Weekend College Top 10: Historic season rolls on for Pitt volleyball
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. No. 6 Pitt volleyball sets attendance record in victory
The Panthers extended the best start in school history by downing No. 21 Louisville, 25-22, 26-24, 26-28, 25-20, on Sunday in front of 2,152 fans at Fitzgerald Field House. Stephanie Williams recorded a season-best 17 kills to go with 10 digs, and Kayla Lund contributed 14 kills and a match-high 15 digs. Layne Van Buskirk added 10 kills and a personal-high 12 blocks. Pitt (22-0, 10-0 ACC) came back from a 10-point deficit in the final set, prevailing in a matchup of last year’s co-ACC champions. The previous attendance record was 2,128, set in a match against Penn State on Sept. 2, 2011.
2. Westminster football hands No. 7 W&J first loss
The Titans held the ball for nearly 37 minutes and limited one of the nation’s top offenses to 179 total yards in a 27-20 victory Saturday in the PAC. Westminster (5-3, 5-2) built a 20-7 halftime lead before W&J (7-1, 6-1) rallied to tie the score after three quarters. Keano Grice scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard run with 10 minutes, 49 seconds left. The Titans’ Tyler Greene ran for a personal-best 85 yards, and Isiah Canton rushed for two short touchdowns. Paul Gonzalez had 10 tackles and a fourth-quarter interception for Westminster, and Bill Madeja (Brentwood) had five tackles and a sack. Presidents quarterback Jacob Adams finished 20 of 33 for 106 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, and Andrew Wolf caught eight passes for 50 yards and a touchdown.
3. Slippery Rock stays perfect in PSAC
Wes Hills rushed for 206 yards and a touchdown against one of the nation’s stingiest run defenses, helping The Rock past Clarion, 28-13, on Saturday. The Golden Eagles entered the game with the 11th-best run defense in Division II, allowing 87.6 yards per game. Hills eclipsed that number by halftime, going for 106 yards on 10 carries for Slippery Rock (7-1, 5-0). Roland Rivers III threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns and added 72 rushing yards in the win, and Tim Vernick had 12 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. Mark Lewis had five catches for 66 yards for Clarion (4-4, 2-3), which has lost three straight.
4. IUP’s Williams eclipses 100 touchdowns
Quarterback Lenny Williams (Sto-Rox) threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 120 yards and another TD to lift the No. 23 Crimson Hawks past Gannon, 43-34, in a PSAC game Saturday. It gives Williams 72 passing touchdowns and 29 rushing TDs, making him the eighth player in conference history with 100 or more total touchdowns. Justice Evans (Central Catholic) ran 24 times for 140 yards and a touchdown for IUP (6-2, 3-2), which totaled a season-best 284 yards on the ground. Gannon (2-6, 2-3) was led by Marcus Jones’ 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
5. Hines’ all-around game propels Duquesne
A.J. Hines finished with 256 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns to propel the Dukes past St. Francis (Pa.), 27-20, in a Northeast Conference game Saturday. Hines ran 28 times for 165 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 91 yards and a TD for Duquesne (5-3, 2-1). The Dukes trailed 13-6 at halftime and 20-13 after three quarters before Nehari Crawford caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Parr on the first play of the fourth quarter. Hines scored the tiebreaking touchdown on a 37-yard run with 6:52 left. St. Francis fell to 2-5, 0-2.
6. Duquesne men’s soccer beats ranked team for 1st time
Noah Mehta scored twice in the first half as the Dukes downed No. 23 Rhode Island, 3-1, on Saturday night at Rooney Field, a landmark in the 24-year history of the program. Austin Stout also scored for Duquesne (4-7-3, 2-2-2 Atlantic 10), which led 3-0 at halftime. Robbie McKelvey finished with four saves. Rhode Island dropped to 10-3, 4-2.
7. Edinboro’s Fletcher, Clark record career days
Walter Fletcher broke the school record with 328 rushing yards as the Fighting Scots rolled past Seton Hill, 56-12, on Saturday in the PSAC. Fletcher carried 21 times -- giving him a 15.6-yard average -- and scored four touchdowns. James Clark caught five passes for 46 yards, breaking the school record for career receptions with 195. Edinboro improved to 5-3, 2-3, and Seton Hill fell to 1-7, 1-4.
8. Seton Hill women’s soccer pulls upset
Alyssa Neast scored late in the first half, and Jessica Neill (Seneca Valley) made eight saves as the Griffins edges No. 8 Kutztown, 1-0, on Saturday in the PSAC. Seton Hill (11-4-1, 10-4-1) clinched a spot in the PSAC Tournament, which starts Oct. 30. Kutztown dropped to 13-3, 11-3.
9. Penn State women’s soccer clinches title
Kerry Abello scored twice as the Nittany Lions defeated Minnesota, 2-0, on Sunday to earn the Big Ten regular-season crown. Penn State (13-5, 9-2) clinched the top seed for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins Sunday at campus sites and continues Nov. 2 and 4 in Westfield, Ind. It’s Penn State’s first outright conference title since 2014.
10. RMU, Mercyhurst women’s hockey split
Jaycee Gebhard had a goal and two assists, Lauren Bailey made 20 saves and Robert Morris routed the Lakers, 5-1, on Saturday in a College Hockey America matchup. It was a turnaround from Friday, when Emily Pinto had a goal and an assist to lead Mercyhurst (3-5, 3-1) to a 4-2 win. Robert Morris is 3-5, 1-1.