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The AD's Corner — Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014


Dajana Boskovic mug shot Jessica Waldrip mug shot
Dajana Boskovic Jessica Waldrip

Two Roadrunners Named Conference USA Players of the Week
UTSA extended its winning streak to 10 matches with a pair of thrilling home wins against Western Kentucky and Rice this past weekend.

The Roadrunners (13-7, 9-0 C-USA) knocked off their top two competitors in the Conference USA title race and outside hitter Dajana Boskovic and setter Jessica Waldrip were tabbed the league's Offensive Player and Setter of the Week, respectively, on Monday.

Boskovic registered 22 kills on 48 attacks in Sunday’s five-set win against Rice and the sophomore from Bosnia and Herzegovina added 11 digs against the Owls for her fifth double-double of the season.

Meanwhile, Waldrip totaled 100 assists in UTSA’s two wins, averaging 11.11 assists per set. The sophomore from New Braunfels recorded 51 helpers in Friday’s four-set win against then co-leader Western Kentucky and contributed 49 more against Rice. It was Waldrip’s third C-USA Setter of the Week award of the campaign.


UTEP Game To Be Broadcast On WOAI 1200 AM
Because of a conflict with a San Antonio Rampage hockey broadcast, Saturday's football game against UTEP will make the switch to WOAI 1200 AM.  The two-hour pregame show will begin at 4 p.m. on Ticket 760 AM and the one-hour postgame show can be heard on WOAI immediately following the game.


American Sports Network

Conference USA Announces Additional Men's Basketball TV Games For Roadrunners
Conference USA announced Tuesday that five UTSA home men’s basketball games during the upcoming 2014-15 season will be televised on the brand-new American Sports Network (ASN).

The Roadrunners’ matchups against Loyola-Chicago (Nov. 25), Southern Miss (Jan. 8), UTEP (Jan. 17), Middle Tennessee (Jan. 29) and Old Dominion (Feb. 12) will be shown on ASN as part of 63 C-USA men’s basketball contests slated to air on the network this season.

UTSA now has seven games set for television this season, including its Dec. 6 matchup at Washington State (Pac-12 Networks) and Jan. 4 tilt at North Texas (FOX Sports Networks).


Soccer Youth Night Scheduled For Friday
All youth soccer players 12 and younger will receive admission for just $4 when UTSA (5-9-1, 1-6 C-USA) hosts FIU (7-7-1, 2-3-1 C-USA) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Park West Athletics Complex.

All youngsters also will receive a free poster and be able to meet the UTSA players for autographs after the game.

Call the UTSA Ticket Office at (210) 458-4646 for more information or click here to buy your tickets today.


Get The Lead Out

Football Strikes Gold In Lead Jersey Auction
More than $24,000 has been generated for the football program through the sale of 72 game-worn jerseys from the Oct. 4 “Get The Lead Out” game with New Mexico. Bidding is open until next Monday for the third and final round of 36 jerseys numbered 61-99.

“We expect the final round of bidding to be very competitive,” Associate Athletics Director for Development Brandon Raphael said. “We have a number of fans who graduated from UTSA in the 70s, 80s and 90s, so that seems to be a popular reason to bid on specific jerseys.”

Jump into the grey fray today and click here to place a bid on your favorite jersey number.


Alumni Association Planning Rice Tailgate Party
The UTSA Alumni Association is hosting another tailgate extravaganza at Rice Stadium when the Roadrunners visit the Owls on on Saturday, Nov. 8.    

On Oct. 12, 2012, more than 500 UTSA alumni and fans stunned Rice officials when they tailgated pregame for the first time at a Roadrunners away football game. More than 4,000 orange-clad fans then poured into the east stands at Rice Stadium to cheer on UTSA.

Alumni, current students and their parents from the Houston area and Roadrunners fans making the trip to Houston for this year’s matchup are invited to tailgate with the Alumni Association again in the parking lot on the east side of Rice Stadium.

The Alumni Association tailgate will begin three hours before kickoff (which is yet to be determined by FOX Sports). Food and drink will cost $20 for Alumni Association members and $25 for non-members who register before the game. All admissions will be $25 at the game. The cutoff for pregame registration is noon on Friday, Nov, 7.

Call (210) 458-4133 for more information.


Final Thoughts
It should have been a night of total jubilation for head volleyball coach Laura Groff.

Her Roadrunners knocked off Western Kentucky in four sets last Friday night to remain undefeated and take over sole possession of first place in the Conference USA standings. The Hilltoppers were riding an eight-game winning streak coming into the matchup of league co-leaders and had been receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Top 25 Poll.

Groff showed her Roadrunners hand signal on the court as the band played the fight song following the victory. She then shook hands with a few of the 475 fans in attendance at the Convocation Center and rushed to her car to turn on the radio en route to Comalander Stadium. Her son, Jacob, was playing for undefeated Churchill against undefeated Reagan in a high school football game.

Before she could get off the UTSA campus, Reagan kicked a field goal to go up by 10 late in the third quarter. By the time she could get to the stadium, the game was almost over. Mom’s night of total jubilation on the volleyball court quickly turned into a sick empty feeling in her stomach. Her son’s undefeated season was coming to an end and she hurt for him. Most importantly, however, she had missed another game.

That’s the life of a college coach. They miss a lot of family life on the road playing and recruiting. Even when they’re home, their activities often conflict with important family events.  

Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer went to his daughter’s volleyball National Letter of Intent signing day ceremony when he still was coaching at Florida. She thanked her mom for her years of support and said nothing about dad. The subtle slight was noted and altered Meyer’s time allocations since taking the head coaching job at Ohio State.

I know all of our coaches and staff miss important family activities while working games and taking care of other work-related activities. It’s part of the job. Hopefully, their families understand and know where their hearts are, even if they’re not in the stands.

Jacob apparently forgave his mother and joined his sister and father in the packed Convocation Center stands on Sunday as the Roadrunners rallied past Rice in five sets.

Coach Groff is looking forward to Halloween. She isn't excited about the holiday, but, rather, the Roadrunners are off that night and Churchill plays Johnson. You know where mom will be.

One last thought before I sign off. I attended the national convention of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators last week in Louisville and was named President-elect. It truly was a humbling experience.

Women in sports have come such a long way since I played three-on-three basketball back in Oklahoma. The thought then was that girls couldn’t play full-court basketball like the boys because running up and down the court was too strenuous.

Collegiate athletics has come a long way, but we need to continue to open doors for women in sports. There still are glass ceilings and gender barriers that should not exist. Accepting this role is a proud moment for me and a new opportunity to impact college athletics in a positive manner.

Go Runners!

Sincerely,

Lynn Hickey
Director of Athletics

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