Bettencourt helps Falcons take flight
Jessica Bettencourt provided the final kill in two much-needed wins for the Seattle Pacific volleyball program last week.
The former Viking volleyball star had seven kills and two blocks in compiling an impressive .636 hitting percentage in a three-game sweep of Saint Martin’s on Saturday in Seattle.
In the Falcons’ previous match, Bettencourt had five kills and a block as Seattle Pacific surprised Western Oregon. For Western Oregon, it was only its third Great Northwest Athletic Conference defeat.
The Falcons (11-9 overall, 6-6 GNAC) will try to keep their momentum going during a road swing that will take them Alaska Fairbanks tonight and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.
Woods’ team surging
Jessica Woods supplied the Wright State volleyball team with three digs, a kill and an assist during a 30-24, 30-27, 30-26 road sweep of the Valparaiso Crusaders last Saturday.
With the Horizon League win, the Raiders moved past .500 with a 6-5 record.
They picked up their 10th overall win against 14 losses on Tuesday night with a four-game win over the Cincinnati Bearcats. Woods, who prepped at Whittell High in Zephyr Cove, had one dig in two games of action as the Raiders recorded their first win over the Bearcats since 1995.
Wright State resumes Horizon League play Friday as the Raiders head to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler in their final road match of the regular season.
Arroues’ Biola team second
Biola University’s cross country team finished runner-up to Azusa Pacific at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships last Saturday in Costa Mesa.
Former South Tahoe High cross country star Kimmy Arroues finished 51st out of 90 runners with her 5K time of 20:39.
Biola, ranked No. 7 in a recent NAIA national poll, placed seven runners in the top 29 to trigger the best conference meet finish in school history.
Next up for the Eagles is the NAIA Region II race Nov. 3 at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Valiants clinch postseason berth
After 11 defeats and two ties to start the season, the Manhattanville College women’s soccer team only needed four wins to clinch a postseason berth.
The Valiants edged DeSales 2-1 to raise their Freedom Conference mark to 4-0-0, gaining a share of first place and clinching a playoff spot.
South Tahoe High alum Bailey Flood fired two shots and former Viking Cybil Robinson took one shot on goal.
Flood scored her first point of the season on Oct. 17 in the Valiants’ 4-1 rout of FDU-Florham. Holly Nonis led the Valiants with two goals, the last of which followed a pass from Flood.
The once-struggling Valiant offense erupted for season highs in goals (four), shots (19) and shots on goal (14).
Manhattanville was scheduled to play its final home game of the regular season on Wednesday against Wilkes.
Karmann plays extensively vs. Orange
After not playing in a pair of Ivy League defeats to Yale and Brown over the weekend, former Whittell all-state volleyball player Kelly Karmann saw extensive playing time against Syracuse on Tuesday night.
The Cornell freshman had one block, one dig and one assist while playing in all four games of a match won by Syracuse.
Cornell is 6-12 overall, including 2-5 in the Ivy League.
Garratt part of irish thumping
Nick Garratt, a former linebacker for South Tahoe, played in one of college football’s most storied settings last Saturday. The USC special teams player participated in the Trojans’ 38-0 win over Notre Dame in South Bend.
Volleyball player turned rower
Former STHS volleyball player Christina Baghdikian has reportedly made the women’s crew team at UC-Irvine. The Anteaters’ next race is Oct. 27 in Sacramento.