Sarah Schleich is picking up where she left off a season ago.
After helping Mount Union’s volleyball team to its first Ohio Athletic Conference regular-season title and third trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012, Schleich has the Purple Raiders off to a 4-0 start this season.
The 5-foot-8 junior setter and 2012 Cloverleaf graduate has already dished out 79 assists (4.94) while playing in all four matches. She also has 25 digs.
Schleich, an academic All-OAC selection last fall, played a key role in five-set victories over Clarkson (N.Y.) and SUNY Cortland State (N.Y.) at the Cortland State Red Dragon Classic with 27 and 22 assists, respectively.
The former Colt was a team captain as a sophomore for the Raiders, recording 533 assists.
West Alabama was picked 13th in the D2Football.com preseason poll. Junior wideout Chad Toocheck (Medina) led the team with 28 receptions for 388 yards and five touchdowns last season and is a first-team preseason All-Gulf South Conference selection. The Tigers, who were also ranked 16th by the American Football Coaches Association, open the season Saturday against Clark Atlanta.
• Valparaiso sophomore John Guilford (Black River) picked up a sack and had a tackle for loss in the Crusaders’ 69-10 loss to North Dakota State.
• Connor Cook (Hinckley Twp. resident/Walsh Jesuit) went 6-foot-16 for 42 yards passing as Michigan State held off Western Michigan, 26-13. Cook, who also ran for 35 yards, replaced starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell after three drives.
• Kyle Sirl (Cloverleaf) had three tackles and broke up a pass as Youngstown State beat Dayton 28-10.
Martin Nesic (Highland) was one of five Florida Atlantic players to have a shot attempt as the Owls battled Central Florida to a scoreless draw in their season opener.
Junior goalkeeper Taylor Burke (Medina) faced her first penalty kick of the season and stopped it with ease as No. 8 Florida blanked Florida International 4-0. Burke finished with four saves to record her first clean sheet of the fall.
• Sophomore goalie Kailie Reed (Wadsworth) made five saves for Hiram in a 1-0 win over D’Youville (N.Y.).
• Indiana forward Becca Candler (Medina) netted her first goal of the season as the Hoosiers defeated Milwaukee 3-1 for their second road victory. Indiana is off to a 3-0-1 start.
• Buffalo’s Katie Roberts (Cloverleaf) netted the game-winning goal early in the second half as the Bulls downed St. Bonaventure 2-1. Later in the week, the junior peppered the net with six shots as Buffalo notched its second straight win with a 1-0 triumph over Youngstown State.
• Claire Turner (Cloverleaf) recorded six saves en route to her first shutout of the season as Defiance beat Westminster (Pa.) 2-0. The sophomore had 12 stops in the Jackets’ season-opening loss to Marietta College.
Brad Palocko (Medina) finished 16th for Heidelberg at the Bluffton Invitational. Palocko finished the 6K race in 20:32 to help the Student Princes take third. Teammate Jesse Rudolph (Medina) clocked a 21:22.
• Kentucky’s Mick Iacofano (Medina resident/SVSM) placed 39th for the Wildcats is his first collegiate race. Iacofano finished the 5,000-meter race in 16:47.22.
• The brother tandem of Evan McKee (Medina) and Ian McKee (Medina) finished 17th and 26th, respectively, as Ohio Northern won the Bluffton Invitational. Evan clocked a 20:40, followed by Ian in 21:13.
• UNC Asheville’s Kevin Paradise (Medina) finished 39th in 16:27.14 at the Western Carolina Invitational.
Freshman Patrick Luth (Medina) carded a final-round 2-under-par 70 at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate to finish in a tie for 35th and help Cleveland State to a tie for second as a team. Luth finished the three-day event with a 226.
Ashland’s Kaitlin Neumann (Liverpool Twp. resident/Avon) finished sixth to lead the Eagles to a runner-up finish at the Madonna’s Crusader Classic. The freshman fired a 12-over 156 in the team’s season-opening tourney.
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