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TMC Insider: Cross Country season nears conclusion

Posted: November 24, 2013 8:17 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2013 8:17 p.m.
 

On Saturday, The Master’s College men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NAIA Cross Country National Championship in Lawrence, Kansas. But back on The Master’s College campus, the Cal State San Marcos Cougars faced off against the Lady Mustangs in women’s soccer and volleyball in NAIA Opening Round matches.  

The 7th-ranked Lady Mustangs tallied 366 points in the 5k race with a combined time of 1 hour 36 minutes 24.09 seconds.  Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA) led TMC by placing 39th overall at 18:40.45, while Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) finished the race in 77th-place at 19:04.38.  Freshmen Rachael Ingoldsby (St. Johns, FL) finished in 19:10.80 at 92nd-place.

For the men, the 15th-ranked Mustangs tallied 450 points in the 8K race Saturday with a combined time of 2 hours 10 minutes and 18.12 seconds. Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) led TMC by placing 91st overall at 25:48.38, while John Hurd (Fairview, PA) finished in 92nd-place at 25:48.96.

Later that day, the Cal State San Marcos women’s soccer team walked on to Reese Field and shut out the Lady Mustangs 1-0 in an NAIA National Championship Opening Round match.  The loss ended the Mustangs’ season at 15-6.

That night, the Lady Mustangs bested the Cougars in three sets in an NAIA Volleyball National Championship Opening Round match at Bross Court.  Morgan Fay and Sam Dougherty each claimed 6 kills, Aubrey Bekendam tallied 39 assists, while Rebecca Peluffo contributed 24 digs.

TMC’s record now sits at 20-8.

With the win, head coach Bobby Blanken and his Lady Mustangs will pack their bags and head to Sioux City, Iowa – the final sight of the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament. It will be the program’s second ever appearance at the final sight of the national tournament.  TMC will meet up with 23 other teams in Sioux City from Dec. 3 – 7.

Women’s Basketball:

Less than 24 hours after a furious rally fell short in a loss to No. 6 Freed Hardeman, The Master’s College turned the tables Saturday afternoon, holding off 18th-ranked Carroll of Montana down the stretch to win 59-56 on the final day of the CHM Hotels Invitational played at Westmont College.

After splitting a pair of games on the Central Coast this weekend against a couple of NAIA national championship contenders, the Mustangs return to Santa Clarita with a 4-2 record.

The Mustangs outshot the Saints 40%-37% but the biggest number of the evening came in the turnover category where they committed only six miscues compared to the Saints’ 18.

Millie Rivera paced the Mustangs with 12 points while Kelly Burns, making her first start of the season in Jacquelyn Marshall’s absence (a minor injury), threw in 11 more.  Bianca Cubello came off the bench to yank down a team-high five rebounds while tossing in seven points.

Looking to build on this win, the Mustangs return to action this Tuesday evening when they host William Jessup in a 5:30 p.m. start on Bross Court.  Also, the squad will compete the day after Thanksgiving in a 2:00 p.m. home game against Merrimack College.

Men’s Basketball:

Rebounding from a 68-56 lost against NCAA Division III power Claremont on Tuesday, The Master’s College men’s basketball team shook off the disappointing loss with an 83-70 victory at UC Merced Thursday evening.

Bernard Ireland went 7-10 from the field en route to his game-high total of 18 points. The junior finished his all-around game with a game-high six rebounds while dishing out three assists as well. Jason Logan and Zach Stalin added 12 points apiece while Korey Anderson and Reid Shackelford each contributed 11 points off the bench.

The win improved the Mustangs to 4-2 through their first two weeks of the 2013-14 season.

The squad will take to the road next weekend against Cal Maritime and Menlo at the Lamont Ramsey Classic in Atherton.

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