San Antonio – All four St. Mary’s University athletic teams will have important matchups this week as the fall sports season hits the halfway point. However, just one of the teams will be at home as they try to improve on their season records.

After suffering a disappointing loss to St. Edward’s University last week, the volleyball team (8-8 overall, 3-1 Heartland) rebounded nicely with a four-game win against Texas A&M International University on Saturday. This week they will be on the road to take on Dallas Baptist University on Thursday at 7 p.m., then heads west to take on Heartland leading University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Odessa.

The men’s soccer team (4-4 overall, 2-2 Heartland) continues its brutal four-game road trip this week when they travel to Eastern New Mexico University on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Portales, N.M. They will follow that up with a trip to Canyon to take on West Texas A&M University on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Rattlers dropped games against regionally ranked St. Edward’s University and #6 nationally ranked University of the Incarnate Word by a combined score of just 3-0 last week. The losses marked the first time this season that the Rattlers have been shut out. After this week the Rattlers will return home for their next two games.

The women’s soccer team (5-4 overall, 1-1 Heartland) is coming off an impressive come from behind win over regionally ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce last Friday at St. Mary’s University Soccer Field. This week the Rattlers will head north to take on Dallas Baptist in another key Heartland Conference game on Thursday at 5 p.m. On Sunday St. Mary’s will step outside HC play to face another top regional opponent, the University of Central Oklahoma on Sunday at noon at St. Mary’s University soccer field. This Sunday’s game against Central Oklahoma will start a big home stand in which the Rattlers will play seven of their next eight games at home as they make a push for the NCAA Division II playoffs.

The cross country team looks to improve on its strong performance last week when they head south to Corpus Christi to run in the Islander Splash Invitational. Tara Wicketts (Sr., Cibolo) finished fourth overall and the Rattlers placed three runners in the top-20 at the Ricardo Romo/UTSA Classic. This week’s meet will feature some of the top teams in Division I and Division II in southwest Texas. The meet will be on Friday at 6 p.m. in West Guth Park in Corpus Christi and is hosted by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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