The Morning Wire: September 30

Your weekly dose of all things Texas A&M-Commerce Related-

Volleyball-

The Lion Volleyball team continues to push for a higher ranking as the # 20 team in the country had great week, defeating Midwestern State in 4 sets in Wichita Falls and then defeating Texas Women’s in Denton in 4 sets as well. Craig Case and Co are 9-3 on the year and 4-0 in LSC play heading into this weeks matchups. They face 3 games this week, all in Commerce, first against Dallas Baptist on Tuesday Night, then Angelo State on Friday night, and finally have a Saturday afternoon tilt with Lubbock Christian at 2 PM On Saturday. This is getting real folks, so get out to the Fieldhouse and root these ladies on as their performance over the past few seasons has ressurected Lion Volleyball back to the top of a bigger and better Lone Star Conference.

Soccer-

Neil Piper’s club heads out West this week for tilts with West Texas A&M on Thursday Night at 7 and then to Portales for a match with Eastern New Mexico at Greyhound Stadium. The Lions face a West Texas team that is 2-3 overall and an Eastern Squad that is 3-1, so these are two big tests before coming back home the week after for their home stand. At 4-2-1, this group has a chance to place some distance between them and the middle/upper teir of the LSC with some big wins on the road.

Cross Country-

Both the Men’s and WOmen’s Cross Country teams face their toughest meet to date this Saturday as they head to the Chili Pepper Festival hosted by the University of Arkansas. There will be a ton of Division I schools at this meet so this is the meet that really tests runners at lower levels. Certainly serves as a marker for where the teams are as they will have just one more meet before the LSC Championships on October 26. Congrats are in order to Freshman Timon Kemboi, who won LSC Runner of the Week twice and was the top South Central Region finisher two weeks ago at the Southern Missouri Stampede. The Kenya native is showing he could very well be the best runner in the entire conference and could lead the Lion Men to their first Team title in program history.

Lion Football-

Congrats are in order to Lion Great Curtis Buckley (1991-1992) who was inducted into the Kilgore College Athletic Hall of Fame this past weekend, where he played at from 1989-1990. While at KC, he was All-Conference, a Conference Champion, and was a member of the Ranger team that won the Shrine Bowl in 1990. One of the most feared hitters in Lion history, he had a 8 year pro career and was a Pro-Bowl alternate 3 times, playing for 4 different NFL teams.

As of this time, new polls are not out, but rather than look at the unfortunate events of the past, time to look at this week’s matchup with our long time traditional rival, the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Just a few thoughts.

  1. The Lions have not really played well on the road. Learning how to win on the road is going to be VERY important this season especially with the Lions traveling to Tarleton and then San Angelo to close the season. Gotta learn to win comfortably on the road.
  2. David Bailiff revealed that this team has more adversity than we thought. Injuries, moving people around on offense and defense, and the self inflicted penalties. How do we respond?
  3. How does the defense respond to facing two more mobile quarterbacks that can run in either Cade Dyal or Koy Detmer Jr? They will gets another test against a mobile quarterback who can throw also.
  4. If the Lions win this game, that will make 8 wins in a row against The Javelinas, tied for the most in the rivalry’s history. Taking the Chennault Cup again on the road would be a huge morale boost after last year. We should win this game comfortably, but will we?

Keep tuned in as look at the matchup in detail throughout the week.

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