NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – For the first time in Saint Joseph’s women’s tennis history, two Hawks have been named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams. Senior Casey Robinson (Radnor, Pa./Harriton) was selected to the A-10 All-Conference First Team for the second straight year, while sophomore Aurora Davis (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) earned A-10 All-Conference Second Team honors, conference officials announced on Tuesday.
The only player in Saint Joseph's women's tennis history to garner multiple Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors, Robinson finished her career as arguably the best player to ever don the Crimson and Gray. An All-Conference First Team selection as a junior and senior, and Second Team honoree as a sophomore, Robinson posted a 66-21 singles record over her four seasons, setting the Hawks' all-time records for singles wins (66) and wins at No. 1 singles (52). This year, she posted arguably the best season in program history going 25-4 overall in singles matches and 20-3 at the top singles flight. A member of the SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Robinson topped her previous record for wins, 23, set last season as a junior.
Playing primarily at the second singles flight, Davis posted a career year in 2012-13. After going 14-13 overall as a rookie, Davis flourished this past season, going 25-6 in singles matches to tie Robinson’s record for most wins in a season and setting a new record for wins at No. 2 singles with 18. Teaming with Robinson to go 10-3 at the top doubles flight, Davis will enter next season tied with Jhennifer Kedzierksi ’10 for the all-time lead in wins at No. 2 singles (23) and fifth overall in all-time singles wins.
Saint Joseph’s van Grinsven, Griffin, Shields and Cloud Honored By Big 5
PHILADELPHIA - Capping a memorable season that included winning the Atlantic 10 title and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade, four Saint Joseph's Hawks were recognized for their performances throughout the season by the Philadelphia Big 5. Saint Joseph's redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg) was selected Big 5 Player of the Year and All-Big 5 First Team honoree, while head coach Cindy Griffin was named Big 5 Coach of the Year. Junior Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) earned Most Improved Player honors and joins redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) on the All-Big 5 Second Team.
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Brooklyn Bound! Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Upsets #11 Dayton To Advance to Atlantic 10 Title Game
PHILADELPHIA -The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team is headed to the Atlantic 10 title game next Saturday in Brooklyn as the Hawks topped #11 Dayton in the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship Sunday afternoon at Hagan Arena. With the win, the Hawks will now play for the A-10 title next Saturday, March 16 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Hawks held a 52-49 lead with 2:45 remaining in regulation, but Dayton's Andrea Hoover hit a jumper to bring the Flyers to within one,
SJU's redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven responded with a jumper of her own to bring the Hawks back up three, 54-51 with 2:12 to go.
PHILADELPHIA - The fourth seeded Saint Joseph's women's basketball team down fifth seed Duquesne, 73-60, Saturday afternoon at Hagan Arena. The Hawks advance to face top seed Dayton in the semifinals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The semifinal matchup will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
In a tightly-contested first half, the Hawks broke open to an 8-2 lead on a three-pointer by Erin Shields, but that would be the biggest lead of the half as Duquesne would rally to take a 13-12 advantage.
The lead would change hands six more times in the first half as Saint Joseph's took a 24-21 lead into the second half as neither team shot over 35 percent in the half.
PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg College), junior Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) each received Atlantic 10 awards, conference officials announced on Thursday. The Hawks’ van Grinsven was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team, while Shields was chosen Most Improved Player, All-Conference Third Team and All-Academic Team.
Leading SJU in scoring and rebounding, van Grinsven has made a memorable impact in her lone season on Hawk Hill. With 14 double-doubles this season, the starting forward enters the A-10 Championship averaging 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The first Hawk to be named to an All-Conference First Team since Susan Moran in 2001-02, van Grinsven has already etched her name in the SJU record books in several categories as her 294 rebounds are tied for fifth most in a single season, while her 43 blocked shots are ninth most. van Grinsven is joined by Dayton’s Andrea Hoover, Fordham’s Erin Rooney, Charlotte’s Jennifer Hailey and Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade on the All-Conference First Team.
One of the top perimeter threats in the A-10, Shields is the first Hawk to be named A-10 Most Improved Player. Averaging 6.8 points per game and hitting just 38 three pointers last season, Shields has thrived as a starter this year, scoring 11.5 points per game and converting a career-best 66 three point field goals. A finance major with a 3.86 grade-point-average, she has led the Hawks in scoring six times this season, including a career-best 28 points at #12 Dayton last Sunday. Shields is joined by Dayton’s Sam MacKay, Xavier’s Amber Gray and Charlotte’s Amanda Dowe and Ny Hammonds on the All-Conference Third Team and Andrea Hoover of Dayton, Jessica Pachko of Xavier, Rachel Bilney of Richmond and George Washington’s Tara Booker on the All-Academic Team.
SAINT JOSEPH'S WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAM EDGES PROVIDENCE, 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. - For the second straight day the Saint Joseph's women's tennis match came down to the final singles match. The Hawks, facing Big East foe Providence, again earned the 4-3 victory as sophomore Kelly Mulquinearned the three-set tie-breaking victory at No. 5 singles to earn the team win for SJU.
PHILADELPHIA – Backed by its senior class, the Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team downed Massachusetts, 87-50, Wednesday evening at Hagan Arena. The Hawks got a combined 42 points from seniors Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherland/Dr. Kippenberg College), Mireia Vila (Cabrera Del Mar, Spain/Escola Pia Santa Anna), Ashley Prim (Ansonia, Conn./Kolbe Cathedral) and Shelby Smith (Ames, Iowa/West) as they earned improved to 20-7 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10.
From the tip, Saint Joseph’s was in full control, hitting 5-of-6 from the floor and a pair of free throws as it jumped out to a 13-0 lead.
Leading 36-21, the Hawks opened their lead to 47-23 as Smith scored six of her 11 points during her team’s 11-2 run. Saint Joseph’s would take a 50-25 lead into halftime as it finished the opening half shooting 63.3 percent from the field (19-of-30), while holding the Minutewomen to 30 percent (9-of-30).