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Men’s basketball holds third annual alumni game

The men’s basketball team hosted its third annual alumni game on Saturday. The current Saints team won 115-104 in a thrilling matchup.

The alumni team consisted of Mike Brown (2011-2013), Brandell Collins (2015-2018), Jared Embry (2019), De’Quentin Greer (2013-2015), Jeremy Hines (2013-2015), Brandon Joseph (2017-2019), Justin Monk (class of 2009-2011), Eddie Ortiz (2009-2013), Ryan Otis (2017-2019), new Saints Assistant Coach Marcus Thompson (2010-2014) and Aleksander Tomic (2009-2011). Monk, Ortiz and Tomic were part of the inaugural team.

Oscar Maldonado (JR/Greeley, Colo.) opened the scoring with a three-pointer for the Saints. After a few points scored by the alumni team, Maldonado hit another three to give the Saints a slight 6-4 advantage. Thompson blocked a layup attempt a few plays later, but the Saints went on a run and led 28-16 with 10 minutes left in the first half. OLLU continued to score at will against the alumni team and led 59-36 at halftime.

The alumni team came to life in the second half. They drew multiple fouls early in the frame and Greer ended up scoring 17 points in the second half. The Saints led 90-64 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The alumni team scored 40 of the next 65 points to close out the game and only lose by 11.

Mike Brown led the alumni team with 29 points. Junior transfer Maldonado scored a team-high 15 points for the Saints.

Baseball hosts inaugural alumni game

The baseball team hosted its first alumni game on Saturday. The inaugural team played in 2015 and featured 26 players. Since its berth, the baseball program has boasted a .622 winning percentage in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) and recently competed in the NAIA World Series during the 2021 season for the first time.

The alumni team attending the festivities included Russell Brown (2017-2018), Ryan Chapa (2017-2021), Anthony DeJesus (2015-2016/Inaugural Team), Jose Diaz (2016-2021), Jordan Hackett (2015-2018/Inaugural Team), Connor Kalisky (2016-2017/Inaugural Team), Mike Light (2017-2018), Robert Lopez (2017-2021), David Marte (2015-2016/Inaugural Team), JB Martinez (2016-2018), Matt Mihalov (2016-2021), Caleb Mireles (2017-2018), Andrew Ogletree (2017-2021), Chuy Ramirez (2016-2017), Ryan Ramsey (2016-20199), Enrique Ruiz (2015-2018/Inaugural Team) and Xavier Solis (2016-2021).

The current Saints team jumped out to an early lead in the first two innings. Noah Rodriguez (SR/Victoria, Texas) scored on an error in the first inning and Christian Martinez (SO/Corpus Christi, Texas) drove in Francisco Martinez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) to start the second inning. Martinez would later score on a passed ball and Jacob Mitchell (NA/Harker Heights, Texas) smacked a two-run home run to give OLLU a 5-0 advantage.

After the Saints tacked on six more runs, Jose Diaz recorded the alumni’s first hit in the top of the fifth inning. Francisco Martinez roped an RBI triple in the bottom of the inning to increase the Saints’ lead to 12-0. Mike Light put the alumni on the board with an RBI double that scored Andrew Ogletree in the top of the sixth inning. Xavier Solis and Robert Lopez tallied RBIs later in the inning and the alumni trailed 12-3.

Joshua Colunga, John B. Ortega II (SO/Harlingen, Texas) and Jarod Smith (SO/Baytown, Texas) recorded RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth inning to up the Saints lead to 15-3. Light drove in another run in the bottom inning for the alumni team and a wild pitch scored Matt Mihalov. The current Saints team won 15-5 in seven innings.

Softball welcomes alumni this weekend

The softball team will hold its 2021 Alumni Day on Saturday. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game between current players and alumni from teams beginning in 2009 through 2021. Following the game, the team will announce its inaugural Hall of Fame Class. Dessert will be served to attendees afterward.

Softball welcomes new Assistant Coach Katrisha Arocha

The softball team is proud to announce the hiring of Katrisha Arocha as an assistant coach. Arocha graduated from OLLU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology after playing two seasons for the Saints.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington commented, “I am very excited to welcome one of the most decorated Saints pitchers back home to the Lake!  Her unique experience and mental toughness, both as a player and now a coach, will help all of our players as we pursue a championship.”

Arocha is a San Antonio native. She attended NCAA D1 Mississippi Valley State University and NCAA D2 Texas A&M University – Kingsville before transferring to OLLU for the 2014 season. She was the first softball player to earn NAIA All-American honors, and she did so in 2014. Her other awards include National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NAIA All-Region Second Team in 2014 and First Team in 2015; NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete in 2014-2015; Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Conference in 2014 and 2015; RRAC Pitcher and Newcomer of the Year in 2014; five RRAC Pitcher of the Week awards in 2014 and three in 2015; and RRAC Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2014 and 2015.

She holds the following Saints records: career ERA (1.79); season ERA (1.54), season shutouts (7), season wins (26), seasons pitched (191) and season strikeouts (247); and most innings pitched in a game (12) and most strikeouts in a game (19).

Arocha led the Saints to their first RRAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2014; the team competed in nationals, where they played in the opening round. She also led her team to its first-ever NAIA Scholar Team recognition in 2014.

After her playing years, Arocha has coached pitchers of multiple ages, several high school sports, and travel softball.

Arocha said, “I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the success of the current softball program by sharing my knowledge and experience with the Saints student-athletes.”

The Saints will begin their 13th season in the spring of 2022 but will play a handful of scrimmages during the fall. Home games will be played at the OLLU Softball Field, which recently has received a multitude of upgrades and renovations throughout the complex.

Volleyball continues to receive five votes in the latest NAIA Coaches Top 25 Poll

OLLU again received five votes in the fourth regular-season edition of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches Top 25 Poll that was released Oct. 13.

Since the last post was released on Sept. 29, the Saints have been undefeated. They swept Red River Athletic Conference opponent the University of the Southwest 3-0 on Oct. 2 and beat conference opponent Huston-Tillotson University 3-2 on Oct. 6. The women also swept NCAA D3 Schreiner University on Oct. 8.

After this weekend’s matches, the Saints are now 14-3 overall and 8-0 in the conference.

The team is ranked 30th in standings among all NAIA teams. Madelynn Strzelczyk is ranked 14th in the NAIA in assists with 517/10.55 apg.

The highest mark the Saints have received in the poll came in 2016 when the team received 61 votes.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
     
RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
11Jamestown (N.D.) [17]21-0588
22Viterbo (Wis.) [4]25-1574
34Missouri Baptist16-2548
45Park (Mo.)17-2518
56Corban (Ore.)19-0515
63Midland (Neb.)18-3501
77Marian (Ind.)24-0487
88Bellevue (Neb.)16-3464
99Providence (Mont.)16-2436
1011Central Methodist (Mo.)19-3410
1110College of Saint Mary (Neb.)18-3400
1212Life (Ga.)21-1393
1313Eastern Oregon16-5366
1415Northwestern (Iowa)12-6345
1513Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)16-5320
1618Dordt (Iowa)12-5294
1719Montana Tech15-5256
1817Taylor (Ind.)22-4240
1922Columbia (Mo.)20-4234
2020Ottawa (Ariz.)15-2232
2116Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)16-4216
2221Indiana Wesleyan14-3196
23NRDoane (Neb.)18-5186
2424Grand View (Iowa)13-10145
2525Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)17-5140


Dropped from the Poll: 
Concordia (Neb.)

Receiving Votes: Bushnell (Ore.) 104, Concordia (Neb.) 80, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 52, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 33, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 27, Hastings (Neb.) 26, Dakota State (S.D.) 18, Westmont (Calif.) 13, Indiana Tech 9, Bethel (Ind.) 8, Texas Wesleyan 7, IU South Bend (Ind.) 6, Loyola (La.) 5, Ottawa (Kan.) 5, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, Columbia International (S.C.) 3, Campbellsville (Ky.) 3

Baseball and Men’s Basketball to host Alumni Events this weekend

The OLLU baseball team will host its Inaugural Baseball Alumni Day on Oct. 16 beginning at 11 a.m. The event will include a game against current Saints team members and alumni, a commemorative t-shirt and a postgame social with food and beverages. It will take place at Missions Baseball Academy, 5707 State Highway 151. Alumni from the team’s first season in 2015 through last year are invited to participate and families are welcome to attend. Contact Assistant Coach Ryan Chapa at rtchapa17sp@ollusa.edu for additional information.

The men’s basketball team will hold its annual alumni day on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. with a social to follow. Alumni from 2009 through 2021 and families are invited to attend. A social with food and beverages will follow afterward in UWAC 104. Contact Head Coach Chris Dial at cdial@ollusa.edu for additional information.

Women’s basketball picked second in Red River Athletic Conference preseason poll

OLLU has been picked second in the Red River Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll released today. The Saints have won seven of the last nine regular-season titles. Last year, they opted out of conference play due to COVID-19 concerns, and this year, every RRAC member is back in action.

Two teams joined the conference this season, including Xavier University of Louisiana, which has also been picked second in the conference poll. The other conference newcomer is Louisiana College.

LSU Shreveport is the top choice after receiving nine first-place votes.

Voting was conducted by the head coaches at the conference. Results of the poll are shown below, with points calculated through a 12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format. First-place votes are shown in parentheses.

RankSchoolPoints
1. LSU Shreveport (9)140
2. Our Lady of the Lake105
 Xavier  (1)105
4. Texas A&M-Texarkana91
5.Paul Quinn84
6. LSU Alexandria80
7.Huston-Tillotson78
8.Wiley59
9.Texas College (1)56
10.Louisiana College48
11.Jarvis Christian (1)47
12.Southwest43

The Saints begin the 2021-2022 campaign on Oct. 29 at Oklahoma City University. The team is under the leadership of new Head Coach Jillian Flores and returning Assistant Coach Tommy Turgeon.

OLLU welcomes new Assistant Athletic Trainer Alexandra Huron

The Athletic Department announced the addition of new Assistant Athletic Trainer Alexandra Huron, LAT, ATC. She joins Assistant Athletic Trainer Abigail Garcia, LAT, ATC, and Head Athletic Trainer Corey Beechner, MS, LAT, ATC.

Beechner commented, “I am excited to officially welcome Alex to the OLLU family. Although she has been working with us as a part-time athletic trainer through Christus Santa Rosa, we have decided to hire her to our staff full time. She has already built a great rapport with our student-athletes, and it is comforting for them to have that consistency in care. She brings a lot of creativity and energy to the group, and we are lucky to have her join us.”

Huron received my Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of the Incarnate Word in December 2016. She also works through the Christus Health System as a PRN Athletic Trainer when she is not at OLLU.

On the weekends, Huron enjoys dancing and cites her favorite color as pink and her favorite holiday is Halloween. She also works as an actor and director in the film industry here in San Antonio. Huron and her dog Chico reside in San Antonio.

Volleyball receives votes in latest NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

Volleyball received five votes in the second regular-season edition of the 2021 NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. This marks the first time since 2018 the Saints have been included in the poll.

The Saints are 9-3 this season and undefeated in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play at 4-0. OLLU has won five of its last six matches including a sweep of Louisiana College and Texas College this past weekend. 

The team is ranked in the top 50 of the nation with 11.76 assists per set. Camila Ramirez (FR/El Paso, Texas) and Daisy Cantwell (SO/San Antonio, Texas) both have more than 100 kills. Tina Trevino (FR/Laredo, Texas) leads the squad with 204 digs and sophomore Madalyn Gonzalez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) has a team-high 21 blocks. Four different Saints have earned conference player of the week awards.

The highest mark the Saints have received in the poll came in 2016 when the team received 61 votes.

Poll Methodology

  • The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and Unaffiliated Groups.
  • The Top 25 is determined by a points system based on how each voter ranks the best teams. A team receives 30 points for each first-place vote, 29 for second place and so on through the list.
  • The highest and lowest ranking for each team (a non-rating is considered a low rating) is removed and the team’s ranking will be recalculated with an additional point added to each team for every ballot (including discounted ballots) that the teams appear on.
  • Teams that receive only one point on the ballot are not considered “receiving votes”
RANKLAST TIMESCHOOL [FIRST-PLACE VOTES]RECORDPOINTS
12Jamestown (N.D.)16-0588
23Viterbo (Wis.)20-1572
31Midland (Neb.)16-2540
44Missouri Baptist13-2538
56Park (Mo.)12-2517
67Corban (Ore.)15-0502
78Marian (Ind.)18-0478
811Bellevue (Neb.)11-2441
910Providence (Mont.)14-2440
1017College of Saint Mary (Neb.)16-2430
1112Central Methodist (Mo.)15-2387
1218Life (Ga.)18-1372
1314Eastern Oregon13-4360
13NRDakota Wesleyan (S.D.)15-1360
159Northwestern (Iowa)10-5313
1613Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)12-3294
17NRTaylor (Ind.)19-2278
185Dordt (Iowa)10-4274
1915Montana Tech12-4233
2020Ottawa (Ariz.)12-1227
2116Indiana Wesleyan10-3220
2220Columbia (Mo.)16-4206
2319Concordia (Neb.)9-6183
2424Grand View (Iowa)8-9133
25NREmbry-Riddle (Ariz.)13-5116

Dropped from the poll: Oklahoma City, Bethel (Ind.), Westmont (Calif.)

Receiving Votes: Madonna (Mich.) 81, Bushnell (Ore.) 74, Doane (Neb.) 73, Wayland Baptist (Texas) 48, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 43, Westmont (Calif.) 37, Saint Mary (Kan.) 27, Bethel (Ind.) 19, SAGU (Texas) 16, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 5, IU South Bend (Ind.) 4, Oklahoma City 3

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