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Spartan effort by Lambdin in Memphis

Anyone who saw Kate Lambdin run during her four-year career at South Tahoe High School shouldn’t be surprised by the start of her season at San Jose State University.

Lambdin, a sophomore, finished 30th out of 184 runners on Sept. 5 at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Her 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 38.94 seconds helped the Spartans finish third out of 24 teams.

“We have a strong team this year, so we are hoping to do well,” said Lambdin, a 2007-08 Tribune female athlete of the year. “We’ve all stepped up our training over the summer. We have 24 on our women’s team, and everyone wants to be in the top seven or eight. Practices have been tougher this year, but we are hoping that it will all pay off in the end.”



Lambdin and the Spartans will return to action Saturday at the at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif.

Woods makes all-tourney team



Wright State University junior volleyball player Jessica Woods was selected to the Raider Challenge All-Tournament team last weekend in Dayton, Ohio.

The former Whittell High School volleyball player delivered 17 digs, 13 kills and two block assists in her team’s five-game championship match loss to Kent State.

Earlier in the Raider Challenge, Wright State swept matches from Evansville and St. Peter’s. Woods had 12 digs and nine kills against Evansville and seven kills and 13 digs vs. St. Peter’s.

The Raiders (7-3) opened their Horizon League schedule with a 16-25, 25-19, 25-14 and 25-20 defeat to Cleveland State on Tuesday. Woods contributed 13 digs, three block assists and two kills.

Wright State (7-3) is scheduled to play West Virginia, Duquesne and George Mason in this weekend’s West Virginia Invitational.

Kern leading stingy Seawolves’ D

Sonoma State junior defender Allison Kern has been part of three shutouts seven games into the women’s soccer season.

The Seawolves have blanked Hawaii-Hilo (3-0), Cal State Stanislaus (1-0) and Chico State (0-0) and are 3-3-1 for the season. Sonoma State lost to Cal Poly Pomona on Friday and will play at Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday.

Reeder sets up Big Red wins

The Cornell Big Red won two of three volleyball matches at last weekend’s Binghamton Invitational, beating Fairleigh Dickinson and Towson before losing to host Binghamton in the finals.

Jordan Reeder, a Whittell High grad, had 36 assists, seven digs and three kills in the five-set win over Fairleigh Dickinson; 33 assists and seven digs in a three-game sweep of Towson; and 11 assists and two digs in a three-game setback to Binghamton.

Cornell (2-4) will play Colgate, St. John’s and Buffalo at this weekend’s Cornell Invitational.

Bettencourt’s team wins league opener

Senior Jessica Bettencourt provided five kills, three digs and two blocks as Seattle Pacific’s women’s volleyball team rallied to beat Northwest Nazarene in five games in Nampa, Idaho.

The match served as the Falcons’ Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Seattle Pacific is 7-6 overall.

Van Gorden snares pass for Azusa

Former South Tahoe High quarterback Mikey Van Gorden made a pass reception in Azusa Pacific’s 49-24 football defeat to University of Wisconsin-La Crosse last Saturday.

Azusa Pacific (0-3) plays at Central Washington on Saturday.

Note to readers: Not all South Shore college athletes appear in each installment of “College Stars.”


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