The Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 30, 2000 Page: 5 of 6
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Wesleyan's volleyball team gets set to spike
The Texas Wesleyan Women's
Volleyball team is back in action
preparing for the upcoming 2000
volleyball season under third year
head coach Rick Johansen.
This year's team is looking to
improve on last year's 18-6 record
that left them just shy of reaching
the regional playoffs. While the
Rams traveled as far as California
for competition and had a strong
record, it was ultimately decided
that they did not have enough wins
within the region and therefore they
did not secure an at-large bid.
Practice began more than two
weeks ago and so far is going great.
"Practice is great, we have such a
strong team and there are really no
weak players so there is a lot of
competition at every position. We
should be well prepared for our first
tournament," said freshman Shelley
Looking to improve on last
year's success shouldn't be a prob-
lem for this year's team, which will
return most of last year's team,
including nine letter winners and
Joining the upperclassmen will
be incoming fresh-
Williams and Liz
Meng from Fort
Worth and Shelley
will be in the hit-
ting position and
Meng a blocking position, Massey
will be placed as a setter.
While there are many players
returning from last year's team, a
notable absence remains at setter,
which was left vacant after the grad-
uation of Andrea Ray. Junior Debi
Zuffinetti and newcomer, Massey
hope to fill the void at the setting
position. Performance at this posi-
"We have a ot of depth
with people who can play
more than one posi-
- Lindsey Chandler
tion could be key to the Rams suc-
"The setter is pretty much like
the quarterback on the team and it is
a very cpicial position for us," said
Junior Debbie Zuffineti also
knows the impor-
tance of the setting
"Volleyball is a
very mental game
and being a setter is
a million times
mentally. You have
to think quick and
know where your hitters are all the
Although Johansen cites the
team's strengths as speed passing
and experience, it remains to be
seen whether the Lady Rams will be
successful this year. "We will just
have to go to battle out there and see
how the team gels," said Johansen.
Sophomore Lindsey Chandler
said she feels the Rams are going to
be tough to contend with no matter
who is out on the court.
"We have a lot of depth with
people who can play more than one
position, plus we are really quick.
We also all get along and communi-
cate well together," said Chandler.
The Rams will encounter their
toughest battle when they open the
season at the Rockhurst
Tournament, Sept. 1-2 in Kansas
City, Mo., which will feature sever-
al division 1 teams and the
powerhouse division II team,
Rockhurst, who was ranked second
in the country last year.
The Rams will again travel to
Missouri to compete in the Dniry
Tournament Sept. 8-10. Conference
play will begin on Sept. 19 when the
Rams travel to Austin to take on St.
Edward's. The Rams are expecting
tough conference matches against
both St. Mary's and University of
Upcoming athletic events
September 8, 6
A&M; West Texas, Oanyon
12, 5:30pm; TCU; there
September 1, 5 pm; A&M
Commerce; there *
September^, 2 pm; Angelo State,
, TBA; A&M, at West
ptember 15, TBA; St. Edward's;
CONCERT IN THE PARK
At the Shelter House in Trinity Park
6:00 to 10:00pm
Sunday, Sept 3rd
Come hear live bands including:
Have a free soft drink and hot dog on us as well.
Brought to you by the people
at Celebration Church
3 United Methodist Church
Carlos comments on sports
the way only he can
The beginning of the school
year got me to thinking. I normally
love the start of each major sports
season because there's always so
much excitement over the start of a
brand new campaign.
Every team is 0-0 and has a
team to hold
up the cham-
p i o n s h i p
stripes. But __
all is new again and everyone starts
with a clean slate and a
chance at glory.
About the only thing that ever
drives me crazy at the start of a sea-
son are all of the "experts" who
make their infallible predictions for
the new season. With football, bas-
ketball, and hockey right around the
corner, you know all the of these
people will start crawling out of the
woodwork and spilling their opin-
ions either in print or on TV.
Most of these guys hide in
their holes all off-season, then come
out to spit out all the statistics and
"inside information" that they've
compiled from sources such as the
Internet, other sports dorks at the
bar or the ouija board.
Trust me, the only person who
thought the St. Louis Rams would
win the last Super Bowl was operat-
ing on information straight from
I know all about these statistic
geeks. They learn everything about
each team and are ready to shoot
you down in any sports argument.
They know about all the latest
trades and signings and can tell you
all of the hot rumors.
The tradeoff is that they rarely
bathe and don't have much of a
social life. Trust me, we know our
So in light of this, I am going to
give you some of my own well
thought-out, intricately researched,
downright amazing predictions for
the sports world. I am just as qual-
ified as any sports dork out there,
The Dallas Mavericks will
make the playoffs. But the
Mavericks will be de-railed by the
San Antonio Spurs. After a solid
season, Shawn Bradley will leave
town and all optimism will go with
Oh, and Michael Finley will
sign with his hometown Chicago
Bulls, because somebody has to.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban will then
turn to the services of once-jetti-
soned Jim Jackson to help bring the
Mavs back to playoff form.
The Washington Redskins start
the season 2-4 and decide to take
drastic measures. No, back up
quarterback Jeff George is left on
But a former star does replace
starting quarterback Brad Johnson.
This is none other than Lee Majors.
Yes, the $6 million man is brought
to the gridiron to help out the most
disappointing team money can buy.
Unfortunately, Majors price tag
of, well, $6 million forces the
Redskins to cut often-injured Deion
Summer Day, a member of the
Wesleyan Women's Soccer Team,
sets an NCAA record. Day will
remove six different women from
their teeth this year with her hard
playing style which some might call
After receiving a record num-
ber of red cards, she ends up retiring
and moving to South Dakota with
new love, Whinter Knight.
Professional golfers every-
where will take up new professions
after the dominance that Tiger
Woods has shown over the past
year. Although many will move
onto jobs in search of the success
that Tiger has kept from them, many
others will take up weight training.
Yes, the time is coming where those
who play golf competitively will
actually have to be athletes.
Just as golfers bulk up. baseball
players will deflate. How, you ask?
By banning the use of steroids.
Major League Baseball has
seen it's offensive statistics explode
over the past 10 years as the players
have become bigger and bigger. It's
known professional baseball has no
rule against steroid use.
The lack of testing policy has
allowed for players to give steroids
a try in order to help score bigger
The 2000 Summer Olympics
from Sydney, Australia, will give us
one of the most memorable
moments in Olympic history.
This moment won't come from
any court, mat, or track. But rather,
it will come from the Triathlon that
will partly take place at Farm Cove
Farm Cove is known in
Australia for primarily one thing:
shark infestation. Nothing would
be more memorable or cause me to
say, "I told you so!" like a competi-
tor or five getting gnawed on by
some hungry beast of the sea.
Some of these could happen.
Some of these might not. But it's
always good to have an opinion.
Soccer team seeks success
The Texas Wesleyan Women's
Soccer Team enters into their third
campaign this fail with a renewed
desire to compete and rise to nation-
The team returns 10 players
from last year's squad. The veterans
include team captains Jennifer
Grant and Karla Nunn, along with
juniors Sara Castro, Summer Day,
A n d r e a
"The team came into practice in
pretty good shape so practice has
The team has spent the past few
weeks sweating out two-a-day prac-
tices in the heat of August in
preparation for the upcoming sea-
son. Despite 100-degree
temperatures being the norm for
both morning and afternoon prac-
tices, it is an ideal time for the team
to get in some hard work and
become mentally tough in the
Junior Midfielder Summer Day.
said, "it's so hot
K a y c i
M a r i s s a
Returning sophomores are
Danica Brown and Jolene Ratliff.
With a core of juniors who have
seen a lot of action over the past two
years, the team hopes to use their
experience to their advantage.
The team also welcomes 10
new players. These new players
include transfers Rita Granado.
Wendy Curtis, Megan Jones, Allison
Macdowell, and Monica Reich.
New freshmen players include
Lauren Allen, Jessica Elder. Emily
Matthews, and Stephanie Yerby.
Also coming over from the
Wesleyan softball team is senior
you come togeth-
er as a team since
it's a challenge."
The tough work-
outs help the
with one another, she said.
Day said that her teammates
and she will "look at one another
and say 'this sucks,' so you just
want to get it done right."
The team's experience helped
while they prepared for the season
during the summer.
Junior defender Alisha Watkins
said, "The team came into practice
in pretty good shape so practice has
This, of course, is a key to a
solid season since summer condi-
tioning effects the initial few weeks
of the soccer season.
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