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MC teams hit ground running: Athletics meet success at home competitions

September 12, 2014

Anthony Adams / The Courier - Freshman Katherine Hinman and Annaliese McDermott high-five while competing against Knox College.

Monmouth College’s Fighting Scots fall athletics are off to a running start this year. Along with the football team’s opening day home victory against Hope College, women’s golf, volleyball and tennis teams have also had successful kickoffs to their seasons.

The women’s tennis team is also trying to turn this season into one full of victory. According to sophomore Katy Tolsky, the team was blessed with some new and advantageous players. The team’s most recent match was played against Augustana College. Even though they are not within Monmouth’s conference, Tolsky made remarks that they were still a great team to have had the opportunity to play against, if only for the experience. The team won its first match against the Milwaukee School of Engineering at home on opening day.

Another Monmouth College women’s athletic program to watch is the volleyball team. Thus far, the team is sitting at a .500 record.

The team went 3-0 at its home tournament late last week, as well as winning three games in a row against Eureka College on Tuesday.

Sophomore middle hitter Paige Rus made it clear that these young women are making a statement in their season so far.

“The girls have a lot of great communication going on during the games, and we are all working together to make every serve count,” said Rus. She also said that the team is looking forward to bringing home a conference championship this season and hopes the team’s great communication and hard work will pay off.

The women’s golf team welcomed a new coach, Ashley Sims, and the team is determined to improve its all-around program.

Junior golfer Korri Crawford believes the conference championship is in reach.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the progress we make throughout the season. We’ve started out very strong and have some high goals we are chasing after. Everything we are doing is going towards bringing home that conference championship and that is definitely what I’m looking most forward to,” said Crawford.

Overall, this year’s golf program is looking very promising. With a team full of returning golfers, experience will lead the way. Recently, at the first home tournament the Fighting Scots placed fourth with three golfers placing top ten. The Scots also broke the record for team score out at Gibson Woods on Saturday.

Men’s soccer is currently sitting on a 1-2 record after a last minute game cancellation against Principia College.

Monmouth Athletics are looking for successful seasons and to bring home a Midwest Conference Championship. The next home game for fall athletics is the Fighting Scots Men’s Soccer who will play at home on Saturday.

Haley Thompson
Contributing Writer

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