The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s award is a bit unorthodox but nonetheless impressive; Transylvania had four student athletes named to the HCAC All-Academic Team for the Winter 2012 semester, which requires a 3.5 GPA or above. The four chosen were Kayla Dobson (Basketball), Elizabeth Hardt (Track and Field), Lydia Lissanu (Women’s Swimming), and Ben Lyvers (Track and Field). Congratulations go to the Pioneers who perform both on and off the field.

Matchup of the Week: This Tuesday at 4 p.m. the men’s tennis tream travels to Centre College, while the women’s team will host the Colonels at Transy in the only matchup against Centre for both teams this season. After a win over Franklin College on Saturday, the 3-4 men’s team will have a chance to bring themselves up to .500 against their rivals, while the women’s team can pull back above .500 after a rough spring break road trip.

Player to Watch: Early into their inaugural season, the women’s lacrosse team will travel to Danville on Wednesday for their first rivalry game against the Centre Colonels. Five games into the season, Freshman Aubrey Bausum is leading the Pioneers offensively, averaging seven goals per game. Look for this trend to continue on Wednesday at 6 p.m. if the Pioneers are to keep from falling to an even 3-3 on the season.


Pioneer Volleyball finishes strong

Pioneers Finish Strong
Sports Editor Cory Collins

LEXINGTON,Ky– Transylvania’s volleyball team played six sets on Saturday. They won all six of them.

The Pioneers finished their successful 2012 regular season with victories against Manchester University and Asbury University, both in straight sets. The first win on Saturday morning clinched a shared season-title in the Heartland Conference (with Mount St. Joseph) and Transylvania’s second 20-win season in school history.

The second match of the day featured two strong central Kentucky teams. Despite it pitting two non-conference opponents against each other, the atmosphere was electric, with a sizeable crowd supporting both teams. The final score of three sets to zero in Transylvania’s favor does a disservice to the quality volleyball played at the Beck Center on Saturday.

Transylvania and Asbury both entered the match with 20 wins or more, with seven girls standing 5’10 or taller, and with the hopes of riding a momentous victory into the postseason. Each set bore witness to contentious, long volleys, to great defense at the net, and close games that were up for grabs until the very end.

But ultimately, the Pioneers prevailed. Led by a dominating performance by Junior Meghan Bowers, Transylvania held on to slim leads in each of the three sets, sweeping their second opponent of the day. Despite a team with zero seniors and lack of experience, the Pioneers remained poised when the pressure mounted. Not once on Saturday did a set get away from them.

The victory sends Transylvania into the postseason having won 19 of their last 25 games, including an 8-1 record in conference play. Next weekend, the team travels to Mt. St. Joseph for the HCAC Tournament. If the storybook season continues, and the youthful team can win the Heartland, Transylvania could win its first berth to the NCAA Division-III tournament.

In six straight sets on Saturday, the Pioneers sent a message to the Heartland Conference and beyond: they may have had a strong finish to the season.

But they’re far from finished.

Fulkerson named HCAC Player of the Week
• Senior Kelsey Fulkerson helped the Pioneers grab a 5-4 win over Anderson University last weekend. Fulkerson teamed up with senior Stephanie Townsend for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles. She then had a decisive 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles.

Women’s tennis remains unbeaten
• After a strong showing against Anderson, the women continued their success with a 6-3 win over Hanover College. Singles winners were Fulkerson, senior Andi Mong, junior Kaitlyn Hizny and sophomore Torsi Haugli. Doubles winners were the pair of Hinzy and Mong and the duo of Haugli and junior Samantha Voss. The women are now 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Heartland Conference. The Pioneers host rival Manchester College at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Men’s golf captures Centre College Invitational
• The men were led by senior Justin Tereshko, who shot a five-under 67, tying the school record for the lowest competitive round. Some Transy notables were junior Hunter Frazier, who fired a 69, putting him in second, while sophomore Clay Hinton (74) placed sixth. These scores earned them spots on the all-tournament team. Overall, Transy finished with a total of 285.
• The men took second at the Transy Fall Invitational. Tereshko also led the men with a four-under-par 68 opening round and then a 69 for a 137 total. Other contributors for Transy were juniors Stephen Montgomery (12th) and Frazier (21st), as well as sophomores Hinton (15th) and Jantzen Latham (61st).

Women’s soccer sweeps College Soccer Showcase
• Women’s soccer came back from a 1-0 deficit Saturday to beat then-No. 3 Otterbein University in a double-overtime win in the Transy College Showcase. In this clutch win, first-year Alyssa Kruse tacked on her fifth goal of the season by scoring with 1:24 remaining in regulation. To grab the win in overtime, senior Elizabeth Schmitt found the back of the net off a corner from sophomore Abby Felthaus.
• After a tight first half, the women pulled away from the University of Rio Grande yesterday with goals from Felthaus and fellow sophomores Amy Ghibaudy and Zan Hamilton. The Pioneers outshot the Red Storm 20-2 as they tallied their fifth straight win. The women are back in action next Thursday against Maryville College.

Volleyball battled in the Juniata College Invitational
• Transy performed strongly at the Juniata College Invitational in Huntingdon, Pa., over the weekend. In their first matchup the women battled back to take a 3-1 win during the first round against Franklin and Marshall College. First-year Alex Lilly had 12 kills while sophomores Katie Ash and Meghan Bowers had eight each. First-year Lauren Ketron also added seven kills. Senior Rebecca Luking contributed 34 assists. First-year Rachel D’Agnillo had 22 digs while Luking added 12. On Saturday the Pioneers battled hard against Randolph-Mason College in a five-set match to get the 3-2 win in the second round.
• The Pioneers had a decisive 3-0 Tuesday over Spalding University, bringing them to 4-4 on the season. Their next stop is the Centre Invitational in Danville, Ky., where they face Fisk University.

Men’s soccer ties Kalamazoo
• After a tough loss Friday to Trine University, the men battled Kalamazoo College on Saturday, which ended in a double-overtime tie. Pioneers goalkeeper Alex Schmitt, a sophomore, had nine saves. Transy’s lone goal came from fellow sophomore Kyle Smith, his first goal of the season.

Women’s Soccer Finishing HCAC Strong

by Abby Ferguson

With the end of the season just around the corner, the women’s soccer team is gearing up for the HCAC tourney. They will be rounding out the season with just three conference games against Bluffton University, Franklin College and College of Mount St. Joseph. Read more of this post

Women’s Golf Tees Up For Second HCAC Title

by Carlos Melgar

This Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the women’s golf team will be playing in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the University Club located on Leestown Road. Read more of this post

HCAC Success Leads to Tennis nationals

by Andrew Owen
Sports Editor

The Transylvania University men’s tennis team extended its Heartland Conference winning streak to an unprecedented 54 straight matches, earning its seventh straight conference title and showing no sign of letting the streak die anytime soon. Read more of this post

Transy Hosts HCAC

by Andrew Owen
Staff Writer

For the first time in the history of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the men’s and women’s tournaments will be held at the same site, Transy’s own Beck Center. Read more of this post

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