Fall Sports ready for new season

Football, soccer and volleyball coaches talk on last season, players and what to expect

By Alana Edgin
On September 1, 2016

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After highly successful seasons from the Fall 2015 Rams and Rambelles’ athletic teams, the coaching committees of volleyball, soccer and football ranked the teams to do well in their upcoming seasons.

Rams Football had a difficult season, despite early hopes of winning the Lone Star Conference.

“Based on what we had coming back we probably underachieved and didn’t have the season we wanted,” Football Head Coach Will Wagner said. “I hope we have the chance to compete for a Lone Star championship if we continue to play like we had in the years past.”

Wagner said the team is excited for the upcoming games and has been doing well in practices. The Rams will play their first three games on the road before they play the Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds on Sept. 24.

Volleyball will open their season with the Kathleen Brasfield ASU Invitational at the Junell Center on Sept. 2-3. The Belles were chosen to finish first by the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll, due to their dominating season last year.

“Regardless of what players I have, who’s coming in, who graduated, our goals our always the same,” Volleyball Head Coach Chuck Waddington said. “We want to win a regular conference title, conference tournament and we always want to win the regional. That is one thing we haven’t done yet.”

Belle Volleyball graduated two All-American players in Katie MacLeay and Maggi Jo Keffury last season, but their coach is holding the team to even higher standards than last season.

“We graduated an All-American setter and an All-American libero, and we have to fill those spots,” Waddington said. “We have some people who are ready and willing to take that challenge.”

The Belles played well and eventually lost in the Division II South Central Regional Tournament against University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in a 2-3 match. 

“They had a bitter taste in their mouth from how the season ended last year,” Waddington said. “The returning players spent a lot of time during the off-season preparing for this year. They won’t let little things slip by.”

Belle Soccer also tasted a bitter defeat after a season that saw them host the NCAA Division II Tournament against St. Edwards. They finished the season with an overall record of 14-4-1 and were picked to finish second in the LSC Preseason Poll.

“It was a great season overall, but we have a bitter taste in our mouth,” Soccer Head Coach Travis McCorkle said. “The last part was disappointing. We put in so much work, done so many things right and we just had a couple of little things go wrong.”

The Belles’ soccer team graduated goalkeeper Shantel Wittke and lead scorer Sierra Anderson, but McCorkle has recruited some new possibilities. He said it may take some time, but the team has the same expectations as last year.

“Everyone is 0-0 to us, so we’ve got to play the season and see how the games work out,” McCorkle said. 

The Belles will have their first home game on Sept. 9 against Fort Lewis College at 7:30 p.m. 

McCorkle also had a message to the fans.

“I want to see the fans bring three or four friends with them this year,” McCorkle said. “We want to have really big crowds this year. I think the team feeds off that. Our game is so tiring and at the end, when the fans get loud, it really helps give the girls extra energy. I think our girls really look forward to that.”

Cross Country has their first meet on Sept. 2 in Abilene and will not come home until Oct. 11 for the ASU XC Classic. Golf is preparing for their first game on Sept. 12 at Texas Waylan University and has no meets at home. 

 

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