A Page -- June 21, 2010

Solon's Courtney Vernon one match 

away from qualifying through play-in; 

tops Vols' Maria Sorbello in Ladies 

Cleveland Open today

June 21, 2010

Norm Weber   

Student/Athlete-Cleveland.com Editor


CHAGRIN FALLS – Eight ladies will qualify tomorrow for the main draw as today’s and yesterday’s qualifying rounds shaved the play-in field to 16 for the Second Annual International Tennis Federation Ladies Cleveland Open, in Chagrin Valley Athletic Club.


The group included Solon’s Courtney Vernon, who played her college tennis at South Florida and is currently the assistant men’s and women’s coach at Colgate.


Vernon defeated Australia’s Maria Sorbello, who plays for the University of Tennessee, in the semifinals this afternoon to get into tomorrow's finals. She will play Sanaz Marrand, who plays for the Tar Heels at the University of North Carolina, and is ranked sixth in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

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Courtney Vernon


Playing on the court she grew up on during her school day years, Vernon went back and forth with Sorbello in the early going as they traded off games in the first set. The first nine games were won by whichever player was on the north side of the court, even though that was the one the sun was facing at the time of day.

Vernon went up 1-0, fell behind, 1-2, went back up 3-2, fell behind 4-3, and went back up 5-4 before winning the sixth and final point on the south end of the court.

Maria Sorbello 


She had to battle more in the second set after carrying some momentum in the early points of the set, storming ahead to 4-1 and 5-2 leads. She hit a mild slump, but then after going up 6-5, she came across strong in the 12th game, finishing with three consecutive smooth hits to win the point and take the set, 7-5, and thereby the match.


Vernon attributed her success today to both playing at her home club and having a wealth of experience playing on clay courts.

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She also played doubles in the pro/am with Kenston No. 1 singles player Victoria Marchant, whose high school coach Greg Aten is also one of the tournament directors here as well as the University School coach in Hunting Valley.. Marchant has expressed interest in playing for Colgate, but NCAA rules prohibit recruiting from such a situation and commenting publicly about a potential recruit. Vernon did say she would like to see some Cleveland-area girls in general to play at study at Colgate..


Mentor High alumna Kara Sherwood, who will continue her Student/Athletic career at Cleveland State in the fall, was defeated in  her semifinal match this morning  6-2, 7-6 (5), by Canadian Erin Routliffe.


Sherwood came very close to taking it to a third set, going up 5-4 in games. However, she then lost the next two games to go down, 6-5.


She dominated the 12th game and carried it over into the pro set, taking an early lead and keeping it close before falling behind, 5-4, tying it at 5-5 and losing the last two points


Those who already have opponents set will play their first-round, main-draw matches tomorrow. Adopted Clevelander Gloria Guntinas, the Venezuela native who played for Virginia Tech and is now working here as a product analyst for Progressive Insurance, will not play until Wednesday since she is bracketed with a yet to be determined qualifier from tomorrow.


The same goes for Gilmour Academy’s Lauren Davis, who returned from yesterday’s second-place finish in South Carolina, and was engaging in a small workout on the CVAC compound today.


Willoughby’s Kyle McPhillips will also get a qualifier on Wednesday. McPhillips and Davis, teaming in doubles, will also have their first doubles match Wednesday.


Others qualifying today to tomorrow’s “Sweet 16” play-in tourney were Megan Falcon, Jessica Roland-Rosario, Shelby Talcott, Cierra Leach, Denise Starr, Elizabeth Ferris, Brynn Boren, Jessica Wasnik, Hanna Mar, Nida Hamilton, and Caroline Lilley. 


B-W All-American Thrower, Walsh 

Jesuit Alum Mitch Supan to 

Compete at USA Junior Outdoor 

Track & Field Championships

June 21, 2010

By Nick Minerd
The Ruple Communications Centre

BEREA - Baldwin-Wallace College All-American freshman thrower Mitch Supan (Medina/Walsh Jesuit) has qualified to compete at the 2010 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships that will be held on June 23-27 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Supan will compete in the discus and hammer throw events on Friday, June 25.

Supan, a communications major, earned All-American honors in the discus with an eighth-place throw of 165 feet and two inches at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet that was hosted by B-W in late May. He enters the discus event with a qualifying throw of 170'2" and the hammer throw with a mark of 164'10."

"Mitch will be competing with essentially the best athletes in the country age 18-and-under," said B-W Assistant Coach Eric Schmuhl.

"Many of our nation's Olympians were at one time competitors in the junior championships. In addition, the USA Elite National Championships will be running at the same time, putting Mitch elbow-to-elbow with our Olympians," noted Schmuhl.

The finals of the discus and hammer throws each take place on Friday and begin at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

In addition to competing in track & field at B-W, Supan is a linebacker on the Yellow Jacket football team.

Dom Duggan's grand slam is enough 

for Crushers to earn fourth 

straight win, eighth of last nine

June 21

By Harry Plumer

AVON, Ohio - Dom Duggan's second-inning grand slam paced the Lake Erie Crushers to a 5-0 victory over the Windy ThunderBolts tonight in All Pro Freight Stadium.

Dom Duggan

A single and two walks filled the bags for the Crushers centerfielder, who blasted the grand slam over the left field wall off of ThunderBolt starter Ricky Meinhold to give Lake Erie a 4-0 advantage. Duggan would add a fifth RBI in the third, when a single to center scored Joel Collins to round out the scoring.

Duggan, who did his studies at Coastal Carolina, had all five RBIs on the night.

Matt Smith, who did his undergraduate work at Wichita State, tallied his fifth win of the season on the mound for the Crushers, allowing just three hits over seven innings of work for Lake Erie. Michael Raymond closed things down, finishing the final two frames in scoreless fashion.

Andrew Davis continued his hot hitting for Lake Erie, going 2-for-3 in the contest. He's been retired just once in eight plate appearances in the last two games. Jodam Rivera extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth inning single.

The series finale is set for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. The Crushers (16-13) will go for their second straight series sweep at home withLHP Esmelvin Jimenez (2-2, 4.44) on the mound (16-13). RHP Joe Scumaci counters for Windy City (15-14).