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.