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COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: WOU shows fight against WWU

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball team has struggled in recent years. Since going 21-6 in 2012, the Wolves haven’t won more than 10 matches in a season.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Football falls to Azusa Pacific

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s football team gained 424 yards, but failed to score any points on offense as the Wolves fell to Azusa Pacific 31-2 on Saturday.

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Ribich running away from competition

MONMOUTH — David Ribich has competed on big stages before. But Ribich, a junior cross-country runner at Western Oregon, hasn’t quite found a challenge like the one he had in high school.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Wolves hold on to defeat Humboldt State

ARCATA, Calif. — Western Oregon’s football team build a 27-point lead before holding off Humboldt State 48-42 on Saturday evening.

WOU ROUNDUP: Wolves defeat Central Washington

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball team defeated Central Washington 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 on Saturday to earn its first home win of the season.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Ribich wins invitational, team places second

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s David Ribich led the men’s cross-country team by winning the Ash Creek Invitational on Friday.

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WOU football downs Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Western Oregon’s football team opened the 2016 season with a big statement. The Wolves defeated Division I Sacramento State 38-30 on Saturday.

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On the hunt

Wolves open season Saturday at Sacramento State

Western Oregon’s football team boasts one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s most talented — and deepest — rosters.

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New coach hopes to lead Wolves into contention

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball program hopes a new coach leads to newfound success in 2016.

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WOU soccer faces steep challenge

Wolves hope to bounce back from disappointing 2015 with a return to GNAC tourney

MONMOUTH — Throughout his tenure, Western Oregon soccer coach Steve Ancheta has experienced just how difficult it can be to build a program in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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BASKETBALL: Globe trotter

MONMOUTH — Las Vegas has long been a city where people go to bet big with the hope of hitting the jackpot.

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Avgi trades hardwood for gridiron

MONMOUTH — Of all the players on Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team, none received more accolades than Andy Avgi.

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Never down and out

Nichols out to prove doubters wrong

MONMOUTH — Turning professional in any sport is difficult. Former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Julian Nichols knows all the numbers and the odds. He’s not worried. “My whole life, I’ve had people say you can’t play this position or you can’t play there,” Nichols said. “You hear those types of things and it motivates you. To be where I’m at now, I’m grateful and I’m blessed, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.”

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Alexander chases pro baskeball dream

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories following former WOU players Devon Alexander’s attempt to play professional basketball overseas. Look for more stories about the challenges he faces and whether he reaches his ultimate goal. An audio version of this story can be heard at

TRACK AND FIELD: Western duo places at national championships

BRADENTON, Fla. — Western Oregon sophomore David Ribich and senior Sam Naffziger earned All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.