UNOH Fall Sports Conclude with 3 WHAC Titles

Posted on Monday, December 03, 2018


UNOH Women's Soccer Team Compete this Fall

It was another successful fall for UNOH Athletics as three teams won WHAC titles along with many other accolades both in the conference and in the NAIA rankings.  Read on to see how Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, and Golf faired this fall.

*Both Golf and Tennis will complete their full season in the spring of 2019*

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team, under the helm of second-year head coach Tyler Brock, won 13 of its final 14 regular-season matches and claimed a share of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title in the process, its third in program history.   The Racers, which reached as high as #17 in the national coaches poll during the season, added another win in the WHAC quarterfinals before finishing the season at 14-4-2 overall and 10-1 in the WHAC.

Sophomore midfielder Luka Pekovic was chosen as the WHAC Defensive Player of the Year and was joined on the First Team by senior midfielder Felipe Lupion and freshman defender Mikhail Radchenko.  Pekovic helped anchor a UNOH defense that posted a 0.91 goals against average along with eight shutouts on the season while Lupion led the team with 10 goals and five assists and Radchenko was second with seven goals.

Sophomore defender Marc Skelton was named to the Second Team while freshman forward Shea Mannings, freshman midfielders Mutu Raza and Lucas Vazquez and senior defender Jack Lewis were selected to the All-Newcomer Team.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team, led by first-year head coach Jen Dervarics, won its fifth straight WHAC regular-season title and made its fifth consecutive appearance in the NAIA Tournament.   The Racers, which reached as high as #11 in the national coaches poll during the season, finished 13-5-3 overall and 10-1 in the conference.

Senior forward Jackie Gardner was chosen as the WHAC Offensive Player of the Year while freshman midfielder Iris Rabot was selected as the WHAC Newcomer of the Year.  Gardner led the squad with 15 goals and tied for third with eight assists while Rabot tied for second with 14 goals and led the way with 11 assists.

Gardner and Rabot were also named First Team All-WHAC along with junior forward Kate Agyemang, junior midfielder Julie Cazanave and freshman defenders Brooke Goodrich and Dana Schüller.

Sophomore forward Aylin Özen and junior midfielder Ellen Sandström were selected to the All-Newcomer Team.


Under second-year head coach Max Miller, the volleyball team posted its best start ever in the 11-year history of the program, going 11-0 and winning tournament titles at Huntington and Grace along the way.  UNOH finished the season at 26-9 overall and fifth in the WHAC at 13-7.  The 13 conference wins are the second-most in program history while the 26 overall victories are tied for the fourth-most.

Junior middle hitter Devon Heitkamp was the WHAC Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the WHAC First Team by junior setter Kayleigh Hulst.  Junior outside hitter Erika Angstmann was chosen to the Second Team while libero Flavia Knutti was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Heitkamp, who was selected as the NAIA National Attacker of the Week on October 16, twice tied the school record for kills in a match with 27, was chosen MVP of the Lancer Classic, named to the Forester Classic All-Tournament Team and the Aquinas/Cornerstone Classic First Team and twice honored as the WHAC Attacker of the Week. 

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team, under seventh-year head coach Dave Kortokrax, heads into the spring season on a roll, having finished first in six tournaments during the fall and placed second in the other.  Five different players earned medalist honors in the tournaments as freshman Tom Froom won twice while senior Lewis Scott, senior Reece Blair, junior Gonzalo Garcia-Parada and junior Josh Beatt each won one.

UNOH, currently ranked #4 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, won the WHAC regular-season title by winning all three Jamborees with a team total of 1716.  Garcia-Parada was selected First Team All-WHAC by shooting a 428 over the six rounds of the Jamborees along with Scott (430), Froom (434), Blair (434) and Beatt (444). 

Women’s Golf

Under seventh-year head coach Dawn West, the women’s golf team won two tournaments and finished second in four more during the fall.  Senior Caitriona Griffin tied for medalist honors at the Georgetown Invitational and was the medalist at the WHAC Jamboree #1.

The Racers, currently ranked #21 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, finished second in the WHAC regular season as three players earned First Team All-WHAC honors in Griffin, who shot 389 over five Jamboree rounds, sophomore Devaki Ganesh (392) and junior Natalia Quintero (394).  Freshmen Hastha Rajendran (402) and Haleigh Gray (407) were selected to the Second Team.

Men’s Tennis

The men’s tennis team competed as individuals during two tournaments in the fall, including the ITA Regionals in Marion, Indiana.  Senior Radu Popa won the singles title at the ITA Regionals and, as a result, qualified to compete in the ITA Oracle Cup in Rome, Georgia. 

At the ITA Oracle Cup, Popa defeated Augustine Gascia of Cardinal Stritch in the quarterfinals 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, but fell to Federico Duran of Georgia Gwinnett in the semifinals 6-0, 6-3.  Popa, however, bounced back to finish third overall as he won over Arthur Bonnaud of Keiser 6-4, 6-1.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team, like the men, competed as individuals during three tournaments in the fall.  Sophomore Camila Puente advanced to the singles semifinals at the ITA Regionals.


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Last updated: 12/03/2018