Turnblacer makes Loyola tennis team tick

State notebook

She leads Greyhounds into NCAA tournament


April 26, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Want to know how important Nancy Turnblacer has been to Loyola College's run of four consecutive NCAA women's tennis tournament berths?

"I'll need two players to replace her," said Loyola coach Rick McClure. "I miss her already, and she hasn't even left yet. We'll find out next Thursday who we'll be playing in the NCAAs."

Severna Park's Turnblacer has put together a 59-39 career singles record while playing No. 1 all four years for the Greyhounds, and she is 54-21 in doubles.

Turnblacer has dominated the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on the court and in the classroom for four years, being a two-time league MVP and a three-time All-MAAC Academic selection.

When McClure was asked what makes Turnblacer so special on the tennis court, he said: "You can't look at her and tell what the score of the match is. She shows no emotion. If she's ahead, she knows the match isn't over yet, and if she's behind, she knows she still has a chance."

Turnblacer said last year's trip to the University of California for a first-round NCAA tournament match was "an incredible experience I'll never forget. We lost the match, 7-0, but the important thing was getting to go to San Francisco and visit Stanford."

Cal was the No. 7 team in the nation when it beat Loyola, and Vanderbilt and William and Mary were top 20 teams when they ousted the Greyhounds in the first round the two previous years.

Top 20 city

Washington College had five teams nationally ranked last week in the Top 20 in Division III for the first time in school history.

The men's lacrosse team, which recorded the school's 500th victory earlier in the season, was ranked fifth, and the men's tennis team, which is 71-0 all time in Centennial Conference dual-match play, was sixth.

The women's rowing team was 12th, the women's lacrosse team was 20th, and the sailing team was 20th before dropping out of the elite 20 this week.

Tennis history

The Salisbury women's tennis team ended Mary Washington's 11-year reign as Capital Athletic Conference champion, defeating the longtime power in the CAC tournament. Salisbury (13-3) is the first team other than Mary Washington to win the tournament.

Terror power

The Western Maryland softball team earned the top seed in this weekend's Centennial Conference tournament with a doubleheader sweep of Gettysburg on Tuesday.

Candice Kuligowski provided the key hit in a 4-1 opening-game victory, hitting a three-run triple in the first inning. In the second game, Kim Camponelli threw a one-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory. Camponelli tossed a no-hitter Sunday.

Et cetera

Towson freshman golfer Billy Wingerd shot 72-68-75 - 215 to finish tied for ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Towson senior Gregg Cote was the medalist for his team, recording a 214 that tied him for fifth place.

The Navy lightweight crew is 12-0 this season entering tomorrow's meeting with Harvard in the Haines Cup on the Severn River.

The Bowie State softball team fell one victory short of battling back through the losers bracket to the championship game of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association tournament. A young Bulldogs squad finished 18-13.

Marc Falcone, the 1998-99 Carroll County Basketball Player of the Year, has completed two outstanding seasons at Frederick Community College.

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