THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/No. 2 Stanford volleyball turns back challenge of No. 17 Ducks; UO's Laurent advances in tennis tourney


CONCORDIA 2, Seattle Pacific 1

The Cavaliers defeated the visiting Falcons in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs at Tuominen Yard on the CU campus in Northeast Portland.

The Cavs will face Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Western Washington in a second-round game, also at Concordia, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The teams met last week in the GNAC tournament, with Concordia winning at home 2-1 in overtime.

During the regular season, the Cavs lost 2-1 at WWU and beat the Vikings 1-0 at CU.

Western Washington had the higher national ranking going into the postseason (No. 6 to Concordia's No. 17). Now the Cavs are No. 11 and the Vikings are 16th.

It's Concordia's second year in a row in the second round.

Quinn Williams scored 1:57 into Thursday's matinee game, off a pass from Kyra Radcliffe, to give Concordia the lead.

Seattle Pacific, which finished the season with a 12-6-2 record, pulled even at 54:19.

But Megan Meyers struck at 58:28, with what proved to the winner.

Concordia led 17-5 in shots and 5-2 in shots on goal, and took eight corner kicks to three by the Falcons.

Western Washington 1, Sonoma State 0

The Vikings advanced to Round 2 of the D-II playoffs on a goal in the 16th minute by Gabriela Pelogi.

Sonoma State outshot WWU, 16-15, including 9-6 on goal.


STANFORD 3, Oregon 1

Close losses in the first two sets came back to haunt the 17th-ranked Ducks' in their upset bid at No. 2 Stanford.

The Cardinal prevailed 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11.

Oregon slipped to 16-9 overall and 9-6 in Pac-12 matches.

Stanford is 23-1, 15-0.

For the Ducks, Lindsey Vander Weide and Ronika Stone had 11 kills apiece, and Willow Johnson had 10 on team-high .304 hitting. August Raskie had 47 assists, and Brook Nuneviller made 18 digs.

Saint Mary's 3, PORTLAND 2

At Chiles Center, the Gaels rallied for a 22-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-16, 15-10 victory.

Saint Mary's improved to 17-7 overall and 9-5 in the West Coast Conference, while the Pilots dropped to 18-8, 6-8.

Reghan Pukis, Katie Barker and Shayla Hoeft all had 13 kills for UP. Cali Thompson had 44 assists, and Izzy Guzik had 24 digs, Carey Williams 20.

CALIFORNIA 3, Oregon State 0

The Beavers fell to 11-16 overall and 1-14 in the Pac-12, as Cal won 28-26, 26-21, 25-17 at Berkeley.

The Bears are 14-12, 6-9.

Maddie Goings (14 kills), Amy Underdown I12) and Maddy Gravley (10) led the offense. Gravley added five blocks.

IDAHO STATE 3, Portland State 0

The host Bengals won all three sets 25-17 to knock the Vikings to 5-22 for the season and 4-11 in the Big Sky.

ISU is 16-12, 10-5.

Katy Wilson had a team-high seven kills and her season high in blocks (seven), and Mackenzie Sullivan posted a match-best 17 digs for the Vikings.


The Cavaliers won their season finale, 13-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12, behind senior Tori Johnson's first double-double of the year (career-high 21 kills, 10 digs).

Concordia's two-game win streak pushed its record to 12-15, 9-11.

The Cavs will finish sixth or seventh in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.


Southern Oregon opposite Taylor Ristvedt, a junior from Cleveland High, has been named CCC Player of the Year.

Warner Pacific senior outside hitter Melisa Ljuca was among those joining her on the all-conference team.

Also from Warner Pacific, senior setter Kealia Rosa from Central Catholic High received honorable mention.


Oregon senior Thomas Laurent, the No. 8-ranked player in the nation, won his second match in two days at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in Surprise, Arizona. He beat No. 60 Ewan Moore of Tulane, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the round of 16 in the main draw. Laurent is seeded fifth in the tournament. He will meet fifth-seeded John McNally of Ohio State on Friday.


Three former Oregon Ducks turned in respectable first-round scores in the Mayakoba Golf Classic at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Wyndham Clark shot a 1-under-par 70 and was tied for 77th. Aaron Wise and Norman Xiong were tied for 91st at 70.

Matt Kuchar, Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli took the lead at 64.

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