UT Dallas' athletics teams are once again setting new standards for excellence in 2006-2007. Through the fall and winter seasons, the Comets have sent all five of UTD's major team sports programs to their respective American Southwest Conference championship tournaments with similar results expected from the baseball and softball teams this spring.
This fall, both the men's and women's soccer teams continued their long string of tournament appearances with the women advancing to the ASC championship game for the third time in the last four years. The UTD volleyball team, in just its third season in existence, did the same thing - advancing through the first two rounds to play for an ASC title.
Over the winter, the Comets' men's basketball team got national recognition when it opened the season on an 11-0 win streak and became the first NCAA Division III team in the country to upset a Division I opponent after a 78-76 win. UTD's men's team went on to finish the regular season with an 18-7 record, best in program history, and played in its fourth consecutive ASC Tournament February 24-25, 2007. The men's team lost 71-70 in the quarterfinals to nationally-ranked McMurry University.
The UTD women's basketball team also created some history of its own - qualifying for the ASC Tournament for the first time in the program's nine-year history. Second-year coach Polly Thomason led a young Comets team to a third-place finish in the ASC East Division with an 11-14 record, earning them a chance to play for the conference title. The women's team also lost to McMurry University in the quarterfinals, with a final score of 74-47.
The UTD baseball team, which has played in three ASC championship games over the last four years, welcomes back almost its entire starting lineup for 2007 and is hoping to finally pick up a title this spring. The Comets' softball team is having to replace seven graduated players, but Coach Kim Sotomayor is optimistic about her team's chances to challenge in 2007.
- BRUCE UNRUE, UTD Sports Information Director