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Volleyball Falls in CC Final; Football Pummels Hartwick
Gettysburg Wins Seventh Title

The Gettysburg volleyball team came back after losing the first game to win the next three and defeat host Muhlenberg in the championship match of the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Bullets (22-7) win their seventh title (outright or shared) in the nine years of the CC and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Mules (20-11) won the first game of the title match, 30-26, but fell behind early in the second game and could not catch up. In the pivotal third game, Muhlenberg held a 25-24 lead, but Gettysburg ran off the next five points and went on to win, 30-27. The Bullets captured the championship with a 30-19 win in Game 4.

Muhlenberg advanced to the championship with a 3-0 sweep of Johns Hopkins in the first semifinal. Senior Laura Funsten recorded 45 assists, three short of her own school record for a three-game match, to become the first setter in school history with 1,000 assists in a season. She also recorded her 3,000th career assist against Gettysburg and finished with 1,050 assists for the season and 3,071 for her career – both school records.

Junior Meaghan Billie led three Mules in double figures against Hopkins with 16 kills. Junior Dana Ferrelli had 12 and junior Lisa Giammalvo 11. Ferrelli also added a team-high 12 digs for a “double-dozen.”

In the Gettysburg match, Ferrelli had 18 kills and 14 digs. With 311 kills for the season, she joined Billie as the first pair of Muhlenberg teammates to reach 300 kills in the same season. Billie had 14 against Gettysburg and ended the season with 348, the second-highest total in team history.

Junior Jennifer Leigh, whose kill ended the Johns Hopkins match, recorded 18 digs against Gettysburg and tied the school record of 69 aces in a season.

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Senior Erik Hammar intercepted four passes, the most by a Muhlenberg player in 59 years, and junior Justin Jones accounted for five touchdowns as the Mules (7-2) routed Hartwick, 63-13, for their fourth straight win.

The 63 points scored and 50-point margin of victory represented program highs for the Mules since a 67-7 win against Swarthmore in 1947. Muhlenberg scored nine touchdowns and rolled up a season highs of 545 yards and 30 first downs. The defense allowed only 9 rushing yards and 18-of-55 passing against a Hartwick (6-3) offense that ranked among the best in Division III.

Hammar picked off a pass on the third play from scrimmage and returned the ball to the 7-yard line, setting up the first of Jones’ two touchdown runs. By halftime, he was the first Muhlenberg player since 1988 to intercept three passes in a game, but he was “too legit to quit” there, adding his fourth on the Hawks’ first offensive play of the second half. The school record for interceptions in a game is five, set by Pete Gorgone in 1942.

Jones carried nine times for 115 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown scamper, to become the first Mule quarterback since 1974 to rush for 100 yards in a game. He also threw three scoring passes.

Senior Joshua Carter caught 10 passes for 76 yards and broke three records: the school marks for touchdowns in a career (41) and receiving yards in a career (2,680) and the Centennial Conference record for career yards on punt returns (1,549). He needs five more catches to become the all-time receptions leader.

Sophomore Matt Bernardo and senior Kamali Roberts scored a pair of touchdowns apiece. Bernardo finished with 73 yards to move into fifth place on the Mules’s all-time list and move to within 10 yards of 1,000 for the season.

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• Wrestling: Muhlenberg 33, Boston College 17; Muhlenberg 39, Centenary 13; NYU 24, Muhlenberg 16. The other Josh Carter who was in New York today, the sophomore heavyweight on the Muhlenberg wrestling team, had a pretty good day for himself, winning all three of his bouts as the Mules opened the 2001-02 season by going 2-1.

Carter recorded a pair of pins, as did the other two Muhlenberg wrestlers to go 3-0: junior Nate Yeasted (133) and senior Bill Holsinger (149).

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Defending Champs Are Next

Freshman Rebecca Armstrong had a goal and assists to lead the Muhlenberg women’s soccer team to a 3-1 win against Elizabethtown in the Mid-Atlantic Regional of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Mules (19-2) advance to Sunday’s regional final against The College of New Jersey (18-0), the defending national champion. The Lions extended their winning streak to 33 with a 3-0 shutout of Western New England.

The first half of the Muhlenberg game was played fairly evenly until sophomore Dawn Iberer took a cross from senior Jennie Vroman, settled the ball in the penalty box, and grounded a left-footed shot into the back of the net for her 30th career goal. The time of the score was 41:06 – the exact same time as Iberer scored the lone goal of the Mules’ Centennial Conference championship game win against Johns Hopkins last Sunday.

“We came out a little flat, and we needed that first goal to get us going,” said sophomore midfielder Courtney Levine. “Once that happened, it opened up the floodgates.”

To say the least. Muhlenberg scored on its next two shots. Two minutes after Iberer’s goal, Armstrong lofted a shot inside the far post to make it 2-0. Five minutes into the second half, Levine took a back pass from Armstrong at the top of the box and blasted the ball into the back of the net.

The Blue Jays (15-5) scored a late goal to avoid the shutout, but the Mules came away with their 17th straight win.

In the second semifinal, Gia Rosamilia scored two goals to lead TCNJ. The Lions, who have not allowed a goal all season, outshot WNEC (14-8-1) 26-0.

Muhlenberg and TCNJ played each other in a regional semifinal last year, with the Lions posting a 3-0 win.

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Last updated November 3, 2001