Weekend Tiger Athletics
MARSHALL, Texas (9/29/12) – Making a stance in the American Southwest Conference East Division, East Texas Baptist University went the distance against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor for a 3-2 win. ETBU took the match, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 19-17. With the wins over UT-Dallas and Mary Hardin-Baylor, East Texas Baptist is in first place in the ASC East with a 7-1 record.
Kayla Taylor led the team with a double-double as she had her second 60-assist match of the year with 60 assists and 15 digs. Kassie Freitag posted 23 kills as Kolby Sharp had 16 kills and Katie Baker added 10 kills and Ashley Lindsey 12 kills. Shannon Taylor led the team with 21 digs as Hannah Jones had 13 digs and Melanie Moyer finished with 11 digs. The team had 12 combined blocks with as Adaeze Elonu had six combined blocks.
ETBU took an early 11-5 lead in set one only to see the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor come back to take a 16-13 lead. ETBU never would recover as UMHB took the set one win, 20-25. ETBU bounced back with a 25-21 win in set two only to hand set three to UMHB, 25-20. Dominating set four, 25-18, the Tigers forced a fifth set for the match win.
The fifth set was the most exciting of all the sets as ETBU held onto a 19-17 win. ETBU took an 8-3 lead in set five but UMHB came back to tie the set at 13. There would then be ties at 14, 15, 16, and 17 before ETBU’s Freitag scored the 18th point and UMHB hit into the net to win the match, 19-17.
ETBU will play in the ASC crossover tournament next weekend.
TLU's Strong 2nd Half Hands ETBU ASC Loss
FOOTBALL: SEGUIN, Texas (9/29/12) – Battling Texas Lutheran University for the third straight year in the American Southwest Conference opener the game came down to the wire as the Bulldogs pulled off their third straight win against East Texas Baptist, 34-28. Texas Lutheran’s fourth quarter was the difference as they connected for 10 points for a 34-21 lead before the Tigers scored in the final minute of the game to pull within six points.
It was another air attack by Seth Hubbard as he threw for 332 yards and one touchdown as the rushing attack only added 83 yards of offense. Roy Denbow had the hot hand for the Tigers grabbing six catches for 130 yards and one touchdown.
Starting the game off with a 14-0 lead, ETBU took control of the game in the first half scoring two touchdowns within a minute of each other. Khadafi Davis punched one in from one-yard out just four minutes into the game on a nine play, 85-yard drive for the Tigers. Less than a minute later, Toi Glover ran in from four-yards after Mark Gray picked off a Texas Lutheran pass. Driving once again on their fourth possession in the first half, the Tigers drove to the Texas Lutheran 20-yard line where Texas Lutheran forced a fumble and recovered it to stop the momentum for East Texas Baptist. They took that turnover and drove 80-yards to come within seven turning the momentum in their favor. They added another six points before the half on two field goals from 42-yards and 37-yards coming within one at the half, 14-13.
Alex Cloudy gave East Texas Baptist an eight point lead just three minutes into the third quarter as he returned an interception 37-yards to make it 21-13. Texas Lutheran answered loudly and quickly on the ensuing kickoff with a 97-yard return tying the game at 21 after converting the two-point conversion. Almost 12 minutes of battle in the third quarter with no one scoring, Texas Lutheran broke the 21 all tie with a 20-yard field goal for the three-point lead, 24-21.
Putting together their own drive after being down for the first time in the game, the Tigers drove down to the Texas Lutheran five-yard line. Just as East Texas Baptist was pushing to take the lead, Texas Lutheran’s defense picked off a Hubbard pass at three-yard line to end any Tiger threat. Once again, Texas Lutheran took East Texas Baptist’s momentum away with a turnover and drove the field, this time going 97 yards, to extend their lead to 10 on a 10-yard touchdown pass reception, 31-21. With 7:41 left in the game, East Texas Baptist moved the ball 24 yard before having to punt and give the ball back to Texas Lutheran with 5:37 left. The Bulldogs used the clock and ran out almost four minutes kicking a 36-yard field goal to move the lead to 13, 34-21.
Moving the ball quickly, East Texas Baptist went 75 yards in 50 seconds as Hubbard connected with Denbow for the only passing touchdown of the game from 10 yards out. The score put the Tigers within six points but the onside kick off recovery failed and Texas Lutheran ran out the clock.
Texas Lutheran finished with 494 yards of total offense passing for 220 and rushing for 274 yards. ETBU’s defense intercepted Texas Lutheran three times with picks from Cloudy, Gray, and Dominque Bailey. Jordany Hayes led the team with 12 tackles and had one sack. Offensively, John Gable led the Tigers with 24 yards rushing. Kwame’ Spikes finished with nine receptions for 97 yards.
ETBU will host #23 Louisiana College on Saturday, October 6th, at Ornelas Stadium as they look for their first ASC win of the year.
High Intensity Atmosphere Pushes ETBU to ASC East Victory Over UTDallas
VOLLEYBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (9/28/12) – Ornelas Gymnasium become a hot bed for East Texas Baptist University volleyball kills as the Tigers handed the University of Texas-Dallas (12-3) their first American Southwest Conference East loss, 3-1. ETBU took a two-set lead, 25-20, and 25-17, before UTexas-Dallas fought back for the win in set three, 27-25. Both teams battled in set four but a late 12-4 run by ETBU put the game away, 25-20, for the match win. Both teams now stand at 6-1 in the ASC East and ETBU holds a 9-5 overall record.
"This was a really big win for our team and it is the first time we have been able to handle a good team applying pressure to us and taking us to four sets,” says head coach Lyndsay Mashe. "This is a real big stepping stone for our team as we can show our team that we can beat a good team. We are now tied with Texas-Dallas for first place in the east and puts us in a good position.”
The four-set match brought a career highs for Kassie Freitag and Kayla Taylor. Frietag posted 25 kills with a .351 hitting percentage on 57 attacks. Melanie Moyer added 14 kills and 22 digs for her sixth double-double and third in the last four matches. Kolby Sharp recorded 12 kills and led the team with five blocks (two solo, three assisted). Taylor’s career highs came in the assist department with 61 which is her first 60 plus assist game in her career. Shannon Taylor finished with 18 digs while Hannah Jones dug 19 balls with two serving aces.
Abbie Barth led UTexas-Dallas with 19 kills and 16 digs for a double-double. Kayla Jordan had 35 assists.
ETBU rolled out to a two-set lead taking the wins, 25-20, and 25-17. In set one the Tigers jumped out to an 8-4 lead on two kills by Frietag and an serive ace from Kayla Taylor. UT-Dallas came right back with a 11-7 run to tie the set at 15. In the run the set was tied at 10, 11, 14, and 15. ETBU responded with a 5-0 run that put them in the lead for good, 20-15. Three kills and a service ace were four of the five points as Adaeze Elonu, Moyer, and Sharp all had kills and Jones recorded a service ace. UT-Dallas came within three, twice, but could not get any closer as a Freitag kill ended the set, 25-20.
Set two had the same flavor as set one as ETBU took a quick 5-1 lead. UT-Dallas reacted with a 6-3 run to pull with one, 8-7, only to upset the Tigers as they responded with a 9-3 run. That run put ETBU in the lead for good, 17-10. Three straight kills put ETBU up 17-10 as Elonu, Moyer, and Frietag bookmarked the kills on the UT-Dallas side. UT-Dallas was no closer than six in the final 15 points as ETBU ran up a 2-0 lead, 2-17.
The battle continued in set three as there were eight ties within the first 20 points scored. With the set tied at 10, UT-Dallas scored four out of the next six points for a two-point lead, 14-12. Once again, ETBU went on a big run, 8-3, taking a three-point lead, 20-17. Frietag had four kills in the eight-point run to put the Tigers up by three. But, UT-Dallas would not fold fighting back with a 7-4 run tying the set at 24. The match was then tied at 25 after swapping points but a kill by Ashley Lyles and a bad set by the Tigers gave UT-Dallas the set three win, 27-25.
With momentum switching to the Comets, they pushed the lead in set four to 8-4 and 12-8 in what looked like a controlled set for them. UT-Dallas was cruising away taking advantage of ETBU’s hitting errors and adding two service aces and several kills of their own. Sharp and Frietag had a lot to say about that over the next 16 points as ETBU answered with a 12-3 to take a 20-15 lead. Sharp started the run with a kill and then after a UT-Dallas attack error, ETBU had three straight kills, a service ace, and another kill by Frietag for a 15-12 lead scoring seven straight points. Sharp and Frietag combined for five of the season points on kills. From that point, UT-Dallas came within three on three different occasions but Sharp and Frietag ended the match with two straight kills for the ASC East win.
More than 300 fans came out for the big match in Ornelas Gymansium to support the Tigers in their quest for an ASC East divisional championship.
"The student support is amazing here and the girls feed off of it every time it got loud during the game the girls played harder. We have the best fans and there is no doubt about it and they really came out to support us tonight. We appreciate it so much,” says Mashe.
ETBU will be back in Ornelas on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. hosting Mary Hardin-Baylor in another big ASC East match.
Quick UTD Scores Does In ETBU
SOCCER (M): MARSHALL, Texas (9/29/12) – The University of Texas-Dallas didn’t let the wet field conditions slow down their hot offense as they scored two goals in the first 12 minutes of the match en route to a 3-1 American Southwest Conference win vs. East Texas Baptist University. East Texas Baptist University (3-6/2-4) couldn’t match UT-Dallas’ quick start scoring their lone goal in the 75th minute.
UT-Dallas netted goals in the 10th and 12th minutes by Michael Darrow scoring quickly. Darrow’s first goal came off of an Austin Walker save as he was in the right place at the right time to kick in the first goal. He followed that with his second goal of the match from 15-yards out for the 2-0 lead. Then, just before the half in the 45th minute, UT-Dallas’ Omar Jaroun extended the lead to three off an assist from J.T. Hawkins.
Juan Ramirez put East Texas Baptist on the board in the 75th minute when he connected on a penalty kick to come within two, 3-1. The Tigers continued to battle with two shots on goal in the final 15 minutes but UT-Dallas’ Steven Nicknish stopped all the shots.
East Texas Baptist took only six shots in the match with four on goal as UT-Dallas’ Nicknish had three saves. Austin Walker recorded eight saves as UT-Dallas had 21 shots overall with 11 on goal.
The Tigers travel to Louisiana on Thursday, October 4th, to face Louisiana College in ASC play.
Ozarks Slips Away From ETBU in Second Half
SOCCER (M): MARSHALL, Texas (9/27/12) – Being more aggressive offensively paid off in the second half for the University of the Ozarks as they held onto a 2-1 American Southwest Conference win over host East Texas Baptist University. After a 0-0 tie at the half, Ozarks scored in the 54th and 79th minutes before ETBU cut the lead to one in the 90th minute with 50 seconds left in the match. ETBU falls to 3-5 and 2-3 in the ASC.
Ozarks broke open the match in the second half taking 10 shots and finishing with eight on goal overall. They only had five shots in the first half but then came out pushing their offense after the break. Josh Duncan headed in the first score in the 54th minute and then assisted on the second goal with the corner kick that went off of Shaun Keane’s foot for the 2-0 lead.
ETBU made things interesting as Jose Esparza glazed a shot in from 10-yards out with 50 seconds left in the match to come within one, 2-1. The Tigers did not have enough time to rally back and send the match to overtime.
Ozarks finished the match with 15 shots, eight on goal, while ETBU had 12 shots and seven on goal. Ozarks Matt Mauer recorded six saves while ETBU’s Austin Walker had five saves.
ETBU will host the University of Texas-Dallas on Saturday, September 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in a key ASC matchup at Cornish Field.
Three Different Players Score in Win vs. UTD
SOCCER (W): MARSHALL, Texas (9/29/12) – Battling the elements of rainy weather, three different East Texas Baptist University players took advantage of the situation as the Tigers upset the University of Texas-Dallas, 3-1, in American Southwest Conference play. ETBU scored two goals in the first half and one in the second before UT-Dallas added a goal in the 78th minute. ETBU is now 5-3-1 and 3-2-1 in the ASC.
Rachel Pool struck first for ETBU in the 16th minute as she shot a rocket in from 30-yards out off a pass from Kia Jelly. Jelly then made it 2-0 in the 28th minute as Heather Brady earned her first of two assists in the match.
Rebecca Davis moved the score to 3-0 in the 76th minute with a quick shot from 10-yards out in the box from Brady. UT-Dallas’ Jasmine Chipps gained their only score in the 81st minute to take away the shutout.
UT-Dallas took one more shot than ETBU, 9-8, with five shots on goal while ETBU had seven of their eight shots on goal. ETBU’s Christina Salas recorded four saves in the win.
ETBU will travel to Louisiana on Thursday for another ASC contest vs. Louisiana College.
Torres' Hat Trick Propels ETBU to Shutout Win
SOCCER (W): MARSHALL, Texas (9/27/12) – Receiving the chance to start just minutes before the match, Natalie Torres took advantage of the situation as she collected a hat trick in the first half propelling the East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer team to a 4-0 win over the University of the Ozarks. Torres scored all three goals within the first 28 minutes of the match. ETBU moves to 4-3-1 and is now 2-2-1 in the ASC.
Torres netted the goals in the seventh, 18th, and 28th minutes of the half. The first goal come from 15-yards out as the ball just was inches over Ozark’s goalie Mary Eoff’s head. She then made it 2-0 in the 18th minute when a cross pass came into the box and she slapped in the ball from five yards out. In the 28th minute, Heather Brady crossed the ball to Torres in the box who then headed in the third goal for a commanding lead.
Ashley Hamer put the game away for good in the second half netting the fourth ETBU goal in the 86th minute. She rebounded her own shot off of Eoff’s hands and sailed the shot into the back of the net.
ETBU shot 16 times in the match and held Ozarks to just two shots which were not on goal. ETBU had eight shots on goal and two fouls. Tamara Carlisle and Christina Salas combined for the shutout as neither had a save. Eoff had four saves for Ozarks.
The Tigers will host the University of Texas-Dallas on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in a key ASC match up at Cornish Field.