2017 SLIAC Volleyball Tournament

[taken from SLIAC.ORG]

Participating Teams
#2 Greenville University
#4 Principia College
#3 Webster University
#1 Westminster College

Saturday, November 4 (Hosted by Westminster College)
Match 1 – #1 Westminster def. #4 Principia, 3-0 BOX SCORE
Match 2 – #2 Greenville def. #3 Webster, 3-0 BOX SCORE
Championship Match – Greenville def. Westminster, 3-2 BOX SCORE

Watch the Championship Game broadcast via CollegeCasts – HERE

All-Tournament Team

Allyson Mitchell, Greenville (MVP)
Brittni Bell, Greenville
Anna Finch, Greenville
Ashley Kistaitis, Westminster
Bridget Ringwald, Westminster
Emily Tippetts, Principia
Rachel Mencel, Webster

2017 Women’s Soccer Tournament

[from SLIAC.ORG]

Participating Teams
Fontbonne University
Greenville University
Webster University
Westminster College

Thursday, November 2
Game 1 – #1 Webster def. #4 Westminster, 2-1 BOX SCORE
Game 2 – #2 Fontbonne def. #3 Greenville, 3-2 2OT BOX SCORE

Saturday, November 4
Championship Game – Webster def. Fontbonne, 1-0 BOX SCORE

Watch the SLIAC Championship Game broadcast via CollegeCasts – HERE

All-Tournament Team

Melissa Kasper, Webster University (MVP)
Elena Bloma, Webster University
Kelsey Hausmann, Webster University
Lauren Nuelle, Webster University
Maddie Radohl, Fontbonne University
Ellen Weaver, Fontbonne University
Meredith Wendt, Fontbonne University
Tymber Gabbert, Greenville University
Dani Pearce, Greenville University
Sarah Cradick, Westminster College
Gracie Koonce, Westminster College

2017 SLIAC Men’s Soccer Tournament

[from SLIAC.ORG]

Participating Teams
Fontbonne University
Principia College

Webster University

Westminster College


Wednesday, November 1
Game 1 – #4 Westminster def. #1 Fontbonne, 1-0 BOX SCORE
Game 2 – #3 Principia ties #2 Webster, 0-0 (Principia advances 4-1 in penalty kicks) BOX SCORE

Friday, November 3
Championship Game – Westminster def. Principia, 2-1 BOX SCORE

Watch the Championship Game broadcast via CollegeCasts – HERE

SLIAC Championships Now Video Broadcasts

WE are pleased to announce that we will be adding the video aspect to the Championships covered on www.collegecasts.com


Men’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 1 & 3 Higher Seed Hosts
Women’s Soccer Tournament Nov. 2 & 4 Higher Seed Hosts
Volleyball Tournament Nov. 4 Highest Seed Hosts
Women’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 23 & 24 Highest Seed Hosts
Men’s Basketball Tournament Feb. 22 & 24 Highest Seed Hosts
Softball Tournament May 3-5 St. Ann, Mo.
(ABC Park)
Baseball Tournament May 10-12 Greenville, Ill.
(Greenville College)

Casey Cromwell to head 2018 Fontbonne Softball

Casey Cromwell to head 2018 Fontbonne Softball

Casey Cromwell to head 2018 Fontbonne Softball

St. Louis, Mo. – Fontbonne University Director of Athletics Maria Buckel has announced that Casey Cromwell will join the Griffin family. Cromwell will become the seventh head coach in Fontbonne softball history.

“The passion and enthusiasm that Coach Cromwell has for softball are contagious,” stated Buckel. “I am so excited not only to see her share that passion with our team but also with future Griffins.

Cromwell’s time at Fontbonne will be her first stint at the helm of any collegiate program and the first in NCAA Division III. She has had great success at the Division I level as both a student-athlete and assistant coach. Cromwell comes to Fontbonne from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne where she spent two years as a graduate assistant before earning her Master’s Degree this spring. Cromwell was in charge of the defensive efforts at IPFW and her duties also included strength and conditioning, recruiting, community service and team building. To add to her resume, she has also coached a plethera of instructional camps and clinics in various regions for girls ages 10 & up.

“I am extremely honored to be at the helm of Griffin Softball,” commented Cromwell. “The opportunity to lead a team that has been so academically and athletically strong for many years is humbling. I am looking forward to many successful years at Fontbonne and thank Director of Athletics Maria Buckel for giving me this opportunity.”

Prior to IPFW, Cromwell began her collegiate career at a junior college (Weatherford College) in Texas where she earned all-region and all-conference honors before transferring to Lamar University. At Lamar she was named third-team All-Southland in 2015, voted Golden Glove in 2013 and team MVP her junior and senior seasons. Cromwell was also given the team’s Clutch Award and Offensive Player of the Year honor while garnering All-Southland Academic Honor Roll accolades.

“Casey’s softball knowledge impressed us throughout the process but she is also committed to developing our student-athletes on and off the field,” commented Buckel. “Outside of academic and athletic success, she wants to develop future leaders that give back to the community which is a big part of our mission at Fontbonne. I welcome her to the Fontbonne family and look forward to the future of Fontbonne softball under her direction.”

Cromwell was a three-year captain where she started every game at Lamar as the second or third baseman. She finished her career as leader in homeruns (19), RBI’s (69), doubles (21), was hit-by-pitch 29 times and recorded a career on-base percentage of .413.

Cromwell will be on campus by the last week of June. She replaces Danni Glixman who resigned after her first season.

Fontbonne softball is rich in winning traditions and has appeared in nine NCAA Tournament appearances, and has appeared in each of the last nine St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournaments. With program history dating back to 1994, the Griffins are nine-time SLIAC tournament champions and are 11-time SLIAC regular season champions. The softball program’s archives can be found here.

2017 SLIAC Baseball Tournament Preview

[taken from SLIAC.org] The 2016-17 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference sports season will come to a close this weekend with the 2017 SLIAC Baseball Tournament. Greenville College, Spalding University, Webster University, and Westminster College will take the field looking to capture the final conference championship of the year.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Greenville’s Travis Ralls leads the SLIAC in batting average and is second in home runs and stolen bases while also ranking fourth in runs batted in.
  • Spalding pitcher Jimi Keating leads NCAA Division III with 119 strikeouts, while teammate Kyle Olliges is 5th with 101.
  • Josh Fleming, from Webster, leads all of NCAA Division III players with a 0.46 earned-run average this season and also ranks 7th in strikeouts.
  • Westminster’s Tanner Branneky became the Blue Jays career leader in home runs last week, hitting his 26th, and surpassing the previous mark which was held by his brother.

Fontbonne Head Softball Coach Danni Glixman Announces Resignation

[taken from fontbonnegriffins.com]

St. Louis, Mo. – Fontbonne University softball head coach Danni Glixman has announced her resignation.

Glixman had these words to say on her decision, “This season has been a wonderful learning experience for me. I have decided to take a different direction with my career but I am still 100% a Griffin. I am really thankful for this last year and want to thank the Fontbonne administration for letting Fontbonne be home these last six years.”

The first-year coach took the Griffins to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament for the ninth straight year. Fontbonne finished the year 13-23 overall and 11-7 in SLIAC play.

“Despite Coach Glixman wanting to go a different direction with her career she will always be a huge part of our program and will always be a Griffin,” stated Director of Athletics Maria Eftink. “I would like to thank Danni for all of her efforts as a student-athlete, assistant coach, and head coach. Though she will not be in the dugout, I know she will be a constant supporter of Fontbonne Softball for the rest of her life. I wish Danni nothing but success in her future endeavors.”

SLIAC Baseball Playoffs Schedule is SET

Thursday, May 11
Game 1 – #1 West – Webster vs. #2 East – Spalding, 4 p.m.
Game 2 – .#1 East – Greenville vs. #2 West – Westminster, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 12
Game 3 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 4 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 13
Game 6 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 5
Game 7 – If Necessary

2017 SLIAC Softball Tournament Preview

[taken from SLIAC.org] … This weekend’s St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament will be all about newness. For the first time since 2012, the tournament will be played somewhere other than Elsah, Illinois. The tournament field will also include several “new” programs looking to leave their mark. Greenville, the reigning SLIAC Tournament Champion, still has memories of becoming the new champion last spring, ending a six-year reign by Fontbonne. Meanwhile, Fontbonne begins the tournament as something new to them, not being the top seed. That right goes to Westminster, who won the program’s first-ever outright regular season title this year. Webster also returns to the tournament for the first time since 2012.

Tournament Tidbits

  • Fontbonne first-year head coach Danni Glixman is the program’s career leader in batting average, hits, and runs batted in and ranks 3rd all-time in NCAA Division III in doubles.
  • Greenville’s Kate Joliff is just one home run away from holding the SLIAC Triple Crown. She leads the conference in batting average (.462) and runs batted in (43) while ranking second in home runs (7).
  • Webster has put together two separate winning streaks of at least eight games this season, including 10 straight to start the year; the program’s best start since 2000.
  • Westminster features a remarkable 14 freshmen on their roster, the youngest team in the tournament this year.

Fontbonne University ‘GRIFFINS’

The Griffins biggest game of the year came in the regular season’s final doubleheader. Needing a sweep to return to the tournament, the Griffins got it, snapping a ten game losing streak in the process. Fontbonne is hitting .288 as a team, averaging 4.9 runs per game this season. Despite ranking just sixth in the conference in team batting average the Griffins feature two of the top ten batting average leaders in the conference in Emelia Modglin (.402) and Courtney Kedroski (.391). That duo has combined for five of the team’s 14 home runs this year. Sam Brown and Maddie Cooksey are tied with Kedroski for the team lead in home runs with three. The graduation of last year’s SLIAC Pitcher of the Year, Madison Leonard, has left the Griffins with three young pitchers. Maddy Strickland, a sophomore, leads the team with over 100 innings pitched while sophomore Diamond Thomas has logged over 70 innings.

Greenville College ‘PANTHERS’

Greenville brings one of the league’s top offenses into the tournaments, hitting .320 as a team and tying for the league lead with 24 home runs. The Panthers average 6.1 runs per game while their pitching staff holds a 3.51 earned-run average. New head coach Buddy Foster has a strong middle of the order with three players hitting above .400 this season. The Panthers trio includes Kate Joliff who leads the team with a .462 batting average and 43 runs batted in while hitting seven home runs. Becca Oldham is hitting .417 with a team-high eight home runs, driving in 39 while Tiffany Samsoe is hitting .413 with four home runs and 38 runs batted in. Jordyn Wieland benefits from hitting in the two hole, surrounded by the trio, and is hitting .348 with 29 runs scored and a team-high 26 stolen bases. In the circle, the Panthers rely on Brianna Anderson. Anderson has worked almost half of the innings this spring, totaling 103 innings pitched, and holds a 2.51 earned-run average with 142 strikeouts.

Webster University ‘GORLOKS’

Webster has arguably the most explosive offense in the SLIAC, having scored double-digit runs in 11 games this season. The Gorloks averaged a conference-high 6.5 runs this season, hitting .320 as a team while tying for a league high 24 home runs. The Gorlok pitching staff has also shown the ability to limit opponents, recording six shutouts this year. The Gorlok lineup features six players that have driven in at least 20 runs this year, led by Kayla Day’s 34. Day is also leading the team with a .394 average and has hit five home runs. Abby Burroughs leads the team with six home runs, driving in 33 while hitting .382. Katlyn Garza adds to the team’s power, hitting .387 with five home runs and 25 RBI. The Gorloks abide by pitching staff by committee, with three pitchers totaling between 77 and 91 innings pitched this season. Alexis Spriggs has made the most starts, 17, and holds a 4.93 earned-run average. Morgan Mansur has been key out of the pen, leading the team with 10 wins and a 2.99 earned-run average. Chelsea Thornley completes the trio, recording nine wins this springs.

Westminster College ‘BLUE JAYS’

Westminster has won ten straight games as they enter the SLIAC Tournament, the longest active winning streak in the conference. The Blue Jays are hitting a conference-high .341 as a team, averaging 7.1 runs per game. Westminster rolls out a deep lineup that knows how to put runners on, holding a .412 team on-base percentage. Last year’s SLIAC Player of the Year Erica Burney is in the middle of the Blue Jays lineup. Burney is hitting .429 with three home runs and 26 runs batted in. A pair of freshman, Josie Cotter and Aubrie Vaughn, have made immediate impacts with their bats. Cotter is hitting .382 with five home runs and 39 runs batted while Vaughn is hitting .368 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in. Amber Tepen adds to the depth, hitting .367 with 29 runs batted in, and is the program’s career leader in doubles and RBI. Senior infielder Brittany Hodge, who missed time recently due to an injury, anchors a Blue Jay defense that ranks fourth in the conference in team fielding percentage. The Blue Jays will turn the ball over to the duo of Alyson Hahn and Katie Price. Hahn, a senior, provides the leadership in the circle and has a team-best 2.34 earned-run average while Price, a freshman, has thrown a team-high 87 innings this season.

Overall Record: 13-21

SLIAC Record: 11-7

Tournament Trips: 18

Tournament Titles: 9

Last Champ.: 2015

Overall Record: 21-15

SLIAC Record: 14-4

Tournament Trips: 13

Tournament Titles: 2

Last Champ.: 2016

Overall Record: 26-13

SLIAC Record: 13-5

Tournament Trips: 12

Tournament Titles: 4

Last Champ.: 2009

Overall Record: 23-11

SLIAC Record: 16-2

Tournament Trips: 14

Tournament Titles: 3

Last Champ.: 1998

SLIAC Softball Tournament Schedule is Set