Small college notes: Texas Wesleyan volleyball faces another ranked opponent

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The Texas Wesleyan volleyball team is hoping to use experience gained from playing a tough nonconference schedule when it hosts No. 21 Wayland Baptist on Friday.

The Lady Rams (12-11, 4-1 Sooner Athletic Conference) are facing their fifth opponent ranked in the NAIA Coaches Poll.

“We played a really difficult preseason and were able to see some of the top teams in the nation,” Lady Rams coach Kimberly Weaver said. “We got a lot of experience playing against tough opponents.”

Texas Wesleyan’s lone win against ranked opponents this season came against No. 22 Point Park on Aug. 30 in a 3-2 win.

Senior Katherine Rosenbusch led the Rams with 14 kills in the match and sits third in the conference among kill leaders.

She will have a tough matchup on her hands. She is facing the conference’s blocks leader, Shahala Hawkins.

Hawkins has averaged 1.2 blocks per set, good for 80 blocks overall, and sits fifth on offense with 225 kills.

Weaver said that she will look for players around Rosenbusch to step up in the match.

“We have to do what we can to disrupt their offense,” Weaver said. “We have the personnel to step up and be strong against their weapons. I’m confident we will be able to be strong against their blocks.”

Texans back in LSC

Fresh off a 41-34 double overtime win over Abilene Christian, the Tarleton State football team returns to Lone Star Conference action on Saturday at Eastern New Mexico.

The Texans (3-0) snapped a three-game losing streak to ACU.

The win moved the Texans up to 22nd in the AFCA Poll, from 25th, and helped running back Jerome Regal earn LSC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

Regal rushed for a career-high 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win over the Wildcats.

Regal will look to continue his success on the ground this week as Eastern New Mexico ranks last in the LSC in rush defense, allowing 237.3 yards per game.

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