Throughout her high school career, Stephanie Hollis was one of the top players in the tennis team’s lineup at Magnificat.
After finishing her freshman season at St. Louis University, not much has changed.
Hollis, a former Division I qualifier for the Blue Streaks, was recently named Most Outstanding Rookie Performer in the Atlantic-10 Conference. She was one of four Billikens named in the league’s post-season honors, joining graduate student Hailee Elmore, junior Jenny Nalepa and senior Casey Miller.
Hollis, the team’s No. 4 singles player, turned in an overall record of 26-4 in her first season of Division I collegiate tennis. That tied her for third on SLU’s single-season victory list. She was 13-3 in duals, including a 10-2 record in the No. 4 position in the lineup for the Billikens.
It was a successful season for SLU, which reached the A-10 semifinals for the first time and fell to Richmond in the championship, 4-1, at Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va.
In the A-10 Championships, Hollis went 3-0 and had a commanding 6-1, 4-2 lead in a fourth match that went unfinished. This past January, she earned the No. 9 regional ranking after reaching the round of 16 at the ITA Central Region Championships and wining her flight at the University of Kansas Invitational in the fall.
In addition to her stellar record in singles matches, Hollis had a team-high 18 wins in doubles matches. She went 18-10, including a pair of victories in the league championships.
“There is no tougher competitor in the A-10 than Stephanie Hollis,” said SLU head coach Jonathan Zych in a press release. “She defines grit and tenacity, and will only get better.”
In the championship match last month, Hollis’ match against Kelly Tidwell went unfinished. But she played a part in the Billikens’ only win of the day, joining Mia Elmore for an 8-6 win over the Richmond duo of Elizabeth Sims and Isabel Arana.
DiBiasio in Bishops’ lineup
Westlake graduate James DiBiasio is playing both the infield and the outfield for Ohio Wesleyan University baseball team this spring.
The former Demon and All-Ohio selection was a second-team North Coast Athletic Conference selection as a sophomore. DiBiasio has seen time at both second base and right field for the Battling Bishops, who last week lost 5-2 to Wabash in the NCAC championship game in Chillicothe.
Heading into this week, DiBiasio was hitting .302 and had played in all 38 games for OWU. He was second on the team in on-base percentage with a .458 mark, getting 39 hits and drawing 25 walks in 129 at bats. He had four doubles and a pair of triples while leading the team in stolen bases with 16 in 20 attempts.
The OWU junior has been a big part of yet another successful season for the program. The Bishops are 23-15 overall and 11-5 in the NCAC.
Nageotte vaulting for Flyers
Olmsted Falls graduate Katie Nageotte continues to be a key member of the University of Dayton women’s track and field team.
The former Ohio state Division I champion was part of the Flyers’ winning pole vault crew last week at the Ashland Alumni Invite. Nageotte, a sophomore, finished ninth with a vault of 11-01.75, giving Dayton three of the top 10 finishes.
Junior Courtney Siebenaller set the school record for the second time in two weeks, winning the event with a 13-01.50. Senior Pembroke Strickland was fifth with an 11-07.75, while freshman Katrina Steinhauser was 10th with her 11-01.75.
It was Siebenaller who recorded a 12-12.11.75 at the All Ohio Championships to break Nageotte’s 12-11.0 set last season.
Up next for Nageotte and the Flyers is the Atlantic-10 Conference meet in Charlotte, NC, this weekend.