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High Fives: Sept. 8 – Sept. 14

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

# 1 - Senior Kassie Freyermuth (Volleyball) was named the MVP of last weekend's Penn State Behrend Tournament after guiding Westminster to a 3-0 record. She registered 21 kills (2.10 kill/set) and 33 digs (3.30 digs/set) while adding a team-best 15 blocks (1.50 blocks/set). Her .327 hitting percentage was tops among hitters with at least 10 attempts.

#2 - Junior Tyler Little (Men's Soccer) and the Titans finished the week 2-1. He worked a scoreless 79 minutes, 26 seconds in their 3-1 win over D'Youville before allowing a single goal in 81:42 during a 5-1 victory over Penn State Altoona. Little collected a career-high seven saves in the Titans' 1-0 loss at Lycoming, the junior's first defeat of the season.

#3 - First-year Abbey Gore (Women's Soccer) was a key contributor on Westminster's defensive unit that helped the Titans claim three-straight shutouts last week. Westminster limited Penn State Altoona, Susquehanna and Lycoming to a combined six shots on goal.

#4 - Senior Jenny Jones (Women's Cross Country) led Westminster to a fifth-place finish at the Bethany Invite by finishing 12th out of 149 runners with a time of 24:48.

#5 - Titan freshman Jametrius Bentley (Football) had 190 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch and an 88-yard punt return for a score, in Westminster's 56-21 loss to Washington & Jefferson.

Honorable Mention:
Sophomore John-Scott Somora (Men's Cross Country) led the Titans by finishing 29th with a time of 28:43 at the Bethany Invite. Westminster finished 10th overall.
First-year Kelsey Phillips (Women's Golf) led Westminster with a sixth-place finish and a score of 87 (45-42) at the Thiel Invite.
Senior Ross Montanti (Men's Golf) led the Titans with a 164 (84-80) at the Allegheny Invitational. Westminster finished 11th.

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High Fives: Sept. 1 – Sept. 7

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

# 1 - Sophomore Sydney Sterner (Women's Tennis) helped the Titans post a 2-0 mark last week in a pair of non-conference matches. She went 2-0 at the number one singles position and teamed up with senior Lauren Fling to go 2-0 at number two doubles. Sterner is 3-0 in the first singles slot this season, and 3-0 with Fling at second doubles.

#2 - Senior Alaura Hanssen (Volleyball) was named to the All-Tournament Team, while the Titans went 2-2 in four non-conference matches at the Marcia French Memorial Invitational. Hanssen had a team-high 51 kills (averaging a team-best 3.19 kills per set) and also added 20 digs.

#3 - Titan senior Ryan Francis (Men's Soccer) was named the Defensive MVP of the Manchester/Anderson Tournament. Westminster went 1-1 in two non-conference matches, including a 2-0 shutout win on Saturday.

#4 - Titan senior Ross Montanti (Men's Golf) led the Titans with a 147 (76-71) for a sixth-place tie in the Wooster Invitational. Montani's score was the top-36-hole-scorer in the PAC last week.

#5 - Freshman running back Jametrius Bentley (Football) rushed for a game-high 114 yards on 22 carries (5.2 avg.) and a score in his collegiate debut in the Titans' season-opening 30-27 loss to Hiram.

Honorable Mention:
-Kerri Inzinga (Women's Soccer) scored her team-leading second goal of the season against Manchester in the Anderson/Manchester Tournament. The titans went 1-1 in two non-conference matches last week.
-Titan first-year Kelsey Phillips (Women's Golf) led the Titans with an 11th-place finish with a score of 97 (57-55) at the Westminster Invitational on Saturday.

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High Fives: August 25 – September 1

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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

# 1 - Titan sophomore women's tennis player Sydney Sterner helped Westminster shutout Thomas More, 9-0, as she won no. 1 singles by winning 6-3, 7-6 and a tiebreaker of 8-6. 2. She also teamed up with senior Lauren Fling for an 8-4 win at no. 2 doubles.

#2 - Junior Rebecca Bradnam's 46th-minute goal was all the Westminster women's soccer team needed, as the Titans won, 1-0, over the visiting Pioneers of Marietta on Saturday. The Titans went 1-1 in two non-conference matches last week.

#3 - Senior Jenny Jones finished fifth (24:48.4), pacing the Westminster women's cross country team for a second-place finish at the annual Fisher Invitational on the campus of Westminster.

#4 - The Titan men's golf team, who placed fourth out of 11 teams at Pitt-Bradford, were led by senior Ross Montanti, who shot a fourth-place score of 75 (+3). 

#5 - Senior volleyball player Kassie Freyermuth was named to the All-Tournament team at the Bearcat Challenge over the weekend. The Titans went 1-3 in four non-conference matches.

Honorable Mention:
Titan senior goalie Michael Girata (Men's Soccer) recorded a career-high 10 saves in a complete-match effort in Westminster's 2-0 loss versus Medialle on Saturday. The Titans went 0-1-1 in two non-conference matches last week.

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Wright’s NFL Journal Blog, Part 2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Westminster College tight tend David Wright (Solon, OH / Solon), who recently graduated from Westminster with a degree in business administration, signed as an undrafted NFL free agent with the Tennessee Titans. David writes about his experience.

"On the last day of the Tennessee Titans' veteran mini-camp, I was called into the VP of player personnel's office and told to bring my iPad.  I immediately felt my throat tighten, because I knew that could only mean one thing.  In the process of being released by the Titans, I spoke with the VP of player personnel, Coach Ken Whisenhunt, and my tight end coach, Mike Mularkey.  They all were profuse in telling me that I did all that was asked of me, they love my raw talent, and that they believe I have a future in the NFL.  They told me when other teams call to inquire about me, they will give me a very strong recommendation.  However, they said they were looking for someone who would be able to make an impact this season, so they signed Dorin Dickerson (West Allegheny and Pitt grad), who is going into his fifth year in the NFL.  As I have only started 13 games in my entire football career, I understand their decision and thanked them greatly for the opportunity, but I assured each one of them that I am capable of a greatness that only I can see, and that we will cross paths again.

My five-and-a-half weeks in the NFL were the most thrilling weeks of my life.  Having the honor and distinction of playing on a team full of world-class athletes was an extraordinary experience that I will never forget and will always take pride in.  Especially coming from such a small football program (only 2 other D3 players got signed to an NFL contract in 2014), it was both intimidating and exciting to be playing alongside guys from huge programs.  My first week of camp, I recall my friend being interviewed after practice. The reporter asked, "What is it like coming from such a small school in Western Kentucky University and playing among players from big time programs?" and I thought to myself If Western Kentucky is a small school, what does that make Westminster?  But by the time we stepped on the field I was no longer enamored by all the big names, and I had bonded with the rookie class.    

My time with Tennessee showed me what I need to improve on, so I will be working on those areas to improve my game until I get a call from another team.  As of now, teams aren't practicing and they all have their 90-man rosters set.  That said, I likely won't hear anything until training camp starts at the end of July and players begin getting injured and/or underperforming, thus opening up opportunities for me to prove myself.  Until then, I will continue striving to defeat the odds."

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Men’s Basketball: Belize Trip Blog – Final Entry

Monday, July 7, 2014

***Members of the Titan men's basketball team share about their 2014 Belize trip in this exclusive blog.

"Today was the last day in Belize for the Westminster men's basketball team.  We started our day at 6:00 a.m. to catch a small speed boat to San Pedro.  We all then proceeded to take a small plane that held only 15 people on it from San Pedro to Belize City to catch our 10:30 a.m. flight.  This two-and-a-half-hour flight took us to Houston, Texas where we would only have to catch one more plane to get back to Pittsburgh.  However, before we caught the last plane we had about a 4-hour layover where we all enjoyed having our first American meal in weeks. We ate a variety of food from Wendy's to Subway to even some Chinese. We finally boarded our last plane of the day at 6:30 p.m. (over 12 hours since we woke up) where our estimated time of arrival was around 10:50 p.m. We ended up landing around 10:30 p.m. where we all eagerly got our bags so that we could go home. We spent about 15 hours today trying to get home so obviously it was a very long day for us but the whole time we enjoyed talking about the great memories we had in Belize.  It was an amazing experience that none of us would ever forget and we were all so thankful that we got the privilege to go somewhere that a lot of people would never be able to go in their life."

-Garrett Ashbaugh, Freshman Guard

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