Top News of the Week
Dance Team Wins NDA Championship
The Alma College dance team won the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Division III Team Performance Championship on Friday. This is the first time the Scots took part in the Division III Team Performance section. They scored 89.38 points with no deductions, defeating Montclair State University by 0.46 points and New York University by 1.78 points. Alma also competed in the Division III Jazz Performance and placed sixth. The Scots took part in that event last season but were not finalists.
The athletic department will host a celebration of the dance team's championship in Art Smith Arena on Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Cheer Places Second at NCA Championship
The Alma College cheer team finished the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Girl Cheer Division III Championship in second place on Friday. The Scots finished with a score of 95.71, less than one and a half points behind Bridgewater State University for first place. Alma won last year's championship by defeating Bridgewater State by less than half a point.
Allie Ray Sets Two School Records
In two consecutive games, women's lacrosse's junior goalie Allie Ray (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) became the program's all-time leader in saves and tied the program's single-game save record. Ray made 17 stops in a loss at Calvin on Tuesday to break Stephanie Herman's record of 467, then saved 26 shots against Kalamazoo on Saturday, tying the record also held by Herman.
Baseball Earns Five Conference Wins
The Scots played in two four-game series this week. It started with Albion College on Monday as Alma fell in both games on the road. The Scots would come back on Tuesday to win their first home games of the season. Junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) pitched six shutout innings in his first career start to earn the win in the first game on Tuesday while senior Joseph Barrons (Kingston, Mich. / Kingston) struck out a career-high nine in the second win against the Britons. Alma would then split a doubleheader at Trine University on Saturday before sweeping the Thunder at home on Sunday. Junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) hit his first career grand slam in the first win on Sunday while junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) combined to hit 6-for-9 on the day.
Terwilliger Sisters Shine for Softball
The softball team had a roller coaster week. It started on Monday when freshman shortstop Hadyn Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) was named the MIAA Player of the Week for hitting two home runs in a split with Calvin. The Scots played eight doubleheaders, starting with five straight losses against Hope, Olivet and Adrian. The tide began to turn against the Bulldogs as both Hadyn and junior shortstop/outfielder Riley Terwilliger (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Sacred Heart Academy) hit home runs and Riley delivered the game-winning hit in the tenth inning of game two. Then on Sunday, Hadyn again came up clutch with the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to beat Thomas More College (KY). In addition, freshman pitcher Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) had 10 strikeouts in 11.0 innings against Adrian and freshman first baseman Becca Spenner (Berrien Center, Mich. / Lakeshore) hit her first career home run on Sunday.
Men's Lacrosse Starts 1-1 in MIAA play
Alma began its conference schedule with two home games this week. The Scots fell to Hope College on Wednesday, 13-9. Senior midfielder Jared Nycz (Buffalo, N.Y. / Iroquois) had a game-high four goals in the contest. Alma bounced back with a 22-9 victory over Kalamazoo College on Saturday. Junior attacker Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio / University School) scored a season-high six goals while junior midfielder Tom Needham (Saline, Mich. / Saline) tallied a career-high four scores on the day. Senior goalie Cameron Stelljes (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) made nine saves in the win to break the program's all-time save record.
Women's Tennis's Win Streak Stopped
The women's tennis team had its eight-game win streak snapped last week as it dropped two conference games to Calvin and Kalamazoo. They were Alma's first losses since February 16 against Cornerstone and the first time the Scots have been swept in the spring season.
Men's Tennis Falters Against Calvin
The Scots dropped a 9-0 match to Calvin on Saturday for their first loss in their last four matches. Alma had won three straight meets by sweeps over Muskingum, Grace and Olivet.
What's Happening This Week
Tuesday, April 9
Softball vs. Kalamazoo College, 3 & 5:00 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse at Adrian College, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10
Women's Tennis at Adrian College, 4:00 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Adrian College, 4:00 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Albion College, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 11
Baseball vs. Hope College, 2:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Kalamazoo College, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 12
Indoor Track and Field at the Albion College Quad Meet, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13
Men's Lacrosse at Albion College, 1:00 p.m.
Softball vs. Trine University (IN), 1 & 3:00 p.m.
Baseball at Hope College, 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse at Trine University (IN), 1:00 p.m.
Men's Tennis at Albion College, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14
Men's Tennis vs. Trine University (IN), 1:00 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Trine University (IN), 1:00 p.m.
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