by Jason Melh
Director of Sports Information
The TFC Volleyball team won two out of four matches last week. On Sept. 14 they were at home against Spelman College and beat them, 3-1. TFC won the first set 25-18, Spelman won the second set 26-24, and TFC won the final two sets, 25-19 and 25-16. The Lady Eagles had three hitters with double-digit kills (Bethany Slate-25, Caroline Johnson-15, Kayla Peters-14) and three ladies with double-digit digs (Slate-33, Johnson-16, Tiffany Poole-15). Mary Willis had 51 assists.
The following next night TFC played at undefeated Southern Wesleyan University and lost 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-13). After playing close in the first set, TFC struggled to counter Southern Wesleyan’s serve and size and lost momentum. Willis had 15 assists for the match.
On Sept. 17 the Lady Eagles played a tri-match in Demorest at Piedmont College. They beat Agnes Scott College in the first match, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-19). Slate had 14 kills and 20 digs and Willis had 22 assists. Later in the day, TFC lost to Piedmont 3-1. They came out strong and won the first set 27-25. The next set was close, but Piedmont won 25-22. In the third set TFC had difficulty receiving Piedmont’s serve and struggled to establish their offense and Piedmont won it 25-12, and then won the fourth set, 25-21. Against Piedmont, Slate, Johnson and Peters notched double-digit kills and Willis had 33 assists.
The Lady Eagles are now 6-7 on the year. Their lack of size has been a problem against bigger teams, so they are required to make up points by excelling at other areas of the game away from the net. Head Coach Selina Slate is pleased with the team’s performance so far. “I’m encouraged because the girls are really starting to trust each other on the court.” The Lady Eagles are on the road until they host Point University on Sept. 27.
Both TFC soccer teams traveled to Florida last weekend for games against Clearwater Christian College and Florida College. The men lost to Clearwater 1-0 on Sept. 16. Neither team scored until Clearwater scored on a long shot 12 minutes into the second half. TFC fought back and had several chances to at least tie the game–one shot bounced off the crossbar and another bounced off the post. As much as he would have preferred a different result, Head Coach Rob Worsley was “pretty encouraged” by his team’s performance on the road against the defending conference champions.
The next day TFC lost to Florida College, 4-1. Worsley admitted that his guys were fatigued from the Clearwater game said “we just weren’t ready.” Florida College scored two early goals and was up 2-0 at halftime and made it 3-0 early in the second half. TFC finally scored when Eric Bill was fouled in the penalty box and Dave Brown converted the penalty kick to make it 3-1 in the 65th minute. However, trying to make up two goals in the remaining time only led to a final goal by Florida Christian.
The women’s soccer team lost two close games on the trip to Florida. On Sept. 16 the Lady Eagles lost to Clearwater 2-1. Clearwater scored early but TFC dominated possession the remainder of the half, getting off 10 shots to Clearwater’s 3. Kallie Richards tied the game in the 35th minute with a goal off an assist from Danae Martin. With the assist, Martin tied the TFC all-time assist record. The teams reversed roles in the second half when Clearwater generated 8 shots to TFC’s 2. One of those shots beat goal keeper Laney Arnold and proved to be the game-winner.
The next day The Lady Eagles lost to Florida College, 3-2. TFC scored two first-half goals off free kicks. The first was a perfectly-placed shot from 32 yards out by Siara Stacey to beat the keeper to the far corner of the goal. For the second goal Stacey put the ball in front of the net and Breanna Schultz put it away. The Lady Eagles led 2-0 at halftime, but the home team came out aggressive in the second half and the TFC defenders were slowed by injury and fatigue. Arnold did record four saves, but Florida Christian was about to beat her for three goals and secured the win.