Sports Briefs

Taylor Ford

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Volleyball

The Loyola volleyball team is off to a rough start this season. However, on Aug. 29, they were able to make some progress by splitting their two games in Xavier University’s Big Easy Blastoff tournament.

The first was a sound 3-0 defeat to Wayland Baptist University. They bounced back from their loss and defeated Mississippi Valley State 3-2. The team now has an overall record of 1-3.

Saints

The New Orleans Saints steered from the norm and gave their starters limited playing time in their third pre-season game against the Houston Texans on Aug. 30.

The game was marred with lackluster play on both sides of the ball for the Saints. The offense went three for 11 on third down conversion attempts, along with committing two turnovers. Their defensive line was unable to put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks as well, resulting in their secondary giving up catches of over 10 yards to eight different receivers.

The Texans would ultimately win the game 27-13. The Saints played their final pre-season game on the road against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 3.

Golf

On Aug. 27, the Southern States Athletic Conference released their pre-season polls for Men’s and Women’s golf.

The men’s team is currently slotted at seventh, while the women’s team is ranked sixth. The men’s team returned with one of its biggest contributors from last year, Valentine Riebesell, junior, who had two top 15 finishes last season.

On the women’s side, they will benefit tremendously from the return of Julchen Narwark, junior, who was an SSAC All-Conference selectee last season.

The start of the Wolf Pack season will be announced at a later time.

Allstate Sugar Bowl

The Allstate Sugar Bowl and Loyola University have agreed to a title sponsorship over the Wolf Pack Cross Country Invitational.

The meet will now be renamed the Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival. The event will take place on Sept. 12 at Lafreniere Park and will feature men’s and women’s programs at the collegiate, high school and middle school levels.

Both parties hope this new partnership will make the meet into one of the most competitive amateur sporting events in the south.

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