Penn College Wildcat Weekly: Falls seasons end for tennis teams
The fall seasons came to an end for Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s tennis teams last week while the college’s soccer teams continued to make strides in North Eastern Athletic Conference play.
Men’s and women’s tennis
The Wildcat men closed out a 1-5 fall season on Tuesday with a 6-3 non-conference loss against Lycoming College. Will DeMarco, at No. 3 singles, Joe Morrin at No. 5 singles and the No. 3 doubles team of Ethan Rosler and Austin Adams were winners for Penn College. Hosting Lycoming College on Thursday, the Penn College women fell, 9-0, to end 0-7 during their fall season. The spring season begins in March for the men and April for the women.
“For both teams, we finished the season much stronger than we started. Each player got consistently better with a lot of practice,” coach John Machak said.
“For the men, it was a learning experience because we had three freshmen in the starting lineup. But those three will be the core of our team going forward and I’m very optimistic about what they’ll achieve,” the second-year coach continued.
“For the ladies, we had some freshmen and first-time players make big strides. Overall, they played well against some great competition. In the spring, we’ll get back some players, which make us very competitive.”
In non-conference action at King’s College on Tuesday, Penn College lost, 4-0. Kings led in shots, 12-5 (6-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 7-2. Returning to NEAC play at home on Saturday, the Wildcats blanked Wilson College, 1-0, to go to 5-7 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Ian Scheller scored the lone goal at 20:12 as Wilson led in shots, 17-8 (10-4 on goal), and in corner kicks, 5-1.
At Susquehanna University on Tuesday in non-conference play, Penn College lost, 1-0. Each team had eight shots (two each on goal), and each had three corner kicks.
Hosting Wilson College in NEAC action on Saturday, Penn College posted a 4-0 win to go to 4-6-1 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Penn College led in shots, 35-2 (14-1 on goal), and in corner kicks, 13-0, while goalie Taylor Gonzalez held Wilson scoreless.
Men’s and Women’s cross country
At DeSales University on Saturday, the Penn College men finished 15th in a 28-team field and the women 19th among 22 teams. Individually, Josh Velez, of Lewistown, led the Wildcats by ending 39th in a field of 271 with a time of 27:36.7. Leading the Penn College women was Jersey Shore grad Sidney Trunzo, who finished 17th in a field of 225 in 24:19.3.
On Thursday in non-conference action at King’s College, Penn College fell, 0-3 (5-25, 8-25, 17-25). Corianne Wilson led the Wildcats with 17 digs while Sophie Coldsmith was tops with 11 assists.
In a triangular on Saturday at Wells College, Penn College lost to the host team, 0-3 (16-25, 10-25, 21-25), in NEAC play and to Medialle College, 0-3 (17-25, 19-25, 8-25), to drop to 2-10 overall and 1-4 in the conference. Among the Wildcats leaders against Wells were Felicia Webber, of New Bloomfield, with 16 digs, Coldsmith with 12 assists and Jordyn Smeltzer, of Manchester, with seven kills. Against Medialle, Coldsmith had 11 assists.
Last Monday, it was announced that three Penn College softball players were named Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes. Laycee Clark, Taylor Krow and Muncy grad Amanda Kustanbauter each earned the honor by having a GPA of at least 3.5 during the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
Former Penn College men’s basketball player Erik Eichinger is heading to Ireland to play professional basketball. Eichinger will play for Eanna Basketball Club, which plays in Ireland’s Super League, the top pro league in the country. He also will attend the Dublin School of Business on a full scholarship. Eichinger averaged 13.4 points for the Wildcats during his senior season last year.
SCHEDULE, RECORDS, RESULTS
Overall: 5-7 (3-1 NEAC)
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – at King’s College, L, 4-0
Saturday, Oct. 7 – host Wilson College (NEAC), W, 1-0
Sunday, Oct. 8 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Oct. 11 – at Juniata College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC), noon
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 6 p.m.
Overall: 4-6-1 (2-2 NEAC)
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – at Susquehanna University, L, 1-0
Saturday, Oct. 7 – host Wilson College (NEAC), W, 4-0
Sunday, Oct. 8 – host Lancaster Bible College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 – host Clarks Summit University, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14 – at Morrisville State College (NEAC), 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 – at Keuka College (NEAC), 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7 – at DeSales University Invitational (men finished 15th in a 28-team field; women finished 19th in a 22-team field)
Thursday, Oct. 19 – at Immaculata University Invitational, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28 – NEAC Championship at Morrisville State College, TBA
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – host NEAC Fall Preview at Williamsport Country Club, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 – host Lycoming College, L, 6-3
Thursday, Oct. 5 – host Lycoming College, L, 9-0
Overall: 2-10 (1-4 NEAC)
Thursday, Oct. 5 – at King’s College, L, 0-3 (5-25, 8-25, 17-25)
Saturday, Oct. 7 – triangular at Wells College (NEAC), L, 0-3 (16-25, 10-25, 21-25); vs. Medaille College, L, 0-3 (17-25, 19-25, 8-25)
Tuesday, Oct. 10 – host Elmira College, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14 – triangular at College of St. Elizabeth vs. St. Elizabeth (NEAC), 11 a.m., and Bryn Athyn (NEAC), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21 – host SUNY Poly (NEAC), 2 p.m.