A Day Late, but here is your weekly dose of all thing A&M-Commerce Lion related. Let’s get to it.
Volleyball: Congratulations to the Lion Volleyball team, who notched their 3rd straight NCAA Tournament Appearance by getting the fifth seed in the South Central Region. The tournament will be played at Regis University in Denver. At 24-6 overall, this team has the ability to make a serious run at the South Central Championship. This is also the third straight season the Lion Women have won at least 20 games in a season, and with the talent and recruiting that has been signed, this looks to be a perennial winning program back on the rise. The Lions faced fourth seeded Arkansas-Fort Smith on Thursday night at a time still yet to be determined, a team the Lions split a set of matches with earlier on in the year.
Jason Burton has something going on as they would say, as for the first time in a VERY long time, the Lion women have started out the year 5-0, and pretty much all of them have been blowout wins. They disposed of St. Mary’s at SMU last Thursday night and did the same thing to St. Edwards Saturday night at the Fieldhouse, 69-46. The Lions host former LSC foe Southeastern Oklahoma State Tuesday night and then hit the road as they face Northeastern State (Oklahoma) on November 30th.
After dropping a heartbreaker at SMU against St. Mary’s, the Lion Men roared back to defeat 12th ranked St. Edwards 86-78 in Commerce Saturday night. The Lion Men are at 3-3 right now heading into an extended break. Their next game is December 6th in Commerce as they host NAIA member Oklahoma Arts and Sciences and then head down to the Piney Woods to face UT-Tyler on December 14th.
After the upset that all of Division II is talking about, the Lions are now getting ready to head to Colorado-Mines in Golden, CO to face the Orediggers. The Weather forecast looks pretty cold and the altitude is no doubt going to be a factor. According to the latest forecast, it will be 32 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff on Saturday. Stay tuned as we will have our weekly write ups such that preview the offense, defense, and special teams along with Billy Minor’s thoughts on this matchup and the previous one we saw on Saturday.
Here is what the rest of the NCAA Division II world looks like heading into week 2, and rankings are top 25 rankings as of the last week heading into the playoffs-
Shepherd @ # 8 Slippery Rock
# 13 Notre Dame (Ohio) @ # 17 Kutztown
# 15 Central Missouri @ # 2 Ferris State
Lindenwood @ # 10 Northwest Missouri State
# 20 West Florida @ # 1 Valdosta State
# 25 Carson-Newman @ # 6 Lenoir-Rhyne
# 9 Colorado State-Pueblo @ # 4 Minnesota State-Mankato
# 21 Texas A&M-Commerce @ # 7 Colorado-Mines