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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4 | Alumni

Falcons Begin Year With a Bang

IN LATE NOVEMBER, the inaugural NCAA Division II fall Sports Festival will be held in Pensacola, Florida. There, champions will be determined in several sports, and it’s possible that Seattle Pacific University athletes could fill more than their fair share of hotel rooms.

Four SPU teams were ranked among the nation’s top 20 going into November, and all earned postseason berths. Volleyball is enjoying its best season ever at 24-2, as GNAC champions, and with a national ranking of No. 12. Junior Alyssa Given leads the league in points and kills, while senior Jenna Von Moos is among the top setters in Division II and was voted conference Player of the Year. SPU was unbeaten in conference play and seeded fourth in the Pacific Regional, November 9–11, in San Bernardino, California.

Freshman Jessica Pixler is a member of two outstanding teams: A reserve on the 18th-ranked soccer squad, she also runs cross country. Pixler won her first four races, including the GNAC and West Region championships. The women’s team is ranked 8th in the country and has already qualified for the trip to Pensacola after winning the GNAC.

The young women’s soccer team beat Seattle University in the first round of the NCAA tournament before being eliminated by UC San Diego in a rematch of last year’s regional championship game.

Men’s soccer matched its best start in 12 years, winning nine of the first 11 games. The program’s 500th win (499 coming under Cliff McCrath as coach) came on September 22, and the Falcons won a share of the GNAC crown. SPU has qualified for the NCAA tournament a record 30 times since 1971.

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