Thomas, Burleson Voted Southland Volleyball Players of the Week

first_imgThomas had a career-high 25 kills in Lamar’s five-set win over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday. The junior from Houston followed that performance with a 24-kill effort in four sets at New Orleans on Saturday. She finished the week hitting .362 and averaging 5.44 kills per set, while committing just 11 errors between the nine sets for the week. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Thomas combined for 49 kills for the Cardinals (4-18, 2-10 SLC) against Southeastern Louisiana (2-24, 0-12 SLC) and New Orleans (5-14, 4-8 SLC). Burleson accumulated 52 digs in a 1-1 week at home against Sam Houston State (13-11, 9-2 SLC) and Abilene Christian (9-14, 5-6 SLC) for the Lady Demons (13-14, 8-4 SLC). FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Tomar Thomas is the Southland Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week, while Northwestern State’s Channing Burleson is the Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by Offensive Player of the Week: Tomar Thomas, Lamar – Jr. – Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker – Houston Honorable Mention: Amanda Dimon, Central Arkansas; Lexus Cain, Stephen F. Austin.center_img Lamar welcomes UIW (5-14, 4-8 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., competes at Sam Houston on Thursday at 7 p.m. before ending a three-match week at Abilene Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m. Northwestern State hosts Central Arkansas (21-3, 10-2 SLC) on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before playing at Houston Baptist (17-8, 8-4 SLC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. Burleson tied a season and career high for digs when she tallied 32 in a four-set win over Sam Houston State on Thursday. Her 32 digs ranks first in four-set matches among Southland members this season. She continued her leadership on the backrow in Saturday’s match against Abilene Christian, making 20 digs to hold the Wildcats to a .106 hitting percentage. For the week, the junior libero averaged 6.5 digs per set. She now leads the league with 5.40 digs per set in conference matches. Defensive Player of the Week: Channing Burleson, Northwestern State – Jr. – Libero – Midland, Texas Honorable Mention: Amanda Beaton, Central Arkansas; Ann Hollas, Stephen F. Austin; Madison Green, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.last_img read more

Lamar Men’s Tennis Faces Texas A&M at NCAA Championships

first_imgBEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University men’s tennis punched its ticket to the 2018 NCAA Championships by defeating rival Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the Southland tournament finals Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals found out Tuesday where that ticket would take them. Big Red is headed back to College Station, Texas and will face No. 5 overall seed, Texas A&M (22-5) Friday, May 11th. “Texas A&M is one of the top programs in the nation. There are no easy matches when you get to this point. We knew before the selection show began that we were going to have a tough draw. I know our guys are excited to get there. We have our work cut out for us, but will be ready to play,” added Shankles. College Station is the site of the Cardinals’ first trip to the NCAA Championships under LU head coach Scott Shankles during the 2016 season. The other two teams making up the four-team pod are Arizona State (14-10) and Baylor (20-9). The Bears enter the tournament as an at-large selection after posting a fifth-place finish in the Big 12. Baylor advanced to the conference tournament finals before bowing out to Texas. The Cardinals (10-13) made a stunning run through the SLC Championships to qualify for their third NCAA tournament appearance in as many years. The Red and White knocked off the top-two seeds to qualify for the NCAAs. The journey to the postseason is made more impressive by the fact that the Cardinals qualified for the conference tournament on the final day of the regular season.center_img The opening-round match against the Aggies will take place Friday, May 11th, at 1 p.m. The first and second round matches will be played at the Mitchell Tennis Center. The Sun Devils finished fifth in the Pacific 12 Conference during the 2018 campaign. Arizona State was eliminated from the conference tournament by rival Arizona in the opening round. “We are extremely excited to be headed back to the NCAA Championships,” said Shankles. “Our guys have fought so hard this season, and had to overcome so much. It is great to see their hard work be rewarded.last_img read more

Southland Conference Announces Fall 2019 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

first_imgFall 2019 Commissioner’s Honor Roll | 2019-20 Academic AwardsFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference announced its 935 student-athletes from across 62 teams and five sports for the Fall 2019 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Fall sports from the Southland include football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.The Southland Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes from the aforementioned sports who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the semester of their sport.Of the 935 students named to the list, 179 held a flawless 4.0 GPA throughout the fall term.“We are very honored and thrilled to see so many Southland Conference student-athletes continue to achieve academically,” league Commissioner Tom Burnett said. “The Southland and its member institutions are focused on both the academic and competitive well-being of these individuals as they each work toward graduation and lifelong success.”Among the 13 Southland institutions, Abilene Christian led the way with 139 student-athletes, followed by Central Arkansas with 115 and UIW with 100. McNeese came in next with 99, trailed by Northwestern State’s 95 and 89 selections each from Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana.Abilene Christian leads the way among the league’s 11 football-playing schools with 75 selections, followed by UIW (51) and Northwestern State (46).ACU landed a conference-leading 30 honorees for women’s soccer, while Northwestern State (25) and Central Arkansas (24) round out the top three.Central Arkansas tops the cross country lists with 18 runners on the men’s side and 14 runners on the women’s side.Houston Baptist ranks first among volleyball with 16 selections and are followed by UCA, Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 14 student-athletes each.last_img read more

SFA’s Kevon Harris Named Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Year

first_img2019-20 All-Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Teams Warith Alatishe Nicholls F So. Houston, Texas Sha’Markus Kennedy McNeese F Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Dexter McClanahan Nicholls G R-Sr. Ellenwood, Ga. A Navarro College transfer, Kensmil was a valuable addition to the ‘Jacks, averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest while converting 58.3 percent of his attempts from the field. He tallied 13 double-digit outings and a pair of double-doubles. Kennedy made the best of his final year in a McNeese uniform, averaging a double-double with the second-highest scoring rate (18.6) and a league-best 10.8 rebounds per game. The Southland leader in field-goal percentage (.687) racked up 16 double-doubles, which is tied for third in the conference’s single-season history. Dru Kuxhausen McNeese G Jr. Scottsbluff, Neb. Stephen F. Austin also accounted for the league’s Newcomer of the Year in junior forward Gavin Kensmil, and ‘Jacks head man Kyle Keller garnered Coach of the Year honors. McNeese’s Sha’Markus Kennedy is the Defensive Player of the Year, and UIW’s Keaston Willis is the Freshman of the Year. Gavin Kensmil Stephen F. Austin F Jr. Paramaribo, Suriname A four-time Southland Player of the Week, Kennedy was the only Southland player to pull down 20 rebounds in a game, achieving the feat twice against league opponents. He posted 14 20-point performances and recorded the conference’s only triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks against UMKC. Ian DuBose2 Houston Baptist G Jr. Durham, N.C. Third Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown All-conference teams and individual awards are nominated and voted upon by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. Voting for oneself or one’s own players/coaches is not permitted.Player of the Year: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. AustinDefensive Player of the Year: Sha’Markus Kennedy, McNeeseFreshman of the Year: Keaston Willis, UIWNewcomer of the Year: Gavin Kensmil, Stephen F. AustinCoach of the Year: Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin First Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Zach Nutall Sam Houston State G So. Bryan, Texas Chad Bowie Sam Houston State G Sr. Houston, Texas Joe Pleasant Abilene Christian F So. Overland Park, Kan. Rylan Bergersen Central Arkansas G Jr. Boise, Idaho Kai Mitchell2 Sam Houston State F/C Sr. Haverstraw, N.Y. Harris headlines the all-conference first team, joined by Kennedy and Abilene Christian senior guard Payten Ricks. Sam Houston State placed two on the top squad in sophomore guard Zach Nutall and senior forward/center Kai Mitchell, last year’s Newcomer of the Year.center_img John Comeaux Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Beaumont, Texas Sha’Markus Kennedy McNeese F Sr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior guard Kevon Harris is the 2020 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, the league announced Monday along with its all-conference teams. Southland Player of the Year awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Bryson Robinson New Orleans G Sr. Mesquite, Texas Second Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown Harris is in the top five in program history in scoring (1,833) and is the school’s Division I leading scorer. Harris helped the ‘Jacks (28-3, 19-1 SLC) to their most regular-season wins since the 2013-14 season, including an upset of No. 1 Duke in which he dropped a game-high 26 points to snap the Blue Devils’ 150-game non-conference home winning streak. 2 indicates two-time all-conference selection3 indicates three-time all-conference selection Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls joined SFA and SHSU as teams with multiple selections. Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Lamar, New Orleans and Northwestern State each had one honoree. Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Sr. Wichita, Kan. Appearing in all 31 games in his first year at UIW, Willis averaged 14.8 points per game and ranked fifth in three-pointers made per contest (2.7) against Southland opponents. Nailing at least one from beyond the arc in all but two league games, he hit six three-pointers on three occasions against conference foes. Kevon Harris3 Stephen F. Austin G Sr. Ellenwood, Ga. The fearless leader of the conference-champion ‘Jacks, Harris averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game on 48.5 percent shooting along with 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest. The league leader in three-point percentage in conference games (.451), he finished in double-digits in 17 of the team’s 20 league games. All-Defensive Team Institution Pos. Class Hometown T.J. Atwood Lamar G/F Sr. Beaumont, Texas In his fourth year at the helm of the ‘Jacks, Keller helped return the program to glory after a down year in 2018-19, leading the squad to an outright conference championship in 2019-20. Under Keller’s direction, SFA led all Division I schools in steals (10.5) and turnovers forced (21.61) per game and ranked in the top-10 in the nation in field goal percentage (49.1), free-throws made (546), rebound margin (7.6), scoring margin (13.6) and scoring offense (80.6). Chudier Bile Northwestern State F R-Jr. Denver, Colo. Hayden Koval Central Arkansas C Jr. Prosper, Texas Payten Ricks Abilene Christian G Sr. Wichita, Kan.last_img read more

How Spurs could line-up vs Colchester with wonderkid Troy Parrott to start

first_imgTROY PARROTT is in line to make his first-team debut for Tottenham when the Premier League giants head to Colchester.The North London club will be out to make amends for their controversial defeat to Leicester when travelling to Essex on Saturday.2Despite the need for a morale boost, a number of first-team stars are set to be rested.Son Heung-min, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld should sit out the Carabao Cup game with the latter two having hardly missed a minute of the campaign so far.That opens the way for an entirely different defence from the one that lost on Saturday.Serge Aurier, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose are set to be rotated out with Eric Dier dropped into central defence.They will protect Paulo Gazzaniga, deputising for Hugo Lloris again after the Frenchman was absent last time out while his wife gave birth.In midfield, academy product Oliver Skipp is in the mix for a start after two cameos off the bench against Aston Villa and Manchester City.One star man desperately in need of form is Christian Eriksen and the Dane is likely to get a chance from the off at JobServe Community Stadium. Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himMauricio Pochettino has been forced to defend the midfielder’s performances amid his topsy-turvy start to the season, his last at the club unless he extends his contract.Trusting 17-year-old forward Parrott from the start promises to be a key feature in Tuesday’s game, too.He scored the winner on his Ireland Under-21s debut earlier in the month and has even caught the eye of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.Since he begun training with the first-team, Dublin-born Parrott appears to be the immediate natural replacement for Kane in the central striker’s role and has been compared to Spurs hero Robbie Keane.2 Parrott featured for Spurs in pre-seasonCredit: ReutersSpurs set to swap wantaway Christian Eriksen for Dybala in stunning January transferlast_img read more

Kearney can’t explain Warriors meltdown

first_imgThe 46-12 loss to the Raiders on Friday left Kearney feeling angrier than he could remember.His team trailing 30-0 at halftime, the coach was captured by television cameras delivering a dressing down to his players in the shed which involved furiously kicking a stray towel. It would have hit Peta Hiku in the head if the centre hadn’t taken evasive action.Kearney was angry that after a run of six gritty showings, in which no game was decided by more than four points, his side failed to front in their first game in Auckland for a month.”We had worked so hard over the last six weeks too and we endured a fair bit along the way,” Kearney said.”Four of those games were away from home and we created some really good habits.”That’s what I was pissed off about. I thought the first half, we got bullied off the park. That’s why I was pretty animated.”Let me put it this way, I can’t remember the last time I was that angry.”Kearney said he didn’t see the performance coming, believing the players had come to terms with last week’s contentious two-point loss to Parramatta which was dominated by the fallout from the game’s poor officiating.This time there were no excuses; the in-form Raiders performed all of the basics better than the 12th-placed Warriors on a wet evening.The hosts at least improved in the second spell, manufacturing a brace of tries to rookie replacement five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita, who Kearney said lacked support from more experienced teammates.Kearney couldn’t shed light on injuries that forced off five-eighth Kodi Nikorima (ankle) and hooker Karl Lawton (shoulder).”I wasn’t in the mood to check out how they were feeling,” he said.The Warriors will need to beat Manly next Friday if they are to avoid an outright club record of seven straight losses at Mt Smart Stadium.last_img read more

Dembélé’s new controversy: like a montage of his with the Liverpool shirt

The French end does not stop accumulating controversies and meanwhile, messages of all kinds have emerged. On the one hand there are the offended fans because the player liked it, taking into account what happened in the Champions League Last campaignInstagram ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The assembly of Ousmane Dembélé with the Liverpool shirt.Instagram eleven A user of Instagram He has hung a picture on his personal account in which his idol, Ousmane Dembélé, appears dressed in the shirt of the Liverpool, result of a photomontage. The image would have no more significance if it were not because the Barcelona player has given him a ‘like’. However, on the other side are Liverpool fans, excited that Dembélé ends up wearing net in the future, knowing that they have long been interested in Barca. In any case, the photomontage does not seem to have left anyone indifferent. read more

The second stick, the bottomless pit of Espanyol

first_imgUp to seven times, the opponents scored on the second post, one of the team’s weaknesses, especially on the defensive left side. Antonio Puertas and Azeez with Granada, Óscar Plano with Valladolid, Mata del Getafe, Rubén García de Osasuna, Marc Bartra del Betis and Arturo Vidal last Saturday with Barcelona. The meeting against Valencia, which marked a negative turning point with Pablo Machín on the bench, was resolved by a penalty by Víctor Gómez trying to defend the second suit.If the second suit has been lethal, no less impressive has been the lack of attention when defending the first suit. Luis Suarez scored on Saturday, as did Karim Benzema at the Bernabéu, Borja Iglesias with Betis, Santi Mina in Vigo, Ramis with Eibar or Budimir with Mallorca. This data stands out especially in the time of Machín, in which Espanyol played with three central and average an average of 20 goals received in 10 games, by 14 by David Gallego in eight games.On the other hand, and despite trying to attack from the sides, only Espanyol has managed to score somewhat center in play, which was the one that Jonathan Calleri scored against Osasuna. The rest came from penalty kicks, in stationary shots, fast transitions or individual plays, an aspect that reduces the performance of the team. With 36 goals against, Espanyol dismisses the first round as the team with the weakest defensive system of the 20 LaLiga and its recent history: in the 2015-16 campaign, the worst in terms of goals received refers to a total of 74, at this point 30 had been fitted; and in 2003-04 they took 33. A deficit that is summarized in examples especially in Cornellà-El Prat, where Real Sociedad (1-3), Granada (0-3) or Osasuna (2-4) managed to undress the Espanyol in hilarious matches from the defensive point of view.It is striking that of those 36 goals, 35 have been from within the area, a very high percentage. The only goal received from beyond 16 meters was made by Mikel Vesga in San Mamés. The rest, counterattacks finished a few meters from the goal, penalties or shots after centers from the sides. It is in this facet of the game that Espanyol has been more fragile than other teams, unable to defend the lateral centers well.last_img read more

AFC Champions League: 36 Spaniards in search of the throne of Al Hilal

first_imgLess than three months after Al Hilal’s victory in the final against Urawa, the AFC Champions League puts Asia back in the world soccer showcase. Although it does so in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the most prestigious club competition on the continent starts rolling with the aim of continuing to gain adherents: “The AFC Champions League has become one of the most coveted awards“commented in the previous Salman bin Ibrahim Al Jalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation.Among soccer players, coaches and coaches there will be 36 Spaniards who will participate in the tournament. The Al Wahda of Manolo Jiménez He will be one of those responsible for kicking off the competition this Monday. Those from the Arab Emirates, with former Almería Gaspar Panadero in the call, will receive Al Ahli SC from Saudi Arabia in Abu Dhabi. Shortly before, Shabab Al Ahli will star in his debut Pedro Count and Jordi García (physical trainer), who will travel to Uzbekistan to visit Pakhtakor.One of the great attractions of the ‘Spanish for the world’ competition will be to see how far Vissel Kobe is able to reach Andres Iniesta Y Sergi Samper, who won a place in the Asian Champions League after winning the Emperor Cup in Japan. The ‘ushi’ cadre, to which physiotherapist Emili Ricart, assistant Marc Vives and analyst Albert Benaiges also belong, will debut receiving the Malaysian champion, Johor FC from the Insa brothers, Fernando Rodriguez, goalkeeper coach Orkatz Martin, the doctors Antonio Manzanera and Antonio Gavilán and the physical trainer Jorge Álvarez. The ‘tigers of the south’ do not know what it is to overcome the group stage of the competition. To achieve this, this season will have to overcome the aforementioned Kobe, Suwon and Guangzhou Evergrande. The group with the most teams with Spanish representation is E, where Melbourne Victory, Beijing Guoan and FC Seoul were framed. The Australians, led by Carlos Pérez Salvachúa from Madrid, won their ticket to the Champions League after a memorable victory against Kashima in the previous phase, and will debut next Tuesday against Chiangrai, an amazing champion in Thailand. We will have to wait until April to witness the confrontation between FC Seoul of Osmar Ibáñez and the Beijing Guoan of Jonathan Viera, that was postponed by the coronavirus crisis.Perth Glory and Shanghai Shenhua will not see their faces on the scheduled date. The team of Diego Castro Y Juande Prados He will not host the game until next April, so physiotherapists Salvador Barragán and Josep Benítez, doctor Joaquín Más and re-adapted Carlos Lozano, champions of the Chinese FA Cup, will have to wait to debut in the Champions League.If you know the Al Sadd competition, which returns from among the favorites in which it will be the first AFC Champions League complete for Xavi Hernandez from the bench. The Catalan, who is accompanied by the attendees Óscar Hernández and Sergio Alegre, the physio Carlos Nogueira, the doctor Antonio Tramullas, the goalkeeper coach Xavi Ferrando, the physical coach Iván Torres and the analysts David Prats, Toni Lobo and Sergio García , will again have Gabi Fernández at the helm. The Qataris, who reached the quarterfinals in the last edition, will be measured in the group stage to Sepahan, Al Ain and Al Nasr.last_img read more

Carrasco, at his chance

first_imgSince his return to Atlético four weeks ago, Carrasco has barely played three little moments with the red and white (66 minutes total). The Belgian came to a team ravaged by injuries and, Almost without training, he debuted at the Bernabéu. Then had minutes against Valencia and Granada; Nothing against Liverpool and Villarreal. And he has not yet started. But that opportunity could come before Espanyol.Carrasco has made a kind of preseason, because when he joined the Chinese league he had not played for two months. The first rojiblanco team moved at a higher rate, but Yannick has worked to earn a place in the team. Further, what yes The situation of the workforce has changed, because if after Bernabéu Simeone he could not count on Morata, Costa or João, now there are all three, together with Correa and Vitolo to make the Belgian international tough competition. According to the tests conducted by Cholo on Wednesday, Carrasco is a very viable option to start on the left wing, where he already appeared in many games of his previous stage. From there would join in attack with Morata and Correa, this one more inclined to the right. The rest of the eleven would be Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Lodi; Koke, Llorente, Saul and the winter signing on the left. He would fall from the Thomas team, which has not finished the last two sessions, and recover your Trippier site.The Ghanaian is training with another workload also thinking about what lies ahead of the team. So, With Herrera already rejoined the group, the only low player is Lemar. Simeone has 22 players available.last_img read more