Weekend Tiger Athletics: ETBU Runs Winning Streak to Six Matchesby Adam Ledyard
VOLLEYBALL: MEMPHIS, Tenn (9/14/13) – Moving to 7-3 on the year winning their fifth and sixth straight matches, East Texas Baptist University swept through day one at the Rhodes College Invitational. ETBU earned wins over Austin College and Rhodes College.
ETBU 3, Austin College 0
ETBU shut out Austin College, 25-22, 25-22, 25-20, for their sixth win of the year in the first match of the day. Melanie Moyer finished with 13 kills and 10 digs for another double-double on the year. Nicole Buzzard recorded her first career double-double with 14 assists and 11 digs. Kayla Taylor added 13 assists and Adaeze Elonu posted five blocks.
ETBU hit .277 overall with their best hitting percentage in set two at .375. Austin College on hit .169 on the day.
ETBU 3, Rhodes 2
Coming from behind to take the five-set win over Rhodes, ETBU won sets two, four and five. Rhodes took set one, 25-21, before ETBU won set two, 25-16. After falling in set three, 25-22, ETBU won set four by six points, 25-19, and set five, 15-12.
Kolby Sharp set a career high in kills with 24 on 47 attempts for a .404 hitting percentage. Mallory Sanders added 10 kills and 12 digs for her first double-double. Kayla Taylor collected 29 assists and 13 digs for another double-double while Buzzard had 23 assists. Moyer finished with 25 digs while Sanders added 12 digs.
ETBU will play Maryville University and Hendrix on Sunday morning to finish out the invitational.
ETBU Gives Eargle First Career Win in Season Opener
FOOTBALL: SHERMAN, Texas (9/14/13) – A brand new way of playing East Texas Baptist University football was introduced in Sherman, Texas, with a season opening 52-34 win over Austin College (0-2). ETBU led from the beginning to the end scoring the most points in a season opener breaking the record of 49 points scored in the 2001 opener giving Joshua Eargle his first win in his first game as a head coach.
"This game means a lot to the program,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. "We have been practicing the last three weeks for this game and today we came out and showed what this team has been working on and capable of doing. I am so proud of these players and what they started today as we continue to chase greatness for ETBU football.”
ETBU finished with 611 yards of total offense which was just nine yards shy of breaking the single game record set in 2003. Brooks Holder debuted at quarterback and threw for 316 yards completing 31 passes on 40 attempts.
"Brooks did a nice job of running our offense today and taking care of the ball. We had a nice balanced attack on offense and our defense came up with some big plays when needed.”
Jamaine Sherman and Toi Glover produced career days with big plays all day. Sherman hauled in 12 passes for 175 yards which both put him in the top three for single game records. His 12 catches is second all-time in a game while his 175 yards receiving is third all-time. Glovier pushed through for 153 yards rushing on 29 carries for a career high.
Dylan Benge recorded six tackles to lead the team while Drew Benge and Romeo Botelua each picked off a pass.
It didn’t take long for the ETBU offense to score in the first quarter as John Gable trotted in from five yards out with 7:49 on the clock and then converted a two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Austin College answered back in just 43 seconds to pull within two missing their extra point but just under three minutes later Glovier scored his first of three touchdowns on the day on a three-yard run and 4:31 on the clock. Just before the half ended, Austin College’s Madison Ross caught a 13-yard pass as they cut the lead to three, 16-13.
ETBU’s Chris Frazier collected his first touchdown of the year on an eight-yard pass from Holder with 9:49 in the second quarter extending the lead to 10, 23-13, but Austin College bounced back with 4:04 left in the half down three, 23-20 headed to the locker room.
Scoring twice in the third quarter on a 36-yard pass from Holder to Sherman and a two-yard pass to Glover put ETBU 36-27 with 5:02 to go. ETBU would take a 45-27 lead in the fourth on a one-yard Glovier run and a 32-yard field goal from Cory McNeil. With 5:13 left Austin College scored their first points in the quarter to pull within 11, 45-34, only to see Roy Butler make it 52-34 on a 31-yard pass from Holder with 1:24 left to play.
The win for ETBU in a season opener is only the fourth for the program and first since 2010. ETBU travels to Georgetown, Texas, next Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff against first-year program Southwestern University.
Slow Offense Slows Down ETBU in Mississippi
SOCCER (W): JACKSON, Miss (9/14/13) . – For the second match in a row the East Texas Baptist University women’s soccer team’s offense sputtered as they fell to Sewanee University, 2-0, at the Mississippi College Invitational. ETBU is now 1-3 on the year.
Sewanee collected goals in both the first and second halves for the 2-0 win. The first goal came in the 37th minute on a loose ball in the box as it slipped past Christina Salas. The same little play happened in the second half in the 65 minute as Sarah Collazo could not stop another loose ball goal.
ETBU out shot Sewanee, 12-8, as both teams had five shots on goal. Both goalies for ETBU, Salas and Collazo split playing time. Collazo finished with three saves. Sewanee’s Olivia Glascoe had five saves.
ETBU will be home on Saturday, September 21st, when they host Hendrix College at 7:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.
Millsaps Overpowers ETBU, 6-1
SOCCER (M) JACKSON, Miss. (9/14/13) – Millsaps College offense became too much to handle for a young East Texas Baptist University men’s soccer team as they fell to the Majors, 6-1. Millsaps netted three goals in each half and ETBU is now 1-2.
Millsaps picked up goals in the 19th, 22nd, and 38th minutes in the first half for the 3-0 lead at the half. They took 14 shots to ETBU’s nine in the half. ETBU had six shots in the first 18 minutes with two on goal before Millsaps scored their first goal. Millsaps took 11 shots after their first goal while ETBU mustered up three.
In the second half, Millsaps took a 5-0 lead with goals in the 59th and 65th minutes. Bryan Romero broke the goose egg on the board in the 68th minute on a breakaway as ETBU netted their only goal of the match. Millsaps answered right back in the 69th minute to make it 6-1.
Millsaps took 29 shots with 18 on goal while ETBU had 14 shots with six on goal. Both Romero and Matthew Argenbright had two shots on goal. Bryant Botello received the loss giving up the six goals collecting a career high 12 saves. Millsaps’ Jonathan Huebbe had five saves.
ETBU is off until Saturday, September 21st, when they host Concordia-Texas in a non-conference match at 4:00 p.m. at Cornish Field.