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WOMEN’S GOLF

Career-best round by Thomas boosts Lions to fourth at DBU Women’s Classic

DALLAS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team shot the lowest team score of the day on Tuesday at the Dallas Baptist Women’s Classic to finish the tournament in fourth place.

The Lions’ Tuesday score of 303 brought their 54-hole total to 922 (+58, 315-304-303). The last two rounds of the tournament are the Lions’ best two rounds of the season. Dallas Baptist won the tournament at 883.

Makena Thomas shot a career-best round of 1-over par 73 on Tuesday with three birdies. She finished in a tie for 11th place on the individual leaderboard at 226 (79-74-73, +10). Her 73 Tuesday is the lowest round by a Lion this season.

Sophie-Charlott Hempel had two birdies Tuesday on the way to a 25th place finish at 232 (82-74-76, +16).

Anya Anders tied her season-best round of 74 on Tuesday with two birdies. She placed in a tie for 27th at 235 (84-77-74, +19). Lauren Leslie came in a tie for 36th at 239 (73-81-85, +23) and Paige Lee Garris placed in a tie for 39th at 240 (81-79-80, +24).

The Lions wrap up their fall season on October 23-24 at the Henderson State/GIC Invitational in Hot Spring, Ark.

1. Dallas Baptist 290 288 305 883 +19
2. St. Mary’s (TX) 300 291 315 906 +42
3. Oklahoma Christian 301 305 309 915 +51
4. A&M-COMMERCE 315 304 303 922 +58
4. Midwestern State 305 308 311 924 +60
9. Rogers State 316 306 307 929 +65
7. Southwestern Oklahoma State 315 303 312 930 +66
8. St. Edward’s 309 304 318 931 +67
6. Texas Wesleyan 303 314 322 939 +75
10. Texas A&M-Kingsville 333 322 345 1000 +136
11. Colorado Christian 342 336 326 1004 +140
12. Wayland Baptist 351 349 337 1037 +173

 

4. A&M-COMMERCE 315 304 303 922 +58
T11. Makena Thomas 79 74 73 226 +10
25. Sophie-Charlott Hempel 82 74 76 232 +16
T27. Anya Anders 84 77 74 235 +19
T36. Lauren Leslie 73 81 85 239 +23
T39. Paige Lee Garris 81 79 80 240 +24

 

VOLLEYBALL
Rylie Fuentes named LSC Setter of the Week.

RICHARDSON – Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball player Rylie Fuentes has been named the Lone Star Conference Setter of the Week. The award was announced by the conference on Tuesday. She is the second Lion setter to receive the award this season, as Gabriela Rosa received the same award three weeks ago.

Fuentes ­– a sophomore from Robinson, Texas – was the leading setter for the Lions as they hit .258 over three matches last week. Fuentes totaled 66 assists and added 23 digs. She had 23 assists and nine digs in the Lions’ sweep of Southeastern Oklahoma. The team hit .337 in that match. Fuentes then had 16 assists and eight digs against Eastern New Mexico as the team hit .286 in the game. Fuentes finished the week with a season-high 27 assists in the Lions 3-1 win over Western New Mexico. The Lions hit .195 in the match. Fuentes has had seven games with at least 20 assists this season.

Fuentes and the Lions are 6-2 in the LSC and are currently in second place in the conference standings. The team is riding a five-game winning streak. They will face West Texas A&M on Friday and UT Permian Basin on Saturday to conclude the first half of their conference season. First-serve against WT will be Friday at 6:00 p.m. at The Box in Canyon.

LONE STAR CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offense
Sept. 5 – Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State
Sept. 12 – Sundara Chinn, Angelo State
Sept. 19 – Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State (2)
Sept. 26 – Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State (3)
Oct. 3 – Sundara Chinn, Angelo State (2)
Oct. 10 – Erin Clark, West Texas A&M

Defense
Sept. 5 – Crystal Thomas, West Texas A&M
Sept. 12 – Morgan Seaton, Angelo State
Sept. 19 – Shelley Chapron, A&M-Commerce
Sept. 26 – Amber Strange, Tarleton State
Oct. 3 – Andrea Aguilar, Eastern New Mexico
Oct. 10 – Amber Strange, Tarleton State (2)

Setter
Sept. 5 – Selena Batiste, West Texas A&M
Sept. 12 – Meghan Parker, Angelo State
Sept. 19 – Gabriela Rosa, A&M-Commerce
Sept. 26 – Jordyn Keamo, Tarleton State
Oct. 3 – Jordyn Keamo, Tarleton State (2)
Oct. 10 – Rylie Fuentes, A&M-Commerce

WOMEN’S GOLF

Lions in eighth after the first day of DBU Women’s Classic

DALLAS– The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s golf team is in eighth place after the day of action of the Dallas Baptist University Women’s Patriot Classic, played Monday. The Lions shot 619 (315-304) on the par 72 Golf Club of Dallas course.

Makena Thomas is the leading Lion after 36 holes in unseasonably warm and windy conditions. She shot 153 (79-74, +9) and is in 22nd place with three birdies on the day. Lauren Leslie is in 24th with 154 (73-81, +10). She eagled the 18th hole in the second round.

Sophie-Charlott Hempel is in 28th place with 156 (82-74, +12), carding two birdies in each round. Paige Lee Garris is in 42nd place at 160 (81-79, +16) and Anya Anders is in 44th places at 161 (84-77, +17).

The Lions will return to the links Tuesday for the final round of the DBU Women’s Classic. The Lions will tee off the first hole beginning at 8:40 a.m. at the Golf Club of Dallas, grouped with Southwestern Oklahoma State and Rogers State.

1. Dallas Baptist 290 288 578  +2
2. St. Mary’s (TX) 300 291 591 +15
3. Oklahoma Christian 301 305 606 +30
4. Midwestern State 305 308 613 +37
St. Edward’s 309 304 613 +37
6. Texas Wesleyan 303 314 617 +41
7. Southwestern Oklahoma State 315 303 618 +42
8. A&M-COMMERCE 314 304 619 +43
9. Rogers State 316 306 622 +46
10. Texas A&M-Kingsville 333 322 655 +79
11. Colorado Christian 342 336 678 +102
12. Wayland Baptist 351 349 700 +124

 

 8. A&M-COMMERCE 315 304 619 +43
T22. Makena Thomas 79 74 153 +9
T24. Lauren Leslie 73 81 154 +10
T28 Sophie-Charlott Hempel 82 74 156 +12
T42 Paige Lee Garris 81 79 160 +16
T44 Anya Anders 84 77 161 +17

FOOTBALL

Lions ranked No. 11 in AFCA Coaches’ Poll.

WACO – The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team is ranked No. 11 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll entering the seventh week of the season, as announced Monday.

The Lions were previously ranked second nationally before dropping a 47-42 decision to then-No. 10 Midwestern State last weekend. The Lions came back and scored the game’s final 21 points before running out of time.

A&M-Commerce will carry a 4-1 overall record and 2-1 Lone Star Conference mark into Saturday’s Homecoming game against Western New Mexico. Kickoff at Memorial Stadium is 4:00 p.m.

Three undefeated teams in Super Region Four are ahead of the Lions – No. 4 Minnesota State (6-0), No. 6 Midwestern State (4-0), and No. 10 Central Washington (6-0). Other regional teams in the Top 25 are No. 12 Colorado State-Pueblo (5-1), No. 13 Winona State (6-0), No. 18 Sioux Falls (5-1), No. 20 Colorado Mesa (5-1), and No. 25 Humboldt State (4-1)

A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 33 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll. This announcement is A&M-Commerce’s 39th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.

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2017 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll – October 9, 2017

1. Northwest Missouri St. (34) 6-0 850 1
2. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0 797 3
3. Indiana (Pa.) 6-0 780 4
4. Minnesota St. 6-0 750 5
5. Indianapolis (Ind.) 6-0 688 7
6. Midwestern St. (Texas) 4-0 682 10
7. Grand Valley St. (Mich.) 5-1 615 8
8. Fort Hays St. (Kan.) 6-0 600 11
9. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 6-0 516 12
10. Central Washington 6-0 507 13
11. A&M-COMMERCE 4-1 483 2
12. Colorado St.-Pueblo 5-1 417 14
13. Winona St. (Minn.) 6-0 367 22
14. Bowie St. (Md.) 6-0 358 19
15. Ferris St. (Mich.) 4-1 356 15
16. Ashland (Ohio) 5-1 319 18
17. Assumption (Mass.) 5-0 306 20
18. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 5-1 287 6
19. Southeastern Oklahoma St. 6-0 223 23
20. Colorado Mesa 5-1 216 21
21. Delta St. (Miss.) 5-1 206 9
22. West Georgia 5-1 175 25
23. West Alabama 5-1 172 NR
24. Wingate (N.C.) 5-0 88 NR
25. Humboldt St. (Calif.) 4-1 82 17

Dropped Out: California (Pa.) (16), Arkansas Tech (24)

Others Receiving Votes: California (Pa.), 43; Virginia St., 39; Washburn (Kan.), 35; Central Missouri, 22; West Chester (Pa.), 22; Azusa Pacific (Calif.), 18;Eastern New Mexico, 17; Catawba (N.C.), 10; Notre Dame (Ohio), 3; Arkansas Tech, 1.