Point Loma is 2-2 on the season and 1-1 at home. The Sea Lions recently defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the buzzer, 42-40, on a jumper by Weston Elhers. That shot capped off a late Sea Lions comeback in which they were trailing by three points with just 45 seconds remaining.
The Sea Lions have now held their opponents to under 60 points in all four games. PLNU’s opponents are averaging just 50.5 points per game and shooting only 37 percent from the field, including 25 percent from behind the arc.
Arren Wells is averaging 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman to lead the team in both categories. Fellow freshman Todd Campbell has done a bit of everything for Point Loma early in the season. He leads the team in assists (15), free throws (11) and total rebounds (18).
The Sea Lions are 2-1 on the season. They opened the year with a 59-46 win over Biola then went 1-1 at the Cal State Los Angeles Thanksgiving Classic.
Carlotta Kloppenburg is leading the team with 14.7 points per game. She scored a career-high 18 points in Point Loma’s 70-43 win over Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Nyla Bailey continues to be a force for the Sea Lions. The senior is averaging 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds a game. As a team, PLNU is allowing just 53.7 points per game and its opponents are shooting just 29 percent from the field.
Kelli LeClair, Natalie Hamill and Nicole Eiler were each named to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-West Regional volleyball team. LeClair picked up first-team honors, while both Eiler and Hamill represented the Sea Lions on the second team.
LeClair was also named to the All-Pacific West Conference third team. The freshman outside hitter from Yucaipa (Yucaipa High School) led Point Loma in points and kills. She ranked sixth in the PacWest with 3.71 kills and 4.17 points per set. She had double-figure kills in 22 of the Sea Lions’ 27 matches. She also registered 12 double-doubles and finished the season with 2.51 digs per set.
Point Loma advanced to the finals of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) West Regional by winning the shootout with Azusa Pacific in the 12th rounds. The match was scoreless until the 75th minute when Azusa Pacific grabbed a 1-0 lead.
The Sea Lions got the equalizer in the 83rd minute on a header goal from Krista Gregory. The match remained at 1-1 through the second overtime, sending the teams to a shootout for the right to advance in the regional.
PLNU went on top in the shootout 3-1 after three rounds but missed each of their next two attempts to let APU back in. The shootout would continue into the 12th round where PLNU’s goalie, Tiffany Kracy, stopped the Cougars’ shot and Kaycie Hanlin converted her second penalty kick of the shootout to send Point Loma to the NCCAA West Region final against Cal Baptist.
In the NCCAA West Region final, Cal Baptist midfielder and 2012 PacWest Player of the Year Bernadette Witz scored in the 23rd minute and the Lancers held on for a 1-0 win. They will now advance to the NCCAA National Tournament in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Sea Lions ended their first season in Division II with a 12-5-3 record and a third-place finish in the PacWest (9-3-2).
All-PacWest Team: Goal keeper Tiffany Kracy, midfielder Kallie Caldwell and forward Amanda Mitchell were all named to the All-PacWest third team. Nicole Craft joined them as an honorable mention selection.