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Lady Lancers Trim Down Foresters in Five

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Grace’s volleyball team might have dominated the stat sheet against Huntington, but the Lady Lancers needed all five sets to escape the Foresters.

The Lady Lancers (15-3; 6-0 Crossroads League) had 17 more kills, 17 more digs and 3 more blocks in the match, and Grace edged out the Foresters for a 3-2 victory on Friday night.

In the opening set, Grace broke open a tie and built up a 20-14 lead to force a timeout. The Lady Lancers’ momentum did not stop there, however. Ellie Harp ended the set with an emphatic kill to win 25-16.

The second set had little separation until the Foresters (1-5, 1-5 CL) snuck ahead 20-17. Grace rallied twice down the stretch to within a point, holding off three set points. But Huntington eventually won the set out of a timeout, 25-23.

Grace reasserted itself immediately in the third set with a 6-2 lead. The Lady Lancers maintained a slight cushion and were ahead 20-15. The Foresters rallied with four points to come within 20-19, forcing a Grace timeout. Kaitlin Kerrigan smashed a kill to end Huntington’s momentum, and the Lady Lancers went on to win 25-20 on another Kerrigan kill.

Huntington held a slight cushion over Grace for much of the fourth set. Grace called a timeout with a 21-18 deficit, and the break seemed to work. Calah Kruse and Grace Woolsey combined for a pair of momentum-shifting block points, and the Lady Lancers ripped off five unanswered points. Grace was serving for the match at 24-22, but Huntington benefitted from three straight attacking errors on the Lady Lancers and rallied with a 26-24 victory.

The tiebreaker started in Grace’s favor with a 3-0 lead, and the Lady Lancers refused to let the Foresters sniff the lead the rest of the way. Harp put the final touch on Grace’s 15-8 victory in the tiebreaker with a kill, just as she did in the opening set.

Harp excelled as Grace’s setter with 49 assists. She also pounded out 12 kills on a match-best .455 percentage to go along with six digs.

Hannah Clemmons racked up 32 digs, and Kruse added 16 kills and 17 digs. Kerrigan finished with 16 kills on a .317 percentage, Woolsey had 10 kills and five block assists, Sierra Smith had seven kills and five block assists, and Sara Miller chipped in with 10 digs.

The Lady Lancers, winners of five straight, will take on Goshen College on Wednesday in Goshen.

Grace Tackles 20-team Indiana Intercollegiates

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Grace’s cross country team had two top-40 finishers at the highly competitive Indiana Intercollegiates on Friday.

Nathan Lane finished 34th out of 150 runners in the Little State men’s race, and Katelyn McCullough was 37th out of 148 runners in the women’s race.

“It was a tough course and didn’t have great footing because of rain, so our times were fairly slow. But I thought we fought through it pretty well, considering the conditions,” said Grace head coach Jeff Raymond. “We’re looking forward to running at home in a couple of weeks.”

Lane led a 12th-place finish for the men’s team in 27:34.4 seconds. Fellow freshman Tyler Houvener was second in 27:51.5. Collin Chupp, Brandon Smith and Austin Yoder rounded out the top five finishers for the Lancers.

McCullough’s time of 19:28.0 highlighted Grace’s 11th-place finish in the women’s race. Megan Gast crossed the finish line second for the Lady Lancers in 20:53.3. The No. 3-5 runners for the women finished in a tight pack – Sarah Hoff (21:02.0), Creigh Ogle (21:02.4) and Emma Mitchell (21:03.6).

The Lancers’ next meet is their only home race of the season on Oct. 4 at Miller Field.

Lady Lancers Blast Olivet College

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Olivet College was no match for Grace’s women’s tennis team on Thursday.

The Lady Lancers (3-5) exploded past Olivet 8-1 at Miller Field in nonleague action.

“The girls did a great job tonight. Our communication was good in doubles, and we limited our errors in every match,” said Grace head coach Scott Moore. “Natalia continues to be absolutely dominant for us at one singles, and I believe she can be the top player in our league before she graduates. Saturday is a big match for us against our rival Bethel.”

Grace jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the match with impressive doubles’ play. Natalia Kurkova and Kristin Cassidy (No. 1) and Gabrielle Lawrence and Mariah Zumbrun (No. 2) won by identical 8-3 scores. Sarah Hinkel and Katie Etter blanked their opponent 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Zumbrun at No. 5 singles and Lawrence at No. 6 singles each dropped just one game in straight-sets victories, and Kurkova was not far off with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.

Cassidy claimed a 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, and Jayna Huber won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.

The Lady Lancers play their third home match of the week on Saturday against league foe Bethel College at 10 a.m.

Grace Volleyball Remains Undefeated in League

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Pictured is Grace's volleyball team celebrating a point earlier in the 2014 season

After losing the opening set, Grace’s volleyball team rallied to win three straight in a 3-1 victory over Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (14-3) improved to a perfect 5-0 in the Crossroads League with the win over the Cougars (10-3, 3-2 CL).

“We came to battle well as a team tonight,” said Grace head coach Andria Harshman. “All our players were committed from the minute we stepped off the bus to when we finished match point. This was a big road win in our league for GCVB.”

Mt. Vernon had its best performance in the opening set, tallying 13 kills in a 25-23 win. Grace’s defense took over from there, holding the Cougars to a .048 hitting percentage for the rest of the match.

The Lady Lancers distanced themselves from the hosts with a 17-10 lead in the second set en route to a 25-22 victory, tying the match.

Grace built up a five-point lead in the third set and held off a late rally from the Cougars to win 25-21. After pounding out 14 kills in the third set, Grace exploded for 15 kills in the decisive fourth set for the final 25-21 victory.

Ellie Harp nearly pulled off a triple-double in the match, tallying 45 assists, 10 digs and 7 kills on a .286 percentage. Calah Kruse (13 kills, 13 digs) and Kaitlin Kerrigan (12 kills, 15 digs) also notched double-doubles in the win.

Tori Bontrager had Grace’s highest attack percentage with seven kills at a .316 rate. She also had five of the team’s eight service aces. Grace Woolsey produced 8 kills, 2 solo blocks and 4 block assists, and Sierra Smith chipped in nine kills. Hannah Clemmons led Grace with 24 digs, and Sara Miller added 14 digs.

The Lady Lancers have one match remaining in the week. Grace will travel to Huntington on Friday at 7 p.m.

Schram Named NCCAA Student-Athlete of Week

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Following his first collegiate win, sophomore Jon Schram earned his first national award as the NCCAA Golf Student-Athlete of the Week on Tuesday.

Schram won the Bethel Invitational over the weekend for Grace’s golf team. His two-round 72-75 earned a spot in the three-way playoff. The former Warsaw Tiger standout then got a par on the first playoff hole to earn medalist honors.

Earlier last week, Schram carded a 71-73 to take fifth place at the IWU Invite.

The Lancers will attempt to qualify for NCCAA Nationals this week at the St. Francis Invitational. Grace shot a 299 in the first round on Monday to stay four strokes off the leaders (Spring Arbor).

Grace College’s Measure of Grace Initiative Featured on WSBT-TV

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Measure of Grace initiative featured on WSBT-TV

Grace College was recently highlighted on WSBT-TV channel 22 in South Bend, Indiana. The segment featured President Bill Katip discussing Grace’s new Measure of Grace initiative. It also announced an increase in enrollment this year at Grace of almost 15 percent over 2013 enrollment . The news segment can be viewed by clicking here.


Schue Named Standout Defensive Player for Crossroads League

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Grace freshman goalkeeper Abby Schue has picked up her first collegiate award when she was named the Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week.

Schue surrendered just one goal in 200 minutes for the Lady Lancers last week. She made 11 saves in back-to-back days to propel Grace to two road wins against Mid America Nazarene (1-0) and Baker (2-1 in 2OT).

The freshman from Warsaw Community High School has started all seven games for the Lady Lancers, posting a 4-1-2 record with 24 saves. Grace is on a three-game winning streak and will host Westminster (Utah) on Saturday 7 p.m. at Miller Field. Westminster, along with Grace, is receiving votes in the NAIA preseason poll.

Grace Hosts Inaugural Champions of Character Summit

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Pictured speaking is Grace sophomore Megan Johnson during the student-athlete panel.

Grace College was the site of the inaugural Crossroads League Champions of Character Summit on Monday.

The summit brought together student-athletes and administrators from the Crossroads League institutions to discuss sportsmanship and character-building ideas.

Sessions at the event included Kristen Gillette (NAIA Director of Champions of Character) and J.D. Collins (Crossroads League Commissioner). Other presenters included Dr. Bill Katip (Grace President), Jim Swanson (Grace Vice President for Academic and Student Services) and Chad Briscoe (Grace Director of Athletics).

The event highlighted the NAIA’s Live 5 core initiatives to promote integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership among the Crossroads League athletic programs.

Pictured seating are the student-athlete representatives present at Monday's summit.

Sobey Becomes Grace’s All-Time Assists Leader

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Above is an infographic with details on Sobey's assists record.

Midfielder Carianne Sobey has etched her name in Grace’s women’s soccer record books as the all-time leader in assists.

Sobey has 30 assists in less than three full seasons, passing Ellen Kegarise (1998-2001) with the most assists in program history.

The record-breaking moment came on Saturday in memorable fashion. With the score tied 1-1 in the final seconds of double overtime against Baker, Sobey dribbled past a defender and passed to Meghan Wiles. Wiles then ripped off a 20-yard laser from the top of the penalty box that slipped under the crossbar for the winning strike in a 2-1 victory.

Sobey burst onto the national scene as a freshman with a program-record 17 assists. She had 10 assists last fall to earn Crossroads League Midfielder of the Year status, and she has three assists in seven matches so far in 2014.

The Lady Lancers’ next match is at Miller Field on Saturday 7 p.m. against Westminster (Utah).

Schram Claims Medalist Honors in Playoff

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Pictured is Jon Schram teeing off at the Bethel Invite

Jon Schram highlighted a solid tournament for Grace’s golf team at the Bethel Invitational.

Schram won the overall individual title in a playoff, getting a par on the first hole to win the three-way tie. He shot 72 in the opening round and followed that up with a 75 in the final round for a two-day total of 147 to qualify for the playoff.

As a team, the Lancers put themselves into contention with a solid first round score of 303 which was four shots off the team lead. Grace faded slightly in the second round with a team score of 313 at Blackthorn Golf Club to finish sixth out of 15 squads.

Freshman Brayden Glaser recorded a strong showing, shooting 73-78-151 to place 14th in the field. Sophomore transfer Taylor Ham (77-82), Taylor Fanning (81-88), and Zachary Allyn (92-78) rounded out the team scoring.

Daniel Zawlocki competed as an individual and carded 84-90 over the two days.