SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. -- In the seventh edition of This Week In Pomeroy Sports | TWIPS, we want to acknowledge the men's and women's soccer teams, and volleyball team for their Homecoming victories; The Pomeroys gave our alumni an awesome day full of competitive contests. We would also like to congratulate Omar Abdallah Nabilsi for being named Student-Athlete of the Month (September) presented by Refreshment Services Pepsi. From Colton Kuppler winning the Mount Vernon University Invitational and breaking an individual school record, to the women's soccer team defeating the reigning USCAA Divison II National Champions Cincinnati Clermont. We have it all below!
Catch-up on the Action
The western equestrian team hosted its first home show of the season on Homecoming while they finished up their competition today! SMWC had multiple riders with nearly perfect rides, the Pomeroys Taylor Valencia was one of the few who stood out! Valencia saw her first ride in Level II and ranked.
Men's golf saw action in two invitationals this week including the Flyer Intercollegiate hosted by Lewis University and the Mount Vernon University Invitational.
At the Flyer Intercollegiate hosted by Lewis University in Lemont, Illinois, the Pomeroys struggled with the unforgiving greens of the Cog Hill Dubsdread Course. SMWC finished in 18th place behind a two-day score of 670.
In the Mount Vernon Invitational, SMWC took third place, with Colton Kuppler taking First Place on the individual side. Kuppler finished -8 (68/68) to win by five strokes.
With Kuppler's 136 (-8) total, he broke the Individual School Record for a 36-hole match.
Head coach Abe Nasser said, "Colton played consistently well all day. This was a great primer heading into the USCAA Nationals. The B team all played well in round 2. All of our players were better in round 2 today. Playing 36 in a day is a grind and they hung in there all day. On to Nationals!"
The Pomeroys will begin Day 1 of the 2019 USCAA Men's Golf National Championship on Monday, October 7th. SMWC will look to defend its beautiful championship run in 2018.
Men's Cross Country
Men's cross country competed in Rock Island, Illinois, at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College. SMWC kept up its impressive running as they competed against high-level schools including the University of Chicago. Brennan Guido, Brady Page, Parker Nuest, Carlos Davalos, and Jacob Turner all ran sub 30:00.0 times!
Overall, they finished in 16th place with a score of 455. Brennan Guido led the Pomeroys men's team, finishing in 51st place with an 8K time of 26:40.7.
Guido said after the race, "I had a tough mindset going into today. I felt well prepared and ready to race all week. Got out controlled and ran a consistent race and felt tough the entire time."
Head coach Zach Whitkanack added, "Guido had a great race out from for the men's team. Our number two through five had a great race as well. Definitely the best race on the men's side since we started the program!"
Women's Cross Country
Women's cross country was in Rock Island, Illinois, with the men's team at the Brissman/Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana College. The women took 9th place with a score of 221 points. Zoe Trausch ran the second-fastest time in SMWC school history, followed by Kayla Coryea with the third-fastest time, and Kendyll Schulz with the seventh-fastest time.
Trausch said after the 6K, "The race went really well. The course was a fast course and the weather was perfect. All of my teammates ran amazing as well. I'm excited to see how much we keep improving as a team for the rest of the season!"
Head coach Zach Whitkanack said, "Zoe and Kayla had a phenomenal race upfront. Our pack behind them was really strong as well."
Women's golf finished second place at the Iowa Wesleyan Invitational on Tuesday, October 1st. The Pomeroys posted a total score of 352 which helped lead them in the 8-team Invitational. The Woods were led by Alexandria Bazzani and Kiersten Mikesell who both shot 86.
The #6 ranked men's soccer team (9-3-0) played in two matches this week against DePauw University and Cincinnati Clermont. They finished 1-1 behind a close loss to the well-known DePauw University program, along with a solidifying win against the USCAA opponent Cincinnati Clermont.
Versus DePauw University, the Pomeroys lost 3-2. After leading early from a goal by Omar Abdallah Nabilsi and a free-kick goal by Nabilsi in the second half to equalize at 2-2, the Woods surrendered the eventual game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
SMWC got back to its winning ways on Saturday, at Homecoming, hosting the Cougars in a 3-1 victory!
With physical play, SMWC matched the UCC first-half offensive attack with their own as SMWC scored three unanswered goals in the 2nd half. Emotions flared throughout the contest as the physicality of the match led to strong opinions on missed and questioned calls.
The Pomeroys were led by Omar Abdallah Nabilsi who notched the equalizer goal in the 50th minute on an assist from Ryan Valladares. Two minutes later, a PK from Omar found the back of the net to take a 2-1 lead. A header from Edson Alvarado off a kick from John Aguirre put the game out of reach for UCC as the Pomeroys went up 3-1.
The #8 ranked women's soccer team (6-5-0) played just one contest this week as their Wednesday tote against Lincoln Trail College was cancelled.
For Homecoming, SMWC hosted last seasons USCAA Division II National Champion, the University of Cincinnati-Clermont (7-3). SMWC came away with a 1-0 win from a goal by sophomore Melisa Spognardi. The Woods played strong defense throughout and were able to net the winning goal in the 78th minute. Despite SMWC only taking three a total of three shots (two on goal), with their lowest attempts of the season, they were able to find a way to win!
Head coach Craig Hendry said, "Composure in big moments saw us defend brilliantly and with a lot of bravery at times. When the chance arose, a moment of composure at the other end sealed it. Massive win for us against a very talented opponent. Focus is now on Oakland City."
Softball concluded its 2019 Fall Ball season with a doubleheader at Rose-Hulman and a doubleheader versus Butler University and Olney Central. The Woods played well according to head coach Jennifer Cassell. With the spring season quickly approaching, SMWC will need to be mentally and physically ready, as their schedule this year is as tough as it has ever been! The Pomeroys will face NAIA-talent week-to-week and will not have any "off" games to say the least.
#6 ranked women's volleyball played in three contests this past week. SMWC finished 1-2 as they were swept by Hanover University and Marian University. Despite the two losses, SMWC got back on track with a victory over Oakland City University in front of the home crowd at Homecoming.
At Hanover College, the Pomeroys struggled immediately as they appeared out-manned and out-gunned against the superior Hanover team. This led to a 0-3 loss, though SMWC lost, there were some positive takeaways including Mandi Alspach who leads all players with 133 kills, followed by Riley Kinney (126), and Jaelyn Fennell (114). Katelyn Cotter averages 8.18 assists per set and is on-pace for the best single-season mark in program history.
Against Marian University, SMWC fell 3-0. Though the sets did not appear to be closed (14-25, 12-25, 16-25), the Pomeroys have proved they can play with the big dogs of the NAIA.
Hosting Hanover College, the Pomeroys earned the Homecoming victory 3-to-1 (25-12, 20-25, 25-16, 25-18) and handed the Mighty Oaks their ninth loss of the season. SMWC was led by Jaelyn Fennell who finished with a whopping 16 kills to lead both teams; she concluded the contest with a .303 hitting percentage. Katelyn Cotter dished out 39 assists; she continues to lead the team in this statistical category.
Monday, October 7th
Men's golf competes on Day 1 of the 2019 USCAA National Championship in State College, Pennsylvania. The golf course hosting the Championship is the Penn State Blue Course. Kuppler is favored as an individual to be a top contender of the Individual Championship.
Tuesday, October 8th
Men's golf will finish up their play on Day 2 and the final round of the 2019 USCAA Men's Golf National Championship. Stay up-to-date with the latest news by following us on all social media outlets @SMWCAthletics.
Women's golf will battle at the Trinity University Invitational on the Calumet Country Club Golf Course. The location is Homewood, Ill.
Wednesday, October 9th
Women's Soccer will head to Oakland City, Indiana, to face Oakland City University. The first touch is set for 3:00 p.m. ET.
Thursday, October 10th
Men's soccer will host the competitive Harris Stowe State University at 4:30 p.m. ET (FREE ADMISSION). The contest will be covered by the Indiana Sports Network.
Friday, October 11th
Men's and women's cross country will compete in the Bethel University Invitational. The location is South Bend, Indiana and the shotgun start is set for 5:00 p.m. ET.
Women's golf will head to Oakland City University and the Country Oak Golf Course in Montgomery, Indiana. They will compete on Day 1 of the OCU Invite.
Saturday, October 12th
Women's golf will battle on Day 2 of the OCU Invitational.
Volleyball plays in the Illinois Tech tri-match in Chicago, Illinois. The Pomeroys will face the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Illinois Tech. The first serve of the day is set for 3:00 p.m. ET.
Sunday, October 13th
Men's and women's soccer will head to Berrien Springs, Michigan, for a doubleheader match against Andrews University. The first touch of the women's contest is set for 2:00 p.m. ET and the men will play approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.
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The eighth edition of TWIPS will be released on Sunday, October 13th.
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