TRAVERSE CITY -- Apparently, all John Plumstead needed was a chance.
Army's junior linebacker, a graduate of Benzie Central, made his first start for the Black Knights on Saturday in place of senior Charlie Rockwood, who was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury against Central Michigan the week prior.
All Plumstead did in a 34-10 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday was record nine tackles, seven of which were solo. Plumstead had four tackles for a total of 19 yards in losses, including a pair of sacks for minus 16 yards.
A special teams standout for Army (3-5), Plumstead had his first career tackle for a loss when he stopped Georgia Tech running back Tashard Choice two yards behind the scrimmage in the first quarter. His first career sack against QB Taylor Bennett came in the second quarter and was the first the Yellowjackets had allowed since a Sept. 22 loss to Virginia.
-- The Penn State volleyball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won a pair of five-game Big Ten matches. The Nittany Lions (18-2, 10-0) topped No. 8 Wisconsin on Sunday by a 30-18, 24-30, 24-30, 30-27, 15-13 triumph.
Sophomore setter Alisha Glass (Leland) dished out 62 assists to go along with eight digs, two kills and two digs against the Badgers.
On Saturday, Glass set a Penn State single-match record with 14 blocks -- three solo -- in a 30-28, 30-25, 19-30, 28-30, 15-10 win over Illinois. Glass also had 51 assists, two kills and two digs
-- Freshman center Eric Kattelus (Traverse City) had a goal and an assist in the third period of Michigan Tech's 7-1 victory over Minnesota State on Saturday.
Kattelus picked up his first collegiate goal 7:53 into the final period and later had an assist on a power-play goal with 4:50 remaining in the contest for the Huskies (3-1).
-- Grand Valley State won both the men's and women's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference cross country titles on Saturday.
In the women's race, Ferris State senior Margot McGlothlin (Suttons Bay) was 25th in 23:53.03, Lake Superior State sophomore Ashley Quick (Harbor Springs) 34th in 24:07.8 and Northern Michigan junior Danielle Stein (Kalkaska) 62nd in 25:07.94.
The top mens' finisher from the area was Saginaw Valley State senior Eric LaCross (Cheboygan). He was 35th in 27:09.06.
Lake Superior State senior Chris Olds (Gaylord) was 58th in 27:51.91 while Michigan Tech freshman Ian Connick (TC Central) took 74th in 28:27.53. Also for LSSU, junior Luke Allen (Onekama) was 80th in 28:36.01 while senior Ben Tarbutton (Gaylord St. Mary) was 83rd in 28:41.85.
-- Senior keeper Stacy LaLond (Cheboygan) made nine saves as the Saginaw Valley State women's soccer team topped Findlay 2-1 on Sunday.
LaLond had eight stops in a 1-0 loss to Ashland on Friday. Saginaw Valley is 7-5-1 overall and 5-2 in the GLIAC.
-- The Michigan State cross country teams ran on Friday at the EMU Classic in Dexter. No team scores were kept.
For the MSU men, freshman Aaron Simoneau (Manistee) was 10th in 32:56 while freshman Paul Grieve (Kalkaska) was 24th in 34:31. Freshman Nick Deering (TC West) was 25th in 34:35 and freshman Peter Martin (TC West) 27th in 34:44 for host Eastern Michigan while Oakland University freshman Kevin Cataldo (Suttons Bay) was 52nd in 42:46.
In the women's race, MSU sophomore Thereseann Zimmerman (Gaylord) was 27th in 20:05.
-- Freshman defenseman Zach Redmond (TC Central) picked up his first assist as the Ferris State hockey team skated to a 2-2 tie with Wayne State on Saturday.
Ferris beat Wayne State 6-2 on Friday as Redmond picked up his first collegiate goal early in the second period. Junior right wing Corey Couturier (TC Central) had an assist on a goal by the Bulldogs (1-3-1) late in period one.
-- Freshman linebacker Andy Strobel (Petoskey) had 10 tackles as Northern Michigan knocked off Michigan Tech 34-27 on Saturday in a GLIAC football game.
Of his 10 tackles for the Wildcats (2-5), eight were solo stops.
-- Junior Casey Wilcox (Petoskey) and freshman Kari Buckel (TC Central) had goals as Northern Michigan topped Ferris State 3-1 in a GLIAC women's soccer game on Thursday.
Senior Sarah Scarpace (Manistee), Wilcox and Buckel started for NMU (10-4-2, 3-3-2 GLIAC) while sophomore Megan Ford (Gaylord) saw action as a reserve.
-- Freshman halfback Jeff Langley (Inland Lakes) scored on a 5-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter of Tri-State's 21-14 loss to Olivet in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football game on Saturday
Langley finished with 43 yards on 11 carries for Tri-State (4-3, 2-2 MIAA). Senior defensive lineman Matt Reinhardt (Gaylord) had two tackles for Olivet (4-3, 4-0).
-- Junior forward Erich Jackson (Petoskey) had a goal in each game as the Aquinas College men's soccer team split a pair of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference games last week.
Aquinas (12-5-1, 7-4-1 WHAC) lost 5-4 to Davenport on Saturday and beat Concordia 4-0 on Tuesday. Junior goalie Ben Richardson (TC Central) had three saves in the Saints' win and four in the loss to Davenport.
-- Senior Troy Blasius (Gaylord St. Mary), sophomore Ben Sleder (TC West) and freshman Kyle Hinkle (Cadillac) had two solo tackles as Hope beat Adrian 24-14 in a MIAA football game.
Blasius finished with five total tackles while Hinkle had three for the Dutchmen (4-3, 4-0 MIAA).
-- The Aquinas College men's cross country team won the WHAC Championships on Saturday.
Senior Chris Robertz (Elk Rapids) was third overall and freshman Sean McGlothlin (Suttons Bay) 18th to lead the Saints. Freshman Nick Swisher (Bear Lake) was 38th for Spring Arbor.
Freshman Trisha Sarki (Petoskey) was 40th for the Aquinas women's team.
-- The Purdue women's soccer team ran its home unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 2-1 triumph over Illinois.
Senior Kalie Grambeau (Harbor Springs) started and played all 90 minutes for the Boilermakers (14-1-2, 6-0-1 Big Ten). Grambeau had one shot on goal for No. 5 Purdue.
-- Colgate's football team snapped Towson's 14-game non-conference winning steak with a 27-17 victory on Saturday.
Senior wide receiver Erik Burke (TC Central) caught a 1-yard touchdown pass for Colgate's first touchdown. Burke finished the game with six catches for 105 yards and moved into 10th place on the career receptions list for the Raiders (4-3) with 102.
-- Junior Kaitlyn Burns (TC West) started both games for Aquinas College as the Saints won the WHAC regular-season women's soccer title with two victories last week.
The Saints topped Davenport 2-1 on Saturday and Concordia 2-0 on Tuesday to finish 14-3 overall and 10-2 in the conference. Aquinas hosts Madonna on Wednesday in the semifinals of the league tournament.
-- Senior fullback Travis Sivek (TC St. Francis) scored two of Carnegie-Mellon's three touchdowns in a 21-0 triumph over the University of Chicago on Saturday.
Sivek finished with 29 carries for 110 yards for the Tartans (3-4, 1-1 University Athletic Association). Sivek became the school's all-time leading rusher last season.
-- Junior keeper Keyton Wheelock (TC West) made 12 saves before surrendering a goal as Concordia (Min.) University dropped a 1-0 double overtime loss to No. 12 Winona State on Saturday.
Wheelock had six saves as the Golden Bears (3-13-2, 1-6 NSIC) lost 2-1 loss to North Iowa on Sunday.
-- The Grand Valley State women's soccer team, ranked No. 1 in Division II, improved to 16-0 and 7-0 in the GLIAC with a 3-0 shutout of Northern Michigan on Sunday. GVSU beat Tiffin 2-1 in overtime on Thursday.
Sophomore Katie Johnson (Petoskey) started both games for the Lakers.
-- Freshman linebacker Eric Gordon (TC West) returned to the lineup for Michigan State against No. 1 Ohio State.
Gordon had four tackles -- two solo -- in the 24-17 loss to the Buckeyes. The Spartans are 5-3 overall, 1-3 in the Big Ten.
-- Sophomore midielder Kevin Bartosek (TC West) had a goal in Hope's 2-2 tie with Calvin College in a MIAA men's soccer match.
Bartosek started while freshmen Andrew Nichols (TC West) and Sam Coughenour (TC West) saw action as reserves as Hope topped Adrian 3-0 on Saturday to improve to 9-6-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the league.
-- Northern Michigan won the final two games to beat Grand Valley State 3-2 on Sunday and end the Lakers' 19-match winning streak.
The Lakers (16-10, 10-4 GLIAC) opened their Upper Peninsula road trip by beating Lake Superior State on Friday and Michigan Tech on Saturday by 3-0 scores.
In the three matches, Grand Valley senior middle blocker Erica Vandekopple (Pellston) had 34 kills, nine blocks, six digs and four assists.
-- Winona State's football team improved to 6-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 35-24 triumph over Bemidji State on Saturday.
Junior strong safety Tyler Perkette (TC West) led the Warriors (7-1) with seven tackles, six of which were solo. Perkette also broke up two passes for Winona State.
-- Kalamazoo College won a pair of MIAA men's soccer games last week to improve to 10-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference.
Freshman Ben Darling (Suttons Bay) had an assist in Wednesday's 2-1 triumph over Olivet.
-- The Michigan State men's golf team teed it up with three other league schools at the Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge, which ended on Monday.
Junior Randy Hutchison (TC Central) tied for 15th in the opening round with a two-over par 74. He shot a 75 and a 76 in the final two rounds of the 54-hole tourney.
-- Hillsdale College sophomore H-back Bill Kanitz (Cadillac) scored on a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter of the Chargers' 42-33 victory over Mercyhurst on Saturday.
Kanitz has five rushing touchdowns on just seven carries this season for Hillsdale (6-2).
-- Kalamazoo College won a pair of volleyball games on Saturday against St. Mary's and Defiance Colleges.
Freshman Anna Lau (Leland) had 18 kills, 18 digs, two blocks and two aces against the Hornets (10-15, 5-8 MIAA).
-- The Tennessee-Martin women's soccer team failed to get any of its 10 shots on goal into the net in a scoreless tie against Southeast Missouri on Sunday.
Freshman Marissa Wood-Sternburgh (TC West) had two of those shots on goal as a reserve for Martin (9-4-3, 4-1-3 Ohio Valley Conference). Sophomore Jamie Furstenberg (TC West) started at midfield for the Skyhawks.
-- Alma College rushed for 208 yards as the Scots topped Albion 30-22. Senior Wren Chellis (Ellsworth) started at left tackle for the Scots (3-4, 3-1 MIAA).
-- After posting a 3-0 non-conference victory against Davenport University on Thursday, the Lake Superior State volleyball team lost 3-0 to Grand Valley State on Friday and 3-0 to Ferris State on Sunday.
Sophomore outside hitter Holly Orban (Suttons Bay) had 17 kills and three blocks for LSSU (7-18, 2-11 GLIAC).
-- Junior goalie Polly Cline (TC Central) played the final 16 minutes in net as the University of Chicago women's soccer team shut out Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Wednesday. The Maroons are now 8-4-3 on the season.
-- Sophomore forward Emily Murray (Petoskey) had a goal as Wittenberg beat Earlham 3-0 on Wednesday. Wittenberg won 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 14-2-1, 5-0-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
-- Aurora University freshman goalie Matt Ness (Suttons Bay) saw action in two soccer games last week.
Ness played 106 minutes and made three saves in a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday and made one save in the first half of a 1-0 overtime triumph against Lawrence on Oct. 15.
-- Grand Valley State freshman defensive lineman Alex Gilde (McBain) had one solo tackle and Northwood freshman linebacker Drew Wyse (Kingsley) one assisted stop as the Lakers won their 35th straight football game on Saturday, 51-20 over the Timberwolves.
-- The Alma College volleyball team lost a pair of MIAA matches last week, 3-1 to Tri-State on Wednesday and 3-0 to Adrian on Saturday.
Senior Amanda Risch (Cadillac) had 27 digs and two kills for the Scots (6-20, 2-12 MIAA). Junior Katie Porter (Cheboygan) added 23 digs, freshman setter Hannah Hewitt (Harbor Light Christian) 39 assists, six digs and three kills and junior Jennifer Bassett-Payne (TC St. Francis) 10 digs, nine kills and two aces.
-- The University of Michigan golf team tied for seventh among the 16 teams at last week's The Prestige at PGA West with a 54-hole total of 879.
Wolverine junior Bill Rankin (TC Central) tied for 75th place with a 232. He had rounds of 76, 78 and 78.
-- Hope College handed Calvin College its first MIAA volleyball loss on Wednesday, 3-1. Sophomore Kelsey Sears (TC West) had 11 digs, two assists and one kill for Calvin (21-4, 12-1 MIAA).