No. 21 Lions roll to a home sweep of DBU.
.COMMERCE – The No. 21 Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball team used strong all-around performances to earn a 25-21, 25-11, 25-18 sweep of Dallas Baptist University in the Field House on Tuesday evening.
With the win, the Lions move to 10-3 overall on the season, while DBU falls to 9-6. While both teams are Lone Star Conference members, this match was a non-conference tilt.
The Lions have two LSC home matches this weekend, hosting Angelo State at 6 p.m. Friday and Lubbock Christian at 2 p.m. Saturday.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– The Lions dominated the game offensively, hitting .309 to DBU’s .050, earning 43 kills to DBU’s 22.
– Bina Njikam (Keller) led the Lions with ten kills on 25 swings.
– Destiny Greenwood (Fairfield, Calif.) hit .455 with six kills and chipped in on six of the Lions’ nine blocks.
– Celeste Vela (Guadalajara, Mexico) had 20 assists and nine digs. Savannah Rutledge (The Woodlands – College Park) and Riley Davidson (Commerce) each had ten digs. Davidson and Chapron were in on three blocks each.
HEAD COACH CRAIG CASE AFTER THE MATCH
Thoughts on the match: “There was nothing easy about this match. That’s a really good team. I was really proud of our team and the work they put in for this match with the one-day turnaround. I think our team was excited for the challenge of playing a team as good as DBU. I was really pleased with how we came out. We came out aggressive early, and that’s really important for our team. Overall, I was just proud of the team for getting a sweep against a really good team. It may have looked easy, but that was a really tough match.”
On the blocking and how it set up the defense: “Our blocking was good in two way. I thought we did a good job on the net of attacking really good hitters. DBU has four or five hitters that could easily finish in the top half of the league in hitting. I thought we did a really good job of attacking and affecting them. The other thing our block did a good job of tonight was being in good spots to where if they hit around us, we had back-row defenders in the right spot. DBU is a really good defensive team. They lead the league in digs per set, they are one of the top teams in the country in digs per set, and we were able to out-dig them tonight because of how good our blocking was. We have to focus on those things and continue to get better in those areas and clean it up even more.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started the match off by taking advantage of DBU errors to get out to a quick lead, though the guests brought the score back to 6-5 in the Lions’ favor. A&M-Commerce used a Gonelli kill and block by Greenwood and Davidson to go up 9-5. The lead was back down to one point before a four-point Lion rally including a Greenwood and Andersen block gave the hosts their first five-point lead at 16-11. The Patriots could get no closer than three points the rest of the way, and a Vela kill emphatically ended the set in the Lions’ favor at 25-21.
A seven-point surge early in the second set on Chapron’s serve allowed the Lions to cruise through the second set. Almost all those points came on Lion kills, including a run of three straight from Njikam to put TAMUC up 9-2. The Lions were nearly unbeatable in the set, as five of DBU’s 11 points came on aggressive A&M-Commerce service errors. A&M-Commerce hit .484 with 17 kills against only two errors in the set.
DBU took its first lead of the night by scoring the opening two points of the third set, but a three-point surge by the Lions with a pair of Andersen kills, and Chapron ace put the Lions back in front for good. Santos’ first ace of the night made it a 10-5 lead for the home team and another solid run of play on Vela’s serve allowed the Lions to extend the lead to 16-7. The Patriots battled back to cut the lead to 19-17, but three straight Lion kills to put the sweep within reach. A block by Greenwood and Madison Luther (Sealy) set up match point and Santos’ second ace of the day sealed the win.
Lions finish strong to place 7th at South Central Regional Preview.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s golf team rose four spots in the team standings on the final day of the South Central Regional Preview on Tuesday to finish in seventh place at the University of New Mexico’s Championship Course.
The Lions had the third-best score of the final round and tied for the most spots risen in the standings. The Lions shot a 6-over par 294 on the way to a 26-over par 890 (303-293-294) for the 54-hole event. Colorado School of Mines won the event at 866.
Zach Burch (Lubbock – Cooper) tied his career-low round with a 3-under par 69 on Tuesday, vaulting up 19 spots on the leaderboard to finish in eighth place at even-par 216 (74-73-69). The junior had an eagle and four birdies on the day, including a run of three consecutive birdies near the end of his round.
Blake Hartford (Spring – Klein Oak) placed 16th with a total of 4-over par 220 (74-70-76). He scattered four birdies throughout his final round on Tuesday.
Freshman Simon Haas (Lorch, Germany) finished 60th at 14-over par 230 (80-73-77), Alex Welch (League City – Clear Springs) blistered the course with six birdies Tuesday and finished 64th at 231 (79-80-72, +15), and Joe Wolcik (Cleveland – Tarkington) placed 66th at 232 (76-77-79, +16) with three birdies Tuesday.
The Lions are away from the links competitively for two weeks before closing out the fall schedule with two straight events. The next tournament is the Midwestern State Invitational on October 14 & 15 in Wichita Falls..
|1.||Colorado School of Mines||287||290||289||866||+2|
|2.||Odessa College “B”||287||287||304||878||+14|
|12.||Cal State San Marcos||298||304||301||903||+39|
|14.||Garden City CC “B”||306||295||308||909||+45|
|17.||UT Permian Basin||305||302||324||931||+67|
Sydney Andersen named Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week.·
COMMERCE– Texas A&M University-Commerce outside hitter Sydney Andersen has been named the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week by Lion Athletics.
Andersen– a junior from Placentia, Calif.– was an efficient and potent weapon for the Lion offense last week, hitting .391 on the outside in the team’s two road wins. Against MSU Texas, she tallied 16 kills and a block while hitting .361 against the Mustangs. Anderson then brought her efficiency even higher, recording 16 kills while hitting .429 against TWU. In total, she averaged four kills per set, helping the No. 20 Lions to two road wins. After one month of play, Andersen has recorded eight different matches with double-digit kills, hitting nearly .300 so far on the season.
The Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week will be awarded by Lion Athletics each week during the academic year, with the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Month selected from those winners.
2019-20 UNDER ARMOUR STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Sept. 10 – Timon Kemboi, Men’s Cross Country
Sept. 17 – E.J. Thompson, Football
Sept. 24 – Cora Welch, Soccer
Oct. 1 – Sydney Andersen, Volleyball
No. 21 Lions head south for the Chennault Cup battle with Javelinas.
COMMERCE – The No. 21 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team will look to rebound from a regional loss as the Lions return to Lone Star Conference play for the annual Chennault Cup battle with Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
WHO: Texas A&M University-Commerce at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
WHERE: Kingsville | Javelina Stadium
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 5
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Lone Star Conference after losing at Colorado State-Pueblo last week, 24-17. A&M-Kingsville is 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the LSC after a 48-34 loss at Eastern New Mexico.
RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 21 in the AFCA Coaches’ Poll and No. 20 in the D2Football.com Media Poll. A&M-Kingsville is unranked.
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BAILIFF BEGINS ON RIGHT FOOT
• Lion Football head coach David Bailiff took over in December 2018 as the 20th head football coach at A&M-Commerce.
• Since East Texas joined the Lone Star Conference as charter members in 1931, Bailiff is the 13th head coach of the Lions.
• He has won all three of his “firsts” games at A&M-Commerce, defeating Nuevo Leon for the win in his first game, beating Western Oregon for the win in his first road game, and taking down Eastern New Mexico in his first LSC game.
• It is another “first” game, as the Kingsville game is his first LSC road game.
• Bailiff was the head coach at Texas State University from 2004-06 and at Rice University from 2007-17. The Lions’ 2019 season will be Bailiff’s 15th season as a collegiate head coach.
• As a collegiate head coach, Bailiff has led a team to the NCAA Division I National Semifinals and has made five total postseason appearances with a 5-2 postseason record.
• The 2005 Texas State Bobcats were Division I National Semifinalists, and Bailiff led the Rice Owls to four bowls with a 3-1 record in those games.
• Bailiff has led teams to 10-win seasons in three seasons (one at Texas State, two at Rice). Under his watch, the Owls had the most wins in school history over a two (18), three (25), and four (30) year periods. Rice’s 18-9 mark from 2013-14 was the second-best of any FBS program in Texas.
LION COACHES IN THEIR FIRST SEASON
|1951||M.A. “Catfish” Smith||9-2||5-0|
|1946||Bob Berry 2nd Stint||5-2-2||3-1-1|
|1942||Dennis Vinzant Only Season||4-3-1||2-0-1|
|1935||Bob Berry 1st Stint||6-2-1||3-1|
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE HOGS
• The Lions and Javelinas are meeting for the 66th time in a series that dates back to 1930.
• The Javelinas have a 35-29-1 lead in the series.
• A Lion win would be the eighth straight in the series for A&M-Commerce.
• The Lions’ current seven-game winning streak is their longest in the series with the Hogs.
• A&M-Commerce’s current streak is tied for the longest streak by either school in the long-standing rivalry. A&M-Kingsville won seven straight matchups from 1992-99.
• Of the Lions’ current seven-game streak, 2013, 2015, and 2017 wins came in Kingsville and 2012, 2016, and 2018 wins came in Commerce. The 2014 victory was part of the Lone Star Conference Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
THE CHENNAULT CUP
• The two teams play for the Chennault Cup, which was implemented in 1991 and recognizes the late Lt. General Claire Chennault.
• Chennault was a Commerce native who was a member of the famous “Flying Tigers” fighter squadron during the 1930s and was the commander of the 14th Air Force during World War II. He spent time training and teaching at the Naval Air Station Kingsville during his distinguished military career.
• The original series was between West Alabama and A&M-Commerce but shifted to Kingsville in 1992.
• The Javelinas hold a 16-10 advantage in Chennault Cup games despite the Lions holding it for the past seven seasons.
|09/07/1991||at West Alabama||W||44-6|
|09/20/2014||vs A&M-Kingsville (AT&T)||W||55-20|
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
• By qualifying for their fourth straight NCAA Division II Playoff berth in 2018, the Lions have the third-longest active playoff streak in the nation.
• Only Northwest Missouri State (15 straight) and Ferris State (five straight) have longer active playoff streaks than A&M-Commerce.
• In Lone Star Conference history, only A&M-Kingsville (1992-98, 7 straight) has a streak of more than four appearances.
• The Lions have also advanced to the regional semifinal round for three consecutive seasons. National runner-up Ferris State has reached the regional semifinal four times in a row.
LIONS CONTINUE RANKINGS RUN
• The Lions fell to No. 21 nationally in the 2019 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Poll released Monday.
• A&M-Commerce has been ranked in 58 consecutive AFCA polls, dating back to the 2015 preseason poll.
• This is A&M-Commerce’s 64th all-time appearance in the AFCA poll since its inception in 2000.
• In the polls recognized by Division II as the top rating system, the Lions have been recognized as a nationally ranked team 113 times since joining Division II in 1981.
SENIORS SUCCEED OVER CAREER SPAN
• The 2018 senior class claimed sole possession of the school record for wins in a four-year period with 43.
• The 2019 senior class is already on pace to challenge that record, with a record of 41-7 through 48 games.
• They are five games away from tying the school record for most games played by a senior class.
GRADS KEEP ON TRUCKIN’
• Eight Lions are continuing their football careers after earning a degree. Here are the eight graduates and the school they earned their degree from
• Neema Behbahani – A&M-Commerce
• Terrell Collins – Arkansas
• L.A. Dawson – West Texas A&M
• Tyler Guice – A&M-Commerce
• Deion Malone – Arkansas
• Alex Shillow – A&M-Commerce
• Darent White – A&M-Commerce
• Preston Wheeler – A&M-Commerce
OPENING SIX PACK
• The Lions have won their first Lone Star Conference game of the season in each of the last six years.
|2019||EASTERN N.M.||W 45-27|
|2018||A&M-KINGSVILLE||W (2OT) 37-36|
|2017||EASTERN N.M.||W 51-22|
|2016||at Eastern N.M.||W 49-10|
|2015||at A&M-Kingsville||W 37-17|
|2014||vs. A&M-Kingsville (at AT&T)||W 55-20|
NO SMALLS FEAT
• Quarterback Miklo Smalls won Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the win over ENMU on Sept. 21.
• Smalls completed 13-of-15 passes for 243 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.
• His passing efficiency rating of 297.413 is the best single-game performance by a quarterback in Division II this season. One FBS, one FCS, and three Division III quarterbacks have had 300-plus ratings this year.
|FBS||Tanner Morgan||Minnesota vs. Purdue||9/28||21-22-0||396||4||306.655|
|FCS||Chris Oladokun||Samford vs. Tennessee Tech||8/31||19-24-0||428||6||311.467|
|II||Miklo Smalls||TAMUC vs. Eastern N.M.||9/21||13-15-1||243||4||297.413|
|III||Seamus Lambert||Trinity (Conn.) vs. Bowdoin||9/21||13-18-0||391||5||346.356|
|Broc Rutter||North Central vs. North Park||9/28||16-17-0||334||4||336.800|
|Jimmy Gephart||Heidelberg vs. Capital||9/21||11-15-0||300||4||329.333|
|Blaine Hawkins||Central (Iowa) vs. Loras||9/28||18-22-1||354||6||297.891|
|NFL||Dak Prescott||Cowboys vs. Giants||9/8||25-32-0||405||4||225.69|
•His 86.7 completion percentage in the game is fifth-best in the nation this year of passers with 15 or more attempts in a game.
•His 73.4 percent (61-of-83) completion percentage for the season ranks fourth in Division II.
|9/14||at Western Oregon||24-32-0||240||1||148.31||75.0|
TO THE CRIB!
• Junior return specialist Dominique Ramsey‘s 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the ENMU game earned him Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
• He became the first player in the Lone Star Conference to return a punt for a touchdown this season.
• He averaged 35 yards per punt return in the ENMU game and ranks second in the LSC in both punt and kickoff return average.
• He now has five career returns for touchdowns:
|11/17/18||Punt||at Minnesota Duluth||79|
|10/27/18||INT||WEST TEXAS A&M||84|
• A&M-Commerce and A&M-Kingsville are the only two LSC teams with a punt return for a touchdown through four weeks this season.
REBOUNDING FROM A SETBACK
• The Lions have been exceptional in responding to the rare loss in the last few seasons.
• The last time A&M-Commerce lost consecutive games was 2016, with a loss in the LSC playoff championship game followed by a loss at Ferris State in the first round of the NCAA playoffs.
• The last time A&M-Commerce lost consecutive regular-season games was in 2013, with losses to No. 4 West Texas A&M and No. 23 Midwestern State in weeks 3 and 4.
• In the last seven games after a loss, the Lions have picked up a win, dating back to the 2016 season opener after ending the 2015 season at Ferris State.
COOPER CATCHING ON
• Junior receiver Chance Cooper had two receiving touchdowns in the win over Eastern New Mexico
• His 75.0 yards per game ranks sixth in the LSC and his 18.8 yards per reception ranks third in the league.
• His 73-yard reception in the ENMU game ranks fourth in the LSC this season.
SHILLOW GETS STOPS
• Redshirt junior safety Alex Shillow has led the team in tackles in the last two games and moved into the top 10 in the LSC in tackles per game at 7.3 stops per contest.
• The NCAA Division II National SAAC Chair also recovered a fumble on kickoff coverage in the first half of the ENMU game to set up a Lion score.
• His 138 career tackles rank second on the team behind Mark Westbrook.
• Westbrook has 46 career stops from various linebacker and safety positions over the years.
• Westbrook needs one solo tackle to reach the 100 career solo tackle mark.
• Westbrook also recovered a fumbled punt in the endzone at CSU-Pueblo
JAKE IS THIS YEAR’S MR. AUTOMATIC
• Junior kicker Jake Viquez extended his career-long in field goals with a 44-yarder at CSU-Pueblo. He also made both of his PAT attempts.
• For the season, he is 4-of-4 on field-goal attempts and a perfect 12-of-12 on PAT attempts.
• The Lions are the only team in the LSC without a missed field goal or missed PAT.
• His 8.0 kicking points per game is tied for second in the conference.
• Including the career of Lion Legend Kristov Martinez, the Lions have now made 115 consecutive PATs, dating back to the Eastern New Mexico game in 2017.
IF YOU HAVE TO PUNT, MAKE IT AWESOME
• Junior punter Andrew Gomez had an excellent game at CSU-Pueblo. He averaged 46.6 yards per punt with a long of 58 yards. His second-quarter swirler was fumbled twice and resulted in a Lion touchdown on Westbrook’s recovery in the end zone.
• Gomez ranks first in the LSC and eighth in the nation in punt average at 44.1 yards per boot.
• The Lion coverage has been excellent as well, as TAMUC ranks 12th in the nation in net punting at 40.33 yards per punt and 13th in the nation at 1.25 yards per return.
ALL-TIME IN OT
• The Lions have had an overtime game in each of the last two seasons.
• A&M-Commerce is 5-3 all-time in overtime games (2-0 in double OT, 1-0 in triple OT)
|10/1/05||A&M-Commerce 35, at East Central 28||1|
|9/29/07||Central Oklahoma 21, at A&M-Commerce 20||1|
|10/6/07||A&M-Commerce 41, at Southeastern Oklahoma St. 39||3|
|9/12/09||Abilene Christian 20, A&M-Commerce 14 (Cotton Bowl)||1|
|9/29/12||at A&M-Commerce 21, A&M-Kingsville 14||1|
|10/25/14||at Midwestern State 40, A&M-Commerce 37||1|
|11/25/17||A&M-Commerce 34, at Central Washington 31||2|
|8/30/18||at A&M-Commerce 37, A&M-Kingsville 36||2|
On this date in Texas A&M-Commerce/East Texas State Football (6-3) :
• 1928 – The Lions pick up their first win of the season, snapping a 22-game winless streak (0-20-2), with a 25-0 shutout victory over Stephen F. Austin.
• 1951 – ETSU makes the short trip west to Denton and drops a 48-7 decision to North Texas’ Eagles. The loss would be the last for head coach Catfish Smith, who ends his ETSU career on a 29-0-1 unbeaten streak through the 1954 Tangerine Bowl. This is also the last game played between North Texas and East Texas on the gridiron.
• 1957 – J.V. Sikes’ Lions head to Brownwood and open LSC play with a 31-12 win at Howard Payne.
• 1968 – The Lions fall in a road contest to UT Arlington, 41-30.
• 1974 – East Texas avenges a loss from the previous season with a 17-7 victory over Howard Payne at home.
• 1985 – The Lions trek to Huntsville and hand Sam Houston State a 40-21 loss in the Bearkats’ final Division II season. SHSU would tie for the championship of the Gulf Star Conference – the predecessor to today’s Southland.
• 1991 – East Texas rolls to a 51-21 win at home over Central Oklahoma in the LSC opener.
• 1996 – The Lions fall in Edmond to the Central Oklahoma Bronchos, 38-21.
• 2002 – A&M-Commerce puts up its first win of the season in a 23-3 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma St.
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