Volume 97 Issue 9 Sports

Juniata Women’s spring sports update

by Nasir Ellison

The Juniata College Women’s sports teams are well into their seasons and are working hard to finish strong.

Juniata Tennis team is currently 6-5-2. They have won 3 home games and lost two away games. They have ended neutral at 3-3. The team started off doing well with two games ending in a win to start the season.

The team is coming off a win to Moravian College 7-2 on Mar.26, which helped them bounce back from their loss to Ursinus by a score of 3-6. Lately, the team has been seeing a fair share of ups and downs.  The team still has eight matches remaining this season, leaving them with time to finish the year with a good record.

This week, women’s tennis will have three matches against Franklin and Marshall, and conference rivals Elizabethtown and Goucher later in the week. Next Wednesday, women’s tennis is back at home, where they will have a match against conference rival, Susquehanna.

The women’s track team has started their outdoor season at the Juniata Invitational on Mar. 19. Hoping to keep growing stronger, the Eagles are coming from a good indoor season. During which, they placed six players on the Landmark All-Conference Team.

The track team met at the Jim Taylor invitational at Susquehanna University on Mar. 26. The meet did not go as well as they may have hoped, with the highest placement being 12th in the 4×400 meter run. Senior Erin Gaines along with fellow senior Alissa Sellers, junior Chelsea Chizmar and senior Jecenia Duran combined for a time of 4:20.86

The women Eagles recovered though, and placed 13 players in the top 5 at the Frostburg Invitational on April.2. Sophomore Allyson Kopera finished 2nd in the 1500m run with a time of 5:14.66, freshman Allyson Goulden and Sophomore Vanessa Hurst came after in 10th and 11th place respectively. The track team had a number of players land high in their events.

This past week at the Juniata Invitational the Eagles saw strong performances, particularly in the field events. Sarah Rhodes placed in 8th during the hammer throw with a distance of 31.65cm. In the coming events after that, the Eagles had numerous women place in the top 10.

Despite some meets that did not end well for Juniata, overall, the team has been able to take their strong indoor season with them as they get into the outdoor portion. This Thursday through Saturday, the women will be competing in the Messiah Invitational.

The Juniata Softball team is coming off a win from a four game losing streak, starting with Susquehanna. Before this loss, the team was on a two game win streak with another win by a score of 18-1 against Pitt.-Greensburg. The softball team has had one shutout so far this season against Mt. Aloysius 8-0.

The women are fighting their way through their season with a record of 9-11. In the 20 games they have played this season, they have scored a total of 106 runs, 7 of these coming from home runs, and hold a team batting average of .312, with an on base percentage of .365 and slugging percentage of .409.

The softball team has been struggling a bit as of lately. They have lost four of their last five games, with a win this past weekend against Drew College. 

The women’s teams are all at least half way through their season and are working hard to finish out the season strong. The teams are all at a good standing point and just have to keep up the good work.

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