Wednesday, November 5, 2014
MONMOUTH — For the first 11 matches of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season, Western Oregon’s volleyball team was a doormat.
Now, the Wolves are looking to move out of the GNAC’s cellar.
Western Oregon swept Alaska Fairbanks 25-18, 25-19, 25-17 on Saturday after falling to Alaska Anchorage 25-22, 25-16, 25-13 on Thursday.
Saturday’s win was the squad’s second league victory in the last three matches.
Outside hitter Alisha Bettinson led the Wolves with nine kills and three aces, while Hannah Deede and Lani Kalalau had six kills each against the Nanooks.
Western Oregon (4-18 overall, 2-12 GNAC) hits the road for the final time during the regular season, playing at Simon Fraser on Thursday and Western Washington on Saturday.
FOOTBALL FALLS SHORT: After leading for much of the fourth quarter, Western Oregon found itself trailing by one with two minutes to go. The Wolves had one last chance to take the lead against No. 24 Azusa Pacific on Saturday with less than a minute remaining. But kicker Jesse Correa saw his 41-yard field goal blocked as the Wolves fell 19-18 on Saturday. Quarterback Ryan Bergman threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns to lead Western Oregon (4-5 overall, 2-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference), while Paul Revis had 125 receiving yards and a touchdown. Kraig Akins led the Wolves on defense with a game-high 12 tackles, while defensive lineman Jeremy Moore added two sacks. Western Oregon hosts Humboldt State Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Wolves’ home finale.
SOCCER SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer team ended its season with a pair of GNAC losses. The Wolves lost to Seattle Pacific 3-0 on Thursday and Saint Martin’s 2-0 on Saturday. Western Oregon (6-8-4 overall, 4-6-4 GNAC) saw freshman goalkeeper Lindsey Mabinuori step in for the second time this season against Saint Martin’s. She made two saves for the Wolves.