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Five OLLU teams earn NAIA Scholar-Team recognition

Five teams from OLLU have been included in the NAIA Scholar-Team list for the 2016-2017 academic year. Men’s golf and tennis, and women’s soccer, softball and volleyball all earned NAIA Scholar-Team recognition this year. Women’s soccer led the way with an overall 3.34 GPA, followed by golf with a GPA of 3.11. Softball earned a 3.08, while both men’s tennis and volleyball tallied a 3.01 GPA. Last season, women’s soccer, softball, golf and volleyball earned Scholar-Team recognition. In 2014-2015, OLLU’s Scholar-Teams included women’s soccer, cross-country, softball and track and field, as well as men’s golf.

OLLU receives 2013-2014 Red River Athletic Conference All-Sports Award

OLLU-RRACOLLU claimed its first Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) All-Sports Award, taking the 2013-2014 distinction as the conference’s top athletic program. OLLU won three postseason titles and registered points in nine of the 10 sports in which it competes.

The All-Sports Award is given annually to the RRAC member institution that performs best in the conference’s sponsored sports in a given academic year. Points are awarded to the top five teams in each sport’s conference tournament or championship event with each sport using a 10-8-6-4-2 scoring system for the top five finishers. The RRAC’s 12 member institutions competed in five fall, two winter and four spring sports. The OLLU women helped the Saints with championships in women’s cross-country, women’s soccer and softball. OLLU finished third or tied for third in men’s cross-country, volleyball and men’s basketball. Saints teams also registered points in men’s soccer and women’s outdoor track and field. Read full article online.

OLLU wins all four games during ‘Saints Super Saturday’

Megan Jeffries recorded a hat trick during the game on  Saturday.

Megan Jeffries recorded a hat trick during the game on Saturday.

OLLU recorded four wins during “Saints Super Saturday.” First on the schedule was the women’s soccer team, which faced Texas College at 1 p.m. Junior Megan Jefferies set a new Saints all-time single game record of 10 shots and she finished with a hat trick to guide the Saints to an 8-0 win. The win improves the Saints record to 11-1-1 overall and 3-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Texas College drops to 3-7-2 overall and 0-3 in the conference. The Saints are now tied for first place with the University of Texas at Brownsville (8-2/3-0) and both are ½ a game ahead of Huston-Tillotson University (3-4-1/2-0). Bacone (5-8/1-3), Wiley (0-10/0-1), Southwest (3-7/0-3) and Texas College follow.

The volleyball team came up next on the schedule, and the Saints defeated Texas College in straight sets, 25-14, 25-8 and 25-18. The Saints’ overall hitting percentage was .519, while Texas College’s was .029. The match took a few minutes more than an hour to complete.

Saints fans then headed outside to watch the men’s soccer team dominate the Texas College Steers to secure an 8-0 win. The men move to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Texas College drops to 3-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Saints are one game behind league-leader the University of Texas at Brownsville (10-1/3-0) and ½ a game behind University of St. Thomas (6-2-1/2-0) and Huston-Tillotson (3-4-2/2-0). OLLU is followed by Texas College, Southwest (2-7/1-2), Wiley (4-4-1/0-2) and Bacone (1-10/0-4). Senior Yared Temesgen recorded a hat trick during the game.

“Saints Super Saturday” ended with the volleyball team defeating Jarvis Christian College 25-9, 25-17 and 25-23.  The two wins move the Saints to 10-8 overall and 6-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Jarvis drops to 0-18 overall and 0-6 in the conference, and Texas drops to 0-13 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Saints are now two games behind league-leader the University of Texas at Brownsville (16-0/8-0) and one game ahead of Wiley (11-11/4-2).

OLLU athletics program relies on ‘Voices’ to keep the Saints fans pumped up

Jay Tope and Michael Thompson are busy at work during Saints' games.

Jay Tope and Michael Thompson are busy at work during Saints’ games.

OLLU’s intercollegiate athletic teams continue to grow in popularity among the OLLU community and throughout San Antonio and beyond. The Saints’ soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball teams are especially successful, and their popularity can be partly attributed to two men who have been a part of the athletics program since 2009. The two are known as the “Voices of the Saints.” Jay Tope provides in-game announcing for the four sports’ (six teams) home competitions. He also participates in pep rallies and other special events for the University throughout the year. Michael Thompson provides play-by-play announcing for live broadcasts of Saints’ volleyball matches, as well as for men and women’s basketball games. Both Jay and Michael bring an enthusiastic element to Saints’ competitions. Sports Information Interns Sera Quiroga and Allie Guzman took some time to talk to Jay and Michael. Read full story online.