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Sports This Week: 9/17-9/22

September 17, 2018

Cross Country Battles in LSU Invitational

The Colonels competed in the LSU Invitational this past Saturday, with the women’s team placing fifth and the men’s team placing eighth in their respective divisions.

Freshman runner Julia Garcia Verges led the women’s team for the second straight meet by finishing 20th overall with a three-mile time of 20:19.65.

Freshman runner Jonathan Hernandez led for the men’s team, finished 32nd overall and completed the four-mile run in 22:22.60.

Nicholls competes again Sept. 29 at the McNeese Cowboy Stampede.

Football Loses to McNeese

The Colonels traveled to Lake Charles this past Saturday and lost to the Cowboys 20-10.

Despite out gaining McNeese by nearly 100 yards on offense, Nicholls failed to score a touchdown until the fourth quarter.

Playing against a tough defense, the Colonels were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities early on in the game, leading to a victory for the Cowboys.

The Colonels (1-2, 0-1 SLC) face the Sam Houston State University Bearkats in a Southland Conference matchup Saturday at 3 p.m. at John L. Guidry Stadium.

Golf Earns Third Place in Battle in the Big Easy

The Colonels started their 2018 season with the Battle in the Big Easy in New Orleans on Sept. 10-11, and finished third in the tournament.

Senior golfer Baker Stevenson and sophomore golfer Connor Campbell highlighted Nicholls when they tied each other for seventh place in the competition.

The squad heads to Hattiesburg, Miss. to participate in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate on Sept. 17-18, with the event starting at 8 a.m. both days.

Soccer Experiences Delays

The Colonels had both of its games against the Lamar University Cardinals on Friday and the Southern University Jaguars on Sunday shortened due to weather. The Nicholls game against Lamar on Friday was postponed until Sept. 17 or 18 because of wet and hazardous field conditions.

Nicholls led Southern 4-0 at halftime on Sunday when lightning caused the game to end in the 55th minute.

At the time, Nicholls led 5-1, but the game’s early end put a strange end to the team’s homestand.

The Colonels (2-5) travel to Texas to take on the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals (0-5) Friday at 5 p.m. and the Abilene Christian University Wildcats (5-3) Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tennis Serves It Up in New Orleans

The Colonels started their 2018 season with the Scramble on the Bayou in New Orleans this past Friday, with the women’s team notching a win over the Jackson State University Tigers.

The women’s team defeated the Prairie View A&M University Panthers, but both teams fell to the University of New Orleans Privateers.

The men’s team is back in action on Sept. 28 at the Rice Invitational in Houston, Texas, while the women’s team is off until Oct. 12, when they’ll play in the ITA Regional Championships.

Volleyball Continues Losing Streak

The Colonels ran their losing streak to six games after playing in the BGSU Invitational this past weekend.

Nicholls fell to the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Jaguars, the Marshall University Thundering Herd and the Bowling Green State University Falcons in the tournament.

Next, the Colonels (2-11) begin conference play as they face the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Islanders (1-12) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and the Houston Baptist University Huskies (7-7) Saturday at 1 p.m.

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