SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- UT-Brownsville completed a perfect season with victories in the semifinals and finals of the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship on Saturday. The Ocelots first vanquished Wayland Baptist, 3-1, in the semis then swept third-seeded Biola University (Calif.), 3-0, in the title match. UTB finished the season at 37-0, claiming its second national title in three years. The Ocelots won the title in 2011 with a 32-2 record.
Trailing for nearly the entire first set of the championship match, UTB grabbed its first lead at 25-24. Biola tied it at 25 but the Ocelots scored the final two points off kills by Xiaoyu Guo and Danica Markovic to take the first set.The Ocelots scored the first four points and led most of the way in set two until a late Biola charge tied it at 22. Still tied at 25, the Ocelots got a kill by Vanja Joksic, followed by an Eagles attack error giving UTB a 2-0 lead. (continued)
WACO, Texas -- Brandon Davis of LSU Shreveport (La.) grabbed the Red River Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week honor for the dates of Nov. 25-Dec. 1. This is the fifth award of the 2013-14 basketball season.
Davis, a senior guard from Ponoma, Calif., averaged 18.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in a 2-1 week for the second-ranked Pilots. He accounted for 14 points and 16 rebounds as LSUS stomped NAIA #5 Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas), 84-75, and he posted 13 points and nine boards to edge NAIA #3 Oklahoma Baptist University, 70-69. Davis also notched 27 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort against Texas Wesleyan University. For the week, he sank 20-of-37 shots from the field and 14-of-21 from the free throw line. The Pilots are off to a 3-5 start to the season.
WACO, Texas -- Courtney Bayliss of Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) and Chelsea Davis of the University of St. Thomas (Texas) earned a share of the Red River Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week award for Nov. 25-Dec. 1. This is the fifth award of the 2013-14 season.
Bayliss, a junior forward from Perth, Australia, reached a career high in points with 31 in a 91-69 victory over Wayland Baptist University (Texas) on Saturday. She also chipped in five rebounds, three blocks and four steals while sinking six three-pointers. The Lady Saints remain unbeaten at 4-0 on the season.