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MEC Volleyball Championship

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Top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit got all it wanted from sixth-seeded West Liberty, but the Cardinals managed to nip the Hilltoppers in a five-set thriller to win the 2017 Mounain East Conference Volleyball Tournament title.

For the second-straight match, the Cardinals were pushed to five sets by their opponent and faced a deficit late in the final set. WJU rallied down 8-6 in the fifth set by scoring five straight points to forge ahead 11-8. West Liberty was able to pull to back within two on two different occasions, but the Cardinals managed to hold on for their fifth-straight MEC Tournament title.

Wheeling Jesuit (31-5) earns the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament that will be held in two weeks. West Liberty concludes its season with a 20-14 record.

The Hilltoppers came out strong winning the first set, 25-21. The Toppers led by nine midway through the set, 20-11, before a late surge by WJU, but a kill from Olivia Baumhoer closed things out for the ‘Toppers.

Wheeling Jesuit responded in a big way in the second set winning 25-13 to even the match at 1-1. The Cards pulled away midway through the third set in a 25-18 win. West Liberty broke a 9-9 tie in the fourth set with a 9-2 run to help push the match to the decisive fifth set.

Cassie Meyer had a match-high 24 kills in the victory, and Maddy Smyth added 15. Kenzie Schroer conributed 11 kills. Audrey Francis had a team-high 26 digs, while Emily Reedy contributed 24. Stephanie Sylvester had 62 assists and 19 digs.

West Liberty was paced by 18 kills from Baumhoer, and Stephanie Leonard had 13 kills. Kailee Cunningham had 27 digs for the ‘Toppers.

MEC Volleyball Semifinal Recap

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Sixth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit upset second-seeded Charleston and Wheeling Jesuit, the number one seed, prevailed in a five-set thriller against fifth-seeded Urbana to advance to the Mountain East Volleyball Championship.

The Cardinals and Hilltoppers will battle for the MEC Tournament crown on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.  The match will be streamed online at MountainEast.tv.


#6 West Liberty def. #2 Charleston, 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 25-11)

Sixth-seeded West Liberty came through with its second upset in as many days after topping Charleston 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-20, 25-11) in the MEC Volleyball Tournament Semifinals.

The Golden Eagles grabbed the momentum early in the first set after racing to a 7-2 lead.  The Hilltoppers regrouped to knot the score 12-12 after a kill by Caitlyn Clark.  With the score tied 13-13, West Liberty used Olivia Baumhoer’s kill and a Charleston attack error take pull away 15-13 lead.  The Golden Eagles stayed close on the Hilltoppers’ heels through the home stretch of set one, but a late 7-3 run lifted West Liberty to the 25-18 set win. 

Charleston answered back in set two.  Trailing 15-14 at the midway point, a Hilltopper service error sparked an 11-3 run for the Golden Eagles, allowing Charleston to capture the 25-18 set win.

In the third set, both teams battled for control.  West Liberty pulled away 13-7 before Charleston regrouped to pull within one point (15-14).  West Liberty capitalized on a Golden Eagle error on the next play and maintained a comfortable advantage before securing the 25-20 win on a service ace.

West Liberty jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the fourth set.  The Hilltoppers held a commanding 18-7 advantage before securing the win on a kill by Raimey Benson.

Baumhoer led the effort with a match-high 14 kills for the Hilltoppers.  Amanda Leonard handed out 22 assists in the win with Kailee Cunningham hauling in 19 digs.

Carly Granger paced Charleston with 13 kills in the setback.  Chloe Massaro recorded 21 assists on the evening with Tori Clark notching 16 digs for the Golden Eagles.

West Liberty advances to the Championship with a 20-13 record while Charleston ends the year with a 17-14 mark.


#1 Wheeling Jesuit def. #5 Urbana, 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 16-14)

Top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit survived a five-set thriller against fifth-seeded Urbana to advance to the MEC Championship.  With the 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 16-14) victory, the Cardinals maintain an unblemished tournament record and advance to their fifth-straight title match.

Wheeling Jesuit built a narrow 10-7 lead at the start of the first set before a 9-1 run by Urbana left the Cardinals trailing 16-11.  Both teams battled to hold on to the momentum down the final stretch of set one.  With the score tied 24-24, a kill by Anna Davis and service ace by Deandra Atwood allowed the Blue Knights to capture the 26-24 set win.

In the second set, the Cardinals raced to a 5-1 advantage at the start and maintained the momentum.  The Blue Knights were unable to recover from the early deficit and suffered the 25-16 setback.

Wheeling Jesuit continued to build on the momentum in set three.  Trailing 16-14, the Cardinals rattled off eight of the next ten points to pull away 22-18.  With a 24-21 advantage, a kill by Stephanie Sylvester secured the 25-21 win for Wheeling Jesuit and left Urbana trailing 2-1 in the match.

Down but not out, Urbana evened the score in set four.  With the score tied 9-9, the Blue Knights orchestrated an 8-3 run to pull away 17-12 by the midway point.  Wheeling Jesuit refused to go away quietly, chipping away at the deficit before knotting the score 23-23.  A kill by Kaitlynn Dunlap and an attack error by the Cardinals secured the 25-23 win for Urbana, forcing a fifth set.

The Blue Knights built on the momentum at the start of set five and quickly built an 8-4 advantage.  After a quick timeout, the Cardinals recovered with a 10-4 run to gain a 14-12 lead.  A Wheeling Jesuit attack error and kill by Aleese Butler knotted the score 14-14 before a kill by Cassie Meyer and a Blue Knight attack error secured the 16-14 win for the Cardinals.

Katlynn Dunlap recorded 22 kills in the loss for Urbana while Anna Davis notched 34 assists.  Maia Dunlap notched 18 digs over the course of the contest.

Maddy Smith and Haley Kramer each tallied 19 kills in the win for Wheeling Jesuit.  Stephanie Sylvester handed out 64 assists with Audrey Francis grabbing 28 digs for the Cardinals.

Wheeling Jesuit advances to the MEC Championship with a 30-5 overall record while Urbana ends the year with a 19-17 mark.

MEC Volleyball Quarterfinal Recap

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The top two seeds advanced, but the other two quarterfinal matches provided upsets in the Mountain East Conference Volleyball Tournament.

Top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit and second-seeded Charleston each won by 3-0 scores, while sixth-seeded West Liberty upended third-seeded Shepherd 3-0, and fifth-seeded got past fourth-seeded Fairmont State, 3-0.

The Golden Eagles will now take on West Liberty in the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the Cardinals against the Blue Knights at 7:30 p.m. All matches will be streamed online at MountainEast.tv.


#6 West Liberty def. #3 Shepherd, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21)

Sixth-seeded West Liberty upset third-seeded Shepherd, 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-21), in the MEC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Hilltoppers came out quickly breaking a 2-2 tie with five-straight points and never looking back to take the first set, 25-21. WLU got an early 4-0 lead in the second set, but Shepherd battled back take a 13-9 lead. West Liberty chipped away at the lead and trailing 21-20, scored the final five points to come away with the victory in the set. Kills by Raimey Benson and Amanda Leonard and a service ace from Kendall Souder in that stretch keyed the run.

A 5-0 run for WLU in the third set broke a 5-5 tie, and West Liberty would not trail the rest of the way to close out the match.

Benson finished with 15 kills and hit .256 in the match. Kailee Cunningham helped with 19 digs for the ‘Toppers, and Amanda Leonard dished out 25 assists. Olivia Baumhoer was in on six blocks for WLU.

Christina Jackson and Amanda Snowden each had nine kills to lead Shepherd. Four players had double-digit kills led by Cambriea Hill and Imani Major who each had 15. Jessica Karcz had 33 assists to go with 12 digs.


#2 Charleston def. #7 Concord, 3-0 (25, 18, 25-15, 25-16)

Charleston weathered a tough first set from Concord and rolled in the next two close out the Mountain Lions and advance to the MEC Tournament Semifinals.

The first set saw eight lead changes and Concord was within two at 19-17, but the Golden Eagles won the next three points, two coming from errors by CU to take control of the set. Charleston closed out the first set winning 25-18.

UC got off to a commanding 7-1 lead on its way to a 25-15 win in set two. The Golden Eagles broke away from Concord midway through the third set to close out the match, 25-16.

Tori Clark had 14 kills and eight digs to help lead UC to the win. Carly Granger and Megan Mourier each added 10. Chloe Massaro had 26 assists and Claire Lambert added 14. Kelsey Matusic added 15 kills.

Concord was led by six kills apiece from Brooke Heck and Emily Ellis. Casey Mandeville had 12 assists and Lindsay Maddox had a game-high 16 digs.


#5 Urbana def. #4 Fairmont State, 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-10)

Fifth-seeded Urbana came out firing against fourth-seeded Fairmont State and never looked back on its way to a 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-19) win in MEC Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinal action.
In the first set, the Blue Knights clung to a 16-13 lead before a 7-0 run left Fairmont State trailing 23-13. An Urbana attack error gave the Falcons one more point before an attack error and service ace secured the 25-14 set win for the Blue Knights.
The second set featured nine ties and four lead changes with Urbana having the last word. Trailing 25-24, kills by Madison Davis and Katlynn Dunlap along with a Fairmont State attack error proved to be all the Blue Knights would need to secure the momentum for good.
The Falcons jumped to a 6-4 lead at the start of set three before another run by the Blue Knights left Fairmont State looking to bounce back from a 15-9 deficit.  Urbana held on to the lead for the remainder of the contest, securing the win after a Falcon error.
Dunlap paced the Blue Knights with 14 kills and 18 digs followed by Cecily Clark with eight.  Deandra Atwood dished out 16 assists with Courtney Nieson chipping in 10 digs in the victory.  Mackenzie Harrison led the effort for the Falcons with 16 kills.  Megan Gore tallied 11 assists with Megan Clerico hauling in 19 digs in the setback.


#1 Wheeling Jesuit def. #8 West Virginia Wesleyan, 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-11)

Top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit had 44 kills and just six errors in a 3-0 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday night in the MEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

The Cards hit .460 in the match and had 50 digs and 12 blocks in the victory. WJU held the Bobcats to just a .078 hitting percentage.

Wheeling Jesuit never trailed in either the first or second set, and hit home 17 kills in the second set with no errors. The Bobcats started strong in the third set, but a 10-0 run broke a 4-4 tie and gave WJU control of the set and match.

Cassie Meyer led the Cardinals with 11 kills while also contributing eight digs. Stephanie Sylvester directed the offense with 37 assists, and Audrey Francis had a game-high 12 digs. Sylvester and Meyer each had three aces on the night.

Madison Cooper led WVWC with seven kills, while Leah Blend and Ebonie Hicks each had six. Katlyn Buckland had 25 assists. 

GSC to Open National Search for New Volleyball Coach

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After spending two seasons as Head Coach for the Lady Pioneer Volleyball Team, James Mercer announced Thursday that he would be stepping down effective immediately.

Mercer finishes his time at GSC with a record of 1-56 and 0-31 in the Mountain East Conference.

The Lady Pioneers graduated only one senior in 2017 and return 16 players in Bailey Brawner, Jezaray Clark-Casto, Ai Miyazaki, Madison Gargus, and Allison Parski, to name a few.

“Glenville State thanks Coach Mercer and we wish him the best of luck in the future,“ said Rusty Vineyard, GSC’s Vice President of Student Life and Athletics. Vineyard added that a national search to fill the head volleyball coach position will begin as soon as possible.

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►  NFL Power Rankings: It’s Chiefs and then Packers . . . and then what?

Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. This week, Kansas City holds on to the top spot after maintaining the league’s only unbeaten mark with a convincing Sunday night win over the Texans in Houston. Nipping at the Chiefs’ heels are the Green Bay Packers, who broke more Dallas Cowboys hearts thanks to another sensational last-minute comeback authored by Aaron Rodgers. Things get a little muddy thereafter, with plenty of solid squads filling out the top 10.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) / Last Week’s Rank: 1

The Chiefs are quite simply the league’s best team. The offense has been next to unstoppable while the defense has been more than adequate, even if it permitted Deshaun Watson to post some impressive numbers Sunday night. Get used to the idea of Alex Smith as an MVP candidate. Does Smith’s excellence this season complicate the Chiefs’ long-term plan to move on to Patrick Mahomes at QB? That’s an issue for another day.

2. Green Bay Packers (4-1) / Last Week’s Rank: 2

Aaron Rodgers did it to the Cowboys again. Was there any doubt when he took the field Sunday for that final drive that he would guide the Packers to at least a tying FG attempt? He and the Packers got the winning TD, however, and they continue to pile up victories as some of their injured offensive contributors begin to return. Rookie RB Aaron Jones looks capable of helping out considerably.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) / Last Week’s Rank: 5

The toughest part of the Eagles’ schedule is still to come. That is undeniable, and it begins with Thursday night’s game at Carolina. But win or lose against the Panthers, the Eagles have shown enough to prove they should have staying power. Carson Wentz is legitimate, making the Eagles a factor in the division chase all season.

4. Denver Broncos (3-1) / Last Week’s Rank: 4

The Broncos return from the bye with a favorable matchup Sunday night against the Giants, who are winless and basically out of wide receivers. If they can beat the Giants and then the one-win Chargers, the Broncos would take a 5-1 record into an October 30 showdown with the Chiefs in Kansas City on “Monday Night Football.“

5. Carolina Panthers (4-1) / Last Week’s Rank: 8

QB Cam Newton has completed 48 of 62 passes for 671 yards with six TDs and one interception in his past two games. His return from shoulder surgery was gradual but now he has emerged as an accurate pocket passer who clearly has changed his game, with a relatively modest 90 rushing yards this season. Newton was criticized last week, and rightfully so, after his sexist remark for which he later apologized. But things are going extremely well on the field, and if this continues he will be an MVP candidate again and the Panthers will be Super Bowl contenders once more.

6. New England Patriots (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 9

The defense was better, but still far from perfect in Thursday night’s win at Tampa. The offense struggled without TE Rob Gronkowski, managing only one TD. The Patriots prevailed only because of three missed FGs by now-former Bucs kicker Nick Folk and Jameis Winston’s last-second incompletion at the goal line. But there’s no sense worrying about lost style points, and now the Patriots have a chance to get a winning streak going when they visit the Meadowlands on Sunday to face the Jets.

7. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 13

It could have been a passing-of-the-torch day in the NFC West. Instead, the Seahawks beat the Rams in L.A. in a game with unusual significance for early October. The Seahawks remain the team to beat in the division, and the future perhaps is not quite now for the Rams.

8. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) / Last Week’s Rank: 11

The Falcons return from their bye with, they hope, WR Julio Jones ready to play Sunday without missing any games due to his hip injury. The playing status of pass rusher Vic Beasley, out since Week 2 because of a hamstring injury, is to be determined as the week progresses.

9. Detroit Lions (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 6

The Lions are good but perhaps not quite good enough to match up with the NFC’s best teams, as narrow losses to the Falcons and Panthers demonstrate. Now QB Matthew Stafford is dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries heading into Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

10. Los Angeles Rams (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 7

The Rams had their chances against the Seahawks but couldn’t deliver. They’ve still become competitive ahead of schedule. Overtaking the Seahawks so soon was a lofty ambition.

11. Baltimore Ravens (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 24

The Ravens ran into the Raiders at a good time, with Derek Carr sidelined. Still, it badly needed a solid performance after lopsided losses to the Jaguars and Steelers.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 22

The good version of the Jaguars showed up Sunday in Pittsburgh. They can’t actually play well two weekends in a row, can they?

13. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 25

The 0-3 start has been followed by wins over the Browns and Bills, so the Bengals can rest a little easier on their bye week. All is not well yet. But their season at least has possibilities again.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 3

That unraveled quickly, didn’t it? The Steelers went from celebrating a big win in Baltimore with a breakout performance by RB Le’Veon Bell to lamenting a lopsided defeat to the Jaguars with QB Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions and then questioning whether he still has it. Is Roethlisberger done? Probably not. But it’s never a good sign for a player to be even wondering that.

15. Buffalo Bills (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 10

No, the Bills are not for real, at least not in terms of being an honest-to-goodness contender. Their loss to the Bengals demonstrated that pretty clearly. The offense simply isn’t good enough. But that doesn’t diminish the very good job being done by their first-year coach, Sean McDermott, in simply having them competitive and above .500.

16. Minnesota Vikings (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 17

Sam Bradford quite simply should not have been on the field Monday night. His knee clearly was not ready for him to return to the lineup. Case Keenum should have gotten the start. The in-game switch to Keenum was the obvious move and it resulted in the Vikings’ victory over the Bears.

17. Washington Redskins (2-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 16

The Redskins return from their bye week feeling relatively good, and rightfully so, about how they’ve played. They appear to be the main challenger to the Eagles in the NFC East. Who would have predicted that two-team race? The Redskins have the winless Niners coming to FedEx Field this weekend but cannot afford to be complacent, particularly with CB Josh Norman out of the lineup. His absence will be felt.

18. New York Jets (3-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 19

The Jets are competent, but don’t get carried away. A win over the Browns means next to nothing. And there could be a reality check when the Patriots show up across the field Sunday at the Meadowlands.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 12

Maybe it’s time to do something dramatic, such as use a second-round draft pick on a kicker. In the meantime, Patrick Murray takes over for Nick Folk and tries to bring some stability to what is beginning to seem like a cursed position for this organization.

20. Houston Texans (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 14

Rookie QB Deshaun Watson continues to dazzle, but the Houston defense simply had no answers for the Chiefs. The Texans led the league in total defense last season even without J.J. Watt, but now that defense is in disarray and is without Watt again. Watt pushed his body to the brink for so long while becoming a three-time NFL defensive player of the year. But that approach clearly took its toll, and now it is fair to wonder if Watt’s days of playing at that level are done.

21. Indianapolis Colts (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 27

So much for what could have been a pretty pleasant day for the Colts, with the ceremony honoring Peyton Manning followed by Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning FG in OT against the 49ers. Instead, the day was all about Pence’s early exit.

22. Miami Dolphins (2-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 29

The Dolphins had little time to savor their win over the Titans, needing to deal with that video of offensive line coach Chris Foerster ingesting a powdery substance. Foerster resigned Monday, and the organization must move on from that episode while players come to terms with a new policy requiring them to stand for the national anthem if they’re on the sideline or opt to remain in the locker room or tunnel.

23. New Orleans Saints (2-2) / Last Week’s Rank: 20

The Saints emerge from their bye on a two-game winning streak but with a pair of difficult games, Sunday at home against the Lions and then at Green Bay a week later.

24. Dallas Cowboys (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 15

The Cowboys are below .500 and two games behind the Eagles in the NFC East heading into their bye week. They also could lose RB Ezekiel Elliott at any time if a federal appeals court lifts the injunction that is keeping his six-game suspension on hold. This is not at all how things were supposed to be going, is it? In retrospect, the Cowboys needed to take more time off the clock before scoring their late go-ahead TD Sunday – they know as well as anyone by now that you simply cannot give Aaron Rodgers that much time to beat you. He will.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 18

The Raiders say they expect QB Derek Carr to return after missing only one game due to a transverse process fracture in his back. That’s good. They certainly need him. Losing at home to a team that was struggling like the Ravens is not what a top contender should be doing. There is plenty of reason to question if the Raiders are as good as was advertised entering the season.

26. Tennessee Titans (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 21

Good thing the Titans had that rock-solid, no-need-to-do-anything-else backup-QB situation, huh? Otherwise they might have had to make a call to Colin Kaepernick.

27. Los Angeles Chargers (1-4) / Last Week’s Rank: 30

The Chargers went on the road to beat the Giants for their first victory of the season. But after playing in front of opposing teams’ fans at StubHub Center, does it even make a difference where they play?

28. Arizona Cardinals (2-3) / Last Week’s Rank: 23

When the Cardinals are bad, they’re really bad. Their three losses have come by a combined 50 points. And those poor outings are happening far too often these days.

29. Chicago Bears (1-4) / Last Week’s Rank: 28

Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky had some good moments Monday night in his first NFL start. One of them was not the late interception that he threw to set up the Vikings’ winning FG. No one should have expected any miracles right away. This will be a long process with ups and downs. But Trubisky provided enough glimpses of his talent to believe he just might get there eventually.

30. New York Giants (0-5) / Last Week’s Rank: 26

The season is as done as it gets. The Giants are winless. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are out for the remainder of the season as part of a severe shortage of WRs. It’s amazing that it has come to this. But now thoughts turn to the fallout. Will Coach Ben McAdoo’s job be safe? And would the Giants use a top draft pick on a QB even if Eli Manning isn’t ready to retire? The answers here are yes and maybe.

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-5) / Last Week’s Rank: 31

Politics aside, the Niners lost another game they had a chance to win. They’re not Browns-level bad, based on the eye test. But their record says that they are.

32. Cleveland Browns (0-5) / Last Week’s Rank: 32

Carson Wentz is in Philly. Deshaun Watson is in Houston. And now the Browns are left wondering if Kevin Hogan possibly can be the answer at QB, if indeed they’re ready to be done wondering that about DeShone Kizer. The answer: Probably not. These are, after all, the Browns.


►  MEC: Women’s Tennis: Tadic Named Player Of The Week

West Virginia State’s Nika Tadic has been named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week.

Tadic, a freshman from Split, Croatia, came up with several key victories over the week as the Yellow Jackets won a pair of 5-4 matches and took another step towards a fifth-straight Mountain East Conference regular season title. In the win over Charleston, she teamed with Kayla McKnight to win a narrow 9-7 decision at No. 3 doubles, and later picked up a win at No. 6 singles. Against West Liberty, she moved up to No. 5 singles and rallied from a set down to win her mach against the Hilltoppers. She closed out the week with a win at No. 5 singles against Notre Dame College.


►  MEC: Concord Sweeps Cross Country Honors

Concord’s Justin Snyder and teammate Sydney Haynes have earned Mountain East Conference Runner of the Week honors for their efforts on the cross country course last week.

Snyder, a senior from Princeton, WV, earns the honor for the third time this season after his first place finish at the Concord Alumni Invitational. He covered the 8,000-meter course with a time of 26:52 to claim his second individual victory of the season.

Haynes, a freshman from Cana, Va., also had a first place finish at the Concord Invitational. She stopped the clock with a time of 19:29 on the 5,000-meter course.


►  MEC: Hill Earns Volleyball Honor

Shepherd’s Cambriea Hill has been named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after for her efforts last week.
Hill, a sophomore from Columbia, Md., led the Rams to a 3-0 record in conference play last week. She opened the week with 18 kills, 21 digs and four aces in a five-set win over Fairmont State. After recording 15 kills in a win over Notre Dame, she tallied 16 kills and 10 digs in the victory against Urbana. She averaged 4.1 kills per set and 2.9 digs per set.


►  ESPN suspends Jemele Hill after tweet about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

ESPN suspended “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill for two weeks on Monday, the network announced, after Hill violated the company’s social media guidelines over the weekend. Hill suggested NFL fans boycott vendors and advertisers associated with the Dallas Cowboys after franchise owner Jerry Jones told players they’d be benched if they demonstrated during the national anthem.

Hill had previously run afoul of network executives in September after she tweeted Donald Trump was a “white supremacist.“ White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders called the remarks “a fireable offense” days later during a press briefing.

ESPN at the time warned Hill her remarks were in violation of the company’s policy, but declined to punish her after other anchors threatened not to appear on “SportsCenter” without her. Hill hosts the 6 p.m. hour of the show with Michael Smith.

Over the weekend, Hill made her boycott suggestion on Twitter:

“This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.“

- Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 09, 2017

“Or, how about not patronizing the advertisers who support the Cowboys? You can watch and do that, right?“

- Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) October 09, 2017

ESPN’s statement called Hill’s previous tweet, presumably about Trump, “impulsive” and said her subsequent apology for it acknowledged she was “letting her colleagues and the company down.“

The network in September claimed Hill’s tweets appeared as though she was speaking on behalf of ESPN. But Hill stood by her tweets, which included one that read, “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.“

She said in statement afterward that she regretted her words “painted ESPN in an unfair light.“

Trump demanded an apology from ESPN for what he called “untruths.“

His administration has also taken the NFL on as players have demonstrated during the national anthem in recent weeks. On Sunday, Mike Pence attended an Indianapolis Colts game, but left after “The Star-Spangled Banner” when players from the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the anthem.

Hill joined ESPN in 2006 as a national columnist and made television appearances on “SportsCenter,“ “First Take,“ “Around the Horn” and “Outside the Lines.“ She has been active covering the intersection of sports and race for ESPN. She hosted a town hall meeting with then-President Barack Obama in July 2016 about race relations, policing and racial equality.

She began hosting her own hour of “SportsCenter” in February.

ESPN has a history of harsh punishments for staffers who cross the NFL. The network suspended then fired columnist and TV personality Bill Simmons in 2017 after intense criticism of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NCAA DII Volleyball Final: Glenville State 2 - Salem International 3

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Volleyball Box Score
             SIU vs Glenville State (September 06, 2016 at Glenville, WV)



   SIU                    |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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6  Rachel Hess…......  5|  9   5  28  .143|  0|  1   1|  2|  2| 4  0  0|  0
7  Sophie Freihofer….  5|  9   2  27  .259|  2|  4   3|  0| 11| 2  1  0|  1
9  Kathryne Mathis…..  5|  0   1   5 -.200|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 2  0  1|  0
11 Ashly Holt….......  5|  5   5  24  .000| 14|  1   0|  1|  8| 0  1  3|  3
12 Justine Ramirez…..  5|  0   0   0  .000| 15|  2   3|  0|  7| 0  0  0|  1
20 Alessandra Marquez..  5|  4   1  17  .176|  0|  5   3|  0|  6| 2  2  1|  0
4  Cassidy Pluta…....  5|  1   2   5 -.200|  1|  0   3|  2| 10| 0  0  0|  0
10 Kristn Holt…......  5|  5   6  20 -.050|  0|  0   0|  2|  3| 1  0  0|  0
17 Sarah Arceneaux…..  5|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  0   1|  2|  6| 0  0  0|  0
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  5| 33  22 126  .087| 33| 13  14|  9| 53|11  4  5|  5

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   5  6  30 -.033   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
   2   7  6  25  .040   SIU….............. (3) 18 26 19 25 15  2-2
   3   8  4  29  .138   Glenville State….. (2) 25 24 25 18 12  0-5
   4   8  2  28  .214
   5   5  4  14  .071

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
2  Haley Wolff…......  5|  4   1  10  .300|  2|  0   1|  1| 10| 0  0  1|  1
4  Kaylee Dickenson….  5|  6   4  16  .125|  0|  2   3|  3|  9| 0  0  0|  2
11 Bailey Brawner…...  5| 16  10  43  .140|  0|  0   2|  2| 18| 2  0  1|  0
13 Madison Smith…....  5| 10   2  24  .333|  0|  3   3|  6| 12| 1  1  2|  0
17 Allison Parski…...  5|  0   1   0  .000| 20|  3   0|  0|  7| 0  0  0|  0
20 Bailey Hanson…....  5|  2   2   9  .000|  1|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
3  J’shawna Thompkins..  3|  2   5  10 -.300|  0|  0   2|  0|  6| 1  0  0|  0
5  Angelica Nichols….  5|  4   1  11  .273|  1|  0   0|  0|  2| 2  1  0|  0
9  Madison Gargus…...  5|  0   0   0  .000| 20|  1   2|  0|  3| 0  0  0|  0
10 Kayla Stewart…....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
18 Taylor Garrett…...  5|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  1|  1| 0  0  0|  0
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  5| 44  26 123  .146| 44|  9  13| 13| 69| 6  2  4|  3

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  12  3  27  .333   Site: Glenville, WV (Waco Center)
   2  10  7  24  .125   Date: Sep 06, 2016   Attend: 163   Time: 1:45
   3  10  4  29  .207   Referees: John Funkhouser, Carol Frear
   4  10  7  29  .103
   5   2  5  14 -.214


Volleyball Detailed Stats



                           Volleyball Detailed Stats
             SIU vs Glenville State (September 06, 2016 at Glenville, WV)




   SIU                    |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
6  Rachel Hess…......  5|  9   5  28  .143|  0   0   0  .000|  1   1   0  .000|  2   0|  4   0   0|  0   2  .000|
7  Sophie Freihofer….  5|  9   2  27  .259|  2   0   0  .000|  4   3   1-2.000| 11   1|  2   1   0|  0   0  .000|
9  Kathryne Mathis…..  5|  0   1   5 -.200|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  2   0   1|  0   0  .000|
11 Ashly Holt….......  5|  5   5  24  .000| 14   0   0  .000|  1   0   0  .000|  8   3|  0   1   3|  0   1  .000|
12 Justine Ramirez…..  5|  0   0   0  .000| 15   0   115.000|  2   3   2 -.500|  7   1|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
20 Alessandra Marquez..  5|  4   1  17  .176|  0   0   0  .000|  5   3   0  .000|  6   0|  2   2   1|  0   0  .000|
4  Cassidy Pluta…....  5|  1   2   5 -.200|  1   0   0  .000|  0   3   0  .000| 10   0|  0   0   0|  0   2  .000|
10 Kristn Holt…......  5|  5   6  20 -.050|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  3   0|  1   0   0|  0   2  .000|
17 Sarah Arceneaux…..  5|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0   0  .000|  0   1   0  .000|  6   0|  0   0   0|  0   2  .000|
TM TEAM….............  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  1   0 1.000|
   Totals…...........  5| 33  22 126  .087| 33   0   133.000| 13  14   3-3.667| 53   5| 11   4   5|  0   9-8.000|

  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1   5  6  30 -.033    GAME SCORES               1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
    2   7  6  25  .040    SIU….............. (3) 18 26 19 25 15  2-2
    3   8  4  29  .138    Glenville State….. (2) 25 24 25 18 12  0-5
    4   8  2  28  .214
    5   5  4  14  .071

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
2  Haley Wolff…......  5|  4   1  10  .300|  2   0   0  .000|  0   1   0  .000| 10   1|  0   0   1|  0   1  .000|
4  Kaylee Dickenson….  5|  6   4  16  .125|  0   0   0  .000|  2   3   1-2.000|  9   2|  0   0   0|  0   3  .000|
11 Bailey Brawner…...  5| 16  10  43  .140|  0   0   0  .000|  0   2   0  .000| 18   0|  2   0   1|  0   2-1.000|
13 Madison Smith…....  5| 10   2  24  .333|  0   0   1  .000|  3   3   0  .000| 12   0|  1   1   2|  0   6  .000|
17 Allison Parski…...  5|  0   1   0  .000| 20   0   120.000|  3   0   0  .000|  7   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
20 Bailey Hanson…....  5|  2   2   9  .000|  1   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
3  J’shawna Thompkins..  3|  2   5  10 -.300|  0   0   0  .000|  0   2   0  .000|  6   0|  1   0   0|  0   0  .000|
5  Angelica Nichols….  5|  4   1  11  .273|  1   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  2   0|  2   1   0|  0   0  .000|
9  Madison Gargus…...  5|  0   0   0  .000| 20   0   0  .000|  1   2   0  .000|  3   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
10 Kayla Stewart…....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
18 Taylor Garrett…...  5|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   0   0|  0   1  .000|
TM TEAM….............  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  2   0 1.000|
   Totals…...........  5| 44  26 123  .146| 44   0   222.000|  9  13   1-12.000| 69   3|  6   2   4|  0  13-3.333|

  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 7.0
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1  12  3  27  .333    Site: Glenville, WV (Waco Center)
    2  10  7  24  .125    Date: Sep 06, 2016   Attend: 163   Time: 1:45
    3  10  4  29  .207    Referees: John Funkhouser, Carol Frear
    4  10  7  29  .103
    5   2  5  14 -.214




Short Box Score



                            Short Box Score (Match)
             SIU vs Glenville State (September 06, 2016 at Glenville, WV)

  SIU def. Glenville State 18-25,26-24,19-25,25-18,15-12

  SIU (2-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sophie Freihofer 9-4-3; Rachel
  Hess 9-1-4; Ashly Holt 5-1-1; Kristn Holt 5-0-1; Alessandra Marquez
  4-5-4; Cassidy Pluta 1-0-0; Justine Ramirez 0-2-0; Kathryne Mathis
  0-0-2; Totals 33-13-13.0. (Assists) - Justine Ramirez 15; Ashly Holt
  14. (Dig leaders) - Sophie Freihofer 11; Cassidy Pluta 10; Ashly Holt
  8

  Glenville State (0-5) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Bailey Brawner
  16-0-2; Madison Smith 10-3-2; Kaylee Dickenson 6-2-0; Haley Wolff
  4-0-0; Angelica Nichols 4-0-3; Bailey Hanson 2-0-0; J’shawna Thompkins
  2-0-1; Madison Gargus 0-1-0; Allison Parski 0-3-0; Totals 44-9-7.0.
  (Assists) - Madison Gargus 20; Allison Parski 20. (Dig leaders) -
  Bailey Brawner 18; Madison Smith 12; Haley Wolff 10; Kaylee Dickenson
  9

  Site: Glenville, WV (Waco Center)
  Date: Sep 06, 2016   Attend: 163   Time: 1:45
  Referees: John Funkhouser, Carol Frear



Play-by-Play Summary



                                     Play-by-Play Summary (1st game)
                         SIU vs Glenville State (September 06, 2016 at Glenville, WV)

GSC: Haley Wolff; Kaylee Dickenson; Bailey Brawner; Madison Smith; Allison Parski; Bailey Hanson; libero Taylor
              Garrett.
SIU: Rachel Hess; Sophie Freihofer; Kathryne Mathis; Ashly Holt; Justine Ramirez; Alessandra Marquez; libero Cassidy
              Pluta.
 0-1       [Justine Ramirez] Service ace (Bailey Brawner).
 1-1       [Justine Ramirez] Kill by Kaylee Dickenson (from Allison Parski).
 1-2   [Kaylee Dickenson] Kill by Ashly Holt (from Justine Ramirez).
 2-2       [Sophie Freihofer] Kill by Bailey Brawner (from Madison Smith).

NCAA DII Volleyball Final: Glenville 0 - Fairmont State 3

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Volleyball Box Score
     Fairmont State vs Glenville State (September 02, 2016 at North Canton, Ohio)



   Fairmont State         |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
1  Mackenzie Harrison..  3|  7   1   9  .667|  0|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  3  0|  0
4  Jessica Furda…....  3|  1   1   3  .000| 21|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
8  Kayla Smith…......  2|  3   1   5  .400|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  1  0|  0
11 Morgan Poling…....  2|  2   2   6  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  7| 0  0  0|  0
16 Breanna Blot….....  3|  8   1  14  .500|  0|  2   0|  0|  0| 0  2  0|  0
19 Julia Shemaitis…..  3| 10   1  16  .562|  0|  0   2|  0| 10| 0  1  0|  0
2  Megan Clerico…....  2|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  1   1|  2|  5| 0  0  0|  0
5  Alexa Gore….......  2|  0   0   0  .000|  7|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
7  Ciera Greene….....  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  1|  1| 0  0  0|  0
12 Sydney McCoy….....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  1|  0   1|  0|  5| 0  0  0|  0
13 Rachel Bugaj….....  1|  1   0   2  .500|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  1  0|  0
14 Alyssa Kelly….....  2|  1   1   3  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  1  0|  0
15 Emily Suppel….....  1|  0   1   1-1.000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
17 Brittany Padgett….  2|  0   0   0  .000|  3|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
18 Emma Mobley…......  2|  1   1   3  .000|  0|  1   0|  1|  2| 0  0  0|  0
20 Rebecca Feeney…...  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  1  0|  0
21 Sasha Sampson…....  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  1   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  3| 34  10  65  .369| 33|  5   4|  4| 38| 0 10  0|  0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  11  4  23  .304   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  TEAM RECORDS
   2   9  3  20  .300   Fairmont State…... (3) 25 25 25  1-0
   3  14  3  22  .500   Glenville State….. (0) 12 12 13  0-1

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
2  Haley Wolff…......  2|  1   3  11 -.182|  0|  0   1|  1|  3| 0  0  0|  0
5  Angelica Nichols….  2|  2   2   9  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
11 Bailey Brawner…...  3|  4   0  14  .286|  4|  2   1|  1|  6| 0  0  0|  0
13 Madison Smith…....  2|  2   3   9 -.111|  1|  0   0|  1|  5| 0  0  0|  0
17 Allison Parski…...  3|  1   0   2  .500|  5|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
20 Bailey Hanson…....  3|  1   3   8 -.250|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 2  0  0|  0
3  J’shawna Thompkins..  2|  2   3  10 -.100|  0|  1   3|  0|  2| 1  0  0|  0
4  Kaylee Dickenson….  2|  1   3   8 -.250|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
9  Madison Gargus…...  3|  0   1   1-1.000|  4|  1   0|  1|  0| 0  0  0|  0
10 Kayla Stewart…....  3|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
15 Jazaray Clark-Casto.  3|  1   2   6 -.167|  0|  0   1|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
18 Taylor Garrett…...  2|  0   0   0  .000|  0|  0   1|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
   TEAM….............   |                 |   |       |  1|   |        |
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  3| 15  20  78 -.064| 14|  4   7|  5| 19| 3  0  0|  0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   7  9  31 -.065   Site: North Canton, Ohio (Alumni Arena)
   2   3  6  22 -.136   Date: Sep 02, 2016   Attend: 45   Time: 1:00
   3   5  5  25  .000   Referees: Dan Cavanaugh, Jean Polack, L. Horner, R. Nemet


Volleyball Detailed Stats



                           Volleyball Detailed Stats
     Fairmont State vs Glenville State (September 02, 2016 at North Canton, Ohio)




   Fairmont State         |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
1  Mackenzie Harrison..  3|  7   1   9  .667|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  2   0|  0   3   0|  1   0 1.000|
4  Jessica Furda…....  3|  1   1   3  .000| 21   1  34  .618|  0   0  19 1.000|  2   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
8  Kayla Smith…......  2|  3   1   5  .400|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   9 1.000|  1   0|  0   1   0|  0   0  .000|
11 Morgan Poling…....  2|  2   2   6  .000|  0   0   3  .000|  0   0   1 1.000|  7   0|  0   0   0|  6   0 1.000|
16 Breanna Blot….....  3|  8   1  14  .500|  0   0   0  .000|  2   0   3 1.000|  0   0|  0   2   0|  0   0  .000|
19 Julia Shemaitis…..  3| 10   1  16  .562|  0   0   0  .000|  0   2   9  .778| 10   0|  0   1   0|  5   0 1.000|
2  Megan Clerico…....  2|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0   3  .333|  1   1   9  .889|  5   0|  0   0   0|  5   2  .714|
5  Alexa Gore….......  2|  0   0   0  .000|  7   1  18  .389|  0   0   3 1.000|  2   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
7  Ciera Greene….....  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   2 1.000|  1   0|  0   0   0|  3   1  .750|
12 Sydney McCoy….....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  1   1   2  .500|  0   1   4  .750|  5   0|  0   0   0|  2   0 1.000|
13 Rachel Bugaj….....  1|  1   0   2  .500|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   1   0|  0   0  .000|
14 Alyssa Kelly….....  2|  1   1   3  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   1   0|  0   0  .000|
15 Emily Suppel….....  1|  0   1   1-1.000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   2 1.000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  2   0 1.000|
17 Brittany Padgett….  2|  0   0   0  .000|  3   0   7  .429|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
18 Emma Mobley…......  2|  1   1   3  .000|  0   0   1  .000|  1   0   5 1.000|  2   0|  0   0   0|  1   1  .500|
20 Rebecca Feeney…...  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   1   0|  0   0  .000|
21 Sasha Sampson…....  1|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0   4 1.000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
TM TEAM….............  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  1   0 1.000|
   Totals…...........  3| 34  10  65  .369| 33   3  69  .478|  5   4  70  .943| 38   0|  0  10   0| 26   4  .867|

  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 5.0
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1  11  4  23  .304    GAME SCORES               1  2  3  TEAM RECORDS
    2   9  3  20  .300    Fairmont State…... (3) 25 25 25  1-0
    3  14  3  22  .500    Glenville State….. (0) 12 12 13  0-1

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
2  Haley Wolff…......  2|  1   3  11 -.182|  0   0   5  .000|  0   1   4  .750|  3   0|  0   0   0| 15   1  .938|
5  Angelica Nichols….  2|  2   2   9  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
11 Bailey Brawner…...  3|  4   0  14  .286|  4   0   5  .800|  2   1   8  .875|  6   0|  0   0   0|  6   1  .857|
13 Madison Smith…....  2|  2   3   9 -.111|  1   0   9  .111|  0   0   2 1.000|  5   0|  0   0   0| 12   1  .923|
17 Allison Parski…...  3|  1   0   2  .500|  5   1  30  .167|  0   0   4 1.000|  2   0|  0   0   0|  1   0 1.000|
20 Bailey Hanson…....  3|  1   3   8 -.250|  0   1   2  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  2   0   0|  0   0  .000|
3  J’shawna Thompkins..  2|  2   3  10 -.100|  0   1   8  .000|  1   3   6  .500|  2   0|  1   0   0|  4   0 1.000|
4  Kaylee Dickenson….  2|  1   3   8 -.250|  0   0   3  .000|  0   0   1 1.000|  0   0|  0   0   0| 15   0 1.000|
9  Madison Gargus…...  3|  0   1   1-1.000|  4   2  26  .154|  1   0   7 1.000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  2   1  .667|
10 Kayla Stewart…....  3|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  1   0 1.000|
15 Jazaray Clark-Casto.  3|  1   2   6 -.167|  0   0   0  .000|  0   1   3  .667|  0   0|  0   0   0|  1   0 1.000|
18 Taylor Garrett…...  2|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   1  .000|  0   1   2  .500|  0   0|  0   0   0|  4   0 1.000|
TM TEAM….............  1|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   1  .000|
   Totals…...........  3| 15  20  78 -.064| 14   5  90  .156|  4   7  37  .811| 19   0|  3   0   0| 61   5  .924|

  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1   7  9  31 -.065    Site: North Canton, Ohio (Alumni Arena)
    2   3  6  22 -.136    Date: Sep 02, 2016   Attend: 45   Time: 1:00
    3   5  5  25  .000    Referees: Dan Cavanaugh, Jean Polack, L. Horner, R. Nemet




Short Box Score



                            Short Box Score (Match)
     Fairmont State vs Glenville State (September 02, 2016 at North Canton, Ohio)

  Fairmont State def. Glenville State 25-12,25-12,25-13

  Fairmont State (1-0) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Julia Shemaitis
  10-0-1; Breanna Blot 8-2-2; Mackenzie Harrison 7-0-3; Kayla Smith
  3-0-1; Morgan Poling 2-0-0; Emma Mobley 1-1-0; Alyssa Kelly 1-0-1;
  Rachel Bugaj 1-0-1; Jessica Furda 1-0-0; Sasha Sampson 0-1-0; Rebecca
  Feeney 0-0-1; Megan Clerico 0-1-0; Totals 34-5-5.0. (Assists) -
  Jessica Furda 21. (Dig leaders) - Julia Shemaitis 10; Morgan Poling 7

  Glenville State (0-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Bailey Brawner
  4-2-0; J’shawna Thompkins 2-1-1; Madison Smith 2-0-0; Angelica Nichols
  2-0-0; Haley Wolff 1-0-0; Jazaray Clark-Casto 1-0-0; Bailey Hanson
  1-0-2; Kaylee Dickenson 1-0-0; Allison Parski 1-0-0; Madison Gargus
  0-1-0; Totals 15-4-3.0. (Assists) - . (Dig leaders) - Bailey Brawner
  6; Madison Smith 5

  Site: North Canton, Ohio (Alumni Arena)
  Date: Sep 02, 2016   Attend: 45   Time: 1:00
  Referees: Dan Cavanaugh, Jean Polack, L. Horner, R. Nemet



Play-by-Play Summary



                                     Play-by-Play Summary (1st game)
                 Fairmont State vs Glenville State (September 02, 2016 at North Canton, Ohio)

FSU: Mackenzie Harrison; Jessica Furda; Kayla Smith; Morgan Poling; 
               Breanna Blot; Julia Shemaitis; libero Megan Clerico.
GSC: Haley Wolff; Angelica Nichols; Bailey Brawner; Madison Smith; 
              Allison Parski; Bailey Hanson; libero Kayla  Stewart.
 0-1   [Allison Parski] Bad set by Bailey Hanson.
 0-2       [Kayla Smith] Attack error by J’shawna Thompkins.
 0-3       [Kayla Smith] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 1-3       [Kayla Smith] Kill by J’shawna Thompkins (from Allison Parski).
 1-4   [Taylor Garrett] Service error.
 1-5       [Jessica Furda] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 1-6       [Jessica Furda] Attack error by Angelica Nichols.
 1-7       [Jessica Furda] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
             Timeout Glenville State.
 1-8       [Jessica Furda] Attack error by J’shawna Thompkins.
 2-8       [Jessica Furda] Kill by Angelica Nichols (from Allison Parski).
 3-8   [J’shawna Thompkins] Kill by J’shawna Thompkins.
 3-9   [J’shawna Thompkins] Service error.
 4-9       [Julia Shemaitis] Attack error by Breanna Blot.
 4-10  [Madison Gargus] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
 4-11      [Megan Clerico] Attack error by Jazaray Clark-Casto.
 4-12      [Megan Clerico] Attack error by Madison Smith.
 5-12      [Megan Clerico] Kill by Madison Smith (from Madison Gargus).
 6-12  [Haley Wolff] Attack error by Morgan Poling.
 6-13  [Haley Wolff] Attack error by Madison Smith.
 6-14      [Alexa Gore] Kill by Morgan Poling (from Alexa Gore).
 7-14      [Alexa Gore] Kill by Bailey Hanson (from Madison Gargus).
 7-15  [Madison Smith] Kill by Alyssa Kelly (from Alexa Gore).
 8-15      [Morgan Poling] Kill by Jazaray Clark-Casto (from Madison Gargus).
 8-16  [Allison Parski] Kill by Kayla Smith (from Alexa Gore).
 9-16      [Kayla Smith] Attack error by Julia Shemaitis (block by Bailey Hanson).
 9-17  [Taylor Garrett] Attack error by J’shawna Thompkins.
 9-18      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
             Timeout Fairmont State.
 9-19      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Megan Clerico).
 9-20      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 9-21      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
 9-22      [Jessica Furda] Attack error by Haley Wolff 
              (block by Breanna Blot; Mackenzie Harrison).
10-22      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Angelica Nichols (from Allison Parski).
11-22  [J’shawna Thompkins] Attack error by Jessica Furda.
12-22  [J’shawna Thompkins] Service ace (Megan Clerico).
12-23  [J’shawna Thompkins] Service error.
12-24      [Julia Shemaitis] Bad set by Allison Parski.
12-25      [Julia Shemaitis] Attack error by Madison Smith.

Play-by-Play Summary (2nd game)


FSU: Mackenzie Harrison; Breanna Blot; Julia Shemaitis; Emma Mobley; 
               Rebecca Feeney; Jessica Furda; libero Megan Clerico.
GSC: Jazaray Clark-Casto; Bailey Brawner; Haley Wolff; Kaylee Dickenson; 
               J’shawna Thompkins; Madison Gargus; libero Kayla Stewart.
 1-0       [Jessica Furda] Kill by Bailey Brawner (from Madison Gargus).
 1-1   [Haley Wolff] Service error.
 1-2       [Julia Shemaitis] Attack error by Jazaray Clark-Casto
             (block by Breanna Blot; Mackenzie Harrison).
 2-2       [Julia Shemaitis] Service error.
 3-2       [Breanna Blot] Kill by Haley Wolff (from Bailey Brawner).
 3-4   [Allison Parski] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
 4-4       [Alexa Gore] Attack error by Alyssa Kelly.
 4-5   [Kaylee Dickenson] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Alexa Gore).
 4-6       [Emma Mobley] Attack error by Bailey Hanson (block by Alyssa Kelly; Rebecca Feeney).
 4-7       [Emma Mobley] Attack error by Haley Wolff.
 4-8       [Emma Mobley] Kill by Emma Mobley (from Brittany Padgett).
             Timeout Glenville State.
 4-9       [Emma Mobley] Service ace (Bailey Brawner).
 5-9       [Emma Mobley] Kill by Bailey Brawner (from Allison Parski).
 5-10  [J’shawna Thompkins] Service error.
 5-11      [Megan Clerico] Attack error by Kaylee Dickenson.
 5-12      [Megan Clerico] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Alexa Gore).
 5-13      [Megan Clerico] Service ace (TEAM).
 5-14      [Megan Clerico] Bad set by J’shawna Thompkins.
 5-15      [Megan Clerico] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Alexa Gore).
             Timeout Glenville State.
 6-15      [Megan Clerico] Service error.
 7-15  [Madison Gargus] Bad set by Alexa Gore.
 8-15  [Madison Gargus] Service ace (Emma Mobley).
 8-16  [Madison Gargus] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Alexa Gore).
 8-17      [Jessica Furda] Attack error by Haley Wolff.
 8-18      [Jessica Furda] Bad set by Madison Gargus.
 9-18      [Jessica Furda] Attack error by Emma Mobley.
 9-19  [Haley Wolff] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
 9-20      [Julia Shemaitis] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
 9-21      [Julia Shemaitis] Attack error by Kaylee Dickenson.
10-21      [Julia Shemaitis] Service error.
11-21  [Bailey Brawner] Attack error by Mackenzie Harrison (block by J’shawna Thompkins).
12-21  [Bailey Brawner] Service ace (Megan Clerico).
12-22  [Bailey Brawner] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
12-23      [Breanna Blot] Service ace (Haley Wolff).
12-24      [Breanna Blot] Service ace (Madison Gargus).

Play-by-Play Summary (3rd game)


GSC: Madison Smith; Kaylee Dickenson; Bailey Hanson; Jazaray Clark-Casto;
              Bailey Brawner; Allison Parski; libero Kayla Stewart.
FSU: Mackenzie Harrison; Kayla Smith; Julia Shemaitis; Morgan Poling; Breanna Blot; 
              Jessica Furda; libero Sydney  McCoy.
 0-1   [Allison Parski] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 1-1       [Julia Shemaitis] Attack error by Kayla Smith (block by Bailey Hanson).
 1-2   [Jazaray Clark-Casto] Service error.
 1-3       [Kayla Smith] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
 1-4       [Kayla Smith] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
 2-4       [Kayla Smith] Kill by Bailey Brawner (from Allison Parski).
 2-5   [Bailey Brawner] Service error.
             GSC out of rotation
 3-5       [Emily Suppel] Kill by Madison Smith (from Bailey Brawner).
 3-6   [Madison Gargus] Kill by Breanna Blot (from Jessica Furda).
 4-8       [Sasha Sampson] Kill by Julia Shemaitis.
             GSC out of rotation
 4-9       [Sydney McCoy] Attack error by Kaylee Dickenson.
             Timeout Glenville State.
 4-10      [Sydney McCoy] Kill by Kayla Smith (from Jessica Furda).
 4-11      [Sydney McCoy] Attack error by Angelica Nichols (block by Kayla Smith; Julia Shemaitis).
 5-11      [Sydney McCoy] Service error.
 5-12  [Madison Smith] Kill by Jessica Furda (from Sydney McCoy).
 5-13      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 5-14      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
             Timeout Glenville State.
 5-15      [Jessica Furda] Attack error by Madison Gargus.
 6-15      [Jessica Furda] Kill by Bailey Brawner (from Madison Smith).
 6-16  [Madison Gargus] Kill by Julia Shemaitis (from Jessica Furda).
 6-17      [Ciera Greene] Kill by Mackenzie Harrison (from Jessica Furda).
 7-17      [Ciera Greene] Bad set by Sydney McCoy.
 8-17  [Jazaray Clark-Casto] Bad set by Jessica Furda.
 8-18  [Jazaray Clark-Casto] Kill by Kayla Smith (from Jessica Furda).
 8-19      [Kayla Smith] Attack error by Bailey Hanson (block by Rachel Bugaj; Mackenzie Harrison).
 9-19      [Kayla Smith] Kill by Kaylee Dickenson (from Bailey Brawner).
10-19  [Bailey Brawner] Service ace (Ciera Greene).
11-19  [Bailey Brawner] Attack error by Morgan Poling.
12-19  [Bailey Brawner] Kill by Allison Parski (from Bailey Brawner).
12-20  [Bailey Brawner] Attack error by Bailey Hanson.
13-20      [Emily Suppel] Attack error by Emily Suppel.
13-21  [Madison Gargus] Kill by Morgan Poling (from Brittany Padgett).
13-22      [Sasha Sampson] Service ace (Madison Smith).
13-23      [Sasha Sampson] Bad set by Madison Gargus.
13-24      [Sasha Sampson] Kill by Rachel Bugaj (from Brittany Padgett).

GCHS Titans’ News

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  • Gilmer County High School will hold organizational meetings for Mini-Titan football, Mini-Titan Volleyball, Varsity and Mini-Titan Cross County, and Varsity Cheerleading on Monday, July 25 at 6 p.m. Students who are interested in participating in these sports should plan to attend and bring at least one parent/guardian.

  • Varsity football, varsity golf, varsity cross country, varsity cheerleading, and Mini-Titan cross country seasons all open on Monday, August 01.

  • Varsity Volleyball and Mini-Titan football seasons open on Monday, August 08.  Mini-Titan volleyball opens on August 15 (first day of school).

In Sports….

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►  Saints to Keep Training Camp in West Virginia Despite Floods

The New Orleans Saints are planning to keep their training camp in West Virginia after recent flooding in the state killed at least 23 people.

The team says in a statement it has been in contact with officials at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and it still plans to hold training camp at the facility beginning on July 27.

In Monday night’s statement attributed to team executives Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis, the Saints say they “will continue to monitor the situation and look for ways that our team/organization can contribute in a positive way while we are there this summer.“

The team also says it is working with United Way to provide assistance for victims of the flooding.


►  MEC Male Scholar-Athlete Of The Year


BRIDGEPORT, WV—University of Charleston men’s soccer standout Conor Branson has been named again as the Mountain East Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Branson, who was selected among the 12 finalists for the award announced last week, was also the MEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2014-15.

Branson, a native of Pontefract, England, earned consensus first team All-America playing honors and first team Capital One Academic All-America accolades for a second-consecutive season. He also repeated as the MEC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Golden Eagles to the MEC regular season and tournament titles, as well as return trip to the NCAA semifinals. At the championship, Branson received the Elite 90 Award given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships. He finished the 2015 campaign with four goals and four assists and helped lead the UC defense to 14 shutouts.

Branson maintained a 3.98 grade-point average during the season while pursuing a graduate degree in Business Administration. He is currently playing professionally with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League (USL).

The MEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of institutional administrators and the conference office. The Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be announced tomorrow.


2015-16 MEC Award Winners

Male Sports Coach of the Year: Monte Cater (Shepherd, Football)

Female Sports Coach of the Year: Christy Benner (Wheeling Jesuit, Volleyball)

Male Athlete of the Year: Seger Bonifant (West Liberty, Men’s Basketball)

Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Iacobacci (Fairmont State, Softball)

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Conor Branson (University of Charleston, Soccer)


►  Female Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

BRIDGEPORT, WV —Notre Dame College women’s basketball player Lauren Langenderfer has been named as the Mountain East Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Langenderfer was selected among the 12 finalists for the award announced last week.

Langenderfer became the first Academic All-American in the history of the program during the 2015-16 season after averaging 14 points and five rebounds for the Falcons while also maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in chemistry. She was the recipient of the Notre Dame College President’s Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence and the St. Mary Agnes Bosche Award given to a traditional undergraduate student who demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness, a commitment to excellence and selfless service to Notre Dame and the larger community.

Langenderfer was a second team All-MEC selection in 2016 helping the Falcons to a 20-10 record and a third place finish in the MEC. Off the court, she was also an active member of the Executive Board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), which became heavily involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and TEAM IMPACT, an organization that partners children with special needs with NDC athletics programs.

The MEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of institutional administrators and the conference office.


2015-16 MEC Award Winners

Male Sports Coach of the Year: Monte Cater (Shepherd, Football)

Female Sports Coach of the Year: Christy Benner (Wheeling Jesuit, Volleyball)

Male Athlete of the Year: Seger Bonifant (West Liberty, Men’s Basketball)

Female Athlete of the Year: Courtney Iacobacci (Fairmont State, Softball)

Male Scholar Athlete of the Year: Conor Branson (University of Charleston, Soccer)

Female Scholar Athlete of the Year: Lauren Langenderfer (Notre Dame College, Women’s Basketball)


►  Ex-NFL Player Fatally Shoots Self While Moving Duffel Bag

A former NFL running back accidentally and fatally shot himself Tuesday at a car dealership outside Detroit while moving a duffel bag containing two guns, WJBK reports. According to the Indianapolis Star, Zurlon Tipton brought his Jeep to the dealership to be serviced. He was moving personal items from his trunk into the duffel bag when one of the guns went off. Tipton was shot in the stomach. Police initially thought the 26-year-old Tipton would be OK as he was talking before being taken to the hospital. No other injuries were reported.

Tipton appeared in 16 games in two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the AP reports. He was released in December. “He loved to have fun,“ former teammate Frank Gore tells the Star. “He was always loud and acting crazy in the locker room. That’s just who he was.” Tipton’s alma mater, Central Michigan University, calls his death “shocking and tragic.“ Tipton was arrested in late 2015 for allegedly firing a gun. Police say he fled the scene after reports of shots fired with a handgun and AR-15 assault rifle in his Jeep. Charges were never filed. Both guns in the duffel bag were registered to Tipton, and he had a concealed pistol license.

James Mercer Named GSC Head Volleyball Coach

Glenville, WV – Glenville State College and GSC Athletic Director Marcal Lazenby would like to announce the hiring of James Mercer as the new head volleyball coach of the Lady Pioneers.

Mercer, a true veteran of volleyball has been in the sport since his college days at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he was a player/coach for his men’s club team. Since then, he has had a long career as a juniors coach.

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“We are very excited to announce the hiring of James Mercer as the new head coach of our volleyball program, stated Athletic Director Marcal Lazenby. We believe that he will be able to continue our strong tradition in the sport while also taking it to new heights.”

With the knowledge of attending some of the top volleyball clinics in the country, Mercer has also gained CAP II certification. After some 35 years of coaching, he has entered the ranks of collegiate coaching and is earning a master’s degree along with his English Literature and French degrees from SUNY Potsdam.

He also holds a teacher certification and a physical education degree from SUNY Brockport. Mercer is currently working on a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance.

“I want to thank Glenville State College for this great opportunity. It is very exciting to come here and help these ladies become stronger as well as to help the schools program head in the right direction,” stated Head Coach James Mercer.

Mercer, is originally from Hamlin, New York and last coached at Genesee Community College in 2014.

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