TAMIU Volleyball, Soccer This Weekend
Texas A&M International University Athletics kicks off the 2004-05
season with three teams seeing action this week. The volleyball team will
participate in the Houston Baptist Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The men's and women's soccer teams will play home exhibition games on
Saturday before kicking off the regular season with a home doubleheader
against St. Mary's next Monday.
Volleyball Notes: The TAMIU volleyball team returns
seven letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 19-11 record.
The Dustdevils have complied an impressive 42-17 overall record in their
first two years of competition. TAMIU received five points in the NAIA
Preseason top-25 poll, marking the first time the Dustdevils have received
votes in the national poll.
The competition will be tough at the Houston Baptist Tournament, with
all four of TAMIU's opponents being represented in the NAIA preseason
poll. The Dustdevils will open tournament play on Friday against Montana
Tech and Georgetown College (Ky.) before facing Houston Baptist and Spring
Hill (Ala.) on Saturday. Montana Tech received votes in the preseason
poll while Georgetown College was ranked eighth, Houston Baptist 11th
and Spring Hill 24th.
Men's Soccer Notes: The TAMIU men's soccer team will
open its third season of competition with a new coach at the helm. Claudio
Arias takes over for the Dustdevils after guiding Southern Wesleyan (S.C.)
to a 51-36-4 record over the last four years.
TAMIU will face San Jacinto College in an exhibition game on
Saturday at the Dustdevil Soccer Field, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.
It will be the third straight season that TAMIU and San Jac have faced
off in a season-opening exhibition. The Dustdevils will open the regular
season next Monday with a home contest against St. Mary's, a NCAA Division
II opponent. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. TAMIU is 0-3 all-time against
St. Mary's, losing twice to the Rattlers in 2002 and once last season.
Overall, TAMIU has a 1-5 record against NCAA Division II opponents through
its first two years of competition.
Women's Soccer Notes: The TAMIU women's soccer team
opens the 2004 season this week after posting a strong finish to the 2003
season. The Dustdevils went 3-1-1 over the last five games of the 2003
season to finish at 9-9-2 overall.
The Dustdevils will play an exhibition game against Universidad
de Nuevo Laredo on Saturday, with kickoff slated for 11 a.m. at the Dustdevil
Soccer Field. TAMIU will then start the regular season with a
home game against NCAA Division II member St. Mary's on Monday. The kickoff
for the TAMIU vs. St. Mary's game is slated for 3 p.m.
TAMIU is 0-3 all-time against St. Mary's and 1-6 all-time against NCAA
Division II opponents. TAMIU returns its two leading point contributors
from last season, sophomore Iliana Rodels and junior Erika Alcaraz. Rodela
led the team with 20 points (10 goals) while Alcaraz finished second with
19 points (nine goals, one assist).
For more information, call TAMIU Athletics at 326.2891 or visit the
Athletics home page at www.tamiu.edu/athletics/
This story by Dan Lathey
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