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TMC to Hold Pep Rally for 4 Tourney-bound Teams

The Thomas More College community will hold a pep rally on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:45 a.m. to celebrate the women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and football teams as they head to post-season play in the NCAA Division III Tournament. At the conclusion of the pep rally, the Women’s Volleyball team will board the bus headed for their first-round game. The pep rally will be held in front of the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel.

The volleyball team will play host to Berry College in a first round match at 8 p.m. Thursday in Mount Berry, Georgia. The team earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s (PAC) automatic bid in the NCAA Division III Championship as it won the PAC Championship Tournament for the fourth-straight season and seventh time since joining the conference 2005. The Saints are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Championship and have a 25-4 record and have won 18 matches by the score of 3-0.

The men’s soccer team earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III Championship and will play the University of Chicago at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in a first round match on the Kenyon College campus in Gambier. The Saints were ranked as high as No. 2 in the country this season according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The team out-shot its opponents by a combined margin of 351-178, including 195-75 and outscored the opponents 47-7.

The women’s soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the country and has an unbeaten record of 17-0-2. The Saints earned the PAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship after winning their fifth-straight sixth overall PAC Championship Tournament.  The team has outscored its opponents 71-2 and has 17 shutouts. The Saints have out-shot their opponents 385-100, including 205-51. Thomas More will host Chicago, Piedmont College and Sewanee – University of the South in a first/second round pod on Saturday and Sunday. The Saints will play Piedmont at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by Chicago and Sewanee at 1:30 p.m. and the winners will play on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the sectional round.

The football team, ranked No. 9 in the country, claimed its seventh PAC title and a sixth undefeated regular season in program history with a 36-32 win over then 18th-ranked Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. The Saints have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 50.5 points per game to 15.4 points per game.  The team has averaged 522.7 yards of total offense during the season and the defense has recorded 32 sacks.  The Saints will find out their opponent and location of their first round game on Sunday at 6 p.m. with a selection show on the NCAA's Championship website (www.ncaa.com).

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