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Volleyball sweeps Southeastern Oklahoma State to get third consecutive road win

DURANT, Okla.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team got a 3-0 sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma State on Tuesday. The set scores were 25-13, 25-16 and 25-18.

The win brings the Lions to 9-7 on the season. It is A&M-Commerce’s third consecutive road victory. The Savage Storm fall to 5-13 on the year.

The Lions will now host two conference home matches over the weekend. The Lions will face Eastern New Mexico at 5 p.m. on Friday and Western New Mexico on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The matches will be at the Field House.

– Jaslyn Wacker led the Lions with 14 kills. She hit .550 in the game. She also had four blocks and three digs.
– Jaryn Wacker had eight kills and hit .438. She also had two blocks.
– Mariyah Oliver had six kills and hit .417 in the match. Shelley Chapron had five kills and hit .400.
– Rylie Fuentes led the Lions with 23 assists and added nine digs. Gabriela Rosa had 15 assists, six digs, and two aces.
– Savannah Rutledge led the team with 13 digs. She also had two aces.
– Layne Little had four kills. Preston Lienemann and Sydney Reyes both had two kills while Rutledge, Payton McMillan, and Neka Nelson also had a kill apiece.
– The Lions’ top four hitters all hit better than .400.

After giving up the first two points of the match, the Lions then took seven of the next eight points to build a lead in the first set. Three attack errors aided the Lion cause as Jaslyn Wacker had three kills of her own to help the Lions make their point to 14-7 halfway through the set. Jaslyn Wacker had three consecutive kills as the Lion attack caught fire in the late stages of the match. Jaryn Wacker also had three kills in the set as the Lions cruised to a 25-13 win in the first game.

The teams traded points early in the second set, with the scored tied at 4-all at the beginning of the match. The Lions then went on a run. They had rallies of four and five consecutive points to build a 13-6 lead at the midway point of the second set. Jaslyn Wacker continued to have the hot hand as she had four kills in a row for A&M-Commerce. SOSU had two runs of three consecutive points in the second set, but the Lions answered back both times to run away with the second game, winning 25-16.

The third set was close in the beginning. The teams traded the first 18 points as the match tied at 9-all. SOSU then had a three-point rally to take their largest lead of the game at 12-9. However, the Lions finished the set well. On a four-point rally, they retook the lead and then had another four-point rally to take a three-point lead. Things began to snowball against SOSU as the Lions scored six of the final seven points of the match. Rosa had an ace on the last serve to give the Lions the game win and the sweep.


Soccer scores two goals in second half to beat DBU 2-1 in comeback

COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team got a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Dallas Baptist on Tuesday. The Lions battled the rain and a first-half deficit to come back and score two unanswered goals in the second half.

The win brings the Lions to 6-2-2 on the season. The Patriots fall to 7-3-1 on the year.

The Lions will return to conference action with a match against the conference-leading Angelo State Rambelles on Friday. The game will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Lion Soccer Field.

– Sabrina Munguia scored the game-winning goal for the Lions in the 71st minute. She had two shots on goal in the match.
– Jessika Coronado scored the game-tying goal in the 67th minute. Off of a corner kick from Izzy Ward, Coronado headed the ball into the net.
– Delaney Bunselmeyer and Leslie Campuzano each had two shots on goal. Michelle Kotlik, Cora Welch, Kara Blasingame and Tori Smith all had a shot on goal
– The Lions took 15 shots, 11 of which were on target. DBU had 11 shots with six on goal.
– Caitlin Duty made five saves for the Lions in the match.
– Brittany Eccles and assisted by Kaci Parks scored DBU’s goal.

Campuzano had a saved shot on goal in the opening minute of the match as the Lions were aggressive early. DBU had a shot on goal in the sixth minute that was saved by Duty, and the game remained scoreless.

After a headed and saved corner kick for DBU, Bunselmeyer had a header that was saved by the DBU keeper. The Patriots broke the scoreless tie in the 19th minute. On a cross, Parks found the head of Eccles, who directed the ball into the net. DBU took the 1-0 lead.

Blasingame had a saved shot on goal in the 21st minute as the Lions looked to get the equalizing goal. Duty had another save in the 31st minute and again in the 36th minute to keep the Patriots from adding to their lead. DBU went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

Bunselmeyer had another saved shot on goal early in the second half. Another saved shot on goal from Welch in the 57th minute happened as the Lions continued their aggressive play.

The Lions had a golden opportunity to score in the 63rd minute as Munguia found space. Her shot hit off the post and ricocheted out of the net. The Lions continued their aggression as two minutes later, Munguia had a saved shot by the keeper. The ball bounced off her gloves and found the feet of Smith, who had her shot blocked. Campuzano then had an opening, but a DBU defender stood in the goal, and the attempt bounced off her body and away from the net.

The Lions found the equalizing goal in the 67th minute. Ward took a corner kick and directed the ball toward the goal. Coronado jumped and headed the ball into the net. The score was 1-1.

The Lions then took the lead in the 71st minute. Munguia went on a breakaway, getting past the defense and fired the ball into the goal, giving the Lions a 2-1 lead.

The Lions then changed their strategy to try and run out the clock. DBU had a late shot on goal in the final seconds but Duty saved the ball, and the Lions held on for the victory.


Lions take championship at WNMU Fall Intercollegiate with two top 10 performers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team earned the championship trophy at the Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate on the back of two top 10 individual performances.

The Lions tied with Cal State San Marcos with 54-hole scores of 851. A&M-Commerce was awarded the championship trophy by having the lowest drop score in the final round.

Blake Hartford placed fourth in the event with a 208 (-8). He carded a 70 (-2) in the final round with six birdies on the day. He had a total of 16 birdies in the event, as well as an eagle.

Lucas McCubbin placed seventh in the tournament with a 209 (-7). Hs shot even par 72 in Tuesday’s round but rebounded well from a tough front nine with three birdies on the back nine. He had 13 birdies in the tournament.

Wilfredo Sanchez placed 20th at even par 216 after a 3-over par 75 Tuesday. Joseph Wolcik placed 26th at 2-over par 218 total, also shooting 3-over par 75 Tuesday. He eagled the par-five fourth hole in Tuesday’s round.

Case Garrison placed 79th overall, but his score of 4-over par 76 in Tuesday’s round was the deciding factor in the Lions earning the championship trophy. He shot 15-over par 231 for the event.

The Lions have shot the two best 54-hole scores in school history in the first two events of the season. Five of the six rounds the Lions have played have been under par.

The Lions have two more events in the fall portion of the schedule, with the next coming on October 16-17 at the Midwestern State Invitational. A&M-Commerce hosts The Classic at Firewheel on October 30-31.

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  A&M-COMMERCE *  280  279  292  851   -13
 Cal State San Marcos  286  278  287  851   -13
3.  Cal State Monterey Bay  283  288  286  857   -7
4.  Colorado School of Mines  281  290  287  858   -6
5.  Regis  282  294  287  863   -1
6.  Colorado State-Pueblo  281  293  293  867   +3
7.  St. Mary’s  287  284  298  869   +5
8.  California Baptist  284  289  297  870   +6
9.  Holy Names  289  293  291  873   +9
10.  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  295  285  296  876   +12
 Fort Lewis  286  289  301  876   +12
12.  Western New Mexico  291  295  295  881   +17
13.  Colorado Mesa  300  292  290  882   +18
14.  Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)  289  296  301  886   +22
15.  West Texas A&M  300  289  299  888   +24
16.  Benedictine-Mesa  298  297  300  895   +31
17.  Montana State-Billings  300  293  306  899   +35
18.  Cal State Dominguez Hills  301  305  305  911   +47
19.  La Verne  289  310  313  912   +48
20.  Westminster (Utah)  312  305  309  926   +62


  1 A&M-COMMERCE 280 279 292   851 -13
t-4 Blake Hartford 70 68 70 208 -8
t-7 Lucas McCubbin 68 69 72 209 -7
t-20 Wilfredo Sanchez 71 70 75 216 E
t-26 Joseph Wolcik 71 72 75 218 +2
t-79 Case Garrison 78 77 76 231 +15

Lions hold at No. 2 in AFCA Coaches’ Poll, setting up marquee matchup at No. 10 Midwestern State

WACO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 2 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll for the second consecutive week, as announced Monday.

This announcement matches the highest AFCA ranking for A&M-Commerce in the team’s history since the poll’s inception in 2000.

The ranking will set up a marquee matchup of top 10 teams in the Lone Star Conference this weekend, as the Lions visit No. 10 Midwestern State for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Saturday in Wichita Falls.

A&M-Commerce enters the game with a 4-0 overall record after a bye week. Midwestern State is 3-0 after defeating Western New Mexico. Both teams are an undefeated 2-0 in the Lone Star Conference.

The Lions are the highest ranked team in the newly configured Super Region Four, which consists of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic, Northern Sun Intercollegiate, and Great Northwest Athletic conferences. The region has four teams in the top 10 of the nation. Minnesota State at No. 5, Sioux Falls at No. 6, and Midwestern State at No. 10 join A&M-Commerce.

A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 32 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This ranking is A&M-Commerce’s 38th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.

2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 2, 2017

Rank School (1st votes) Rec. Pts. Prev.
1. Northwest Missouri St. (34) 5-0 850 1
2. A&M-COMMERCE 4-0 783 2
3. Shepherd (W.Va.) 4-0 770 3
4. Indiana (Pa.) 5-0 740 4
5. Minnesota St. 5-0 711 6
6. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-0 679 7
7. Indianapolis (Ind.) 5-0 616 10
8. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 4-1 569 9
9. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-0 541 13
10. Midwestern St. (Texas) 3-0 540 12
11. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 5-0 487 14
12. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 5-0 421 18
13. Central Washington 5-0 416 16
14. Colorado St.-Pueblo 4-1 391 17
15. Ferris St. (Mich.) 3-1 356 15
16. California (Pa.) 4-1 312 5
17. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-0 303 19
18. Ashland (Ohio) 4-1 257 20
19. Bowie St. (Md.) 5-0 241 21
20. Assumption (Mass.) 5-0 237 22
21. Colorado Mesa 4-1 211 8
22. Winona St. (Minn.) 5-0 163 25
23. Southeastern Oklahoma St. 5-0 105 NR
24. Arkansas Tech 4-1 95 11
25. West Georgia 4-1 54 NR

Dropped Out: Catawba (N.C.) (23), LIU-Post (N.Y.) (24)

Others Receiving Votes: Shippensburg (Pa.), 42; West Alabama, 35; Wingate (N.C.), 34; Washburn (Kan.), 18; Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), 17; Catawba (N.C.), 13; Central Missouri, 12; Virginia St., 11; Eastern New Mexico, 7; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 4; West Chester (Pa.), 4; Notre Dame (Ohio), 3; LIU-Post (N.Y.), 1; McKendree (Ill.), 1.

Lions blister Arizona desert to take five-stroke lead into final round of WNMU Fall Intercollegiate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team put up the second and third best rounds in school history at the WNMU Fall Intercollegiate on Monday to hold a five-stroke lead entering the final round.

The Lions carded 8-under par 280 in the first round and followed that up with a 9-under par 279 in the second series of the event at the Golf Club of Estrella.

A&M-Commerce is at 17-under par (559) with Cal State San Marcos at 12-under par (564). Cal State Monterey Bay and Colorado School of Mines tied for third at 5-under par (571). St. Mary’s is in fifth at 572 (-4).

Lucas McCubbin is the top Lion through two rounds, sitting in fourth place at 137 (-7). In the first round, he was bogey-free with four birdies for a 68. In the second set, McCubbin did not bogey until his 13th hole of the round. He put up five birdies and two bogeys for a 69. He is three strokes behind individual leader Matt Huntley of Fort Lewis.

Blake Hartford is alone in sixth place on the leaderboard at 138 (-6). In the opening round, he notched five birdies and three bogeys en route to a 70 (-2). He earned an eagle on the par five fourth hole in the second round and birdied three of his final five holes on the way to a 4-under par 68.

Senior Wilfredo Sanchez is in 14th place at 141 (-3). He had four birdies in his opening round along with three bogeys to card a 1-under par 71. He eagled the par-five 13th hole in his second round to go with two birdies and two bogeys en route to a 2-under par 70.

Joseph Wolcik is in 24th in his first action as a Lion at 143 (-1). He had four birdies and three bogeys in his opening round and followed that up with an up-and-down even par in the second round with five birdies.

Case Garrison is in 87th place at 155 (+11), carding six birdies throughout the day.

The Lions will tee off of the first tee at Estrella as the feature groups – along with Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Monterey Bay, and Colorado School of Mines – starting at 7:30 a.m. MST (9:30 a.m. CDT). Live scoring is available at

Rank   Team Scores  Total   Par 
1.  A&M-COMMERCE   280  279  559   -17
2.  Cal State San Marcos  286  278  564   -12
3.  Cal State Monterey Bay  283  288  571   -5
 Colorado School of Mines  281  290  571   -5
5.  St. Mary’s  287  285  572   -4
6.  California Baptist  284  289  573   -3
7.  Colorado State-Pueblo  281  293  574   -2
8.  Fort Lewis  286  289  575   -1
9.  Regis  282  294  576   E
10.  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  295  285  580   +4
11.  Holy Names  289  293  582   +6
12.  Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)  289  296  585   +9
13.  Western New Mexico  291  295  586   +10
14.  West Texas A&M  300  289  589   +13
15.  Colorado Mesa  300  292  592   +16
16.  Montana State-Billings  300  293  593   +17
17.  Benedictine-Mesa  298  297  595   +19
18.  La Verne  289  310  599   +23
19.  Cal State Dominguez Hills  301  307  608   +32
20.  Westminster (Utah)  312  305  617   +41


  1. A&M-COMMERCE 280 279   559    -17
  t-4 Lucas McCubbin 68 69   137    -7
  6 Blake Hartford 70 68   138    -6
  t-14 Wilfredo Sanchez 71 70   141    -3
  t-24 Joseph Wolcik 71 72   143    -1
  t-87 Case Garrison 78 77   155    +11