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Taylor Ford and Mark Robinson

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Saints

The New Orleans Saints kicked off their 2015 season with a pre-season game against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 13.

As is customary with opening pre-season games both first units from each team saw limited action. It was a tight game down the stretch with the Ravens eventually winning the game 30-27.

The Saints will try to avenge their loss from last week with a matchup against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots this upcoming Saturday, Aug. 22.

Volleyball

The Loyola Wolf Pack volleyball team will open this upcoming season as the sixth ranked team in the Southern States Athletic Conference Volleyball Preseason Poll.

Last season the Wolf Pack finished with an overall record of 13-21 (6-13 in conference), good for eighth place in the conference and an appearance in the SSAC Conference Championship Tournament. From the 2014 squad, the Pack will have 11 returners as well as 10 new recruits.

The Pack will try to live up to their pre-season ranking when they open their season against Mid-American Christian Jarvis Christian College on Aug. 26.

Basketball Award

From their academic performance during the 2014-15 season, the Loyola Wolf Pack men’s basketball team has received the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Excellence Award.

The award has been given each of the past three seasons to teams who showed academic excellence during that respective season. In order to be eligible for the award, teams must maintain a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the season.

They are one of over 175 colleges and universities to have received the award this past season.

New Director of Communication joins the Wolf Pack

The Loyola Wolf Pack Athletic Director Brett Simpson has added Robert Christe to their staff.

Christe will serve as the Director of Athletic Communication for the Pack. Prior to joining the athletic program, Christe served as the sports information director and the multimedia coordinator for NCAA Division III Alma College. Christe was responsible for designing, shooting, editing and producing videos for their department website.

This is part of a plan initiated to expand the athletic department, which will add competitive dance and swimming in 2016-17. The program is expected to grow from 150 to 300 student athletes by 2018-19.

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