Hankoff helps Cougs even Pac-10 record
PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State Cougar volleyball team showed no mercy in defeating the California Golden Bears 30-26, 30-14, 30-11, Friday night before 1,537 fans at Bohler Gym.
WSU moves to 6-3 overall, 1-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play while California suffered its third consecutive loss and fell to 3-4 overall, 0-2 in league action.
Cougar senior middle hitter Melissa Boyle led WSU with 13 kills, hitting an outstanding .632, and had a career-high 11 blocks. LaToya Harris, making good on her Thursday night vow to turn up her personal play a notch, did just that with 12 kills, hitting .346 and matching her career-high in blocks with 7. Senior setter Kali Surplus tallied 37 assists and had 12 digs, as did defensive specialist Kortney Jamtaas. Kerry Lewis had two service aces.
“We only had 11 errors tonight and that is so awesome,” Cougar Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. “That’s what we’ve been working for: cutting down the errors and then to have 14 blocks. It’s really fun when your players perform the way you know they can. And the way they know they can.”
Washington State travels to Oregon and Oregon State for Pac-10 matches next Friday and Saturday.
Hankoff was one of the bright spots in the Cougars’ Pac-10 opening loss to Stanford on Thursday. She was the only Cougar in double figures with 12 kills.
“They don’t make as many unforced errors as we do and they keep the ball in play,” said Hankoff, who also contributed six digs and two service aces. “We were right there in all three games. If we would have won the first game, the momentum would have been in our favor. We didn’t play as smart as we could have.”
The sixth-ranked University of San Diego men’s soccer team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2-1 comeback victory over UC Irvine on Sunday at the LMU Classic in Los Angeles.
Alex Romagnolo is a junior defender for the Toreros.
The UCI Anteaters jumped out to a 1-0 lead five minutes into the match when Saul Wolf converted a penalty kick past Torero keeper Justin Neerhof at the 4:43 mark.
Junior forward Ryan Coiner knotted the score at 1-all in the 20th minute when he scored an unassisted goal from 10 yards out, netting his shot past UCI goalie C.J. Cooper at 19:33. Coiner added his second goal of the game and team-leading 5th goal of the season at 41:58 on a penalty kick.
Neither team scored in the second half as the defensive contest saw the Toreros get off just four second half shots, and UC Irvine five. Torero keeper Justin Neerhof was credited with 3 saves, while UCI’s C.J. Cooper tallied two saves.
Earlier in the tournament on Friday, the Toreros suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to the Harvard Crimson (3-0), snapping USD’s streak of 17 straight regular-season matches without a loss dating back to last season’s 2-1 loss to Oakland University.
USD jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead as sophomore Eric Wunderle scored in the 28th minute. Junior Tyler Conley set him up with a pass from 30 yards out and Wunderle netted his shot into the upper far post. It was Wunderle’s first goal of the season and Conley’s third assist in four matches. It was all USD in the first half as the Toreros busted loose 11 shots while limiting Harvard to just one.
USD returns to Torero Stadium this coming weekend when they host Brown University on Friday, Sept. 28th at 7 pm, and UC Riverside on Sunday, Sept. 30th at 3:00 pm.
Corey Martin 104th in Riverside meet
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams finished seventh at the UC Riverside Cross Country Invitational, as Brian Robles and Drea Palacio were the top Long Beach State runners. This was the first meet of the season for both clubs.
The men’s team combined to scored 171 points, finishing seventh out of 24 teams. Robles finished 29th overall with a time of 26:42.4 in the 8K event. The team’s top six runners each finished in the top-50 in a field of 237. Brian Stehmeier’s time of 26:48.1 placed him 33rd, followed by Arturo Garcia’s 39th place showing (26:51.3) and Aaron Durham’s 40th placing (26:52.8). Kenny Lawrence (43rd, 27:01.2) and Matt Bates (44th, 27:02.8) also finished in the top-50. Gray Mavhera won the event with a time of 25:01.9.
Former STHS Viking standout runner Cory Martin,a sophomore, was 104th in 28:04.
Claremont Mudd won the men’s event with 92 total points, as CS San Marcos finished second, CS Fullerton third, host UC Riverside fourth and Men of Troy fifth.
The Beach will next be in action at the Stanford Invitational next weekend.
Cheek, Broncos win first WAC game in school history
BOISE, Idaho – It was an historic night for the Boise State football team. The Broncos picked up a 42-17 win over the University of Texas-El Paso in the first Western Athletic Conference game in school history.
STHS alum Jeff Cheek is a starting offensive lineman for the Broncos.
After leading 28-17 at half, Boise State broke open a close game in the second half holding UTEP scoreless for the final 26 minutes in front of 23,517 fans.
Boise State (1-0 WAC, 1-2 overall) used the run to overpower UTEP (0-1, 1-2). The Broncos rushed for 224 yards on 53 carries. Junior Brock Forsey carried the ball 32 times for 138 yards and a touchdown, while sophomore David Mikell had 12 carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
“We knew going into the game we had to establish a running game,” Forsey said. “After watching film we knew that if we just kept pounding it out eventually we would be able to tire their d-line down and be able to dominate the running game.”
Boise State steps out of conference play next Saturday when the Broncos travel to Pullman, Washington to face archrival Idaho. The Vandals enter the contest with a 0-3 record including a 53-3 loss at Washington on Saturday.
Aggies raise record to 3-0
DAVIS, Calif. – Quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan passed for 372 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday, while junior wide receiver Michael Oliva caught 11 passes for a career-high 196 yards, as No.3 UC Davis shook off Western Oregon to record a 43-32 college football win before 7,260 fans at Toomey Field.
The Aggies’ roster includes WHS alum Dusty Apocotos, a kicker, and former STHS quarterback Bret Uppendahl.
The home opener for the Aggies was their 20th straight win in the regular season and lifted their 2001 record to 3-0. Western Oregon, which had not played since Sept. 8, dropped to 1-1. Receiver Mike Hinshaw caught three touchdown passes to lead the Wolves.
O’Sullivan, who surpassed 300 yards passing for the 14th time in his career, posted the fifth-highest total of his career. He also surpassed Kevin Daft (1995-98) as the all-time leading passer at UC Davis early in the first quarter and has 7,938 yards for his career.
Running back Trae Milton had 105 yards rushing and a pair of scores for the Aggies.
O’Sullivan completed 30 of 42 passes with no interceptions on Saturday before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter. He threw touchdown passes of 33 yards and four yards to receiver Charley Enos and tight end Chris Smith, respectively, in the first half, before hitting Oliva for a pair of scores just before and after halftime. He also rushed for 82 yards on nine carries, finishing with 454 yards in total offense – the third-highest of his career.
UC Davis returns to action on Sept. 29 at Humboldt State.
DAVIS, Calif. — Kelly Spaulding had 10 kills and hit .382 overall as UC Davis defeated San Francisco State in three games in California Collegiate Athletic Assocation volleyball action at Recreation Hall Saturday. UC Davis won by scores of 32-30, 30-26, and 30-23.
STHS grad Kate Devore contributed eight kills and three blocks to the winning cause.
On Friday, Becky Olson posted a season-high 18 digs while teammate Kelly Gaudino had a match-high 18 kills to lead Davis to a four-game, 30-22, 30-28, 20-30, 30-28 win over Sonoma State in California Collegiate Athletic Association women’s volleyball match. Devore delivered five blocks and five kills.
Last week in a three-game defeat to No. 2-ranked Cal St. San Bernardino (33-31, 30-28, 30-18) Devore had five kills and three blocks.
Devore had perhaps her best match of the season during a tough 32-30, 30-23, 21-30, 21-30, 15-13 CCAA defeat to Cal Poly Pomona on Sept. 14. UC Davis hit .440 in the third game to hold off a Pomona sweep. Junior middle blocker DeVore had six of her 14 kills in that frame. The South Lake Tahoe native would go on to hit 14-4-31 for a .323 hitting average on the match.
The Aggies are 7-5 on the season and 3-3 in conference play.
UC Davis has three road matches next week, facing Chico State on Wednesday then Cal St. Los Angeles and Cal St. Dominguez Hills over the following weekend.
Redlands University, which includes former high-scoring Whittell forward Todd Echan, is off to a 3-0 conference start following a 4-3 overtime win at Cal Lutheran on Sept. 15, 4-2 home victory over Pomona Pitzer on Sept. 19 and a 5-0 drubbing of Occidental College on Saturday in Eagle Rock, Calif.
In the thrilling Cal Lutheran match, two minutes into sudden victory overtime, the game ended on Justin Wells’ second goal, which ricocheted off a defender to seal the win at 4-3.
Redlands plays at Whittier College on Wednesday.
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