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, 2018-04-22 21:03:45

Nebraska’s Kelly Belzeski ended her career on a roll.

The Lake Central product lost Saturday night in the semifinals of the 2018 Intercollegiate Singles Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The top 24 men’s and women’s individuals, who advanced out of four sectional qualifiers across the country, competed for individual national titles.

Belzeski lost to eventual national champion Stephanie Schwartz, of Stephen F. Austin, in the national semifinals, coming in an extra two-frame rolloff. Along the way to the semifinals, the ninth-seeded Belzeski knocked off the top seed and No. 8 seed.

Belzeski, a senior standout, was a force for the top-ranked Cornhuskers all season, and helped the team to a head-to-head record of 100-14 this past season.

Nebraska lost to national runner-up McKendree University in the NCAA semifinals as Belzeski tossed a 198 in the loss. Her stellar career included third-team All-American honors by the National Tenpin Coaches Association. It was the second straight season she’s earned honors for the Huskers. She finished with a 212.7 average.

Men’s volleyball

Cartage College is returning to the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship, and Kai Cromwell (Chesterton) will be a part of it.

Cromwell, a junior outside hitter, finished second on the team with eight kills in a 3-0 victory over Loras College in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League Tournament Championship. The victory helped earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Carthage (24-1) has won 11 straight games and claimed its third MCVL Tournament title. Cromwell, who was named to the all-tournament team, has played in a team-high 82 sets and is second on the team with 24 service aces. He’s fifth in points (122.5), while adding 89 kills.

The NCAA Division III Championship begins on Friday.


Saint Xavier’s Tori Keilman (Bishop Noll) was named the CCAC Softball Player of the Week. Keilman batted .474 over a four-game stretch, including home runs against three different opponents. The sophomore shortstop is currently riding a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .380 for the season. She’s currently seventh in the conference with a .648 slugging percentage.

• Oregon’s Miranda Elish (Crown Point) struck out 12 and was backed by six homers as the No. 3 Ducks (34-6, 9-2) beat No. 7 Arizona State 9-1 in Pac-12 action.

• Kiley Jones (Portage) went the distance on a three-hitter to lead Loyola (Chicago) to a 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa.

• Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Crystal Guzman (Lake Central) is hitting .259 with 13 RBIs for the Phoenix. Despite a 9-26 record, the true freshman has played in every game and is among the team’s leaders in most offensive categories.

• Manchester University’s Madisyn Walter (South Central) tossed her sixth complete game and third career shutout in a victory over Anderson University. Freshman Hayley Perez (Portage) also picked up her fourth victory of the season in a win over Anderson.

Laurren Ladwig (Lake Central) leads the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in homers (15), which is also a single-season program record. She’s fourth in the league in batting average (.455) and second in RBIs (33).

Alexis Mokos (Hanover Central) is hitting .293 with 22 RBIs.

Men’s lacrosse

Wilmington College (Ohio) senior Jake Ladendorf (Crown Point) was named the Ohio Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after his 28-save effort in a 10-9 victory over Heidelberg University.

The senior’s heroics allowed Wilmington to earn its first OAC victory of the season.

“Jake Ladendorf played a great game from start to finish,” head coach Jeff Arneson told the school’s website. “Down the stretch, he stood on his head and made some amazing saves late in the game to help clinch the victory.”

Ladendorf was a field player for the majority of his career, but stepped between the pipes full-time this season and has played every minute of the Quakers’ games in net.


Tulane’s Kody Hoese (Griffith) hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to tie the game in the team’s 17-16 victory over Houston.

The Green Wave overcame a 10-run deficit in the highest-scoring American Athletic Conference game in league history.

The sophomore is third on the team in hitting (.290), RBIs (22), doubles (seven) and has scored 21 runs in 39 starts.

• Nebraska’s Jesse Wilkening (Hanover Central) is second on the team in hitting (.316) and homers (five), while leading the team with team 38 RBIs.

• IPFW’s Duneland duo of Travis Upp (LaPorte) and Jacob Dickson (Portage) are thriving, despite the team’s 8-24 mark.

Upp is first on the team with seven doubles and 21 RBIs, while ranking second in batting average (.312). Dickson is third in hitting (.291) and has added 11 RBIs.

• Indiana University’s Logan Kaletha (Michigan City) leads the team in runs scored (44) and homers (seven), while hitting .321 in 35 starts. The junior has added 25 RBIs and nine doubles.

Connor Manous (Munster) is 1-0 on the hill with a 2.33 ERA. The freshman has 11 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings for the Hoosiers (29-6).

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