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Stage set for future matchup

The anticipation of the first meeting between the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams has been building for weeks and will intensify a little more tonight when the two teams play in the same gym.

Both teams face Bishop Miege of Shawnee Mission, Kan., at Hickman, but will not play each other.

MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.

Second-half score stings Spartans

Someone passing by Owens Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night might have mistaken the noise emanating from the stands for a swarm of angry hornets.

But the only sting was felt by the Missouri Baptist University soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Columbia College.

Bruins cruise to easy victory

The Rock Bridge girls’ golf team didn’t settle for second-best.

Finishing three strokes behind Hickman at the William Woods Invitational on Monday left the Bruins eager for a win.

Fatima keeps Bruins sliding

It could have been much worse.

In a subtle but noticeable display of sportsmanship, Fatima softball coach Ryan Robertson began holding base runner late in Tuesday’s game against Rock Bridge to keep from running up the score on a struggling Bruins’ team.

Efficiency keeps Bruins undefeated

The Rock Bridge tennis team used machine-like efficiency to crank out the quickest home-match victory so far this season against Marshall.

Rock Bridge (12-0) showed little emotion on the court, finishing off the Owls 9-0 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

13 is Tigers’ lucky number

It would be hard to blame Na Yang if she complained of a sore hand.

Na, a freshman outside hitter for the Missouri volleyball team, rattled off 13 consecutive serves Tuesday night in a 3-0 (30-21, 30-7, 30-20) sweep of Southeast Missouri State at Hearnes Center.

Four TV dates on tap for Missouri

The Missouri women’s basketball team faces a lineup of top-notch opponents and four games of national television coverage, the most of any season yet.

Coach Cindy Stein announced the team’s 2004-05 schedule Tuesday, which includes 14 games at home in the new 15,000-seat, $75 million Paige Sports Arena.

Kewpies stay perfect at home with shutout

Senior forward Michael Washington found a new way to the net, but it wasn’t pretty.

Hickman beat Quincy Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday, in its second straight home shutout at Cosmopolitan Park.

Cougars ready for test vs. McKendree

Columbia College’s volleyball match against McKendree College today will likely be a test of patience vs. pressure.

The Columbia College volleyball team tries to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. McKendree tries to force their opponents into making them.

Determined senior steps up game

Wide receiver Thomson Omboga wants to make his senior season count and his versatility is starting to add up.

With Missouri’s offense sputtering against Troy on Sept. 9, Omboga shined, catching six passes for 64 yards.

Most Big 12 teams take a break

Eight of the Big 12 Conference teams have a bye this week to prepare themselves for the rigors of conference play beginning next week, with Baylor, Kansas, Texas and Texas Tech playing Saturday.

The Jayhawks host the Red Raiders in the conference opener.

Hickman shows progress

Hickman tennis coach Jerry Price has been preaching improvement all season. On Monday, the Kewpies provided some tangible evidence of their development.

The Kewpies lost 5-4 in a competitive match against Jefferson City at Hickman courts, two weeks after losing an 8-1 road match to the Jays.

Keeping high intensity level key for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s soccer team opens its American Midwest Conference schedule at 7 p.m. against Missouri Baptist at Owens Soccer Stadium.

The Cougars are the two-time defending conference champions. John Klein, who is in his fifth year as coach, has guided the Cougars to three conference titles. They also won the championship in 2000.

Stars can’t capitalize on home court advantage

Silverthorne Arena didn’t feel like home for the Stephens College volleyball team Monday night. A small, but vocal group of students from visiting Central Christian College made sure their school was the one that felt at home.

The Heralds beat the Stars 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.

Extra Points: Bruins net 10th victory

The Rock Bridge soccer team won its first game in the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis.

Smith shows triple-threat ability in win

After leading Missouri on two scoring drives to start the Tigers’ game Sep. 9 at Troy, Brad Smith and the Missouri offense stalled. The Trojans’ defense kept Smith in the pocket and the Tigers away from the end zone.

Smith finished the game with 36 yards rushing. He also attempted 46 passes, the most for Smith since he was 28-of-50 in a 51-28 loss against Bowling Green in 2002.

Confidence builder

Missouri’s victory Sunday was a boost in confidence for the Tigers with Big 12 Conference play nearing. The win meant even more, though, to sophomore midfielder Lauren Vineyard.

Missouri beat Loyola-Chicago 2-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to improve to 3-4-1 with games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State approaching next weekend.

Travels will challenge Rock Bridge

The undefeated Rock Bridge soccer team will go a long way this week to test itself.

After winning the Parkway Tournament on Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, the Bruins (9-0-1) will return there for the 50th annual Catholic Youth Counsel-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament.

Extra Points: Tigers golfers finish 13th

Junior Chris Mabry shot a four-over 74 on Sunday and the Missouri men’s golf team finished 13th at the 15-team Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course.

Mabry’s 74 gave him a three-day total of 226, 17 strokes behind individual medalist Ryan Yip of Kent State.

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