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FUS tennis team earns two sweeps

September 10, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

NEW YORK - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's tennis team shut out Medaille College Sunday, winning their second conference match 9-0. The Barons blanked D'Youville Saturday.

Winning every match, the Lady Barons played with confidence and dominated the court.

"They generated the pace today, making the match their own", said Coach Jenna Lynch.

No. 1 singles player and team captain Leann Roggensack started off the competition with a 6-2, 6-0 lead for the Lady Barons.

"Today, Leann proved that she can handle the No. 1 spot," Lynch said. "Her consistency and ability to keep calm are two attributes that are needed at this level of play."

No. 3 doubles and No. 5 singles player Hannah Pettit did not allow a single set from her opponent, winning 8-0 in doubles and 6-0, 6-0 in singles.

"I was really proud of the strategic points I saw this weekend, compared to a mere defensive form of play," Lynch said. "It's very pleasing to see the athletes begin to coach themselves in an individual sport."

The Lady Barons face University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg and La Roche College Saturday.

"We still have room for much improvement as the competition continues," Lynch said.

Women's soccer loses

LATROBE, Pa. - The Barons women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 contest against at St. Vincent College on Sunday. FUS faced the challenge of adjusting to new players playing different positions due to a recent plague of injuries.

"We had five starters out for this game, but our second string stepped it up and showed they could work and play just as hard," said assistant coach Clare Smith.

One starter still in the lineup was emerging star sophomore Ashley Ruttencutter, who scored the only FUS goal at the 60-minute mark. Ruttencutter scored in what is becoming her signature fashion, a strike from outside the 18-yard box. The assist came from freshman midfielder Calene Dougherty.

The goal, however, wasn't enough to overcome the two goals St. Vincent scored in the first 15 minutes of the game.

"The defense had to use a new formation due to injuries and it was a difficult transition in the first half but we mastered the formation by the second half," head coach Johann Marin said.

The defense proved that it could provide some solid play without the starters, by shutting out the Bearcats in the second half. Mallory Garthwaite was in the goal and had nine saves, helping out the inexperienced defense.

"In the face of adversity I view this as another triumph for the Lady Barons. It was an unreal rise above the challenge and theses ladies are doing extraordinary things against very tough competition," Marin said.

"We are excited to use what we learned from this game against Westminster on Tuesday," Smith said.

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