Mountaineer Update

from Ron Macosko, Athletic Director     
September 27, 2012

If you were at Edington Center on Tuesday night (and stayed to the conclusion), you saw a rare situation unfold and a real statement of heart and determination by our Schreiner Volleyball team. Down 2-1 in sets, SU rallied to tie the match and force a fifth set. In that final set, your Mountaineers fell behind 14-7 and had seven match points against them. Led by junior Veronica Castillo's serving, SU amazingly scored eight straight points to force their own match point. From there, the lead went back and forth but junior Jamie Burns served out the match for a dramatic and gutsy 20-18 SU win. What a night! Not to be outdone, Schreiner Women's Tennis again had a fantastic performance at the ITA Regionals. This came less than one week after SU had a breakout performance at the ASC Individual Championships. Last but not least, kudos go the both Schreiner Golf teams. In this week's first national poll of the year, Schreiner Men's Golf is ranked #4 in the nation and Schreiner Women's Golf is #7. In both cases, SU is #1 in the ASC. This is based on just one tournament and both teams are very young, but it is the first time in the NCAA era that Schreiner has had a team ranked in the top 10 in any sport and both golf teams did it in the same week.

Here's a look back at last week's results:

WOMEN'S GOLF – finished 2nd out of 10 teams at the UMHB Fall Invitational. SU finished #1 among NCAA Division III teams and beat two nationally-ranked teams - #9 Mary Hardin-Baylor and #17 Southwestern. Senior Gabby Rosales broke her own school record with a 77-77=154 total which was third overall and also tops among D-III players. Freshman Amber Hernandez had the best start for a first year player in SU history, shooting 80-78=158 to finish seventh overall and third among D-III players in her first collegiate event. It was also a personal best score. Schreiner broke every school record for team scoring by shooting 318-324 and had the low score of the day in round 2. All five players (sophomores Melanie Dean and Maddie Scheidler and freshman Mariah Silvas) counted over the two rounds to set the record.

WOMEN'S TENNIS – finished with a winning record (17-13 in singles and 8-4 in doubles) against very strong competition. Highlights include: in B main draw, senior Kelley Spahn and freshman Karyn Swink each advanced to the semifinals and were just one win short of facing each other for the title. In B draw consolation, junior Teresa Gaitan was the champion. In A draw consolation, freshman Leanna Haynes made it to the quarterfinals. SU was 15-10 against other ASC competition. In doubles: in A draw consolation, the freshmen duo of Shelby Thompson and Haynes won the title by beating UT-Tyler's doubles team in the finals. In B main draw, Spahn and Swink made an impressive run to the quarterfinals before falling to UMHB's pair. The team now enters its off season and will begin their main season in February.

VOLLEYBALL – had a strong weekend at ASC Crossover I, beating Mississippi College, 3-0, beating UT-Tyler (3-0) and losing a tough match to UMHB (3-2). Also won Tuesday over Concordia (3-2). The Mountaineers have already eclipsed last year's total for wins (7-8 overall) and are 3-4 in the ASC, just ½ game out of third place in the ASC West. Schreiner is getting impressive play from its core group of juniors Jaemi Groves, Jamie Burns, Brittany Boyett and Veronica Castillo as well as sophomore Callie Du Perier. Still, it's a true team effort as contributions come throughout the roster on a nightly basis. In the match vs. CTX on Tuesday, Boyett had 21 kills, Burns had 26 digs and six aces, Groves had 53 assists, Castillo had one solo block and three block assists and Du Perier had 17 kills.

MEN'S SOCCER – lost at UT-Dallas, 5-0, and at Ozarks, 2-0. Schreiner had a rough trip and continues to have trouble with goal scoring. Through eight matches, SU has four goals. Schreiner and Ozarks were tied 0-0 at halftime, but two second half goals proved to be the difference.

WOMEN'S SOCCER – lost at UT-Dallas, 4-0, and lost at Ozarks, 3-1. Senior Haley Powers scored Schreiner's goal in the UO match. The goal tied the score 1-1. In the second half, UO scored two goals to take the victory. It was Power's first goal of the season.

Schedule for the week ahead:

Thursday, 9/27:
VOLLEYBALL at Trinity (San Antonio, TX) at 7:00 pm

Friday, 9/28:
MEN'S TENNIS at ITA Regionals (Tyler, TX) at 1:00 pm
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. Mississippi * (Mountaineer Field) at 2:00 pm
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Mississippi * (Mountaineer Field) at 4:00 pm
M/W CROSS COUNTRY at Islander Splash Meet (Corpus Christi, TX) at 6:30 pm

Saturday, 9/29:
MEN'S TENNIS at ITA Regionals (Tyler, TX) – all day
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. Louisiana * (Mountaineer Field) at 2:00 pm
MEN'S SOCCER vs. Louisiana * (Mountaineer Field) at 4:00 pm

Sunday, 9/30:
MEN'S TENNIS at ITA Regionals (Tyler, TX)

Monday, 10/1:
MEN'S GOLF at Al Jones Memorial (Tyler, TX) at 8:30 am

Tuesday, 10/2:
MEN'S GOLF at Al Jones Memorial (Tyler, TX) at 8:30 am

Home contests are in bold. * = ASC contests. All home events are free to the public.

Go Mountaineers!!!

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