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.”
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.