SPORTSWATCH

TACOMA PREP SCORES

FOOTBALL:

Thursday, Aug. 31 –

Lakes – 24, Juanita – 6

Friday, Sept. 1 –

Stadium – 41, Steilacoom – 14

Wilson – 20, Everett – 23

Todd Beamer – 43, Spanaway Lake – 28

Concrete – 41, Life Christian – 0

Bethel – 36, Yelm – 33

Mt. Tahoma – 44, Pt. Angeles – 0

Sumner – 49, Bonney Lake – 13

Puyallup – 33, Curtis – 24

Saturday, Sept. 2 –

Bellarmine Prep – 27, Rogers – 6

Tacoma Baptist – 78, Crescent – 64

O’Dea – 23, Lincoln – 21

VOLLEYBALL –

Tuesday, Sept. 5 –

Auburn Riverside – 3, Puyallup – 0

Curtis – 3, Tumwater – 0

Bonney Lake – 3, Sumner – 2

Kentlake – 3, Wilson – 1

Federal Way – 3, Lakes – 0

Kent-Meridian – 3, Stadium – 0

Olympic 3, Steilacoom – 0

GIRLS SOCCER –

Tuesday, Sept. 5 –

Bellarmine Prep – 1, Rogers – 1

Puyallup – 2, Curtis – 2

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PLU VOLLEYBALL TAKES PUGET SOUND PREMIERE

The Pacific Lutheran University volleyball team ran roughshod over a pair of opponents for the second consecutive day at the Puget Sound Premiere, closing the tournament held at the University of Puget Sound’s Memorial Gymnasium undefeated. The Lutes disposed of College of Saint Benedict 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-13, 25-20) to open the day before besting Clarkson University 3-1 (25-21, 18-25, 29-27, 25-17) in the nightcap.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better performance and just a fantastic start to our season,” said Lutes’ head coach Kevin Aoki.

The Lutes (4-0) led wire-to-wire in the opening set against Saint Benedict (0-3), securing five of the first six points. PLU’s lead ballooned to 19-10 before the Blazers battled back, pulling within two at 24-22 before an attack error gave the Lutes the 25-22 win in set one. St. Benedict stole the second set 25-19 but its was all Lutes after that with PLU taking set three 25-13 before wrapping up the match with a 25-20 decision in the fourth.

Chloe Epker notched a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs while Isabella Zubrod and Mackenzie Harris chipped in 11 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Kiana Calles tallied a match-high 47 assists along with three service aces while Caylie Shiramizu had a team-high 15 digs.

Against Clarkson (2-2), the Lutes dropped the opening point before scoring eight of the next nine. PLU maintained the lead the rest of the set, earning the 25-21 win. The Golden Knights leveled the match with a 25-18 victory in the second set. The Lutes were up against the ropes in the third set, trailing 24-20 before ripping off four straight points to tie the game. The two teams traded points until a Danielle Skibiel kill and a Clarkson attack error gave the Lutes the 29-27 win. PLU wrapped up the match in the fourth, scoring nine of the final 10 points to emerge with the 25-17 victory to finish the weekend undefeated.

Zubrod finished with a team-high 15 kills while Epker tallied 13 kills and 17 digs. Calles had 45 assists and 14 digs while Mackenzie Harris was a force at the net with six blocks. Defensively, Shiramizu again led the Lutes with 24 digs. Calles finished the two-day Puget Sound Premiere as the Most Outstanding Player while Harris and Shiramizu both earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

The Lutes are back in action on Friday, Sept. 8, competing at the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif. PLU will open against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges at 12:30 p.m. before closing the day with a 3 p.m. showdown with Whittier College.

“We’re looking forward to the Cal Lu tourney where we will play a couple of top 10 teams and also get to watch our football team play,” said Aoki.

PLU MEN BLAST CIT IN SOCCER HOME OPENER

The Pacific Lutheran University men’s soccer team made the most of its home opener, besting California Institute of Technology to the tune of a 4-0 shutout in a non-conference clash at East Field. Three early goals all but clinched the victory for the Lutes, who wrapped up their first weekend of the season by displaying their early improvement.

The Lutes’ (1-2) first goal came courtesy of Jackson Moore, who scored off of a pass from Rio Alcorta in the sixth minute. Just over three minutes later, Eddie Na notched his second goal of the season thanks to a pass from Bennett Bugbee to push the lead to 2-0. Not even three more minutes went by before Na scored again. This time, Na took a pass from Chris Trussel and put it into the back of the net to give the Lutes a 3-0 lead.

The Lutes took that lead into the half and added to it shortly after the break, as Jaisen Zurfluh scored his second goal as a Lute thanks to an assist from Elijah James Hurt, to put the Lutes up 4-0. The Lutes defense continued to hold the Beavers (1-1) scoreless for the game, earning the 4-0 shutout.

“I’m happy with the team,” PLU head coach John Yorke said. “We had two difficult road games, and I was concerned that our energy wouldn’t be right, but we fought through well.”

Goalkeepers Tyler Ohata and Cole Weaver made their first appearances of the season in net, combining for three saves to share a clean sheet. Many players saw their first action as Lutes this weekend, and Yorke was very satisfied with their initial performances.

“We’ve got a really good group of new guys,” Yorke said. “Our first years and transfers were solid this weekend, and a lot of them will contribute right away, so expect a lot from the in the future.”

Bennett Bugbee, one the Lutes’ most experienced players, was also impressed with his newest teammates, and hopes the team can build off of this into their final non-conference games before conference play next weekend.

“It felt good to get a win out there today,” Bugbee said. “Our first performance in Atlanta wasn’t great, but we’ve bounced back, and we started the game really well today, and we’re hoping to build off of this.”

The Lutes remain at East Field this coming weekend, hosting the University of Texas-Tyler on Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., and Wheaton College on the following day at 6 p.m. ~By Jake Bilyeu, PLU Sports.

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UPS FOOTBALL RUNS OUT OF TIME IN COMEBACK BID

Senior quarterback Tanner Diebold threw for 322 yards in his first-career start for the Puget Sound football team, but the Loggers could not fully climb out of an early deficit in a season-opening loss at La Verne, 33-25, on Saturday afternoon.

La Verne (1-0) carried a 13-0 lead into the second quarter, and a Logger comeback seemed nearly impossible when the Leopards took a 20-0 advantage. However, Dieblold, AJ Johnson, and the Loggers (0-1) were up for the challenge.

Johnson was impressive in his collegiate debut, reeling in seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. His 47-yard touchdown reception with three minutes left in the first half put the Loggers on the scoreboard for the first time. The Loggers quickly regained possession thanks to Matt Ahnin’s interception at Puget Sound’s 39-yard line.

The following drive ended with senior kicker Drew Kristensen connecting on a 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the first half, cutting La Verne’s lead in half by the break. Johnson had 105 receiving yards through the first two quarters.

The Loggers maintained momentum early in the second half, and Vance Wood’s two-yard rushing score four minutes into the third quarter made it a three-point game, 20-17.

In their ensuing possession, the Leopards were held to just a field goal. Puget Sound faced a one-possession deficit, 23-17, midway through the third quarter. La Verne added to its lead with a touchdown late in the quarter, and then tacked on three points early in the fourth.

Paul Thomas caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with 5:57 left in the fourth quarter, and Aiden Santino caught a two-point conversion to make the score 33-25. The Puget Sound defense forced La Verne into a three-and-out, and the Loggers began their final possession on their own 20-yard line with 3:44 on the clock.

Diebold sprinted for a couple of six-yard gains, and he connected with a Collin Heimbach for a 21-yard completion that brought the Loggers down to La Verne’s 21-yard line. Three incompletions and a sack by the Leopard defense ended the game. Senior safety Max Washam led the Loggers with 10 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss.

The Loggers make their home debut in Baker Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 9, against Occidental. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

UPS LOGGER WOMEN BACK TO WINNING FORM

Tayla MacPherson’s early goal was all the Puget Sound women’s soccer team needed as the Loggers blanked Claremont-M-S on the road, 2-0, on Sunday. Jamie Lange tallied seven saves for her first-career shutout, and Gabbie Berg added an insurance goal in the second half.

The Loggers (1-1) got on the board when Tess Peppis crossed a pass from the right side to MacPherson at the top of the 18-yard box. The Seattle native buried her second-career goal to give Puget Sound a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.

Berg also netted her second-career goal on Sunday. She put away a rebound after Lura Morton drilled a shot on goal from the right side in the 58th minute.

Lange made four saves in the second half, including a stop in the 87th minute to preserve the shutout. The Stags (0-3) managed 16 shots to the Loggers’ 10.  CMS also finished with the advantage in corner kicks, 8-3.

UPS MEN EDGED BY EASTERN OREGON IN OPENER

The Loggers make their home debut against Eastern Oregon on Friday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m.

The Puget Sound men’s soccer team came out strong on Tuesday, Sept. 5,in their season-opener against Eastern Oregon, but the Mountaineers nipped the Loggers, 1-0. Within the first 15 minutes of play, Puget Sound tallied three corner kicks, and Lucas Curry’s header off one of those corners hit the crossbar.

Late in the first half, Eastern Oregon’s Oscar Munoz, snuck in a goal behind Wren Norwood. The two teams continued to battle all second half, but the score remained 1-0.

Even though Puget Sound out-shot Eastern Oregon, 9-8, the Loggers were unable to capitalize in the final third in Tuesday’s game.

The Loggers return to their home field to take on Wheaton this Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30pm.

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