SHU Tennis Captures First Conference Crown
Head coach Tim Creamer, in his second season with the women and first with the men’s program, has seen the women’s program jump from zero wins in 2002 to three wins in 2003. The Lady Griffins currently sit at 5-5 overall on the year and boast a perfect 4-0 conference mark with one AMC match remaining against Ursuline College (1-2).
Seton Hill began the season receiving votes in the NAIA national pole, ranking 31st among all NAIA women’s teams. The Griffins also held the 5th spot in the AMC/Region IX preseason pole. The women have since dropped out of the rankings despite breezing through the AMC North Division.
Leading the way for SHU has been junior Marina Galiot (Belgrade, Yugoslavia). Galiot, a transfer from Lincoln Memorial University (TN) has held the #1 singles slot for Seton Hill the majority of the season. Junior Ashley Harrold (Greensburg, PA) and freshman Candace Bungo (Indiana, PA) have been solid in the #2 and #3 singles spots, while junior Jess Hamilton (Cranberry Twp., PA), freshman Julie Pokrifka (Bethel Park, PA), sophomore Adrienne Fischer (Monroeville, PA) and sophomore Meghan Kite (Everson, PA) have all registered victories in the #4 through #6 singles matches.
The combination of Galiot and Harrold has been a cornerstone for the Griffins most of the year in doubles. Bungo and Kite have been partnering up in the #2 doubles slot, while Hamilton and Fischer have played #3 doubles in most of the Griffin matches.
Seton Hill will receive a bye in the first round of the AMC Region IX Tournament and will face the winner of the #2 seed vs. #3 seed from the southern division on May 6th in Canton, Ohio.
For more information regarding Seton Hill Tennis, please contact Head Coach Tim Creamer at 724-830-1872, or Sports Information Director Marc Marizzaldi at 724-830-1169.