ROUNDUP: PLNU volleyball squad pulls off upset at GCU
by PLNU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS
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Kelli LeClair (No. 21) continues to lead Point Loma Nazarene as the university’s top volleyball player and PacWest Conference award winner.                                   Courtesy photo by Will MacNeil
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WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Kelli LeClair had 21 kills and McKensey Wise added 17 as the Point Loma volleyball team upset No. 21 Grand Canyon University in five sets, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25 and 17-15, on Oct. 25.

This is the second straight win for the Sea Lions (9-13, 5-7 PacWest) over the ’Lopes. On Oct. 20, Point Loma went into Phoenix and knocked off Grand Canyon (19-5, 7-5 PacWest), when the ’Lopes were ranked No. 16, in four sets.

LeClair was once again a catalyst in the win for the Sea Lions. She followed up her 24-kill, 16-dig performance with another double-double Oct. 25. The freshman Yucaipa had 17 digs to go along with her team-leading 21 kills. She also added four service aces to help PLNU hold a three-point advantage in service points.

Wise gave the Sea Lions a second scoring option to counter the balanced scoring attack from Grand Canyon. She slammed down 17 kills on just 32 attempts with only three errors for a .438 hitting percentage.

In addition to their offensive stars, PLNU also received outstanding defense from senior Nicole Eiler who set a Point Loma single-match record with 38 digs. Natalie Hamill also added a season-best 56 assists and Briana Vieth had 26 digs. For the match PLNU outhit GCU .216 to .170.

The Sea Lions were scheduled to continue their homestand Oct. 30 when they welcomed PacWest rival Azusa Pacific to town in the third match of a six-match homestand for PLNU.

MEN’S SOCCER

Saeed Robinson scored a hat trick for Grand Canyon to spoil Senior Day for the Point Loma men’s soccer team with a 7-2 win on Oct. 25.

All three goals came in the first half as the ’Lopes (14-2-0, 11-1-0 PacWest) built a 3-0 at the half. PLNU (2-13-0, 1-10-0 PacWest) would cut into the lead in the 61st minute on Matt Steinhaus’ first goal of the season. He found himself open on the far side of the net on a throw-in from Paul Malherbe and deposited the ball into an open half of the net for the goal.

This was Senior Day for eight Point Loma seniors. Niko Acosta, Gustavo Jimenez, Keith Cline, JJ Reading, Austin Fares, Javier Castorena, Andrew Sanders and Isaac Gomez all played their final collegiate match at the PLNU soccer field Oct. 25.

The Sea Lions close out their season with three matches on the road. The first was set for Oct. 30 at Cal Baptist.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Brooke Winklepleck scored in the third minute of the match and Amanda Mitchell added two first-half goals to lift the Point Loma women’s soccer team over Grand Canyon 3-1 on Senior Day, Oct. 25.

The win moves Point Loma (11-3-1, 8-2-1 PacWest) within one point of Grand Canyon (9-5-2, 8-2-2 PacWest) for third place in the PacWest standings.

In the seventh minute Amanda Mitchell would get her first goal of the match when she and senior Tiffany Kracy hooked up on a full-field pass. Kracy took the goal kick and booted the ball into Grand Canyon’s box. Mitchell raced after it and caught the ball on the top of its first bounce and headed the ball over the goalie to put Point Loma up 2-0.

Codi Cameron would then hook up with Mitchell in the 18th minute to push the Sea Lions’ lead to 3-0. Cameron set up Mitchell on a nice touch pass inside the left side of the box and Mitchell rocketed in the open shot for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

Both teams played a tough second half but neither team was able to find the net again. Tiffany Kracy added six saves. She ends the year with just four goals allowed in 11 home matches.

The Point Loma women’s soccer team was expected to have another stiff challenge on its hands when it traveled to second-place California Baptist (10-2-1, 9-1-0 PacWest) on Oct. 30.

MEN’S GOLF

Brent Hamilton shot a 3-over, 75 in the final round of the 17th National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Men’s Golf Championship to finish tied for 17th.

Hamilton was very consistent throughout the tournament putting up rounds of 73 (+1), 76 (+4) and 75 (+3) to finish with a 224 (+8) on the par-72 Hombre Golf Course. Hamilton posted a bogey on the first hole then got a birdie on hole 7 to finish even-par on the front nine. He would register two bogey, a double bogey and a birdie on the back nine to finish 3-over on the day.

He tied with Shane Dobesh of Roberts Wesleyan and Austin Struble of Dallas Baptist for 17th place. Vilhelm Bogstand of Oklahoma Christian won the individual title with an 8-under, 208. He was one of five golfers from Oklahoma Christian to finish in the top 7. Oklahoma Christian won the team competition with a 26-under, 838. Union University was second with a 26-over, 890.
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