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College notes: Elmhurst products impact postseason

North Central College's Ryan Kent looks for running room in a game earlier this season. Kent has been a major force in helping the Cardinals into the NCAA Division III semifinals.
North Central College's Ryan Kent looks for running room in a game earlier this season. Kent has been a major force in helping the Cardinals into the NCAA Division III semifinals.

With the cold weather, college fall sports are nearing their conclusion. A number of Elmhurst products contributed to postseason success for their college teams. Take a look at some of the highlights among that group.

Biesboer wins D3 volleyball title

Timothy Christian graduate Elise Biesboer helped the Calvin College women’s volleyball team win the Division III national title. Biesboer, a junior libero, had 12 digs in the championship match, which was a five-set victory over Cal Lutheran.

Calvin won the match 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 25-17, 20-18. Last year the Knights lost a five-set match in the final.

Biesboer played in all 36 matches and was fourth on the team with 249 digs.

Kent finding end zone for North Central

Former York running back Ryan Kent has been a touchdown machine in the playoffs for North Central. The Cardinals play a Division III semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Union largely because of Kent’s production.

The junior has scored four touchdowns in each of the past two games to match a school record. Kent ran for 257 yards on 27 carries in a 52-24 win over Wisconsin-Platteville in the second round. All four of his scores were more than 10 yards. In the 41-17 win at Bethel University in the quarterfinals last Saturday, Kent totaled 109 yards and all four of his touchdowns came from inside 2 yards.

The No. 4 Cardinals have a tough task ahead against Mount Union, 11-time national champions and the top-ranked team all season.

Duke soccer well represented in tourney

Three former York girls soccer players were a part of Division I teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Christina Ordonez’s Michigan team made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Virginia.

Ordonez, a sophomore, played in all 23 matches for the Wolverines and made 10 starts this season, including all four tournament game.

Ordonez finished with four goals and an assist, which came in the second round victory against Illinois State.

DePaul junior MaryKate Cicinelli was a regular for the Blue Demons, who were knocked out by Indiana in the first round. Cicinelli played in 20 matches and came off the bench in the 1-0 loss to the Hoosiers.

West Virginia freshman Bryce Banuelos didn’t see much action this season, making three substitute appearances, but the Mountaineers won the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles before bowing out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Bowman wraps up successful college career

Ashley Bowman, a York grad, finished her soccer career at Trinity International University in Deerfield. Bowman had a decorated career for Trinity. As a freshman she was the Team MVP. In 2011 and 2012 she was a second-team all-conference selection. This fall she was the team captain. Bowman and Trinity won the conference tournament this season.

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