The Optimist (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 23, Ed. 1, Wednesday, November 10, 1999 Page: 4 of 8
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Volleyball team returns to LSC tournament
What a difference a year makes.
Last year at this time the
women's volleyball team was fin-
ishing a 1-11 conference cam-
paign. This year the Wildcats are going
to the Lone Star Conference tour-
nament. ACU will face the Harding Uni-
versity Bisons Thursday at 7:30
p.m. in the quarterfinals of the
LSC tournament at the West
Texas A&M Field House In
HU finished second in the divi-
sion with a 9-3 record three
games behind Cameron and a
game ahead of the University of
The Bisons lead the conference
with 3.71 blocks per game and Is
third In hitting percentage at
.211. HU sophomore hitter Erika
Pierson has the fifth-best hitting
percentage at .302.
The Bisons are 1-2 In blocks
with Delana Kielers and Pierson
averaging 1.80 and 1.58 blocks
per game respectively.
However the Bisons are not a
Unfamiliar foe for the Wildcats.
ACU defeated Harding 9-15 15-
1 16-14 and 15-13 Sept. 4 at the
Texas Womans University tourna-
ment in the teams only meeting.
"We arc going to have to cover
our hitters well" Head Coach
Brck Horn said. "We have to serve
well enough to keep them out of
their offense. They are bigger than
us but we are quicker."
Cameron the defending LSC
conference champions and the
No. 1 seed from the North Zone
has defeated both schools twice
The road to the postseason tour-
ney was not easy for ACU who
began td slump during the second
half of conference play.
Prior to last weekend the Wild-
cats were tied with Angelo State
University at 5-5 for the .final
postseason spot in the LSC South
Division after losing three straight
The Wildcats clinched the third
seed from the South Zone after
knocking off Tarleton State Uni-
versity and Midwestern State Uni-
versity on the road last weekend
winning their first conference
match' on the road since Sept. 17
The Wildcats played their best
volleyball since Oct. 15-16 when
they defeated Eastern New Mexi-
co University and took WTAM in
four games at home Horn said.
Against TSU Misty Germany
registered 13 kills Jennifer Purvis
tfdded 10 digs and Brittney Binder
led the team with 38 assists.
"I felt like we controlled the
match the whole time vs Tar-
leton" Horn said. "It wasn't easy
but we never got into a situation
where we panicked:"
Horn said she was impressed by
the Indian's effort on Saturday.
"We knew MSU wasn't going to
be an easy three games" she said.
"They were very scrappy and they
kept balls alive They played hard
to the end and never gave up."
Purvis led the Wildcats with 18
kills and 16 digs against MSU
while teammates Germany
DeHoff and Nora Oglesby com-
bined for 46 kills and 33 digs.
ASU was eliminated front the
postseason race after losing to
MSU pn Friday night while ACU
finished the regular season 22-11
7-5 in the LSC S6uth.
The postseason picture in the
LSC North was clearer.
The Bisons were stunned at
home by TWU In fotlr gUmes on
Friday but rebounded to beat
Texas A&M Commerce in its
home finale on Saturday to clinch
the second seed from the North.
' The Winner of the ACU-HU
match will face WTAM the 'No. 1
seed from the South In the semi-
finals at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Thq other side of the bracket
will feature the second-place team
.vfrom the LSC South ENMU
'against UCO the third seed from.
The winner will play Cameron
In the. other semifinal match.
ACU picked to finish next to
last in its division are the under-
dogs in the LSC tournament. But
the -Wildcats arc going to enjoy
the experience Horn said.
"I think lhat people better look
out because we've been surprising
a lot of people this year" Horn
said. "So why not keep doing It?
" "We have a chance to beat some-
body who has already been there.
If we lose Thursday night we've
already done more than people
expected. We are going to go out
and play hard and have fun."
Fast break to victory
team outruns Russ-
ian team to take
game with over-
half play on Friday
point deficit;' to overcome the
The Wildcats scored only 29
points in the first half which
was equaled by Shelen at half
time and was cause for re-
evaluation by ACU Head
Coach Wayne Williams.
Three-point shooters Ashley
Gray Brenda Jacoby and
Kristy Taylor led the first-half
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team came looking lor victory paint while ACU shot a major
in Moody Coliseum Friday
The Russian team left disap-
pointed. The women's basketball team
posted its first victory
although it does not officially
count against the women's
team from Shelen Russia.
The taller bulkier team from
Russia has beaten such teams
as Southwest Texas State Uni-
versity and University of
Texas-Austin on Its 'current
tour of the United States.
The Russian team proved a
challenge for the smaller
quicker ACU team.
The Wildcats however
gained from the size of the
Russian team running a fast-
paced swing offense and tak-
ing advantage of fast break
The tactics proved successful
as the Cats climbed from a 10-
ity of its shots from beyond 12
The second half was a differ-
ent offense for the Cats.
The outside game moved
inside taking advantage of the
size and quickness of ACU
forwards Emily Berry and
Bucher scored 21 points and
collected 13 rebounds.
Berry also performed for the
Cats with 17 points.
Shelen had two dominant
forces in the paint.
'No. 9 Marina Khasova list-
ed at 6'3" scored 25 points
16 coming in. the first half
Outside shooter Natalia
Lenotieva also contributed for
the Russians with 16 points.
Next up for the Wildcats will
be Texas Wesleyan University
; at Moody Coliseum on
Tip-off will be at 7 p.m.
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The mens cross country team is going to
They placed third this weekend in the
regional meet which took place in Fort
The Wildcats finished with 89 points
Adams State finished second with 51 and
Western State won the meet with 26
Adams State ranked second in the nation
is the defending national champion West-
em State Is ranked No 1 in the nation and
finished second in last years national cham-
pionships The Wildcats were led by standouts
Gilbert Tuhaboyne and Alfred Rugema who
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Jackie Bucher (44) and Evgenla Staselko (15) tip off the basketball season during
the Wildcats' exhibition game against the team from Shelen Russia Friday.
finished within seconds of one another as
they have all season.
Tuhaboyne finished fourth m 30.46 Ruge-
ma in 30.49.
"We know each other so we can help one
another dunng the race" Tuhaboyne said.
Regionals helped the Wildcats take anoth-
er big step toward nationals.
"I am glad we made nationals; that was the
point of the race" Rugema said.
The NCAA Division II tournament will be
held in Joplin Mo on Nov. 20
This course may be familiar to the Wild-
cats who ran on the course in early October.
"Anything can happen but our goal is to
win nationals" Tuhaboyne said. "We will go
and do what we can do and see what hap-
pens" The women also ran this weekend and
they finished 17lh.
The team was led by Tara JemiRan who
finished in 25.09.
Bomb Squad fan support lessens in team's second season
t ASHLEY YORK The Bomb Squad dressed up in Sheets said the Bomb Squad is pathology major from Abilene marketing maior from Piano said friends attended."
For Brandon Sheets and Ben
Blake an entire year has gone by
since they were part of the Bomb
Sheets senior exercise science
major from Abilene and Blake
isophomore.marketing major from
Abilene were two ol the six mem-
bers of the. Aviators' biggest sup-
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The Bomb Squad dressed up in
costumes and cheered at home
"We dressed in random costumes
to display enthusiasm" Sheets
The Bomb Squad has yet to
make an appearance this season.
"Time has not allowed us to
attend" Sheets said. "Its really not
a priority anymore."
Blake said pledging kept him
Jrom having time to support the
not motivated because of lack of
support from the team
"We brought a lot of publicity to
them" he said. "The Aviators did
not really respect or appreciate
Sheets said he liked getting free
season passes but does not expect
the Bomb Squad to make any
The Squad is not the only group
whose attendance has fallen
ehnlfer Smith junior speech
pathology major from Abilene
said she is unimpressed with the
Aviators' record so far
"I've heard the team isn't doing
well" she said. "Maybe I'll go
when they start winning more
The Aviators' record stands at 3-
10 under first-year Head Coach
The team has won only two
games at The Hanger the Taylor
County Exposition Center.
Brad Holden junior business
marketing major from Piano said
his schedule contlicts with game
"I haven't been able to see any
games because they interfere with
work" he said. "I'm hoping to get
to see a little of the season later."
Melissa Venegoni junior elemen-
tary education major from Amaril-
lo said she would go to the games
if more students got involved.
"I saw the Aviators play once
and it wasn't t)iat crowded" she
said "I would go if more of my
The average number of fans'
attending each home game is
The Aviators take on the Waco"
Wizards 7 p.m. Thursday at The"
Hanger and will travel to San.
Angelo to play the Outlaws 7 p.m. '
They will return Saturday to con-
duct the Central Texas Stampede
at 7 p.m
The ticket prices range from
$7.75 to $18 75
fFootball team's playoff hopes gored by Kingsville Javelinas
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The ACU football teams goals for the
season have changed again.
i What was pnee. a passion to get into
jhe plavoffs has chnnge'd to a yearning
jo finish the year with ah even record at
15-5. ' f
tj The playoff hopes of the Wildcats
vhlch seemed just a distant hope last
5jveek are now an impossibility
The reality has set in; win rext week
hr finish with a losing record.
The Cats were put In this position by
an" upstart Texas A&M-Klngsville team
that has beaten ACU. every game since
The final score doesn't show the
chances ACU had in the ballgame to
overcome the TAMK winning streak.
Instead it paints a picture of thelost
opportunities gone by the wayside for
ACU this year.
The Wildcats jumped to an early H-0
lead early In the game but were over-
comevbefore halftlme 14-16 b
The game seesawed In the first half but
quickly .turned' ugly as -'the newly
emerged"sleeplng giant" reared its head
to hancf'Jhe ACU team a ticket to watch
the playoffs rather than participate with
a finaljScore of 40-14
Steve Brenan continued as starting
quarterback for the Cats
He completed 13 of 28 passes for 171
yards two touchdowns.
Adrian Rascon carried the ball eight
times for 22 yards.
The defense was again supported by
Ryan Boozer and Brandon Bonds who
accumulated 16 tackles each for ACU
but alone could not overcome the run-
ning attack of TAMK
The Javelinas exploited the weakness
of the run defense to amass 351 yards
on the ground.
The ACU run defense is ranked among
the bottom of the Lone Star Conference
Up next for the Wildcats is West Texas
The'Buffaloes are ranked last in the
conference but always prove tough on
their home turf. ' .
In order to finish 5-5 ACU must overcome-
any running game WTAM pre-
sents and put up double-digit points.
The gamg will be played in Canyon at
2 p.m. Saturday.
TAMK running back Derrick Foster
plunges ahead in Saturday's game.
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