UTRGV roundup: Men’s soccer wins, women tie, volleyball sweeps Houston

HOUSTON – The UTRGV men’s soccer team opened up the season with a 2-1 victory over Wofford on Sunday at Sorrels Field on the campus of Houston Baptist.

UTRGV (1-0-0) wasted no time in getting the first goal of the season, as senior Kyle Edwards, a member of the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, fed senior Dimitris Strantzalis, who scored his first-career goal at 4:02.

That’s where the scored stayed until the 56th minute, when Eduardo Velasco tied the game on an assist by Alex Dennis.

Senior Angel Lopez scored the game-winning goal in the 81st minute off a pass from sophomore Valley View alum Damian Magallan Jr.

Senior Andy Rios (1-0-0) made five saves for UTRGV while Shane Berson (0-2-0) made six saves for Wofford (0-2-0).

UTRGV outshot Wofford 17-12, including 8-6 on goal.

UTRGV is scheduled to return to action at 5 p.m. at Stetson.


UTRGV women play to scoreless draw

EDINBURG — The UTRGV) women’s soccer team played UTEP to a double-overtime scoreless draw on Sunday at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

UTRGV Women’s Soccer
at Edinburg Field vs. UTEP
UTRGV Photo by David Pike

UTRGV (2-1-1) has now held opponents scoreless for the last 303:14, including three-straight shutouts.

UTRGV outshot UTEP (1-1-2) 11- while UTEP held the advantage in shots on goal at 5-. Sophomores Emily Zapata and Elina Seppälä led UTRGV with three shots, one on goal, each. Freshman Maya Chitman added two shots, one on goal.

Senior Kinga Szemik (2-1-1) made four saves.

UTRGV continues its r-match home stand on at 7 p.m. Friday against Southern Utah at the UTRGV Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Admission is complimentary, courtesy of Entravision. Gates open at 6.


UTRGV volleyball sweeps Houston

HOUSTON – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) volleyball team finished tied for first place at the 2019 Barcelona Sports Invitational by sweeping host Houston Baptist 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) on Saturday at Sharp Gym.

Sophomore Sarah Cruz led UTRGV (2-1) with 17 kills and 10 digs. Senior Barbara Silva recorded 11 kills on .360 hitting with two blocks. Junior Los Fresnos alum Jackie Kingsbury recorded six kills with a career-high tying 11 digs. Junior Debora Nazario dished out a match-high 33 assists with 17 digs. Junior Samaret Caraballo posted 19 digs with nine assists and two aces.

Anna Gadway led HBU (2-1) with 12 kills on .458 hitting. Kelly Colwell recorded 10 kills, nine digs and two aces. Mikayla Vivens had seven kills and 16 digs.

HBU jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before Kingsbury recorded back-to-back kills to spark a 10-1 run that put UTRGV up 11-5. UTRGV led by as much as eight, including at 23-15 on a Colwell service error. HBU won six-straight serves to pull within two, but Cruz came up with back-to-back kills to end the set.

HBU led 14-8 in the second set when two kills by Silva and one each by Cruz and senior McAllen Memorial alum Draik Banks helped UTRGV go on a 6-1 run to pull within one. Then, after HBU won the next three points, back-to-back Silva kills sparked an 8-2 run to give UTRGV a 22-20 lead. UTRGV reached set point at 24-21 on a Cruz kill. Then, two serves later, another Cruz kill ended the set.

HBU took the lead midway through the third set as well, going up 15-10. UTRGV responded with two kills by Banks and two by Silva to power a 12-4 run and take a 22-19 lead. UTRGV reached match point at 24-20 on kills by Cruz and Nazario. Three serves later, a Gadway ball handing error ended the match.

UTRGV visits Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as part of the South Texas Showdown, presented by Navy Army Community Credit Union, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. UTRGV, the defending showdown champion, leads in the showdown standings 3-0.