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Penn College tennis teams end fall seasons

Although the Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s tennis teams ended their nonconference fall seasons headed in opposite directions – the men won their last five matches and the women lost their final four – coach Jessica Bower saw improvement and bright spots that bode well for the future.

“The men had an exceptional season, going 5-1 in overall match results and 38-16 in individual matches. The men also did well in their first appearance at the King’s College Fall Invitational with two singles and one doubles team going to the semifinals before being rained out,” Bower said.

“The women’s team only won one team match (against six losses) but they were great fighters and their matches were competitive,” Bower continued.

“I would like to highlight Tucker Phillippe-Johansson, of Mattituck, New York, who only lost one singles match, and along with Paul Langbein, of Carnegie, was undefeated in doubles. Langbein and Alex Norris, of Williamsport, also only lost one singles,” Bower said, adding of her women,
“Georgia Macensky, of Wellsboro, and Amber Leitzel, of Mifflinburg, won some doubles matches. Delaney Bouton, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and Alexis Youse, of Pottstown, each had two singles wins.

“We are looking forward to a great spring season. I expect the men to do well with the conference matches and (I am) anticipating a spot in the playoffs. The women are improving and they will be more competitive.”

Over the past week, the men and women split in matches against Misericordia University on Wednesday with the men winning 9-0 and the women losing by the same score. Penn College swept all six singles and three doubles matches in improving to 3-1 overall, while the women’s squad dropped six matches in singles and three in doubles to drop to 1-3. In competitive men’s matches, the Wildcats won 64 of 72 points. Winners in both singles and doubles for Penn College were Phillippe-Johansson at No. 1 singles and doubles; Norris at No. 2 singles and doubles; Langbein at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles; Jesse Kight, of Williamsport, at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles; Tommy Cavanagh, of New Hope, at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles; and Zack Burkhart, of Milton, at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

On Friday, Youse was the only women’s winner in an 8-1 home loss to Lock Haven University that dropped the Wildcats to 1-4.

On Saturday, Penn College split at home with Marywood University, the men winning 9-0 to go to 4-1 and the women losing 9-0 and dropping to 1-5. Winning in both singles and doubles were Phillippe-Johansson, Norris, Langbein, Kight, Cavanagh and Burkhart.

Closing out their fall seasons on Sunday at Elizabethtown College, the teams split with the men winning, 8-1, and the women falling, 9-0. Double winners for the men were Phillippe Johansson, Norris, Langbein, Kight and Burkhart.

Also last week, Norris, a freshman, was named United East Men’s Tennis Player of the Week after his impressive showing at the King’s College Men’s Fall Invitational Oct. 2-3 where he reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles before play was canceled by rain.

Men’s soccer
In a nonconference match on Tuesday, the Wildcats lost to Juniata College, 1-0, to fall to 3-7-3 overall. Penn College led in shots, 14-11 (6-5 on goal), and in corner kicks, 8-3, but couldn’t score.

Saturday at Morrisville State College in UEC action, the teams fought through 110 minutes and two overtimes only to end with a scoreless tie, leaving Penn College 3-7-4 overall and 1-1-3 in the conference. The Wildcats led in shots, 22-8 (13-4 on goal), and in corner kicks, 4-2. Goalie Braeden Eckard, of Danville, earned a shutout with four saves.

UEC standings through Sunday: Penn State Harrisburg, 5-0; Lancaster Bible College, 2-0-2; St. Mary’s (Md.), 3-1; Penn State Berks, 2-2; Penn College, 1-1-3; Penn State Abington, 1-1-2; Morrisville State College, 1-3-1; Gallaudet University, 1-4; and Wells College, 0-4.

Women’s soccer
In a home nonconference match Wednesday against Penn State Altoona, the visitors scored in the first overtime period for a 4-3 win that dropped the Wildcats’ record to 4-7. Penn College took the early lead when Ashley Donat, of Lenhartsville, scored on an assist by Teagan Willey, of Towanda. Altoona came back with the next two goals for the lead before Wildcat Cassie Johnson, of Richland, scored unassisted to tie the score at 2-all. After Altoona regained the lead in the 59th minute, Johnson’s second unassisted goal knotted the score in the 88th minute, sending the match into OT. Altoona led in shots, 23-11 (16-7 on goal), and in corner kicks, 6- 5.

Sunday in United East play at Morrisville State College, Penn College broke open the match in the second half for a 3-0 win that snapped a four-match losing streak and improved the team’s record to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference. Scoring for the Wildcats were Willey, in the 58th minute; Jaci Hunsberger, of Reading, in the 69th minute (assisted by Donat); and BillieGean Hennessy, of Holtsville, New York, in the 87th minute (assisted by Johnson). In goal, Nicole Lichtinger, of Erie, made five saves. Penn College led in shots, 14-11 (each team had six), while Morrisville led in corner kicks, 6-4.

UEC standings through Sunday: Penn State Harrisburg, 4-0-1; St. Mary’s (Md.), 2-0-2; Penn State Berks, 3-1; Lancaster Bible College, 3-1; Penn State Abington, 2-2; Penn College, 2-3; Morrisville State College, 1-3-1; Wells College, 1-3; and Gallaudet University, 0-5.

Women’s volleyball
Starting United East Conference action on Saturday at Gallaudet University, Penn College lost to St. Mary’s College, 3-0 (25-11, 25-15 and 25-14) and to Gallaudet, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10. 25-14), to drop to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference. Against St. Mary’s, Cheyenne Stein, of Orwigsburg, led the Wildcats with 10 assists and Sierra Yaggie, of Troy, had 20 digs. St. Mary’s led in kills, 30-16; aces, 15-5; and blocks, 6-2. Against Gallaudet, April Murphy, of West Mifflin, had 14 digs. Gallaudet led in kills, 35-11, and aces, 20-2.

UEC standings through Sunday: Morrisville State College, 2-0; Gallaudet University, 2-0; Penn State Berks, 2-0; Penn State Harrisburg, 1-1; Lancaster Bible College, 1-1; St. Mary’s (Md.) 1-1; Penn College, 0-2; Penn State Abington, 0-2; and Wells College, 0-2.

Golf
Penn College men’s golfers totaled 317 to finish first Wednesday in a tri-match at Bucknell Golf Club. Sean McNamara, of Lancaster, fired a 74, tied for first, to lead the Wildcats, while Alex Acree, of Brookville, was third with a 78; Will Orwig, of Mifflintown, was fourth with an 81; and Trevor Keaton, of Lansdale, tied for sixth with an 84. Susquehanna University finished second in team competition with a 335, while Lycoming College didn’t field a full team. Individually, Susquehanna’s Andrew Galletta shot a 74 to tie with McNamara in a 12-player field.

Men’s/women’s cross-country
In the Houghton College Highlander Invitational on Saturday, the Penn College men placed eighth with 216 points on an 8K course and the women were seventh with 196 points on a 6K course. Alec Rees, of Centerport, New York, for the Wildcat men, and Cinnamon Digan, of Mifflinburg, for the women, both finished 56th in their respective races. Rees turned in a time of 29:31.56 and was followed by Dean Fulton, of Palmyra, 68th in 30:32.80; Noah Bowers, of Burnham, 75th in 31:39.92; Nick Snow, of York, 80th in 32:10.69; AJ Wiles, of Glenville, 86th in 33:50.55; Will Deem, of Furlong, 94th in 35:40.11; and Chad Bomboy, of Unityville, 99th in 38:52.02. For the Penn College women, Digan was clocked in 30:35.42 and was followed by Taylor Schon, of Selinsgrove, 59th in 31:47.72; Avery Baker, of Lock Haven, 60th in 31:50.43; Kayleigh Miller, of Sayre, 70th in 34:31.01; and Aubrey Stetts, of Jersey Shore, 73rd in 37:36.41. Cortland State topped the eight team men’s field with 42 points and RIT’s Aleksei Bingham was the individual winner in a field of 99 runners with a time of 25:54.56. St. John Fisher led the seven-team women’s field with 35 points and had the top individual in a 73-runner field in Riley Corey, who had a time 23:03.78.

Esports
Penn College’s Overwatch team evened its record at 2-2 on Monday with a 3-0 win over Montgomery County Community College. In other action, the Wildcats’ Rocket League team fell to Kansas University, 3-0, and their League of Legends team dropped a 2-0 decision to
Montgomery CCC, both on Tuesday. In iRacing Hockenheim, Penn College started 24 and finished 16 of 49 on Sept. 28 and at Pocono on Tuesday it started 21 and finished 19 of 43.

SCHEDULES/RECORDS/RESULTS
Men’s soccer
Overall: 3-7-4
UEC: 1-1-3
Tuesday, Oct. 5 – host Juniata College, L, 1-0
Saturday, Oct. 9 – at Morrisville State College (UEC), tied, 0-0 (2 OT)
Wednesday, Oct. 13 – at Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 – host Penn State Berks (UEC), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 20 – at Elmira College, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 – host St. Mary’s College (UEC), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – at Gallaudet University (UEC), noon
End of regular season

Women’s soccer
Overall: 5-7
UEC: 2-3
Wednesday, Oct. 6 – host Penn State Altoona, L, 4-3 (OT)
Sunday, Oct. 10 – at Morrisville State College (UEC), W, 3-0
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – at Marywood University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 – host Penn State Berks (UEC), 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 23 – host St. Mary’s College (UEC), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – at Susquehanna University, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – at Gallaudet University (UEC), 2:30 p.m.
End of regular season

Women’s volleyball
Overall: 1-9
UEC: 0-2
Saturday, Oct. 9 – tri-match vs. St. Mary’s College (UEC), L, 3-0 (25-11, 25-15, 25-14); at Gallaudet University (UEC), L, 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-14)
Saturday, Oct. 16 – tri-match vs. Wells College (UEC), 1 p.m.; at Morrisville State College (UEC), 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 – tri-match vs. Lancaster Bible College (UEC), 1 p.m.; at Penn State Harrisburg (UEC), 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 – host Penn State Berks (UEC), noon; vs. Penn State Abington (UEC), 4 p.m. End of regular season

Men’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 9 – at Houghton College Highlander Invitational, 8 of 8
Saturday, Oct. 16 – at Hood College Invitational, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – United East Conference Championship at Lancaster, TBA
Saturday, Nov. 13 – NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at Carlisle

Women’s cross-country
Saturday, Oct. 9 – at Houghton College Highlander Invitational, 7 of 7
Saturday, Oct. 16 – at Hood College Invitational, 10 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30 – United East Conference Championship at Lancaster, TBA
Saturday, Nov. 13 – NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at Carlisle

Men’s tennis
Final overall: 5-1
Wednesday, Oct. 6 – host Misericordia University, W, 9-0
Saturday, Oct. 9 – host Marywood University, W, 9-0
Sunday, Oct. 10 – at Elizabethtown College, W, 8-1
End of season

Women’s tennis
Final overall: 1-6
Wednesday, Oct. 6 – host Misericordia University, L, 9-0
Friday, Oct. 8 – host Lock Haven University, L, 8-1
Saturday, Oct. 9 – host Marywood University, L, 9-0
Sunday, Oct. 10 – at Elizabethtown College, L, 9-0
End of season

Golf
Wednesday, Oct. 6 – host Susquehanna University and Lycoming College at Bucknell Golf Club, finished first Monday, Oct. 18 – Lebanon Valley Fall Invitational at Lebanon Valley Country Club, 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 – United East Conference Fall Preview at Camden, N.J.
End of season

ESPORTS
Overwatch
Monday, Oct. 4 – vs. Montgomery County Community College, W, 3-0
Monday, Oct. 11 – vs. Lebanon Valley College, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 18 – vs. Harrisburg University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 – vs. DeSales University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 – vs. Arcadia University, 7 p.m.

Rocket League
Tuesday, Oct. 5 – vs. Kansas University, L, 3-0
Monday, Oct. 11 – vs. Northern Kentucky University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 18 – vs. Babson College, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 25 – vs. Cumberlands University, 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 1 – vs. Edinboro University, 7 p.m.

League of Legends
Tuesday, Oct. 5 – vs. Montgomery County Community College, L, 2-0
Wednesday-Tuesday, Oct. 6-12 – Round Four
Wednesday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-19 – Round Five
Wednesday-Tuesday, Oct. 20-26 – Round Five

iRacing
Tuesday, Sept. 28 – Hockenheim, start 24, finish 16 of 49
Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Pocono, start 21, finish 19 of 43
Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Road Atlanta Race, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Watkins Glen Race, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Spa Francorchamps Race, 9 p.m.

For more about the United East, visit the conference website.

For additional information, visit the Wildcat Athletics website.

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