Team hopes killer season to dig its way up from current stats

Third-year head volleyball Coach Kecia Davis attributes the volleyball team’s rough start this season to inexperience. “We’ve got a lot of young players,” Davis said. “We only have four players returning from last year, one senior, a junior and two sophomores. So we’re very young, and we’re still trying to kind of get that chemistry working.” Coach Davis is a 1986 graduate of UMHB and played volleyaball and basketball while she attended school here. When on the volleyball team, she won an MVP award. The volleyball team has had a rocky start this season with only two wins and 11 losses in overall play. “Our expectations for the season are just for the team to learn some chemistry and especially for the freshmen to transition into collegiate sports,” Davis said. “We’re basically trying to get them together as a team and on the same page, at the same time. They’re working hard on the court and in the weight room, and if each day we have some improvements that’s good enough for me.” UMHB is in the eastern division of the American Southwest Conference. With conference play having already begun last week, the Crusader’s playoff hopes are still very much alive. Though the team’s win/loss record is not the strongest, Davis says the team still may have a chance to make the conference tournament. “In our conference we were picked third.” she said. “The way things work for volleyball is we have an east division with six teams and a west division with seven teams. The top three in each division go to the conference tournament. So we’re just trying to get our foot in the door and get that third spot so as to see what we can do in the tournament.” Players also kept a positive outlook of the upcoming challenge facing the team. “I think the season will improve greatly once we start getting a little more comfortable with one another and picking up our pace,” sophomore management major and team co-captain Erin Maenius said. “We’re adapting to a whole new team. I think a big thing is just getting to know and getting used to everyone on the court together. Once everyone starts meshing well, I think we’ll start seeing a lot more wins in conference.” Maenius was not the only player who remained upbeat about the season. “I think the best thing we can do is just to keep everyone pumped up,” freshman exercise and sports science major Kelsey Gangl said. “During the middle of the game, we start to get down, and it seems like we can’t get our energy back. So I...

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True fans ‘stand ever proud and strong,’ the lazy sit

Gossip, incessant chatter and catching up with friends are supposed to happen at parties and gatherings, not football games. Too many people go to football games and don’t even know the score of the match when it is finished. If everyone sitting in the “student section” were as motivated as our Couch Cru captains, the team could gain an even greater home field advantage. Sports are exciting for both the players and fans; each feeds off of the other’s energy. The more excited that the student body is, the more pumped the players on the field get. Players put their bodies on the line each time they take the field, but some attendees reward this with a lack of encouragement and interest while their backsides are glued to the bleachers. They complain about not being able to see over the mammoth bodies in front of them, but refuse to stand up and grant the team the school spirit and encouragement they deserve. These “fans” are a virus that starts off affecting only a small group of people that spreads throughout the game into a bigger problem. Two sit to chat, then another joins, and another small group sits down to chat, and eventually a small army is sitting, complaining and gossiping. The situation is different in extended pauses in the game such as timeouts, halftime, quarter changes, injuries and blowouts, but for the most part students who are not hurt and don’t have physical disabilities need to stand with pride for the team representing the school as a whole. The school song even states “Dear Mary Hardin-Baylor, who stands ever proud and strong.” The almamater clearly says that UMHB stands. It does not “sit ever proud and strong.” Some “park it” out of laziness and a lack of enthusiasm. The first thing that comes to mind when seeing people who feel they can’t stand for the length of a football game is the movie Wall•E. The summer hit shows the future of the human race, stuck in space (no rhyme intended) and hefty as ever. Human laziness caused the body structure to change and led to a generation of obese, lazy and flat-out boring people. Why take a seat when everything around you is teeming with liveliness, when you can join the cheering, jumping and chanting student body? There are other places to sit. Those not wanting to be a part of the rowdy and supportive crowd of the Couch Cru can sleep with the alumni, faculty and parents who like to...

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Football foes flabbergasted
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Football foes flabbergasted

With approximately 1,100 in attendance at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, the Crusader football team rolled over the Indians, 46-0. The Cru is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in division play. Both the offensive and defensive teams contributed to the Sept. 27 game. On the opening possession, UMHB took the ball 62 yards in six plays, ending with a touchdown, giving the Cru a 24-0 game lead. After a 10-yard toss from senior quarterback Josh Saenz to sophomore wide receiver Brian Scott, all of the points were scored in the first quarter. In the second quarter, sophomore tailback Matt Hurst scored two touchdowns.  The Cru’s halftime lead was 39-0. Head coach for nine years,  Coach Pete Fredenburg has an  overall record of 75-25, he is proud of what the team has accomplished over the years, including this season. “We want to improve each week and see where that takes us,” he said. “We always have high expectations.” The team’s hopes were met at Saturday’s game. A mile stone marker was also crossed as Josh Saenz threw a total of 214 yards making UMHB history as the third person to pass more than 200 yards in a single game. Past record holders are Cody Fredenburg and Orlando Garza. Sophomore wide receiver Aerttrail Robinson believes it is more than just the players contributing to the dominating Cru football team. “Both our coaches and our athletes are very good,” he said. “The coaches are very prepared every week, and the players have to be great learners and athletes.” The Crusaders overall statistics for the game turned out to be supreme. Saenz attempted 18 passes, completing 10 of them. Of those successful passes, a total of 214 yards and three touchdowns proved to be successful. Junior wide receiver Pi’Dadro Davis caught two touchdowns and had 106 yards, earning him the honor of having two straight games of running more than 100 yards.  The football team’s total offensive yards turned out to be 375 while 236 of those came from passes. On the defensive side of the game, sophomore defensive back Ben Beckworth and sophomore defensive back Shawn Prettyman each had six defensive tackles. Sophomore No.48 Eric Forward believes that teamwork is how they win games. “Obviously the players are a big part of if we win or lose,” he said. “But also the coaches help and especially the fans. All of these play a huge effect on the outcome.” Saturday, Oct. 4,  will show a test of who has the better team this season, when the Crusaders host their arch rivals—the so far undefeated Hardin-Simmons University. The Cowboys are ranked 24th in the  Division...

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