Volleyball: Pioneers win thriller against Tarleton State

STEPHENVILLE — Four Pioneers recorded seven kills or more, led by Jaqueline Santos with 12, in a thrilling 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-9 volleyball win Tuesday at Tarleton State.

TWU notebook: Diaz gives spark to Pioneers

Natalia Diaz is doing for the TWU soccer team exactly what coaches hope transfers can do for their program — make a seamless and immediate impact.

Soccer: Early goals lead TWU to 4-0 win over Harding

SEARCY, Ark. — The TWU soccer team scored two goals in the first 23 minutes and never looked back, taking a 4-0 road win at Harding Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers improved to 2-1 on the season. Sophomore Natalia Diaz scored two goals for TWU while seniors Erin Bolinger and Candice Davies recorded a goal and an assist each.

Soccer: Mean Green respond after loss

HOUSTON — The Mean Green soccer team bounced back from an overtime loss on Friday with a 2-0 road victory against Houston Baptist on Sunday afternoon.

Roundup: TWU splits pair in Commerce

UNT teams place in top five

Volleyball: TWU falls to Arkansas-Fort Smith in Classic

COMMERCE — Despite outstanding play from sophomore Mallory Kuechle, with 15 kills, and senior Jaquline Santos, with 14 kills, TWU fell in four sets to Arkansas-Fort Smith at the Texas A&M-Commerce tournament.

Volleyball: TWU falls short in loss at No. 25 Angelo State

SAN ANGELO — TWU opened its 2014 Lone Star Conference schedule Tuesday night and came out on the short end of a 3-1 road loss at No. 25 Angelo State. The Pioneers fell, 20-25, 15-25, 25-19, and 19-25,...

TWU notebook: Pioneers starts strong

As the start of seasons go, the four-game opening weekend turned in by the TWU volleyball team was about as close to perfect as one can get.

Soccer: TWU soccer falls at No. 24 Fort Lewis in season opener

DURANGO, Colo. — The TWU soccer team hung tough against the host No. 24 Fort Lewis for 71 minutes before falling, 2-1, in the 2014 season opener at Fort Lewis Women’s Soccer Classic on Thursday afternoon..

Volleyball: Pioneers seek new leadership

Although TWU’s Shelly Barberee has been around for 12 years, don’t think for a moment that the Pioneers’ volleyball coach is set in her ways and finds it difficult to adapt to her team’s new personnel each season.

Soccer: TWU gears up for another soccer season

Starting with the number of players on the Pioneers’ 2014 roster, Texas Woman’s University’s soccer program appears to already be in much better shape than one year ago.

Softball: Tourney final set for Sunday at TWU

TWU will host the RBI Softball World Series championship game at 11 a.m. Sunday at Pioneer Field.

TWU Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon: Triathlons are a family affair for the Gibsons

For 13-year-old Phoenix Gibson and her mother, Shona Gibson, 43, Sunday’s Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon at TWU was the first time they could compete together in a sprint triathlon.

5K returns with TWU triathlon

Now in its eighth year, the Pioneer Power Sprint Triathlon and 5-kilometer run has expanded its visibility as one of the most popular sprint triathlons in North Texas while aiding the TWU soccer team as a reliable fundraiser.

Women's volleyball: Pioneers picked third in LSC poll

The TWU volleyball team, coming off consecutive 20-win seasons, has been picked third in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll released Tuesday.

Women's basketball: Pioneers add trio

TWU coach Beth Jillson has wrapped up recruiting for the 2014-15 season with the signing of three players announced Wednesday.

Softball: Sancet named Daktronics and NFCA All-American

TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet had added two All-America awards, earning first-team honors from Daktronics and making the National Fastpitch Coaches Association second team.

Softball: Vrazel earns top honor on All-America team

TWU senior shortstop Bailey Vrazel was named the 2014 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and a member of the first-team Academic All-America team for Division II softball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Softball: Hines, Sancet make all-region team

TWU senior Katie Hines and junior Kendra Sancet were named Thursday to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region first team.

Gymnastics: Cochefski earns academic honor

For the second straight season, TWU’s Courtney Cochefski has been named to the Capital One academic all-district at-large first team. She will now qualify for academic All-America consideration.

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Softball: Stidham calls 34-win season ‘a success’

Unable to replicate last season’s march to the national tournament after last weekend’s frustrating regional losses, TWU still enjoyed plenty of prosperity.

Softball: TWU lands three on All-Region team

TWU seniors Brandie Lander and Katie Hines and junior Kendra Sancet have been named to the 2014 Daktronics All-South Central Region team.

Softball: Midwestern ends TWU season

CANYON — TWU and Midwestern State combined for 36 hits and 27 runs Saturday, and the Mustangs prevailed 14-13 in an elimination game at the NCAA South Central Region tournament.

Softball: TWU drops into losers bracket

CANYON — TWU suffered a 9-4 loss to Metropolitan State in the first round of the NCAA South Central Region tournament on Friday. The Pioneers fell into the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament and will face Midwestern State or West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. today.

Softball: Pioneers begin play today in regional

In TWU’s opening game of the NCAA Division II national tournament last season against Humboldt State, Kendra Sancet had a hit that could have swung momentum in the Pioneers’ favor.

TWU notebook: Pioneers ready to go in tourney

When the field for this weekend’s NCAA South Central Regional Softball Championship was announced Monday, TWU head coach Genny Stidham admitted to being thrilled — not for being awarded a berth in the postseason but rather for the new and unknown opponent the Pioneers will be playing.

Softball: TWU earns at-large bid to South Central Regional

The TWU Pioneers are headed back to the NCAA South Central Regional Softball Tournament after being awarded an at-large bid this morning by the NCAA.

Softball: Pioneers fall in LSC semifinals

CANYON — TWU lost 18-5 to Angelo State on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Pioneers earlier beat Tarleton State 5-4 in a first-round matchup.

Softball: Pioneers, TexAnns meet today in LSC tourney

After advancing to the national tournament last season where they lost the only two games they played, the TWU Pioneers have plenty of motivation to make another long run.

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Softball: Back behind the plate

Ever since TWU’s Sarah Wittenburg began playing softball at age 6, her father stressed the importance of being able to play multiple positions.

TWU notebook: Pioneers hitting, fielding well entering Lone Star tourney

After taking two of three games at Cameron last weekend in the final series of the regular season, TWU accomplished its goals of winning the season series and locking down the No. 3 seed in this week’s Lone Star Conference softball tournament.

Softball roundup: TWU tops Cameron; UNT falls twice

LAWTON, Okla. — Junior Kendra Sancet and freshman Alyssa Galaz hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning Saturday to lead TWU to an 8-5 win at Cameron in the Pioneers’ final regular-season game.

Softball: Pioneers, Aggies split pair

LAWTON, Okla. — TWU split a doubleheader at Cameron on Friday. The No. 25 Pioneers captured a 7-1 win before falling 6-4 in the nightcap.

TWU notebook: TWU’s final series vital for postseason

When it comes to TWU’s softball season, one door is about to close while another is about to open to what essentially is the Pioneers’ second season.

Softball: TWU earns split with Tarleton State

STEPHENVILLE — TWU junior first baseman Kendra Sancet drove in six runs to help the Pioneers to a doubleheader split at Tarleton State on Thursday night. TWU won the first game 9-6 before dropping the second 7-5.

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TWU notebook: TWU swinging for top-eight regional rank

With four regular-season games remaining, the TWU softball team naturally will be focused on winning those contests. But it’s also that time of the year when attention turns to the upcoming Lone Star Conference tournament and South Central Region competition.

Gymnastics: Pioneers earn two individual crowns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU senior Brittainy Johnson captured the bars title while junior Spencer Jones won the floor title at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Sunday at Brown University’s Pizzitola Sports Center.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers second again at nationals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU scored a 194.725 to finish second at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships on Saturday night.

Softball: TWU sweeps to wrap up home slate

Approaching two final road series before the Lone Star Conference tournament, TWU is searching for more consistency on defense.

Women's gymnastics: Pioneers win national semifinal with season high

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — TWU posted a season-high 195.375 to win the second semifinal session Friday at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Women's gymnastics: TWU looks to end streak of runner-up finishes

Is the fifth time a charm? That’s what TWU is hoping for this weekend as the Pioneers are armed with a No. 1 seed, the talent and experience of eight seniors and perhaps a we’re-tired-of-being-runner-up attitude as they open competition today in the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships in Providence, R.I.

Softball: TWU splits at St. Edward’s

AUSTIN — TWU split its final nonconference doubleheader of the season Wednesday at St. Edward’s, winning 3-0 and losing 2-1.

TWU notebook: Pioneers determined to shine at nationals

TWU coach Lisa Bowerman and gymnast Brittainy Johnson drove to Denton late Saturday following Johnson’s record-setting performance at the NCAA regional meet at Arkansas for one specific reason: to start team preparations Sunday for this week’s USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.

Softball: Lander tosses no-no

Following TWU’s 8-0 victory over Midwestern State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Field, Brandie Lander walked off the field knowing she’d pitched a gem, but she didn’t know just how stifling she’d been.

Roundup: TWU's Johnson places fourth at regional

North Texas beat Texas-San Antonio for its sixth win at the Waranch Tennis Complex this season.

Softball: Pioneers take two against Midwestern State

After losing three of four games against No. 1 West Texas A&M and a doubleheader to No. 7 St. Mary’s at home, the TWU Pioneers went on the road and earned a four-game sweep of Eastern New Mexico.

TWU/UNT roundup: Sancet hits three homers as TWU sweeps Zias

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU completed its weekend trip with another doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico, winning 11-9 and 12-7 Saturday afternoon.

Softball: Farquhar’s winning homer helps TWU to sweep

PORTALES, N.M. — TWU rebounded from Tuesday’s two losses with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico on Friday.

TWU notebook: Pioneers hope win over No. 1 Buffs busts slump

TWU softball coach Genny Stidham hopes that salvaging a win against No. 1 West Texas A&M in the final game of a four-game series over the weekend will be the spark that lifts her Pioneers out of a tough stretch they’ve endured the last two weeks.