District college notebook: Unseeded CMU tennis player wins title
By Jeff Vella
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, 10:03 p.m.
• Sophomore Abhishek Alla won the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship held in Fort Myers, Fla. Alla was unseeded and was the first Tartan in 13 years to win the title. He beat third-seeded Skylar Butts of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in straight sets for the title.
• Freshman Melissa Smith notched a hat trick in UPB's 4-1 victory over Penn State-Altoona. The effort raised Smith's goal total to a team-leading 12 for the season. The Panthers are 7-4-1 overall.
• Freshman goalie Jessica Dodds stopped all 22 shots she faced to lead the Colonials women's hockey team to a 3-0 win over Bemidji State. It was her first collegiate shutout. After opening the season with a loss, Robert Morris has won three in a row.
• Junior Kate Schwindel had the game-winning goals in both of the Mountaineers' women's soccer victories over the weekend. The second came in overtime as WVU defeated TCU on Sunday. The ninth-ranked Mountaineers remained perfect (5-0) in the Big 12, and Schwindel raised her team-leading goal total to 10.
• Senior Amanda Gans (Upper St. Clair) went 4-0 for the Bearcats women's tennis team playing at No. 1 singles and doubles. In her two singles matches, she posted a 6-0, 6-0 win in each.
• Junior men's soccer player Stephen Donnelly tallied three goals and six total points in three games last week. One of his goals was the game-winner against California, Pa.
• Sophomore women's soccer player Mani Brueckner had back-to-back seven-point games for the Golden Knights in wins over Seton Hill and Pitt-Johnstown. She had three goals and an assist against Seton Hill and two goals and three assists against UPJ.
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• Sophomore golfer Evan Lestini (South Fayette) had back-to-back rounds of 74 to take medalist honors at the Peter C. Rossin Memorial at Southpointe Golf Club. Lestini edged St. Vincent's Derek Lingafelt and Ohio Wesleyan's Kaneat Nimcharoenwan by a stroke.
• After failing to make the Division II Top 25 in the coaches' poll following its 42-16 win over Indiana (Pa.), Slippery Rock (5-1) earned a No. 24 ranking in the D2Football.com poll released on Tuesday. It is the first D2FB.com Top 25 ranking for Slippery Rock since Nov. 1, 2011.
• The Point Park women's volleyball team went 4-0 to capture its second straight title at the Clearwater (Fla.) Christian Invitational tournament. Nicole Wurstle (45 kills) and Olivia Fisher (75 digs) were named to the all-tournament team.
• The Carnegie Mellon men's golf team won its invitational tournament at Longue Vue Country Club. Senior Ian Bangor (Sewickley Academy) earned medalist honors with a 70 to lead the Tartans.
• The Penn State men's soccer team is 3-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2005 following a 3-1 win over Wisconsin.
• The Slippery Rock men's and women's cross country teams defended their turf by winning The Rock's invitational races. Clarion senior Megan Toddy won the individual title in the women's meet, and Morgan Elliot of Slippery Rock won the men's race as SRU took the top four places to cruise to the title.
• The Westminster women's tennis team finished undefeated for the second time in program history, wrapping up a 15-0 regular season with a win over Edinboro on Monday. The 2011 Titans also went undefeated. Freshman Mariah Turiano finished 14-0 in singles play.
• With his next win, Penn State women's volleyball coach Russ Rose will move into a tie for second on the NCAA's all-time wins list. He got win No. 1,105 on Saturday in a sweep of No. 19 Wisconsin. Penn State is ranked No. 4
• The Cal (Pa.) women's soccer team ran its win streak to nine with a victory over Bloomsburg on Saturday.
• Penn State women's volleyball player Katie Slay became just the eighth player in the program's storied history to record 500 career blocks. She reached the milestone in a win over Minnesota. She also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
• The Penn State Behrend men's golf team won its third consecutive and fifth overall Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship with a two-day total of 206 at Oak Tree Country Club. Dante Vetica repeated as the individual champion after carding a 73 and then a low score of 71 on Day 2 for a total of 144. The Lions had a 25-stroke advantage over second-place Pitt-Bradford (627).
• The Waynesburg men's soccer team has won five straight games and is unbeaten in its last seven contests heading into Wednesday's game at Bethany. The Yellow Jackets are 9-1-1, 2-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
• The men's soccer teams from Waynesburg and Thomas More face off Saturday in Crestview Hills, Ky. Both teams enter the week undefeated in the PAC.
• The PAC women's tennis championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie. Last year, Westminster and St. Vincent shared the title.
• The PSAC men's and women's golf championships will be held Saturday and Sunday at Hershey Country Club. The Cal U women and IUP men will look to defend their titles.
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