The Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies finished 4-0 in the Tyler Invitational at Wagstaff Gymnasium.
After defeating No. 2 Western Nebraska and No. 12 Central Florida on Friday, the Apache Ladies, ranked No. 5, swept New Mexico Military Institute (3-0) and Redlands (Okla.) (3-0).
TJC (21-1) won over NMMI 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 and later defeated Redlands 25-8, 25-21, 25-21.
The Apache Ladies, 5-0 in Region XIV play, return to conference action on Wednesday, traveling to Corsicana to meet Navarro College. The contest has a 7 p.m. start.
TJC returns home on Oct. 16 to play Panola (7 p.m. start).
Patriots split matches with UMHB, Sul Ross
MARSHALL — The UT Tyler volleyball team continued its American Southwest Conference schedule with two matches on Friday, falling 3-0 to Mary Hardin-Baylor before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Sul Ross State.
Freshman Courtey Criswell finished the day with 16 kills and 21 digs.
In the first match against UMHB (17-2, 6-0), the Patriots could not overcome a strong Cru attack, falling 25-19, 25-15, 25-19.
Criswell played well, finishing with a team-high 12 kills and nine digs, while Rebecca Floyd had 27 total assists.
In the second match of the day, UT Tyler (14-6, 4-4) was able to bounce back, beating the Lobos 25-22, 25-12, 18-25, 25-11.
Breanna Brummett led the way against SRSU with 11 kills, followed by Kayte Stein who totaled 10. Floyd had a stellar match, serving up 32 assists to go with 17 digs, while Rachael Harvey finished with eight kills and 15 digs.
The Patriots will close the weekend with a noon showdown against Concordia-tEXAS on Saturday in Marshall on the East Texas Baptist University campus.
UT Tyler men, women impress at Centenary Meet
SHREVEPORT, La. — The UT Tyler men's cross country team had an impressive showing at the Centenary College Meet, taking first-place out of 11 teams on Saturday.
Jason Hamilton led the way for the Patriots, placing first in a time of 27 minutes and 41.2 seconds. The senior beat runner-up Victory Rotich from Wiley by seven seconds en route to his first win of the 2013 season.
UT Tyler's Ford Noack finished sixth overall with a time of 28:10.8, while Conner Benson placed 11th (28:53.2).
Other Patriot runners include: Cesar Rodriguez (17, 29:44.1), Brady Adger (30:01.6), Jeffrey Henry (31:04.7), Miles Zeorlin (31:16.6), Tyler Sellers (32:03.4), Chris Thompson (32:09.2), Ryan Davis (32:38.2) and Kenny Sakun (36:16.5).
The Patriots will have two weeks to prepare for the prestigious Christopher Newport Invitational which takes place Saturday, Oct. 19 in Newport News, Va.
The UT Tyler women's cross country team won its first meet of 2013, taking first at the Centenary College Meet on Saturday.
Sophomore Carly Kitts led the way for the Patriots finishing first overall, while Brittany Brunson placed second.
Kitts took the top-spot by running a 24 minutes and 20.6 seconds, some 22 seconds in front of Brunson who finished in 24:42.5.
Senior Missy Hebert took seventh-place with a time of 26:05.4, while Paige Maly and Bethany Cox also finished in the top 10 with times of 26:34.0 and 26:35.5, respectively.
Two more Patriots finished in the top 20, Holly Nohavitza (17, 27:33.1) and Lauren Halliday (19, 27:58.4).
Jennifer Cook (28:47.2), Christina Rowlands (29:07.4) and Kara Bradshaw (29:59.2) also raced for the Patriots.
The Patriot women will next take part in the prestigious Christopher Newport Invite on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Newport News, Va.
UT Tyler volleyball close ASC play with win over Concordia
MARSHALL — The UT Tyler volleyball closed the American Southwest Conference pod play with a 3-2 win over Concordia-Texas on Saturday.
In the win, freshman Rebecca Floyd set a new UT Tyler-record with 52 assists in the five-set match.
It was a back-and-forth match from the get go, with UT Tyler (15-6, 5-4) taking the match 21-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-18, 15-9.
Upper-classmen Breanna Brummett and Kayte Stein were huge for the Patriots in the win, leading the team in kills with 18 apiece.
Four Patriots Courtney Criswell (25), Rachael Harvey (15), Shabronda Prox (14) and Floyd (14) finished with double-digit digs.
The teams were almost even throughout the match with the Patriots finishing with 60 kills to the Tornadoes 59.
UT Tyler will be back in action on Friday against defending ASC-champ Hardin-Simmons at 1 p.m. at the Herrington Patriot Center.