Sports Briefs (9/29/2009)

Seawolf women win Sundodger open race

The UAA men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up a successful showing at the University of Washington’s 18th annual Sundodger Invite on Sept. 19 at Lincoln Park in Seattle.

The No. 8 UAA women’s team won the open race for the second straight year, posting 22 points over Simon Fraser with 60 points. The Seawolf men’s team placed fourth in the invitational against Div. I opponents with 98 points.

The women finished the day victorious after placing all five scorers in the top-10. Pacing UAA was sophomore Ruth Jeptoo (Kapcheno, Kenya) who finished runner-up in the 6K race. Jeptoo completed the course in 21 minutes, 41.16 seconds, almost 40 seconds behind Natasha Wodak, running unattached.

Also competing in the women’s open race was Great Northwest Athletic Conference member Northwest Nazarene (5th), St. Martins (14th), and Central Washington (15th). The No. 10 Western Washington Vikings and No. 3 Seattle Pacific Falcons each raced in the Invite, finishing 3rd and 5th among Div. I teams, respectively.

On the men’s side, UAA joined No. 7 Western Washington as the only two GNAC teams to compete in the Invite. The Vikings finished second with 84 points.

MSUB trips Seawolves in 3

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A fine hitting performance by sophomore Jackie Matthisen was not enough to offset the loss of senior setter Calli Scott on Sept. 18 as the UAA volleyball team was swept 27-25, 25-18, 25-18 by Montana State Billings at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves dropped their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener despite getting 14 kills on .444 hitting by Matthisen, plus 12 kills from fellow outside hitter McKenzie Moss.

The Yellowjackets earned their first league win thanks to 17 kills and nine digs from senior outside hitter Devon Crotteau, one of the nation’s hitting leaders with more than 4.5 kills per set.

With UAA leading 24-22 in the first set, Crotteau delivered two straight kills and, after a timeout, gave MSUB a 26-25 lead with another spike. Yellowjackets Jody Lutz and Jennifer Boe then combined to block UAA’s Cortney Lundberg on set point, giving the visitors the early edge.

Tied 16-16 in the second set, UAA head coach Chris Green whistled for a timeout. It was at that point that Scott – the GNAC’s assists-per-game leader (9.91) – left the match due to a flu virus she has been fighting all week.

Without their floor general, the Seawolves allowed the last seven points of the second set, and were never able to get on track in the third.

-Compiled by Damaris Craig