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Women’s soccer strong offense downs LCU 3-1

The women’s soccer team used a strong second half to defeat Louisiana Christian University (LCU) 3-1 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 4-2-4 overall and 2-0-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Wildcats drop to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference.

History
The Saints were 0-2 against the Wildcats prior to the match.

Basics
The Saints outshot the Wildcats in the first half but ended up allowing a goal at the 22nd minute. Aubrey Joslin tallied a goal to help give LCU the advantage. The Saints forced the Wildcats to make five saves in the first frame. OLLU came out strong in the second half following a 1-0 halftime deficit. They put pressure on the Wildcats for most of the half and were rewarded. Riley Perez scored with an assist from Irania Acosta in the 77th minute to tie the match. Kaitlyn Olivas sent a ball over the goalkeeper’s head less than one minute later to give the Saints the upper hand. Olivas tallied another goal just five minutes later with a feed from Madison Herrera. The Saints won 3-1 to remain undefeated in conference play. Tess Pitcher totaled four saves in net for the Saints.

Scoring overview
22′ – LCU – Aubrey Joslin

77′ – OLLU – Riley Perez (assisted by Irania Acosta)

78′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas

84′ – OLLU – Kaitlyn Olivas (assisted by Madison Herrera)

Inside the box score
Olivas led the Saints with four shots on goal. Laura Magleau and Lindsey Jacobs had two shots on goal each for the Wildcats.

Overall, the Saints tallied 12 shots, with 11 on goal. LCU marked eight shots with five on goal.

OLLU recorded three corner kicks and the Wildcats took two.

What’s next
The Saints head west to face University of the Southwest on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Central Time.

Volleyball sweeps Huston-Tillotson in weekend series

The volleyball team swept Huston-Tillotson University (HTU) 3-0 in two matches this weekend. The Saints jump to 11-4 overall and remain undefeated at 8-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Rams drop to 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Scott Mattera commented, “We had a solid performance on Friday in what is always a tough environment at Huston-Tillotson. We had a few small lulls but overall stayed consistent and made plays when things got tight. Lots of people stepped up during Saturday’s match with Camila Ramirez sitting out due to an ankle tweak. We are happy to be undefeated in conference headed into the bye week. I’m having a blast getting better together on and off the court!”

History
The Saints were 25-3 against the Rams prior to the matches.

First match (Sept. 30)
Basics
The Saints played a superb match on Friday to start the weekend series against HTU. They totaled over .200 hitting percentage in every set and only committed 12 errors. OLLU limited the Rams to a negative hitting percentage in the third set. Nine players for the Saints tallied at least one kill and Tijana Kruta impressed with a .444 hitting percentage in three sets of play.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – HTU 15

Set Two – OLLU 25 – HTU 21

Set Three – OLLU 25 – HTU 17

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 13 kills and four errors on 23 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .391.

The Saints had 11 kills in the second set and three errors on 25 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .320.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 12 kills and five errors on 33 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .212.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 36 kills for a hitting percentage of .296. Huston-Tillotson totaled 23 kills for a hitting percentage of .049.

Mia Dorsey led the Saints with nine kills. Netania Livingston totaled a team-high seven kills for the Rams.

Lauren Reynard assisted on 18 plays for the Saints while Elaina Spriggins tallied 21 assists for Huston-Tillotson.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 31 digs, led by Tina Trevino with seven. Amaya Benekin-Mills tallied eight digs for the Rams.

Serving it up
Mia Francis tallied two aces for the Saints. Three different players had one ace each for Huston-Tillotson.

Second match (Oct. 1)
Basics
The Saints followed Friday’s victory with another impressive performance. The Rams were able to challenge the Saints in the second and third set, but OLLU ultimately outplayed Huston-Tillotson. Kruta played well again with two solo blocks and Francis tallied double-digit kills. The Saints remained undefeated in conference play with the pair of wins.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – HTU 15

Set Two – OLLU 25 – HTU 19

Set Three – OLLU 25 – HTU 19

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 15 kills and six errors on 27 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .333.

The Saints had 11 kills in the second set and six errors on 27 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .185.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 12 kills and five errors on 32 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .219.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 38 kills for a hitting percentage of .244. Huston-Tillotson totaled 25 kills for a hitting percentage of .035.

Francis led the Saints with 11 kills. Danielle Burns and Jaalin Rosser totaled a team-high six kills each for the Rams.

Reynard assisted on 34 plays for the Saints while Spriggins tallied 24 assists for Huston-Tillotson.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 38 digs, led by Trevino with 14. Benekin-Mills tallied 11 digs for the Rams.

Serving it up
Reynard had three service aces for the Saints. Three different players had one ace each for the Rams.

What’s next
The Saints return home to face Louisiana Christian University on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.

Men’s cross-country finishes in fourth place at UIW Invitational

The Saints men’s cross-country team placed fourth in a field of 13 teams at the UIW Invitational sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “There was some exceptional running at this meet, but we didn’t meet our expectations, That is on me. I’ve pushed the training a bit too hard and we’re seeing that in the results. We do have time though and a reset before conference and nationals is exactly what we need.”

Full team results for the men’s 8k are listed below:
UIW – 24 points

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley – 73 points

University of Texas at San Antonio – 84 points

OLLU – 135 points

McMurry University – 146 points

Texas A&M International University – 151 points

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – 160 points

Huston-Tillotson University – 211 points

Trinity University – 243 points

Texas Lutheran University – 278 points

University of St. Thomas – 314

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – 372 points

Sul Ross State University – 403 points

Leading the way for the Saints was Jose Zarata, who ran with a time of 25:30 for 12th place out of a slate of 126 runners. Jayden Turrubiates’ time was 26:11, followed by Diego Moran at 26:22, Hendrick Ramirez at 26:37, Kruz Malesich at 26:49, Nathaniel Rodriguez at 27:01, JoseCarlos Hernandez at 27:21, Sebastian Moreno at 27:39, Matthew Trevino at 29:07 and Robert Rios at 30:01.

What’s next
The Saints will get set to host the Saints Invitational on Oct. 7 at the Alamo Sportsplex, Culebra Creek Soccer Fields, in San Antonio.

Women’s cross-country places ninth at UIW Invitational

The Saints women’s cross-country team placed ninth in a field of 14 teams at the UIW Invitational sponsored by the University of the Incarnate Word.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “It’s no secret we were running down some of our top runners. Despite that, this group went out brave and ran well. Deandra Ibarra’s freshman campaign is one of the best I’ve ever seen, and special recognition should go to Viridiana Zuniga for asserting herself into our top five. When we get healthy, we will be so much better having had these experiences.”

Full team results for the women’s 6k are listed below:
Northern Colorado – 29 points

UIW – 46 points

University of Texas at San Antonio – 88 points

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi – 107 points

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley – 125 points

McMurry University – 166

Texas A&M International University – 181 points

Trinity University – 193 points

OLLU – 227 points

Texas Lutheran University – 283 points

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – 313 points

University of St. Thomas – 332 points

University of Dallas – 435

Sul Ross State University – 438 points

Leading the way for the Saints was Deanna Ibarra, who ran with a time of 23:35.1 for 18th place out of a slate of 110 runners. Viridiana Zuniga’s time was 25:00, followed by Mia Curiel at 25:17, Kennedy Vallalpando at 25:28, Sierra Ramirez at 25:50, Robbie Sue Espericueta at 26:14 and Liliana Hernandez at 27:44.

What’s next
The Saints will get set to host the Saints Invitational on Oct. 7 at the Alamo Sportsplex, Culebra Creek Soccer Fields, in San Antonio.

Women’s cross-country wins Concordia Classic, Deandra Ibarra captures individual medal

The Saints women’s cross-country team won its first meet since 2019 at the Concordia Classic sponsored by Concordia University Texas on Sept. 23. The women’s previous wins came in 2014 at the McMurry Bill Libby Invitational out of five teams, the Saints Collegiate Invite out of seven teams and the OLLU Collegiate Invite out of three teams.

Head Coach Patrick Torres commented, “Deandra Ibarra got her first college win, and I think it will be the first of many. Our team rallied around some huge efforts by her and Viridiana Zuniga stepping up into our fifth role. We took care of business and won convincingly. I’m so excited about the talent of this team and just how they rally to run for each other.”

Deandra Ibarra won the individual medalist award with a time of 21:24.6 in the 5.5k. Nadia Sifuentes placed third with a time of 22:28.9 followed by Leilani Leza at 22:46.4 and Mia Curiel at 22:56.6. In seventh place was Viridiana Zuniga with a time of 23:07.9, and Robbie Sue Espericueta finished in 18th place with a time of 24:07.7.

Other finishers include Kennedy Villalpando at 24:12.1, Sierra Ramirez at 24:27.3, Liliana Hernandez at 24:44.9.

What’s next
The Saints will prepare for the UIW Invitational at the University of the Incarnate Word on Oct. 1.

Volleyball downs Southwest in two matches

The volleyball team remained undefeated in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play with a pair of wins over University of the Southwest (USW) this weekend. The Saints improve to 9-4 overall and 6-0 in conference. The Mustangs fall to 0-12 overall and 0-6 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Scott Mattera said, “Friday was probably our most complete and efficient match of the year so far. We had good decision making and flow. Saturday, we had a bit of a breakdown as our frustration with some bad plays led to poor volleyball decisions. We were able to right the ship and get two good road wins, but we need to continue to be intentional with our mind game.”

History
The Saints were 22-2 against the Mustangs prior to the matches.

First match (Sept. 23)
Basics

The Saints only committed 10 errors in an impressive sweep against USW on Friday night. OLLU totaled 41 kills backed by a season-high .279 hitting percentage. They also limited the Mustangs to under .100 hitting percentage in every set. Camila Ramirez and Mia Dorsey finished with double digit kills.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 16

Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 18

Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 13

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 16 kills and four errors on 42 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .286.

The Saints had 13 kills in the second set and three errors on 30 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .333.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 12 kills and three errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .231.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 41 kills for a hitting percentage of .279. Southwest totaled 20 kills for a hitting percentage of .044.

Dorsey led the Saints with 14 kills. Valeria Trevino totaled a team-high seven kills for the Mustangs.

Lauren Reynard assisted on 29 plays for the Saints while Gabriela Tapia tallied 11 assists for Southwest.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 66 digs, led by Tina Trevino with 23. Autumn Lopez tallied 22 digs for the Mustangs.

Serving it up
Trevino and Dorsey both tallied three aces for the Saints. Four different players had one ace each for Southwest.

Second match (Sept. 24)
Basics

The Saints were challenged by the Mustangs in the second match. The Saints started strong with only two errors in the first set and a .282 hitting percentage. The Mustangs played a consistent second set with four more kills than the Saints. The Saints responded with 13 kills in the third set following the 1-1 tie. Southwest battled in the final set, but OLLU was able to hold on for a four-set victory.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 19

Set Two – USW 25 – OLLU 20

Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 16

Set Four – OLLU 25 – USW 17

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 13 kills and two errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .282.

The Saints had eight kills in the second set and eight errors on 41 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .000.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 13 kills and three errors on 35 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .286.

The Saints had 14 kills in the fourth set and six errors on 41 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .195.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 48 kills for a hitting percentage of .186. Southwest totaled 39 kills for a hitting percentage of .078.

Dorsey led the Saints with 18 kills. Trevino totaled a team-high 15 kills for the Mustangs.

Reynard assisted on 45 plays for the Saints while Tapia tallied 16 assists for Southwest.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 82 digs, led by Trevino with 24. Lopez tallied 19 digs for the Mustangs.

Serving it up
Tijana Kruta had two service aces for the Saints. Alexia Esparza tallied five service aces for Southwest.

What’s next
The Saints battle Huston-Tillotson University in a pair of matches in Austin, Texas, starting on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Three men’s tennis members competed at Roadrunner Invitational

The men’s tennis team sent three players to battle in the Jauer Roadrunner Invitational hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Michael Canales, Enzo Frequelin and Murilo Salviato competed in singles and doubles matches from Sept. 23-25.

The Saints won two singles matches, while dropping four; they won one doubles match while losing four.

Programs in the tournament included UTSA, University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Baylor University, University of Miami, Southern Methodist University, Rice University, Abilene Christian University, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of the Incarnate Word and Oral Roberts University.

Head Coach Dave Watts said, “This invitational was a great experience for our players. They were able to see some of the top NCAA D1 teams in the nation. These tough matches are great building blocks for the team. I was particularly proud of Murilo Salviato who competed very well but came up short losing in the third set against a tough opponent from UTRGV.”

Full results:
SINGLES
Enzo Frequelin (W1/L2): lost to N. DeLuna – 3-6/2-6; lost to S. Whitehead – 1-6/4-6; defeated A. Brewer – 5-3 (ret.)

Murilo Salviato (W1/L1): defeated N. Dominguez – 7-5/6-3; lost to C. Lawrance – 3-6/6-2/4-6

Michael Canales (W0/L1): lost to A. Salazar – 2-6/4-6

DOUBLES
Enzo Frequelin/Murilo Salviato (W0/L2): lost to N. DeLuna/M. Kermet – 2-6; lost to A. Brewer/K. Leuenberger – 3-6

Michael Canales/Agustin Salazar (UTRGV) (W1/L2): lost to G. Skelly/A. Keene – 2-6; lost to B. McDonald/E. Scribner – 5-7; defeated G. Pinho/E. Brewer – 6-4

What’s next
The Saints compete at the ITA Tournament in New Orleans from Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

Women’s soccer ends in tie versus TAMUT

The women’s soccer team tied against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) 1-1 on Sept. 24. The Saints move to 2-2-4 overall and 0-0-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Eagles are now 6-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented, “This was a hard-fought game against a dynamic attacking group. I was pleased with their effort, but we still have a lot to do in the attacking third.”

History
The Saints were 6-1 against the Eagles prior to the match.

Basics
The Saints finished in a tie for the third match in a row. The first half was scoreless but there was plenty of offensive pressure. The Saints took seven shots while the Eagles totaled 10. Tess Pitcher made seven saves for OLLU in the first frame.

Chayce Walker put the Eagles ahead in the 63rd minute with an assist from Aubrey Oller. The Saints wasted no time to even the match with a goal from Kyleigh Spree-Kolos just four minutes later. Her fifth goal of the season was assisted by Ez Valles. Both teams had multiple chances toward the end of the contest but couldn’t convert.

Scoring overview
63′ – TAMUT – Chayce Walker (assisted by Aubrey Oller)

67′ – OLLU – Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (assisted by Ez Valles)

Inside the box score

Spree-Kolos led the Saints with three shots on goal. Alyssa Daily had four shots on goal for the Eagles.

Overall, the Saints tallied 10 shots, with eight on goal. Texarkana marked 19 shots with 10 on goal.

OLLU recorded one corner kick and the Eagles took seven.

What’s next
The Saints return home to play LSU-Alexandria on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.

NAIA honors 23 OLLU student-athletes with Scholar-Athlete Recognition

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2021-2022 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The award recognizes the association’s highest individual honors and achievements of NAIA student-athletes.

In order to be nominated by an institution, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Selected from Our Lady of the Lake University are:

BASEBALL
Jacob Mitchell
Matthew Klar
Layne Klostermann

BASKETBALL
Gabrielle Guzman

CROSS-COUNTRY
Lindsey Broussard
Peyton Lammons
Isaac Martinez

COMPETITIVE DANCE
Jessica Garcia

GOLF
|Diego Garcia Hernandez
Joshua Sturt

SOCCER
Connor Bagley
Dawson Brinkley
Liliana Briseno
Juan Martin Chica
Olivia Eagleson
Sarah Miles
Sophia Mora
Jack Parker
Patrick Pye
Jaylin Seto
Haley Smith
Erika Zapata
Jessica Zapata

SOFTBALL
Kayla Dreese
Katelyn Esparza
Jennifer Estrada

TENNIS
Brisa Gonzales
Caio Ravagnani

VOLLEYBALL
Sadie Ballesteros

Volleyball wins pair of matches against TAMUT

The volleyball team won both matches against Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) rival Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) this weekend. The Saints improve to 7-4 overall and 4-0 in conference. The Eagles drop to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Scott Mattera commented, “We played a great game on Friday night. I liked our response to the loud environment that Texarkana provides. Everybody contributed to a nice win on the road. Texarkana gave us their best shot on Saturday. We really focused on staying mentally tough through adversity. We learned a lot this weekend regarding physical and mental skills.”

History
This was the first meeting between the two programs. TAMUT is currently in its inaugural season.

First match (Sept. 16)
Basics
The Saints defeated the Eagles in four sets to start the weekend. OLLU tallied double digit kills in the first set and only committed four errors. Despite only having a .025 hitting percentage in the second frame, the Eagles were able to tie the match at 1-1. The Saints rallied in the third set behind 13 kills and limited Texarkana to a .000 hitting percentage. The Eagles battled in the fourth set, but the Saints were able to finish the match with a 25-21 fourth frame victory.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 16

Set Two – TAMUT 25 – OLLU 22

Set Three – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 16

Set Four – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 21

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 12 kills and four errors on 40 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .200.

The Saints had nine kills in the second set and five errors on 38 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .105.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 13 kills and eight errors on 38 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .132.

The Saints had 14 kills in the fourth set and seven errors on 47 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .149.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 48 kills for a hitting percentage of .147. Texarkana totaled 32 kills for a hitting percentage of .014.

Mia Dorsey and Mia Francis led the Saints with 12 kills each. Alicia Hamm totaled a team-high 12 kills for the Eagles.

Lauren Reynard assisted on 36 plays for the Saints while Zuleica Cruz tallied 14 assists for Texarkana.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 74 digs, led by Tina Trevino with 27. Ambree Anderle and Claudia Etling tallied 14 digs apiece for the Eagles.

Serving it up
Trevino and Reynard both tallied four aces for the Saints. Sasha Bajek recorded two service aces for Texarkana.

Second match (Sept. 17)
Basics
Saturday’s match was identical to the day before, with the Saints winning the first, third and fourth set. Both teams were held to low hitting percentages throughout the match. The Saints had three players finish with double digit kills and Reynard totaled 44 assists. OLLU also boasted 88 digs and seven service aces.

Scoring overview
Set One – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 17

Set Two – TAMUT 25 – OLLU 22

Set Three – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 18

Set Four – OLLU 25 – TAMUT 21

Set review
In the first set, OLLU recorded 16 kills and seven errors on 47 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .191.

The Saints had nine kills in the second set and eight errors on 44 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .023.

In the third set, OLLU recorded 15 kills and seven errors on 36 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .222.

The Saints had 13 kills in the fourth set and seven errors on 49 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .122.

On the offense
Overall, the Saints had 53 kills for a hitting percentage of .136. Texarkana totaled 36 kills for a hitting percentage of .075.

Dorsey led the Saints with 15 kills. Hamm totaled a team-high nine kills for the Eagles.

Reynard assisted on 44 plays for the Saints while Cruz tallied 17 assists for Texarkana.

Defensive standouts
OLLU had a total of 88 digs, led by Trevino with 28. Etling tallied 24 digs for the Eagles.

Serving it up
Tijana Kruta had four service aces for the Saints. Three different Eagles tallied one service ace.

What’s next
The Saints continue the road trip with a pair of matches against University of the Southwest starting on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

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