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The 23rd ranked Lion Volleyball team closes out their regular season by taking the 2 hour drive down to Tyler to face the Lady Patriots of UT-Tyler at the Herrington Center Friday night. Then, the Lions return back to Commerce the next day to face the same squad to end the regular season at the University Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon. At 22-5 and 14-2 in LSC play, there is an excellent chance the Lions could host the Lone Star Conference Tournament if they win out. They have already clinched a Division Championship, a Conference regular season title would be tremendous for this squad and this program overall. Get out there Saturday and root this squad on.
The Lion Soccer team, at 10-7-1 for the season, faces St. Edwards in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Championships on Tuesday at 2:30 in Austin. If the Lions win, they would advance to the LSC Semis at Dallas Baptist University with an opponent to be determined. The only way for the Lions to get into the NCAA Tournament would be to win LSC tournament and get in at an at large bid.
Both squads concluded their seasons at the NCAA South Central Regional Meet with the Men placing 18th overall as a team and the Women 24th in Canyon. Sanger’s Brandi Stadler led the Lion women with a strong 39th place finish while Timon Kemboi led the Men’s effort with a 49th place finish. Both squads are full of Freshman and Sophomores, so look for this group to continue to improve the XC program.
The Lion Women are off and running to strong start. The Lions started the season by taking down Metro State 69-51 and followed that up with a 77-44 demolishing of Colorado State-Pueblo. The Lions have their home opener against Ouachita Baptist Thursday afternoon at noon for annual Education Day Game.
The Lion Men’s squad has not had the same success in their opening weekend that Women counterparts have had. They dropped their season opener to Dixie State 71-66 Friday night and then followed that up with a 88-77 loss to Westminster. The Lions return home for their first game at home against Central Baptist Friday night and then host Hardin Simmons Monday night as well.
This Saturday, the Lions travel to San Angelo in a true “win and you are in” scenario when the face Angelo State to close the regular season. If the Lions win, they are in the playoffs for the 5th straight season and have an outside shot of hosting a playoff game depending on how far up in the Regional rankings they go. Angelo State, ranked 21st in the nation and 5th in the region, was upset by Eastern New Mexico team on the road. Keep it here for our look at the offensive and defensive matchups and of course some editorial material for the biggest game in the history of this season.