Your weekly dose of everything Lion athletic related. Let’s get to it.
Volleyball-The Lion Volleyball team has been on an absolute tear and pushed their overall record to 8-7, including a 7-3 record in LSC play. For a group that started 1-5, this team has really been on a roll and has gone 7-2 in their past 9 matches. That is very impressive and a testament to how this group has show mental toughness to get through their rough start, but the road continues to unwind from here. After defeating Texas A&M-International and Texas A&M-Kingsville at University Fieldhouse over homecoming weekend, the Lions look to a HUGE matchup this Friday night as they face # 4 Angelo State and then on Saturday afternoon visit the South Plains to take on Lubbock Christian. These two matchups are HUGE and could push the Lion’s chances back into the NCAA National tournament.
Soccer-The Lion Soccer team at 5-5-2 after a tough loss last Wednesday to Texas Women’s and then a tie against Angelo State. They are also .500 in conference play as well. Make no mistake about it, this conference as it is now is loaded with talent. The former Heartland Conference teams have really added a lot of tough teams and whoever wins this conference is not just a good soccer team, but a great one. For the longest time, the Lion Women have been the cream of the LSC crop and are fighting like mad to keep it that way. They have 6 regular season matches left in addition to the LSC Tournament. The next match is this Wednesday at The Lion Soccer Field, and then head to Austin for a tilt with St. Edwards on Saturday.
Cross Country-After finishing up the regular season by finishing up at 21st and 28th respectively at Alabama-Huntsville, both the Men and Women’s Cross Country teams head to Lawton, Oklahoma for the Lone Star Conference Championships hosted by Cameron University at Lawton Soccer Complex. I have actually seen this course, and it is flat, but those are typically the toughest courses (take it from a high school XC runner). The terrain on the flat courses usually make a tough and challenging environment for any runner, so expect those with the best long strides to be the top finishers. The Women start off at 9:30 AM and then the Men take off at 10:30.
Football-The Lions hit the road for the first time in almost 4 weeks as they head to Canyon to face West Texas A&M. WT is 4-3 overall, but is 3-1 in LSC play, while the Lions are 2-1. Now, Russ will have more on this later, but WE DO HAVE a shot that is more than just an outside shot at getting back to the playoffs. The Lions face 3 of their final 4 teams with winning records. So yes, the Lions could go to the playoffs with an 8-3 record. The best scenario that could happen is for Midwestern to lose to West Texas A&M and/or UT-Permian Basin. If the Mustangs lose both, and they could, the Lions probably go in as a 7th seed, but go in as conference champions. If the Mustangs lose just one game, the Lions will share the LSC title with Midwestern and go could on still as a 7th seed, but need to win out because a final loss will COMPLETELY DOOM the Lions to anything but the playoffs. Regional Rankings come out in two weeks, and a lot can happen in those two weeks and the rollar coaster of this year could be very interesting to see.