Loyola's blend of youth, experience pays off Two freshmen, veterans combine to win MAAC women's tennis crown

October 15, 1998|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Coming off a 12-6 record in women's tennis last season, Loyola picked up a pair of freshmen who have lifted the team.

Nancy Turnblacer and Alison Popp are two reasons for the success of the Greyhounds, who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship in Lake Kiamasha, N.Y., last weekend and will be going to the NCAA championships next May.

Turnblacer, from Severna Park, and Popp, of Winchester, Mass., have combined for a 25-14 record while playing in the No. 1 and No. 5 spots, respectively, as the team compiled a 13-1 record.

However, veteran players were the ones to come through at the championships. Juniors Jessica Worden and Lily Kohn won the singles at No. 2 and No. 6, while sophomore Jennifer Steele won at the No. 3 flight. The No. 1 doubles team of Worden and Steele and the No. 3 doubles team of Kohn and Holly Martin also won conference titles.

Sea Gulls look solid

Despite Johns Hopkins' win over No. 6-ranked Rowan (N.J.) last week in men's soccer, the Blue Jays' stumble against Salisbury State -- a 3-3 tie -- should not have come as a surprise.

While the Sea Gulls (7-3-1) are not ranked in Division III, they have performed well against teams who are. To begin the season, Salisbury posted a 1-0 shutout against Dickinson, now No. 13, and lost to then-No. 2 Greensboro in overtime, 2-1. The tie against Hopkins looked like a win until John Del Monaco scored for the Blue Jays late in the game.

In other Salisbury news, the field hockey team beat St. Mary's College, 5-0, on Tuesday, for its 27th straight win in the Capital Athletic Conference. Also, freshman runner Suzy McCulloch (Ellicott City/Centennial H.S.) won the individual race at the Maryland Intercollegiate cross country meet last weekend, her third win. McCulloch, who beat Towson's Megan Makowski by 42 seconds, has not lost to any Division III runners this season. Kerri Bowers, who qualified for the NCAA meet as a freshman, finished fourth.


Megan Makowski's runner-up finish helped win the Maryland Intercollegiate meet for Towson's women's cross-country team, and the Tigers' men's team also won the meet. Junior Paul Bourg won the men's race for Towson, beating Frostburg's Mike Taye at the tape.

Carly Sosslau of UMBC scored game-winning goals in consecutive victories over Arkansas and Monmouth last weekend, earning Northeast Conference player of the week honors in women's soccer. The Retrievers (8-5) have won five of their last six.

Bowie State's Stacy Plater was named special teams player of the week in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association after returning three kicks for 116 yards during an 18-12 win over Gannon on Oct. 10. Frostburg State's football team (4-1), which won its first three games, may be running out of steam. In a loss against Chowan and a win over Greensboro last weekend, the Bobcats have lost 10 players to injury. The school's volleyball team, meanwhile, continues to cruise, now on a 19-game winning streak.

Goucher's men's tennis team closed out its fall season with a 4-0 record, beating Johns Hopkins, 4-3, last Saturday, after defeating Division I Loyola the week before.

Morgan State's women's volleyball team, which struggled with a tougher non-conference schedule, is tearing through the weak Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, winning its 24th straight conference match against Coppin State earlier this week.

Tiggy Stevens of St. Mary's College earned player of the week honors in the Capital Athletic Conference after setting a school record with 31 kills during a win over Marymount last Thursday. The Seahawks (19-6) will be playing this weekend in the Green Terror Invitational at Western Maryland.

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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