A Page -- Aug. 7, 2011

Lake Ridge now in its third phase of building toward a winning tennis program; five rising juniors return for their third season as starters

By Norm Weber

Student/Athlete-Cleveland Editor


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – After starting nearly all freshman two years ago, Sean Hicks now has a band of seasoned high school Student/Athletes that should enable Lake Ridge Academy’s tennis team to make a serious run at it this year.

Hicks has five juniors on his 2011 squad, and all five of those rising 11th graders have collected two letters apiece as regulars/starters in 2009 and ’10.

Against tough competition, the five juniors took some lumps and experienced a dash of the sophomore jinx, but still made strides to the point of at least knowing what works for them and what doesn’t here at the halfway point of their high school S/A careers.

In that five-pack of seasoned S/As are Rachel Rice (Jr., 2 Varsity Letters, 5-9 Singles), Olivia Miraldi (Jr., 2 Varsity Letters, 4-9 Doubles), Marissa Beals (Jr., 2 Varsity Letters, 1-6 Singles), Anjiana Kapodia (Jr., 2, Varsity Letters, 4-10 Doubles), and Alex Ridel (Jr., 2 Varsity Letters, 2-10 Doubles).

The Lions will have one senior in the group who will provide leadership in Diana Colegrove (1 Varsity Letters, 3-11 Singles). Colegrove had to sit out her sophomore year for merely transferring to Lake Ridge from a public school (Avon) and thus has only one season (’10) under her belt in this particular program.

Season Preview

Sara Al-Haddad (So, 1 Varsity Letters, 2-7 Singles) rounds out the top returning seven.

Newcomers to the Lions are Berthy Feng (9th grader) and Tori Bandyopadhyay (11th grader and a transfer).

In duels, the Lions were 2-11 and should with all this experience back improve upon that mark in ’11.

“This should be a year that the girls really pull together and make some noise as a team,” said Hicks. “With two key additions in Berthy and Tori along with existing girls, we should have a strong mix of players that have the ability to compete at a high level.”

As well as on the courts, the Lions also excel in the learning den of the academy with nearly every S/A on the team carrying a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or better.

“The goals for our girls remain constant: to improve their tennis skills and continue to work towards a 500 plus team,” Hicks said.

Hicks is now in his 4th year at LRA.

























Mount Union volleyball named All Academic; 

Olmsted Falls' Julie Radigan named Academic 

All Ohio

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union's volleyball team has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-11 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. 

The award honors teams who have matched their dedication to the sport of volleyball with excellence in the classroom, which is displayed by maintaining a cumulative team grade-point-average of 3.30 or better. Only 88 Division III womens' volleyball teams -- and 481 across all divisions -- received this award. This marks the third consecutive year that the Purple Raiders have been honored by the AVCA.

Former OF Bulldog Julie Radigan

Current senior Julie Radigan (Olmsted Falls/Olmsted Falls) was named to the Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference team for the 2010-11 school year. Graduates Monica Hupertz (Willoughby Hills/Beaumont) and Roni Schroeder (Shelby/Shelby) were honorable mentions.

South Alumna Monica Hupertz

Case Reserve Spartan Volleyball Group Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Case Western Reserve University volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2010-11 year.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The Spartans accumulated an outstanding team GPA of 3.627. Nine of the team's student-athletes earned University Athletic Association All-Academic honors and current senior middle hitter Tricia McCutchan(Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) was named a first-team Capital One Academic All-American for the second straight season.

In addition to the stellar academic performance, Case turned in the most successful season in program history with a 24-11 record and the first NCAA Tournament berth in program history.