Take a look at a recap of the Jets last week’s games and the upcoming events for next week.
Last Week Recap:
The Jets had one of their most successful weeks of the season, handing Dallas Baptist a 3-1 (17-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-21) loss, then knocking off defending Heartland Conference champion Texas-Permian Basin in a 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 17-25, 25-16, 15-13) five-set thriller on Saturday. Chelsey Potter posted career highs in kills (22) and total attacks (55), and Caroline Painter finished with a career-high 67 assists during the match. Freshmen Sarah Bailey and Brittany Krantwashl also finished with career high matches. Bailey’s 17 kills and 47 attacks were career highs, while Krantwashl tied her career high with 10 kills. Tuesday, Newman held off a feisty flock of upset-minded Friends Falcons in a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) sweep. The Jets’ only loss came in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-18) loss to Arkansas-Fort Smith Saturday afternoon.
Potter and Painter were rewarded by the Heartland Conference office for their outstanding performances. Potter earned Heartland Conference Hitter of the Week honors after recording 44 kills, 40 digs, and a .299 attack percentage, while Painter was named Heartland Conference Setter of the Week after earning 114 assists over three matches. Painter also added six kills on 10 attempts last weekend.
Newman went 1-1 in Heartland Conference Women’s Soccer action last week. The Jets got goals from Amanda Knabe and Heather Baloga in Friday’s 2-0 win at Dallas Baptist, and got another goal from Lauren Benning in a 1-1 tie at Texas-Permian Basin Sunday in Odessa, Texas.
Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Farid was named the Heartland Conference Women’s Soccer academic player of the week after giving up one goal and posting 15 saves last weekend, spending 200 minutes guarding the goal. In addition to her outstanding play on the pitch, Farid has also shone in the classroom, earning an unblemished 4.0 in Biology.
After last weekend’s action, the Jets are 5-5-3 overall, and are third in the Heartland Conference with a 3-2-1 conference record.
The Jets lost goalkeeper James Esquivel to injury in a 7-0 loss to Incarnate Word Friday night. Newman trailed 2-0 when Esquivel suffered the wrist injury, and freshman Hans Hassell was asked to fill in. Senior Stephen Williams guarded the goal in Sunday’s match, and held his own. The former NU basketball player recorded six saves, but was beat by a controversial penalty kick that gave St. Edward’s a 1-0 overtime win.
Newman is now 2-8-2 on the season, and is fifth in the Heartland Conference with a conference record of 1-3.
Senior All-American Derek Hartnell continued to dominate the bowling lanes as he picked up his second tournament win of the season at the Mid States Invitational last weekend at Wichita’s Northrock Lanes. Hartnell posted an average score of 219 over 10 games, and finished an astounding 15 pins-per-game better than the second place finisher, who averaged 204. Hartnell led the Jets to a second place finish in the 18-team event. The Newman women’s bowling team finished sixth in the same tournament. The Jets were led by Christine Belsky and Desiree Lee, who finished sixth and 11th, respectively.
The Jets head back to the Lone Star State to start the second half of the Heartland Conference rotation. Newman will look to knock off St. Edward’s in a 7 p.m. match in Austin Thursday night, before heading to Laredo to try to complete the season sweep of Texas A&M International in a 2 p.m. match on Saturday.
Newman will host two Heartland Conference matches this weekend. The Jets will host winless Texas A&M International under the lights Friday at 7 p.m., then will take on second-place Incarnate Word Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played at Wilkins Field.
The Jets will take the weekend off before hosting Heartland Conference bottom feeder Texas-Permian Basin Monday in a 4 p.m. tilt at Wilkins Field.
Newman will travel to El Dorado, Kan., for the Ollie Isom Invitational, hosted by Butler Community College, on Friday, Oct. 16. The meet is slated to begin at 5 p.m.