Area briefs: SU volleyball wins on Dig Pink night
WINCHESTER — The Shenandoah University volleyball team rode the emotion of its Dig Pink crowd to fuel a 3-1 ODAC victory over Lynchburg College Wednesday evening.
SU (12-14, 4-6 ODAC) qualifies for the upcoming ODAC Tournament with the win over LC (11-12, 6-4).
Shenandoah is now tied with Bridgewater for seventh in the league, one-half game ahead of ninth place Guilford in the league standings. Even if SU loses on Saturday in the league finale (at home against Randolph), it will still hold the eighth and final spot in the tourney thanks to a 3-0 win over GC on September 28.
Playing before a pink-outfitted crowd that included the “Buzzin’ Dozen” Pep Band, Shenandoah rebounded from a 25-19 LC victory in the opening set to sweep the final three sets at 19, 21 and 15.
Coach Jaime Terenzi’s club took control of the match with a 9-2 run in the middle of the second set that turned a 14-12 deficit into a 19-16 lead.
Junior Rachel Gross, who had a co-match-high 11 kills, clinched the set with a service ace.
Following the 10-minute break in which Shenandoah raised nearly $300 for the Side-Out Foundation and raffled off a dozen items, SU again rallied in the middle of the set.
Trailing 10-7, Terenzi’s club quickly jumped in front 11-10 thanks to three LC attack errors and a Gross kill.
The hosts did not trail again in the set, eventually closing it out on another Gross kill.
The fourth brought more of the same, this time rallying from 9-7 down to lead 12-10 and eventually 23-13 before coasting home to the 10-point victory.
Samantha Schamach, who matched Gross with 11 kills, clinched the victory with her third service ace of the night.
Jasmine Callahan had a match-high 34 assists and 11 digs with Gross also posting 18 digs.
Katy Griffith and Rachel Cerretani had 14 digs each to back up Gross.
Shenandoah celebrates its seniors, honoring Griffith and Haley Smith, prior to Saturday’s 2 p.m. contest against Randolph.
Hornets 1, Royals 0
HARRISONBURG — The Shenandoah University field hockey team has clinched a spot in the upcoming ODAC Tournament thanks to a 1-0 win over host Eastern Mennonite Wednesday evening.
Shenandoah (8-9, 4-2 ODAC) scored the game’s lone goal when sophomore Sarah Brock slapped home a rebound of a saved shot 4:23 into the second half against EMU (3-13, 3-3).
The win puts SU three games ahead of seventh place Virginia Wesleyan and Roanoke with two games remaining in the league schedule.
Thanks to last week’s win over Washington and Lee, the Hornets will enter the tournament no worse than the fifth seed.
Shenandoah can still clinch a home game at the tournament with wins in its final two ODAC contests.
SU finishes the league slate with games at Roanoke on Saturday and home against Randolph-Macon one week from today.
Senior Sarah Clare had 10 saves to post the shutout victory Wednesday night — six of her saves came in the first half.
The Hornets were outshot 18-11 and saw Eastern Mennonite win six of the game’s 10 corners.
SU travels to Roanoke on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest.
Jackets 3, Hornets 0
ASHLAND — Host Randolph-Macon made an early goal stand up in an ODAC men’s soccer victory over Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon.
The Yellow Jackets (5-7-3, 2-4-3 ODAC) scored in the 11th minute to take a lead they would not relinquish over SU (0-16, 0-9).
R-MC added second half goals in the 51st and 85th minutes to provide the final margin of victory.
Shenandoah keeper Rodrigo Casteriana made 10 saves in the contest, including eight in the first half.
Macon held a 26-9 advantage in shots and took five of the game's seven corners.
SU plays its final road contest of the season on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. game at Virginia Wesleyan.
Budnyk-Putt to enter Shippensburg HoF
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — Shippensburg University will be inducting Emily Budnyk-Putt ’00, a Sherando graduate and Handley’s girls’ cross country coach, into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.
The 28th annual induction ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. from the Tuscarora Room located inside Reisner Dining Hall. For the second consecutive year, the event is being held as a luncheon and each of the nine inductees will be given an opportunity to provide a short speech.
Emily Budnyk is a six-time NCAA All-American distance runner for the Raiders who thrived with Shippensburg from 1997-99. Budnyk graduated as SU’s record holder at 10,000 meters, with five of her six All-America finishes coming outdoors on the track.
Her five NCAA All-America finishes at outdoor national championships competition are the most of any SU athlete in history.
Budnyk was an outdoor 10,000-meter All-American for three straight years — placing fifth in 1997, fourth in 1998 and second in 1999. She placed second in the 10K at the 1998 PSAC Championships behind Hall of Fame teammate Steph Yingling.
At 5,000 meters, Budnyk was just as impressive. In addition to back-to-back PSAC 5K titles in 1997 and 1998, Budnyk earned All-America honors in 1998 (eighth place) and 1999 (fifth place) at the NCAA Championships. She also placed fourth at the 1999 PSAC Championships in the 5K.
Overall, Budnyk was a six-time PSAC place-winner who also took third place in the 3K in 1997 and fifth place in the 3K in 1999. Four of her six place-winning performances were in the Top 3.
Indoors, Budnyk placed multiple times at the ECAC Championships. In 1997, Budnyk was the ECAC 5K champion and placed second in the 3K. In 1998, she won the ECAC 3K and 5K titles.
Budnyk’s sixth All-America honor came in the 1998 cross country season. At the national championships, Budnyk placed 13th overall running for first-year head coach Steve Spence while Shippensburg finished third as a team — a place that remains the best national championships performance in school history.
Overall in cross country, Budnyk posted three Top-15 finishes at the PSAC Championships and three Top-40 finishes at the NCAA Championships.