Fall sports is upon us!

Entering the 2010-11 athletic year has never been more exciting. There are so many storylines to follow, especially this fall.

Here’s a snippet of enticement about a select few of the fall teams.

Men’s Tennis – Entering the school year, this is the program with the absolute best shot of winning an MCC title. With the dynamic duo of sophomores Michael Blevins and Nikola Todorovic, teamed up with talented newcomers in Aaron Blevins, Jack Wang, and Michael Humphrey, this team has enough talent to advance to the NAIA Nationals — without a doubt. The best part is…they’re still very, very young. Scary thought for the rest of the conference.

Women’s Tennis – If nothing else, follow senior Jessica Stolle’s ride into the sunset in what is almost sure to be a Hall of Fame career. It is no coincidence that Grace has enjoyed its best years in program history with Stolle playing No. 1 singles the past three years. She has led the program to a remarkable turnaround and has one last year (with all the returners from 2009) left to continue her assault on the record books.

Junior Stephanie Lawson soars for a vicious kill attempt at the Orthopaedic Capital Center

Volleyball – For those who have been keeping tabs on head coach Andria Harshman’s crew this season, the Lady Lancers have quietly had an incredible start to the season. Three players (Stephanie Lawson, Rachel Bult, Enrica Verrett) have been named to All-Conference teams, and Grace grabbed its sixth win of the season on Aug. 28 — almost a full two months earlier than one year ago. And if you haven’t had a chance to watch 6’2 freshman Dana Johnston dominate in person, I truly pity you. Adding Johnston and fellow freshman Mallori Kastner to an already hard-hitting pair in Lawson and Enrica is a nightmare waiting to happen for opposing defenses.

Golf – Grace’s golf team is surprisingly deep this season. With Tad Nieter (injury) and Ben Reno (transfer) returning after one-year sabbaticals and joining with lone senior Stephen Copeland, the Lancers have a trio with potential to hit mid-70s consistently. And of course, freshman Caleb Rovenstine had Grace’s best score in their first outing at the Saint Francis Invitational with a round of 74, and fellow freshman Kal Denlinger fired a respectable 80 in his second round. Watch for this group to improve significantly as the year progresses.

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