ABILENE, Texas — When Hardin-Simmons and McMurry get together in any sport there is a great deal of pride on the line, the rivalry may be kicked up a notch this season as it will be the last time the teams meet as American Southwest Conference rivals. Fans get three doses of the rivalry this week, all on the HSU campus.
Hardin-Simmons and McMurry will play on three straight evenings. The women’s soccer teams will play on Monday at 4 p.m. at the HSU Soccer Complex, the men’s soccer game will be at 4 p.m. and the first of two regular-season volleyball matches will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mabee Complex.
McMurry will be leaving the American Southwest Conference after this season and moving to Division II.
In the women’s soccer game the Cowgirls come into the game ranked No. 7 in the country with a record of 8-1 overall and 6-0 in ASC play. They have shut out all six conference opponents, have won eight straight games, have a 17-match shutout streak in league play and have a 138-game unbeaten streak in conference play. McMurry is having its best season with a 4-5 mark overall and 2-4 in ASC action. HSU owns a 10-0 all-time mark in the series.
HSU is riding a four-game winning streak heading into the McMurry game. The Cowboys are 4-3-2 on the year and 4-1-1 in league play. McMurry is 1-9 overall and 0-6 in ASC play. HSU holds an 8-2-1 mark all-time in the series.
The volleyball game appears to be one of the best ever on paper. McMurry comes in undefeated at 17-0 and the Cowgirls are 13-2. Both teams are 7-0 in American Southwest Conference play. HSU has won five straight in the series and 13 of the last 14 overall meetings. HSU owns a 73-35 advantage all-time in the series.
Admission is free for all three events.