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Seattle Pacific University
Autumn 2007 | Volume 30, Number 2 | Athletics

Five Teams Begin Their Seasons

And they're off!


SPU women basekball players and their coach strategize.
The SPU women strategize at 2007’s Homecoming game.
Those sleepy days of summer quickly gave way to a burst of activity in late August as the Falcons began a new season. Not only are five fall sports teams fully launched, but the men’s basketball squad has returned from five exhibition games in Europe.

Seattle Pacific University men’s and women’s soccer programs, and women’s cross country and volleyball programs, were all nationally ranked to begin their seasons. They are all expected to vie for Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) championships and berths in the NCAA Championships in November.

Halfway through the women’s soccer season, the Falcons had won all 10 games, attaining a No. 3 national ranking. Sarah Martinez scored 12 goals, including a pair of three-goal games, and Meredith Teague was closing on the school record for assists. SPU hosts Seattle University Oct. 24 in a game that could determine the GNAC championship and site of the regional tournament.

Jessica Pixler won three of the first four cross country meets, and her team was 7th nationally. Men’s soccer lost only one of its first 10 games and rose to No. 4. In volleyball, Alyssa Given was on record-breaking pace, and Seattle Pacific is again in the thick of the race for the GNAC title.

Jeff Hironaka’s basketball team won one of five games during their tour of Holland, Belgium, and France September 11–17. The Falcons visit Washington for an exhibition game November 5 (the women play the Huskies November 6), and both teams open their regular season at home November 16–17. All of this year’s Falcon competition can be followed on the new athletics web site:


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Department Highlights

Falcon on the Fast Track
As a freshman, Jessica Pixler racked up numerous awards, including a gold at the Junior Pan American Games.

Doris Heritage: Trailblazer
SPU alumna was a trailblazer in women's running.

Five Teams Begin Their Seasons
Fall sports teams are earning wins and vying for the playoffs.

Falcons Retain GNAC All-Sports Crown
Leadership and talent led to more than seven sports titles.