SU roundup: Hornets top Royals in volleyball

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HARRISONBURG – The Shenandoah University volleyball team snapped a three-match ODAC losing streak Saturday morning with a 3-1 victory over host Eastern Mennonite.

Shenandoah (11-14, 3-6 ODAC) dropped the opening set to EMU (9-15, 2-8) at 19 before coming back to win sets two through four 27-25, 25-18, 25-23.

Trailing 25-24 in the second, SU stole the victory with three straight points. Junior Ashleigh Tanis got the serve back with a kill before the Royals committed two attack errors to give the Hornets the set.

Shenandoah jumped out to a 16-10 lead in the third on its way to coasting home to the 25-18 win. SU again clinched the set victory thanks to an EMU attack error.

Eastern Mennonite appeared to be on the brink of tying matters at two sets each with a 19-15 lead in the fourth, but SU again had a rally in itself.

A 5-0 spurt with Katy Griffith at the service line tied the set score 20-20 and following a pair of serve rotations, Haley Smith and Rachel Gross had kills to bring the Hornets to within one point from victory at 24-22.

Eastern Mennonite had one last gasp in itself, getting a kill, before Smith closed matters out with her 14th and final kill of the day.

Those 14 kills were a team-high for Smith while Gross added 12 and Samantha Schambach nine.

Jasmine Callahan fueled the offense with 34 assists and also had 17 digs.

Griffith matched Callahan’s dig total.

Shenandoah returns home on Wednesday night in a 6:30 ODAC matchup against Lynchburg. This game is also the squad’s annual Dig Pink contest.

Men’s soccer
WINCHESTER – No. 16 Randolph College scored four first-half goals on its way to a 7-0 ODAC men’s soccer victory over Shenandoah Saturday night.

The league-leading WildCats (13-0-1, 8-0 ODAC) scored their first goal at the 5:37 mark and never looked back against SU (0-15, 0-8).

RC continued to put the pressure on the Hornets, scoring at 14:59, 16:42 and 18:39 to take the commanding 4-0 lead.

Corey Sindle had two of those goals, scoring the second and third of the half for his team, while John Adams had that initial tally.

Randolph held SU without a shot for the first 67:33 of the game and to just one corner kick on the evening.

RC scored its second half goals in the 51st, 81st and 90th minutes.

Hornets goalkeepers Rodrigo Casteriana and Daniel Martinez split the game with Casteriana making four saves in the first half and Martinez six in the second.

Carter Smith made one save in 74:29 of action for the victors.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday at 4:30 in an ODAC contest at Randolph-Macon.

Cross country
NEWPORT NEWS – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s cross country teams had a pair of top 10 finishes Saturday afternoon in their final tune-ups before the ODAC Championships in two weeks.

The SU men were ninth and the Hornet women 10th among Division III teams at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Preview meet hosted by Christopher Newport University at Lee Hall Mansion.

Johns Hopkins won both the men’s and women’s races with 17 points in the men’s event and a perfect 15 in the women’s.

Senior Ryan Taylor paced the Shenandoah men, coming in sixth (and fifth among DIII runners) with a 25:44.7 over the 8000 meter course.

Taylor was the first DIII finisher not from Johns Hopkins in the race.

Kyle Lombardi was 93rd, Matthew Gussiaas 94th, David Johnson 111th and Donald Shubrooks 112th to round out the men’s qualifying finishes.

On the women’s side, junior Dorothy Earner had a 24:26 in the 6000 meter event to finish 26th overall.

Liz Paras was 67th, Nicole Legare 71st, Emily Cobb 77th and Shelby Shrader 80th to help SU to the 10th place showing.

Hampden-Sydney is the host of the 2013 ODAC Championships on November 2.

ASHLAND, Va. – Shenandoah University recorded two rounds in the 70s with a chance for one more Sunday on day one of the Ted Keller Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by Randolph-Macon at Hanover Country Club.

Brennan Lloyd had a five-over-par 76 with Adam Flees adding 79 to lead SU over the par-71, 6700-yard Hanover CC course.

Sophomore Doc Schulte stands an excellent chance to join Lloyd and Flees in the 70s as he is currently two-over-par with two holes remaining in his opening round.

Schulte was part of a final group of golfers that saw their opening round suspended due to darkness.

That group will tee off tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. to complete their round. Round two, the final round of the tournament, is set to start with a shotgun start at 9:30.

In addition to Lloyd and Flees, Cory Hammons had an 84 and Seth Crean an 87 to round out the Hornets scores.

Hampden-Sydney currently leads the tournament with a collective 292 with Greensboro six shots back at 298.

Shenandoah’s current 326 would place it ninth among the 10 schools that have completed round one.

If Schulte records pars on his final two holes, SU would have a 312 to put it in seventh place and just two shots out of fifth.

N.C. Wesleyan and Bluefield, as well as fellow ODAC member Lynchburg, also have players in Schulte’s group.