Tigers Continue to Win in ASC Volleyballby Adam Ledyard
VOLLEYBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/05/13) – 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.
PREVIEW: ETBU vs. Texas Lutheran
FOOTBALL: MARSHALL, Texas (10/4/13) – Saturday night brings the second home football game of the year for East Texas Baptist University as they host Texas Lutheran University in their last non-conference game. ETBU is coming off a hard fought loss to Willamette, 45-25, in which both teams had to battle the rainy conditions and late start in the home opener.
"It was a crazy night against Willamette with a lightening delay but our guys came out and played really hard. We just shot ourselves in the foot,” says head coach Joshua Eargle. "It was amazing to see the amount of support we had especially in Tiger Alley as it was packed out. We started a new tradition with the Tiger Walk through the fans and I thought that was awesome.”
Toi Glover literally ripped up the field with 187 yards rushing on 37 carries averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Josh Warbington finished throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns while Tyler Bates had one pass for 37 yards to D.J. Williams that crossed the goal line. ETBU finished with 492 yards of total offense but turned over the ball four times with three fumbles.
Ja’Kory Hunter posted a career game on defense finishing with 11 tackles with two for a loss. Romeo Botelua and Thomas Warren each recovered a fumble and Daniel Esposito picked off his first career pass. Dewon Davis collected ETBU’s only sack of the night, too.
ETBU offense is now averaging 595.3 yards per game and scoring 44.3 points per game. They gain 218.3 yards on the ground and 377.0 in the air. Glover is the enforcer on the ground with 369 yards rushing averaging 123 yards per game. Warbington has a 174.6 efficiency rating with five touchdowns and a 57.8 passing percentage. Jamaine Sherman remains the top receiver with 283 yards averaging 94.3 per game while Tyler Bates is right behind him with 247 yards.
Giving up 29.7 points per game, the ETBU defense has forced seven turnovers in three games with four interceptions. Drew Benge, Botelua, Esposito, and Rashieed Jeffery all have interceptions. Hunter leads the team with 16 tackles and three tackles for loss with one sack. Benge follows with 15 tackles and two break ups.
The task does not get any easier for ETBU as they face Texas Lutheran who is 2-0 and receiving votes in the D3football.com national poll. Since 2000, ETBU holds a 7-6 advantage but has fallen in the last three meetings to the Bulldogs. Last year, ETBU dropped a heartbreaker in Seguin, 34-28, after being up 14-0. This is the first time that ETBU takes on Texas Lutheran outside of the American Southwest Conference as the Bulldogs are now members of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association.
Due to inclement weather, last Saturday’s game vs. Southwestern Assemblies of God in Seguin, Texas, was called in the second quarter. The last complete game for TLU came on September 23rd vs. Trinity University where they came from 17-points down for the win. They erased a 31-14 halftime deficit to take their first win over Trinity in San Antonio since 1976. With 5:19 left in the game, Peavy tossed a two-yard pass to Barolle for the go-ahead touchdown, 42-38.
A.J. Saucedo rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns with his second touchdown giving TLU the 35-31 lead with 11:49 left to play in the game. Peavy threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns completing 20 passes on 32 attempts with no interceptions. His top receiver was Cameron Peavy who caught six passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
TLU is averaging 43 points per game and 582 yards of total offense. They have tossed eight touchdowns to four different receivers and crossed the goal line on the ground three times. They have been in the redzone 13 times and scored seven with six touchdowns and had one field goal.
The defense has 15 TFLs and two interceptions on the year. They also have sacked the quarterback five times and have 11 break ups.
Peavy has thrown for 625 yards with eight touchdowns and an average of 312.5 yards per game. His top receiver is Chad Peavy with 238 yards (119 yards per game). Saucedo has led the ground game with 178 yards and 86 yards per game.
The kickoff takes place at 6:00 p.m. at Ornelas Stadium during family weekend. Tiger Alley tailgating will start at 3:00 p.m. with the Tiger Walk at 4:00 p.m.
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