The first of the two match-ups scheduled between ACU and Angelo State University for Wednesday night has been pushed back to Saturday night, altering a lineup that scheduled ACU to play ASU twice this week.
The women’s team now will play in San Angelo Saturday at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game to follow. The series then will come back to Abilene, as both teams will play again Monday. The women’s team will take on the Rambelles Monday at 2 p.m. with the men’s game to follow at 4 p.m.
Saturday’s game will conclude the first half and LSC South Division play, as ACU will have played every team once. The teams will meet again in the second half of the schedule, completing the home-at-home series. The fact that ACU plays Angelo in back-to-back games is just the way the games were scheduled.
“It doesn’t really change anything, the scouting report is still the same,” Head Coach Jason Copeland said. “We just have to see what else they do in the game, make adjustments and go out and try to get another win.”
The men’s team will have its hands full with ASU, as the Rams enter Saturday’s game with a 4-2 LSC South division record. The Rams are tied for second in the division with two other teams. ACU enters the game still searching for its first division victory, sitting last in division play at 0-6.
The women’s team has come together at the right time and currently sits in a tie for second place in the division. Despite a 7-11 record overall, ACU is 4-2 in conference play, having won four of its last five games going into Saturday’s matchup.
“Angelo is a big rival for us, and we know they are always ready to play,” Coach Shawna Lavender said. “They play tough defense, so we have to be ready to play our game. When you play Angelo it’s a battle to the end, so we have to play a full 40 minutes.”
ACU holds a one-game lead over the 3-3 Rambelles in the South Division, making this weekend’s games important to the standings.
“I think the most important thing is if we can get that first win, we will have a two-game lead in conference. Then if you can get that second one, it’s huge,” Lavender said. “You can’t afford to lose home games in conference, and then you hope to steal some games on the road.”