Weekend Tiger Athletics: Exciting Atmosphere Pushes ETBU to 8th Straight Winby Adam Ledyard
VOLLEYBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/6/13) – Matching their longest win streak of the year and handing the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor their first American Southwest Conference loss, East Texas Baptist University swept through the pod they hosted winning all three ASC matches. ETBU defeated Concordia-Texas and Mary Hardin-Baylor, who is receiving votes in the national poll, for their seventh and eighth straight wins in a row and now are 18-5 overall and 7-2 in the ASC.
ETBU 3, Concordia 0
ETBU swept the three set match with Concordia by scores of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-22. Kayla Taylor had the lone double-double against Concordia with 19 assists and 10 digs. Mallory Sanders finished with 15 kills, Nicole Buzzard had 16 assists and Hannah Jones had 12 digs for ETBU. Katie Baker had 10 kills to lead Concordia. Concordia got on the board first in set one with a service ace, before ETBU rallied for four straight points on a Concordia set error, back-to-back kills by Kolby Sharp and another kill by Madelynn Kinsel. The teams traded points until the score was 20-11 before ETBU scored the final five points of the set on a service error, an attack error, kills by Sanders and Adaeze Elonu, and the set ending service ace by Nicole Buzzard.
Set two began with a Concordia kill, before three straight points from ETBU made it 3-1. The teams traded points until 8-5, when ETBU rallied for six straight points on three Concordia attack errors, kills by Moyer and Elonu, and an ace from Sanders to make the score 14-5. Three points from Concordia, followed by three points from ETBU made the score 17-8. The teams would go back-and-forth until a double block by Elonu and Kassie Freitag ended set two at 25-16.
ETBU scored first in set three, but Concordia tied it at one, before an error and ace made it 3-1 ETBU. Two straight points from CTX made it 3-3 before four straight points from ETBU made it 7-3. The teams would go back-and-forth, and CTX tied the score at 22 late in the match. ETBU rallied to win the last three points of the match on a bad set, an attack error and a match-ending block by Sharp.
ETBU 3, UMHB 2
Taking on the only undefeated team left in the ASC with a nine-match winning streak, ETBU came from two sets down for the magical 3-2 win. ETBU fell in the first two matches 19-25, 11-25, before winning the final three sets 25-16, 26-24, and 15-10. ETBU hit only .174 but totaled 64 kills in the set with 14 total blocks.
Four players were in double figures in kills with Madelynn Kinsel and Melanie Moyer each posting 12 kills and Adaeze Elonu and Kassie Freitag adding 11 kills. Moyer also posted a double-double with 18 digs. Kayla Taylor finished with 32 assists and 10 digs for the other double-double on the team. Nicole Buzzard also posted 26 assists.
Down two sets, the third set was critical and ETBU answered. ETBU jumped out to a 16-9 lead and never looked back in the shellacking of set three, 25-16. Set four was a lot closer than the previous set as ETBU pulled out a 26-24 win. ETBU took a 16-10 lead before UMHB battled back to tie the set at 21. ETBU had the set point at 24-22 but couldn’t convert as UMHB tied the set at 24. Two mistakes by UMHB gave ETBU the win with a bad set and hen an attack error, 26-24.
Once again ETBU took control early with a 6-3 lead. UMHB came back to within one, 7-6, but ETBU answered with a 5-1 run for a five-point lead, 12-7. UMHB would only get to within 14-10 and an UMHB attack error finished off the win for ETBU.
ETBU travels to Tyler, Texas, next weekend for the ASC Pod at UT-Tyler.
ETBU Celebrates Senior Night with Another ASC Sweep
VOLLEBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/4/13) – Holding Sul Ross State University (0-17/0-7) under 14 points in each set, East Texas Baptist University ran their winning streak to six matches with a 3-0 victory, 25-7, 25-13, 25-13. ETBU moves to 16-5 on the year and 5-2 in the ASC.
The match was also senior night for ETBU’s only senior in Ashley Lindsey. Lindsey is a two-time All-ASC selection and is 9th all-time at ETBU in kills and blocks.
In three quick sets, the offensive numbers were spread around to several players as 16 players saw action in the match. Melanie Moyer led the team with nine kills while Mallory Sanders added seven and Kolby Sharp six kills. Hannah Jones posted seven digs and Kayla Taylor had 13 assists along with Nicole Buzzard’s 10 assists. ETBU had 14 combined blocks as Sharp finished with five while the team had nine service aces with Megan Elrod recording three.
ETBU hit .348 overall with 31 kills and only eight errors. They only had 29 assists and 30 digs. ETBU’s defense held Sul Ross State to a -.123 hitting percentage as the Lobos had only 15 total kills.
Running out to a 7-1 lead in set one, SRSU pulled within six, 11-5, before ETBU went on a 10-2 run to put the set away, 21-7. In the last 16 points scored in the set, SRSU only had two points scored.
In set two, SRSU stuck with ETBU through the first 15 points trailing 8-7. ETBU went on an 11-2 run as they took control of the set, 19-9. In the run, Jones had five straight serves that scored as one was a service ace. SRSU played with ETBU in the final 10 points as ETBU finished on a 6-4 run for the set two win, 25-13.
It was the same story in set three as ETBU jumped to a 6-1 lead never looking back. ETBU extended their lead to 15-4 and kept their distance from there. SRSU would only come as close as 10 before the match ended on a Sharp kill, 25-13.
ETBU will have two more matches on Saturday in Ornelas Gym vs. Concordia-Texas at 10:00 a.m. and Mary Hardin-Baylor at 2:00 p.m. in the final day of the ASC Pod.
ETBU Ties #12 UTD in 2OT
SOCCER (M): RICHARDSON, Texas (10/6/13) – Taking on their toughest opponent yet in 2013, East Texas Baptist University battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie against #12 Texas-Dallas. ETBU is now 2-3-1 overall and a 1-1-1 in the American Southwest Conference.
"We played well and Cody Hopson was phenomenal in goal tonight. He pulled five shots out of the net that could have been goals for Texas-Dallas," says head coach Paul Grant.
Gustavo Vazquez netted ETBU’s first goal of the match just two minutes into the new game to make it 1-0. Off of a corner kick, Vazquez found the net to take the lead. The lead would last for the next 85 minutes until the 88th minute when Texas-Dallas snuck a goal past Cody Hopson. Omar Jaroun flicked in the tying goal just before regulation time ended to send the match to overtime.
In overtime, ETBU had a penalty kick just two minutes in but Juan Ramirez missed the chance for the win. ETBU had three shots after that but could not find the net. In the second overtime, ETBU had no shots but held off a Texas-Dallas barrage of shots for the win.
Overall, Texas-Dallas shot the ball 36 times with 14 shots on goal to ETBU’s 18 shots and 12 on goal. Hopson stopped a career-high 13 shots on goal while Texas-Dallas Nicknish had 11 saves.
Rain Delay, Late Goal Hands ETBU Loss in Dallas
SOCCER (W): RICHARDSON, Texas (10/6/13) – Playing their hearts out in another tough American Southwest Conference, the East Texas University women’s soccer team fell short, 1-0, to Texas-Dallas. The match had an hour and half rain delay that stopped action in the second half.
"We just ran out of time,” says head coach Paul Grant. "It was probably the most complete game of the year we have played as team so far this year.”
ETBU and Texas-Dallas battled for 75 minutes before the Comets’Andrea Guevara tapped in the only goal. ETBU took eight overall shots with five on goal while Texas-Dallas took just eight shots with three on goal.
Christina Salas recorded two saves in the loss while UTD’s Brittany West had five saves. Christina Robles had two of ETBU’s eight shots on the night, too.
ETBU Finishes 7th at Centenary Invitational
By Erik Holth
CROSS COUNTRY (M): MARSHALL, Texas (10/5/13) – The East Texas Baptist University men’s cross country team ran for the second straight weekend in Shreveport, Louisiana at the Centenary Invitational. ETBU managed a seventh place finish amongst teams from every level of the NCAA and NAIA.
Landon Price led the men’s team with a fifth place finish and a time of 28:05.4. Ian Spencer was the next highest finishing runner for ETBU, registering a 23rd place finish and a time of 30:28.5. Aaron Durham finished with a time of 31:23.6, Seth Powers registered a time of 33:18.1, Ramiro Mendez finished with a time of 34:10.5. Kevin Martinez had a time of 35:37.2 and Jordan Tarbutton rounded out the group with a time of 38:53.8.
Landon Price 5th 28:05.4
Ian Spencer 23rd 30:28.5
Aaron Durham 28th 31:23.6
Seth Powers 40th 33:18.1
Ramiro Mendez 42nd 34:10.5
Kevin Martinez 46th 35:37.2
Jordan Tarbutton 55th 38:53.8
ETBU Finishes 7th at Centenary Invitational
By Erik Holth
CROSS COUNTRY (W): MARSHALL, Texas (10/5/13) – The East Texas Baptist University women’s cross country team was back in action this weekend in Shreveport, La., for the Centenary Invitational. ETBU ended with a seventh place team finish in a field of 11 schools from every division of NCAA and an NAIA school.
Megan Merrill was the highest finisher from ETBU with an 18th place finish overall and a time of 27:42.5. Shelby Sparks finished 23rd overall with a time of 28:42.5. Madison Kauffman had a time of 30:59.1, Leslie Martinez registered a time of 34:04.8. Finally, Shelby Taylor finished with a time of 34:23.9, Sarah Gent had a time of 42:10.1 and Tori Turner brought home a time of 42:19.8.
Megan Merrill 18th 27:42.5
Shelby Sparks 23rd 28:42.5
Madison Kauffman 37th 30:59.1
Leslie Martinez 56th 34:04.8
Shelby Taylor 58th 34:23.9
Sarah Gent 68th 42:10.1
Tori Turner 69th 42:19.8
ETBU Falls Behind Early; Drops Game, 64-41
By Tyler Clifton/Adam Ledyard
FOOTBALL: (10/6/13) - Some of the bounces didn’t go East Texas Baptist University’s way as they fell to Texas Lutheran University, 64-41. ETBU dug themselves in a hole early that was too big to climb out of and battled a top notch offense.
TLU racked up 701 yards on 101 plays and had and four scores. A.J. Saucedo led the running game with 97 yards on 17 carries, while the defense finished with four sacks.
ETBU sophomore Josh Warbington had quite a night of his own, finishing 21 of 30 for 344 yards and five touchdowns, while Jamaine Sherman caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Bates caught eight passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, as four different Tiger receivers found the end zone, but they were outscored 17-0 in the fourth quarter after pulling within six.
TLU (3-0) set a school record for total offense and evened the overall series between the schools at 7-7 since ETBU returned to football in 2000. Through it all, there was an even bigger culprit for the Tigers.
"I felt to win the football game, it was important for us to establish our run game while also stopping it, and we did neither,” ETBU coach Joshua Eargle said. "It’s not our brand of football, and we need to get back to the basics and do what we can in order to be a successful team.”
ETBU entered the third quarter down by only six but was unable to take its first lead of the game.
Saucedo set up his 8-yard touchdown reception with a 39-yard run, and Marquis Barrolle had TLU’s only run into the end zone to go up by 20. The Tigers had one final run left in them.
The sophomore continued to show his big-play ability with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Roy Butler, and Dominique Bailey’s interception led to a six-play scoring drive culminating with Warbington’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Sherman to pull within six.
TLU took its 47-41 lead into the fourth quarter and never let off the accelerator, beginning with Tyler Brandenburg’s 27-yard field goal. Deion Barnes scored for the second time on a 12-yard touchdown catch from Peavy, and it seemed only fitting for the Bulldogs when their twins connected one last time from 22 yards out for the final margin.
"Our guys played inspired and with a lot of passion, but we need to be smarter as a team and eliminate our penalties and missed assignments,” says Eargle
The Bulldogs were held on downs on their own 33-yard line during the game’s opening possession but recovered a Warbington fumble, and TLU scored on a six-play drive (all passes) for an early 7-0 lead on Brent Peavy’s 12-yard touchdown pass to his brother. ETBU mishandled the kickoff and was ruled to have knelt down in the end zone for a safety, and before anyone could blink TLU was ahead 16-0.
It wasn’t without controversy, as Barnes fell on what was ruled a fumble by Dylan Bethea in the end zone after he initially intercepted Peavy near the midway point of the first quarter.
Warbington got ETBU on the board with his 18-yard touchdown pass to Chris Frazier set up by his 48-yarder to Jamaine Sherman, and David Jaynes returned an interception 44 yards to leave ETBU down 3.
Cory McNeil’s 45-yard field goal to tie the game was wide of the mark, and the twins connected twice more from nine and seven yards out to increase the advantage to 30-13 with 8:06 left in the first half.
Warbington found another open receiver in Tyler Bates for a 45-yard touchdown, and the Tigers put together their biggest drive of the half, a 13-play affair with two fourth-down conversions, including one aided by a pass-interference penalty.
Warbington and Bates connected again from 18 yards out, and the defense made a bold stand before the half at its own 12 to enter the break down only 33-27.
Ethan Powell led TLU with 10 tackles (2.5 for loss) and two sacks.
Jaynes led ETBU with eight tackles (two for loss) to go along with his interception. Thomas Warren finished with eight tackles (1.5 for loss) and half a sack, while Drew Benge added eight tackles.
The Tigers play their American Southwest Conference opener at 6 p.m. at Louisiana College.