(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College women's volleyball team won its eighth President's Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament title today (Saturday, November 4, 2017) as it defeated Westminster College in four sets, 26-28, 25-19, 25-12, 25-23.
With the win, the Saints improve to 29-5 overall and receives the PAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The tournament location for the regionals will be announced at a later date on www.ncaa.com. With the loss, the Titans fall to 26-6 overall.
In the first set, it was evenly played up until it was tied 10-10. Thomas More went on a three point run to push their lead to 13-10 from kills by Madison Krumpelman and Jenna Mummert. The set was tied back up again, 17-17, after Westminster went on a small run leading it 15-14 and Thomas More countered back with three points of their own. The end of the set was and forth with Mummert keeping the Saints alive to put them within one point each time. The Titans went on to win the first set, 28-26.
In the second set, Westminster took an early 2-1 lead. Krumpelman brought the Saints back to life with a couple of kills, tying the game at 4-4. Carlee Lambert and Alli Borders went head for head with the Titans, eventually taking the lead 10-9. Westminster tied it back up, 10-10, then went on a short run. The Saints had an answer for the Titans each time they scored and went on to win set two, 19-25.
Set three, the Saints took the lead first before the Titans took the lead 6-2. Thomas More had a long run extending their lead, 17-9, from kills by Borders and Lambert, and a number of Westminster attacking errors. The Titans tried to stop them, but the Saints shut it down, going on another long run to push the lead to 24-11, and eventually went on to win, 25-12.
In the final set, Westminster started off strong, taking the lead 7-3. Kills from Lambert and blocks by Rana Cousin brought the Saints within one, 10-9. After a short series of kills by Mummert and Jenna Fessler, the Saints took the lead 15-14. The Saints kept their momentum going, and went on to win 25-24.
Mummert led the team in kills, recording 16, along with three digs, and two blocks. Krumpelman and Lambert were close behind Mummert, each recording 11 kills. Lambert also had two digs and one block, and Krumpelman also recorded one assist, one service ace, and 12 digs. Borders put up five assists, four digs, three blocks, and 10 kills. Fessler led the team in assists, recording 45, along with one service ace, 22 digs, and six kills. Cousin had two kills, two digs, and three blocks on the night. Rachel Bronner recorded two assists and 28 digs.
The tournament championship was Thomas More's third of the weekend as the women's and men's soccer claimed a title today and yesterday.