(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) - The opening week of October proved to be a victorious one for the Saints athletic teams. Volleyball, football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's tennis all competed this week.
Saints volleyball competed in six matches this week. The team took on Chatham, winning in three sets, 3-0. The Chatham match marked nine shut-outs in a row and extended the Saints win streak to 13. The Saints travelled to St. Louis to compete in a two day invitational, taking on Webster, Frontbonne, Washington, and Central Iowa. They went 3-1 over the two days, falling to ranked Washington, 3-1. In the opening match of the day, the Saints rallied to defeat Webster by the scores of 22-25, 25-15, 23-25, 25-22 and 15-7. The offense was paced by junior setter Jenna Fessler who had 53 assists. First-year outside hitter Carlee Lambert led the Saints' offensive attack with 20 kills. Three other Saints had double-digit kills as sophomore middle hitter Jenna Mummert had 14, sophomore outside hitter Alli Borders finished with 13 and sophomore outside hitter Madison Krumpelman added 10.
Thomas More defeated Fontbonne in the second match by the scores of 25-14, 25-12, 22-25 and 25-14. Mummert led the attack with 19 kills, while Lambert added 11. Fessler led the team in assists with 30 and first-year setter Madison Read added 14. Defensively, Rachel Bronner had 22 digs, while Fessler finished with 12 and first-year defensive specialist Jessica Ginn added 12.
The Saints fell to the ranked Bears 21-25, 27-25, 25-23 and 25-22. Krumpelman led the offensive attack with a match-high 17 kills, while first-year outside hitter Lambert added 12. Junior setter Fessler paced the offense with 40 assists, while senior defensive specialist Rachel Bronner led the team in service aces with 40. Bronner led the team on the defensive side of the net with 18 digs, while Krumpelman added 14 and Fessler and first-year defensive specialist Ginn each had 10 digs.
Thomas More defeated Central by the scores of 25-21, 25-16 and 25-17. Lambert and sophomore middle hitter Mummert led the team in kills with nine each, while Krumpelman finished with eight. Fessler led the team in assists with 23 and Bronner led the team in service aces with three. On the defense, Fessler had a match-high 13 digs, Bronner added 12 and Krumpelman and sophomore outside hitter Borders finished with 10 each. Bronner and Ginn led the Saints in digs, with Ginn recording 15 and Bronner grabbing 14. Ginn also recorded two service aces and Bronner added two kills, an assist, and four service aces. Fessler helped lead the team to victory with 25 assists, five digs, one kill, and one service ace. Lambert, Mummert, and Borders led the team in kills all recording seven each. Lambert also recorded two digs, a solo block, and an assisted block. Mummert also had a service ace, an assist, and a block assist. Borders also added three assists, and four digs. Rana Cousin led the team in solo blocks putting up two in the match. Thomas More is now 20-5 overall and 11-0 in the PAC. The Saints are back in action on Oct. 14, hosting Saint Vincent. The match will start at 1:00 PM in the Connor Convocation Center.
Saints football defeated Grove City on Saturday, 53-10. Thomas More went up 7-0 from a one-yard run and Cole Mathias adding the extra point early in the first quarter. Later in the first, Pitts ran another one in from 13-yards out putting the Saints up 14-0. Brenan Kuntz connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Logan Winkler, making the score 21-3. Just before halftime Kuntz completed another touchdown pass for 30 yards to Daylin Garland II. Saints went into halftime 28-3. Thomas More increased its lead to 35-3 in the third quarter when Kuntz connected with Winkler again for a 41-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Garland caught an 81-yard pass to run it in for a touchdown making putting the Saints up 50-10. Mathias closed out the game with a 36-yard field goal, adding three more to the Saints total, winning 53-10. Kuntz went 14-19 passing and had a total of 341 yards. Linebacker Cody Coffey led the Saints' defense as he had seven tackles and a sack. The Saints are now 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the PAC. Thomas More returns to action on October 14 when it hosts Waynesburg University at 12 p.m. at BB&T Field in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. The game is designated as Thomas More's cancer awareness game and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to "Pink Out" BB&T Field.
Women's golf competed in the PAC Championship this week. The 2017-18 PAC Championships is a 54-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes played at the Fall Championships and another 18 holes played at the Spring Championships in April. The combined 54-hole team total will determine the 2017-18 PAC team champions and winners of the league's women's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championships. Thomas More has two golfers in the Top-10 as junior Christie Modafari is in fifth with a 173 (85-88) and senior Amber Greene is in ninth with a 181 (94-87). Junior Sara Jackie is in 11th with a 185 (93-92), sophomore Cora Bradford is in 12th with a 191 (99-92) and sophomore Sophia Illokken is 17th with a 198 (99-99). Thomas More returns to action on October 7 and 8 and when it competes at the Eva Shorb Weiskopf Invitational hosted by The College of Wooster at the Wooster Country Club in Wooster, Ohio.
Men's Golf competed at the Stateline Shootout this weekend in Harrison, Ohio. Sophomore Kyle Alexander finished tied for third shooting a 146 over two days, (74-72). Junior Matt Striegel tied for fifth shooting a 147 (72-75) over the two days. Senior Carter Hibbard finished 13th with a 153, sophomore Zack Baynum tied for 23rd with a 160 (78-82) and first-year Nick Drake was 31st with a 162 (83-79). This tournament concluded the fall portion of the Saints' 2017-18 scheduled. The spring schedule will be announced in January.
Women's soccer took on Washington & Jefferson and Waynesburg this week, winning both matches 2-1. In the W&J match, Olivia Nienaber scored mid-way through the first half with an assist from Ashley Maples. W&J tied the match up in the 58th minute, but Nienaber scored the game winning goal in the 63rd minute to give the Saints the victory. In the Waynesburg match, Abby Stadtmiller led the team with a goal and an assist. Kristina Felix scored off a header from a corner kick, finding the back of the net to give the Saints the win. Maddy Kim played a total of 180 minutes and earned 7 saves over both games. Thomas More is now 8-3-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC. Women's soccer also received the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award this week. The Saints return to action on Thursday (October 12) when they travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania to play Saint Vincent College at 4 p.m.
Men's soccer had three matches this week, taking on Washington & Jefferson, Ohio Wesleyan, and Waynesburg. The Saints won all three matches, taking down W&J 3-0, Ohio Wesleyan 2-1, and Waynesburg 3-0. In the match against W&J, Ethan Smith put the Saints on the board right before half-time. Coming out of the half, the Saints scored two goals right out of the gate, one from Adam Mathews and one from Suli Kayed. In the Ohio Wesleyan match, Oliver Owen scored off of a free kick to put the Saints up 1-0. DJ Sanders put the Saints up 2-0, scoring in the 41st minute. OWU scored coming right out of half-time, but was not enough to defeat the Saints. In the final match match of the week against Waynesburg, Griffin Garrison scored first for the Saints in the 34th minute. Smith scored early coming out of half-time putting the Saints up 2-0. Bryce Day capped it off with a goal in the 63rd minute. Jeff Paulin played a total of 284 minutes, recording 12 saves throughout all three matches. Ben Hudson took his place in the Waynesburg match and played the final 11 minutes. Saints are now 8-4-1 overall and 3-0 in the PAC. The Saints are back in action Oct. 12 at Saint Vincent.
Women's tennis went 3-1 on the week, taking on Washington & Jefferson, Westminster, Saint Vincent, and Geneva. Against W&J, the Saints won 8-1, opening the match with a 3-0 sweep in doubles. The Saints won five of the six singles matches to cruise to the 8-1 victory. Brooke Warden won 6-1, 6-2, Hannah Lowman won 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6), Nicole Capodagli won 6-1, 6-0, Lacey Pohlman won 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 and Sarah Fellinger won 6-0, 6-1. Against Westminster, Thomas More trailed 2-1 after doubles as the Saints' lone point came where sophomore Pohlman and first-year Matison Perry won 8-1. The Saints split the singles matches as sophomore Warden won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Perry won by the scores of 6-1, 6-2 and junior Fellinger won 2-6, 6-0, 10-4. The match was decided at singles where junior Capodagli won the first set 6-2, but Westminster won the second set 6-2 and the super tiebreaker 10-7 for the Titans fifth point giving Westminster the win 5-4. Against Saint Vincent, the Saints won 8-1. Thomas More had a 5-1 advantage going into doubles after singles competition. Saints swept the three doubles matches to cruise to victory. In the final match of the week against Geneva, Thomas More swept the doubles matches going into singles competiton. The Saints won four of six singles matches. Warden won 6-2, 6-1, Lowman won 1-6, 6-1, 10-2. Perry won 6-4, 6-4, and Fellinger won 6-1, 6-1. With the wins, Thomas More is now 9-3 overall and 5-2 in the PAC. The Saints do not play again until Oct. 14 hosting Brea College.
Men's tennis concluded their fall season this week against Miami-Middletown. In singles competition, Jeffrey Schenk shut out his opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Derrick Kwok defeated his opponent 6-4, 6-4, and Alex Traylor won 6-3, 6-3. Wesley Smith only lost three games against Will Cummins, winning 6-0, 6-3 and Logan Daniels only lost two games winning 6-0, 6-2. Gunnar Wasson won by forfeit. In doubles competition, Derrick Kwok and Brandon Kwok defeated Kappers and Antonio Williams, 8-1. Similarly, Sheldon Preisler and Michael Schwarz defeated Dalton Campbell and Will Cummins 8-1. Johann Pybus and Kendal Johnson won off of forfeit. The men's tennis team will be back in action in the Spring, on Feb. 9, taking on Northern Kentucky University.