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Soccer teams defeat LSU-Shreveport

The women’s soccer team took down LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 2-0 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 9-4-1 on the season and 6-2 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. The Saints are currently in first place in the RRAC with one match remaining this season. Before the game, four-year seniors Victoria Castro and Maryssa Garza and two-year senior Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez were honored with a special ceremony.

The men’s soccer team upset NAIA No. 16-ranked LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 2-1. The Saints improve to 10-4-2 on the season and 6-1-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. Before the game, the university honored two-year senior Raul Posadas and four-year seniors Giovanni Cardenas and Guillermo Serrano. The match included a flurry of fouls that totaled to 34. There were also six yellow cards shown during the match. The Saints scored early when Luan Balestieri caught LSUS goalkeeper Saul Ocampo far out of his net and booted a 52-yard goal over his head. The tally breaks the Saints franchise record for farthest goal. Juan Martin Chica put the Saints up 2-0 with a goal late in the first half at the 45th minute.  The teams will play their last regular season games next Saturday at the University of Houston-Victoria.

Women’s basketball is top vote-getter in conference preseason poll

OLLU is the top vote-getter in the 2019-2020 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll. The Saints received seven of nine first-place votes and will be led by 2019 RRAC Women’s Basketball Tournament MVP Lena Wilson along with another all-conference standout, Kasey Saldana, who joined the Saints 1,000 Point Club last season. Both were NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selectees last season. The team will begin its season in early November.

Soccer men win, while women lose in New Mexico

The men’s soccer team took down the University of the Southwest (USW) 1-0 last Saturday. The Saints are now 9-4-1 on the season and 5-1 against Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) opponents. The women lost to the Mustangs 1-0 and they drop to 7-4-1 on the season and 4-2 in conference. The Saints play LSU-Alexandria on Thursday, with the women at 1 p.m. and the men at 3:30 p.m. They will play their final home games of the season on Saturday against LSU-Shreveport. Seniors Ilaina Brenes-Rodriguez, Victoria Castro, Maryssa Garza, Giovanni Cardenas, Raul Posadas and Guillermo Serrano will be honored before their games.

Volleyball wins nonconference match against Schreiner

The volleyball team defeated nonconference opponent Schreiner University (SU) 3-1 last Wednesday. The Saints move to 14-3 on the season. The Saints battled for a 25-23 first set win that included 12 kills and 49 total attacks. OLLU won the second set 25-20, capped by only three errors and a .313 hitting percentage. The Saints responded after losing the third set by taking control of the fourth set halfway through the frame and eventually winning 25-22. Anyssa Rivera led the team with 38 total attacks, followed by Sadie Ballesteros with 35 attacks. The Saints play the University of the Southwest next on Oct. 17.

Soccer teams remain undefeated in conference

The women’s and men’s soccer teams traveled to north east Texas for a pair of Red River Athletic Conference matches last week. On Thursday, the Saints faced Jarvis Christian College, and the women won 8-0, while on Saturday, they shutout Texas College 11-0. The men defeated Jarvis 3-2 and Texas College 4-1

The women are now 7-2-1 overall and 4-0 in conference, while the men are 7-4-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.

The teams will continue on the road this Thursday in Austin, Texas, where they will face Huston-Tillotson University.

Volleyball win two last week

The Saints hosted conference foe Paul Quinn College last Friday in a Red River Athletic Conference matchup. The women won a close game one 25-23, dominated the second game 25-10 and fought through the third game 25-20 to win 3-0. 

The team had to make a quick turnaround, when they had to travel to New Mexico for a 1 p.m. matchup the next day. The Saints played a tough match against the Mustangs that had them winning the first set 26-24 and the second one 25-18. They dropped the third 18-25 and won the fourth 25-22 to win 3-1.

Their next match will be at home on Wednesday. The Saints will host a nonconference match against NCAA D3 Schreiner University at 6 p.m.

Cross-country teams capture OLLU Cross-Country Invite title

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams captured the championship titles at the Fifth Annual OLLU Cross-Country Invite last Saturday in Windcrest, Texas.

Nathaniel Rodriguez was the top finisher for the Saints in the 8k, while Nadia Sifuentes finished second overall in the 5k. Both are freshmen members of the teams.

The Saints will travel next to Winfield, Kan., for the NAIA Mid-States Classic on Oct. 26.

Women’s soccer remains undefeated in conference

On Saturday, the women’s soccer team defeated Paul Quinn College (PQC) 3-0 for their second Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) win of the season. Head Coach Arthur Salazar commented on the win, “We were good in possession and defensively we were swarming the ball. Our struggles in the final third continue and we need to be more confident. Overall, I thought the women played well and played with a good amount of energy.  The Saints travel to Hawkins, Texas, to take on Jarvis Christian College on Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

Men’s soccer suffers tough loss against Paul Quinn

The men’s soccer team fell to Paul Quinn College (PQC) 3-1 last Saturday. The Saints are now 5-4-1 overall and 1-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. Head Coach Shane Hurley commented on the match saying, “Our defending around the 18-yard box wasn’t tight in one instance and they punished us for it. We have to continue to work and get better.” The Saints play next on Oct. 3 against Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.

Volleyball drops three-set match to Wiley

The volleyball team fell to Wiley College (Wiley) 3-0. The Saints were swept for the second time this season and are now 11-3 this year and 4-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. Assistant Coach Krystal Puente commented on the match saying, “For the next match we are going to practice with more game like situations. They keep putting in hard work and it will translate pretty well.”  The Saints host Paul Quinn College on Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. for a conference matchup.

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