TAMIU Sports Notes
Texas A&M International University senior Xochitl Garza has been picked as a honorable mention selection to 2005 NAIA All-American Volleyball Team.
She finished among the leaders in the final Red River Athletic Conference statistical rankings in several categories, including hitting percentage (.320), kills per game (2.87) and blocks per game (1.11).
Garza finished her two-year Dustdevil career as a two-time first team All-RRAC selection. She played two seasons at UT-Brownsville before transferring to TAMIU.
Garza becomes the third Dustdevil to earn NAIA All-American honors in the four-year history of the program. Jessica Vargas earned Honorable Mention honors in 2003 and Katherine Taju earned third-team All-American honors in 2004.
TAMIU’s basketball programs will sponsor a Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive on Saturday, Dec. 17 when the Dustdevils host Red River Athletic Conference power Houston Baptist. Free admission will be granted to the doubleheader for anyone donating a new toy. Those donating will receive raffle coupons, which will be drawn at halftime to award a wide variety of prizes. Amongst the prizes is a two-night weekend stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites on the loop and two Softtech Sport Stereo boom boxes.
TAMIU posted a combined 6-0 record against the opponents it will face on this roadtrip last season. The Dustdevils are 4-0 all-time against UTPB, 3-1 all-time against SAGU and 2-2 all-time against PQC.
Senior Bo Aluka recorded his first career double-double against HTU, finishing with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. Aluka’s previous high mark for rebounds was eight, accomplished twice previously.
After playing six of its first seven games at home, TAMIU will hit the road for its first lengthy road swing of the season. The Dustdevils will play conference games at Paul Quinn on Saturday, Southwestern Assemblies on Monday and UT-Permian Basin next Wednesday before returning to Laredo.
TAMIU has a winning record in the all-time series with each of the three teams it will face on the upcoming road swing. The Dustdevils are 4-0 all-time against Southwestern Assemblies, 3-1 all-time against Paul Quinn and 3-2 all-time against UT-Permian Basin. UTPB has won the last two games against TAMIU, including a 100-86 win in the quarterfinal round of last season’s RRAC postseason tournament.
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