Susan Wren (Severna Park) isn't the only reason West Virginia Wesleyan is having a banner volleyball season, but she's doubtless the main one.
The sophomore setter was named first-team All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and was the conference tournament MVP. Thanks in part to Wren, West Virginia Wesleyan is 38-2, has an 80-match conference winning streak dating to 1991 and is top-seeded in the coming NCAA Division II regionals.
The team is peppered with Baltimore talent, including honorable mention All-WVIAC hitter Julie Kasprzak (Severna Park), Marti Wiblin (Oakland Mills), Ilyse Cramer (Randallstown) and Jaime Jansen (Perry Hall).
Freshman Jason Bloom (Perry Hall) is averaging 45.1 yards on nine punts for New Mexico and has kicked off 43 times with only 23 returned for a 19.6-yard average.
* Senior Nick Jeppi (Calvert Hall), a Nevada-Las Vegas special teams player, was saluted for Play of the Game by a Las Vegas radio station after his flying tackle on a kickoff and for Hardest Hit of the Game against Arkansas State. . . . Linebacker Justin Flint (Loyola) was one of seven Catholic freshmen who started in the loss to Salisbury State. . . . Junior linebacker Brad Fordyce (C. Milton Wright) made 15 tackles as Springfield held William Paterson to 103 yards rushing in a 42-14 win. . . . Donald Gibson (Wilde Lake) is a member of Liberty's defensive secondary trio that has combined for 11 interceptions.
Junior Terri Townslay (Howard) broke her school single-season goals record of six with 10 in helping Illinois College finish with a school-record eight victories.
* Sophomore Aimee Vaughan (Dulaney) had an assist as James Madison beat Penn State, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Vaughan is the No. 3 scorer with 39 points as the Dukes head into today's round of 16 game at Maryland. She has helped JMU establish school records for wins (16), goals (80), assists (71) and points (231).
Roger Williams' sophomore 177-pounder, Kevin Neville (Mount St. Joseph), got off to a fast start by capturing three matches in the school's season-opening invitational. He and two teammates were the first Roger Williams wrestlers to win titles in the invitational's five-year history. . . . Case Western Reserve sophomore Robert Gray Frain (St. Paul's), who was 7-15 last season, will be a regular again at 118 or 126.
Sophomore Geoff Warren (Arundel), usually Columbia's fourth runner across the finish line, was 131st in a field of 240 in the IC4A Championships and 50th out of 80 in the Heptagonals.
* Clemson sophomore Jason Reckner (Old Mill), Maryland state Class 4A champion in 1993, was seventh at the Clemson Invitational and 119th in the NCAA District III meet. . . . Lubbock Christian's Mike Mamo (Milford Mill) was fifth in the Southwest qualifier for the NAIA championships. . . . Williams' Matt Buck (Gilman) was 12th in the ECAC championships.
Amherst sophomore Ryan Cole (Pikesville) won the No. 3 singles title in the ECAC north regionals and reached the round of 16 in singles and doubles in the Rolex regionals. . . . Sophomore Christina Williamson (Mercy), likely to start at small forward for Susquehanna, reported for basketball after a fall as a soccer midfielder.