Best of the Rest: Athletes Named Week 8

Five student-athletes from Penn State Altoona were nominated for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. Although they were not selected this week, their accomplishments for Penn State Altoona’s sports programs are worth mentioning. Shown are (from left) are Jordan Crist, Kelsey Bristol, Riley Barrett, Alhaji Umaru Koroma, and Sadie McConnell.

 

Men’s Soccer Offensive: 

Forward Jordan Crist had a superb day for the Lions on his Senior Day against AMCC opponent Hilbert College on Oct. 20. Crist set new team single game records for goals scored (4), points recorded (9), and shots attempted (11), To top the day off, he added one assist.

 


Men’s Soccer Defensive:

Defender Alhaji Umaru Koroma led the Lions back line, leading to a huge 12-0 win against Hilbert College on Oct. 20. Koroma and the Lions kept the Hawks to just three shots attempts and two shots on goal. Koroma also scored a goal on his senor day by converting on a penalty kick.

 

 

Women’s Soccer Offensive:

Freshman Sadie McConnell had a successful week with three goals and two assists. One of the goals was a game-winner for the Lady Lions. McConnell finished the week of Oct. 15-21 with 16 shot attempts and 14 shots on goal.

 

Women’s Soccer Defensive:

Goalkeeper Riley Barrett went 2-0 with one shutout against Hilbert College on Oct. 20. Barrett made 11 saves, recorded a .917 save percentage, and a 0.50 goals against average.

 

 

 

Women’s Volleyball:

Senior Kelsey Bristol had an outstanding match in the Lady Lions’ 3-2 win over AMCC opponent Franciscan on Oct. 16. Bristol led the team with 17 kills, 24 digs, one ace, and four assists.

 

Photos and statistics provided by Conner Gilbert 

What is your biggest fear?

 

 

Heights

Richard Carey

Milton, DE

Sophomore studying Kinesiology

 

 

 

 

 

Centipedes

Kaylah Thompson

Dundalk, MD

Senior studying Criminal Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Falling off a boat and drowning

James Mays

Dyer, IN

Senior studying Communications

 

 

 

 

 

Spiders

Ceara McGill

Philadelphia, PA

Junior studying Psychology

 

 

 

 

 

Tornados

Grace Veltri

State College, PA

Junior studying Accounting

 

 

 

 

 

Being buried alive

Cooper Wills

Mechanicsburg, PA

Senior studying Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

Drowning

Marina Zimmerman

Lancaster, PA

Sophomore studying Nursing

 

 

 

 

 

Drowning

Harry Kang

Seoul, South Korea

Freshman studying Business Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fear itself

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Sunbury, PA

Freshman studying Political Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leprechauns

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Watsontown, PA

Senior studying Nursing

AMCC Athlete of the Week: Jessica Stevens

Pictured above: Jessica Stevens.

AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA STEVENS, AMCC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Jessica Stevens, a freshman studying nursing, was named the AMCC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for Oct. 1-7. Stevens also broke a school record this weekend for the women’s tennis program. She set a new single-season record for the most wins in singles with 12. Collegiate Review Staff Writer Sierra Snigier had the opportunity to interview this inspiring student-athlete.

Jessica Stevens, interviewed by Sierra Snigier

Q: How long have you been playing tennis?

A: I’ve been playing tennis since 8th grade.

Q: Do you play any other sports? Is tennis your favorite?

A: I also play basketball for Penn State University, Altoona Campus, but I like tennis more.

Q: What is your major? What made you decide to attend PSUA?

A: My major is nursing and I decided to come to Altoona because it’s close to home and they have a great nursing program with a good reputation.

Q: Are there any other clubs you are involved in?

A: I am involved with the Student Athletic Advisory Council.

Q: What was your favorite part of the tennis season?

A: My favorite part of the tennis season was getting to know all of my teammates and going to great restaurants.

Q: How does breaking a school record make you feel? Did you imagine you would break it as a first-year student?

A: Breaking the school record as a freshman to me is mind-blowing. I never thought I would’ve broken a record my first year, but I work hard in the offseason to get myself better and to the next level.

Q: Are there any special good-luck rituals you do before the matches?

A: Before matches, I don’t really have any special luck rituals. I just go out and play my game.

Q: Which do you prefer, singles or doubles?

A: I prefer singles because that is all I played in high school, so I have more experience in it. Although I do like doubles and the teamwork it takes to win.

Q: Any advice for aspiring athletes?

A: For aspiring athletes, my advice is to never give up and always set goals. Keep working toward your goal and don’t stop until you achieve them.

Q: What were some of your high school accomplishments?

A: I was a two-time District 6 AAA girls tennis singles champion and two-time state quarterfinalist for Pennsylvania. I also was a two-time Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Week for tennis.

Q: If you could play against any tennis superstar, who would it be?

A: Serena Williams.

 

Best of The Rest: Athletes Named Week 7

Four student-athletes from Penn State Altoona were nominated for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. Although they were not selected for the week of Oct. 8-14, their accomplishments for Penn State Altoona’s sports programs are worth mentioning. Shown are (from left to right):Tanner Yaw, Alana Masullo, Kelsey Bristol, and Sadie McConnell.

 

Goalkeeper Tanner Yaw made 12 saves in the Lions’ 2-1 conference win against Franciscan on Oct. 9. Yaw then made three more saves in the 6-0 loss to Penn State Behrend on Oct. 13.

 

 

 

Freshman Alana Masullo was a key part of defense for the Lady Lions the week of Oct. 8-14. Masullo was a part of a unit that helped complete a shutout 3-0 conference win against Franciscan on Oct. 9.

 

 

 

Forward Sadie McConnell continued her stellar freshman season the week of Oct. 8-14. McConnell had her first career hat trick in the Oct. 9 win over Franciscan.

 

 

 

Senior Kelsey Bristol helped her team to a 2-1 record in three AMCC matches during the week of Oct. 8-14. Bristol tallied 36 kills while swinging at a .167 percentage. She also had 49 digs, 10 assists, and three aces.

 

 

Photos submitted by Conner Gilbert

Best of the Rest: Athletes Named Week 6

Four student-athletes from Penn State Altoona were nominated for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week. Although they were not selected for the week of Oct. 1-7, their accomplishments for Penn State Altoona’s sports programs are worth mentioning. Shown are (from left): Kierra Irwin, Kelsey Bristol, Riley Barrett, and Luke Hoffnagle.

Women’s Soccer – Defensive: Goalkeeper Riley Barrett had a strong week for the Lady Lions. Barrett allowed just one goal in two games, and posted a 1-0-1 record. She made 13 saves, and posted a .929 save percentage.

 

 

 

Women’s Soccer – Offensive: Midfielder Kierra Irwin scored the lone goal against Mount Aloysius on Oct. 3 to seal a tie of 1-1. Irwin took six shots, including one shot on goal. She scored another goal, giving the Lady Lions a 1-0 win over Medaille on Oct. 7. In this game, Irwin totaled three shots, with one shot on goal.

 

 

Women’s Volleyball: In five matches last week, senior Kelsey Bristol totaled 35 kills, 37 points, and 57 digs. Bristol also had seven assists and two aces.

 

 

Men’s Golf: Sophomore Luke Hoffnagle shot a two-day total of 157 in the AMCC championship. Hoffnagle came in seventh place out of 44 golfers. The Lions came in fourth overall.

 

 

Photos submitted by Conner Gilbert