The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The men’s tennis Pioneers propelled themselves to .500 on the season and remained undefeated in HCAC play with an 8-1 win over Manchester University at home on Saturday. Winning in straight sets in all but one match, the Pioneers performed well all around, with solid freshmen contributions from Joshua Buckman and Zachary Meikle. Men’s tennis is back-in-action again when they host Indiana University East at 3pm on Wednesday.

Matchup of the Week: This Tuesday, starting at 3:30, the Transylvania softball team will host Hanover College in a doubleheader at Hall Field. Although they are 7-17 on the season, the Pioneers are off to a 5-3 start in HCAC play and can really jump up in conference standings against the Panthers (who are 4-2 against conference opponents). The two seniors, Megan Mitchell and Michelle Ladanyi, have led the Pioneers in batting average and RBIs this season, and their leadership will be invaluable if the team is to take both games.


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.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Transylvania Golf spent their spring break competing in the Jekyll Invitational, hosted by Oglethorpe University, in Jekyll Island, Georgia and finished fifth among a field of thirty teams. This week’s honors go to Pioneer Jantzen Latham, who finished in the top five among individual scores for the weekend, and earned All-Tournament Honors with a final score of 220 (four over par for the 54-hole competition).

Matchup of the Week: Both the men and women’s Tennis Pioneers host Wittenburg University this Tuesday at 4pm. This is only the fourth home match for the women’s team (who have a 2-1 record at Transy) and they will seek to pull themselves closer to .500 and end their current seven-game losing streak on Tuesday. Still early in their season, this is the first true home match for the men’s team, who will also aim to move closer to .500 against Wittenburg.

Player to Watch: The Softball Pioneers will play host to Thomas More College in a double-header that is also the team’s first home game of the season on Wednesday afternoon. Leading the team in batting average and hits, Junior Chelsea Meiners and the leadership she brings will be invaluable if the Pioneers are to be successful after a tough spring break tournament in Florida. Head out to support the Pioneers at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or both on Wednesday.

PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams claimed the first wins of their respective program histories during this past week. On Wednesday, the men bettered Alma College 7-6 at home (at Bryan Station) and went on to a two game win streak when they topped Beloit 10-9 Sunday, bringing them to 2-2 on the season. The women’s team played the first game of their program’s history at Wilmington College in Ohio and won a resounding victory 16-2.

Matchup of the Week: This Thursday at 4pm both the men and women’s tennis teams will square off against rival Centre College. The Pioneer women will be travelling to Danville for the matchup but the men will remain at home to take on the Colonels. Both teams remain winless early on in their seasons, and need to capitalize on this opportunity to claim a win over Centre to gain some valuable momentum.

Player to Watch: Currently 2-1 on the season, the Baseball Pioneers will head to Centre College to face the Colonels at 6pm on Tuesday. Junior Catcher Sam Liggett leads the team in both batting average and slugging percentage three games into the team’s young season, and his continued efforts will be essential if the Pioneers hope to remain above .500 on Tuesday by topping the Colonels.

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