I decided to hold off until Tuesday for this week’s edition of Week in Review so that it wouldn’t interfere with the highly anticipated release of the 2012 UTSA football schedule on Monday.
The Roadrunners went on the road on Wednesday night to face Central Arkansas in the second-to-last game of the season, where senior guard Sei Paye would lead the team to a 73-60 win over the Bears. Jeromie Hill recorded his second double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. After facing the league-worst Bears, UTSA was faced with a rematch against the top-ranked and conference-undefeated UT-Arlington Mavericks, who won the last matchup in Arlington by a final score of 67-66. Despite some less-than-perfect officiating, UTSA was able to spoil UTA’s perfect season with a convincing 97-88 victory over the Mavericks. The Roadrunners knocked down 16 three-pointers, including six from junior point guard Michael Hale III. UTSA will return to action in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, TX as the 5th seed, facing 4th seed McNeese State on Wednesday night at 8:30 pm.
After suffering with injury problems all year long, the UTSA women were unable to catch a break in their final two games, losing to UCA 62-50 on Wednesday and following that up with a 75-65 loss to UT-Arlington in the season finale on Saturday. Despite losing ten of their final eleven games this season, UTSA fans have something to look forward to next year when Niaga Mitchell-Cole and Sabrina Berry, the top two high school recruits in San Antonio, join the Roadrunners as they play their first season in the WAC.
As was previously mentioned, UTSA and the other six football-playing members of the WAC announced their 2012 schedules on Monday. UTSA will face Texas State in the Alamodome on Thanksgiving weekend, as had been reported by various outlets leading up to the official announcement. At first glance, this schedule bodes well for the second-year program, as they begin the season with five winnable games before their only open date of the year. The following four-game stretch will be tough, as UTSA faces their only Conference-USA opponent Rice, followed by the top three returning WAC programs. The team closes out the year with games against McNeese State, Idaho, and the highly anticipated first ever game against rival Texas State.
In addition to the schedule announcement, we also learned of four new offers that have been extended by the UTSA staff. The first two we learned of were East Central athlete Chris Armstrong and Waco lineman Andrew Billings. Later in the week, various outlets were reporting an offer to Sharpstown linebacker Reggie Chevis, who also received offers from LSU, Texas A&M and Iowa State in the last week since UTSA offered. Any of these three would be huge steals for UTSA as they boast offers from some of the top programs in the nation. The final offer we learned of this week was actually the first known offer for the 2014 recruiting class. According to Coker Chronicles, the awesomely-named Chibuzor Ugwu (DE – Hightower HS) was recently offered by UTSA, but it looks like we’ll be facing an uphill battle trying to land him.
UTSA football commit Trey Mohair led his Denton Ryan basketball team to the state tournament by scoring 28 and 22 points in the Regional Semifinals and Final, respectively, on his way to earning the Region 1 Tournament MVP. The team heads to Austin on Thursday for the 4A State Semifinals where they will face Region 3 champion Yates HS, followed by the Championship game on Saturday.
The UTSA men’s tennis team started the week at #67 in the nation and continued to impress with a 7-0 victory over unranked UT-Pan American, followed by a 6-1 win over #45 Portland, handing them their first loss of the season. The Roadrunners dropped the doubles point against the Pilots, but avenged that loss by winning all six singles matches. Look for UTSA to move into the top 60 in this week’s rankings after their solid performance last week.
The baseball team started the week off by traveling to Dallas where they picked up a 5-4 victory over Dallas Baptist. They then returned home for the annual UTSA Classic at Wolff Stadium over the weekend, playing host to Kansas, Gonzaga and Louisiana-Lafayette. The Roadrunners started off the weekend with an impressive 7-4 win over Kansas on Friday, followed by a 4-1 loss to Gonzaga on Saturday. In the Sunday finale of the UTSA Classic, the Roadrunners picked up a 5-2 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette on the back of a solid pitching performance from sophomore Michael Kraft, who only allowed one run in six innings of action.
The UTSA softball team traveled to El Paso over the weekend for the UTEP Invitational. UTSA split their two games on both Friday and Saturday, and concluded the tournament with an 11-2 victory over UTEP throttled by an eight-run first inning.