Tiffin takes down Lake Erie

The Tiffin University football team played host to Lake Erie College as the Dragons won 45-21 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.

The first quarter was all Tiffin (7-3) as it took the early lead less than a minute into the game. The first drive of the game lasted 53 seconds on two plays as Antonio Pipkin found Davon Johnson for a 28-yard touchdown pass.

Pipkin then found the endzone on the ground as he plowed ahead for seven yards with just under nine minutes in the first. With about three and a half minutes left in the quarter, Kyle Brunson pushed his way into the end zone from a yard away.

Lake Erie (0-10) was able to hold TU to only a field goal in the second quarter. The field goal came early in the quarter as Jared Friszman kicked the ball through the uprights from 32 yards out.

The Storm found the end zone for the first time with under four and a half minutes left in the second as John Banyasz took it in from nine yards out.

Pipkin threw his second TD pass with about 11 minutes left in the third. The QB was able to find Charles Holland for a 15-yard score. Just before the end of the third, Brunson again had a 1-yard TD rush.

Lake Erie had a touchdown sandwiched between the two TU touchdowns with just under four minutes as Antwan Harris pushed his way in from four yards out.

Harris found the end zone again early in the fourth quarter. He was able to find his way in after a 15-yard sprint.Pipkin added the insurance touchdown with just over 10 minutes left in the game as he pushed his way into the end zone from five yards out.

HU volleyball falls in championship

ADA — The Heidelberg University volleyball team lost in the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship match against Ohio Northern University in five sets 20-25, 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 9-15.

The Student Princes started the first set slow as they trailed most of the set. Down 17-14, four kills by Sarah Parker gave the ‘Berg the 18-17 advantage. After calling a timeout, the Polar Bears went on an 8-2 run to take the set, 20-25.

In set two, ONU took an early 10-4 lead. Heidelberg tried to make a comeback, but Ohio Northern was able to hold on.

The ‘Berg was able to save themselves from getting swept in the third. Heidelberg trailed 15-12, but gained some momentum to get an 18-15 lead. The 7-2 run was led by two kills by Parker and an ace by Mariah Sullivan.

The Student Princes rallied in the fourth set after trailing by six points. Down 23-22, the ‘Berg was able to score three straight points to win 25-23. The Polar Bears were able to shut down Heidelberg’s momentum in the fifth set as they won 15-9.

Parker led the Student Princes’ offense with 18 kills followed by Sullivan (13) and Scott (11). Karlie DiRuzza had 46 assists in the matchup. Rachel Raimondo led defensively with 31 digs followed by Megan Mills (20).

Heidelberg fell to 23-9 this season  and will wait until Monday’s selection to see if they make it into the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Ngandu claims first at Midwest Regionals

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — After already having an impressive college career, James Ngandu added another feat to his resume. Ngandu earned the Midwest Regional Championship title, the first in TU history, as he recorded a time of 30:13.24 in a 10k run. Ngandu will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship race in St. Leo, Florida.

Other TU men runners were Trenton Yoder (186th, 35:30.18), Adrian Perea-Adams (194th, 36:02.99), Brandon O’linn (207th, 37:08.44) and Daniel Maher  (209th, 37:46.97). The team finished 29th overall.

The TU women had some runners as well in Kaitlyn Mathews (190th, 25:38.25), Sydney Schmidt (195th, 25:51.19) and Jordan Grzegorczy (209th, 27:39.61).

Dragons weather the Storm

Tiffin University (18-11, 8-7 GLIAC) started the day out strong and looked like it could have taken it in three, but Lake Erie College was able to force five sets. The Dragons ended up beating the Storm 25-19, 25-11, 22-25, 33-35, 18-16.

Tiffin took a commanding 2-0 set lead as it came out with the momentum. The Storm put a damper on the Dragons’ flame as the third set went back and forth and eventually went the Storm’s way, 25-22.

Lake Erie’s momentum jolted them to a 16-9 lead in the fourth set. Tiffin was able to rally and tie the set at 16. The two teams battled hard as the Storm took set four 35-33.

A new TU single match record was set as Emily Weithman recorded 73 assists, while she also had seven kills. Jenna Huffman’s 25 kills set a new Division II single match record. Amanda Curry and Kasey Adelsperger each added 16 kills, while Danielle Hicks chipped in 14. The defense was led by Taylor Lattimore as she accounted for 41 digs followed by Weithman (13).

With the win, TU moved up to 7th place in the GLIAC standings.