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TMC notebook: Another individual title for Master’s

Golfer posts best score at season-opening tourney

Posted: October 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College earned another individual accomplishment this week, but this time it wasn’t from the Cross Country team. TMC opened up its men’s golf season with a highlight performance from one of its players, who won the individual title at the California State Intercollegiate Tournament.

And it may not have ended in a victory for the women’s volleyball team, but the Mustangs pushed No. 6 Fresno Pacific to the brink in a home conference matchup that went down to the wire.

Men’s Golf

The Master’s College men’s golf team opened up its 2011 season at the California State Intercollegiate Tournament at Diamond Valley Golf Club in Hemet from Sept. 25-27, placing third as a team and seeing freshman Thane Ringler take the individual title.

As a team, the Mustangs shot 879 (299, 280, 300) finishing in a third-place tie with Point Loma Nazarene and coming in behind only and Cal State San Marcos and Cal Baptist.

The highlight of the tournament from a team perspective came on day two when TMC shot team score of 280.

“That was encouraging to see. After the first round I really challenged all the guys and they really responded to that,” said TMC golf head coach Jason Semelsberger. “That’s encouraging to see the heart and character to see if they have a poor round they’ll respond.”

The highlight of the tournament overall, though, was Ringler, who finished with the best individual score overall to finish three strokes ahead of second place with his total tournament score of 11-under.

“Thane just played stellar the first two days,” Semelsberger said. “He was really locked in and set a personal low and for two rounds.”

The Mustangs will next play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Fall Preview in Salem, Ore. at Creekside Golf Club on Oct. 3-4.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mustangs lost a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference matches, falling 3-2 in five sets to the four-time defending champion and NAIA No. 6-ranked Fresno Pacific at Bross Gym to start the week on Tuesday.

It lost by scores of 25-21, 15-25, 29-31, 25-17 and 15-7.

Samantha Dougherty recorded a team-high 17 kills for TMC while teammate Rachel Taylor had 11 kills and 19 digs.

TMC then lost 3-0 to Point Loma Nazarene on Saturday with set scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-15.

Victoria Callihan led the Mustangs with 11 kills.

The losses drop the Mustangs to 15-6 overall, 3-3 in GSAC play.

Conference play continues for the Mustangs on Tuesday when they host Concordia.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team defeated Vanguard University 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in Costa Mesa to improve the No. 15 NAIA ranked Mustangs to 7-3 on the season. The win also marked the GSAC opener for both squads.

TMC (7-3-0, 1-0-0) got two goals from Danielle Hollinger, one from Bobbie Roberts and one from Natasha Coyle
TMC will be back on the pitch Oct. 4 against Westmont in a GSAC match.

Men’s Soccer

In TMC’s only game of the week, it lost to Vanguard 2-1 in the GSAC opener on Saturday in Costa Mesa.

Sophomore Kenny Gardner redirected a freekick from five yards out into the net for the Mustangs’ only goal of the game late in the first half.

Vanguard’s Kevin Cornwall scored the game-winner at the 75:31 mark to drop TMC to 7-1-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference.
The men’s team continues GSAC play on Wednesday at Westmont.

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