Wesley going hard for Canisius volleyball
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.