Fall Sports Overview By: Onosetale Eimunjeze
One of the most exciting and anticipated aspects of the semester are sports. A lot of effort, time, energy and commitment are put in by Hardin-Simmons University’s student athletes to ensure they bring home multiple wins for the university. HSU athletes continue to represent the school well, always making HSU proud.
The fall sports being addressed in this preview are volleyball, golf and football. Three students, one from each sport, were interviewed, and asked about how their season has been going so far;
Abbi Allen is a sophomore from Coleman, double majoring in business marketing and management. She expressed how wonderful the start of the season has been. The team has traveled to Colorado and have been able to improve on their skills individually and as a team as compared to last year, said Allen. She was excited about the opportunity to play University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) twice and hopefully win both times.
“The people and the coaches are my favorite parts of playing here at HSU, my teammates also foster an environment where thriving and continuously succeeding comes easy,” Allen said. Currently, the volleyball team has many goals including always trying to improve their skill, but as of now, the biggest goal for the team is winning the conference.
The game schedule for the remainder of the volleyball season is: Sul Ross State on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., Howard Payne on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., McMurry on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m., UT Dallas on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. and East Texas Baptist on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m.
The team member interviewed on the golf team was Luke June, a sophomore majoring in finance and economics from Dallas. June shared that he is most excited for the competition, and he is looking forward to all the tournaments they will have the opportunity to play. He shared that the team’s chemistry and camaraderie is a great aspect, especially because of the difficulty of having to juggle practice, school, workouts and tournaments.
When asked about goals for the season, he mentioned having an individual win and a team win, along with making it to nationals. “Our team is especially young this year with two seniors, a junior and 9 freshmen and sophomores. But youth and depth when adequately utilized are definitely strong points.”
The golf season has two more games left for the semester. Both of them are at the Oakwing Golf Course in Alexandria, La., and will be on Oct. 17 and 18.
Jackson Taylor is a freshman kinesiology major from Fort Worth. Football is one sport whose games are highly anticipated, and so much is expected from them. When asked about which big games the team had coming up, he spoke about how the team sees every game as a big game so they always try to dominate and win every game. He said they are getting closer and closer to winning a national championship this year, and so they are trusting God and continuing to work hard.
The game schedule for the remainder of the football season is: East Texas Baptist on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m., Southwestern (Texas) on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., Howard Payne on Oct. 29 at 1 p.m., Austin College on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. and Texas Lutheran on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.