TMU Sports Round-up: Saints football evens season up at Campbellsville

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TMU QB Vaden puts up 2 passing, 2 running TDs in MSC win over Campbellsville

With a 44-36 win at Campbellsville Saturday, Thomas More football moved to 1-0 in the Mid-South Conference thanks to quarterback Rae’Von Vaden’s best game of the season as he produced four touchdowns (two passing, 103 yards total, and two rushing, 104 yards total).

Down 7-0 after a quarter, Vaden led the Saints (2-2) on a 44-13 run to lead 44-20 in the fourth quarter thanks to a pair of Vaden running TDs. He also hit on a 16-yarder to freshman Preston Agee, out of Covington Catholic, who also caught another TD pass from three yards out for his first two TD of the season.

TMU Coach Chris Norwell pointing the way for his Saints team. Photo by Dan Weber | LINK nky

Vaden hooked up with Roques Dowdy on an 85-yard TD, the longest play of the season, for the Saints in the middle of that run to make it 24-10. Dowdy finished with 117 receiving yards while Agee had 62. TMU’s other QB Blaine Espinosa would run for another TD to make it 31-13. After establishing that 44-20 lead, TMU allowed Campbellsville to score twice at game’s end to close up the final margin.

On defense, Kolton Reeves had a season-high 11 tackles (seven solo, four assisted), and one tackle for loss for TMU. The Saints are now 4-0 all-time against Campbellsville since joining the MSC in 2019, scoring 40 or more points in three of those wins.

TMU will have next weekend off before returning home for a big game against the No. 3 NAIA team in the nation – Lindsey Wilson — Saturday, October 1, at 7 p,m.

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Saints women’s soccer beats Indiana Tech, 3-0

The TMU women improved their season record to an unbeaten 5-0-2 ‘s as they downed Indiana Tech, 3-0. Sophomore Brooke Breaker (Ross, Ohio/Ross) scored her first goal of the season with 6:30 on the clock off a cross from Junior Ryann Meddings (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) to put the Saints ahead 1-0. Sophomore Ainsley Clark (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) followed in the 11th minute on a carom off the goalkeeper before Clark finished the scoring with a header off a cross from sophomore Lotte Derksen (Didam, Netherlands/Liemers College) in the 19th minute.

FOOTNOTES: Clark’s two goals came on three shots . . . Meddings recorded one assist and three shots, one on goal . . . First year Olivia Mohs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) had one shot on goal . . . First year Laure Laake (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) recorded six shots, two on goal . . . Junior Avery Seig (Lawrenceburg, Ind./Lawrenceburg) had one shot . . . Sophomore Eva Kinwel (Arnhem, Netherlands/Beehadal lyceum), Emma Fluit (Komoka, Ontario/Medway), and Emilia Geren (Mason, Ohio/Mason) each had one shot.

The Saints return to the field Wednesday at Georgetown (Ky.) to open MSC play at 8 p.m.

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TMU XC women 9th at Notre Dame National Catholic Invitational

Dyllan Hasler (Independence/Scott) led the way for TMU as the Saints finished ninth among 16 teams with a 34th place overall (15th in the collegiate division) with a time of 19:28.99. Jess Sanders (Finneytown, Ohio/Finneytown) followed close behind in 42nd with a time of 19:43.2. Here are the rest of the TMU finishers: Savannah Faught (Georgetown, Ky./Georgetown) 49th; Sarah Bertsch (Wilder/Newport Central Catholic), 59th; Marlee Ross (Brookville, Ind./Brookville), 60th; Ashley Akins (Verona/Walton-Verona), 62nd; Bethany Althauser (Anna, Ohio/Anna), 72nd; Margaret McSorley (Versailles, Ky./Woodford County), 120th; Jenna Cayze (Florence, /Notre Dame Academy),126th; Alana Hinton (Cincinnati/Mercy McAuley),128th; Mya Bross (Cleves, Ohio/Taylor), 138th; Caileigh Waters (Walton/Walton-Verona),142nd; Ashley Albrinck (Cincinnati/Mercy McAuley), 147th; Caroline Kleman (Lakeside Park/Notre Dame Academy),150th; Megan Huth (Cincinnati/Oak Hills), 155th.

The Saints return to action Oct. 1 in Louisville XC Invitational at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park at 11:30 a.m.

TMU men finish 14th at Notre Dame

With a team score of 173 points, the Thomas More men’s cross-country team placed 14th at the Notre Dame National Catholic Invitational Friday. Sophomore Nick Lanter (Cincinnati/La Salle) led the pack for the Saints, finishing 81st with a time of 27:57.10. Austin Shaffer (Independence/Simon Kenton) followed in 86th and a time of 28:05.00. Kyle Gutfreund (Bright, Ind./East Central) finished 125th with a time of 30:13.90. Here are the rest of the TMU finishers and their placings: Jude Theriot (Independence/Simon Kenton), 136th; Haven Birchall (Union/Ryle), 152nd; Tommy Ray (Cincinnati/Oak Hills), 158th; Logan Owens (Georgetown, Ohio/Georgetown),160th; David Gilbert (Mansfield, Ohio/Madison Comprehensive), 161st.

Like the women, the Saints men return to action Oct. 1 at the Louisville XC Invitational at 11:30 a.m.

Women’s volleyball off to winning MSC start

The Thomas More women’s volleyball team won its Mid-South Conference opener over Shawnee State Thursday in the Connor Convocation Center, 3-1 (25-16, 15-25, 25-13, 25-21). Ebony Gomez led the charge in the first set. After dropping the second, the Saints dominated set three with three Gomez and Ally Albrinck kills.

The Saints broke a 21-21 tie in the final set as Sawyer Lorentz had two kills with a Sam McClanahan kill ending the match with a great effort.

NOTABLE: McClanahan recorded 45 assists in this match, putting her over 1,000 for her career, the 10th Saint in program history to reach the 1,000-assist mark. She has six matches this season with more than 40 assists and two with more than 50 . . . Three Saints recorded 10 or more kills in the match, with Gomez recording a match-high 15 . . .Three Saints had 10 or more digs, with Asia Ferrando having a match-high 27 digs . . . She now has six matches with 20 or more digs and one match with 30 or more . . . The Saints are now 6-2 against Shawnee State since joining the MSC in 2019, with three straight wins . . . Thomas More moves to 7-6 this season and 1-0 in the MSC and returns to conference action Saturday in the Connor Convocation Center when they host the University of Pikeville Bears at 1 p.m.

16 TMU teams, 78 athletes named NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The NAIA Scholar Teams and the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes named 16 Thomas More teams and 78 athletes this week. Aquinas (Mich.), Morningside (Iowa), and St. Ambrose (Iowa) tied nationally for the most scholar-teams with 25, while Grand View (Iowa) posted the most individual scholar-athletes with 207 followed by Concordia (Neb.) with 202 and Dordt (Iowa) with 200.

Saints teams honored: Baseball, Dance, Men’s Tennis, Men’s Basketball, Softball, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Bowling, Women’s Golf, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Women’s Volleyball, Cheer, and Women’s Basketball. Softball had the most Scholar-Athletes with 11, while women’s tennis had eight and women’s soccer seven.

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