WOU ROUNDUP: Wolves defeat Central Washington

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball team defeated Central Washington 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 on Saturday to earn its first home win of the season.

Alisha Bettinson matched a career high with 22 kills to lead the Wolves. She also had 13 digs. Maddie Mehciz recorded 58 assists. Amanda Short posted a career-high of 18 kills.

WOU lost to Northwest Nazarene 25-20, 25-19, 25-21 on Thursday.

Western Oregon plays at Seattle Pacific on Thursday and at Saint Martin’s on Saturday.

FOOTBALL FALLS TO MONTANA STATE: Western Oregon’s football team lost to Montana State 55-0 on Saturday. WOU (1-2 overall) held the Bobcats scoreless for much of the first quarter, but five turnovers led to an easy win for Montana State. MSU held WOU to 92 total passing yards. Running back Steven Long had 49 yards on the ground. Western Oregon resumes Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Humboldt State Saturday at 6 p.m.

RIBICH TAKES SECOND: Western Oregon men’s cross-country runner David Ribich placed second at the Sundodger Invitational Saturday in Seattle. Ribich finished the 8-kilometer run in 24 minutes, 4.9 seconds. He was the top Division II finisher.

The men placed seventh in the team standings. Dustin Nading took 12th in 24:48.20, and Justin Cross White took 48th in 25:40.9 to lead the men’s team.

The women placed 14th. Kennedy Rufener finished 37th, recording a time of 22:25.9 in the 6-kilometer race. Suzanne Van De Grift placed 47th in 22:39.2.

WOU will return to action on Oct. 1 at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem.

SOCCER SPLITS: Western Oregon’s women’s soccer squad defeated Oregon Tech 3-1 on Sept. 14 before falling to Western Washington 2-0 on Saturday.

The Wolves closed out its nonconference season with a win over Oregon Tech. Taylor Higa scored the team’s first goal in the ninth minute. After Oregon Tech tied the match, Mariah Konyn scored the game-winner in the 40th minute on an assist from Sydney Thomas. WOU added an insurance goal in the second half as Meli Cortez scored in the 88th minute off an assist from Higa. The Wolves (3-5 overall, 0-1 GNAC) play at Montana State Billings on Thursday before hosting Northwest Nazarene Saturday at 1 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS ASSISTANTS: Western Oregon men’s basketball coach Jim Shaw announced a pair of additions to his coaching staff on Sept. 14.

Gage Aker and Zach Payne will serve on Shaw’s staff as assistant coaches.

Aker spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at Montana State-Northern, where his responsibilities included scouting, recruiting, player development and operational aspects.

Payne spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Whitworth University.

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