(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - Thomas More athletics had an exciting week in sports last week. Volleyball and women's and men's soccer placed first in the PAC, giving them the hosting privileges for the PAC tournament starting this week and men's basketball kicked off their season with an exhibition game at UK.
The Thomas More women's volleyball team finished regular season competition going 2-0 this week, defeating Thiel and Grove City. The Saints went a perfect 18-0 in PAC play and finished with a 27-5 overall record. In the match against Grove City, the Saints won 3-0. Jenna Fessler had the team high of 27 assists. Madison Krumpelman and Jenna Mummert each recorded nine kills. Sara Crooker led the team with 15 digs. In the Thiel match, the Saints won 3-0. Krumpelman and Carlee Lambert led the team with 11 kills each as well as Jessica Ginn leading the team in digs recording 20. With the wins this week, Thomas More is the No. 1 seed in the upcoming PAC Championship Tournament and will host the semifinals and championship matches on Friday and Saturday (November 3-4) at the Connor Convocation Center. The Saints will play either No. 4 seed Geneva College or No. 5 seed Washington & Jefferson College in the first semifinal match at 6 p.m. on Friday and No. 2 seed Westminster College will play either No. 3 seed Bethany College or No. 6 seed Chatham University in the 8 p.m. semifinal match.
The Thomas More College football team travelled to Bethany College, shutting them out 21-0. At the half, the game was 0-0. After the third quarter, the Saints led 14-0. Brenan Kuntz got the Saints on the board when he connected with Logan Winkler for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Luke Zajac ran one yard into the end zone to extend the lead. Dillon Powell scored on a two-yard run to score the final touchdown of the game, putting the Saints up 21-0. Zajac had 19 carries for 132 yards while Hjavier Pitts had 20 carries for 87 yards. Kuntz was 11-18 in passing with 135 yards. Adam Guard led the team with nine tackles. With the win, the Saints are now 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the PAC. The Saints will close out the season on Saturday (Nov. 4) hosting Thiel for Senior Day and Regis Scafe Day. The team will be honoring the retirement of Coach Scafe after the game.
The Thomas More College women's soccer team finished the regular season last week, defeating Westminster 2-1 and Thiel 2-0. The Saints are now 13-4-1 overall and 8-1 in the PAC. In the Westminster match, Abby Stadtmiller and Olivia Nienaber scored the two goals for the Saints with an assist from Ashley Maples. Maples also led the team in shots, recording seven, and Maddy Kim recorded four saves. In the Thiel match, Kim earned the shutout, recording two saves and no goals allowed. Stadtmiller and Maples scored the two goals for the Saints and both led the team in shots, each recording six. Thomas More will be the No. 1 seed in next week's PAC Championship. The Saints will host the No. 4 seed on Tuesday (October 31) in a semifinal match at 2 p.m.
The Thomas More College men's soccer team took on Westminster and Thiel, closing out the regular season play. The Saints beat Westminster, 3-1, and Thiel, 2-0. With the wins, the Saints are now 12-4-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the PAC. In the Westminster match, Ethan Smith, Zach Leffler, and Colton Dolezal all scored off assists from Sam Lewis, Ibra Goumballe, and Brandon Lorentz. Patrick Louis and Smith had the team high, recording four shots each. Jeff Paulin recorded nine saves in the 90 minutes. In the Thiel match, Griffin Garrison scored off an assist from Jake Overbee. Garrison also scored the game winning goal from a cross pass from Zane ross. Paulin earned the shut out recording no goals allowed and one save. The Saints are the No. 1 seed in next week's PAC Championship Tournament and will host the No. 4 seed on Wednesday (November 1) in a semifinal match at 2 p.m.
The Thomas More College men's and women's cross country competed in the PAC Championships this weekend. In the women's meet, Natalie Kleier placed 10th with a time of 24:25.54. Kleier also received Second Team All-PAC. Kelsey Etherton placed in the top 50, placing 40th with a time of 26:47.75. In the men's meet, Michael Campbell placed fifth with a time of 26:15.79. Oscar Ramirez placed 10th with a time of 26:53.49 and Ross Klocke placed 14th with a time of 27:05.16. The Saints had three runners placed on the All-PAC teams, Campbell received First Team All-PAC, Ramirez and Klocke both were place on the Second Team All-PAC. Both the men's and women's team compete next at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional on Nov. 11 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
The Thomas More College men's basketball had its first exhibition game of the season, playing against University of Kentucky. The Saints fell 103-61, holding the Wildcats to under 100 points until there was 50 seconds left in the game. Damion King scored 13 points, recorded three rebounds and one steal. Ralph Stone led the team in rebounds, recording six along with two assists, and five points. Brandon Horne had the only other steal in the game, also recording two assists and seven points. Austin Young was tied with Horne for points, recording seven, along with one assist. Ryne Callahan had the second most points for the Saints, recording nine, also recording three rebounds which were all on the offensive side. Callahan also recorded one assist. The Saints had 26 rebounds and went 21-27 on free-throws, which resulted in a better free-throw percentage than UK, 77.8% to 73.3%. The Saints play their second and final exhibition match on Nov. 4 at Xavier University taking on the Musketeers at 4:00PM.