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TMC notebook: Men’s hoops’ perfect start

Women’s v-ball wraps up GSAC conference play

Posted: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

It’s been an impressive start to the season for The Master’s College men’s basketball team, as the squad has opened up to a 4-0 record behind impressive shooting performances, and an even more impressive defense.

But while one team is celebrating its beginning, another team at TMC saw its chances of continuing disappear, as the women’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 California Baptist with a trip to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship Tournament on the line.

The men’s golf team also played its final tournament of the fall, with matches to continue in the spring, while the women’s volleyball team defeated the No. 10 ranked team in the nation — Vanguard University.

Women’s volleyball will kick off postseason play later this week.

Men’s Basketball

The youth movement is on at TMC — and so far it’s working out just fine.

After winning its home opener on Thursday, the Mustangs returned to the court Friday to take on Arizona Christian.

For Master’s, it was a different opponent, but the same result.

The Mustangs used a stifling defense to hold the Firestorm to just 31 percent shooting en route to a 63-40 victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.

“We can’t be much better than that,” said TMC head coach Chuck Martin. “We’re a little ahead of schedule, mainly defensively. Because of our youth we have three freshman in our top eight.”

In the first half, the Firestorm continually fought back against Master’s’ scoring runs, but in the second half TMC began to pull away.

Junior guard Devin Dyer sparked a 13-0 run early in the second half, scoring eight points in three minutes to propel the Mustangs to the victory.

The result was slightly different from the Mustangs’ home opener, when TMC found little resistance as it dispatched Holy Names 80-51 behind freshman Mike Harmon’s team leading 18-point performance.

In all, four players scored in double digits to aid the TMC rout.

Master’s never trailed in the game, jumping out to an early lead before the Hawks closed to within two at 15-13. It was the closest Holy Names would be all night.

Behind a 17-0 run, the Mustangs pulled way using seven first-half three pointers, as TMC shot 62 percent from the field on the night.

Defensively, the Mustangs held Holy Names in check all night, forcing the Hawks to shoot just 23 percent in the contest.
And despite the early success, Martin thinks his team will only continue to get better because of its youth.

“That’s why I’m optimistic,” he said. “I think with our youth and talent and willingness to work that we’re going to get better.”

So far, the Mustangs couldn’t be much better if they tried.

Women’s Volleyball

Master’s College notched a quality win Tuesday over No. 10 Vanguard University 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20.

The Mustangs followed that up with a 3-0 loss to Biola University on Saturday, giving them a 19-14 overall record and finishing Golden State Athletic Conference play 7-11, which is good enough for eighth place.

On Tuesday, Samantha Dougherty led the team with 13 kills while Ashley Newton and Rach Taylor each notched 12 kills, with Taylor adding 17 digs defensively. Tami Brown nearly matched that feat with 11 kills of her own, while Alyssa Gergins added 24 assists.

Master’s jumped out to an early lead in the first set, leading 15-7 with the gap never closing beyond four points before Taylor closed out the set.

The second set was close for the first half before TMC jumped ahead 20-14 before Jenna Kapuscinski killed the final point for the victory.

After dropping the third set despite being tied at 22 points apiece, TMC rebounded in the fourth set to take a 20-16 lead.

Vanguard closed the gap to a point at 20-19 before a TMC run gave the Mustangs the 25-20 set and match victory.

With eight kills, Rachel Taylor was TMC’s top scorer in Saturday’s match, which Biola won by scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-20.

The Mustangs conclude their regular season on Tuesday in a non-conference battle against Arizona Christian.

Men’s Golf

The Master’s College men’s golf team played its final match of the fall in CSU San Marcos Fall Invite at Golf Club of California from Tuesday to Thursday.

The Mustangs finished with a team score of 905, good for a third-place finish with CSU-San Marcos winning the tournament with an 884.

Leading Master’s was Thane Ringler with a three-day score of 220, six shots out of first place.

Women’s Soccer

TMC received a golden gift from Natasha Coyle.

Coyle kept her team’s season alive with an unassisted goal in sudden death overtime to propel the Mustangs to a 1-0 victory over Trinity Lutheran of Washington in a NCCAA West Regional match.

TMC posted 37 shots in the match, shooting early and often, with 25 shots on goal.

But only one mattered — Coyle’s.

The win pushed the Mustangs to within one win of reaching the NCCAA National Championship Tournament.

Unfortunately for TMC, they fell Saturday to Cal Baptist 1-0, falling one win short of the national tournament.

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