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Penn-Trafford grad gets top tennis honor at UPG

| Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, 11:42 p.m.

No. 1 single player Maria Iovino, who was undefeated in eight conference matches for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, has been named women's tennis player of the year in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Iovino, a Penn-Trafford High School graduate, also posted a 6-2 record as a doubles partner with teammate Cayla Ray, earning her first-team all-conference honors and helping UPG reach the AMCC tournament.

Elsewhere, UPG freshman Garrett Urban was named AMCC co-newcomer of the year in men's cross country after placing 11th at the league's championship race. Urban shares the award with fellow freshman Matthew McWilliams of Penn State-Behrend.

In soccer, a trio of UPG men's players were named to the all-AMCC second team. Sophomores Robert Smith, a midfielder, and Jeremy Niemiec, a defender — both from Southmoreland High School — and freshman forward Craig Hixon were second-team selections. Southmoreland graduate Alex Leonard, a sophomore forward, earned third-team honors.

Earning third-team honors on the women's side for UPG was senior defender Jenna Biddle, a Belle Vernon graduate.

Also, in women's volleyball, two UPG athletes were named to the all-AMCC third team. They are junior outside hitter/right side hitter Jaime Barkman and freshman right side hitter/defensive specialist Nika Simonson.

Seton Hill honors

Seton Hill University sophomore forward Joe Tchimou has earned a spot on the all-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team after leading the Griffins in goals with six, including a game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Concord on Oct. 13.

Three other Seton Hill men's players and six from the women's squad earned all-WVIAC honors.

Senior defender Paul Cornelius was named to the men's second team and junior defender Kevin Behar and freshman defender Harry Jawanda were honorable mention selections.

Junior forward Katelyn Wiater and senior midfielder Alysha Alaimo were named to the women's second team, while junior forward Madison Gourley; junior midfielder Jessica Adams, from Penn-Trafford High School; junior defender Kara Lopoyda; and sophomore defender Erika Wisniewski, from Southmoreland, were named honorable mention.

Wiater's six goals and 15 points was tied for seventh-best in the WVIAC. Wiater and Gourley led Seton Hill with six goals apiece.

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