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Women’s basketball falls to LSU-Shreveport to open conference play

The women’s basketball team fell to No. 19-ranked LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 74-69 on Saturday in the first Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) game of the 2021 season. The Saints gave the Pilots all they could handle and drop to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in conference. The Pilots remain undefeated at 10-0 overall and 4-0 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Stacy Stephens commented“I am so proud of how each of these young women stepped up today. They played multiple spots and were put in situations that will only benefit their growth on the court. We moved the ball around on offense and made extra passes. We worked together as a unit by shooting more than 40 percent for the game. I am proud of the rebounding effort and the team commitment to everyone crashing the boards and boxing out. There are still things we need to work on, but I’m very encouraged and extremely proud of how hard we played the entire game.”

History

The Saints are 16-14 against LSUS and lost to the Pilots in the RRAC Tournament Championship game last season.

Offensive/defensive standouts

Natalia Trevino (SO/Laredo, Texas) led the Saints in scoring with 13 points, followed by Angeline Sanchez (SO/Cibolo, Texas), Zerina Shatri (SR/Istog, Kosovo) and Cormia Lewis (FR/Houston, Texas) with 12 points each. Tiffany Lopez (SO/San Antonio, Texas) led the team with eight rebounds. Gabrielle Guzman (JR/Moore, Okla.) led the Saints with five assists.

LSUS was led by Fu’Tra Banks with 23 points. Banks also led the Pilots with nine rebounds. DeAuja Thompson and Britney Thompson led the Pilots with three assists each.

Inside the box

OLLU combined for 26-of-62 shooting for 41.9 percent, 7-of-19 from three-point range for 36.8 percent and hit all 10 free throws. LSUS shot 30-of-65 for 53.6 percent, 3-of-14 three pointers for 21.4 percent and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line for 78.6 percent.

The Saints grabbed 29 rebounds while the Pilots collected 36. OLLU forced 17 turnovers and committed 14.

Up next

The Saints head home to play LSUS again on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. No spectators are allowed at this time.

Volleyball wins two of three matches this past weekend

The volleyball team defeated Jarvis Christian College (JCC) 3-0 on Friday to open the 2021 season. On Saturday, the Saints lost to Wayland Baptist University 3-2 and defeated Jarvis 3-0. The Saints begin the year 2-1 overall and 2-0 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play.

The Saints put on a dominant performance in the first match of the season against Jarvis. OLLU recorded 13 kills in the first set and didn’t allow any by the Bulldogs. They forced six errors by Jarvis in the second set and posted an impressive .579 hitting percentage. The Saints closed the match by allowing only eight points in the third set.

Scoring overview against JCC

Set One – OLLU 25 – JCC 10
Set Two – OLLU 25 – JCC 10 
Set Three – OLLU 25 – JCC 8

On Saturday, in the first match against WBU, the Saints were pushed to a fifth set and lost 17-15 in the final frame. Wayland Baptist finished 2-0 in the OLLU Tri-Match by defeating JCC prior to the match against the Saints.

Scoring overview against WBU

Set One – WBU 25 – OLLU 20
Set Two – OLLU 25 – WBU 17
Set Three – OLLU 25 – WBU 20
Set Four – WBU 25 – OLLU 22
Set Five – WBU 17 – OLLU 15

The Saints came out strong in the second match of the OLLU Tri-Match against JCC. They defeated the Bulldogs in straight sets and showcased an impressive .550 kill percentage. OLLU held Jarvis to single-digit points in the first two sets.

Scoring overview against JCC

Set One – OLLU 25 – JCC 5
Set Two – OLLU 25 – JCC 6
Set Three – OLLU 25 – JCC 11

The Saints head to New Orleans to participate in the New Orleans Tournament. They will play University of the Cumberlands at 12 p.m. and Xavier University of Louisiana at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5. OLLU concludes the tournament by facing Faulkner University on Feb. 6 at 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis drops doubleheader against UIW to open season

The men’s tennis team fell in a doubleheader to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) on Friday 0-7, 0-7. Full results are listed below.

First match

OLLUUIWScoreResult
Artur Etzberger/Murilo SalviatoM. Kralemann/M. Kermet3-6Loss
Caio Ravagnani/Vinicius SilvaJ. Sasso/W. Fulgenzi5-7Loss
Michael Canales/Malachi FarleyO. El Kadi/A. Miralles4-6Loss
Artur EtzbergerJ. Sasso2-6, 4-6Loss
Caio RavagnaniM. Kralemann3-6, 6-3, 2-10Loss
Murilo SalviatoA. Miralles2-6, 3-6Loss
Vinicius SilvaM. Galic2-6, 1-6Loss
Malachi FarleyP. Perego1-6, 2-6Loss
Michael CanalesN. De Luna1-6, 3-6Loss

Second match

OLLUUIWScoreResult
Murilo Salviato/Caio RavagnaniJ. Sasso/W. Fulgenzi1-6Loss
Vinicius Silva/Malachi FarleyM. Kralemann/M. Kermet2-6Loss
Artur Etzberger/Michael CanalesP. Perego/N. De Luna4-6Loss
Artur EtzbergerL. Stojanovic1-6, 3-6Loss
Caio RavagnaniJ. Sasso0-6, 0-2, ret.Loss
Murilo SalviatoW. Fulgenzi0-6, ret.Loss
Vinicius SilvaP. Perego3-6, 2-6Loss
Malachi FarleyL. Godwin6-3, 2-6, 7-10Loss
Michael CanalesN. Dominguez0-1, ret.Loss

The Saints host Howard Payne University at home on Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. No spectators are allowed at this time.

Women’s soccer seniors lead team into 2021 campaign

The women’s soccer program returns for its 13th season and eighth year under Head Coach Arthur Salazar. The Saints are the reigning Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) champions and boast 10 freshmen, two transfers and 22 returners.

Salazar said, “We are excited to finally have an opportunity to have some semblance of a season. With all the uncertainty over the past 10 months, it will be nice to be back on the field in a competitive setting. The team worked hard in the fall to overcome the newly presented challenges. Hopefully the excitement of playing, combined with their preparation, will allow us to have another successful year.”

Beginning the season

The Saints open the 2021 season by traveling a short distance to face NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University (2-4-2) on Jan. 30. The team heads to Brownwood, Texas, to play Howard Payne University (1-0) on Feb. 3 and then returns home for a game against Texas Lutheran University (1-1) on Feb. 20. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Postseason

The RRAC will begin the postseason April 2-3 at campus sites, while the semifinals and finals will take place April 8-9. The NAIA Championship Opening Rounds will take place April 15-17 at campus sites. The final rounds will be April 27-May 3 in Foley, Ala.

Conference opponents

OLLU will take on seven different RRAC opponents during the 2021 campaign. They start by playing a pair of road games against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (3-1) on Feb. 25 and Paul Quinn College (5-0) on Feb. 27.

The Saints welcome Jarvis Christian College (6-0) on March 4 and the University of the Southwest (16-1) on March 13 for their first home games of the season. The final three games of the season include road games against LSU-Alexandria (6-1-1) on March 18, LSU-Shreveport (5-2-2) on March 20 and a home finale versus University of Houston-Victoria (13-1) on March 27.

Senior class

Senior leadership will be pivotal to a successful season for the Saints. The class includes goalkeepers Mikaela Gilbert (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Savannah Hernandez (SR/El Paso, Texas), defender Victoria Morales (SR/Brownsville, Texas) and midfielders Baye Polansky and Yolanda Vazquez (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.).

Hernandez made 48 saves in 16 games last season, while Gilbert stopped 20 in nine games. Polansky was named RRAC Offensive Player of the Week for Oct. 14-20, and Vazquez earned RRAC Scholar-Athlete awards. Morales started in two games last season and made the RRAC Scholar-Athlete team during the 2018 season.

Returners

The Saints feature 17 returners who will play alongside the seniors. Melanie DeLuna (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Madison Herrera (SO/Helotes, Texas), Nallely Infante (SO/Houston, Texas), Sarah Miles (SO/Helotes, Texas), Emily Morin (SO/McAllen, Texas), Riley Perez (SO/El Paso, Texas), Ambree Rheinberger (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Haley Smith (SO/Spring Branch, Texas), Desiree Velasquez (SO/Katy, Texas) and Brianna Yanez (SO/Portland, Texas) make up the sophomore group. Juniors include Dawson Brinkley (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Liliana Briseno (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Olivia Eagleson (JR/El Paso, Texas), Sophia Mora (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Jaylin Seto (JR/Houston, Texas), Erika Zapata (JR/Baytown, Texas) and Jessica Zapata (JR/Baytown, Texas).

Brinkley led the Saints with 11 goals and tallied a hat-trick against Texas College in a commanding 11-0 victory last season. She earned RRAC First Team All-Conference honors with Seto and Polansky. The Zapata twins were named to the RRAC Second Team All-Conference list, and Herrera was an honorable mention.

Newcomers

OLLU welcomes 10 freshmen and two transfers this season. Samantha Benne (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Ijayla Criswell (FR/San Antonio), Rachel Dziuba (FR/Germantown, Md.), Samantha Nava (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Abigail Payne (FR/El Paso, Texas), Tess Pitcher (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Andrea Santana (FR/McAllen, Texas), Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas), Deanna Tarango (FR/El Paso, Texas) and Stephanea Valles (FR/El Paso, Texas) will take the field for the first time. The class includes five defenders, three midfielders, one forward and a goalkeeper.

Sophomore defender Irania Acosta (SO/El Paso, Texas) and junior forward Kaelyn Carnahan (JR/Chandler, Ariz.) transferred to play for the Saints this year. Acosta previously competed at Sam Houston State University, while Carnahan joins the team after playing for Prairie View A&M University.

Attendance policy

At this time, the university has mandated that no spectators be allowed to attend athletic events at OLLU as a commitment to keeping our community safe from COVID-19. If this mandate changes, a notification will be sent via the OLLU website at http://www.ollusaintsathletics.com. With the reality that all intercollegiate teams will be playing during the spring, the university will announce which games/teams will be live-streamed through the OLLU Saints Network.

Student-athletes mark 3.01 GPA for fall semester

OLLU announced that its 17 athletics teams boasted a combined 2.999 GPA for the fall 2020 semester.

Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented, “It’s always important to express our gratitude toward all professors and staff who assist our student-athletes on their way to earning a degree from OLLU. We appreciate all of our academic support services and personnel, as well. Congratulations to the coaches for supporting their athletes in every way and emphasizing the importance of being scholar-athletes. Our student-athletes had difficulties this past semester and most of last year’s spring semester due to adjusting to virtual learning, yet they were able to mark higher than a 3.0 GPA. They deserve the recognition for a job well done, and we all thank them for their efforts in their sport and the classroom.”

Of the 295 student-athletes at OLLU:

  • 188 received GPAs of 3.0 and above
  • 81 earned GPAs of 3.0-3.49
  • 64 earned GPAs of 3.5-3.9
  • 43 earned GPAs of 4.0

The teams posting GPAs of 3.0 and above and the number of student-athletes within that sport who earned recognition include:

  • 3.652 – Men’s and Women’s Golf (12 of 12)
  • 3.622 – Men’s Cross-Country (6 of 5)
  • 3.538 – Men’s and Women’s Tennis (9 of 10)
  • 3.483 – Women’s Soccer (29 of 34)
  • 3.415 – Women’s Cross-Country (6 of 7)
  • 3.363 – Dance (7 of 11)
  • 3.250 – Volleyball (18 of 26)
  • 3.199 – Baseball (26 of 50)
  • 3.107 – Men’s Soccer (22 of 36)
  • 3.095 – Men’s Track and Field (2 of 3)

Those earning 4.0 GPAs this fall semester are:

Baseball
Connor Dayton (SO/San Antonio, Texas)
Jose Diaz (SR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba)
Matthew Klar (SO/San Antonio, Texas)
Angel Nunez (FR/McAllen, Texas)
Noah Herrera (FR/San Juan, Texas)

Women’s Soccer
Ijayla Criswell (FR/San Antonio)
Rachel Dziuba (FR/Germantown, Md.)
Sarah Miles (SO/Helotes, Texas)  
Samantha Nava (FR/San Antonio, Texas)
Riley Perez (SO/El Paso, Texas)                                                  
Tess Pitcher (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                
Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas)

Softball
Marissa Bradley (FR/Seguin, Texas)
Alexis Valdez (SO/Seguin, Texas)

Volleyball
Sadie Ballesteros (SO/San Antonio, Texas)
Analisa Fernandez (FR/San Antonio, Texas)
Madalyn Gonzalez (FR/San Antonio, Texas)
Jaalin Rosser (FR/Killeen, Texas)    
Anna Sujo Hernandez (FR/Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico)

Golf
Diego Garcia Hernandez (JR/Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico)
Monica Cecelia Lattuado
Christina Trujillo (FR/San Antonio, Texas)           

Cheer
Skylar Lloyd (FR/Eagle River, Alaska)
Melanie Padron (JR/San Antonio, Texas)

Dance
Jacqueline Baldazo (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                   
Jessica Garcia (SO/El Paso, Texas)                              

Tennis
Artur Etzberger (SR/Novo Hamburgo, RS, Brazil)                                              
Sebastian Rodriguez (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                    
Vinicius Silva (JR/Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)                                                

Men’s Basketball
Edvin Tedesjo (SR/Stockholm, Sweden)                                                
Colby Borak (FR/El Paso, Texas)                                                     
Jacob Duncan (SO/New Branfels, Texas)                             

Cross-Country
Antonio Bustamante (JR/San Antonio, Texas)
Gloria Cervantes (SO/Laredo, Texas)   
Peyton Lammons (JR/Prosper, Texas)  
Kimber Watson (JR/Kingwood, Texas)      

Men’s Soccer
Bernard Cutini Alvarenga (SR/Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil)
Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.)        
Juan Martin Chica (JR/Cali, Colombia) 
Scott Couper (SR/Glasgow, Scotland)         
Jack Parker (JR/Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.)           
Patrick Pye (JR/Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.)            
Oluwatimileyin Talabi (SO/Abeokuta, Nigeria)


Those earning 3.5-3.9 this fall are:

Baseball
Joey Baker (SR/Victoria, Texas)
Ryan Chapa (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas)           
Jorge Collazo Jr. (JR/San Antonio, Texas)    
Miguel Galindo (FR/Jourdanton, Texas)       
Layne Klostermann (SO/Raymondville, Texas)
Ram Maldonado (JR/McAllen, Texas)     
Matt Mihalov (SR/Conroe, Texas)         
Jacob Mitchell (JR/Harker Heights, Texas )         
Jacob Montejano (SO/San Antonio, Texas)

Women’s Basketball

Gabrielle Guzman (JR/Moore, Okla.)  
Tiffany Lopez (SO/San Antonio, Texas)         
Natalia Trevino (SO/Laredo, Texas)      
Atlantis White (FR/Houston, Texas)        

Women’s Soccer
Samantha Benne (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                              
Dawson Brinkley (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                          
Liliana Briseno (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                               
Kaelyn Carnahan (JR/Chandler, Ariz.)                                            
Mikaela Gilbert (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                              
Savannah Hernandez (SR/El Paso, Texas)                                    
Madison Herrera (SO/Helotes, Texas)                                            
Sophia Mora (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                             
Victoria Morales (SR/Brownsville, Texas)                                             
Emily Morin (SO/McAllen, Texas)                            
Haley Smith (SO/Spring Branch, Texas)                                    
Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas)                                     
Deanna Tarango (FR/El Paso, Texas)                                         
Yolanda Vazquez (SR/Los Angeles, Calif.)                                          
Brianna Yanez (SO/Portland, Texas)                                              

Softball
Kayla Dreese (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                    
Katelyn Esparza (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                               
Jennifer Estrada (JR/El Paso, Texas)                                           
Ysa Gonzales (SO/San Marcos, Texas)                                                 
Jalin Oliva-St. Romain (SR/Highlands, Texas)                                     

Volleyball
Daisy Cantwell (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                 
Ashley Maldonado (JR/Laredo, Texas)                                           
Alyssa Marquez (JR/Albuquerque, N.M.)                                               
Tory Rodriguez (FR/Helotes, Texas)                                             
Mia Soto (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                         
Skyla St. Clair (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                 

Golf
Kane Ybarra (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                   
Massimo Garcia (SO/Laredo, Texas)                                            
Raul Gutierrez (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                
Joshua Sturt (JR/Portsmouth, U.K.)                                                       
Chase White (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                   

Cheer
Jazmin MontaNadia Torres (SO/Houston, Texas)          

Tennis
Aaron Arrezola (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                              
Michael Canales (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                           
Malachi Farley (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                              
Murilo Salviato (SO/Araras, Sao Paulo, Brazil)                                              
Caio Ravagnani (SO/Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Men’s Basketball
Ethan White (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                
Walter Garfield (JR/Birmingham, Ala.)                                             
Jonathan Ochoa (FR/Midland, Texas)                                       
Diego Torres (FR/El Paso, Texas)                                        

Cross-Country
Lindsey Broussard (SO/Kingwood, Texas)                                         
Isaac Martinez (SO/Weslaco, Texas)                                                
Nathaniel Rodriguez (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                   

Men’s Soccer
Connor Bagley (SO/Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.)                                             
Carlos Beltran (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                   
Gustavo Lemos Borba (SR/Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil)                                         
Orlando Medina (FR/Houston, Texas)
Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) 


Those earning 3.0-3.49 GPAs this spring are:
 

Baseball
Devin Benavides (FR/Laredo, Texas)      
Nicholas Castillo (FR/San Antonio, Texas)
Javier De Alejandro (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                       
Boedy Flores (SO/Harlingen, Texas)     
Brandon Garcia (FR/San Antonio, Texas)
Adrian Gonzalez Jr. (JR/Weslaco, Texas)                                    
Robert Lopez (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                  
Alec Martinez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas)                                                  
Pablo Montante (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                               
John B. Ortega II (FR/Harlingen, Texas)
Christopher Perez (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                            
Jarod Smith (FR/Baytown, Texas)                                                      
Triston Scherer (JR/Crosby, Texas)                                               
Xavier Solis (SR/Victoria, Texas)                                                     
Pablo Trevino (FR/San Juan, Texas)                                                   
Brett Vasquez (SO/Mont Belvieu, Texas)                                                   
Nico Ybarra (FR/San Benito, Texas)                                             

Women’s Basketball
Cormia Lewis (FR/Houston, Texas)                                                  
Angeline Sanchez (SO/Cibolo, Texas)                                            
Zerina Shatri (SR/Istog, Kosovo)                                                   

Women’s Soccer
Olivia Eagleson (JR/El Paso, Texas)                                              
Nallely Infante (SO/Houston, Texas)                                                
Abigail Payne (FR/El Paso, Texas)                                                 
Ambree Rheinberger (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                        
Jaylin Seto (JR/Houston, Texas)                                                      
Stephanea Valles (FR/El Paso, Texas)                                            
Erika Zapata (JR/Baytown, Texas)                                                     
Jessica Zapata (JR/Baytown, Texas)                                                  

Softball
Eneli Garza (FR/La Feria, Texas)                                                  
Joanna Gonzalez (JR/San Benito, Texas)                                              
Kennah Kennedy (SR/Frost, Texas)                                             
Kaili Luna (FR/Converse, Texas)                                                 
Ciera Martinez (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                          
Devan Miller (FR/Marion, Ohio)                                                     
Kaylie Norris (SO/Schertz, Texas)                                                   
Angela Ramirez (JR/Converse, Texas)                                               
Kaitlyn Salazar (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                 
Kelly Anne Salinas (SO/Laredo, Texas)                                                    
Deandra Vera (SO/Uvalde, Texas)       

Volleyball
Valerie Bolanos (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                                
Amanda Esparza (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                     
Alyssa Gallardo (JR/San Antonio, Texas)                                               
Megan Montalvo (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                             
Ashleigh Ramirez (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                           
Madelynn Strzelczyk (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                       
Anissa Tamez (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                   

Golf
Matthew Cantu (FR/Corpus Christi, Texas)                                                 
Sergio Garcia (SO/Kenedy, Texas)                                                  
Raul Gonzalez (FR/McAllen, Texas)                                                
Daniel Jones (JR/Comfort, Texas)      

Cheer
Nadia Torres                                            

Dance
Jaelyn Garza (SO/Runge, Texas)                                                
Nadia Gloria (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                    
Desiree Gutierrez (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                            
Klarissa Siebert (SR/El Paso, Texas)                                               

Tennis
Delfina Rodriguez Molina                              

Men’s Basketball
Cristian Flores (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                
Javier Gonzalez (FR/Laredo, Texas)                                               
Jose Herrera (FR/Laredo, Texas)                                               
Ruben Monzon (JR/San Diego, Calif.)                                                
Julius Saldivar (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                 
Josh Williams (SR/Houston, Texas)                                                  

Cross-Country
Robbie Sue Espericueta (SO/La Villa, Texas)                                  
Viridiana Zuniga (FR/San Antonio, Texas)                                              

Track and Field
Destiny Joseph (SR/Houston, Texas)                                                 
Brianna Pantoja (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                                  
Tamaj Gordon (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                                    
Colton Townsend (SO/San Antonio, Texas)                                             

Men’s Soccer
Luan Balestieri (SR/Erechim, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)    
Miguel Barrera (SO/San Antonio, Texas)     
Jose Delgado (SR/San Antonio, Texas)                                                 
Randy Dominguez (SO/Katy, Texas)       
Keelin Garrity (JR/Hartford, Conn.)
Samuel Martinez (FR/Cibolo, Texas)
Kevin Rios (SO/Houston, Texas)
Miguel Sanchez (SR/San Antonio, Texas)
Remington Shappa (JR/San Antonio, Texas)
Pedro Tavarez (JR/Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)      

Volleyball opened 2021 season last week

The volleyball team will opened its 14th season last week.

Second-year Head Coach Scott Mattera addressed the change saying, “We framed the move to the spring as a positive. We had the fall to get to know each other, train together and get into a college life routine before we had to compete.”

On Jan. 22, the Saints opened their Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) schedule with a match against Jarvis Christian College, and the following day, the team hosted matches throughout the day. At 12 p.m., Jarved plays Wayland Baptist University, OLLU played Wayland, and OLLU played another conference match against Jarvis.

From Feb. 5-6, the Saints will participate in the New Orleans Tournament hosted by Xavier University of New Orleans. The schedule has OLLU playing the University of the Cumberlands at noon and Xavier University at 6 p.m. On Feb. 6, they will play Faulkner at 1 p.m.

The team will continue on Feb. 13 with a match against NCAA D2 Texas A&M University International in Laredo, Texas, followed by another match against a D2 school St. Mary’s University at 6 p.m. on its campus in San Antonio.

OLLU will travel to Hawkins, Texas, for a conference match against Jarvis on Feb. 19 at 6 p.m.

From March 5-6, the Saints will play nonconference matches. On March 5, the Saints will be in Longview, Texas, for a 6 p.m. match against NCAA D3 LeTourneau University. On March 6, the Saints will travel to Forth Worth, Texas, for a match against NAIA Texas Wesleyan University at 2 p.m.

The Saints return home for three conference matches against the University of the Southwest March 12-13 and 20. The first match is at 7 p.m. on March 12, noon on March 13 and 2 p.m. on March 20.

OLLU will then prepare to host the RRAC Championship Tournament on March 26 and on March 27 for the championship match. Times and opponents will be determined.

The team will close out its regular season on April 2-3 in Plainview, Texas, for matches against Wayland and Oklahoma City University. Times will be announced.

The NAIA has scheduled April 17 through April 27 as the volleyball national championship dates for the 2020-2021 season.

All Saints home matches will feature live stats (check link on website) and live-streaming via the OLLUSaintsNetwork. No spectators will be allowed.

Update on women’s basketball team

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the women’s basketball team has given each member of the team the opportunity to ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’ of the remainder of the season

Head Coach Stacy Stephens said, “I would like to state that we (OLLU women’s basketball staff and players) totally and fully respect the decision of the women’s basketball players to opt-in (play) or to opt-out (not play) during this unprecedented times. Coach Tommy Turgeon and I will not change in regards to the academic standards that we have for our team no matter how their decision impacts us on the court. Academics and graduation are goals in our program. We will also continue to work on the court with the players who have opted in, understanding that we will continue to strive for greatness, and some players will be taking on new roles and new challenges. We are excited for the growth that is to come in the remainder of the 2020-2021 basketball season.”

Stephens continued, “Playing basketball throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been frustrating, challenging, and uncertain, Stephens commented. “The young women on this team have overcome and weathered many storms both as a team and personally. They had moments when they were knocked down, but they always stood back up. This lifted me up as their coach with their smiles and enthusiasm. I am proud to coach all of these amazing, confident young women. These young women are strong and determined as each looked at the situation and thought about factors that normally do not affect basketball teams. They had the strength and courage to make the best decision for them.

“After the season has completed, and when the time is right, we will regroup and look forward to the 2021-2022 season with excitement, enthusiasm and confidence as we continue to grow both on the court and in the classroom.

“In closing, I know this has been a rough year for everyone, and I hope that you know how much we in women’s basketball appreciate you all,” Stephens concluded.

Last week, OLLU announced that men’s and women’s basketball and the competitive cheer and dance teams would opt-out of the NAIA and RRAC championship competition due to concerns over COVID-19 and safety and testing protocols. The Saints notified teams that they are willing to play those who are testing weekly. The basketball staff will seek other programs following similar protocols and testing regimens to protect the student-athletes and OLLU community.

Athletic Director Shane Hurley said, “As basketball has a higher possibility of spread due to being indoors, on a small playing surface and a high degree of contact, we have opted to sit this year out of NAIA and RRAC championship play. We were very concerned about the asymptomatic spread generated by opponents not testing regularly, especially for indoors and high-contact sports. While this decision was hoped to be avoided, it is one that we make in confidence for the general safety of all involved in the sport. Unfortunately, agreements could not be made with opponents, but we will seek out other playing opportunities to give our programs development opportunities as we prepare for the 2021-2022 year.”

The Saints are currently scheduled to travel to Shreveport, La., to play LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 23, and host the Pilots on Jan. 26. On Feb. 4, the Saints will celebrate its seniors as they host Jarvis Christian College. On Feb. 6, the Saints will travel to Hawkins, Texas, for their last scheduled game against Jarvis. The team will seek out games to fill out their season.

Spectators will not be allowed to attend games at OLLU; however, the games will be live-streamed through the OLLU Saints Network.

OLLU men’s soccer will host two ID camps this spring

The men’s soccer team will host two ID Camps – on March 21 and April 18. The camps will be held to inform potential student-athletes concerning collegiate requirements and the recruitment process, as well as to identify potential players for the OLLU Men’s Soccer Program.

Each camp will cost $65. Registration, medical release forms and payment information are available online here using your desktop or laptop: http://www.ollusaintsathletics.com/OLLUSoccerIDCampforMen

Softball looks forward to unprecedented 2021 season

Head Coach Bruce Lenington returns for his second season to guide the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team for its 12th year. The Saints feature four new transfers, six freshmen and 17 returners.

Beginning the season

The Saints will host a two-day tournament with junior colleges Jan. 29-30 before opening the regular season with the OLLU Nationwide Classic from Feb. 5-7 that features Bellevue University (BU) (1-1), Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ) and RRAC rival University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) (12-26). OLLU will play OUAZ twice and BU three times. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Lenington said, “We are excited to kick off our season with a home tournament that draws in some teams from out of state.”

The Saints play their first road games against Texas Lutheran University (TLU) (0-2) and LeTourneau University on Feb. 13-14 following the OLLU Nationwide Classic. The contests will be held on the campus of TLU in Seguin, Texas. OLLU will then play eight home games and seven away games before starting conference play. The opponents include the University of St. Thomas-Houston, Southwestern University (7-14), UT-Tyler (0-2), Trinity University (10-8), Langston University (31-7) and Schreiner University (12-2).

Conference opponents

The Saints open the RRAC schedule when they host Texas A&M University-Texarkana (3-3) March 20-21. They welcome the University of the Southwest (30-13) on March 27-28 and Jarvis Christian College (12-3) from April 2-3.

OLLU heads to Alexandria, La., for its first road conference games to face LSU-Alexandria (2-21) on April 9-10. The Saints return to San Antonio and head south for an away doubleheader and a home doubleheader series against RRAC newcomers Texas A&M University-San Antonio April 17-18. They close the season against UHV (12-26) at home from April 23-24.

Experienced pitchers

Senior Ciera Martinez (SR/San Antonio, Texas), junior Ariel Montgomery (JR/Castroville, Texas) and sophomores Kelly Anne Salinas (SO/Laredo, Texas), Alexis Valdez (SO/Seguin, Texas) and Felicity Villanueva (SO/El Paso, Texas) return as top pitchers for the Saints. Transfers Angela Ramirez (JR/Converse, Texas) from Trinity Valley Community College and Aileen Campos (SO/Robstown, Texas) from Coastal Bend add depth to the experienced rotation.

Martinez was named RRAC Pitcher of the Week for March 2-8 last season and pitched a perfect game against Mid-America Christian University with 18 strikeouts. Montgomery pitched in three games and was named the RRAC Player of the Week for Feb. 24-March 1. Salinas appeared in six contests and struck out 18 batters.

Salinas put away 18 hitters last year and Valdez pitched a total of four innings. Villanueva pitched just over 19 innings and finished with a 2.90 ERA. She also was named RRAC Pitcher of the Week spanning from Feb. 10-16.

Returners

The senior class includes Kennah Kennedy (SR/Frost, Texas), Martinez, Clarissa Santos (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Jalin Oliva-St. Romain (SR/Highlands, Texas). Santos was hit by a pitch 15 times last season, which fell one short of the NAIA record. Kennedy received Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors and held the single-season stolen base record for the Saints with 15 in 2019.

The other returners include sophomores  Katelyn Esparza (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Ysa Gonzales (SO/San Marcos, Kaylie Norris (SO/Schertz, Texas) and Deandra Vera (SO/Uvalde, Texas), Texas). The junior class features Kayla Dreese (JR/San Antonio, Texas), Jennifer Estrada (JR/El Paso, Texas), Joanna Gonzalez (JR/San Benito, Texas), Madison Nunn (JR/Cibolo, Texas) and Kaitlyn Salazar (JR/San Antonio, Texas). Salazar was named the RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year and received RRAC Athlete of the Week honors. Last season the Saints featured 11 RRAC Scholar-Athletes.

“To develop a championship culture, you need to bring in talented athletes but also have to get development out of the returners,” Lenington commented.

Newcomers

The Saints add six freshmen for the 2020-2021 season. Kaylen Estrada (FR/Waco, Texas), Marissa Bradley (FR/Seguin, Texas), Abigail Elizondo (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Kaili Luna (FR/Converse, Texas) and Eneli Garza (FR/La Feria, Texas) are Texas natives. Devan Miller (FR/Marion, Ohio) joins the team from Marion, Ohio, after attending River Valley High School. Alexia Camacho (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Julissa Moreno (SO/Austin, Texas), Campos and Ramirez round out the transfer class.

The new class boasts two catchers, two infielders, an outfielder and a utility player. Lenington said, “This is my first recruiting class. We brought in nine total players and every one of them gives us stability, strength and depth in various positions.”

Managing COVID-19 hurdles

The Saints were fortunate to navigate and complete an entire fall practice schedule, including scrimmages against several junior and community colleges.

“We are appreciative of the university for allowing us a format to continue to run our programs while we are waiting for vaccines and therapeutics,” Lenington said. OLLU was 11-14 overall and 3-0 in RRAC play last year before the season was cut short due to COVID-19.

Renovations

Lenington implemented multiple renovations to the softball field during the offseason and continues to make improvements until the first scheduled game on Jan. 29. The dugouts were expanded, and the benches were customized. He also added the netting of the backstop and enhanced the warning track. Current plans are to add a shaded structure that stretches the length of both dugouts and will cover fans from the sun.

Attendance policy

At this time, the university has mandated that no spectators be allowed to attend athletic events at OLLU as a commitment to keeping our community safe from COVID-19. If this mandate changes, a notification will be sent via the OLLU website at http://www.ollusaintsathletics.com. With the reality that all intercollegiate teams will be playing during the spring, the university will announce which teams will be live-streamed through the OLLU Saints Network. However, the softball team will live-stream the games that the university cannot via the OLLU Softball Facebook page.

Hear from Head Coach Bruce Lenington here:

OLLU opts out of RRAC championship play for basketball, cheer and dance

OLLU has opted out of NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) championship competition for the basketball, competitive cheer and competitive dance programs due to concerns over COVID-19 and safety and testing protocols.

Athletic Director Shane Hurley commented, “As basketball has a higher possibility of spread due to being indoors, on a small playing surface and a high degree of contact, we have opted to sit this year out of NAIA and RRAC championship play. We were very concerned about asymptomatic spread generated by opponents not testing on a regular basis, especially for indoors and high-contact sports.”

The Saints have notified teams that they are willing to play those who are testing weekly. The basketball staff will seek other programs following similar protocols and testing regimens to protect the student-athletes and OLLU community.

“While this decision was hoped to be avoided, it is one that we make in confidence for the general safety of all involved in the sport,” Hurley said. “Unfortunately, agreements could not be made with opponents, but we will seek out other playing opportunities to give our programs development opportunities as we prepare for the 2021-2022 year.”

Due to issues concerning national protocols and testing for competitive cheer and dance events, OLLU has undeclared for these indoor programs. The Saints will seek out other competitive experiences, locally and virtually, and the NAIA has granted all student-athletes in winter sports an additional year of eligibility. Hurley addressed the situation, saying, “As this was our initial year, we can use this year to expand and equip these programs to their fullest potential fully!”

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