SU roundup: Hornets earn women’s tennis win

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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University earned its 10th women’s tennis win of the season Thursday with a 7-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory over Sweet Briar.

Shenandoah (10-3, 5-3 ODAC) took a 3-0 lead after the doubles by sweeping all three matches 8-2.

After the Vixens (5-11, 3-7) briefly made matters interesting with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, the Hornets swept the bottom four matches to secure the victory.

Rachel Gross, at No. 3, had the match-clinching win with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Gina Rutledge.

Amber Lake won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 4 after combining with Gross at No. 2 doubles.

Caitlin Tilton was the other double winner, finishing off Georgia Kirkland 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles after she and Amy Rapp had won at No. 3 doubles.

The 10 overall wins ties the 2002-03 team for the second-best win total in program history.

The 2006-07 team has the program record with 12 wins.

Shenandoah hosts Randolph-Macon on Saturday at 1 p.m., in another ODAC match.

Men’s basketball

NEWPORT NEWS — Senior men’s basketball star Avery Green has been named second team All-State by the Virginia State Sports Information Directors Association in selections announced Wednesday by the organization.

Green, who was previously named first team All-ODAC and to the D3hoops.com third team All-Region, led the league this past season a 24.2 points per game scoring average.

In addition to his post-season accolades, Green was named as the MVP of the 2013 BB&T Tip-Off Tournament and to the Daytona Shootout All-Tournament team.

The 630 points scored this past season is the third-best total in school history and Green became the 17th man in program history to score at least 1,000 career points when he hit the mark at Roanoke on Jan. 11.

Green is one of five ODAC players on the 10-man VaSID All-State squad. Virginia Wesleyan’s D.J. Woodmore was named as the Player of the Year.


WINCHESTER — Visiting Messiah College took advantage of eight Shenandoah errors to sweep the Hornets in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon.

The Falcons (17-5) were 3-1 winners in the opener before taking the nightcap 4-1 over SU (8-17).

Sophomore Megan Tripp (4-8) scattered nine hits and only allowed two earned runs in the game one loss.

The Hornets were held to seven hits, including two each from Brittany Guepe and Kimberly Brady.

Shenandoah left nine women on base in game one.

Messiah secured the sweep with two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth off of game two starter Lindsay Corbin (1-7).

The two teams had traded runs in the third.

Corbin allowed the four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk.

Brady had the hosts only game two hit, driving in Ashlyn Drake with a third inning triple.

SU is back in action on Saturday at noon in an ODAC doubleheader against Emory and Henry.

SU student-athletes honored by ODAC

FOREST — Shenandoah had 10 student-athletes recognized Thursday by the ODAC as members of its Stellar One All-Sportsmanship team for fall and winter sports.

Now in its fifth year, the ODAC honored 126 student-athletes in each of its 12 fall and winter championship sports.

Shenandoah had 10 student-athletes honored in the 11 fall and winter sports it offers. Freshman Matthew Gussiaas was selected for both cross country and indoor track & field.

The other SU honorees were David Bell (Football), Billy Brennan (Men’s Basketball), Danielle Burris (Women’s Soccer), Rachel Coffin (Indoor Track & Field), Liz Grover (Field Hockey), Matthew Gussiaas (XC/Indoor Track & Field), Nicole Legare (Cross Country), Eduardo Santiago (Men’s Soccer), Samantha Schambach (Volleyball), Mary Severin (Women’s Basketball).