Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. Pitt women’s volleyball team still unbeaten
The Panthers ran their record to 10-0 with three wins on a West Coast trip over the weekend. On Saturday morning, Pitt beat No. 16 Utah, 3-1, before surviving a five-set match with Pepperdine in the nightcap. Freshman Lexis Akeo had 51 assists and 10 digs in the win over Utah. Against Pepperdine, junior Chi Ndee had a career-high 22 kills, and redshirt senior Stephanie Williams had her fourth straight kills/digs double-double (16 kills, 14 digs). Pitt is one of only two Division I programs sporting a 10-0 mark (more on that later).
2. Eight is enough for W&J football
The Presidents defense created eight turnovers in a 59-0 shutout of Thiel on Saturday. Alex Keith returned one of the Tomcats’ fumbles 52 yards for a touchdown. The fumble was caused, coincidentally, by Nick Getz, who returned one 52 yards for the clinching score in the season-opener against Wittenberg. The Presidents also recorded five sacks.
3. RMU women’s volleyball extends program-best start
The Colonials moved to 10-0 with three wins over the weekend at the Henson’s Hawk Invitational in Maryland. Robert Morris needs just one more win to equal its total from last season. Over the three weekend matches, Maria Alfano (Seneca Valley) had 33 kills, Nikolette Zanolli had 47 digs and setter Whitney Brown (Avonworth) had 93 assists. You guessed it: Along with Pitt, the Colonials are one of only two Division I teams in the country that is 10-0.
4. Galbreath is golden for Vulcans
Freshman Lindsie Galbreath (Knoch) scored the golden goal in 106th minute as the Cal (Pa.) women’s soccer team defeated Clarion in double-overtime Saturday. It was Galbreath’s first collegiate goal and helped to deliver the first PSAC victory for second-year coach Peter Curtis. The Vulcans were 0-14-2 in PSAC matches last season. Carly Gobbie (South Allegheny) and Gianna Sinatra (Moon) split duties in goal, making a save each.
5. Sanders helps Red Flash to victory
Gio Vonne Sanders (Jeannette) of St. Francis (Pa.), subbing at safety for injured preseason All-American Nick Rinella, had two interceptions — his first as a college player — as the Red Flash beat Merrimack, 42-14, on Saturday. Sanders’ interceptions were among five turnovers created by the Red Flash (2-1).
6. Point Park’s Walz wins golf title
Joey Walz (OLSH) of the Point Park women’s golf team captured the title at the Grove City College Ladies Invitational on Saturday. Walz, who transferred from Marshall last year, shot 79 to top the 51-player field and defeat the next-closest competitor by five shots. It was her fourth tournament win in nine events since coming to Point Park.
7. Clarion QBs shred Lock Haven
Three Clarion quarterbacks combined to throw for 316 yards and six touchdowns as the Golden Eagles moved to 2-0 with a 48-20 victory over Lock Haven on Saturday. Michael Proios threw for 163 yards and three scores. Jeff Clemens (North Allegheny) threw for 117 yards and two scores, and Tanner Jones had a touchdown pass. Freshman Quinn Zinobile and sophomore Terrell Ford caught two TD passes each.
8. Cross country titles for Geneva women, Saint Vincent men
The Saint Vincent men and Geneva women captured titles at the Saint Vincent Invitational cross country meet Saturday. Will Greene and Frankie King (Greensburg Salem) finished 1-2 to lead the Bearcats in the nine-team event. Elly McGillivary earned the individual title to pace Geneva, which also had the third- and fifth-place finishers: Jessie Taylor and Abby Laborde.
9. Schools carries Grove City to another win
Running back Wesley Schools carried 33 times for 243 yards and the clinching touchdown as the Wolverines (2-0) opened Presidents’ Athletic Conference play with a 26-15 win over Bethany on Saturday. Schools, a senior, scored on a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter. The win ran the Wolverines’ streak to nine straight dating to last season.
10. Allegheny’s Hanish, CMU dominate cross country meet
Allegheny junior Mica Hanish (Ambridge) earned her first collegiate cross country title, taking first at the Allegheny Classic. Hanish finished 9 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Carnegie Mellon won the women’s title, taking three of the top five spots: Abigail Levine (second), Parvathi Meyyappan (third) and Kristen Seballos (fifth). CMU’s Liam Walsh won the men’s title, helping the Tartans to the team championship.