By John Manley
Indiana’s George McGill won his flight in the Indiana Winter Invitational Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Hoosiers. McGill, a junior from Castleroy, Co. Dublin, won two of three matches to take the third flight championship.
McGill began the tournament with a victory over Arkansas’ Magnus Kullenberg, 7-6, 6-0, on Friday. Saturday saw the Blackrock College grad take Clemson’s Joey Hopke to three sets, before losing 7-6, 6-7, 6-2. McGill got back on track with a victory over Kentucky’s Johan Grunditz, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, on Sunday.
California’s Claire Curran was a straight sets victor over Oregon’s Andrea Petrovic in a dual meet at Berkeley last week. Curran, a junior from Dublin, played fifth singles, where she scored a 6-3, 6-4 win. She also joined Anita Kurimay in the second doubles slot, where they downed Oregon’s duo of Adeline Arnaud and Sarah Colistro, 8-1. The Golden Bears are the fourth-ranked team in the nation.
Susan Moran was named the Atlantic-10 Conference’s Rookie of the Week for the sixth time this season. The St. Joseph’s (Pa.) freshman from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, reached double figures in the points column in wins over both Rhode Island, 68-49, and Massachusetts, 65-55. Moran scored 19 and 10 points, respectively, in those games. St. Joe’s is 15-7 overall and 10-2 in Conference action.
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Rider’s Ken Lacey contributed 10 points as the Broncs lost to Manhattan, 79-68. Lacey made good on 3 of 6 from the field and 4 of 5 from the foul line. He also received credit for 7 rebounds before fouling out. The Irish national team player then contracted the flu and spent the rest of last week on the sidelines.
Every point counts, so there’s no need to discount Niall Phelan’s contribution in Robert Morris’ 60-54 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson. The junior guard from Dublin drew eight minutes of floor time, in which he got off two shots, converting one for two points. Robert Morris is 11-9 overall and 8-6 in Northeast Conference games.
Track and field
Florida State’s Fiona Norwood finished 10th of 52 runners in the 400-meter dash at the Iowa State Track & Field Classic. Norwood, a sophomore from Kilkenny who prepped at Presentation Convent, got the distance in 56.33 seconds. Southwest Missouri’s Verneta Lesforis was the winner in 53.54.