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TWIPS | 9/9/19 - 9/15/19

TWIPS | 9/9/19 - 9/15/19

SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. -- In the third edition of This Week In Pomeroy Sports | TWIPS, we want to congratulate women's cross country runner Zoe Trausch for being named Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Month presented by Refreshment Services Pepsi in the month of August. Trausch earned her first collegiate win at the Principia Home Opener hosted by Principia College. Her 4K time of 16:03.23 helped lead the women's team to a dominating first-place win. 

Let's take a look at the scores/highlights of the week and all upcoming contests for SMWC athletics. From the men's soccer team starting the season off undefeated (3-0) to the men's golf team finishing second place at the Vincennes University Invitational, we have it all below!

Catch-up on the Action

Men's and Women's Cross Country

Friday, September 6th, the men's and women's cross country programs traveled to NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois University for the Walt Crawford Open. Despite the Panther Trails being a tough course, the men's team took fourth place and the women's team took third place. Both Pomeroy squads had runners beat NCAA Division I talent, these runner's included Brennan Guido and Zoe Trausch. Guido finished 15th place behind an 8K time of 28:14.6 while Trausch took 9th place with a 6K time of 19:28.3. Brady Page and Celine Hornick were named Runners of the Day by head coach Zach Whitkanack.

Head Coach Zach Whitkanack stated, "I thought we (men's team) ran well today. Still working on packing it up a bit, still some pacing issues. Brennan Guido ran well for us out in front, as usual, Brady Page had a really strong race today. Zoe ran great today as well, she really thrived with the strong competition. I told her before the race to go out with those D-1 teams and push herself. She had a great time, one of the best she has ever run and it is very early on."

Freshman Zoe Trausch was nervous heading into the race but competed well, "I think I was a little bit negative at first going into the race just because I was a little bit nervous cause it was a new course for our team and for me cause I'm a freshman. I was a little worried about the heat but it ended up being a fast course. We ended up packing up in the front pretty well and some of my teammates did really great!"

Senior Brennan Guido was excited to compete at the NCAA Divison I talent, "My mindset going into the race was just to go out and compete. See what was going to happen throughout it, got out a little hard through the mile so the rest of the race hurt a bit. As far as the guys go, I think everyone is performing where we need to be this point in the season."

The men's cross country team also added a new face to the team; Luke Everhart. Everhart is a freshman from Northview High School and a Brazil, Ind. native.

Women's Volleyball

The women's volleyball team battled in four contest this week. After beginning the week on Tuesday, September 3rd with a home loss against Indiana University-Southeast (3-0), the Pomeorys got back on track with a win against NCAA Divison II Oakland City University (3-1). On Saturday, SMWC headed to Owensboro, Ky. for a Tri-Match against two NAIA institutions. The Woods was defeated by Brescia University (3-0) and Midway University (3-1).

Offensively, Mandi Alspach led the Pomeroys throughout the week. Alspach thinks the losses do affect the locker room but she feels they are growing "I think it definitely affects the lockerroom. We talked a lot about growth, we have six new players on the team so we are definitely a growing team. The losses show us a lot of what we need to grow on and how to forget our mistakes."

Head Coach Sean McMorrow remains excited about his teams performances, "Pretty excited about the team's performance, we are in a growing situation, with our program bringing in the new system, a lot of players are learning the system, and so we are just trying to get that cohesiveness play from play-in to play-out."

Men's Soccer

The men's soccer team defeated NAIA foe Cincinnati Christian University in their home opener. The Pomeroys took down the Eagles 2-1 behind goals from Omar Abdallah Nabilsi and Luis Botello. SMWC is now 3-0 for the first time in program history. The Pomeroys defense has only allowed one goal all season long behind the stout goalie play from Keaton Krischak.

Nabilisi, who scored the Pomeroys first goal of the game has his eyes on Nationals, "It's just one more game that we have to take because we have another 14 games left this season. Our record right now stands at "3-14" so we haven't accomplished anything yet. It was a good team performance and coach has a [good] gameplan that we executed it to perfect and move on."

Had coach Abe Tizaf is happy about the win but knows his team has a long way to go, "Honestly the first half was a little bit rough. Even the first 10 minutes was against the gameplan we put before we started, but I think the guys put in a lot of effort to tie them and then score the [winning goal] which I really appreciate that…We still have more work to do tactically than anything else. There are times where we don't know where to move or where to stand…Congrats to the players but we will move on."

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team was in route to their Sunday contest against Jefferson College before head coach Craig Hendry received a call from the JC Athletic Department. In result, the contest was cancelled due to inclement weather. Thus, the Poemroys headed back to campus. However, they did not get the day off, the women's soccer team went straight into Club 64 to get a workout in. Coach Hendry wants to be sure they stay sharp moving forward in the season. As of right now, the POmeroys are 1-2 on the season coming off a win against Eureka College.

Men's Golf 

The men's golf team wrapped up the Vincennes University Invitational today with a 2nd place finish (600), 12 shots behind Rend Lake Community College (588). SMWC beat Vincennes University, Lincoln Trail Community College and Danville Community College. Though the Pomeroys fought hard, they were unable to hold their slim lead going into the day. Despite the stellar play from Colton Kuppler (146) and Nathan Higbie (151).

Abe Nasser thought his team played well on Saturday but let up the gas on Sunday, "The team played well on Saturday. Sunday wasn't a bad day but they ran up against a buzzsaw in Rend Lake posting a team total of 1 under par today. Our freshman Logan Vernon got his first tournament experience and did very well."

Women's Golf

The women's golf team wrapped up Day Two of the Kentucky Christian University Invitational today in Olive Hill, Ky. The Pomeroys finished 5th while the University of Pikeville won the tournament with a two day total of 655. Ali Bazzani (88-81 | 169) posted her best one-day total (81) of her collegiate career and her best two-day total as well. 


Tuesday, September 10th

The men's soccer team will head to Lansing, Mich. to face Great Lakes Christian College. The first touch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. The Pomeroys are favored to win as GLCC is winless this season.

Wednesday, September 11th

The women's volleyball team will host crosstown rival Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 7:00 p.m. Before the contest, the SMWC Athletic Department will honor the 2019 USCAA Softball Championship team; fans are encouraged to wear Pomeroy Blue!!! President Dottie King will be in attendance to watch the Pomeroys battle RHIT and honor the softball team.

Thursday, September 12th

The men's and women's soccer teams will host MacMurray College in a doubleheader. The men will play at 3:00 p.m., while the women begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. (FREE ADMISSION)!

Men's golf will be back in action at Vincennes University Invitational for Day One. Teams will tee-off at 11:00 a.m. ET. 

Friday, September 13th

The women's volleyball team will battle Monmouth College and Knox College at the L. Andrew Fitness Center in Galesburg, Ill. First serves will be at 6:00 p.m. ET and 9:00 p.m. ET.

Saturday, September 14th

Defiance College will travel to Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind. to take on the women's soccer team. First touch is set for 1:00 p.m.

The women's volleyball program will play two more matches in Galesburg, Ill. against Central College and Concordia University-Chicago.

Sunday, September 15th

The men's and women's soccer teams will host Andrews University (Mich.). First touch of the women's contest is set for 2:00 p.m. ET and the men's soccer team will start at 4:00 p.m. ET (FREE ADMISSION)!

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The fourth edition of TWIPS will be released on Sunday, September 15th.

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