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Riemer and Reinthaler Recognized at PAC Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. -The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) hosted its inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet earlier this week. Senior volleyball player Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and senior baseball player Nicholas Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) were honored as the Westminster recipients.

The invitation-only event was held in the Lawrence Armstrong Room of the Four Points by Sheraton. The evening of celebration got started with a reception for all attendees at 6 p.m. Over 100 were on hand to honor the recognized senior student-athletes. Dan Dutcher, Vice President of NCAA Division III, served as the event's keynote speaker.

Rebecca received the Outstanding Female Senior Scholar-Athlete award at Westminster's 11th Annual WESPY Awards for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of all senior female student-athletes. She was a member of Omicron Kappa Sigma, the honor society of the All-College Honors Program at Westminster, and the Pi Sigma Pi honorary. She was also an active Special Olympics Pennsylvania volunteer, assisting with local bowling events and participating in the annual Pittsburgh Polar Plunge. She was named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll four times and earned Academic All-District First Team honors from Capital One and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) three straight years. A four-year letter winner and three-year starter, Rebecca was named to the All-PAC First Team in 2013 after being selected to the Second Team in 2011 and 2012. She ranks seventh in Westminster program history in career blocks (327) and 11th in career kills (965).

Nicholas received the Outstanding Male Senior Scholar-Athlete award at Westminster's 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of all senior male student-athletes. He was named to the Dean's List and the PAC Academic Honor Roll and was a member of the Pi Sigma Pi honorary. A three-year letter winner, Nicholas was an All-PAC Honorable Mention in 2013.

With overwhelming support from conference presidents and athletic administrators, the PAC launched its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet as another way to recognize the league's best and brightest senior student-athletes for their athletic achievements, excellence in the classroom and outstanding community service efforts.

"The First Annual PAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Banquet is a fitting conclusion to the 2013-14 academic year as we celebrate the "Best of the Best" that our conference has to offer. Honoring these graduating student-athletes who have excelled at the highest level both in athletic competition and in the classroom, while also making a positive impact through their various community service efforts and campus leadership positions, is something we intend to continue as our league moves forward. These young people best represent the core value of the PAC: academic and athletic excellence," said PAC Commissioner Joe Onderko.

***The Presidents' Athletic Conference contributed to this release.

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.

Westminster Celebrates 2013-14 Athletic Accomplishments at WESPY Awards

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 11th Annual WESPY Awards (Westminster Exceptional Sports Performances of the Year) Tuesday night at Orr Auditorium. The WESPYs honored team MVPs for all 18 varsity sports teams, as well as several annual awards and recognition of top athletic achievements throughout the 2013-14 academic year.

Highlighting the event was the awarding of the David B. Fawcett and Marjorie A. Walker Awards, given annually to honor and acknowledge those individuals who best exemplify the qualities of fairness, sportsmanship, leadership, determination and competitiveness. The Fawcett Award was given to senior men's track & field and basketball Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and the Walker Award was presented to senior women's track & field Haley Gabor (New Kensington, PA / Ford City).

Thomas, a four-year letterman in basketball and track & field, was a four-year starter and three-time All-Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention in basketball where he scored his 1,326 career point (14th all-time) this past season. Thomas, a member of four PAC Track & Field championship teams, earned All-PAC First Team in 2013 and 2014, was the PAC Championship Field Event MVP in 2013, and holds two school records. Thomas, a communication major, has volunteered with the Special Olympics bowling and has helped with his Alma Mater, Union High School, at youth basketball camps.

Gabor, a four-year letterwinner in track & field, was the PAC Track Athlete Co-MVP, All-PAC First Team, and PAC Champion in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Outdoor Championship. Gabor was also the gold medalist in the 200m and in the 1600m relay at the 2014 PAC Indoor Championship. Gabor, an All-PAC First Team honoree in Outdoor T&F in 2012 and 2013, was named the PAC T&F Championship MVP in 2012. Gabor holds five school records and was the high point scorer on two PAC Championship T&F teams. Gabor, a chemistry major, was a three-year SAAC representative and also represented Westminster at the PAC SAAC banquet. Gabor volunteered for Special Olympics bowling and was a recipient for an exceptional leadership scholarship.

The WESPY award, given for the top single-event athletic performance by a Titan male and female student-athlete, was voted on by the entire campus community via e-mail ballot.

The men's WESPY went to junior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman). At the PAC championship meet, Brooks was the overall high point scorer to win the Meet MVP, the PAC Swimmer of the Year award, and was All-PAC 1st Team.  He won seven gold medals (four individual and three relay) at the meet and set new school records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.  He also qualified in two events for the NCAA D-III National Championship Meet.

For the second-straight year, the women's WESPY went to track and field sophomore Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg). Kalsey finished in second place at the NCAA D-III Indoor Track & Field Championships to earn her third track & field All-American citation. She cleared 3.95 meters (12' 11 ½"), just .05 meters off her school record and personal best.  Her second place performance is the highest finish in Westminster history by any track & field athlete, male or female, in national competition. 

The Senior Scholar Athlete awards are given annually to the graduating senior male and female student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. The men's award went to baseball senior Nick Reinthaler (Canfield, OH / Canfield) and the women's award went to volleyball senior Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon).

The following is a list of all other awards presented at Tuesday's ceremony:

WESPY AWARDS:
Honorary Titan Award - Cliff Yonata
Unsung Hero of the Year- (W)-Haley Casuccio, Soccer, (M)-Kory Gribbin, Football
Rookie of the Year-  (W)-Cassidy Shepherd, Track & Field, (M)-Dan Pletz, Swim& Dive
Two-Sport Athlete of the Year- (W)-Shelby Brown, Basketball and Softball, (M)-Anthony Thomas, Basketball and Track & Field
Comeback Athlete of the Year- (W)-Courtney Zitt, Basketball, (M)-David Wright, Football        Team Comeback of the Year-(W)-Softball vs. Thiel, (M)-Football vs. Bethany
Team Performance of the Year-(W)-Tennis, (M)-Track & Field
                                                                                                     
TEAM MVPs:
BASEBALL-John Jones                                   
BASKETBALL (W)-Gabby Holko                                 
BASKETBALL (M)-Anthony Thomas                         
C. COUNTRY (W)-Jenny Jones                    
C. COUNTRY (M)-Aaron Sutton                                
FOOTBALL-Dak Britt                                                       
GOLF (W)-Morgan Pierce                            
GOLF (M)-Ross Montanti                                              
SOCCER (W)-Jordan Steele                                           
SOCCER (M)-Ethan McCarthy                     
SOFTBALL- Lauren Stoczynski                                       
SWIMMING (W)-Erin Erdley                                       
SWIMMING (M)-Alan Nedley                    
TENNIS (W)-Caitie Hosler                                             
TENNIS (M)-Troy Abbott                                             
TRACK Indoor (W)-Haley Gabor               
TRACK Indoor (M)-Jason Frawley                            
TRACK Outdoor (W)-Haley Gabor                            
TRACK Outdoor (M)-Jason Frawley
VOLLEYBALL-Megan Romocean

Faculty members that were recognized for their support of Titan student-athletes inside and outside the classroom:                                                                        
-Dr. Andrew Ade, English.
-Dr. Helen Boylan-Furnari, Chemistry.
-Mr. Jesse Ligo, Business Administration.
-Dr. Robin Lind, Music.
-Dr. Sararose Lynch, Education.
-Dr. Kristenne Robison, Sociology

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.

Westminster Prepares for NCAA's Third Division III Week

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster will be joining nearly 450 other NCAA Division III institutions to celebrate Division III Week this week, April 7-13. This is the third year that a week has been set aside by the NCAA to recognize those member institutions whose intercollegiate athletic programs compete in D-III. 

Division III Week provides each school and conference with the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can "follow your passions and develop your potential," within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.

Here is a list of DIII Week activities on Westminster's campus:
April 7-11: Division III Trivia Contest
April 10: Recognition luncheon for student-athletes honored on Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll.
April 11: Ninth annual SAAC Field Day for Wilmington fourth grade students; lunch and t-shirts provided.
April 12: Hosting annual Special Olympics Basketball Tournament; this is the third year for Westminster
to host this event in which Titan SAAC representatives and their teammates volunteer as referees and coaches for a tournament organized by Lawrence County Special Olympics; Student-Athlete Appreciation Day - This is the fifth year for this event which involves a picnic lunch at the Field House for Westminster student-athletes; Lawrence County Special Olympics athletes and coaches are also invited to attend.

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.

Volleyball Announces 2014 Summer Camp Details

Friday, February 28, 2014

This camp is intended for girls in grades 7-12. The objective is to provide quality skill instruction, competitive team play, promote good sportsmanship, and encourage teamwork. You may attend individually, with friend(s), or bring your team. If you come with your team, we will make sure you are together for all team competition.

Dates:
July 13-16

Half Day Skills Clinics:
July 18  9-12 Setting; 1-4 Hitting
July 19  9-12 Defense and Tiny Titans; 1-2:30 Serving

Cost:
Resident-$265
Commuter-$200
Clinic-$40
Tiny Titans-$25
Serving-$20

For more information, contact head coach Tammy Swearingen via e-mail swearitl@westminster.edu or by phone 724-946-7320.

PAC Recognizes 60 Titan Student-Athletes on 2013 Fall Academic Honor Roll

Friday, January 24, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) recognized 60 Westminster College student-athletes who were named to the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll on Friday.

The PAC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes on varsity sports teams who have earned a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale during their semester of competition. The 436 student-athletes honored on the Fall 2013 PAC Academic Honor Roll is the highest total ever recognized by the league on its fall honor roll and represents an increase of five from last fall's honor roll (431).

Click here for the complete PAC Academic Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 semester.

The following is a listing of the 60 Westminster student-athletes recognized on the PAC Fall 2013 Academic Honor Roll:

Please note the following designations: (1) = First Team All-PAC; (2) = Second Team All-PAC; (H) = Honorable Mention All-PAC; (S) = Sportsmanship Team
 
Name---Class---Major(s)---Sport---Hometown/High School
Kolby Addis---Sr.---History---Football---Sewickley, Pa./Ambridge
Corey Benedict---Sr.---Broadcast Communications---Football---Beaver, Pa./Beaver
Michael Blair (2)---Sr.---Sociology/Criminal Justice---Football---Bridgeville, Pa./Canon-McMillan
Dak Britt (HM)---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek
Katie Brown---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland
Elizabeth Buechele---So.---Business Administration---Women's Cross Country---Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley
Haley Casuccio---Sr.---International Business---Women's Soccer---Coraopolis, Pa./West Allegheny
Colin Cunningham---FY---Business Administration---Football---Clinton, Pa./West Allegheny
Selena Dasari---So.---Neuroscience---Women's Soccer---Canfield, Ohio/Canfield
Alec Fisanick---So.---History---Men's Soccer---Nicktown, Pa./Northern Cambria
Lauren Fling (2)---Jr.   Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Tennis---Norton, Ohio/Norton
Ryan Francis (HM)---Jr.---Economics---Men's Soccer---Harwick, Pa./Springdale
Sean Gibbon---So.---Business Administration---Football---Indiana, Pa./Indiana
Michael Girata---Jr.---Mathematics---Men's Soccer---Monaca, Pa./Central Valley
Dan Graham---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk
Kory Gribbin---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Gibsonia, Pa./North Catholic
Kristine Haggerty---Jr.---Biology---Women's Cross Country---Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson
Nick Hainsey---Jr.---Computer Science---Men's Cross Country---New Paris, Pa./Chestnut Ridge
Connor Hamilton---FY---Music Education---Women's Tennis---Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley
Rachel Hedges---FY---Music Education---Women's Tennis---Pittsburgh, Pa./Carlynton
Brandon Heeter---So.---Accounting   Football---Sligo, Pa./Clarion
Dylan Hogue---So.---Criminal Justice Studies---Football---Sharpsville, Pa./Sharpsville
Caitie Hosler (1)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Tennis---Lititz, Pa./Manheim Central
Tiffany Jackson---So.---Broadcast Communications---Women's Volleyball---Las Vegas, Nev./Las Vegas
David Jamieson---Fr.---Accounting---Football---Brookfield, Ohio/Brookfield.
Jenny Jones (2)---Jr.---English---Women's Cross Country---Erie, Pa./Fort LeBoeuf
Erin Kennedy---So.---English---Women's Volleyball---Oakmont, Pa./Riverview
Jarrett Koper---FY---Biology---Football---Fairview, Pa./McDowell
Shawn Kronenwetter---Sr.---Sociology/Criminal Justice Studies---Football---Saint Marys, Pa./Saint Marys
Mary Lacey---So.---Exploratory---Women's Tennis---Monroe, Conn./Masuk
Jennifer Lepri---FY---Physics---Women's Soccer---Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Kenston
Megan Little---FY---Exploratory---Women's Volleyball---Slippery Rock, Pa./Slippery Rock
Frank Maira---Sr.---Broadcast Communications---Football---Churchville, N.Y./Churchville-Chili
Brittany Mavrich---FY---Criminal Justice Studies---Women's Soccer---Rochester, Pa./Freedom
Ethan McCarthy (2)---So.---Exploratory---Men's Soccer---New Castle, Pa./New Castle
Sara Monts---So.---Biochemistry---Women's Cross Country---Duncansville, Pa./Hollidaysburg
Colton Miller---So.---Financial Economics---Men's Cross Country---McDonald, Pa./South Fayette
Maggie Nikituk---Sr.---Biology---Women's Soccer---Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny
Katie Palkovic (HM)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Volleyball---Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity
Maria Pallone---FY---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Tennis---New Kensington, Pa./Valley
Katie Peters---FY---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Volleyball---Moon Township, Pa./Moon
Cody Postupac---So.---Physics---Men's Soccer---Export, Pa./Penn Trafford
Julie Powell---Jr.---Accounting---Women's Volleyball---Meadville, Pa./Meadville
Raechel Pusateri---So.---Expoloratory---Women's Soccer---Volant, Pa./Wilmington
Rebecca Riemer (1)---Sr.---Biology---Women's Volleyball---Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon
Jonathan Rogers---Jr.---Physics---Football---Cooperstown, Pa./Oil City
Kelsey Rogers---So.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair
Gretchen Schwartz---So.---Psychology---Women's Soccer---Hudson, Ohio/Hudson
William Shrock---FY---Biology---Football---Mars, Pa./Mars
Rachel Simko---So.---Physics---Women's Soccer---New Castle, Pa./Laurel
Matt Slagle---FY---International Business---Men's Cross Country---Bruin, Pa./Karns City
Lexi Starheim (2)---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Volleyball---Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard
Jordan Steele (2) ---Sr.---Psychology---Women's Soccer---Falconer, N.Y./Falconer Central
Aaron Sutton (HM)---Sr.---Music---Men's Cross Country---Warren, Ohio/Howland
Anthony Tilenni---Sr.---Business Administration---Football---Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
Kristina Tissue---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Coraopolis, Pa./West Allegheny
Mariah Treiber---FY---Exploratory---Women's Soccer---Grove City, Pa./Grove City
Amanda Turi (2)---Sr.---Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8---Women's Soccer---Monroeville, Pa./Gateway
Christina Vucenovic (2)---FY---Mathematics---Women's Tennis---West Middlesex, Pa./West Middlesex
Dan Yargo---FY---Political Science---Football---Campbell, Ohio/Youngstown Christian
 
***Release contributed by the Presidents' Athletic Conference
****Updated on Feb. 10

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.

Volleyball: Romocean and Riemer Leads Titan All-PAC Honorees

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four members of the Westminster College volleyball team earned spots on the Presidents' Athletic Conference's 2013 All-PAC teams and an additional Titan earned an honorable mention nod.
 
Senior outside hitter Megan Romocean (Ravenna, Ohio/Southeast) and senior middle blocker Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) earned First-Team All-PAC honors, while senior setter Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) and senior middle blocker Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard) were voted to the Second-Team. Senior outside hitter Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, Ohio/Western Reserve) was tabbed on the Honorable Mention team.
 
Romocean, a third-year starter who was tabbed on the first-team as a junior, ranked second in the league in both kills and points.  She averaged 3.40 kills per set as well 4.06 points per set. For Westminster, Romocean ranked first on the team in kills (333) and second in service aces (35).
 
Riemer, a third-year starter, ranked first in the conference with a .336 hitting percentage. She was also third on the team with 260 kills and second with 86 blocks.  Riemer earned Second Team All-PAC honors as a junior.
 
Palkovic, a second-year starter, was first in the PAC averaging 9.83 assists per set. Her 1,150 total assists also led the conference.  Last year, Palkovic earned an honorable mention all-conference nod.
 
Starheim, a fourth-year starter, was fifth in the PAC with a .303 hitting percentage. Her 99 total blocks ranked first on the team, while her 274 kills stood second best.  Starheim earned a Second-Team All-PAC honor last year.
 
Ferrando, a one-year starter, placed third in the PAC with 593 digs. Her 5.29 digs per set was also third in the conference and first on the team. This was her first all-conference honor of her career.
 
The Titans finished the season 26-9 overall and 12-6 in the PAC, under veteran head coach Tammy Swearingen. Westminster's 26 wins marked the most since 2002.

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.

Volleyball: Titans Finish 2013 Season at PAC Semifinals

Friday, November 8, 2013

BETHANY, W. Va. - The no. 4-seeded Westminster College volleyball team lost, 3-2, to the no. 1-seeded Bethany at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Semifinals on Friday night.

The teams alternated wins for the first four sets as Bethany won set 1 (25-21) and set three (25-14), while Westminster won set two (25-21) and set four (25-19). In the fifth and final set, Westminster pulled within three points, 11-8, after senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity) found classmate Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) for a kill. Bethany, however, scored four-straight points to capture the 15-8 win after two kills and two Titan attack errors.

Three Titans tallied double-digit kills, led by senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) with 16. Romocean was one dig away from a double-double as she earned nine digs, while totaling a match-high five blocks (two solo, three assists). Classmate Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) followed with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) led the Titan defense with 24 digs. Sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) and Palkovic notched 13 and 11 digs, respectively. Palkovic also had a team-high 38 assists on the night.

Starheim and Prybyl chipped in with eight and six kills, respectively. Senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) and Freyermuth added seven and six digs, respectively.

The Titans finished the season 26-9 overall (12-6 PAC), while the Bison improved to 28-9 and advance to the PAC Finals tomorrow. Westminster's 26 wins mark the most since 2002.

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.

Volleyball: Riemer Named Capital One First Team Academic All-District

Friday, November 8, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster senior volleyball player Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) was named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Riemer earned first-team honors for NCAA Division III District 4 for the third-straight year.

As a first-team selection, Riemer will be on the ballot for Academic All-America status which will be selected later this month.

Riemer, a biology major with a 3.97 grade-point average, is a third-year starting outside hitter for the Titans. She is currently ranked first in the conference with a .343 hitting percentage. Riemer is also third on the team with 249 kills and second with 82 blocks.

To be nominated for the Academic All-District teams a student must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and have competed at his or her current institution for one year.

The no. 4-seeded Westminster will play the no. 1-seeded Bethany tonight at 6 p.m. in the PAC Semifinals in Bethany, W. Va.

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.

Volleyball: Westminster SAAC Honors Romocean as Titan Athlete of the Week

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today selected volleyball senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) as its SAAC Titan Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 4.

Romocean led Westminster with 31 kills, to go along with 26 digs in two Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) matches last week. The Titans shutout Saint Vincent, 3-0, before losing at Thomas More in five sets.

Westminster will play the no. 1-seeded Bethany on Friday at 6 p.m. in the PAC Semifinals in Bethany, W. Va.

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.

Volleyball: Titans Hold Off Saint Vincent, Advance to PAC Semifinals

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The no. 4-seeded Westminster College volleyball team won, 3-2, over the no.5-seeded Saint Vincent in the first round of the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament on Tuesday inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

The Titans (26-8) regrouped after losing 25-12 in the first set and won set two, 25-10, and set three, 25-16. Saint Vincent (16-16) rallied and won set four, 25-23, forcing a set five. Tied 3-3 in the final set, Westminster went on a 12-2 run, which was capped off with a kill from senior Katie Palkovic (Camp Hill, PA / Trinity), to clinch the set and the match, 15-5.

Titan senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) led with a match-high 17 kills and tied a career- and match-high with 21 digs. Also earning a double-double was sophomore Megan Prybyl (Mars, PA / North Catholic) who had 10 kills and 11 digs, to go along with three blocks. Junior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) and seniors Lexi Starheim (Hubbard, OH / Hubbard) and Rebecca Riemer (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) had 11, nine, and eight kills, respectively. Palkovic led the offense with a match- and season-high 51 assists.

Also earning double-digits in digs were senior Claire Ferrando (North Jackson, OH / Western Reserve) (16), Palkovic (11), and senior Chrissy Volsko (Canfield, OH / Austintown Fitch) (11). Riemer added a team-high five blocks, followed by Starheim with four.

Westminster will play the no. 1-seeded Bethany on Friday at 6 p.m. in the PAC Semifinals in Bethany, W. Va.

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.

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