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After losing in the first match of the Elite Eight last season, the West Texas A&M volleyball team wasn't about to let that happen again. The 6th-ranked Lady Buffs rolled to a sweep of LIU-Post in today's national quarterfinals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa 25-23, 25-17, 25-12 to improve to 35-3 on the season. WT will now take on 4th-ranked BYU-Hawaii in the national semifinals today at 5 p.m. in Cedar Rapids. BYU-Hawaii won yesterday over 23rd-ranked Ferris State in five sets.
The win yesterday by WT marks the 29th straight victory for the Lady Buffs dating back to a four set loss to Florida Southern during the Colorado Premiere on September 14th. It also gives WT at least a 35 wins in a season for the 10th time in program history, and they move into the school's seventh Final Four in program history where they are 4-2 with three National Championships (1991, 1992, 1997) and a runner-up finish (2009).
The Lady Buffs were led by Lexi Davis with 12 kills (12-of-21) to hit .476 for the match while Lauren Bevan tallied 11 kills followed by Laura Iwuchukwu with nine and Halie Harton with six. Hayes led all players with 30 assists in the match while Hayes and Harton tied for the team lead with nine digs while Kylie Shulz tallied eight.
WT hit .317 as a team while the Pioneers hit just .152.
The unbeaten West Texas A&M women's basketball team is getting ready to head out on the road for a brutal 3-game stretch against some very good competition. The 11th ranked Lady Buffs beat Northern New Mexico 99-52 last Saturday and head coach Mark Kellogg said the team is definitely making progress but they need to be tested at this point in the season and definitely will in the next three games.
The road trip starts at undefeated and 3rd ranked Emporia State on Sunday before the Lady Buffs head to Seattle Washington for games with Simon Frazier and #9 Seattle Pacific.
West Texas A&M senior guard Casey Land has been named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week in women's basketball. The Canyon High product Land led the Lady Buffs in scoring with 14 points against Northern New Mexico last Saturday. She had a season-high eight steals and six assists. WT held Northern New Mexico to 52 points which marked the fifth game in a row the Lady Buffs have held their opponent to under 40 percent shooting and under 55 points.
West Texas A&M JR- Forward Antjuan Ball has been named the Lone Star Conference defensive player of the week in men's basketball. In the Buffs' win over Newman University last Saturday in Canyon, Ball went 8-of-13 from the floor for 16 points while also grabbing an impressive 20 rebounds (8 offensive, 12 defensive) with one block and one steal. WT Interim head coach Vinay Patel said Ball has really played well since joining the proram.
The game marked the first for Patel as interim head coach. He took over when longtime Buffs coach Rick Cooper retired last week
The Buffaloes will host OPSU in their next game this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Canyon.
CLASS 1A DIVISION II
Wellington (12-0) vs. Albany (13-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, Lubbock's Lowrey Field
Tenaha (11-1) vs. Falls City (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Waco ISD Stadium
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, Arlington's AT&T Stadium
SIX-MAN DIVISION I
Crowell (13-1) vs. May (14-0), noon Saturday, Arlington's AT&T Stadium
The Amarillo Bulls will try to get back on track this weekend with two games at the Topeka Roadrunners Friday and Saturday night. It’s been a tough stretch lately for both Amarillo and Topeka. For the first time in team history, the Bulls have lost three in a row without collecting at least one point in an overtime or shootout loss. Amarillo is 2-3-0 in their last five games. The RoadRunners are also 2-3-0 in their last five with just four goals scored in the three setbacks.The Bulls still have a five-point lead over the second place Rio Grande Valley and are six-points ahead of third place Topeka and Wichita Falls.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a new comments period related to the potential listing of the Lesser-Prairie Chicken as a threatened species. Comments are being accepted on a new rule proposed by FWS to cover protections for landowners if the bird does become listed. The proposed rule would assure landowners that their conservation efforts and development on their property will be exempt from regulation if the landowners’ actions relate to their participation in a conservation plan that was assembled by five range states, including
While it’s been a banner year so far for exports of U.S. beef, the same cannot be said for U.S. pork. In its latest report, the U.S. Meat Export Federation said, through the first ten months of 2013, pork exports were down by 9 percent in volume and 6 percent in dollar value. However, Joe Schuele of USMEF told KGNC that pork exports are showing signs of recovery, based on the performance during the most recent month for which figures are available. “October was actually a good month for pork exports” said Schuele. “We were at $540 million, which was our largest month for the year on a value basis, and it was the second largest month of this year in terms of volume at about 187,000 metric tons.” Schuele said markets that have performed especially well are to be found south of the border, notably Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Panama and Honduras. However, U.S. pork exports continue to be weighed down by the ongoing impasse with Russia over the feed additive ractopamine and by price sensitivity issues in Japan, which has become an intensely competitive market.
Texas Wheat Producers Communications Director Steelee Fischbacher said, despite national news reports regarding the threat of “winter kill” for wheat, the dreaded phenomenon is not likely to occur in our region. “Winter kill is not the same as freeze damage,” such as occurred to the previous crop last spring, Fischbacher explained. “Winter kills is when you have your vegetative crop out there and the temperatures get so low that they can cause some damage to the canopy of the wheat.” However, Fischbacher told KGNC that winter kill is rare in the High Plains because, despite events like our recent bitter cold spell, our region typically does not experience temperatures that are sustained in the single-digit range long enough to cause winter kill.
There is good news for beef producers in the latest U.S. Meat Export Federation report: Sales of U.S. beef to foreign markets remain on a record-setting pace for the year. Through October, the data shows exports stand at more than 969,000 metric tons, up 2 percent above last year in year-to-date comparisons. The total dollar of those exports was nearly $5.1 billion through October, an 11 percent improvement year-to-date. USMEF says foreign sales of U.S. beef are expected to easily top 2012’s record value of $5.51 billion. What does all of this mean for cattlemen in terms of their operations’ incomes? According to USMEF, the export value averaged $251 per head of fed slaughter in October, a $29 increase from the same month a year ago.
The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.
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