Centre cross country teams sweep

volleyball splits on the road

September 21, 2003

BEREA - Centre College's men placed seven runners in the top 10 and Eileen Schilling set another course record for the women as the Colonels swept the Berea College Invitational Saturday.

Centre's men finished with a score of 25 points, the lowest total a Lisa Owens-coached team has ever compiled, and beat second-place Berea by 13 points.

"They looked awesome," Owens said. "They're running very strong as a pack right now, and the way they pull each other along and work well with each other is the reason we're winning."

Colin Muehlenkamp finished third overall to lead Centre with a time of 27 minutes, 27 seconds. Centre swept places 3-8 and also took 10th as the top six runners all finished in less than 28 minutes.


Schilling led the women to a 22-point win over Eastern Kentucky with a course-record 18:53. Schilling tied the lowest time thus far in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Centre's top five runners finished in under 21 minutes, as all five were in the top 10 places.


At Cincinnati, Centre earned a split in its tri-match with Manchester and No. 8 Mount St. Joseph.

The Colonels defeated Manchester 30-21, 22-30, 30-18, 30-27 in their opener despite playing what coach Stephanie Dragan termed their "worst match of the season."

Whitney Faust had 11 kills, three aces, two solo blocks and seven assists to lead the Colonels.

"Whitney did a great job both offensively and defensively against Manchester," Dragan said.

Cate Guthrie had 18 digs and 11 kills, Leah Ballinger had 41 assists, Lisa Fryman had 23 digs and Adair Howell had 10 kills.

Centre didn't fare as well against Mount St. Joseph, falling 10-30, 21-30, 17-30. The Colonels were without two players, including Guthrie, who reinjured her shin and did not play.

"Mount St. Joseph is a really good team, but if we were at 100 percent we could have gone out and played with them," Dragan said.

Faust and Kate Bennett each had eight kills, Ballinger had 20 assists and Fryman had 26 digs. Centre had no aces in the game.

Women's soccer

At Crestview Hills, Centre gave up a goal with 20 minutes left and couldn't capitalize on late chances to fall 1-0 to Thomas More Saturday.

The Saints scored on an indirect kick, but Centre couldn't come up with an answer.

"It was pretty much a back-and-forth game, but I felt like we controlled the better part of the play," Centre coch Gina Nicoletti said.

The Colonels held an 8-4 advantage on shots, and Centre goalkeeper Jessica Chisley had two saves.

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