TSUSports.com: WEEKEND PREVIEW: Volleyball Prepares For 2nd Tournament, Vera To Return To Familiar Grounds


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The Texas Southern volleyball team is back in action this weekend in Abilene, Texas for a three-game tournament on the Abilene Christian University campus.

TSU opens against Green Bay Friday at 3 p.m. before returning to action on Saturday with a pair of games at 2:30 p.m. versus New Mexico and Abilene Christian at 6:30 p.m.

TSU is coming off a 1-2 start in its season opening tournament at Nicholls State last weekend but could’ve easily been 2-1 as they dropped a touch decision to Niagara in the finale. The tandem of Thalia Cordero Moreno and Danielle Lilley were hot offensively last weekend while Aeris Ramsey was an assist machine. All will need to remain at the level they played last weekend as TSU will face teams from the Horizon, Mountain West and WAC leagues.

Head coach Lindsay Vera returns to her old stomping grounds as TSU is back in action at UTRGV Friday at 7 p.m.

Vera was an assistant at UTRGV for four years and helped guide the Vaqueros to their first-ever winning seasons 2016 and 2017. The 2017 season also saw the team claim its first winning record in Western Athletic Conference play, when the Vaqueros went 4-2-1. During her four-year stint at UTRGV she was also the team’s Camp Director and continued her involvement in the RGV youth soccer community.

TSU hasn’t played since Sunday, Aug. 22 but is well-rested both physically and mentally. TSU is coming off a season-opening heartbreaking loss to ULM on Aug. 19 and a 5-0 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Aug. 22.

Mia Ontiveros leads TSU in points while Hayden McMillan leads TSU with three shots.

The TSU women’s cross country teams opens the 2021 season at McNeese State on Friday evening. The women will run a 3K race at the Enos Derbonne Multi-Sport Complex beginning at 6 p.m.

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