The Texas Wesleyan volleyball team heads to Daytona Beach, Fla., for a tournament Friday and Saturday, hoping to turn around a slow start to the season.
“We have to eliminate a lot of our errors and be more efficient offensively,” coach Kimberly Weaver said of the team’s 1-4 start. “We have to be better at the beginning of sets, and it is going to come down to us scoring points to be successful this season.”
The Lady Rams, 19-18 last season, were picked third in the Sooner Athletic Conference preseason poll behind Oklahoma Baptist and conference favorite Wayland Baptist, a 2013 NAIA final four participant.
“It is a competitive conference and a challenge on a daily basis and that helps us stay focused on each match,” said Weaver, who is in her second season at Wesleyan. “Wayland is coming off a great year after the final four and we have our sights set on trying to knock them off at home while they are in our conference.”
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Texas Wesleyan returns 11 upperclassmen to its 2014 squad, including five seniors. Meghan Finley and Alex Hendee were second-team all-conference last season.
After competing in the four-match Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Tournament, Texas Wesleyan returns to the Sid Richardson Center at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 for a match against Tarleton State.
Rams’ men soccer opens home slate
Texas Wesleyan men’s soccer opens its 2014 home schedule Friday after splitting its opening games at the Warhawks Kick-Off Classic last weekend.
TWU fell to tournament host Auburn University at Montgomery 4-0 before edging Saint Thomas University 3-2. Alen Pucko helped complete a Rams comeback from a 2-0 deficit, scoring with 10 seconds left.
The Rams host Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. Friday at Martin Field.