SU roundup: Hornets win volleyball opener

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ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – The Shenandoah University volleyball team opened up its 2014 season with a pair of victories Saturday afternoon at St. Mary’s of Maryland.

Shenandoah (2-0) opened the day with a 3-1 win over the host Seahawks before sweeping Dickinson 3-0 in the nightcap.

Against SMCM (0-1), SU started with a 25-22 win in the first set before the Seahawks (0-1) evened the match with a 25-20 victory in the second.

Coach Jaime Terenzi club then clinched the match trimuph with wins at 21 and 15, respectively, in the final two sets.

Senior Rachel Gross led the Hornets offense with 11 kills while sophomore Rachel Roberts and freshman Elizabeth Lamont added seven each.

Those three women were set up by Rachel Cerretani’s 25 assists.

Freshman Brandi Griffith paced the defensive effort with 21.

The Hornets won at 18, 22 and 17 in sweeping the Red Devils in the team’s second match of the afternoon.

Lamont had 12 kills and Gross 10 to lead the offense against DC with Blake Parkes backing them up with nine kills.

Lamont and Griffith had nine digs each.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday in a non-league match at Lancaster Bible.

Men’s soccer
RADNOR, Pa. – The Shenandoah University men’s soccer team completed its participation in the 2014 Cabrini Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Penn State – Brandywine Saturday afternoon.

The win for Shenandoah (1-1) snaps a 21-game losing streak dating back to 3-0 victory over Randolph-Macon on October 16, 2012.

Freshmen Jake Keiser and Kevin Kokolis provided all of the offense in the win with the duo netting two goals in a span of 130 seconds midway through the first half.

Keiser got matters started by finishing off a Caleb Baxter feed at 27:04 before Koklis scored unassisted at 29:14.

With 9:15 to play, Keiser closed the book on the day’s scoring with an unassisted tally.

Goalkeeper Matthew Poell, another freshman, made three saves to post his first career shutout.

The Hornets took 14 of the game’s 21 shots and owned a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

PSU-Brandywine falls to 0-2 with the loss.

Keiser and classmate Loudon Phillips were both named to the All-Tournament team.

SU is back in action on Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. non-league contest at Hood.

Cross country
SALISBURY, Md. – The Shenandoah University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their respective 2014 seasons Saturday afternoon with a pair of strong performances at the Sea Gull Invitational hosted by Salisbury University.

The Hornet women led the way with a seventh place finish while the men finished eighth.

The women raced 6000 meters event with the men competing over an 8000 meter course. Each event had nine insitutions entered.

Senior Dorothy Earner paced the women with a 25:44.08 that was good for 44th overall. Freshman Kenzie Fennell came in two spots back of Earner by posting a 25:55.47.

Freshman Ray Parsons had the top finish for the men, recording a 28:19.89 to finish 51st in his first-ever collegiate event.

Both teams are back in action next Saturday at the Galen Piper Challenge hosted by Shippensburg University.

Field hockey
CARLISLE, Pa. – Host Dickinson College used a strong offensive performance to key a 3-0 non-league field hockey victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

Dickinson (1-1) took 26 of the game’s 33 shots, including 11 of 15 on goal, to take the win over the Hornets (0-1).

Alexandra Becker scored what proved to the game-winner in the 17th minute before the Red Devils scored in the 63rd and 65th minutes to provide the final margin of victory.

Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Rampale made eight saves for the Hornets in making her first college start.

DC also took 12 of the game’s 15 corners.

Shenandoah opens its home slate on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a non-league contest against Hood.