Progress report for Gannon sports: Aug 25 – Sept. 7

Michael Guido, Managing & Sports Editor

Men’s soccer (1-0): The men’s soccer team kicked off its 2021 season with a 2-0 victory over Tiffin Sunday.

Junior Lennox Crews got the Knights on the board in the 63rd minute while redshirt sophomore Furkan Yildirim gifted the Knights the insurance goal in the 78th minute.

The Knights next go on the road Wednesday afternoon to face Lock Haven University.

Women’s volleyball (3-1): Gannon took three out of four in its first series of the season, the Molloy Tournament.

While the Knights swept their first three matches of the tournament, they were unable to beat the fourth-ranked University of Nebraska at Kearney, losing game five 16-14, which snapped their 28-game regular season winning streak.

However, senior Ashley McClung turned in a strong performance, combining for 22 total kills between two matches, including a team-high of 16 against Nebraska-Kearney.

The Knights’ schedule takes them to Clarion University Friday morning and afternoon for another four-game tournament.

Men’s water polo (1-3): Gannon has gotten off to a rocky start, losing three of its first four games to begin the 2021 season.

After winning their first game against Austin College, 17-13, the Knights dropped three straight, including their latest game against Brown University, 17-10.

Junior Vladimir Mickic and senior Drago Marjanovic both had three goals in the loss to Brown.

The next game for the Knights will be at home Saturday morning against Mount St. Mary’s.

Women’s soccer (0-0): The first game of the season for the team against Notre Dame College of Ohio was postponed.

The Knights will instead kick off their season Wednesday afternoon on the road against Pitt-Johnstown.

Players to watch out for are seniors Taylor Lewis, Megan McCartney and Kennedy Solymosi.

Athlete awards & recognitions: Senior Lauren Sampson from the women’s volleyball team was recognized as the PSAC West volleyball athlete of the week for the week ending Sept. 8.

Sampson had team-best 38 kills and is tied for the team lead with eight service aces.

Junior Sam East was also named as an athlete of the week, recognized for his game-winning touchdown catch in overtime of the Knights’ 28-21 win over Northwood.


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