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WOU roundup: Wolves upset No. 24 Central Washington on the volleyball court

The Western Oregon University volleyball team rebounded from recent losses for a big win against conference rival and No. 24 ranked Central Washington in five sets on Thursday, 25-17, 31-29, 25-27, 23-25, 8-15 in their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener.

Becky Blees tallied a double double (10 blocks, 10 kills) during the upset of Central Washington

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Becky Blees tallied a double double (10 blocks, 10 kills) during the upset of Central Washington

September 24, 2013

MONMOUTH - The Western Oregon University volleyball team rebounded from recent losses for a big win against conference rival and No. 24 ranked Central Washington in five sets on Thursday, 25-17, 31-29, 25-27, 23-25, 8-15 in their Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener.

It was the first victory versus a ranked opponent since the Wolves took down Western Washington last season.

Hannah Deede just missed a triple-double with 16 kills, 12 blocks and eight digs. Christie Christie Colasurdo had a team-high 18 kills, while Krissi Kemper and Becky Blees had 10 kills each.

WOU held CWU to a .161 attacking percentage behind the blocking of Deede and Bless, who tallied 10 blocks of her own. Setters Jordin Ramos and Erin Dobson set up the hitters, racking up 29 and 21 assists, respectively.

The Wolves kept the momentum going at home Saturday when they faced Northwest Nazarene in conference play - that was until the last four points of what would have been a three-game sweep.

After winning the first two sets 25-15 and 25-23 it looked like it would be a quick night, but Northwest Nazarene came all the way back to take the final three games (25-21, 25-13, 15-9) and the match.

Cherene O'Hara led the team with 12 kills against Northwest Nazarene, she also added two blocks. Deede with 11 and Kemper with 10 were right behind her.

Defensive specialist Megan Triggs had a team high 27 digs for the Wolves while Colasurdo chipped in with 17. Ramos and Dobson combined for 38 assists in the losing effort.

WOU will host Concordia on Wednesday (tonight) before taking on St. Martin's at Lacey, Wash., on Saturday.

WOU SOCCER GOES 1-1: Western was almost able to sneak out of Seattle with a hard-earned point against eight time GNAC conference champion Seattle Pacific, but an 86th-minute goal from SPU's Heather Young gave the Wolves their first loss of the season 1-0.

WOU rebounded on Saturday against Central Washington in Ellensburg when sophomore forward Makana Pundyke scored in the 78th minute on an assist from freshman forward Taylor Higa.

Makana Pundyke

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Makana Pundyke

WOU junior goalkeeper Amanda Rose Johnson, who took the loss against Seattle Pacific, came back with a shut out against CWU, facing 13 shots.

The Wolves are 3-1-2 on the season and 1-1 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. They will face Western Washington in Bellingham Thursday afternoon.

MIXED RESULTS FOR WOU RUNNERS: WOU cross-country coach Mike Johnson had high expectations for his men's side, but so far it is the women burning up the course.

Bailey Beeson had an outstanding run at Oak Knoll in Independence, finishing 18th overall with a time of 19:01.90 on the 5,000-meter course. Jenny Leaf finished right behind her, 19th overall, with a time of 19:06.35.

At the Erik Anderson Invitational Saturday in Spokane, Wash., Brady Beagley and Zach Holloway led the team with times of 26:44.70 (41st) and 27:09.64 (59th) respectively for 8,000 meters.

Brady Beagley

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Brady Beagley

On the women's side in Spokane, Annie Wade ran a solid race, finishing in 30th with a time of 22:55.06.

Coach Mike Johnson chalked the men's run at the Erik Anderson meet to a learning experience as the team will see the same course later in the year at the NCAA West Regional meet.

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