SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. -- In the 10th edition of This Week In Pomeroy Sports | TWIPS, we want to take a look back at the men's golf team competing at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin and take a look at the upcoming USCAA Nationals Bids which will be handed out this week! We will also discuss the men's and women's cross country teams almost sweeping the Asbury University Invitational! We have all of this week's action below!
Catch-up on the Action
Men's Cross Country
Men's cross-country concluded the regular season at the Asbury University Invitational with a 2nd Place.
Senior Brennan Guido led the Pomeroys in its 2nd Place finish. Guido seized 3rd place with a time of 27:59.17. Closely next was Brady Page with a time of 28:33.81 and a 6th Place spot. Four men's cross runners finished in the Top 20 including Parker Nuest (11th Place), Carlos Davalos (19th Place), which helped earn a team point total of 64.
Brennan Guido commented, "It's a fun experience being able to lead the team individually, today was a tough course but I think we all handled it well. I feel like the team feels tough going into Nationals and we're ready to run fast on a flat course."
Head Coach Zach Whitkanack added, "The men's team also had a strong team performance. If we can move the back of the pack up just a little we will be ready for Nationals."
Women's Cross Country
Women's cross-country concluded the regular season at the Asbury University Invitational with a 1st Place victory!
Freshman Zoe Trausch was the Asbury Invitational Individual Champion today behind a 17:40.36 time. Kayla Coryea, Breanna Barger, and Kendyll Schulz took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place! Not far behind was Emily Truax with a 6th place finish and Kathryn White in 8th place. As a team, the Pomeroys produced 10 runners in the Top 20 which helped earn a team point total of 16.
Zoe Trausch stated, "I feel pretty confident in my teammates as we head into Nationals. This is one of the first races that we were able to close the gaps that we had in previous races. It was very rewarding to see that for our team during our last regular race of the season." Trausch added, "With the results our team had today, I cannot wait to see how we are able to run at Nationals."
Head coach Zach Whitkanack said, "The women's team had an impressive race today. It was a great team effort and should set us well going into nationals in two weeks."
SMWC men's soccer has completed the 2019 regular season with a 10-4-1 overall record. The Pomeroys were supposed to host Grace Christian University in a season finale on Saturday, October 26th, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather. Now the team must wait to hear its name called at during the National Bids show on Wednesday, October 30th, at 4:30 p.m. ET. If SMWC men's soccer earns a bid, it will be the first time in program history.
Similar to the USCAA selection show from previous USCAA Fall Championship Weeks, the soccer and volleyball shows will be produced in a video format that will be posted on the USCAA website and applicable championship website. To watch the video, simply jump on to the website at the noted time and click the headline link when it becomes available.
The men's golf team was back on the course for the first time since its 2019 USCAA National Championship finish. The Pomeroys battled in the Whistling Straits Championship hosted by Taylor University. SMWC concluded its two-day 36-hole stroke play against NAIA teams from all over America. With the event known to be "one of the best NAIA events of the season" featuring numerous teams ranked in the NAIA Top-25, the men's team competed well against the treacherous weather, stiff competitions, and professional greens.
The Pomeroys defeated multiple NAIA institutions including Viterbo University, Roosevelt University, Concordia Univ. (Mich.), and Indiana University-South Bend, to tied for 10th place!
Head coach Abe Nasser was proud of his team and happy the players were able to have this chance, "It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our seniors to play such a prestigious golf course. Watching the 2020 Ryder Cup which will be played on the same course they all battled for two days will be a special experience. The weather was brutal and our players did not quit; I'm proud of their effort."
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the women's soccer battled NCAA Division II Oakland City University in a windy and chilly match. The Pomeroys and Mighty Oaks needed extra time and the result served as a 1-1 draw.
With Senior Day on Saturday, October 26th being cancelled, SMWC concludes the 2019 season 7-6-1 on the season. Though the Senior Day festivities could not take place on the soccer field due to climate, it did not stop the Athletic Department from making sure Madison Stuck, Mannah Mace, and Ashley Jezik were honored for their dedication to the women's soccer program. Families, friends, staff, and even the Vice President for Enrollment Management packed the Ariens Atrium as the three seniors were honored.
Women's soccer must watch the USCAA selection show much like the men's soccer team as they must earn a bid to continue their season! The women's soccer bid show will be released on Wednesday, October 30th, at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Volleyball (9-18) played in a tri-match on Friday and Saturday, in Lincoln, Illinois. Unfortunately, SMWC walked away with three losses. The Pomeroys faced tough opponents in the College of the Ozarks, Lincoln College, and Lincoln Christian University. Between three matches, SMWC was only able to win a total of two sets.
It is very likely the women's volleyball program will be on the outskirts looking in at the USCAA Nationals in Virginia Beach.
Monday, October 28th
Women's basketball will host JUCO Olney Central Community College. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. ET in Hamilton Arena.
Wednesday, October 29th
Volleyball hosts Indiana University-East in a Senior Night contest and the last regular game of the year. The first serve is at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Friday, November 1st
Women's basketball opens up regular season play against Kentucky Christian University. The Athletic Department will honor the 2019 Men's Golf USCAA National Champions before tip-off!
Sunday, November 3rd
Women's basketball will host Carlow University at 1:00 p.m. ET, in Hamilton Arena.
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The 11th edition of TWIPS will be released on Sunday, November 3rd.
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