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SU roundup: Hornets earn volleyball win

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Shenandoah University earned its second ODAC volleyball win of the season Tuesday evening with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern Mennonite University.

SU (8-4, 2-3 ODAC) won at 23, 22 and 14 over the Royals (2-10, 0-5).

Shenandoah had to work hard for the sweep, rallying from a late five-point deficit in the first set and down three in the second.

Trailing 21-16 in the first, the Hornets reeled off three straight points to make it 21-19 before EMU brought itself to the brink of victory by taking a 23-19 lead on an SU service error followed by a Hornets attack error.

Shenandoah coach Jaime Terenzi then called timeout, and her club came out of the break to score six straight points and steal the set.

Megan Gillispie and Haley Smith had kills to start the run before Eastern Mennonite had four straight attack errors to complete the run.

EMU led 10-5 and 19-15 in the second before the Hornets again rallied.

This time, a 7-1 SU rally put the hosts in position to clinch the match. Gillispie finished off the set with a kill.

Shenandoah was dominant in the final set, jumping out to 6-0 lead and eventually expanding its advantage to 18-6 before coasting home to the 11-point win.

Gillispie led all players with nine kills while Smith and Samantha Schambach both had seven.

Kelcy Brown fueled the attack with 16 assists.

SU steps out of conference this weekend for a tournament at Gallaudet.

Field hockey

Bridgewater 3, Shenandoah 2

A furious Shenandoah rally fell just short Tuesday evening in a 3-2 ODAC overtime field hockey loss to Bridgewater College.

Trailing 2-0 with just less than five minutes to play, Shenandoah (5-5, 0-2 ODAC) scored two goals in a span of 3:30 to force OT against the Eagles (5-3, 2-0).

SU then had two chances in overtime plus the only penalty corner of the session, but saw Jennifer Tompkins slide her shot past Hornets goalkeeper Sarah Clare at 82:02 for the game-winning tally.

Tompkins got her feed from Caroline Augsburger and was right on top of Clare before slipping her shot into the left side of the goal.

Tompkins' tally ruined a comeback that saw Sarah DeLuca and Hannah Johnson score for the hosts at 66:19 and 69:49, respectively.

Freshman Alexandra Darrow set up DeLuca's tally.

Bridgewater had taken the early lead on goals in the third and and 18th minutes.

Bridgewater outshot its hosts 15-13 with the two teams splitting 20 penalty corners.

Clare had eight saves.

Shenandoah is back in action on Thursday with a 4:30 p.m., non-league match against Gettysburg.


Hampden-Sydney Invitational

FARMVILLE -- The Shenandoah University golf team completed its participation in the Hampden-Sydney Invitational Monday afternoon with a 10th place finish.

The Hornets shot a collective 351 Monday, a five-shot improvement over the day one score at the par-72, 7124-yard The Manor layout.

David Rynecki paced SU with a nine-over-par 81 while Greg Corder had an 84 and Ryan Parker 88.

Shenandoah finished 17 strokes behind fellow ODAC member Virginia Wesleyan.

SU is back in action this weekend at the Virginia State Division III Championships hosted by Averett University at Danville CC.


Gay garners D3football.com recognition

Shenandoah senior punter Cory Gay has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for week four in selections announced Tuesday afternoon by the website.

Gay, who also doubles as the team's placekicker, had nine punts for a 39.2 yard average with a long of 44 yards and one downed inside the 20.

Gay also completed his fourth pass in as many attempts this season, completing a 32-yarder to Sean Blackman on a fourth-and-2 from the Hornets' 40 midway through the first quarter.

Gay is the second SU player, after classmate Nick Erdman, to be named to a D3football.com Team of the Week this season.

Shenandoah is off this week and returns to action on Oct. 6 with a 1 p.m., homecoming contest against Guilford.

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