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Regardless of not having the ability to take the court docket this fall, the UTPB volleyball crew has reached a milestone.
This system is celebrating its 25th anniversary since taking the court docket in 1995 as the primary intercollegiate crew in class historical past.
The Falcons competed within the NAIA of their early days below head coach and athletic director Dr. Steve Aicinena and have since moved as much as the NCAA Division II stage throughout that span.
Head coach Tim Loesch stated that this system has come a good distance and took a while to look again on that in a digital press convention Monday.
“I mirror on how a lot work Dr. Aicinena put into this system to get it began, getting in control and getting it to achieve success,” Loesch stated. “Lots of people have labored actually arduous to get this system the place it’s at after I took over.
“I’m simply making an attempt to comply with their lead and stand on the shoulders of giants and maintain this system elevated and bettering.”
The Falcons have been in a position to take a step ahead final season after ending 20-9 and profitable a Lone Star Convention match match for the primary time in program historical past.
Preparing for that subsequent step will take some additional time after the convention moved most fall sports activities to the spring as a result of results of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Loesch added that he’s upset that the Falcons should not in a position to take the court docket within the fall. His message to the crew is to regulate what they will and simply get able to take the court docket once more — each time that day could also be.
“We now have excessive expectations coming into the yr and we nonetheless have them nevertheless it’s going to be completely different,” Loesch stated. “It’s not what we anticipated however I really feel prefer it’s good preparation for these younger ladies for all times as a result of issues don’t at all times go as deliberate and you’re going to must adapt, improvise and overcome.”
Loesch stated that the crew plans to have an intersquad scrimmage subsequent week and can also be within the technique of finalizing fall scrimmages towards Lone Star Convention opponents.
He added that he hopes to have a spring schedule launched within the coming weeks.
“We don’t know what it’s going to be like within the spring however we’re simply making an attempt to get just a little healthier and knock off the rust off our expertise and proceed to enhance,” he stated. “We wish to take it to the subsequent stage from final yr and to try this we’ve bought to be smarter, extra athletic and a extra constant crew.”
>> MOVING FORWARD: Staying prepared has additionally been the message that softball coach Tiala Tagaloa has conveyed to her crew over the previous few months. She stated that her crew has responded properly to all the pieces that’s occurred as the main target has shifted throughout that point.
“I feel we’re simply making an attempt to maintain them course of targeted as an alternative of being so oriented on taking part in video games proper now,” Tagaloa stated. “The whole lot’s so up and down and we’re simply form of ebbing and flowing with NCAA laws and what’s happening with COVID.
“We’re simply monitoring all the pieces and ensuring that everybody stays protected and deal with the issues that we will.”
Tagaloa added that her crew had its first intersquad scrimmage over the weekend and that issues went properly general. The Falcons have three extra scrimmages set for October towards Odessa Faculty, Cisco Faculty and Howard Faculty, respectively.
>> HEALING UP: One participant that the softball crew hopes to get again quickly is senior utility Abby Hernandez. Hernandez is recovering at dwelling in El Paso after present process a kidney transplant for her brother, Oscar. Tagaloa stated that she’s nonetheless part of the crew and is staying in touch by digital conferences. She additionally recommended Hernandez for her actions and the way she units an instance for her crew.
“I don’t know that there’s many phrases that may actually specific how actually proud we’re of her,” Tagaloa stated. “The truth that you’ve gotten somebody in your program that’s so selfless and prepared to place her personal future on the road for her brother is superb.
“The massive factor is taking good care of herself and doing what she must do and we’re making an attempt to maintain our enterprise right here in order that it’s seamless when she comes again.”
>> BACK IN ACTION: A handful of UTPB groups returned or are scheduled to return to competitors for the primary time for the reason that COVID-19 shutdown again in March.
The UTPB males’s golf crew is in its first match this week on the LSC-RMAC Shootout at Butterfield Path Golf Membership in El Paso. The golfers are slated to play 36 holes Monday earlier than the ultimate spherical Tuesday.
The cross nation groups will journey to Lubbock Friday for his or her first meet hosted by Lubbock Christian whereas the tennis groups are slated to host the UTPB Fall Invitational beginning Friday on the Bush Tennis Heart in Midland.
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