Sports in Brief (March 27)

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March 27, 2007

2:30 PM

**Women’s Tennis**
Returning home its first match since Feb. 18, the 17th-ranked Tribe defeated 60th-ranked University of Pennsylvania 7-0, and the College now stands at 13-1 on the season. The doubles duo of sophomore Klaudyna Kasztelaniec and freshman Lauren Sabacinski rallied from a 1-6 deficit to take down Penn’s number three doubles team 9-8 (7) in a tiebreaker to spur the Tribe on to victory. Last week, the CAA named freshman Ragini Acharya singles player of the week and senior Megan Moulton-Levy (left) and sophomore Katarina Zoricic — the nation’s number one doubles team — the CAA Doubles Team of the Week. The College returns to action April 3 against Old Dominion University on the Busch Courts at 4:30 p.m.

p. **Cross Country**
Women’s cross country and track and field Head Coach Kathy Newberry competed at the World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya Saturday. Newberry raced to a 39th place finish and completed the 8-km course in 29 minutes 54 seconds as Team USA finished eighth in the 12-team field. High heat and humidity forced many competitors out of the race and considerably slowed the field. Netherlands’ Lornah Kiplagat captured the gold medal, finishing in 26:23, while Ethiopia won the team title over host-nation Kenya.

p. **Women’s Gymnastics**
Last Friday, the College competed at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and finished fifth in the five-team field with 189.225 points. Two Tribe gymnasts — juniors Stevie Waldman and Tricia Long — placed in the top 10. Waldman took fifth in the floor exercise and eighth on the uneven bars, while Long took fifth in the overall competition. The College’s next competition is the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships in Ithaca, N.Y. this Saturday.

p. **Women’s Golf**
The Tribe hosted the W&M Invitational at Ford’s Colony over the weekend and finished 12th out of 19 teams. Junior Marissa Sprick shot a 76 in round two and led the College with a 22nd-place finish. Western Michigan University narrowly defeated Methodist University by two strokes, while Western Michigan’s Laura Bavaird took the individual title. The Tribe will resume competition at the Illini Spring Classic April 6-7 in Urbana, Ill.

p. **Track and Field**
Senior Bonnie Meekins hit the NCAA Championships provisional qualifying mark in the heptathlon at this past weekend’s Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Meekins finished third with 5,003 points. Meanwhile, at the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, sophomore Lynn Morelli won the 5,000-meter in 17 minutes, 27.07 seconds. On the men’s side, sophomore David Groff and senior Matt Wolak eclipsed the IC4A qualifying time in the 800-m finishing in second and third respectively, with times of 1:51.76 and 1:52.22. The College hosts the Tribe Invitational this Saturday at Zable Stadium.

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