(2)UTB And UTPA Volleyball Both Continue Win Streaks

BROWNSVILLE - Two in a row at home.

After beating Huston-Tillotson last night, The University of Texas at Brownsville Ocelots beat The University of St. Thomas Celts 3-0 (25-11, 25-18. 25-17) Saturday afternoon at Manuel Garza B. Gym.

With the win UTB moves on to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference.

The Celts applied some pressure on UTB in the second and third sets but it was not enough and the Ocelots rallied each time for the win.

"We played good." Coach Todd Lowery said. "Although I felt we relaxed during game one and at the start of game two the Celts are doing a better job of playing at our level."

All-American Danica Markovic led UTB with 19 kills, 2 service aces, and 12 digs. All-American Vanja Joksic finished with 9 kills, 4 digs, and 1 block.

The UTB coaching staff was able to see a lot of their players contribute in different ways and in different positions through the course of the match and they like what they saw.

"Overall, we played different lineups through out the game but the team played hard and they did whatever we asked them to do." Lowery said.

The Ocelots next game is a home date with the University of the Southwest Mustangs on Saturday September 28 at 1:00 p.m.

EDINBURG " The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs volleyball team tied the mark for the second best start in program history, including their best at the NCAA Division I level, with a 3-0 win over the Huston-Tillotson University Rams on Saturday at the UTPA Fieldhouse in front of a crowd of 736.

Now 10-5, the Broncs tied the 1996 Broncs, who were also 10-5. The 1973 Broncs, who played under the umbrella of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in the time before the NCAA and NAIA sponsored women TMs championships, started 13-2.

The Broncs now have as many wins as they had last season, with at least 18 matches remaining.

The Broncs took the first set 25-9, the second set 25-10 and the final set 25-13.

The Broncs had a season-high 12 service aces, led by junior Krysta Freitas, who had four, to go with four kills and eight digs. Redshirt sophomore Macey Singleton had two aces to go with a season-high 18 assists and a season-high nine digs. Senior Nycole Masaki also had two aces with nine assists, two digs and one kill. Redshirt junior Maria Kliefoth and freshman Alisha Watson each had one ace to go with a match-high tying seven kills. Juniors Nausheen Merchant and Shanice Faison also had one ace each.

The Rams (1-13) combined for 10 kills, with four student-athletes recording two each, including A TMKia Humphrey and D TMJanae Robinson, who also had seven digs each.

The Broncs used seven service aces in the first set to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The Broncs scored the first six points set in part on two aces by Masaki and two kills by Kliefoth. Freitas had three straight-aces a little later on to help the Broncs go up 11-1. The Broncs took their largest lead at 25-4 on an ace by Watson.

Freshman Corynn Acuff had a kill and assisted on a block to help the Broncs jump out to a 5-0 second set lead. The Broncs extended their lead to 11-1, 16-3 and 19-5 en route to taking a 2-0 lead.

The Broncs scored the first three points of the third set, but the Rams came back to get within 5-3. The Broncs responded with a 6-1 run, thanks in part to aces by Kliefoth and Freitas, to put the set out of reach.

Acuff finished with a career-high six kills, two of which came in the second set and the other four of which came in the final set.

The Broncs visit Texas Southern on Monday at 7 p.m. in their final match before the start of Western Athletic Conference play.