LOGGERS VOLLEYBALL HAS LOFTY EXPECTATIONS
The University of Puget Sound women’s volleyball team split four matches at the Posada Royale Invitational last weekend in Thousand Oaks, Calif., but still is ranked 11th in the nation as they look for another deep run into the postseason.
They defeated Chapman in five sets and La Verne in three sets, but fell to Cal Lutheran and were swept by Claremont on Sept. 8. Still, the Loggers have been led by a solid core of returning players, namely reigning first-team All-American outside hitter and Northwest Conference Player of the Year Jackie Harvey. But fellow outside hitter Marissa Florant, middle blocker Nicolette Reynaud and setter Jenni Brehove have been – and will be – key to the Loggers’ success as well.
The Loggers sit at 5-3 overall on the young season, as their grueling schedule has featured five teams ranked in the preseason Top 25. The Loggers return home to play their final nonconference match on Sept. 13, when they host Concordia-Moorehead at 7 p.m. They open league play by hosting Linfield on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and George Fox on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
LOGGERS BEGIN ANOTHER TITLE HUNT
The University of Puget Sound women’s soccer team is looking for its 12th consecutive Northwest League title this fall, and improved to 2-1 on the young season with a dominating 5-0 win over Warner Pacific at home on Sept. 7.
Liz Blonden got the Loggers started with a goal off Kylie Beeson’s corner in the 19th minute, and the Loggers benefitted from an own goal to make it 2-0 in the 30th minute. Lauren Swanson scored on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 35th minute to make it 3-0 at the half.
Beeson added another assist when Alex Teesdale put in her corner in the 70th minute, and Annie Jonsson closed it out with a goal off an assist from Annie Prickett in the 85th minute.
The Loggers made life easy for keeper Lauren Thomas, allowing zero shots by Warner Pacific while collecting 18 shots and nine corner kicks of their own.
The Loggers were ranked 13th in the nation when the new rankings came out earlier this week, and will begin league play with a match at Pacific Lutheran on Sept. 14 at noon.
LUTES MEN ROLLING EARLY
The Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer team put up two dominating shutouts last weekend to improve to 4-0 overall on the season – the first time they’ve won their first four games since 1998.
The Lutes won 4-0 over Evergreen State on Sept. 8, as Derek Johnson scored twice in the first half to take control – including a goal less than six minutes into the game off a pass from Giancarlo Santoro. Rigoberto Loreto made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute by bending a free kick into the net, and added an assist three minutes later when his corner kick found the foot of Brian Lefavour, who drove it in for the final tally.
The Lutes topped Wisconsin Lutheran 3-0 on Sept. 6, as Lefavour helped make it 1-0 in the 11th minute when Troy-Mikal Oliger scored off his corner. Johnson struck for a goal just before halftime off another assist from Santoro, and Loreto scored in the 81st minute to put the game away.
The Lutes have allowed only one goal in their four matches so far, and will host Southwestern (Tex.) on Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. and Hardin-Simmons on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
UPS TO INDUCT HALL OF FAME CLASS
After announcing their 2013 Hall of Fame class in June, Puget Sound will host the induction ceremony for the five new members on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Wheelock Student Center on campus.
The inductees include Craig Caskey (baseball), Dave Davis (cross country/track & field), Laura Grinstead (soccer), Erin Peterson (softball), and Roger Woods (swimming).
Caskey (1972) went on to pitch in the major leagues and still holds school records on the mound over 40 years after he threw his last pitch as a Logger. Peterson (2000) was an All-American catcher and still owns the home run record at Puget Sound. Grinstead (2001) was an All-American defender on the soccer pitch and led the Loggers to their first Northwest Conference title. Davis (2000) and Woods (1994) both earned individual national titles for the Loggers in their respective sports. Woods was a three-time NAIA national champion in the pool while Davis won the NCAA Division III cross country title in 1999 and was a three-time All-American.
The class will be celebrated again during the Loggers’ football home opener against Chapman University on Sep. 14 at 1 p.m. For more information visit http://www.loggerathletics.com or call (253) 879–3140 to RSVP.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE OFFERED
Registration for the RAGE Girls Volleyball League in the Puyallup and Spanaway-Parkland communities will be held on Sept. 14 at Puyallup High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and again on Sept. 21 at Franklin Pierce High School from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. League play is offered for girls in grades 3-9 in both the elementary and junior high divisions. Cost is $45 if registered before Sept. 14 or $50 afterwards and includes a t-shirt, an instructional clinic, and seven matches.
An instructional clinic by members of the Puyallup High School volleyball team will be held on Sept. 14 from 9-10:30 a.m. for students in grades 3-5 and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for students in grades 6-9. Another similar clinic will be held on Sept. 21 at Franklin Pierce High School. Volunteer coaches are also being sought. Over 240 girls participated in the league last year.
For further information go to http://www.recre8.org and click on Rage Volleyball League or contact Justin Luckman at (253) 298-3026 or at email@example.com.