WINONA LAKE – Bethany Blackwood’s big week brought another award on Tuesday when the Grace College women’s soccer player was named the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week.

Blackwood, who was already named the NCCAA and Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, completed the triple crown of awards with her NAIA honor on Tuesday.

She has registered six straight shutouts, including shutouts last week to beat Bethel and No. 18 Taylor. She made five saves to help secure the upset of Taylor on the road.

For the season, she has already registered 10 shutouts during Grace’s 12-1 start. No other goalkeeper in the NAIA has more than eight.

The Lady Lancers have two important home matches this week, including Indiana Wesleyan today and Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Saturday.



Women’s Tennis

WINONA LAKE – Grace’s women’s tennis team capped off its finest season in program history with a thrilling 5-4 win against IU East on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers came from behind, rallying from a 4-2 deficit to win on Senior Day.

Grace picked up its 14th win of the season, further extending its record for most wins in a single season.

The Red Wolves (5-2) pulled ahead 4-2 after singles play. Grace’s two singles’ points came from its two seniors, Molly Fitzpatrick and Jenna Jackson.

Fitzpatrick won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, and Jackson battled to a dramatic 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 victory at No. 3 singles. Jackson’s win proved critical.

Grace quickly tied the score in doubles. Emily Mast and Jackson cruised 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, and Morgan Mast and Shelby Bankson also won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

The match came down to No. 2 doubles with Carrie Copeland and Fitzpatrick. The contest went into a tiebreaker when Grace won 11-9 to secure a comeback victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our girls, especially our seniors Jenna and Molly. To finish their season with four points between them was amazing. They stepped up when their teammates needed them the most,” said Grace head coach Marcus Moore.

“All of our girls should be proud of what they accomplished this fall. If I know them like I think I do, they will be gearing up and excited for spring season.”