Athletic Shorts, Sept. 4

By Rudy Soto

September 4, 2013

Bluejays rule the roost as Stars drop home opener

The Dominican women’s soccer team (0-1) dropped their home opener to the Elmhurst College Bluejays (1-0) on Friday, 0-2.  Sophomore goalie Sara Stepanovich saved 16 of 18 shots but was tagged with the loss in goal.  Junior Leah Tednes rifled five of the Stars 11 total shots for the match, but ultimately came up empty.  The Stars don’t play again until Saturday, September 7 when the Rhodes College Lynx prowl into town.  Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.

Stars shining at Ground Round Sugar Loaf Classic

The women’s volleyball team is opening their season in Winona, Minn. by participating in the 2013 Ground Round Sugar Loaf Classic hosted by St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  The Stars (2-0) are off to a quick start, winning both of their opening matches 3-1, defeating host team St. Mary’s University (Minn.) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse respectively.  Senior Claire Dezelski has led the way with 42 kills thus far, aided by teammates Cheyanne Kelly (64 digs) and Christina Wilson (100 assists.)

Men’s soccer ‘electric’ home opener

It’s said that good things come to those who wait, which is exactly what the men’s soccer team will have to do.  The Stars were deadlocked with the University of Chicago Maroons 0-0 when lightning struck, literally.  The game was halted for lightning and after a lengthy delay the teams were unable to continue playing.  The Stars will look to successfully start their season on Monday, September 1at 1:00 p.m. against the Greenville College Panthers in River Forest.

Women’s tennis blanked in opener, coach’s debut

The Elmhurst College Bluejays women’s tennis team (1-0) swept through the Stars (0-1) in new coach Rebecca Morgan’s debut.  The Bluejays put forth an impressive showing, defeating the Stars 9-0.  Freshman Natalie Bestler was a bright spot despite the overwhelming loss.  Bestler fought valiantly, pushing both the second and third sets to tiebreaks, but ultimately fell in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 10-7).  The women’s tennis team will travel to Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, Wis. to face the Marian University Sabres and the Lakeland College Muskies.

Stars cross-country teams hit the ground running

The Dominican University Stars women’s cross-country team had a strong showing at their first race of the 2013 season, placing two runners in the top 100.  Senior Michelle Hall led the way, finishing the course in 16:55.6, earning her a 44th place finish. Freshman Jacquie Wallaert finished with a time of 19:08.1 to garner a 96th place finish, just cracking the top 100.  This was also Wallaert’s first collegiate race.  The men’s race was suspended after six minutes due to weather concerns.  Both teams will travel to Aurora University on Friday, September 6to take part in the Aurora University Spartan Classic.