Balanced play helps lift Towson to 11-4 mark

Tigers volleyball team on 7-match win streak

State notebook

Colleges

October 02, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Christina Grempler understands why the surging Towson volleyball team is so successful.

But the 6-foot-4 freshman middle blocker is having way too much fun winning matches to stop and soak it all in.

The Tigers (11-4) have already upset defending Colonial Athletic Association champion George Mason on their way to seven straight match victories, and Grempler doesn't want to over-analyze the situation.

"We're just out there playing and meshing well," said the player who has drawn rave reviews around the CAA and has twice been named the conference's rookie of the week.

"I don't even think about being a [second-year] freshman surrounded by all this talent," said Grempler. "I practiced all last season with this team and feel like just another player."

Grempler said the team "felt like it was on top of the world" after the upset of George Mason.

"We had two goals this season and one was beating George Mason," said Grempler, who played at Severna Park. "The other is beating James Madison [tomorrow]."

There is no limit to what the Tigers can accomplish this season, said Grempler, because of one simple fact.

"We have a lot of depth in all phases of the game," she said. "If one person is having an off-day, we have someone else ready to step in."

Grempler said she loves to step in for as many kills as needed out of her to win a match.

"It's what I enjoy most," said Grempler who has the second-best kill percentage (.315) on the team behind junior Liz Goubeaux (.398).

Goubeaux and junior Sarah Miller are major forces around the net, combining for 41 kills Tuesday night in a 3-1 victory over Loyola (1-15).

On the season, Miller has a team-high 230 kills. April Hoffman is second at 175, Goubeaux is third (168), and Grempler fourth (117). Miller also leads in kills per game (4.11).

Goubeaux is first in blocks per game (1.48), Meghan Evans is second (0.77), and Grempler third (0.65).

Mary Clare Coghlan leads in assists with 11.42 per game.

Salisbury at the top

They are celebrating these days around Salisbury University, where the nation's No. 1 Division III field hockey team now resides thanks not only to a 6-0 record but a big assist from state rival Washington College.

The Shorewomen pulled off a 2-1 upset on penalty strokes over then-No. 1 Rowan last week, ending the defending national champions' 25-game winning streak.

The Shorewomen's victory on strokes, coupled with then-No. 2 Salisbury's 1-0 victory over McDaniel, gave the Sea Gulls the top spot.

Salisbury freshman Megan Powell was the difference against the Green Terror, scoring the deciding goal with 1:50 left in the game.

McDaniel (7-2) moved up from No. 13 to No. 10 in this week's national rankings.

Navy stuck at No. 8

Last week, the once-beaten Navy women's soccer team (8-1-1) held top-ranked North Carolina scoreless for 72 minutes before losing, 1-0, then bounced back with a 1-0 victory over Colgate.

However, Navy remained No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Mid-Atlantic Region poll while Villanova (9-2) somehow jumped two places from seventh to fifth, although the Wildcats fared worse overall against the same two teams that Navy played last week.

Villanova lost to North Carolina, 3-0, and beat Colgate, 1-0.

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