TAMIU Volleyball Sets Home Matches This Weekend

TAMIU Volleyball Sets
Home Matches This Weekend

The Texas A&M International University volleyball team will play its first home matches of the season this weekend. TAMIU will play Schreiner twice, on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. before facing Red River Athletic Conference perennial power Houston Baptist on Saturday at 3 p.m.

All matches will be played at the Kinesiology and Convocation Building on campus. There will be no admission charged all weekend, courtesy of 2005-06 Dustdevil Alliance members.

Houston Baptist is off to a 9-0 start this season, ranking eighth in this week’s NAIA Top-25 poll. The Huskies hold a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series with TAMIU but the Dustdevils did take the opening game in last season’s match between the two teams in Laredo. TAMIU almost took game three of that match as well, with HBU edging the Dustdevils for a 31-29 win.

Volleyball Notes
Senior Xochitl Garza has been named Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Week for Sept. 5-11. She contributed 52 kills, nine digs and 14 blocks to lead TAMIU to a 5-0 match record, with four of those wins accomplished in a three-game sweep. Garza earned first-team All-RRAC in her first season as a Dustdevil last year.

Women’s Soccer Notes
TAMIU is off to a 2-0-1 start, marking the squad’s best record after three games in the four-year history of the program. TAMIU started 0-3 in 2002, 1-2 in 2003 and 0-3 in 2004. The Dustdevils finished 4-15 last season and did not post their second win until the 13th game of the season.

TAMIU will open Red River Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Texas Wesleyan. TWU holds a 3-0 advantage in the all-time series with TAMIU. The Lady Rams are off to a 3-2 start this season, ranking fourth in the latest NAIA Region VI Top-5 rankings.

Men’s Soccer Notes
TAMIU will open Red River Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Texas Wesleyan. The Dustdevils hold a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Rams, including last season’s 6-1 win in Laredo.

TAMIU has compiled a 15-1 record in regular season conference games over the past two seasons. The only loss during this span was a 5-2 road setback to Northwood on Oct. 23, 2004 Senior Felipe Muñoz scored twice in a 3-2 win over Texas Lutheran, already matching his goal total for all of last season. His two goals last season were recorded in blowout wins over Huston-Tillotson and Wiley College.

Cross Country Notes
Sophomore Eddie González had TAMIU’s top finish for the men at last Saturday’s Texas A&M Invitational, with a 26:53 effort in the 8K race. That was good for 33rd place overall and the fourth best outing amongst the non-NCAA Division I competitors.

Senior Anetra Matthews had TAMIU’s top finish in the same meet on the women’s side. She finished at 19:00 in the 5K race, good for 25th place overall and fourth place amongst the non-NCAA Division I runners.

TAMIU’s cross country teams will participate in the Texas State Invitational this Saturday, marking the third straight weekend that the Dustdevil squads will compete.

For additional information, please contact Dan Lathey at 326.2892 or dlathey@tamiu.edu. Information is also available at http://www.tamiu.edu/athletics/

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