Alyssa Raterman recorded nine kills and an .818 hitting percentage as Tusculum swept visiting Anderson 3-0 Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Pioneer Arena.
The Pioneers (10-3, 5-1 SAC) won the match by scores of 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 as TC has won nine of their last 10 contests. Tusculum also remains in a tie for first place in the league standings.
Raterman posted nine kills in 11 total attacks with zero errors. Danae Stauffer and Kassie Voelker accounted for 10 kills each, while setter Ashley Sarmiento posted 32 assists and 13 digs in the victory. Caitlyn Dean accounted for a match-best 34 digs, while Megan Hasse posted three service aces.
JAMES, LEWIS LEAD WOMEN'S SOCCER
A four-goal outburst in the first 26 minutes was the difference as Tusculum College defeated Belmont-Abbey College 4-0 in a non-conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon.
Tramicka James and Taylor Lewis continued their red-hot offensive production with a goal apiece for the Pioneers (8-1-1), who have won four straight matches by shutout and are unbeaten in their last eight contests (seven wins, one tie).
MEN'S SOCCER DROPS 2-1 GAME
Joel Krasso headed home the winning goal with 5:42 left in the second overtime period to give Bethel University a 2-1 victory over Tusculum College in men's soccer action Saturday night at Pioneer Field.
Krasso's goal came off a free kick by Juan Hernandez and gave the Wildcats (5-1-1) the victory over the Pioneers (4-4-2) after just over 104 minutes of action.
The Wildcats took the lead in the 10th minute on a goal by Errol Reid and held it until Fredrik Muren scored the tying goal just past the 69-minute mark. Bethel controlled play in the overtime, taking all six shots before Krasso delivered the game-winner.
The Pioneers' lone goal came with 20:59 left in the second half. A crossing pass by Bissmark was deflected on goal by Philip Wistrom, and Muren followed for his team-high fourth goal of the season and a 1-1 deadlock.
Neither team could strike for the winning goal as the second half wound down, and the teams headed to overtime knotted at 1-1.
TC CROSS COUNTRY
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- The Tusculum College women's cross country team finished second, while the TC men placed third amongst NCAA Division II teams at the Bulldog Cross Country Invitational Saturday morning at Laurel Hill. The meet was hosted by The Citadel.
In the men's 8K race, David Cooper posted a collegiate personal-best time of 26:43, which is the 13th fastest time in school history. He finished fourth overall and second amongst DII runners. Freshman Lance Burrow posted a time of 28:20.41 to finish 15th overall and seventh in the DII division. Zachary Simpson was 28th overall (15th in DII) with his time of 29:49.70, while Kekona Soon tallied a time of 29:58.77 to place 29th (16th in DII). George Blalock (36:31.27 - 22nd in DII) and Elijah Minter (26th - Elijah Minter) rounded out the scoring for the Tusculum men's squad.
Host The Citadel won the men's race with 33 points.
Tusculum freshman Maggie Bernabei was the top TC runner as she posted a personal best time of 21:31 on the 5,000-meter course. Bernabei finished 15th overall and sixth amongst DII runners. Senior Jenny Grant was 19th overall with her time of 22:22, which was eighth in the DII meet. Paige Bible was 21st with 22:39 (10th in DII), while Ashley Gregg placed 27th overall with a personal-best time of 23:14 (14th in DII). Lakesa Hendrix finishes 40th (24th in DII) with a time of 24:33, while Carol Hogan rounded out the TC scoring with her 45th place showing (28th overall) and time of 28:15.