The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 02, 1986, Image 7

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    Thursday, October 2, 1986/The Battalion/Page 7
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By Danny Myers
Sports Water
Scott Slater takes playing for the
exas A&M football team seriously
notjust for kicks.
The Aggies’ walk-on hooter says
|very kick is a thrill for him, but the
!6-yard field goal in the Cotton
owl last season was his greatest mo
A&M Kicking Coach David Hardy
Bald, “There are not many walk-ons
|hohave had the opportunity to tee
It up in the Cotton Bowl, much less
liucka field goal.”
I Slater, a construction science ma
jor, said he was recruited by Rice
Ind Louisiana State University when
■e attended Fort Worth’s Richland
Wigh School.
■ “Rice’s coaching staff changed
.land I was kind of lost in the shuffle,”
■atersaid. “At LSU, it came down to
Hie and one other kicker and we
Here about the same on paper, but
He was from Louisiana so they gave
Htothe homeboy.
H “I was thinking about going to a
Hinior college, but 1 decided I might
| as well walk on somewhere big and if
■make it, great.
H “I wouldn’t have come out if I
Scott Slater
didn’t think I could make it; I just
wanted to get a chance.
“It wasn’t really a question of
‘could I make it’ or ‘was I good
enough’— I thought I was.”
Former A&M recruiting coordi
nator Jerry Pettibone invited Slater
to work out with the Aggies because
there was a possible opening for the
kickoff job after Alan Smith grad
uated in 1985, Slater said.
After making the team, Slater had
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■exas A&M men’s golf team fin-
khed seventh at the Louisiana State
Hlniversity National Invitational at
I|he Sherwood Forest Country Club
|bn Wednesday.
I A&M’s Roy Mackenzie shot a 218
|to lead the Aggies’ team total 898.
I David Toms of the host LSU squad
fired a 4-under-par 212 to lead his
team to the title. LSU shot 863 as a
team, 20 shots less than second-place
Fresno State.
Other A&M scores for the three-
round tournament were Gary Gil
christ, 224; Randy Lee, 225; Andy
Cooper, 232; and Neil Hickerson,
Aggies rip Raiders in 4 games
By Loyd Brumfield
Assistant Sports Editor
The Texas A&M volleyball team overcame a slow
start that cost them the first game against Texas Tech
and roared back to beat the Red Raiders in four
games, 8-15, 15-12, 15-8, 15-13 in the Aggies’ South
west Conference season opener.
In front of a crowd of 425, the Aggies rode the
services of middle blocker Margaret Spence to grab a
quick 5-0 lead in the second game, and they never
looked back.
A&M now takes a 12-3 record into the Colorado
State Tourney this weekend in Fort Collins, Colo.
Senior Stacey Gildner led the way for the Aggies
with 15 kills while hitting at a .314 clip. Defensively,
Spence led the Aggies with 17 digs.
Sloppy play caused the Aggies to fall behind
quickly in the first game, 8-1. Back-to-back spikes by
Stacey Smith and top-notch serving by Yvonne Van
Brandt helped A&M close the gap briefly to 8-7, but
that was as close as the Aggies would get in the first
A&M was in control of the Raiders during the final
three games, although Tech caused a mild stir in the
fourth game by overcoming an 11-7 deficit to ’steal
the lead from the Aggies, 13-11.
A&M Coach A1 Givens had mixed feelings about
his team’s performance.
“The big thing was our slow start,” Givens said. “I
wasn’t really pleased with our consistency. I thought
we were capable of playing much better.
“Then again, it speaks well of our team that we can
play as average as we did and still beat a team like
Tech, which is one of the better teams in the confer
Givens said he was again displeased with A&M’s of
fensive punch — which faltered against the Univer
sity of Texas at Arlington — and was concerned with
the defensive play as well.
“Our defense wasn’t as good as it’s been in previous
matches,” he said. “We need to get tougher, but once
one aspect of your game gets offi you can’t let it affect
the other segments of your game.”
The small size of the crowd also may have been a
factor, Givens said.
“I was a little concerned with the crowd,” he said.
“If more people show up, we promise to end the
matches sooner,” Givens said. “We’ll get it done in
three games instead of four.”
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Photo by Anthony S. Casper
A&M outside hitter Stacey Gildner goes for the kill over a Texas Tech defender. The
Aggies beat the Red Raiders three games to one to open Southwest Conference play.
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