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Irwin Named CL Player of the Week

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

After being named the Tournament MVP over the weekend, Logan Irwin was further honored as the Crossroads League Player of the Week on Monday.

Irwin, who won the award along with Goshen’s Brandon Demmings, was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

He led the Lancers to wins over Grace Bible and IU-East, who is receiving votes in the NAIA preseason poll. Irwin scored 20 points, ripped down five rebounds, and dished out six assists against IU-East in the championship game. For the week, Irwin shot 40 percent from the field (10-for-25) and 44 percent from beyond the arc (4-for-9) while averaging 15 ppg, 4.5 apg, and 3.0 rpg.

The Lancers (8-1) will open up the CL season on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a home game against Taylor.

NCCAA Nationals Field Released

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

The seeding and tournament fields have been announced for next week’s NCCAA Nationals Championships in Kissimmee, Fla.

Grace’s women’s soccer team earned the No. 1 overall seed in the nine-team field, and the volleyball squad was No. 2 in the eight-team tournament.

Women’s Soccer, playing in its fourth straight NCCAA Nationals, advanced to the semifinals in 2013 under head coach Michael Voss. The Lady Lancers will play in a pool against No. 9 Shorter and No. 6 Mid-America Christian. Grace will play Shorter onDec. 1 at 2 p.m. and Mid-America Christian on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Sixth-seeded MACU was the Central region champion while Shorter was the South region champion.

The winner of the three pools for women’s soccer along with the top second-place finisher overall will advance to the semifinals on Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. with the championship slated for Dec. 6 at 5:45 p.m.

Volleyball will be playing in its third NCCAA Nationals in the past four years under head coach Andria Harshman. The Lady Lancers’ pool includes No. 3 Colorado Christian, No. 6 Oakland City and No. 7 McMurry. Grace will play McMurry and Oakland City on Dec. 4 and Colorado Christian on Dec. 5.

The eight volleyball teams will be reseeded after pool play, setting up the quarterfinal round on Dec. 5 at either 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. The semifinals and championship games will be held on Dec. 6.

Lady Lancers Punch Ticket to NCCAA Nationals

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured are Grace's women's soccer team celebrating Mallory Rondeau's game-winning goal on Saturday. (Left: Meredith Hollar, Mallory Rondeau, Kaitlyn Hayes, Holly Bennett).

Grace’s women’s soccer team clinched its fourth straight trip to the NCCAA National Championships on Saturday, defeating Cedarville 2-0 in the regional championship game.

Saturday’s contest was played in Fort Wayne at the University of St. Francis due to rough playing conditions at Miller Field.

Although Grace controlled the match from start to finish with a 26-3 advantage in shots, the Lady Lancers didn’t net the game-winning goal until the 83rd minute.

Meredith Hollar found Mallory Rondeau at the 82:13 mark for a 10-yard strike to beat Cedarville’s goalkeeper. Hollar found her own goal in the 88th minute, blasting home a shot from close range to secure Grace’s annual migration to Florida.

The Lady Lancers will find out their seed and tournament draw in the coming days for NCCAA Nationals. Grace will be hoping to improve on last season’s semifinalist finish, which was the best in program history.

“The women played some pretty good futbol today. The weather made it a difficult week to stay sharp. We maintained good discipline in possession and were dangerous offensively, but we needed a higher quality of finishing,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “It’s rewarding to qualify for the NCCAA national tournament. It’s a fantastic Christian event.  It’s also been very competitive the last few years we’ve been there. We are proud to be a member of the NCCAA.”

In the opening minutes of the game against Cedarville, Grace foreshadowed its dominating performance in the match. Grace fired three shots with a corner kick before six minutes had expired and did not let up for the rest of the half.

The Lady Lancers (14-4-3) took 15 shot attempts with three corners in the first half compared to one shot and one corner for the Yellow Jackets (10-8-1).

Grace tallied 11 more shots in the second half before eventually breaking through with two goals in the final eight minutes. Heather Martin nearly netted the game winner in the 60th minute with a shot that went off the crossbar.

Hollar was an offensive force throughout the game, tallying eight shots to go along with her goal and assist. Rondeau finished with five shots, and Martin and Kaitlan Wiles took three shots apiece.

Freshman Abby Schue posted her 11th shutout of the season as Grace’s goalkeeper, aided by starting defenders Martin, Erica Manchess, Faith Voehringer and Meredith Matson.

Grace has advanced to NCCAA Nationals four straight years and five times in six seasons. Before Coach Voss’s arrival at Grace, the Lady Lancers had reached two national tournaments in their 11-year history.

Halftime Lead Slips Away Against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured is junior point guard Gabby Bryant driving in the first half against Cardinal Stritch.

Grace’s women’s basketball team let a golden opportunity slip through its fingers on Saturday, losing a second-half lead against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch.

The Lady Lancers (6-3) led by eight points at halftime, but a sloppy second-half performance doomed Grace’s upset bid by the score of 60-44 in the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

Grace’s offense was slow to start the game, managing just two points over the first four minutes of play. But the team was about to spark to life, propelled by a stingy defense.

Grace rattled off a 15-1 run, aided by a trio of 3-pointers by Darian Patton, Kelsie Peterson and Gabby Bryant to go on top 17-7. The Wolves were held nearly seven minutes between made field goals during Grace’s charge.

Cardinal Stritch trimmed Grace’s lead to five with three minutes left in the half, but the Lady Lancers still held a 29-21 advantage at the break thanks to a late driving basket from Heather House.

Grace’s offensive woes began at the onset of the second half. The Lady Lancers were held to three points for the first 7:31 of the period. Cardinal Stritch’s defense continued to give Grace fits as the Wolves eventually built up a 10-point lead.

Kelsey Sule did her best to singlehandedly keep Grace in contention, scoring eight of Grace’s points in a row. But the Lady Lancers could not slow down the Wolves down the stretch. Cardinal Stritch outscored Grace 39-15 in the second half en route to the 16-point win.

Cardinal Stritch hit a sizzling 64 percent of its shots after halftime. Grace, on the other hand, made just five field goals and had 12 turnovers in the second half. The Lady Lancers struggled to a 28-percent shooting percentage over the final 20 minutes.

The Wolves held a dominant 33-18 advantage in rebounding and scored 40 of their 60 points in the paint. Cardinal Stritch also tallied 30 points off Grace’s 22 turnovers.

Sule led Grace with 12 points from the bench. Heather House and Allison Kauffman had seven points apiece, and Kelsie Peterson added six.

Grace opens the Crossroads League season on Tuesday with a road game at Taylor 7 p.m. Grace’s next home game is on Dec. 3 against Indiana Wesleyan.

 

Offensive Barrage Leads Grace Past Tigers

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured is Logan Irwin against Grace Bible on Friday night

Grace’s opening game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope turned into a rout as Grace’s men’s basketball team blasted Grace Bible 88-66 on Friday night.

The annual home tournament for Grace raises funds and awareness for cancer care in Kosciusko County through the county’s Cancer Care Fund (KCCCF).

Four players reached double figure scoring for the Lancers (7-1) and seven scored at least seven points in the rout.

Grace drained 12 3-pointers and shot a sizzling 52 percent from the floor for the game, led by 17 points and four triples by Niko Read.

It took Grace until the final five minutes of the first half to gain a comfortable lead against the Tigers (4-4). Grace opened up a 35-24 lead on a 3-pointer from Read with 3:49 remaining, going ahead by 16 points at the halftime break.

The Lancers quickly propelled their lead up to 20-plus points in the early stages of the second half and never looked back. Head coach Jim Kessler substituted freely in the final six minutes of regulation, allowing 15 players to see the court and 11 Lancers to score.

Read’s 17 points came with a team-high five rebounds, and Brandon Vanderhegghen notched 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Logan Irwin and Caleb Featherston tallied 10 points apiece.

Adrian Makolli was an efficient 4-for-4 from the floor with 8 points, 2 dunks and 2 blocks in 8 minutes of action. Stephen Halstead racked up eight points in six minutes, and Erik Bowen scored seven off the bench.

As a team Grace posted an impressive ratio of 18 assists and nine turnovers. Grace outscored the Tigers 40-28 in the paint and had 25 points off turnovers.

The Lancers will aim for the championship of the tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. against IU-East, who is receiving votes in the NAIA poll along with Grace. IU-East held off Clarke 70-68 on Friday.

Grace Powers Past Judson

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured is Darian Patton driving against Judson on Friday.Grace’s women’s basketball team won its opening game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Friday, beating Judson 69-60 at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center.

The Lady Lancers (6-2) forced Judson into 19 turnovers to stifle the Eagles’ offense for much of the contest.

Grace started the game with the hot hand, scoring the first seven points of the game. Judson came back to claim a 10-9 lead a few minutes later, but Grace’s defensive pressure was about to shift momentum.

The Lady Lancers used a 13-2 run fueled by a fullcourt pressure to open up a 10-point lead. Grace scored six of its points in that run off turnovers.

The Eagles clawed back to within two points, but the Lady Lancers ran off an 11-2 spree to regain a 34-23 advantage with less than four minutes left in the half. Heather House and Sarah Feasby notched four points apiece during Grace’s run.

Grace entered halftime with a 10-point cushion at 38-28. Allison Kauffman tallied 11 first-half points to lead all players.

Grace’s advantage crawled up to 16 points after five minutes of the second half, leading 47-31 with 14:40 remaining. Judson used a much-needed 14-4 run at that point to climb back into contention.

The Eagles trailed by 57-52 with 4:51 to play before five quick points from Lindsey Schaefer and Gabby Bryant gave Grace the room it needed to win.

Kauffman’s 23 points led all players. She made all 10 of her free throws and hauled in a team-high eight rebounds.

Lindsey Schaefer finished with 12 points and six boards, and Gabby Bryant hit two 3-pointers for 12 points. Kelsie Peterson also hit a pair of treys, and Darian Patton handed out a game-best four assists.

The Lady Lancers continue play in the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope on Saturday at 2 p.m. against No. 12 Cardinal Stritch. The Wolves upset defending champion No. 1 St. Francis 67-60 in the tournament’s first game on Friday.

Grace Claims Tournament Championship

Monday, November 24th, 2014

pictured is Brandon Vanderhegghen on Saturday.

Logan Irwin’s Tournament MVP effort led Grace’s men’s basketball to a 72-60 victory over IU-East on Saturday in the title game of the Bennigan’s Terry Polston Hoops for Hope.

The Lancers (8-1) used staunch defense to knock off the athletic Red Wolves (8-2), who are receiving votes in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll along with Grace.

Irwin poured in 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to spearhead Grace’s performance.

In addition to Irwin being the Tournament MVP, Brandon Vanderhegghen was named All-Tournament Team and Niko Read was the Hoppus Mental Attitude winner.

In the opening half, Grace ripped off 10 unanswered points at the midway point. Vanderhegghen buried two 3-pointers during the run, turning a five-point deficit into a five-point lead with 6:41 left in the half.

The Lancers went on top 34-26 at the break led by eight first-half points from Vanderhegghen.

A layup from Dennis Williams gave Grace a 12-point lead at 47-35 with 13:05 remaining in the game, but IU-East was about to make its final push.

The Red Wolves ran off nine straight points to slice Grace’s margin to three with 10 minutes to play. The Lancers countered with a 13-2 run of their own, regaining a double-digit lead that would not dissolve.

Williams finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, and Vanderhegghen had 11 points, 4 boards and 4 steals. Kyle Fillman and Read tallied nine points apiece, and Chad Hoffer scored five points off the bench.

As a team Grace had 12 assists on nine turnovers. After struggling to shoot 31 percent in the first half, the Lancers hit 54 percent over the final 20 minutes. Grace also improved dramatically from the free throw line, going from 50 percent in the first half and 82 percent in the second half.

The Lancers kick off the Crossroads League season on Tuesday with a home game against Taylor at 7 p.m.

Feedback in Public Comment

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana, is seeking public comment about the seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), which will conduct a site visit on February 9-12, 2015. This team will review the seminary’s ongoing ability to meet the respective criteria and standards for accreditation. The seminary has been accredited by the ATS since 2010.

Comments must be on substantive matters related to the quality of the seminary or its academic programs. All comments must be received in writing by Jan. 15, 2015 and cannot be kept confidential. For further information, contact the Dr. Carrie Yocum, Vice President of Administration and Compliance, at 574-372-5100 x6491 or yocumca@grace.edu.

Comments may also be addressed to:  Director of Accreditation Services; The Association of Theological Schools; 10 Summit Park Dr.; Pittsburgh, PA 15275

Lady Lancers Advance to NCCAA Nationals

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Pictured is Kari Feddema (right) being congratulated for a kill by Hannah Clemmons, Sara Miller and Calah Kruse

Grace’s volleyball punched its ticket to 2014 NCCAA Nationals with a convincing 3-1 victory over Oakland City on Thursday.

The Lady Lancers (27-10) will make their third trip in four years to Kissimmee, Fla., thanks to the three-headed attack of Calah Kruse, Tori Bontrager and Sierra Smith.

The win marks the first time in program history where a four-year class has earned three trips to a national tournament.

In the opening set, the teams battled back and forth until Grace gained separation at the midway point. The Mighty Oaks (16-9) fought back to within two points of Grace’s lead, but Grace eased away to a 25-19 win on a kill from Sierra Smith.

Oakland City jumped ahead early in the second set and never looked back. Grace battled off two set points before ultimately falling 25-21.

The Mighty Oaks again led from the start during the third set, claiming a 6-2 lead. The Lady Lancers responded with an 8-2 run to grab the lead at 10-8. Grace scored four straight points to break open a 14-14 deadlock. Another timely 5-1 run late in the game gave Grace the cushion it needed, and Kari Feddema’s kill down the line won the set 25-20.

The Lady Lancers made short work of the Mighty Oaks in the fourth set, winning 25-15 on a service ace from Jessica Scherb. Grace’s offense cruised along with 12 kills on just two errors in the set.

Kruse finished with a double-double of 15 kills on a .308 percentage and 15 digs. Bontrager had 13 kills on a .480 percentage, and Smith tallied 12 kills on a .320 percentage.

Ellie Harp passed out 44 assists with four kills, and Hannah Clemmons had a match-high 21 digs. Sara Miller chipped in 13 digs, and Kaitlin Kerrigan tallied six kills and nine digs.

Check back at www.GCLancers.com for updates on the NCCAA tournament field and opponents.

Grace Volleyball Wins Five All-League Honors

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Pictured: (left) Calah Kruse, Grace Woolsey, Sierra Smith, Hannah Clemmons, Kaitlin Kerrigan, Ellie Harp

The Crossroads League heaped several postseason awards onto Grace’s volleyball team after a 25-win regular season.

Ellie Harp headlined Grace’s award haul by winning the league’s Setter of the Year award. Harp has racked up over 1,300 assists this season to go along with 66 aces, 210 kills and 295 digs. She was one of three Lady Lancers to win First Team All-CL accolades, joining senior Calah Kruse and sophomore Grace Woolsey.

Sophomore Kaitlin Kerrigan earned a spot on the Second Team All-CL, and senior Hannah Clemmons was honorable mention for All-CL status as the team’s libero.

Kruse led Grace’s offense with 381 kills and was second on the team with 436 digs. She is just the third Lady Lancer in program history to tally 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

Woolsey became a dominant defensive force for Grace this fall, currently ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in total blocks with 173. She is third on the team in kills with 311 on a .208 percentage.

Kerrigan finished just behind Kruse in kills during her second season, producing 2.8 kills/set on a .157 percentage. Clemmons’s 639 digs paces Grace’s back row. She is third all-time in career digs with over 1,800 to her credit.

The Lady Lancers have assured themselves a spot in the 2014 NCCAA Nationals starting Dec. 4 in Kissimmee, Fla., either as an at-large representative or as a region champion. Grace can claim the Midwest Region championship on Thursday 6 p.m. at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center with a title match against Oakland City.