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TFC’s Tournament Run Ends in Semi’s

TFC’s volleyball season ended on Saturday in the semifinals of the region tournament. #3 TFC defeated #6 Trinity Baptist College on Friday in the quarterfinals 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25 -13) to advance to Saturday’s match with #2 Pensacola Christian College. PCC advanced to the semifinals by winning both matches in Friday’s pool play.

In the semifinal action on Saturday, Pensacola topped TFC in three sets: 25-8, 25-18, 25-13. With the loss, TFC’s season ends with a 7 – 4 conference record and 7-21 overall. Three members of TFC were recognized for their accomplishments this season; (pictured right, L-R) Rachel Morris, Courtney Bechtold, and Kim Crapse received all-region recognition. Saturday’s action was the final TFC match for senior Crystal Yang and Kim Crapse.

Lady Eagles Advance to Semifinals

The TFC volleyball team traveled to New Port Richey, Florida, for day one of the south region tournament hosted by Trinity College of Florida. In pool play, #3 TFC swept #5 Johnson Univeristy (FL) in three sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-17) but lost to #1 Clearwater Christian College 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-17). By splitting the pool play matches, TFC advanced to the quarterfinals to face #6 Trinity Baptist College in a single elimination match. The Lady Eagles disposed of TBC in three sets; 25-19, 25-15, 25 -13.

With the quarterfinals victory, the Lady Eagles improved their conference record to 7-3 on the season. TFC will face #2 Pensacola Christian College on Saturday at 11:00 AM in the semifinals. The region championship will be played at 2:00 PM.

TFC Wraps Regular Season

The Toccoa Falls Volleyball team concluded the regular season on Tuesday with a home match against Spartanburg Methodist College. Tuesday’s home match served as Senior Night for TFC’s Kim Crapse and Crystal Yang. TFC entered the match coming off a 3-0 defeat at Tennessee Temple University on October 19. The Lady Pioneers of SMC also entered the match off a loss, a 3-0 defeat to Catawba Valley Community College. On Senior Night at TFC, the visiting Lady Pioneers overwhelmed the Lady Eagles and handed TFC a 3-0 loss.

In the opening set, Spartanburg Methodist jumped to a quick 7-2 advantage and did not slow down on their way to a 25-10 set win. SMC took second set 25-14 after TFC held a slim 5-2 margin to open the set. TFC was swept in the third set, 25-16.

Senior Kim Crapse tallied four digs and a team high three kills on the night. Fellow senior Crystal Yang added a dig and a kill in her final home match as a Lady Eagle. Libero Rachel Morris led TFC with 11 digs, Sarah Schaeffer added 7, and Courtney Bechtold contributed 5 digs in the effort.

TFC finishes the regular season at 5-19 overall and 5-2 in conference. The Lady Eagles will travel to Tampa, Florida, on October 31 – November 1 to participate in the NCCAA D2 south region tournament.

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Lady Eagles Conclude Three Game Road Trip

The Lady Eagles of TFC completed its three game road trip on Saturday as they faced the Lady Crusaders of Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga. The visiting Lady Eagles fought hard but were bested in three sets, 14 – 25, 23 – 25, and 22 – 25.

Leading TFC defensively was Rachel Morris’ 10 digs. Nikki Eitutis added 8 and Courtney Bechtold contributed 6 digs to go along with her team-high 8 kills. Crystal Yang and Kim Crapse each tallied 5 digs in the match. Sarah Schaeffer, Britney Eitutis, and Crapse combined for 10 kills in the losing effort.

The Lady Eagles will host Spartanburg Methodist on October 29 in the team’s regular season finale at 7:00 PM. This match will also serve as Senior Night for the Lady Eagles.

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TFC Defeated in Atlanta

Toccoa Falls’ volleyball team traveled to Atlanta on Friday to face Agnes Scott College for would was their second of three road games during TFC’s fall break. The Lady Eagles were competitive against the NCAA Division III Scotties but were beaten in three sets, 23 – 25, 22 – 25, and 17 – 25.

In the opening frame, the two sides were knotted at 17-17 before the home squad pulled away for the narrow set win. The second game was similar to the first and was tied at 21-21 before the Scotties doubled their set lead to 2-0. The third set was less competitive after an 11-11 tie despite the Lady Eagles battling hard until the final point was earned.

TFC averaged 18 digs a set and were led by Sarah Schaeffer and Rachel Morris, who each totaled 10 digs on the night. Courtney Bechtold was close behind with 9 digs, and Kim Crapse and Nikki Eitutis each had 8. Offensively, TFC was led by Bechtold’s 7 kills. Kim Crapse also tallied 7 kills in the effort. Britney Eitutis added 5 kills.

The Lady Eagles will host Spartanburg Methodist on October 29 in the team’s regular season finale at 7:00 PM. This match will also serve as Senior Night for the Lady Eagles.

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Lady Eagles Topped at Truett-McConnell

The TFC volleyball team traveled to nearby Cleveland, Georgia, to face Truett-McConnell College on Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles took the first set from the Lady Bears but the home side rallied to win the match in four games, 3-1.

TFC won the first set 25-21 behind 7 combined kills from Britney Eitutis, Hadley Harris, and Kim Crapse. In the opening set win, Crystal Yang and Rachel Morris had 5 and 6 digs, respectively. TFC earned 21 digs in the first set.

The first game would be the only set the Lady Eagles would win on the night. After trailing 1-0, TMC won three straight games 17-25, 22-25, and 22-25 to earn the match victory.

Led by Hadley Harris’ 11 kills, the Lady Eagles totaled 37 kills on the night. Britney Eitutis and Kim Crapse each contributed 8 kills and Courtney Bechtold added 7. Setter Sarah Schaeffer assisted 33 of the 37 TFC kills. Defensively, 6 of the Lady Eagles tallied double-digit digs in the losing effort. Rachel Morris led the way with 20 of the team’s 86 digs. Courtney Bechtold tallied 13 digs while Sarah Schaeffer  and Crystal Yang both had 11. Britney Eitutis and Nikki Eitutis each had 10 digs in the match.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Salem College on Thursday and Agnes-Scott College on Friday and will finish the road trip at Tennessee Temple University on Saturday.

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TFC Earns Region Win Over Trinity Baptist

The Lady Eagles hosted region opponent Trinity Baptist College on September 20. TFC had most recently been defeated at the Wesleyan College tri-match by Wesleyan and Coastal Georgia. Trinity Baptist entered the TFC match with a record of 2-13 with their most recent defeat at the hands of Trinity College of Florida. The TFC Lady Eagles topped the TBC Lady Eagles in set straights; 25 – 13, 25 – 22, and 25 – 20.

In the opening game, TFC controlled the play with 6 team service aces and were benefactors of 12 Trinity errors. The second set was also won by the home side behind 11 team kills and 8 assists from setter Hadley Harris. Libero Rachel Morris recorded 10 of her 22 digs in the second set. In the match winning third set, Harris again recorded 8 assists on TFC’s 13 team kills.

Overall, Harris recorded a team high 20 assists. In addition to Morris’ 22 digs, Courtney Bechtold contributed 16 digs of her own. Bechtold led the team with 9 kills in the win. Kim Crapse and Britney Eitutis combined for 10 additional kills.

With the win over Trinity, TFC improves to 3-8 overall and 3-2 in region play. TFC will travel to Catawba Valley on Tuesday before hosting Agnes Scott College on September 27 at 7:00 PM. The Lady Eagles will finish the week on September 28 at a tri-match in Knoxville, Tennessee, where they will square off with hosts Johnson University and Ohio Christian University.

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Lady Eagles Drop Matches at Wesleyan College Tri-Match

The TFC volleyball team participated in a tri-match on September 14 in which they squared off with hosts Wesleyan College and Coastal Georgia University. The Lady Eagles dropped both matches on the day and tallied one set win in the two losses.

The Lady Eagles fell to Wesleyan College (1-7) in the opening match of the tri-match, 1 – 3. TFC won the first game 26-24 but fell in four total games, 9-25, 19-25, 20-25. In the match, outside hitter Kim Crapse led the attack with 11 kills while setter Hadley Harris and Sarah Schaeffer each recorded 10 assists. Defensively, Rachel Morris totaled 18 digs from her libero position. Nikki Eitutis had 10 digs, and Courtney Bechtold added 8.

Coastal Georgia University (9-5) defeated TFC in three sets in the final match for the Lady Eagles. From the onset, the powerful NAIA side established their dominance and buried points at each opportunity. CGU topped the Lady Eagles  9-25, 13-25, and 6-25. Rachel Morris again led the team in digs and tallied 8 digs in the match. Hadley Harris assisted on each of the Lady Eagles five kills.

TFC (2-8) will next host region foe Trinity Baptist College on September 20 at 5:30 PM. The Lady Eagles of TFC defeated the Lady Eagles of Trinity in three sets earlier this season.

TFC Falls to Piedmont College

TFC hosted NCAA DIII Piedmont College on Tuesday night in a non-conference bout. The Lions from nearby Piedmont College, TFC’s nearest opponent geographically, topped the Eagles in straight sets (18-25, 10-25, 13-25).

The home Eagles fall to 2 – 6 on the season, while the Lions have now won five straight matches to improve to 7-1. TFC will travel to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, on September 14 for a tri-match with Wesleyan and Coastal Georgia University.

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Eagles Top Trinity College and Trinity Baptist at the North – South

The volleyball team at Toccoa Falls College hosted the annual North-South tournament on September 6 and 7.  The round-robin tournament pitted members of the NCCAA south region and included Clearwater Christian College, Pensacola Christian College, Trinity Baptist College, Trinity College of Florida, Johnson University and Piedmont International University.

TFC went 2 – 2 as tournament hosts and defeated Trinity College of Florida and Trinity Baptist but dropped matches to Pensacola Christian and Clearwater Christian.

The Eagles earned their first victory of the season on Friday by topping the visiting Tigers of Trinity College in five sets, 25 – 18, 20 – 25, 20 – 25, 25 – 15, and 15 -12. Kim Crapes led the Eagles attack with 6 service aces and 11 kills, both team highs. Britney Eitutis recorded 9 kills, and Hadley Harris and Crystal Yang contributed 7 and 6 kills, respectively. Harris also guided the Eagles attack with 24 assists. Defensively, TFC kept several would-be-points off the floor with 100 team digs on the night. Rachel Morris led the way with 33 digs. Yang had 17, and Courtney Bechtold added 16 digs.

On Saturday, Trinity Baptist College was defeated by TFC in the three sets, 25 – 18, 25 – 12, and 25 – 17. The visiting Eagles of Trinity Baptist were overwhelmed by the attack and defense of the home Eagles of TFC. Rachel Morris and Nikki Eitutis each had 10 digs in the win to co-lead the Eagles defensive efforts. Courtney Bechtold and Hadley Harris combined for 13 digs. Britney Eitutis led TFC with 9 of the team’s 29 kills. Kim Crapse and Bechtold combined for 9 additional kills. Setter Hadley Harris assisted on 19 points.

With the two wins in the tournament, the Eagles improved their season record to 2 – 5 overall but sit at 2 – 2 in conference play. The Eagles will host Piedmont College on September 10 at 7:00 PM. On Saturday TFC will travel to Macon, Georgia, to face hosts Wesleyan College and Coastal Georgia University in a tri-match.

“After being together for just two and a half weeks, I am pleased we came out of this weekend 2-2,” said Coach Selina Slate. “We did some really good things this past weekend, and we are going to build on that. We are a young team with so much potential. I can’t wait to see where we will be at the end of October when we see these teams again at the region tournament.”

TFC Topped by Truett – McConnell

The volleyball Eagles fell at home on Wednesday night 1 – 3 against the Bears from Truett – McConnell College. TFC fought valiantly against the NAIA side but were overcome in four sets, 23 – 25, 16 – 25, 25 – 23, and 24 – 26.

Strong team defense kept the Eagles close to the Bears in each set. As a team, the Eagles recorded 81 digs, led by Rachel Morris’ team-high of 23. Three other Eagles tallied double digit digs on the night. Crystal Yang had 17, Nikki Eitutis added 16, and Courtney Bechtold contributed 10 digs. On the attack, Bechtold led the team with 13 kills. Britney Eitutis and Kim Crapse totaled 8 and 7 kills, respectively. Setter Hadley Harris assisted on 21 of the Eagles 35 kills.

TFC will play several home matches in the upcoming week. First, TFC will host the annual North – South region tournament this Friday and Saturday in the Lois Delany gym. Opponents and game times for the tournament are yet to be announced. Additionally, the Piedmont College Lions will visit the Eagles on September 10 at 7:00 PM.

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Eagles Fall in Season Opening Tri-Match

The Toccoa Falls College volleyball team opened its season with a tri-match on August 31 as they hosted NAIA sides Tennessee Temple University and Point University. The Eagles fought hard as they faced the two scholarship schools, but fell short in each match, first in straight sets to Tennessee Temple then 1 – 3 against Point.

The Eagles opened with Tennessee Temple in the first of two matches on the day. The young Eagles were unable to gain traction and suffered a straight set defeat 13 – 25, 19 – 25, and 17 – 25.

Looking to recover from the loss to Tennessee Temple, the Eagles hosted Point University but were bested one set to three.  After winning the opening set 25 – 19, the visitors rallied to win successive sets, 14 – 25, 11 – 25, and 15 – 25.

The Eagles and the Skyhawks remained tight at 7 – 7 in the first game until a 14 – 8 rally pushed the Eagles into a lead they would not relinquish. The Eagles took game one 25 – 19 behind four kills from freshman Nikki Eitutis and a combined five kills from Courtney Bechtold and Crystal Yang. Rachel Morris had 8 digs in the set from her libero position. TFC would struggle for points in the final three sets against Point and fell 1 – 3 in the end.

In the two matches, the Eagles were led on the attack by Courtney Bechtold’s 15 kills. Bechtold also recorded 19 digs. Hadley Harris recorded 6 kills, 34 assists, and 16 digs on the day. Britney Eitutis finished with 9 kills and Kim Crapse with 8. Rachel Morris led the team with 38 digs, and Crystal Yang contributed 17 digs.

The Eagles will travel to Truett-McConnell on September 4 and return to TFC for the annual North-South Tournament on September 6 and 7.