Winning women’s teams defend Big Sky titles
THE FALL SPORTS SEASON gives three Viking women’s programs the chance to defend Big Sky Conference championships. Volleyball, soccer, and golf teams all won Big Sky titles during the 2009-10 campaign and are favorites to compete for titles again this season.
While the women’s golf championship does not take place until April, the team has four fall tournaments, including one it will host with Oregon State and Langdon Farms Golf Club on September 27-28. Head coach Kathleen Takaishi, Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2010, will try to lead her team to a sixth Big Sky title in nine seasons.
Women’s soccer will seek its second-consecutive Big Sky regular season championship this fall. Third-year head coach Laura Schott, Big Sky Coach of the Year in 2009, hopes this year’s balanced schedule aids in the team’s run at a first NCAA Tournament bid. The Vikings welcome eight newcomers to the squad and boast 28 women on the roster, including 11 Oregonians and five returning All-Big Sky selections.
Portland State volleyball has scored an impressive run under head coach Michael Seemann, going 68-25 during his first three seasons. Go back farther and you will find the program coming off its fifth straight 20-win season. The defending Big Sky champions have eight returning letter winners and will host the championship tournament November 26-27 at the Peter W. Stott Center.
Photos (l to r): Golfer Britney Yada, soccer forward Megan Martin, and volleyball outside hitter Whitney Phillips are defending their teams’ Big Sky titles.
See them play at Hillsboro Stadium
Women’s soccer and men’s football will play at Hillsboro Stadium during the 2010 Big Sky Conference season as PGE Park undergoes renovation. The stadium is just off Highway 26 at the Cornelius Pass exit.
The next women’s match is October 1 against Utah Valley. The football team opens home play the following day, October 2, against Idaho State. See the schedules and buy tickets at www.goviks.com or call 888.VIK-TIKS.
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