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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.

Volleyball and soccer release 2017 schedules

The volleyball, women’s soccer and men’s soccer teams have released their 2017 schedules. The volleyball team, which is looking to build upon back-to-back NAIA Championship Tournament appearances, is set to have 33 matches this season, including 14 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) contests and 19 nonconference matches. The Saints begin their 11th season Aug. 25-26 by hosting the Second Annual Hotel Indigo at the Alamo Saints Classic.

The women’s soccer team, which closed out its 2016 season ranked No. 25 in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, has 19 games on the calendar, including two scrimmages, seven nonconference games and 10 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) competitions. The Saints will begin their season with the annual Soccer Alumni Weekend Aug. 19-20. They’ll welcome alumni who have played on Saints’ teams between their inaugural 2008 season through last year.

The men’s soccer team has 20 games on the calendar, including three scrimmages, seven nonconference games and 10 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) competitions. The Saints begin their season on Aug. 16 with a scrimmage against Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas.

Volleyball loses to Concordia 3-2

Volleyball 9-8-14The volleyball team opened its season today with a loss to Concordia University – Texas. The Saints overpowered the Tornadoes in the first two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-21, but lost the next two 22-25 and 15-25. The Tornadoes won the tiebreaker 15-13 to win the match 3-2. Concordia, a member of the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference, improved to 3-3. The Saints will play their next match on Sept. 10 when they take on NCAA DII St. Mary’s University at 6 p.m. The match will take place at the St. Mary’s Greehey Arena. Read full article online.

OLLU volleyball announces the signing of Jackie Bautista from Odessa College

OLLU has announced the signing of transfer student Jaclyn “Jackie” Bautista to the 2014 Saints Volleyball Team that will begin competing in August 2014. Bautista attended Odessa College. She is a graduate of Austin High School in El Paso, Texas. Bautista is a 5’10” middle blocker. While at Odessa College, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association, she earned All-Conference. The Saints ended their 2013 season as the No. 4 seed in the Red River Athletic Conference tournament semifinals. Their conference record was 9-4 and 15-12 overall. Read full article online.

Five OLLU athletes named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball student-athletes that have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. OLLU student-athletes Martin Hansson, Emily Backus, Alyssa Mora, Victoria Vazquez and Bryttany Willoughby are among the honorees.

2013MartinHansson2(1)Hansson, a senior on the men’s soccer team is receiving this award for the first time. Last year, he received the Champions of Character award, as well as conference scholar athlete honors. Read more online.

daktronicswsOLLU women’s soccer seniors Backus, Mora and Vazquez all three received the award last year. In addition, Backus has received the CoSIDA-Captial One Academic All-District Award, and all have been named conference scholar athletes in each of their years at OLLU. Read more online.

2013BryttanyWilloughby-2(1)Willoughby, a junior on the volleyball team, is also receiving this award for the first time. In her previous two years at OLLU, she has received conference scholar athlete honors, as well as the CoSIDA-Capital One Academic All- District Award. Read more online.

In order to be nominated as a Scholar Athlete by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, 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.

Volleyball wins one of two matches in Oklahoma

Brittany Martinez gets a dig during last week’s home game.

Brittany Martinez gets a dig during last week’s home game.

The OLLU volleyball team ended the regular season with a loss and a win this past weekend. The Saints dropped two sets to three against Bacone College in Muskogee and won in three sets over Langston. The Saints end the regular season with a 9-4 record in the Red River Athletic Conference and 14-10 overall. Bacone finishes with a 9-4 conference and 19-10 overall record, while Langston drops to 3-10 in the conference and 7-16 overall.

The University of Texas at Brownsville ends the season as the top seed in the conference and in the NAIA with a 13-0 conference and 29-0 overall record. Wiley College (11-2/20-12) is the second seed in the conference, while Bacone is the third and OLLU is the fourth. The conference tournament will begin on Nov. 8 in Brownsville. OLLU will be matched up against No. 5-seeded University of St. Thomas and will play at noon. The winner of that match will play the semifinals match at 5:30 p.m., and the championship match will take place on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Read more 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’s Alexandra Wilborn named conference ‘Libero of the Week’

 

Alexandra Wilborn is the first Saint to be named Libero of the Week since 2010.

Alexandra Wilborn is the first Saint to be named Libero of the Week since 2010.

Alexandra Wilborn was named Red River Athletic Conference Co-Libero of the Week for the dates of Sept. 16-22. She shares the award with Diana Castaneda of Wiley College. Wilborn is the first Saint to be named “Libero of the Week” since 2010, when Sarah Lindsay received the honors twice that season. Wilborn, a freshman defensive specialist from San Antonio, collected 33 digs in the hard-fought loss to the University of St. Thomas and 18 in a defeat at the hands of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She had just one receiving error in 28 attempts as OLLU slipped to 6-6 on the season. Sydney Herrera of OLLU was also nominated for Player Hitter of the Week, while Janelle Solis of OLLU was a Setter of the Week nominee. Read more online.