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TMC notebook: Mustangs get best of rivalry

Tennis gets big win; Golf still rolling

Posted: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 10, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The rivalry has received less attention that others at The Master's College.

It's also one that the Mustangs found themselves on the winning end of Saturday.

TMC tennis beat Biola 6-3 in La Mirada in what head coach Alan Harvey described as a "nailbiter."

"It was very close," Harvey said. "Biola is our closest rival, and they are pretty even up and down their line, so it was nip and tuck."

The Mustangs also beat Biola 6-3 at the Paseo Club on March 5.

And it wasn't the only standout performance by TMC this week.

Men's Golf
The Mustangs took first place overall out of 11 teams on Monday at the Grand View Spring Viking Classic at Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny, Iowa.

The event started Sunday, and was won individually by TMC senior Kevin Anderson at 1-over par.

Anderson also won the National Christian College Athletics Association title on Oct. 12, 2010.

"I think it is exciting for him," said head coach Jason Semelsberger. "I feel like he's maybe underachieved in his first couple years at Master's. He did some good things, but I think he felt like he had a lot more in store. It's kind of fun to see him this year really see the fruits of the labor he's put in and the things he's been working on."

TMC took three of the top four spots with Thane Ringler tying for second at 7-over and Andrew Bergoon in fourth at 9-over.

The Mustangs won by eight strokes over Grand View University, and are back in action April 18-20 for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Regional Tournament in San Jacinto.

The NAIA Championships are held May 24-27 in Silvis, Ill.

Women's Tennis
TMC started out the week with tough 9-0 loss to NAIA No. 10 Vanguard on Tuesday before topping Biola on Saturday.

Against Biola, Courtney Ringler, Karli Foerstel and Abby Zaretsky each won in singles play, and contributed to a tightly contested doubles sweep.

Ringler and Maggie Becker cruised from the No. 1 doubles spot before the team of Foerstel and Tiffany Man rallied for a 9-7 win as the Mustangs' No. 2 doubles.

Zaretsky and Kaitlin Thaxton also pulled out a narrow win 9-8.

"We've had a lot of matches that were close, and we ended up on the short end of the stick," Harvey said. "Today was good. It does add confidence. ... It's all mental. You just have to get over those hurdles."

The Mustangs (6-11, 4-9) travel to Concordia on Tuesday and play Pt. Loma Nazarene on Saturday.

TMC ran into a tough Pt. Loma Nazarene team this week, dropping the home set on 14-6 and 9-3 Wednesday before turning things around for a 5-3 win and an extra-inning 2-1 loss Saturday in San Diego.

Cody Harris and Tyler Bersano took losses Wednesday. Harris entered the game in the ninth inning of the team's 14-6 loss, and gave up six runs with the score tied 6-6.

Ben Ives' hitting streak peaked at nine games after he went 0-for-3 in game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader.

J.T. Adams hit his seventh home run of the season in TMC's 5-3 win, finishing the day 2-for-5 with four RBIs.

Adams' homer was a game-winning grand slam that highlighted a five-run ninth inning. Spencer Downs and Chris Talley both had three hits.

In the late game, A.J. Work and Pt. Loma's Kenny Houser were locked in a pitcher's dual after each surrendered one run in the first inning. But Work was bested by Allen Boyer in the eighth inning, when he hit a leadoff solo home run.

TMC (20-19, 11-15) plays Vanguard beginning at home on Wednesday.

Track and Field
The Mustangs competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday in Claremont.

For the women, Ayla Draper tied for third in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 3 inches, Caitlyn Ramirez was 19th in the 400-meter dash in 59.82 seconds, and Hannah Kellerman took 23rd in the 1,500 (4:55.05).

John Gilbertson led the men with a third-place finish in the 5,000, clocking in at 14:54.30. Anthony Pizzo took 13th in the 1,500 (3:58.74), and Matthew Crichton and Nathan Seyler took ninth (9:43.20) and 10th (9:49.03), respectively, in the 3,000.



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