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SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball
Sports, Volleyball

SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball

SPORTS: Two players help lead TAMIU volleyball By Paulina PerezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 Two TAMIU volleyball players continue to lead the team with their continuous successful contributions. Graduate student and outside hitter Mackenzie Catalina was born in Cedar Park, Texas; she continues to play on the volleyball team after her four undergraduate years. Catalina reached a milestone in her volleyball career by making 1,000 kills. David Gomez Jr. | Bridge FileVolleyball outside hitter Mackenzie Catalina serves against University of Texas-Permian Basin on Oct. 22, 2021, in the TAMIU gymnasium. Opposite hitters Sammantha Herrera (13) and Hannah Thompson (14) also wear pink jerseys as they look on. “I broke multiple records including most kill...
SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season
Sports, Women's Soccer

SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season

SPORTS: Women’s soccer hopes to dominate season By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 On the soccer field, the TAMIU women utilize their team chemistry for cohesive gameplay. “Personally, I think our chemistry within the team could not be better,” midfielder Andrea Castellanos said. “We all get along pretty well and support each other on and off the field. I think we bond the most when we are in the locker room before or after games since we are all together focused or reflecting about our games.” Audrina Streeter | Special to The BridgeTAMIU graduate student Blanca Osorio (8) drives the ball down the field against Texas Woman's University forward Keely Chapman (19) at TWU's field on Sept. 17. As she noted, that chemistry is also highlighted off...
SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom
Sports, Women's Cross Country

SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom

SPORTS: Dustdevils keep tunnel vision in course, classroom By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 Women’s cross country team members represent the Dustdevils on the course, in the classrooms, as they hone in on the Fall 2022 season. Faith Kiprotich ran for Texas A&M International University for the past couple years. “For us, our team is so competitive,” Kiprotich said. “Today, you will see one girl be No. 1, the next day you’ll be seeing another girl finish first. It is really competitive, which makes us really strong. It is not competitive in an ugly way, but in a good way that will push each other. I love that about my team; you never know who’s going to get No. 1. Everyone is responsible for being No. 1.” Courtesy Coach Benny RodriguezThe...
SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to next season
Sports, Women's Soccer

SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to next season

SPORTS: Women’s soccer looks forward to coming season By Jordan MaseBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 The Fall 2022 women’s soccer season kicks off Aug. 25 when the Dustdevils attempt to bring down the Griffins. Missouri Western State University visits TAMIU for the 8 p.m. game. After a tough first season back from COVID-19, the TAMIU women’s soccer team ended with a record of 3-14-1 overall with 2-10-1 in the Lone Star Conference. The women brought in some new recruits who have been successful at their previous junior colleges. Especially after a challenging previous season, the positivity is a credit to the team and coaching staff. Creating a positive environment for the players to thrive can be challenging. Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge FileTAMIU ...
SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns
Softball, Sports

SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns

SPORTS: Star softball pitcher returns By Katherine AlemanBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 After being out for the season, star pitcher Erika Cortez returned to the softball field. Cortez, a criminal justice major with a minor in kinesiology, experienced a respiratory condition that made her unable to play. “I’m happy to be able to play back on the field,” Cortez said. “Not being part of the game has been hard.” TAMIU softball coach Scott Libby said, “[This season] it’s been a little bit challenging just for the fact that a player of ours last year was so valuable to us as a pitcher.” David Garcia | Bridge FileTAMIU junior pitcher Erika Cortez warms up before taking the field in this Spring 2021 file photo. During the last week of April, Cortez...
SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program
Softball, Sports

SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program

SPORTS: Libby works to improve softball program By Katherine AlemanBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 With 13 years at TAMIU, softball coach Scott Libby continues to create an influence on his players and the field. Before Libby became the Texas A&M International University coach, he worked at William Howard Taft High School in San Antonio as an English teacher and softball coach. Courtesy TAMIU Sports InformationCoach Scott Libby, TAMIU softball When Libby began working at TAMIU in 2008, the softball team was fairly new to the University. Over the past few years, Libby guided the softball team and learned from those challenges. During his first season in 2009, he underwent an easy transition since he was familiar with the players. However, com...
Esports: Not just for guys
Esports, On Campus

Esports: Not just for guys

Esports: Not just for guys By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Tuesday, May 10, 2022 While some might think video games rot people’s brains, the TAMIU esports team demolishes competition nationwide. Esports at Texas A&M International University, through the Rec Center, includes teams for Rocket League, League of Legends, Valorant and Call of Duty. Additionally, there is a Super Smash Bros. team operated through the Smash Club organization. TAMIU student Celeste Herrera, the only female currently playing esports on campus, plays on the League of Legends team. “I just feel like this is an opportunity for everyone to understand that just because we are sitting down on a computer doesn’t mean it isn’t competitive,” Herrera said. “We are not here just wasting time. Vid...
SPORTS: Dustdevils dominate at 5-0 for weekend
Softball, Sports

SPORTS: Dustdevils dominate at 5-0 for weekend

SPORTS: Dustdevils dominate at 5-0 for weekend By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Thursday, April 14, 2022 Dustdevils softball won all five games, leaving sun-kissed and nothing behind. Texas A&M International University faced a long weekend March 25-27 at the Dustdevils Softball Field with the first three games against Western New Mexico and the last two games against University of Texas-Permian Basin. The Dustdevils dominated the field. With tunnel vision for a successful weekend, the Dustdevils had the final scores, respectively: 8-3, 5-3, 9-1, 5-2 and 8-4. David Gomez Jr. | Bridge FileTAMIU sophomore pitcher Victoria Gonzalez (7) gets congratulated at the end of an inning in this file photo taken on March 11 at the Dustdevils Softball Field. Several overall w...
SPORTS: Kenyan keeps eyes on prize
Sports, Women's Cross Country

SPORTS: Kenyan keeps eyes on prize

SPORTS: Kenyan keeps eyes on prize By Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Tuesday, April 12, 2022 From Kenya to Tennessee to Laredo, no matter what location, one Dustdevil keeps her eyes on the prize. Texas A&M International University junior Faith Kiprotich joined the Dustdevils cross country team two years ago. She previously attended UT Martin college in Tennessee. She is originally from Kapkoi, Kenya. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeTAMIU cross country junior Faith Kiprotich of Kenya holds up the Dustdevils sign on April 12 in the Kineseiology and Convocation Building. She arrived in the U.S. with many aspirations and a hunger for success. “I wanted to work in the medical field since I was young,” Kiprotich said. “I come from a place where we need those types of servi...
SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services
Health, Intramurals, Life & Arts, On Campus, Sports

SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services

SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services By Priscilla AbregoBridge contributing writerPublished Sunday, April 3, 2022 From teaching students fundamentals to outdoor adventures, Recreational Sports launches new services and machinery for students to reach their personal fitness goals. The Rec Sports Center recently relaunched personal training and set afloat their newest program Outdoor Adventures. Rec Sports Director Roberto Garza said interested students may look into the center’s many programs. He added that the main goal is “to ensure students create autonomy.” Aside from the new equipment, such as the deadlift platform, the outdoor area ladder, new dumbbell sets and hip-thrust machine, the center offers a popular body composition assessment. Due to its populari...
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