UPS STARTS HOT
Ranked 11th in the nation in Division III, the Puget Sound volleyball team beat Whitman and Whitworth in successive days last weekend to start of the conference season.
The Loggers beat Whitman 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19 on Sept. 14, as junior Jackie Harvey led the way with 19 kills and 11 digs. Jenni Brehove had a match-high 46 assists to go along with 11 digs, while Melissa Florant had 11 kills and 17 digs. Christina Chun led the Loggers with 22 digs, Nicolette Reynaud had 10 kills and three blocks and the Loggers had a .520 kill percentage in the second set.
The Loggers dispatched Whitworth 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 on Sept. 15, with Harvey once again taking honors for kills with a match-high 15. Chun had 20 digs, Florant had eight kills and 15 digs and Brehove collected 39 more assists. A junior from Vista, Calif., Brehove was named the Northwest Conference Volleyball Athlete of the Week on Sept. 18 based on her performance in the two matches.
The Loggers look to continue their momentum as they hit the road for matches at George Fox on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and at Pacific (Ore.) on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
LUTES WIN AT REDLANDS
Led by quarterback Dalton Richey, running back Brandon James and a stifling defense that forced four turnovers, Pacific Lutheran topped 25th-ranked Redlands 28-14 on the road on Sept. 15 to move to 1-1 on the year.
After Jonny Volland’s interception on the first drive of the game, Brandon James got the Lutes on the board with an 18-yard touchdown run and finished with 15 carries for 102 yards. Eric Hoium made it 14-0 with a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown at the start of the second quarter, and Richey gave the Lutes a 21-0 lead at the half with a 30-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Warner. Richey finished 21-for-31 for 285 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His other touchdown came on an 11-yard strike to Lucas Sontra to make it 28-7 late in the fourth quarter. Kellen Westering led the Lutes with seven catches for 92 yards. The Lutes also tallied six tackles for loss on defense, while Mychel Tuiasosopo and Connor Cummings had fumble recoveries. Dalton Darmody led the Lutes with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss.
After a bye week, the Lutes will begin conference play by hosting Linfield on Sept. 29 at 12:30 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
LOGGERS’ STREAK AT FIVE
With victories in consecutive days to start off conference play last weekend, the Puget Sound men’s soccer team has rattled off a five-game winning streak and sits at 5-1-1 overall on the young season. Landon Gauthier scored two second-half goals to lead the Loggers past Pacific (Ore.) 2-1 on Sept. 15. Nick Rudella put Pacific up 1-0 with a goal in the 16th minute, and the lead held up at the half. But the Loggers earned a penalty kick that Gauthier converted in the 48th minute, and the junior forward added another goal in the 53rd minute off a cross by Sean Ryan to give the Loggers the lead. Puget Sound held a 16-7 shot advantage in the match.
Andrew White helped lead the Loggers past George Fox 2-0 on Sept. 16, getting Puget Sound on the board with a goal in the 29th minute. White then earned a penalty kick in the box in the 76th minute, and Gauthier converted again to make it 2-0. The Loggers were dominant offensively once again, holding a 19-8 shot advantage.
The Loggers continue league play with the first of five straight road matches on Sept. 22 at Willamette at 2:30 p.m. They then play at Linfield on Sept. 23 at 2:30 p.m.
TACOMA STARS TRYOUTS
Open tryouts for the Tacoma Stars Men’s PASL Pro team have been scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tryouts are being held at Pacific Sports Center located in Tacoma at 2645 South 80th Street. All players over age 18 are encouraged to tryout. The tryout fee is $40. To register, visit www.pacificsportscenter.com and click the sign in/register button at the top of the home page. For inquiries and more information contact the Pacific Sports Center staff at (253) 627-2255. The Stars have added Irish-born former assistant and current Bellarmine Prep boys and girls soccer coach Joe Waters as their head coach for the upcoming season. Waters and his Tacoma Stars will begin game play in November. Fans can expect to see a game schedule in mid-October along with opportunities for the purchase of advance and season tickets. For more information about the Tacoma Stars visit http://www.tacomastars.com.
CAGESPORT TO AIR ON ROOT
Fight fans will receive a special treat when Halquist Productions’ “CageSport XXI” takes over the Emerald Queen Casino with an unprecedented three feature bouts Sept. 29. For the first time ever, CageSport airs on ROOT SPORTS. Additionally, the broadcast crew is comprised of world famous personality Danny Bonaduce, former UFC announcer Jeff Osborne and two-time fighter of the year Miesha “Cupcake” Tate. Lightweight Brandon Dudley of North Bend risks his perfect 4-0 record against Springfield, Ore. resident Emmanuel Sanchez in a three-round contest. Four-time amateur champion Brent “Mankill” Knopp, of Burien, is scheduled to face Brandon Pitts over three rounds in the middleweight division. In featured undercard bouts, rising star and Yakima native Julian Erosa risks his unbeaten record against chokehold master Jason Gybles of Bend, Ore. Featherweight standouts Jacob Boysen, of Seattle, and Ryan Mulvihill, of Spokane, will meet in a three-rounder for Northwest region supremacy. Six additional three round undercard matches will take place featuring local standouts Dave Courchaine, Matt Kovacks, Chris Wheaton, Jose Rico, Andy Paves and Damen Wood. Tickets are available to the ten bout fight card on ticketmaster.com or by going to the Emerald Queen box office. For more information and the latest updates, go to http://www.halquistproductions.com.
SEAHAWKS TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS
Northwest Sportscards will be hosting signing events for Seattle Seahawk players Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas at their local hobby store in University Place. Sherman will make an appearance and sign autographs on Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., while Thomas will make an appearance and sign autographs on Nov. 17 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Northwest Sportscards. To participate in the signings, customers are encouraged to pre-pay at Northwest Sportscards. The hobby store, located at 3816 Bridgeport Way West in University Place, will also have items for customers to purchase for the autographs.