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Cornerstone volleyball team faced Saint Ambrose University and (RV) Trinity Christian College during day one of the Trinity Christian/Saint Xavier Tournament. The Golden Eagle squad defeated both teams in four sets to start the season with a 2-0 record.
During the first match of the night, the Golden Eagles defeated Saint Ambrose (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, and 25-20) led by Heather Green with 21 kills. Johanna Egerer and Cailie Johnson had 13 and 10 kills respectively. Amber Carmean accumulated 22 digs followed by 14 digs from Green. Hope Leppink had 57 assists. Libby Webber, Cailie Johnson, and Leppink finished with 1.5 blocks each.
In the second match of the day Cornerstone took on the home team (RV) Trinity Christian College. Cornerstone won in four sets (25-19, 25-19, 21-25, 25-21). Both Johnson and Green had 13 Kills while Megan Newhouse and Maria Ma added 10 kills in the match. Leppink dished out 41 assists to aid in the victory while Amber Carmean lead the team with 19 digs.
The Golden Eagles will face No. 10 Lindsey Wilson at 1 a.m (EST) and Roosevelt University at 3 p.m. (EST) tomorrow at St. Xavier University.
The Cornerstone University Mens' Basketball Team recently landed its second high-profile recruit for the 2015 class with the signing of local star Malik Clincy. The high-flying wing from Northview High School joins Wayland's Dilon Aten, who signed with the Golden Eagles on August 9.
Clincy, who helped his Wildcats to an 18-6 record as a junior, averaged 11 PPG during the 2013-14 season. Playing on his future college court during the Cornerstone University Holiday Tournament, Clincy averaged 20 PPG while leading his team to the Silver Divison championship. He was awarded MVP honors for his efforts during the two day event. Clincy also averaged four rebounds and six assists/game during his junior campaign.
Clincy led Northview to a Class A District title in 2014. The 6-3 forward scored 16 points in the championship game versus Forest Hills Central. Clincy, who also plays some occasional point guard for the Wildcats, hit the game-winning shot with two seconds remaining on the clock against East Grand Rapids on February 11.
Coach Elders on Malik: "Malik is a tremendous athlete who can also play basketball at a very high level. He's a talented player right now, but his upside is off the charts. His best basketball is still ahead of him. We've been trying to recruit an athletic wing for the last couple of years but never found the player that we really thought would fit into our system. Malik runs the court so well and is an excellent finisher. He's a very skilled offensive player, but his greatest strength might be on the defensive end of the court. As a person, they don't come any better than Malik. He's a delightful young man and a joy to be around. He can light up a room with his personality."
Malik on why he chose Cornerstone: "I chose Cornerstone because of its outstanding educational program. The family atmosphere there is friendly and special. I really love the coaches and players."
In the picture with Malik are (L to R): Stepfather Todd Harris, sisters Takiyah and Amiya Sumrell and his mother Lashonda Harris.
Cornerstone University and the Golden Eagle Women's Basketball program would like to welcome Taryn Sack to the 2014-2015 roster. Taryn is a 5-7 guard from Grand Rapids South Christian High School.
During Taryn's senior year at South Christian she helped lead her team to a 26-1 record and a berth in the Class B State Finals. Sack was the starting point guard, averaging 5 points per game and led her team with 3 assists per game. She also served her team as team captain.
Also during her senior year, Taryn was named to the OK Gold Honorable Mention All-conference team, Advance Newspaper All-Area Honorable Mention team, and was ranked second free throw shooter in the Grand Rapids area. Sack was honored as the OK Conference Scholar Athlete with a 3.65 GPA. Taryn was also a finalist for the West Michigan Officials Association Dan Nameth Sportsmanship Award.
Taryn served as a Chapel leader and also a Bible study group leader.
"What Coach Mattera is Saying about Taryn Sack"
"Taryn is a true athlete because she puts her team before herself. She has a great work ethic, and does not make the same mistake twice. She knows the game of basketball extremely well, and strives to get better every day. She has been shown great dedication to our program this summer, and I know will make a huge impact on our team. I am so THANKFUL that Taryn has decided to be a part our team!!"
Cornerstone University Women's Basketball would like to welcome Mya Udell to the program. Mya signed a letter of intent to be a Golden Eagle for the 2014-2015 roster. Udell is a 5-7 Guard from Ada, Mich.
Mya is a three sport athlete for Forest Hills Central High School, receiving varsity letters for volleyball, basketball and also softball. She was named to the OK White All Conference team for all three sports also.
During her senior year, Mya scored a total 243 points and grabbed a total of 122 rebounds. Mya was named Forest Hills Central's 2013-2014 Female Athlete of the Year.
What Coach Mattera is Saying about Mya Udell
"I am extremely excited to have Mya a part of our program. She attended many of our games, and has been around our team for a couple years now, I am happy that she is officially part of our family! Mya is a strong competitor that can shoot outside, but also defend the paint and rebound very well. While I was recruiting Mya, I loved watching her play because she worked extremely hard, and never gave up or put her head down. I know Mya will set a huge example for our team!"