WILMINGTON COLLEGE ROUNDUP


Hanover volleyball blanks WC

WILMINGTON – Hanover College put down 42 kills and hit a .233 attack percentage in a straight-set, 25-12, 25-16, 25-20 victory over the Wilmington College volleyball team in non-conference action on Friday evening.

Not much went right for the Fightin’ Quakers (2-13) in the first two sets. Hanover hit a blistering .344 clip in set one. The Panthers cooled off slightly in set two (13 kills and four errors on 34 attack attempts), but Wilmington failed to hit a positive attack percentage in either of the first two sets.

Down 2-0, the hosts used a service run from Mariella Szrom and kills from Taylor McCuistion and Jillian Wesco to build a 15-11 advantage. Hanover quickly tied it on a service run from Emma Rolf, and teams traded side outs until Meghan Koch and Morgan Loomis teamed up for a block to tie the set 20-20. Unfortunately for Wilmington, Hanover won the last five points to claim the match.

Hanover was led by Adrianne Vance with 11 kills while Carlie Burson and Kelsey Ketchum, who both had eight kills, hit over .400. Ketcham assisted on 28-of-42 kills for Hanover while Amber Miller had 15 digs.

Wesco hit a .129 attack percentage with eight kills and 15 digs. Szrom, who tallied seven kills, hit a team-best .300. Summer Wilbur dished out 23 assists while Karley Schlensker added 16 digs.

Heys top finisher for WC men at All-Ohio

CEDARVILLE – The Wilmington College men’s cross country team finished 19th place at the annual All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Cedarville University on Saturday.

The Fightin’ Quakers also placed 10th among NCAA Division III schools. Both are improvements from a season ago.

“The conditions were really tough today with the heat and humility,” Head Men’s Cross Country Coach Ron Combs said. “Simon [Heys] earned All-Ohio recognition for finishing top 20 individually, which is solid for a freshman. We have to work on being stronger mentally when things aren’t perfect for us as a team.”

Freshman Simon Heys, a Wilmington High School alumnus, was the Quakers’ top finisher, crossing the finish line of the eight-kilometer course in 26:57.9. Wilmington’s next two finishers – Taton Bertsch and Ryan Honkomp – placed 113th (28:05.5) and 115th (28:07.0) respectively.

Andre Bollam-Godbott, from the University of Akron, won the meet individually with a time of 25:05.8. Otterbein University’s Chase Hampton, who finished runner-up overall, was the top NCAA Division III finisher with a time of 25:13.1.

Wilmington rounded out its top five finishers with Evan Whitaker and Josh Cyrus. Whitaker, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Freshman of the Year, placed 128ths with a time of 28:21.6 while Cyrus clocked a finish of 28:29.4.

The Quakers return home to host the JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 11.

Wahl paces WC women at All-Ohio

CEDARVILLE – The Wilmington College women’s cross country team finished 22nd place at the annual All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Cedarville University on Saturday.

The Fightin’ Quakers also placed 10th among NCAA Division III schools. Both are improvements from a season ago.

“Our women ran a solid race in tough conditions,” Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Ron Combs said. “We didn’t run our best race today, but it still shows how much we’ve improved in one year. I’m excited to see what we can do over the second half of the season.”

Freshman Milena Wahl was Wilmington’s top finisher in the six-kilometer race, crossing the finish line in 98th with a time of 24:46.0. Fellow freshman Sydney Yontz was the next Quaker to finish, doing so in 116th (25:17.5).

Mackenzie Andrews of the University of Akron won the meet individually with a time of 21:42.6. Emma Becker of Kenyon College was the top NCAA Division III finisher with a mark of 22:44.1 that placed her 12th.

Katie Hughes, Wilmington’s top finisher at the event a season ago, finished 147ths with a time of 25:58.2. Allison Helmke (26:11.3) and Abbie Grieser (27:53.2) rounded out the Quakers’ top five finishers.

The Quakers return home to host the JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 11.

Quaker women pummel Defiance, 3-0

WILMINGTON – In a one-sided affair, the Wilmington College women’s soccer team defeated Defiance College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

The Fightin’ Quakers are now 5-2-1 heading into Ohio Athletic Conference competition. The Yellow Jackets’ fall to 4-5-1.

“We played a lot of players today, which was important as we need everyone working hard and committed as we move into Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play,” Head Women’s Soccer Coach Steve Spirk said.

The Quakers struck first in the 34th minute when Abby Spirk converted a penalty kick. In the 39th minute, freshman Brianna Waller pressured the Yellow Jacket defense into an own goal. Tiffany Hayes concluded the scoring by finishing off a corner kick.

Wilmington dominated Defiance in shots (17-3) and corner kicks (7-2).

Lauren Galloway earned the win in goal for the Quakers.

The Quakers will open OAC play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heidelberg University.

Quakers settle for draw at Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Wilmington College men’s soccer team could not gain the edge over Anderson in a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

With the draw, the Fightin’ Quakers are 7-2-1 while the Ravens are 3-6-1.

Wilmington opened the scoring in the 29th minute with an Ian Molfenter goal, assisted by Zach Burgmeier. WC led until the 69th minute when Daniel Collins scored the equalizer.

Neither team scored in the two 10-minute overtime periods, and the match ended in a draw.

The Quakers outshot the Ravens 21-10, including a 4-2 edge in shots on goal. Wilmington also had a huge advantage in corner kicks, 12-4.

WC keeper Felix Maurer had just one save while Ravens goalkeeper Caleb Oliver recorded three saves.

Wilmington will open OAC play 7 p.m. Saturday at home against Heidelberg.

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