Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lone Star Conference Fall Sports Preview Series

Melanie Robotham, the Lone Star Conference's outstanding Director of Media Relations, is currently putting together a very comprehensive Lone Star Conference Fall Sports Preview series. TWU hasn't been spotlighted yet (don't worry, they will get to the Pioneers), but if you want to study up on the Pioneers' LSC volleyball and soccer opponents I encourage you to read this series. The articles can be found on the official Lone Star Conference website. Also, a big thank you to Nick Eatman for the editorial content in this series.

Time for two-a-days!

The off-season for TWU Athletics is officially over as the Pioneer volleyball and soccer squads began two-a-day preseason practices earlier this week. Shelly Barberee's volleyball team is looking to build on last season's 20-13 record and qualify for the Lone Star Conference (LSC) postseason volleyball tournament for the seventh year in a row. Early reports about our volleyball crew are promising. The returners look good (in particular junior OH/MB Danielle Veitenheimer) and the transfers and freshman (especially junior MB/RS Launa McClung) have been impressive.

Fleur Benatar's soccer group is fighting through the Texas heat to get ready for their upcoming season. The Pioneers finished 9-8-2 last fall but just missed qualifying for the LSC postseason tourney. FB and her players are working hard in an effort to get a few more wins this year and contend for the conference championship. Junior defender Natalie Holovach and senior forward Chastity Hayter should be integral players for TWU this season. Freshman Amanda Allen, an import from Enoch, Utah, should also provide the Pioneers with improved scoring potential.

The TWU volleyball team opens play this year at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs tournament Aug.28 and 29. The Pioneers' soccer team will begin their season on Aug. 28 at Dallas Baptist University. Check out the complete volleyball schedule by clicking here. The entire soccer schedule is available here.