TAMIU Volleyball Showdown Nov. 4, 2004 at 7 p.m. Against HBU

TAMIU Volleyball Showdown Tonight at 7 p.m. Against HBU

The Texas A&M International University volleyball squad will conclude the regular season with five home matches played over a four-day span, beginning with Thursday's 7 p.m. showdown with conference power Houston Baptist University. HBU is currently atop the RRAC East Division standings with 12-0 conference record, followed by second place TAMIU with a 9-3 conference mark.

HBU has won every conference tournament title in the six-year history of RRAC volleyball, compiling a 102-0 regular season conference match record in the process. HBU leads the all-time series against TAMIU, 5-0. After playing the Huskies, TAMIU will host UT-Permian Basin on Friday, Bacone College and Paul Quinn College on Saturday and Bacone (again) on Sunday.

A serving contest will be held between games two and three of Thursday's match with Houston Baptist. Prizes will be available from Coyote Creek, Wendy's and the TAMIU Bookstore.

Men's Soccer Notes

Defending Red River Athletic Conference champion Texas A&M International is the number two seed in this weekend's RRAC Tournament, which will be hosted by Northwood University. Northwood finished atop the RRAC regular season standings with a perfect 8-0 conference record. TAMIU finished second at

7-1 followed by College of the Southwest and Texas Wesleyan, which finished tied for third with a 6-2 record. Northwood and Texas Wesleyan will play the first semifinal game on Friday at 11 a.m. followed by the TAMIU vs.

Northwood match-up at 1 p.m. The two winners will play for the conference title, and automatic bid to the NAIA Region VI Tournament, on Saturday at 1 p.m. ... TAMIU and Northwood have split the four games in the all-time series between the two teams, with the home team winning each contest.

Northwood won at home in TAMIU's inaugural season of 2002 before TAMIU swept two games played in Laredo last season, including a 3-2 win in the RRAC Championship game. Northwood snapped TAMIU's 14-game conference winning streak earlier this season with a 5-2 win over the Dustdevils on Oct. 23 in Cedar Hill.

Women's Soccer Notes

TAMIU will make its first Red River Athletic Conference

postseason tournament appearance in the three-year history of the program when the #4 seed Dustdevils face #1 seed and host Northwood on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

College of the Southwest and Texas Wesleyan will play in the other semifinal game on Tuesday. Tuesday's winners will play for the RRAC championship title on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

... TAMIU has a shown steady improvement in conference play over the last three seasons. After going 0-5 in RRAC play in its inaugural season of 2002 TAMIU posted a 1-4 conference

mark last season. The Dustdevils improved to 2-3 in RRAC play this season, securing the fourth and final conference tournament bid by a half game over Bacone College.

Cross Country Notes

TAMIU's cross country teams will participate in the NAIA

Region VI Championships this Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. Juniors Mark Vela and Anetra Matthews will be looking to secure NAIA National Championships spots after strong performances at the Red River Athletic Conference Championships last weekend.

The 40th Annual NAIA Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 20 at E.P. Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.

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