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High Fives: Oct. 20 – Oct. 26

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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

#1 - Sophomore Mariah Turiano (Women's Tennis) won number two singles at the 2014 PAC Championship. Turiano came back from a 6-3 deficit in set one and won set two, 7-5, and set three, 6-1. This was Turiano's second-straight conference title at the number two singles spot. The Titans placed second with 51 points, one point away from first place.

#2 - Junior Matthew Baurle (Men's Swimming & Diving) won two individual events and was also part of a winning relay team in the Titans' 155-105 win against Penn. State Behrend in Westminster's first dual meet of the season. Baurle swept the breaststrokes as he posted a time of 1:01.90 in the 100 and 2:18.37 in the 200. Baurle was also the second leg in the 200 medley relay team that touched first at 1:39.11. Completing the quartet were senior Steven Brooks, freshman Brad Kolesa, and Daniel Bogen.

#3 - Junior Kelsey Reott (Women's Swimming & Diving) swept the backstrokes in the Titans' 158-121 win against Penn. State Behrend in Westminster's first dual meet of the season. She posted a time of 2:19.10 in the 200 and 1:03.62 in the 100. Reott was also the first leg of the 200 medley relay team that won at 1:56.23. The other members included sophomore Samantha Tower, senior Rebecca Mobley, and first-year Megan Douds.

#4 - Junior Raechel Pusateri (Women's Soccer) scored the game-winning goal in the Titans' 3-2 win versus Waynesburg. The Titans went 1-1 in two PAC matches last week.

#5 - Senior Kassie Freyermuth (Volleyball) had 27 kills, while hitting a team-best .280 among the Titans who had at least 10 total attacks. She added 39 digs and nine blocks. The Titans went 2-1 in three PAC matches last week.

Honorable Mention:
-Freshman Fedja Smajic (Men's Soccer) scored the game-winning goal against the Yellow Jackets in the Titans' 2-1 win. Westminster went 1-1 in two PAC matches last week.

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High Fives: Oct. 13 – Oct. 19

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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

#1 - Junior Raechel Pusateri (Women's Soccer) led the Titans with seven points combined last week. She had two goals and three assists. Westminster went a perfect 2-0 in two PAC matches last week.

#2 - Titan senior free safety Jared Heck (Football) had a game-high two interceptions, both in Waynesburg's end zone. He was an interception shy of tying a school-record for most interceptions by an individual in a single game. Heck now has five interceptions on the season, which is two short of a fifth-place tie in school history for most interceptions in a single season. Westminster lost 26-21 to Waynesburg.  

#3 - Sophomore Sydney Sterner (Women's Tennis) went 2-1 at number one singles last week and 3-0 at number two doubles with teammate senior Lauren Fling. The Titans finished undefeated in the PAC for the second-straight year.

#4 - Junior Marcus Gurgiolo (Men's Soccer) led the Titans with five points in the two games combined last week. He had two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal versus Thiel. Westminster went 1-1 in two PAC matches.

#5 -  Senior Kassie Freyermuth (Volleyball) had 19 kills and a team-high 39 digs in three matches combined last week. The Titans went 1-2.

Honorable Mention:
-Titan senior Jenny Jones (Women's Cross Country) placed 96th out of 341 runners with a team-best time of 24:14.7 at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.
-First-year Abbey Gore (Women's Soccer) helped the Titans shutout both of their opponents for their ninth shutout of the year and the fourth of the last five wins. The Titans shutout both of their opponents for their ninth shutout of the year and the fourth of the last five wins.
-Freshman Khurazze Williams (Football) led Westminster with a game-high 128 receiving yards, his second-straight game that he has eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, in the Titans' 26-21 loss to Waynesburg.

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High Fives: Oct. 6 – Oct. 12

Monday, October 13, 2014

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

#1 - Junior Matthew Kiernan (Men's Soccer) scored three goals last week, including both in the Titans' 2-1 win versus Saint Vincent, while Westminster won both of its PAC matches. Kiernan also added an assist.

#2 - Freshman Paul Columbo (Football) completed a career-best 20-of-30 passes for a career-high 317 yards and while tossing a career-best four touchdowns in Saturday's 40-28 win over visiting Thiel. He completed passes to six different Titans in the Homecoming victory.

#3 - Westminster sophomore Christijana Vucenovic (Women's Tennis) won a hard fought match at number five singles, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, in The Titans' 6-3 win at Grove City. Vucenovic also teamed up with classmate Maria Pallone for an 8-6 win at number three doubles. The Titans are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the PAC.

#4 - First-year Melissa Thomas (Women's Soccer) scored two goals, including the game-winner at Bethany, guiding Westminster to two PAC wins last week.

#5 - First-year Lexie Yoho (Volleyball) led Westminster with 22 kills and nine blocks in two matches last week. The Titans went 1-1.

Honorable Mention:
-Westminster's defense registered a season-high seven sacks, led by senior Justin Smith (Football) with two, in Westminster's 40-28 win versus Thiel on Saturday. Smith added a team-high eight tackles, including a team-best 3.0 tackles for a loss.
-Senior Ryan Francis (Men's Soccer) helped Westminster to a 2-0 record last week against two PAC schools, including a 6-0 shutout against Bethany. The Titans also won 2-1 versus Saint Vincent.
- First-year Abbey Gore (Women's Soccer) helped the Titans to two PAC wins last week. Westminster only allowed one goal and 12 shots combined.
-Senior Jenny Jones (Women's Cross Country) paced the Titans with a 54th-place finish in a time of 20:28.0 at the CMU Invite.
-Sophomore Matt Slagle (Men's Cross Country) finished first for the Titans in 86th-place in a time of 28:33.4 at the CMU Invite.

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High Fives: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Monday, October 6, 2014

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

#1 - First-year goalie Laura Page (Women's Soccer) earned her team-best third shutout, while improving to 5-1-1 on the season in the Titans' 2-0 win versus Washington & Jefferson. Page gathered in four saves in a complete-match effort.

#2 - First-year Kelsey Phillips (Women's Golf) led Westminster to a second-place finish at the PAC Fall Championship as she carded a 189 (96-93) for fifth-place.

#3 - A first half goal by senior Dan Bishop (Men's Soccer) was all the Westminster College men's soccer team needed for a 1-0 win at home versus Washington & Jefferson College in both team's PAC opener on Saturday. Bishop headed the ball to the top right corner of the net at the 27:53 mark after he received a pass in the box from 30 yards out from classmate Ryan Francis.

#4 - Titan junior Erin Kennedy (Volleyball) led the defense with 52 digs in three PAC matches last week. Westminster went 1-2.

#5 - Freshman Dominique McKinley (Football) led the Titans on the ground with 120 yards on 30 carries for the first 100-yard game of his collegiate career in the Westminster's 27-24 loss to Carnegie Mellon.

Honorable Mention:
-Senior Krysten Opsatnik (Women's Soccer) scored the game-winner for Westminster at the 28:46 mark after she received a deep pass from sophomore Rylie Shaw and got behind the Washington & Jefferson's defense. The Titans won, 2-0.
-Titan junior goalie Tyler Little (Men's Soccer) improved to 4-2 on the year, while earning his team-best third shutout in Westminster's 1-0 PAC win against Washington & Jefferson in both teams' conference opener. Little collected six saves in 90 minutes of play.
-Senior Rich Ellebie (Football) led the Titan defense with a game-high 11 tackles, including two for a loss and a sack in the Titans' 27-24 loss to Carnegie Mellon.
-Titan senior Ross Montanti (Men's Golf) led Westminster with a 167 (87-80) to tie for second place, while the Titans finished sixth with a 710 (363-347).

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Senior Spotlight: Kassie Freyermuth

Monday, September 29, 2014

1. What made you choose Westminster?
When I visited Westminster I fell in love with the beautiful campus, and having the opportunity to play volleyball as well as get a good education just adds to the beauty.

2.  What has been the greatest part of your collegiate career this far?
I think one of the best parts of my collegiate career is all of the wonderful people I have met. Westminster is such a friendly place and the friendships I have made here I will cherish for life.

3.  What is your favorite volleyball moment of all-time?
I am going to take this back to high-school and say winning WIPIALS and getting second in the state my sophomore year. Also, a wonderful memory I have is playing against the Belize junior national team this past summer in Belize.

4.  Do you have any talents or hobbies?
Volleyball is life, but I do enjoy playing racquetball and looking at pictures of dogs.

5.  What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I hope to get a job as a teacher in either early childhood education or special education. I also wouldn't mind coaching volleyball.

6.  What advice do you have for your underclassmen teammates?
My advice for the underclassmen would be to cherish every moment and play hard because it truly goes by fast. But mostly, have fun and remember why you started playing!

By Megan Romocean '15, Public Relations Major

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