STEUBENVILLE - Despite multiple rain delays, the Franciscan University of Steubenville women's tennis team defeated Mount Aloysius College, 6-3, Sunday at Belleview Park, finishing up conference play undefeated.
Scheduled for 10 a.m., the match began around noon and finally wrapped up around 4 pm.
"Stopping and starting or delaying a match can defeat even the best, most veteran teams," head coach Jenna Lynch said. "I am so proud of the girls for having the mental toughness to refocus themselves on the game after each rain delay."
No. 4 singles seed Kristina Godnick finished her senior season by winning her match 1-6, 7-5, (10-7) in a tiebreaker. Godnick and doubles partner Alanna Murray dominated their doubles match as well, winning 8-3. The wins keep her undefeated in singles and doubles play this season.
"The fact that we were able to pull out a win in spite of the weather says a lot about how much the girls have improved in their mental discipline," Lynch said.
No. 1 singles Leann Roggensack won her match 6-2, 6-3.
The Lady Barons host Bethany College at 4 p.m. Tuesday and visit Westminster Thursday.
Runners fare well
CRESSON, Pa. - While some of the FUS cross country team competed in the All-Ohio Championships Saturday, including the winner of the race Bill Jones, others competed Sunday in the Mount Aloysius Invitational where both teams posted third place finishes.
Racing on what FUS coach Shaun McKeegan called, "the perfect cross country course through woods, by water, by streams and over rolling hills," the Lady Barons' top finisher, senior Theresa Kovach, posted a personal record of 26:47.7. It was the first 6K of the season after running 5K's in their previous meets.
Also finishing in the top 15 for the Lady Barons were Kate Porter (10th, 27:00.1) and Ashley Wesolowski (13th, 27.20.5).
"Since it was the first 6K for the women and given the nature of the course, we had them go out much slower from the get-go than they normally would," McKeegan said. "We found that the second part of the race, for some of the runners, there were a lot of negative splits, while others got much stronger and were able to pass."
For the men, sophomore Michael McLaughlin was 13th in 30:51.6, while junior David Williems was 16th in 32:08.7.
McKeegan said that this was a warm-up race for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship race, which is going to be run on the same course.
"It's the kind of course that every cross country runner loves to run because of the challenge and it puts you up against the wits and the mental stamina as you're trying to read your opponent," McKeegan said. "We knew going in because of the nature and conditions of the course that it wouldn't be the type of race where you're running against the clock, but instead running against the person to your left and right.
"Overall, we were very happy with the way people ran today."