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High Fives: Nov. 3 - Nov. 9

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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

#1 - Freshman quarterback Paul Columbo (Football) tied a career-high with four touchdown passes for a career-high 340 yards, guiding Westminster to a 41-7 win over Grove City. He went 19 for 31 with one interception. Columbo added another score from a school-record 96-yard scamper.

#2 - Junior Matt Baurle (Men's Swimming & Diving) swam to individual victories in the 100 (1:01.67) and 200 (2:17.04) breast in Saturday's victory over Allegheny. He was also triumphant in the 400 medley relay (3:37.64), teaming up with freshman Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin). Westminster improved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

#3 - Junior Kelsey Reott (Women's Swimming & Diving) was victorious in the 200 backstroke (2:14.10) and in the 200 individual medley (2:19.09) in Saturday's victory over Allegheny. She also was part of the 400 medley relay team that won at 4:12.43. Westminster improved to 3-0 on the season with the win.

#4 - First-year goalkeeper Laura Page (Women's Soccer) had seven saves in 110:00 minutes of work in the Titans' 0-0 draw against Grove City in the PAC Semifinals.

#5 - Titan senior Alaura Hanssen (Volleyball) had a match-high 13 kills in the Titans' 3-1 loss to Thiel in the PAC Quarterfinals.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

High Fives: Oct. 27 - Nov. 2

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

#1 - Junior Rebecca Bradnam (Women's Soccer) recorded a hat-trick, the first of her career, in the Titans' 9-1 win over Chatham.

#2 - Freshman quarterback Paul Columbo (Football) threw three touchdown passes, helping Westminster win its second game of the last three contests. Columbo finished the day 14-for-29 with 172 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He also led the Titans in rushing with 70 yards off 12 carries.

#3 - Senior Steven Brooks (Men's Swimming & Diving) won the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.35 and was also the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay team who touched first at 1:40.90. Sophomore Samuel Angelo, senior Jake Pletz, and freshman Mitch Stahara completed the quartet. The Titan men's team won 160-109 over Bethany College and improved to 3-0 on the season.

#4 - Junior Kelsey Reott (Women's Swimming & Diving) won the 50 freestyle (25.97) and was also the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay team who touched first at 1:55.41. The other members were sophomore Samantha Tower, first-year Megan Douds, and senior Ashley Wyland. The Titan women's team won 152-94 over Bethany College and improved to 3-0 on the season.

#5 - Senior Jenny Jones (Women's Cross Country) finished first for Westminster at the 2014 PAC Championship with a 10th-place time of 24:20.8 for her fourth-straight All-PAC Second Team honor. The Titans finished sixth with 152 points.

Honorable Mention:
- Senior Alaura Hanssen (Volleyball) led the Titan offense with 21 kills, averaging a team-high 3.00 kills per set, in two PAC matches last week. Hanssen added six digs and a block.

- Freshman Todd Jeter (Football) blocked a 35-yard second quarter field goal attempt by Saint Vincent in Saturday's 28-14 Titan road victory. He also added a special teams tackle and posted a pair of interceptions, helping Westminster win its second game of the last three contests.

- Sophomore Matt Slagle (Men's Cross Country) crossed the finish line first for the Titans at 29:04.7 at the 2014 PAC Championship.

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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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