Wes­ley go­ing hard for Cani­sius vol­ley­ball

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Bill Arse­nault For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Ju­nior Sara Wes­ley con­tin­ues to be a main­stay with the Cani­sius Col­lege women’s vol­ley­ball team.

The 5- foot- 10 mid­dle blocker, an Ex­eter Town­ship grad, has played in all 25 sets and has 53 kills, 19 to­tal blocks and six digs. She had a break­out year as a sopho­more fin­ish­ing third in kills with 194 and first in to­tal blocks with 79.

“Sara is a con­sis­tent force on the team,” coach Lenika Vasquez. “I never have to tell her to go hard. We joke that she has two speeds – hard and harder.”

Ac­cord­ing to the coach, some peo­ple feel she’s a lit­tle un­der­sized to play her po­si­tion. Vasquez dis­agrees.

“Sara plays big and fast and those are her strengths,” she said.

“Sara has helped push the cul­ture of work ethic in the weight room as well as on the court,” Vasquez said. “She is con­sis­tently push­ing to find her next level and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what she will ac­com­plish this sea­son.”

The Golden Griffins opened the sea­son at 2- 5 af­ter go­ing 1- 3 in the strong Duquesne In­vi­ta­tional on Sept. 1- 2 in Pittsburgh. MARK FOR­REST ( HILL SCHOOL) » Mark For­rest was named to the pre­sea­son Pa­triot League men’s soc­cer All- Star team and the Le­high ju­nior proved that it was a good call in the first game of the sea­son.

For­rest, from Dou­glassville ( The Hill School), scored all three goals in a 3- 2 sea­son- open­ing vic­tory over Rider in a non- league con­test on Aug. 25 in Beth­le­hem. That made it easy on whom to mark in the Moun­tain Hawks next two games — losses to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton ( 1- 0) on Aug. 27 and Ohio State ( 2- 0) on Sept. 1. The 6- foot- 3 for­ward was lim­ited to a to­tal of three shots in the two games. JENNA HAWKINS ( FLEET­WOOD) » The red­shirt fresh­man is start­ing in goal for the Blooms­burg women’s soc­cer team which is 2- 1 on the sea­son af­ter a 3- 0 vic­tory over Millersville on Sept. 6 in Blooms­burg to even its PSAC record at 1- 1. Hawkins had two saves in that game and has just four on the sea­son thus far. She had two saves as the Huskies opened the sea­son with an 8- 1 vic­tory over Ch­est­nut Hill on Aug. 31 and didn’t have a save in the team’s PSAC opener, a 2- 1 loss to In­di­ana on Sept. 2.

KYLEHARTMAN( KUTZ­TOWN) » The sopho­more mid­fielder is a key per­former on de­fense for the Lock Haven men’s soc­cer team, the Bald Ea­gles 2- 0- 1 with a 0- 0 tie with Ge­or­gian Court in the sea­sonopener on Aug. 31 in Lock Haven. They fol­lowed that up with a 5- 3 vic­tory over Shep­herd on Sept. 4 and then had a 4- 0 shutout of District of Columbia on Sept. 6 in Lock Haven. EMILY HEPNER ( SCHUYLKILL VAL­LEY) » The 5- foot- 4 ju­nior de­fen­sive spe­cial­ist leads the Ly­com- ing women’s vol­ley­ball team with 23 digs which av­er­ages out to 2.56 per set. She also has six as­sists and four ser­vice aces for the Bears who cap­tured the sea­sonopen­ing Ly­coming Tri- Meet with two victories on Sept. 2 in Wil­liamsport but suf­fered a 3- 0 MAC Com­mon­wealth de­ci­sion to Alver­nia on Sept. 6 in Read­ing. Hepner en­tered the sea­son with 1,085 digs.

CODY HUNSICKER ( TULPE­HOCKEN)

» The se­nior has been a solid de­fender for the Lafayette field hockey team, but this sea­son she’s been help­ing out the of­fense. Hunsicker had scored just one goal in 41 games and 26 starts prior to this sea­son but she scored a goal in the sea­son- open­ing 3- 0 vic­tory over Hof­s­tra on Aug. 31 and had the game- win­ning goal in a 2- 1 vic­tory over Ap­palachian State on Sept. 2.

She had four shots on goal in that game. The Leop­ards are 2- 1 af­ter a 2- 0 loss to James Madi­son on Sept. 3.

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