COLLEGE NOTES: LT's Lundstrom leads Belmont 'D'

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT
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Jamie Lundstrom was the top defender for Belmont's volleyball team last fall after playing in every match, and she is looking to replicate that performance as a senior this season.

Jamie Lundstrom (Lyons Township, La Grange) is entering her senior season with Belmont volleyball. The libero/defensive specialist had a team-high 654 digs and 30 assists last season for the Bruins. She played in all 35 matches and was named to the all-tournament team in the Ohio Valley Conference. Lundstrom is one of six seniors on the Bruins' roster this season.

Digging for the Blue Devils

Duke sophomore defensive specialist Laura Williams (Lyons Township, Western Springs) will be looking to grab more playing time for the Blue Devils this season. As a freshman, Williams played in 24 matches and made three starts. She tallied 142 digs and eight aces. Returning two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year Ali McCurdy will likely take the starting spot at libero, but Williams could see some time elsewhere in the back row.

Heavy hitter

Kelsey Keeve (Lyons Township, La Grange) did a little bit of everything for Southeast Missouri volleyball last year. Keeve played in all 34 matches and made 27 starts for the Redhawks. The middle blocker was fourth on the team in kills (218), third in aces (24) and third in blocks (96). Keeve is one of five starters back from a team that went 21-13 last season.

Sibling rivalry

The Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne volleyball team had a 25-7 record last season and Jen Milligan (Nazareth, La Grange Park) was a big part of that success. Milligan played in every set and started in 29 of 32 matches as a defensive specialist/libero. She is heading into her final season with the Mastadons, but her younger sister, Emily, is now joining her in the Summit League. Emily Milligan is going to be a freshman defensive specialist for North Dakota State. The two could first face each other on Oct. 18 at North Dakota State.

Hit stuffer

Gabby Pethokoukis (Benet, Western Springs) led Villanova in blocks last season with 82. She also had 137 kills despite missing the final nine games of the season due to illness. Pethokoukis is hoping to stay healthy for a full season as a junior this fall.

Regional runner

Sam Telfer (Lyons Township, La Grange) competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional for the Illinois cross country team last fall. He was the sixth fastest Illini runner at the meet. As a redshirt sophomore, Telfer will be looking to improve on his 76th place finish.

Hawkeye kickers

Two LT grads from La Grange, Katie Nasenbenny and Sarah Mazur, helped Iowa soccer rack up the second-most wins in school history last fall. The Hawkeyes went 12-6-3 and both players are back to try and top that winning season. Nasenbenny, who will be a junior midfielder, started all 21 games and scored four goals with an assist. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for having a GPA above 3.7. Mazur made eight substitute appearances as a freshman.

Back line Bronco

Brian Heimerdinger (Lyons Township, La Grange) cracked the starting lineup last season for Western Michigan soccer. He made 16 appearances and eight starts, his first career starts. Now, the senior defender will look to take on a more important role at the back for the Broncos. His brother, Brett, will make his college debut at St. Mary's of Minnesota this fall.

Ivy League defender

Princeton senior Billy McGuinness (Lyons Township, La Grange Park) returns as the starting right back for the men's soccer team. McGuinness made 14 starts and one more sub appearance for Princeton last year. He is one of seven seniors on the Tigers this fall.

All-conference freshman

It didn't take long for Elliot Borge (Lyons Township, Western Springs) to make an impression at Wheaton College. Borge played in all 25 matches and started in 23 as a freshman midfielder. He scored twice and had an assist to earn first team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin honors. After an 18-4-3 season that included a CCIW title, Borge and the four other first-team CCIW returners will be looking for more success.

Top shot stopper

In 15 starts last season for Lake Forest College soccer, Ethan Guenther (Lyons Township, La Grange) surrendered just six goals. His work in goal earned him first team All-Midwest Conference and third team All-North Region honors. Guenther enters into his final college season this fall as a senior.

Standout newcomer returns

Mark Sewall (Lyons Township, Western Springs) had a breakout season for Indiana State football last fall. As a redshirt freshman defensive back he had 31 tackles, an interception, a fumble returned for a touchdown and a blocked kick to be named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team. His older brother, Alex, earned the same award at the same position in 2008. Now Mark will try to improve on his strong first campaign.

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