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SU volleyball sweeps pair from Crusaders


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FRONT ROYAL -- Shenandoah University got itself back on the volleyball winning track with a pair of non-league victories over Christendom College Monday evening.

Shenandoah (10-9) took the non-league matches by identical 3-0 scores, winning the opening match at 13, 8 and 21 and the nightcap 20, 12, 16.

Freshman Haley Smith and junior Rachel Maki paced the Hornets in opening match with 10 kills apiece with freshman Katy Griffith adding seven.

Sophomore Kelcy Brown set up that production by dishing out 38 assists.
In the nightcap, Smith had a match-high 13 kills, Megan Gillispie 11 and Maki 10 to help finish off the sweep.

Brown completed her night with 34 assists.

For Christendom, Bridget Vanderwoude had seven kills and Sarah Massett had nine assists in the loss. Bridget Vanderwoude also led the Crusaders in the first match with six kills and added four aces.

SU returns to the court on Wednesday with a non-league match against Washington Adventist.

Cross country

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Shenandoah took three of four cross country USA South Conference weekly awards in selections announced Monday by the league.

Juniors Josiah Renton and Amy Smith were named as the league's male and female Runners of the Week, respectively, while freshman Ryan Taylor was named as the male Rookie Runner of the Week.

It is the second time in three weeks the same trio of Shenandoah student-athletes have earned USA South Conference honors.

Competing at the Don Cathcart Invitational hosted by Salisbury University, Smith finished first among Division III runners and third overall in 22 minutes, 22 seconds in the women's 6K race.

Taylor, who has now been named as the league's Rookie of the Week in all three weeks that the Hornets have competed this season, finished eighth of 183 runners in the men's 8K race with a 25:44.

Taylor was fifth of all DIII runners.

Renton came in three seconds in behind Taylor to finish 10th overall and earn USA South Conference Runner of the Week honors.

Shenandoah hosts its own invitational on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. The meet will be held at Kernstown Battlefield.

Women's soccer

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Shenandoah junior Jessi Dennis has been named USA South Conference women's soccer Player of the Week in selections announced Monday by the conference office.

Dennis helped the Hornets to a 2-1 week by scoring two goals in the final two games -- she had the team's second goal in a 3-0 Saturday victory over No. 10 in the South Meredith College and had the opening tally of the second half of a 12-0 win over Peace on Sunday.

This is the second time this season that Dennis has been named USA South Conference Player of the Week.

SU is back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. in a non-league game against Marymount.



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