Sports Tops at TAMIU This 2004 Weekend

Sports Tops at TAMIU This Weekend

It will be a big weekend for soccer at Texas A&M International University, with TAMIU's teams hosting back-to-back Red River Athletic Conference doubleheaders. Texas Wesleyan will visit Laredo on Friday before College of the Southwest makes its way to town on Saturday. The TAMIU men are 1-0 in RRAC play, with an earlier blowout of Southwestern Assemblies, while Friday's game will be the conference opener for the Dustdevil women.

Cross Country Notes

TAMIU's men's and women's cross country teams achieved their best team finishes in the two-year history of the program at last weekend's Southwestern Invitational. The men finished fourth out of eight teams and the women finished fifth amongst nine teams ... Both cross country teams will compete at the Texas State Classic this weekend in San Marcos.

Volleyball Notes

After playing only two matches over the last two weeks TAMIU will play five road matches in three days beginning with Thursday's doubleheader action against Mid American Bible and Southwestern Assemblies in Waxahachie. The Dustdevils will then travel to Fort Worth for the RRAC Crossover Tournament, where they will play Southwestern Assemblies again and College of the Southwest on Friday and Texas Wesleyan on Saturday ... The rivalry between TAMIU and Texas Wesleyan has been intense over the last two years, with the all-time series standing at 2-2. TAMIU won both matches played between the teams in 2002 while TWU took both matches last season. Texas Wesleyan (12-2, 2-1 RRAC) is riding a six-game winning streak entering play this week ... TAMIU has achieved a 10-game winning streak, the second longest streak in the three-year history of the program. The Dustdevils won 14 straight in the middle of the 2002 season.

Men's Soccer Notes

Freshman goalkeeper Graham Lee made a season-high nine saves in Monday's loss to Incarnate Word. Several of those were spectacular saves against an impressive Cardinals offense which out-shot the Dustdevils, 23-8 ... Texas Wesleyan and College of the Southwest will both bring 2-0 conference records into Laredo to face the Dustdevils. TWU (3-5-1 overall) has lost three out of its last four games while CSW (5-3) has dropped two straight games ... TAMIU is 1-1 all-time against TWU and 1-0 all-time against CSW. The Dustdevils swept the two opponents last season on the road, winning 4-0 over College of the Southwest and 4-3 over Texas Wesleyan in a game that TWU led 3-1 early in the second half.

Women's Soccer Notes

Texas Wesleyan will bring a 4-4-1 record into Friday's game with the Dustdevils. TWU leads the all-time series over TAMIU, 2-0 ... College of the Southwest will take a 6-4 overall record into Friday's game at St. Mary's. CSW holds a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with TAMIU but last season's game was tight, with College of the Southwest taking a 1-0 decision in New Mexico.

For the latest news, updated stats and results of Dustdevil Athletics visit the TAMIU Athletics website: http://www.tamiu.edu/athletics

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