(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - With teams travelling to Atlanta, Ga., St. Louis, Mo., University Heights, Ohio, comepting in the first rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and Wrestling competing in its first meet of the seaosn, it made for a very busy weekned for the Saints.
The Thomas More College volleyball team played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. taking on Christopher Newport University. The Saints fell 3-2 in a thrilling match with scores of 25-16, 22-25, 23-25, 25-16, 11-15. Thomas More had four players register double-digit kills led by sophomore middle hitter Jenna Mummert, who had a match-high 24. Joining her in double-digits kills was sophomore outside hitter Madison Krumpelman with 16, first-year outside hitter Carlee Lambert with 12 and sophomore outside hitter Alli Borders with 11. Junior setter Jenna Fessler paced the offense with 57 assists. The Saints ended the season 29-6 overall.
The Thomas More College competed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. taking on Wittenberg University. The Saints fell 2-3 in OT. Ashley Maples put the Saints up in the first half, with a goal form about 25 yards out. In the second half, Wittenberg tied it up 1-1 within the first eight minutes. Kristina Felix had an answer to the Wittenberg goal, finding the back of the net seconds after. With three minutes left to go, Wittenberg tied it up 2-2, sending the match into overtime. In overtime, Abby Stadtmiller had a header that was just saved by the Wittenberg goal keeper. With seven minutes left to go in overtime, Wittenberg scored off a rebounded blocked shot, sending the Tigers to the second round. The Saints ended the season 15-5-1 while Wittenberg moved to 9-6-3.
The Thomas More College men's soccer team played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in University Heights, Ohio, taking on top ranked Calvin College. The Saints fell 4-0, ending their season 14-4-2 overall. Junior goalkeeper, Jeff Paulin, played all 90 minutes and recorded six saves. Junior Sam Lewis led the team with six shots, four of which were on goal and one that went off the cross bar. Thomas More was making the program's eighth NCAA Division III Championship appearance and won its seventh PAC regular season title and seventh PAC Championship Tournament this season.
Men's Cross Country
The Thomas More College men's cross country team finished the fall season at the Midwest Regional in Carlisle, Pa. The Saints placed in 30th place, out of 51 teams, with a score of 813. Michael Campbell was the top Saint, placing 68th with a time of 26:49.5. Oscar Ramirez finished 111th with a time of 27:22.0. Ross Klocke finished in 179th place with a time of 28:17.3 and right behind him was junior Ronny Smith with a time of 28: 36.9. Senior Brandon West also finished under the 30-minute mark in 254th place with a time of 29:39.5. Junior Josh Pusateri just missed the under the 30-minute mark, coming in 273rd place with a time of 30:13.1. This was the last meet of the 2017 season. The Saints came in first two times, 10th place or better five times and 30th place or better seven time this season.
The Thomas More wrestling team opened its season at the Washington & Jefferson Invitational this weekend. The invitational had a total of 17 teams competing, and the Saints placed seventh overall. Six wrestlers for the Saints placed at the meet. The top Saint was sophomore Avery Jones, at 184 he went 3-1 against his opponent. Sophomore Andrew Taylor was 1-2 at 174 placing him in fourth place. First-year Kenny Byers placed fourth at 133, recording a pin at 1:20. First-year Tanner Yenter placed fifth at 133, going 8-5 and a 13-5 major decision and a pin in 27-seconds. First-year Brady Wells was sixth at 125 with a pin in the first 40-seconds. Sophomore James Caniglia was fifth at 197 with a 19-4 major decision and a 16-4 major decision. This was the team's as well as first-year Head Coach Jason Russell's first match of the season.