Top News of the Week
Hemstreet Named Cross Country Runner of the Week
Senior Aubrey Hemstreet (Kalamazoo, Mich. / Portage Central High School) has been named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week on Monday (Sept. 23) for her efforts at the at Knight-Raider Invitational last Friday (Sept. 20). It is the first time an Alma College cross country athlete has been named MIAA Athlete of the week since the 2017 season. Hemstreet finished the race in 12th place – the highest finish of any Division III runner – with a time of 19:47.90. Alma wound up finishing 10th overall among 19 teams. Hemstreet has been the first Scot to cross the finish line in each of Alma's three races in 2019 thus far.
Women's Soccer Has Highest Scoring Game of Year
The Scots dominated Manchester 4-0 in their only game last week. Junior Makenzie Rajewski (Midland, Mich. / Midland), sophomore Lexi Russell (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston High School), and freshmen Lily Stephan (DeWitt, Mich. / DeWitt High School) and Paige Messick (Midland, Mich. / Herbert Henry Dow High School) all tallied goals. Senior Emma Vrooman (Farmington Hills, Mich. / Farmington Hills Harrison) earned her first career win with two saves in 45 minutes of action. Alma finishes non-conference play with a record of 5-2-1.
Volleyball Wins Twice Over the Weekend
The Scots took down Kalamazoo 3-2 and Defiance 3-1 on Saturday (Sept. 28), this after dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 19 Hope on Tuesday (Sept. 24). Sophomore Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) paced Alma in kills and digs over the weekend while sophomore Kylie Sicken (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Utica Eisenhower) continued to lead the team in blocks. The win over Kalamazoo was the first five-set match the Scots played this year. The Scots were particularly effective on the attack against Defiance, hitting .362 behind Majerle's 24 kills. Alma hit .297 on average over its two wins.
Men's Soccer Battles the Elements
Alma played two bad-weather games on consecutive days last week, falling in a tough 2-1 double-overtime loss to Ohio Northern on Saturday and taking a decisive 3-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph on Sunday. Senior Kyle Farmer (Greenville, Mich. / Greenville) scored twice for the Scots while fellow seniors Noah Canlas (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central) and Hebren Hein (Jackson, Mich. / Jackson) also scored. Garrison Mast (Grand Haven, Mich. / Grand Haven) tied his season-high with nine saves in the loss to the Polar Bears. Alma is now 3-5 on the year and has no more non-conference opponents on the schedule.
Curran and Morrissey Pace Scots with 75s
Freshman Andrew Curran (Byron Center, Mich./ Jenison) and senior Tait Morrissey (Canadian Lakes, Mich./ Big Rapids) led the men's golf team to a score of 315 in the third MIAA Jamboree on Saturday (Sept. 28). Both players shot a 75 with Eli Pinter (Muskegon, Mich. / Reeths-Puffer) coming in just behind them with a 78. Senior Luke Lamoreaux (Sterling Heights, Mich. /Stevenson) posted a score of 87 and sophomore JP McDonald (Jackson, Mich. /Hillsdale Academy) rounded out the team with a 90. The Scots sit in seventh place in the MIAA standings with three rounds remaining.
Women's Tennis Romps Albion 8-1
The women's tennis team rolled past Albion 8-1 on Friday (Sept. 27), bringing the Scots' record to 4-0. Freshman Amanda Szymborski, senior Bernadette Garibay (Lansing, Mich. / Grand Ledge), junior Lucy McCarthy (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) and sophomore Emily McDonald (Wheeler, Mich. / Bullock Creek) all won their singles matches in straight sets; Alma also won each of their doubles matches in straight sets.
Women's Golf Places Eighth at Second MIAA Jamboree
The women's golf team finished eighth at the second MIAA Jamboree of the season on Tuesday (Sept. 24) with an overall team score of 370. Alma sits in sixth place after two conference competitions, 23 strokes behind Calvin for fourth place. Saint Mary's leads with a total score of 638. The Scots were led individually by freshman Morgan Yates (Shepherd, Mich. / Shepherd) with a score of 87 to finish tied for 15th place. Sophomore Ava Gardiner (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Stevenson) posted a 92, while freshman Kayleigh Reilly (Mount Pleasant, Mich. / Mount Pleasant) shot a 94 and senior Jennifer Kowalczyk (Northville, Mich. / Northville) shot a 97.
Men's Tennis Suffers Close Loss to Britons
The men's tennis team dropped its first match of the year on Friday (Sept. 27), 5-4 to Albion. Winners for the Scots included junior Brandon Ralston (Cadillac, Mich. / Cadillac), sophomore Brendan Murdie (Novi, Mich. / Walled Lake Western), and senior Brett Reuter (Armada, Mich. / Armada). Ralston and Murdie both made quick work of their opponents, winning 6-2, 6-1, while Reuter needed a tiebreaking third set to finish Toma Shngoo. Murdie and senior David Suidgeest (St, Johns, Mich /St. Johns) teamed up to win the third doubles match 8-3.
What's Happening This Week
Monday, September 30
Men's Golf at MIAA Jamboree #4, noon
Tuesday, October 1
Women's Soccer at Trine University (IN), 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2
Women's Golf at MIAA Jamboree #3
Volleyball at Trine University (IN), 6:30 p.m.
Men's Soccer at Hope College, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 3
Women's Golf at MIAA Jamboree #4, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, October 4
Cross Country at Lansing Invitational, 1:30 p.m.
Men's Golf at MIAA Fall Final
Volleyball vs. Coe College (IA) @ Millikin University
Saturday, October 5
Men's Golf at MIAA Fall Final
Volleyball vs. Simpson College (IA) @ Millikin University, 11:00 a.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Adrian College, noon
Women's Tennis vs. Defiance College (OH), noon
Men's Tennis vs. Defiance College (OH), noon
Football at Albion College, 1:00 p.m.
Volleyball at Millikin University (IL), 3:30 p.m.
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