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Wolves drop five-set league match to Seattle Pacific

MONMOUTH — Seattle Pacific spoiled Senior Night by defeating Western Oregon in a thrilling five-set Great Northwest Athletic Confer-ence volleyball match Saturday, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-10.

Hannah Crites (14), a freshman middle blocker for Western Oregon, goes up for an attack during Thursday night's GNAC victory over Montana State Billings.

Anthony Thurston/for the Itemizer-Observer

Hannah Crites (14), a freshman middle blocker for Western Oregon, goes up for an attack during Thursday night's GNAC victory over Montana State Billings.

November 19, 2013

MONMOUTH — Seattle Pacific spoiled Senior Night by defeating Western Oregon in a thrilling five-set Great Northwest Athletic Confer-ence volleyball match Saturday, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-10.

The Falcons and Wolves battled back and forth, switching who received the victory each set. However, SPU's .223 hitting percentage over WOU's .174 mark helped give it the advantage and the match win.

Cherene O'Hara and Lani Kalalau led Western Oregon in kills with 13 each, followed by Krissi Kemper and Becky Blees, both with 11. Erin Dobson recorded 30 assists, followed closely by Jordin Ramos with 24. Megan Triggs led the team in digs with 31.

Western Oregon (10-16, 7-9 GNAC) honored Blees, Kemper and Triggs, who all played their final matches inside the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.

The Wolves picked up their 10th victory of the season with a four-set win over Montana State Billings, 25-20, 30-28, 21-25, 25-21, on Thursday.

WOU and MSUB battled through a match that featured 29 ties and 10 lead changes.

Hannah Deede led the Wolves with 11 kills. Ramos had a double-double with 25 assists and 17 digs. Christie Colasurdo added 16 digs, while Madi Kuther and Triggs combined for 21 digs. Dobson dished out 19 assists, while Kemper had three blocks.

Western Oregon travels to play Northwest Nazarene Thursday and Central Washington Saturday for its final matches of the regular season.

FOOTBALL

ARCATA, Calif. — Western Oregon closed its season with a 26-14 road win at Humboldt State on Saturday.

On a rainy afternoon, the Wolves (7-4, 7-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) held HSU to 204 yards of offense, with just 10 coming on the ground. Through the air, the WOU defense came away with three interceptions. The Wolves also finished with six sacks.

Jesse Correa

Jesse Correa

Western Oregon, which held a 98-64 advantage in offensive plays, jumped out to a 17-0 lead and never trailed.

James DePew ran for 108 yards on 20 carries. The sophomore found the end zone once on the ground and once with a catch. Ryan Bergman completed 29 of his 48 passes for 336 yards. The junior threw a touchdown and had an interception. Antoinne Wafer finished his collegiate career with a game-high 109 receiving yards on nine catches.

A 1-yard score from Will Kanongataa completed a 15-play, 87-yard drive on the Wolves' first possession. Jesse Correa then hit a 42-yard field goal to give WOU a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. DePew finished Western Oregon's first half scoring with a 3-yard catch from Bergman.

HSU got on the scoreboard with a 20-yard touchdown reception with just two seconds left in the half.

Correa opened the second half scoring with a 39-yard field goal. Those were the lone points scored in the third quarter. The Lumberjacks connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 11:39 remaining in the fourth before DePew punched in a 6-yard touchdown with 7:14 left to end the scoring.

Casey Mintz finished 12-of-32 for the Lumberjacks (0-11, 0-10 GNAC). The sophomore had 133 passing yards, with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Chase Krivashei and Kelechi Nwadibia both had 70 yards receiving.

Shane Kuenzi led the Wolves with seven tackles with a sack. Two and a half of Kraig Akins' six tackles were sacks. Devin Chappel had two interceptions and five tackles. Roger Garrett came away with the other interception. Gustave Benthin had 1.5 sacks.

On Monday, Correa was named GNAC Special teams Player of the Week. It was the second time he has been chosen for the honor this season.

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