The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: The men and women’s Track and Field Pioneers had a record-breaking Saturday at the Defiance Invitational this past weekend. Despite both teams finishing eighth in their respective point totals, a total of five Transy track records were broken by Pioneer competitors. For the women, new bests came from Shelby Auxier in the 200 Meter Dash and Laura Clark in the 3000 Meter. New records for the men came from Ben Lyvers in the 200 Meter Dash, Mason Williams in the 400 Meter Dash, and another 3000 Meter best from Chris Saldana.

Matchup of the Week: The men’s basketball team squares off against the Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers at home this Saturday at 3pm. The Pioneers are currently one game behind Rose-Hulman in the HCAC standings and will have the one-on-one advantage if a tie occurs (due to a win over the Fightin’ Engineers earlier in the season). The game could be essential to determining which school hosts the HCAC tournament this postseason and the Pioneers will continue to rely on heavy senior leadership to claim a win.

Player(s) to Watch: The Transy Equestrian team has its second competition of the team’s inaugural season this Saturday at Midway College. After placing well in their premier competition in November of last semester at in Murray, the Equestrian Pioneers will look to repeat their good performance throughout the weekend’s Hunt Seat Show (the category in which the Pioneers participate).

The PioSphere Weekly Sports Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: This week’s honor is a bit unusual, as it goes to both the men and women’s basketball teams and their strong second half play on Saturday that led to victories by both teams. After trailing by ten to Rose-Hulman at the half, the men’s team outscored the Engineers 43-24 in the second half, led by Ethan Spurlin’s 19, and finished with a 69-60 win. The women’s team held Rose-Hulman to seven points in the last 15 minutes of the game, improving to a 7-1 record and remaining atop the HCAC standings.

Matchup of the Week: Men and Women’s Track and Field travel to Otterbein University this Saturday to open the season at the Otterbein Invitational. With only two seniors coming into this season (Kelsey Meade and Laura Clark) and eight freshmen, a relatively young group of Pioneers will look for a strong showing in the first of ten events this season.

Player to Watch: The women’s basketball team faces off against Mount St. Joseph at home this Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Freshman Alex Botkin leads the team in both rebounds (8.8 per game) and blocked shots and holds a key part to the Pioneers’ attempt to remain atop the HCAC standings for the rest of the season.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast: 11-26-12

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: Women’s basketball grabbed its first win of the season over Adrian on Saturday led by a career-high 28 points from sophomore guard Nicole Coffman. Coffman not only topped all scoring but also dished out 3 assists and grabbed 5 steals.

Matchup of the Week: This Wednesday at 7pm men’s basketball heads to Danville to take on the rival Centre Colonels. Both teams will enter the contest with a 2-2 record, but the Pioneers are coming off two straight wins and will look to build their streak. With a veteran team (including seven seniors) Transy has a strong chance to take the first of the two matchups between the interstate rivals.

Player to Watch: Senior Barrett Meyer leads the men’s basketball team in points so far this season mainly through the strength of his three-point shooting. That range will be essential Wednesday night at Centre if the team hopes to be successful on this tough road challenge.

The PioSphere Weekly Forecast

The Weekly Forecast
PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performance: In Wilmington, Ohio on Saturday, women’s swimming and diving senior Chelsea Diamond won the 200 backstroke, and placed second in both the 100 backstroke and the 50 freestyle. Diamond was also part of the second-place Medley 200 Relay Team as the Pioneer women split a double dual meet, defeating Wilmington, but falling to Wittenburg.

Matchup of the Week: This weekend marks the inaugural show of the Equestrian team, making it the 21st varsity sport here at Transylvania University, and will head to Morehead State University for its first show on Saturday and Sunday. The team has joined the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, one of the 370 collegiate teams in the conference, and will compete in “hunt seat” competitions.

Player to Watch: The women’s basketball team opens its season this Thursday night at 8 pm against the Wittenburg Tigers in the Hanover Classic. After leading the team in points last season, look for sophomore guard Nicole Coffman to lead an all-around more experienced Pioneer squad on Thursday.

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.

The PioSphere: The Weekly Forecast


The Weekly Forecast
By PioSphere Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performer: Junior Kyle Smith led men’s soccer to a 4-0 Senior Day victory against Defiance on Saturday. Smith had his first career hat-trick, and further extended his lead as top goal-scorer in the HCAC. The Pioneers remain tied for first in the conference with Rose-Hulman.

Matchup of the Week: Transylvania field hockey hosts Centre College this Friday at 7pm on Hall Field. Not only should you come out to support the Pioneers in the rivalry game, but the game is also raising awareness with the theme of Shut-out Breast Cancer.

Players to Watch: This week features two Pioneers as Cross Country heads to the HCAC Championship at Bluffton University. On the men’s side, look for a strong performance from Chris Saldana who led the men’s time in their last meet. Senior Kelsey Meade looks to lead women’s Cross Country, posting a personal best in the team’s last meet.

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The Weekly Forecast
by PioSphere Staff Reporter Josh Landry

Pioneer Performer:  This week’s top performer also happens to be last week’s player to watch, Meghan Bowers, who racked up a whopping 26 kills in the women’s volleyball match against Bluffton on Saturday.  The Pioneers defeated the Beavers 3-1, remaining the only team unbeaten in HCAC play, and now stand atop the conference rankings.

Matchup of the Week:  After a disappointing four game road trip (with three away, and one on a neutral field) for women’s field hockey, returning home could provide the spark for a much needed victory.  Come out and show your support on Senior Day, which is 2pm Saturday on John Hall Field, when the Pioneers take on the Sewanee Tigers.

Player to Watch:  Junior Christian King has been red-hot as of late, with 4 goals in the past three matches (including a hat-trick against Manchester University).  Look for this hot-streak to continue as men’s soccer faces the Earlham Quakers, at home, Wednesday at 4pm.

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