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Abravanel’s team to play in Sac on Sunday

Steve Yingling

This weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for former South Tahoe High School soccer standout Leon Abravanel.

Abravanel, a member of the Vikings’ 2003 state championship team, and his University of Denver Pioneers will visit San Jose State on Friday and Sacramento State on Sunday.

The Pioneers edged Air Force 1-0 last Saturday for their third straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federationvictory. Abravanel, a senior, subbed in and delivered one shot for Denver. It was his ninth shot of the season.

Despite only starting three of the Pioneers’ 10 matches, Abravanel is tied for second on the team with two goals.

The MPSF leaders will play San Jose State at 8 p.m. Friday and Sacramento State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

— Manhattanville junior Cybil Robinson scored her fifth goal of the season in the Valiants’ 2-1 Freedom Conference defeat to FDU-Florham on Tuesday in Madison, N.J.

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The unassisted goal by the former South Tahoe High player tied the match with 20 minutes to go in regulation play, but Florham produced the winning goal early in overtime.

Robinson’s five goals are second best on the team.

Manhattanville (6-8 overall, 1-2 in conference) plays Delaware Valley College on Saturday.

— Allison Kern, who prepped at South Tahoe High, played 73 minutes in Sonoma State’s 1-0 win over Academy of the Art on Wednesday in Rohnert Park. The defender also played 68 minutes in a 3-0 victory over Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday and 110 minutes in a 2-2 tie with Cal State San Bernardino on Oct. 10.

The Seawolves (11-3-1 overall) play at Humboldt State on Sunday.

— UC Santa Cruz freshman Tess Braun remains a starter for the Slugs’ women’s soccer team. The Slugs (7-5-1) lost to Claremont College 4-2 on Oct. 10 but rebounded to beat CSU Monterey Bay 1-0 on Sunday. Braun played for South Tahoe High’s unbeaten Sierra Division team last year.

— Northwest Christian University has put together a modest two-game winning streak to creep up to seventh place in the Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s soccer standings.

The Beacons defeated Cascade College 1-0 last Saturday and will play Eastern Oregon on Friday.

Freshman Karli Vath of South Lake Tahoe leads the Beacons (5-8 overall, 2-3 in the CCC) with 10 goals, seven assists and 27 points.

— Jordan Reeder, a freshman from Whittell High School, is doing her part to make Cornell a University a contender for the Ivy League volleyball title.

She had three kills, 10 digs and an assist in the Big Red’s 25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-16 triumph over Pennsylvania on Friday. Cornell, however, suffered its first league defeat in four matches at the hands of Princeton on Saturday. Reeder had eight digs and an assist, but the Tigers won in three games.

Cornell (4-10 overall) lost to Colgate in four games on Tuesday. Reeder delivered eight digs and a kill.

The Big Red will be on the road this weekend, traveling to Harvard and Dartmouth.

— Jessica Woods and the Wright State University women’s volleyball team added two nonconference wins to bring their record (9-12) closer to the .500 mark.

Woods, who starred at Whittell High School from 2003-06, contributed 14 digs, four blocks, five kills and seven service points in the Raiders’ 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, 14-25, 15-12 victory over Indiana State on Tuesday.

Last Saturday, Woods had seven kills and 13 digs as Wright State knocked off Robert Morris 25-16, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17.

Wright State will begin the second half of Horizon League play starting Friday at Green Bay.

— Seattle Pacific junior Jessica Bettencourt delivered seven kills and four blocks in a narrow women’s volleyball defeat to once-beaten Western Oregon last Thursday in Seattle.

The Falcons lost 26-24, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20 to fall to 3-13 overall and 1-6 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

— Former South Shore student Laura Vogelgesang has made the Penn State Lady Icers’ hockey team. Vogelgesang, a forward, is one of 12 freshmen on the team. The Lady Icers recently defeated Ohio State en route to a third-place finish in the Great Lakes Women’s Collegiate Hockey Showcase.

— South Tahoe High grads Kimmy and Matt Arroues competed in the Vanguard Invitational last Saturday in Costa Mesa, Calif. Matt Arroues, a freshman, finished 72nd in the 8K men’s race in 30 minutes, 47 seconds. Older sister, Kimmy, a sophomore, placed 55th in the women’s 5K race in 20:34. The women’s squad finished fourth, while the men took eighth place.

— Freshman Kate Lambdin of the San Jose State Spartans came in 20th out of 109 competitors in the women’s race at the San Francisco State Invitational. The former South Tahoe High runner completed the 6K in 23:28 and wasn’t far off the pace of winner Katie Theisen of St. Thomas, who was timed in 21:45. Lambdin was the fourth Spartan to finish. The Spartans finished third, trailing only St. Thomas and Chico State.

— Former South Tahoe High runner Alex Sharp of Chico State was 17th out of 82 racers in the San Francisco State Invitational last week. His time for the 8K was 26:31, leaving him only 2:12 behind the winner. He was the sixth Chico State runner to cross the finish line. The Wildcats finished second as a team.

— Nick Garratt, a junior linebacker for USC, saw special teams action in the Trojans’ 28-0 football trouncing of Arizona State last Saturday in Los Angeles.

— Humboldt State senior offensive lineman Adam Fountain started at right tackle in a 16-6 defeat to Dixie State College last Saturday. The Jacks (2-5 overall) meet Central Washington on Saturday in Arcata.