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Several Saints receive All-Conference Honors

Baseball’s Brandon Betancourt was selected Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Freshman of the Year, while four other members of the Saints team were selected to the All-Conference Team.

The conference’s coaches made the selections on the eve of the RRAC championship tournament, and the awards were presented between games at Sterlington Sports Complex on May 6.

2022 RRAC Baseball All-Conference Team

OLLU placed three players on the first team, including repeat first-team winners Jacob Mitchell and Brett Vasquez, as well as Robert Arredondo. Receiving Gold Glove recognition was Jacob Montejano, who also was the team’s Champions of Character winner.

Betancourt shares his Freshman of the Year Award with LSU-Alexandria’s William Vice. Betancourt, an outfielder, batted .386 in his first college season and drove in 19 runs.

Jacob Mitchell led the team in runs with 47, hits with 54, doubles with 17, homers with 11, RBIs with 49 and slugging with .741. He has a .378 batting average and a .497 on-base percentage.

Robert Arredondo leads the team in at-bats with 170, and he has the second-most hits with 52 and is tied with the most walks with 35. He is batting .306 and has an on-base percentage of .428 and a slugging percentage of .359.

Jacob Montejano has 48 runs, 42 hits, 10 doubles, 20 RBIs, 35 walks, a .457 on-base percentage and a .426 slugging percentage. He has 55 putouts, 89 assists and 13 double plays. 

Brett Vasquez has pitched in 84 innings and has 27 earned runs with 129 strikeouts. His ERA is .289.

Zerina Shatri selected as RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year

The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) has announced OLLU women’s basketball player Zerina Shatri as the Etier Character Athlete of the Year. 

In its fifth year, the award is given annually to one male and one female RRAC student-athlete who best represent the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program (respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and servant leadership). To be eligible, student-athletes must have been recognized as an RRAC Character Athlete of the Week during the previous academic year.

Shatri, a senior basketball player from Istog, Kosovo, earned a 3.75 GPA in kinesiology. She donated time back home and in San Antonio to assist others in the community. Shatri volunteered for the local food bank and a partnership that served ethnic minorities. She gave time to help clean her church, and she assisted a physical therapist in treating children. Shatri also participated with her teammates in visiting local hospice care and helping with the school’s basketball camp. She even cooked for families at the Ronald McDonald House. Shatri plans to become a physical therapist.

“Zerina is a very intelligent, funny and hard-working young woman,” says former OLLU women’s basketball coach Stacy Stephens. “She graduated in May. She has been on the Dean’s List almost every semester here and is the starting center for the 2020-2021 women’s basketball team. Ze loves to sightsee and embrace different cultures. She is always willing to help others and watching her grow and mature into the amazing young woman she is has been a highlight in my coaching career.”

The Saints have been honored with this award two years in a row. OLLU softball’s Kaitlyn Salazar was named RRAC Etier Character Athlete of the Year for the 2020-2021 season.

Shatri was named RRAC Character Athlete of the Week on May 25, which can be found here

Changes to various roles within Athletics

The following is from President Diane E. Melby on changes within the OLLU Saints Athletics program.

There are currently 12 schools in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) plus one with special status for a total of 13 colleges. According to RRAC Commissioner Tony Stigliano, nine or 60% have full-time Athletic Directors. Most programs with full-time Athletic Directors field seven to eight teams. OLLU has one of the largest programs in the conference with 17 teams. In fall 2020, 311 student-athletes participated in one or more competitive programs which is approximately 24 percent of OLLU’s undergraduate enrollment. 

Athletics has grown in importance to the university’s enrollment and retention objectives. Therefore, effective May 1, 2021, the following changes will be made within Athletics. First, the position of Athletic Director will be converted to a full-time position. Shane Hurley, who was the first coach hired at OLLU when athletics began in 2007, currently holds a joint position of Men’s Soccer Head Coach and Athletic Director. Hurley will now serve as Athletic Director in a full-time capacity.

Second, the administration of the soccer program will be adjusted to accommodate a vacancy in the head coach position. Currently, the women’s and men’s soccer teams each have a full-time head coach and share a full-time assistant. Beginning May 1, Arthur Salazar will serve as head coach for both teams and each team will be supported by full-time assistants. Salazar started his career in 2008 assisting the men’s and women’s teams, and in 2013, he became head coach for the women’s team. That experience coupled with his record of building a winning record in both competition and academic persistence uniquely qualifies Salazar for this expansion of responsibility.

Finally, replacing the need for a full-time head coach with the hire of assistant coaches frees up funding to appoint a Senior Woman Administrator. This position is vital to the support of female athletes and has long been a priority initiative in the strategic plan for athletics. The position will be filled via internal search open to women connected to athletics and compensated by stipend. 

Men’s soccer outlasts LSU-Shreveport 1-0

The men’s soccer team defeated LSU-Shreveport (LSUS) 1-0 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 4-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. LSUS received votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Head Coach Shane Hurley said, “This was a good win for our players due to a great team effort. It was nice to see all 21 players traveling completely switched on and in the moment.”

History

The Saints are 4-3 in the all-time series against the Pilots.

Basics

Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) scored in the 33rd minute in what would be the game-winning goal. There were five total yellow cards handed out during the match. Starting goalie Joseph Baker (SO/Llantwit Major, Wales, U.K.) played all 90 minutes and made six saves. The Saints picked up the 1-0 victory despite allowing 15 shots and committing 16 fouls.

Scoring overview

33′ – OLLU – Norberto Lira – Assist by Mitchell Medrano

Inside the box score

Leading the way for the Saints’ offense was Lira and Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) with two shots each. Gledi Doda led the Pilots with three shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied seven shots, with four on goal. LSUS recorded 15 shots, six being on goal.

What’s next

The Saints finish the regular season against University of Houston-Victoria at home on March 27 at 2:30 p.m

Volleyball celebrates seniors after defeating Southwest in three sets

The volleyball team downed University of the Southwest (USW) 3-0 on Saturday. The Saints have won nine straight matches and are 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Saints celebrated Amanda Esparza (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Kalani Ketchens (SR/San Antonio, Texas), Alyssa Marquez (JR/Albuquerque, N.M.) and Anissa Tamez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) on Seniors’ Day. The Saints clinched the RRAC regular season title.

History

The Saints are 17-4 against USW all-time.

Basics

The Saints defeated the Mustangs in straight sets for the third time in eight days. OLLU tallied 40 kills and 98 total attacks. They won 25-17, 25-11, 25-13. The Saints tallied 16 kills in the second set and only four errors. OLLU enters the RRAC Tournament next weekend undefeated in conference play.

Scoring overview against USW

Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 17
Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 11
Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 13

Set review

In the first set, OLLU recorded 13 kills and five errors on 37 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .216.

The Saints had 16 kills in the second set and four errors on 32 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .375.

In the third set, OLLU had 11 kills and five errors on 29 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .207.

On the offense

Overall, the Saints had 40 kills for a hitting percentage of .265. USW had 20 kills for a hitting percentage of .054.

Leading the way for the Saints was Ketchens with 12 kills. Lauren Woitena (FR/New Braunfels, Texas) followed with six kills.

USW’s Alexia Esparza led the Mustangs with six kills.

Serving it up

The Saints tallied 11 service aces while the Mustangs failed to record one.

What’s next

The Saints participate in the RRAC Tournament as the top seed on March 27 here at OLLU. The semifinals game between Jarvis and Southwest takes place at 12 p.m., and the Saints will play the winner of that game at 3 p.m.

Baseball sweeps University of Houston-Victoria in four-game series

The baseball team swept the four-game series against University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) on Friday and Saturday. The Saints improve to 11-8 overall and the Jaguars fall to 2-7.

Head Coach Bryan Aughney commented, “It’s always nice to get a sweep and that’s our goal at home. Our starting pitching all weekend was really good. Ram Maldonado (JR/McAllen, Texas), Jose Ramirez III (JR/Donna, Texas), Alec Martinez (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) and Brett Vasquez (SO/Mont Belvieu, Texas) were all very good. We have been working on our approaches offensively and it showed this weekend. We were patient at the plate, and we put a lot of hard baseballs in play. It was a solid weekend to lead us into Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play. We just need to continue to work and compete in every opportunity we have.”

History

The Saints and Jaguars are tied in the all-time series 12-12.

Game one

The Saints were on the brink of OLLU history in game one. They scored 19 runs in the victory, which is one short of the most runs scored in a single game in Saints history. OLLU tallied 19 hits and limited UHV to five. Starting pitcher Maldonado struck out six batters and allowed only one run.

The Saints had five different players with multiple hits. Robert Lopez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) and Joshua Colunga (SO/San Antonio, Texas) drove in three runs each. The bulk of the Saints runs came in the fourth inning with eight and the fifth inning with nine. OLLU won 19-1 and set the tone for the rest of the series.

Game two

The second game of the series was more competitive. OLLU led 2-0 after five innings after Mitchell and Dayton scored. The Jaguars tied the game in the seventh inning with two runs on two hits.

The Saints took back control of the game in the eighth inning. Robert Arredondo (JR/Corpus Christi, Texas) singled to center field with two outs to score Noah Rodriguez (SO/Victoria, Texas) and Matt Mihalov (SR/Conroe, Texas). OLLU held the lead and won 4-2. Ramirez pitched a spectacular game by allowing one hit in six innings.

Game three

Game three was similar to game two. The Saints led 3-0 after the third inning. The Jaguars scored one run in the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough. Starting pitcher Martinez pitched a complete game and allowed four hits on one run.

Seven different Saints players tallied a hit and OLLU won 3-1. UHV’s starting pitcher Christian Garcia allowed seven hits in six innings of work.

Game four

The Saints closed the series in dominant fashion. They tallied 14 runs on 11 hits and one error. Starting pitcher Vasquez allowed only two hits in five innings of work. Adrian Gonzalez Jr. (JR/Weslaco, Texas) and Layne Klostermann (SO/Raymondville, Texas) pitched two innings each later in the game.

Jose Diaz (SR/Pinar del Rio, Cuba) smashed a home run and Jorge Collazo Jr. (JR/San Antonio, Texas) drove in three RBIs. Dayton and Lopez both batted 2-for-3 at the plate. The Saints won 14-5 to complete the sweep.

Up next

The Saints head to Seguin, Texas, to face Texas Lutheran University in a four-game series starting on March 16 at 3 p.m.

Volleyball takes down University of the Southwest in weekend series

The volleyball team defeated University of the Southwest (USW) 3-0 on Friday and Saturday. The Saints improve to 8-1 overall and are undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) at 5-0. Southwest falls to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Scott Mattera commented on the first match, “We really looked like a machine for about 75 percent of the match. We are starting to find a very consistent level of play, but we can’t have the little lapses like we did in the third set. Overall, I was very happy with our effort.”

Mattera also addressed the second match, “USW made some solid adjustments and their ball control was better. Our serve game wasn’t quite as good today and that allowed Southwest to have some more opportunities. Kalani Ketchens (SR/San Antonio, Texas) has grasped and owned our arm swing system and it shows in her ability to hit with easy power.”

History

The Saints are 15-4 against the Mustangs.

First match vs. USW

Basics

The Saints were in control for the entire match against the Mustangs. OLLU had a hitting percentage of .475 and 46 kills. Lauren Woitena (FR/New Braunfels, Texas) recorded 13 kills and Anissa Tamez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) assisted on 28 plays. Southwest struggled with a .123 kill percentage and 13 errors.

Scoring overview against USW

Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 10
Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 14
Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 19

Set review

In the first set, OLLU recorded 17 kills and two errors on 26 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .577.

The Saints had 12 kills in the second set and two errors on 23 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .435.

In the third set, OLLU had 17 kills and four errors on 31 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .419.

On the offense

Overall, the Saints had 46 kills for a hitting percentage of .475. Southwest had 22 kills for a hitting percentage of .123.

Leading the way for the Saints was Woitena with 13 kills. Ketchens followed with 11 kills.

USW’s Dylann Bylund led the Mustangs with eight kills.

Serving it up

The Saints tallied eight service aces while the Mustangs recorded one.

Second match vs. USW

Basics

Southwest tested the Saints in the second match. The Mustangs tallied more total attacks and forced the Saints to commit 17 errors. Despite USW’s effort, the Saints won in straight sets again. Ketchens shined once again with 16 kills and a .400 kill percentage. Cassidy Haller (FR/Cibolo, Texas) tallied eight kills and 20 total attacks.

Scoring overview against USW

Set One – OLLU 25 – USW 20
Set Two – OLLU 25 – USW 20
Set Three – OLLU 25 – USW 15

Set review

In the first set, OLLU recorded 17 kills and six errors on 39 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .282.

The Saints had 12 kills in the second set and seven errors on 37 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .135.

In the third set, OLLU had 10 kills and four errors on 24 total attacks for a hitting percentage of .250.

On the offense

Overall, the Saints had 39 kills for a hitting percentage of .220. Southwest had 24 kills for a hitting percentage of .390.

Leading the way for the Saints was Ketchens with 16 kills. Haller followed with eight kills.

USW’s Alexia Esparza led the Mustangs with six kills.

Serving it up

The Saints tallied five service aces while the Mustangs recorded four.

What’s next

The Saints travel to Laredo, Texas, to take on NCAA D2 Texas A&M International University on March 18 at 6 p.m.

Men’s soccer falls to University of the SOuthwest

The men’s soccer team fell to University of the Southwest (USW) 3-2 on Saturday. The Saints fall to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Southwest improves to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Shane Hurley commented, “I can’t take anything away from Southwest. Their players worked hard the entire game. While we were better in possession, Southwest did more with their chances.”

History

The Saints lead the all-time series over Southwest 11-5.

Basics

The Saints took an early lead with a goal from Mitchell Medrano (SR/Baytown, Texas) at the 24th minute. The Mustangs responded quickly with a strike from Matthew Alvarado to tie the game 11 minutes later. The Saints tallied three shots on goal and four corner kicks in the first half.

Miguel Barrera (SO/San Antonio, Texas) put the Saints ahead 2-1 only four minutes into the second half. Carlos Cabrera (SR/Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico) picked up the assist. Alvarado scored again for Southwest to tie the game at the 56th minute. The Mustangs took the lead a minute later with a goal from Luis Calvillo. Southwest held on to win 3-2. The Saints finished with six corner kicks and seven shots on goal.

Scoring overview

24′ – OLLU – Mitchell Medrano

35′ – USW – Matthew Alvarado

49′ – OLLU – Miguel Barrera

56′ – USW– Matthew Alvarado

57′ – USW – Luis Calvillo

Inside the box score

Leading the Saints’ offense was Norberto Lira (JR/Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) and Medrano with four shots each. Alvarado led the Mustangs with seven shots.

Overall, the Saints tallied 14 shots, with seven on goal. Southwest recorded 11 shots, nine being on goal.

USW’s Khalid Abdulkhalik was shown a yellow card at the 10th minute.

What’s next

The Saints face LSU-Alexandria on the road on March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Women’s soccer remains undefeated with victory over University of the Southwest

The women’s soccer team defeated Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) foe the University of the Southwest (USW) 1-0 in double overtime on Saturday. The Saints remain undefeated at 7-0 overall and climb to 4-0 in RRAC play. The Mustangs drop to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRAC.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar said, “It was a hard-fought game as expected. Southwest worked extremely hard, and we couldn’t produce as many clean looks as we had hoped. We had a handful of chances that we should have taken advantage of and didn’t. Unfortunately, our inability to put the game away continues to plague us, but the resilience the team showed today continues to be encouraging.”

History

The Saints lead the all-time series against Southwest 16-1. 

Basics

The Saints were in control of the game for most of regulation. Southwest kept up with the Saints’ pace in the first half, and both teams tallied two shots on goal. OLLU didn’t allow a corner kick by USW and took three of their own.

OLLU recorded three more corner kicks in the second half but were unable to connect for a goal. Both teams totaled nine fouls at the end of regulation, and the Mustangs drew a yellow card.

Baye Polansky (SR/Helotes, Texas) was the hero for the Saints in double overtime with a header to win the game. Jaylin Seto (JR/Houston, Texas) picked up the assist, and the Saints continued their unbeaten season.

Scoring overview

107′ – OLLU – Baye Polansky

Inside the box score

Leading the Saints’ offense was Kyleigh Spree-Kolos (FR/Victoria, Texas), with four shots. Maya Sanchez led the Mustangs with two shots.

The Saints tallied 14 shots, eight on goal. Southwest recorded six shots with two on goal.

What’s next

The Saints travel to Alexandria, La., to face LSU-Alexandria on March 18 at 12 p.m.

Connor Kalisky and Tyler Davis selected to RRAC All-Tournament Team

AllTournamentFollowing the completion of the 2015 Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Baseball Tournament, the conference’s coaches made their final selections for the event’s All-Tournament Team. Tyler Davis (JR/Weatherford, Texas) received the Gold Glove Award, which is given to a player who has exhibited superior individual fielding performance. In addition, Connor Kalisky (SO/San Antonio, Texas) was named to the All-Tournament Team as an outfielder. Read full article online.

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