Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
October 22, 2009

Special thanks to all of you who came out to support the Volleyball team last night. It was great atmosphere (near capacity crowd) and a tough match. Unfortunately, SU came up just short in that contest but has three big matches remaining with a chance to make the ASC postseason. Also, Women's and Men's Soccer have big home contests during Parent's Weekend both Friday and Saturday afternoon. Saturday is also Senior Day for the women's team (the men don't have any seniors) so come out to watch Kathryn Fondon in her final SU home match. The fall season is winding down so there's not quite as much to report, but the basketball teams are now going full speed so information on them will start appearing in this space in the coming weeks.

Here's a quick rundown on last week's activities and a schedule of the next week:

WOMEN'S GOLF: finished 2nd at the Schreiner Fall Classic. Senior Surraya Minhas earned fourth place (All Tournament) individually by shooting 78-81. The 78 tied her collegiate personal best. Sophomore Sarah Stillwell finished seventh overall after rounds of 84-81. The 81 tied her collegiate best round. Liz Calderon shot an opening round 79 to set a collegiate best round and freshman Ashley Hernandez did the same in the second round by shooting 82. The Mountaineers shot the second and third best team totals in school history, going 330-332 and trailed only #29-ranked UT-Tyler. Schreiner moved up to #35 in the national rankings and will go into the spring season with high expectations and great optimism.

MEN'S GOLF: finished 5th at the Schreiner Fall Classic. In a field with highly ranked D-III teams, SU had trouble on the first day and couldn't recover. The Mountaineers shot 303-295 in windy conditions but trailed four other ASC schools. Senior Kyle Grona shot 72-72 to finish fourth and earn All-Tournament honors. The finish tied his collegiate best and the two-day total was his best. Junior Jay Chapman continued his strong fall season with a 14th-place finish after shooting 73-74. Over the past three weeks, SU has made a major charge in the national polls over the past three weeks and now ranks #42. Chapman went into the tournament ranked in the top 10 in the West Region and in the top 30 nationally.

VOLLEYBALL: went 2-2 last week. Lost to top-10 ranked UT-Dallas, 3-2, in the opening round of the ASC Crossover, and then came back to dominate both LeTourneau and UT-Tyler by 3-0 scores in each match. It was the first time that UTD had been pushed to five sets in any conference match this year. Senior Tiffany Miller was dominant over the span and earned ASC West Offensive Player of the Week honors. She had 21 kills last night in the loss to TLU and 26 vs. Concordia. The Mountaineers are now 9-6 in the conference and 15-11 overall. During the week in question, Miller had a .486 attack percentage with 55 kills. She also added 15 digs and 18 blocks during that span.

MEN'S SOCCER: went 1-1 last week. Rallied to defeat UT-Dallas in Richardson last Friday but dropped a tough match at Ozarks by the same score one day later. UTD took a 1-0 lead into halftime but SU rallied behind goals by junior Jeremy Leoni and sophomore Taylor Bontz to get the important win. Against Ozarks, UO scored first again but SU answered less than one minute later on a goal by junior Derek Brosky. UO took the lead again just a couple minutes before halftime. Brosky picked up a red card on the play and Schreiner had to play a man down the entire second half. SU is currently tied for the fifth spot in the conference and has it's postseason fate in its own hands over the next two weekends.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: went 0-2 last weekend. Lost to one of the best teams in the ASC, UT-Dallas, by a 1-0 score and then dropped a 2-0 count at Ozarks. SU outplayed the home team in the Saturday match, and was tied 0-0 in the second half but Ozarks took advantage of an SU attack and was able to score the tie-breaking goal. The second goal came by way of a penalty kick. With two weekends to go in the season, the Schreiner defense has still only allowed 20 goals all year. Although SU has scored 18 goals this fall, all but one of those goals were in two matches.

Schedule for the next week:

Friday, Oct. 23rd:
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. Mississippi * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Mississippi * (Mountaineer Field) at 3:00 pm

Saturday, Oct. 24th:
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. Louisiana * (Mountaineer Field) at 1:00 pm (SENIOR DAY/PARENT'S WEEKEND)
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Louisiana * (Mountaineer Field) at 3:00 pm (PARENT'S WEEKEND)
VOLLEYBALL at Howard Payne * (Brownwood, TX) at 4:00 pm

Sunday, Oct. 25th:
MEN'S SOCCER RSV at Our Lady of the Lake RSV (San Antonio, TX) at 3:00 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 28th:
MEN'S SOCCER RSV vs. Incarnate Word RSV (San Antonio, TX) at 3:00 pm
MEN'S SOCCER at Trinity (San Antonio, TX) at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, Oct. 29th:
VOLLEYBALL vs. McMurry * (Edington Gym) at 7:30 pm 

Go Mountaineers!!!

* = ASC contests

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