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Women’s Tennis: Dons Coast to Consecutive Wins over Bulldogs, Pilots

In the last home match of the 2014 season, the Dons took on the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the Olympic Club on Saturday with a chance to capitalize on their growing momentum. Surging after their 6-1 victory on Friday, the Dons (14-7, 3-5 WCC) eviscerated the Bulldogs 7-0 to improve to 14-7 on the season and climb the West Coast Conference ladder. It was an outstanding team performance that saw every Dons singles player notch a win and put points on the board.

One of the most notable victories that took place on Saturday was junior Marina Nikolic’s 6-0, 6-0 over Melanie Gates of Gonzaga. Sophomore Andrea Ka didn’t blink en route to 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gonzaga’s Kylie Peek, and the lopsided affair continued her excellent play this season.

It was a true team effort for USF, with every active Dons player laying claim to at least one victory. Sophomore Sophia Holmberg was another Don who collected a win without much resistance from her opponent. Holmberg took down the Bulldogs’ Samantha Polayes 6-2, 6-1.

On Friday afternoon, in a WCC matchup that looked to help catapult either team into conference respectability, USF was able to come away with a 6-1 home win over the Portland Pilots.

Starting off the decisive victory for the Dons was a dominating performance from the team of Holmberg and freshman Thyra Taune, who defeated the duo of Maja Mladenovic and Tori Troesch 8-0. This game set the tone for the rest of the matches, as USF did not ease up on the Pilots from there. The Dons went on to put the first points on the board after the USF duo of junior Milica Hadzi-Tanovic and sophomore Brooke Irish clinched the doubles point by defeating Saroop Dhett and Marina Reimers 8-3.

The beginning of singles play featured Thaune, Irish and Nikolic nabbing crucial straight set victories over their opponents, widening the margin and giving the other players breathing room in their matches. In the match that pitted USF’s Ka against Portland’s Maja Mladenovic, spectators were treated to three one-sided sets, with the Dons’ Ka being able to pull out the victory, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.  When the smoke cleared, the Dons were able to give a fitting birthday present to Holmberg, who turned 21, and leave the Olympic Club in better shape heading into the season’s final matches.

USF’s drubbing of Gonzaga and Portland marked the end of the home matches this year, and the Dons will finish the 2014 campaign with a formidable 7-1 record at home. San Francisco now closes out the regular season with a trip to Stockton, Calif. to play the University of Pacific on Friday, April 18, and will then prepare for the West Coast Conference Championships, which take place from April 23-26.


Future Looks Bright For Women’s Soccer Team Despite 5-0 Loss In Finale

The women’s soccer team fell 5-0 to No. 22 Portland Saturday in their season finale at Merlo Field. USF finished the season 7-8-4 overall and 2-5-1 in the West Coast Conference. With the win, the Pilots improved to 11-4-4 overall and 5-1-2 in the WCC.

Rebekah Kurle scored Portland’s first goal off an assist by Kendall Johnson at the 2:38 mark of the first half. Kurle added another goal at the 13:27 mark of the first half off an assist by Amanda Frisbee.

Emily Sippel scored two goals of her own, the first at the 20:43 mark of the first half off assists by Frisbee and Michelle Cruz, and the second was unassisted at the 76:33 mark of the second half. Develyn Jeter made it 5-0 with an unassisted goal at the 85:36 mark of the second half.

Despite the result of this final game, the Dons’ 2012 season was one of improvement and promise.

“Now that the season is over, I can really see how far we’ve come as a team. We have grown so much from preseason as a whole and individually,” senior defender Kelly Farrell said.

USF indeed improved this year under new head coach Jim Millinder. Last year, the Dons finished 6-14-0 overall and 2-6-0 in conference play. This year’s team lost six fewer games than the 2011 team, and they showed marked improvement against nationally ranked Santa Clara.

Although the Dons fell behind early against No. 17 Santa Clara on Senior Night, USF fought back to force a 2-2 draw Oct. 26 at Negoesco Stadium. According to usfdons.com, it was the first time in nearly three decades the Dons earned points against the Broncos. Prior to Friday’s game, the Broncos had historically outscored the Dons 75-6.

“The highlight of the season was definitely when we tied Santa Clara for the first time ever on Senior Night. It was not only a great way to finish my last home game, but it really represents where this team is headed. We are more than capable of competing with top-20 teams now,” Farrell said.

Farrell’s elation about the team’s progress turned to nostalgia when she reflected on the fact that she had played her last game as a member of this team.

“I’ll miss the feeling of camaraderie with my teammates the most. They are like my second family and I’ll definitely miss seeing them day in and day out on the field,” Farrell said.

Despite her sadness about leaving the team, Farrell is optimistic about the Dons’ future.

“I truly believe this team can make it to the NCAA tournament next year and has a bright future ahead. We have worked very hard this season to build a strong foundation for next year. I hope that making it to the NCAA tournament becomes a tradition for USF women’s soccer and not just a dream,” Farrell said.

If the team’s historic draw against Santa Clara or their improved overall record is any indication, Farrell’s dream may soon become a reality.

Men Place 4th at WCC

It was an exciting weekend for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Fernhill Park in Portland. The women won their fourth straight WCC title and the men finished in fourth place behind Portland, BYU, and Gonzaga.

The women: Junior Eva Krchova finished in first place for the Dons with a time of 20:35 for the 6k course. Freshman Elena Burkard was a close second behind Krchova with a time of 20:36, followed by senior Alice Baker finishing 6th with a time of 20:40, senior Laura Suur finishing 7th with 20:43, and senior Chloe Treleven finishing 10th with 20:53.

Other outstanding performances on the women’s side were made by junior Maor Tiyouri, placing 11th with a time of 20:57, sophomore Kate Jamboretz, finishing 30th with 21:39, and junior Sarah Pearson and senior Hillary Kigar, finishing with a time of 22:16 (41st place) and 22:33 (47th place), respectively.

The USF women finished first at the West Coast Conference with 26 points, while Portland finished second with 52 points, and BYU at third place with 85 points. The Lady Dons had a strong finish and won their fourth straight WCC title. With their competitive mindset and positive attitude, the Dons worked hard to achieve this victory.

The Dons ran together as a group in the top ten, with Krchova leading the way, followed closely by Burkard.

“We both ran together during this race, and kept pace with the other girls in the front. My focus was to stay in the front all the way through and then see what happens at the end,” Burkard said.

“In general, I just thought during the race ‘I want this, I can do this’. It was funny because at Conference was Laura Hottenrott-Freitag (Portland) who beat me at Nationals, and I was like ok, you are not going to beat me again. I was focused on beating her, which I did,” said Burkard.

The rain poured down during the races for both the men and the women, causing lots of mud and rain and making the race both fresh and exciting.
“I really liked this race because it was muddy and rainy, and that is usually what cross country is like in Germany,” said Burkard.

“At the beginning, I thought the course was going to be very flat and fast, but was flat with some hills and a lot of mud…then I really liked it.”
In a few weeks, the Dons will be back again for the NCAA West Regionals, and ready to compete against some of the best runners in the country.

“I’m getting into it, and it’s getting a lot more fun,” Burkard said, “I’m really looking forward to West Regionals, and I’ve only raced in three races up until now. Which, for me, is not that much because I’m used to racing more. I’m very excited.”

The men: In an exhilarating men’s race, the Dons finished fourth, narrowly missing third place by two points behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs with 105 points. Portland finished first with 32 points, followed by BYU with 33, and Gonzaga just two points ahead of USF with 103 points. Jose Madera placed 15th overall with a time of 24:21, with senior Steven Garboden finishing 16th (24:22) and senior Ganbileg Bor finishing 17th (24:24).

“The goals coming into the WCC meet was to perform as well as we could as a team and see how we compared with the rest of the conference,” freshman Eric Causey said.

“We all performed well, but we could have done better. We finished 4th in the conference with a close defeat to Gonzaga.”

Causey finished 25th with a time of 24:46, followed by sophomore Jarrett Moore placing 32nd (25:13), junior Charlie Johansen finishing 40th (25:57), and freshman Nick Hicks placing 43rd (26:13).

“This year has been a huge encouragement to do my best because all they [my teammates] have given and sacrifices made for the team. This year has been so much fun and I’m loving every second of it,” Causey said.

The NCAA West Regionals is a 10k race on the men’s side, a race that is both long and challenging. With two weeks until Regionals, the men are excited and anxious to race again.

“We are all looking forward to Regionals because it will be the race that we peak for and that means our performance will be best. It will be my first 10k and our first 10k as a team this year so it will be a whole different experience.” 

The USF men and women’s cross country teams are set to compete at the NCAA West Regionals on Friday, November 9th.

Mens Basketball Loses First of Two Home Games Against Portland

Senior Dior Lowhorn finishes strong against two Portland defenders, he finished the game with 12 points.  Photo by Alexander Crook

Senior Dior Lowhorn finishes strong against two Portland defenders, he finished the game with 12 points. Photo by Alexander Crook

The Portland Pilots defeated the USF Dons 74-58 on Thursday night at USF’s War Memorial Gym. Despite a close game at the half, the Dons eventually fell throughout the second half of the game to lose in a 16 point deficit.

The game’s first half consisted of a steady match of both teams playing fairly tight man and trying to gain dominance of the post. The Dons slowed the pace of their game down about half way through the first half, passing the ball around the perimeter, until a shot either from underneath or outside was open. The Pilots on the other hand put more pressure on the Dons offense while attempting many more screens to open up drives under the basket. At the half, the score was in reach for both teams as the Pilots led 35-30.

After half time, the game play became much sloppier for the Dons, as within the first four minutes, the team turned the ball over five times on offensive fouls, a traveling violation, loose balls, and a steal from Portland. However, Portland failed to capitalize on all of the errors, only spreading the game 39-30.

After a timeout from Portland on a turnover by USF, the game play changed to more full court presses from both USF and Portland, causing a more upbeat game that had several fast breaks because of the tighter defense and more open court.

With 12:14 left in the second half, the Dons called a timeout with a win still within reach, with the score at 49-41. However the game changed completely as Portland would take advantage of poor ball handling by the Dons and excellent three point range from their side. All of a sudden, a game within reach had turned into a twelve point struggle with the scored at 58-46 Portland.

The Dons continued to miss shots underneath, while also fouling the Pilots, which allowed the Pilots to take control over the game from the free throw line. Portland began to burn the clock by holding onto the ball for the full thirty-five second shot clock on offense with their 60-47 lead.

Sophomore Rashad Green drives to the basket against the Portland defense. He finished the game with a team high 14 points.  Photo by Alexander Crook

Sophomore Rashad Green drives to the basket against the Portland defense. He finished the game with a team high 14 points. Photo by Alexander Crook

As the Dons continued to foul the Pilots and miss their opportunities to score, the game became to a wide gap of 72-54 with under two minutes remaining. While only playing for pride the Dons managed to score a couple more baskets. But the game ended with a slow easing disappointment as the Pilots held onto the ball to burn clock.

The Dons ended the game with highs from Rashad Green (14 points) and Dior Lowhorn (12 points).

Men’s Basketball Loses Back-to-Back Games to Portland, Gonzaga

Gonzaga Basketball Game

The Don’s defense attempts to slow down the Gonzaga Bulldog’s offense and pull off the upset, but USF fails to hold them off and go on to lose 78-73. (Nicholas Mukar|Foghorn)

This past Thursday night, Feb. 12, the Dons faced off the Portland Pilots in an upsetting 72-67 loss in War Memorial Gym. The Pilots lived up to their reputation as the West Coast Conference’s leading 3-point scorers as the Dons were unable to ward off their hot streak.

The Pilots fired off the close game with a surge from their offense. With a first quarter scoreboard reading 21-8 just eight minutes into the game, many believed this would be an easy win for the Pilots. However, the Dons turned to their top scorer, and the West Coast Conference’s top scorer, Dior Lowhorn.

Dior scored 12 points for the Dons in the first half, lifting the crowd and team mates’ spirits. This was only 12 of the 24 points Lowhorn scored in the entire game. The Dons managed a 15-0 run as Portland only managed eight more points by halftime. The score was 29-27 going into half time.
Lowhorn brought the Dons into the lead with the first four points of the second half, with the scoreboard now reading 33-27. However, Portland quickly answered back with five 3-pointers in four minutes, including a 23-6 run that left the Dons with an 11 point deficit.

The scoreboard now read 50-39 with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game. Within the next seven minutes the Dons scored 10 points, and the Pilots scored 15, making the deficit now 16 points with five minutes to go.

The Dons fired back with many more points, but could not manage to fill the five-point deficit that remained for the rest of the game. Despite the Dons’ incredible offensive playing and promising outcome, it was not enough to overcome the Pilots’ 3-point weapon.

A steal and two free throws by Portland freshman Angelo Caloiaro cut the lead to 69-64 with 17 seconds, but a pair of free throws by Nik Raivio won them the game. The Dons could not get back from their five-point deficit, as Portland won their seventh of their last eight games.

Jared Stohl led the Pilots with 16 points, while T.J Campbell added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Campbell was five for seven beyond the arc, as Stohl finished four for five in his three-point shots. Robin Smeulders added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Pilots.

This was the first road win for the Pilots over the Dons since 2001 and the first season sweep of the Dons since 1995.Portland now has a season record of (16-8, 7-2 WCC) as they go on to challenge St. Mary’s this Saturday.

The Dons, now (9-16, 1-9 WCC) go on to challenge the Gonzaga Bulldogs this Saturday night at 8pm in War Memorial Gym. Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference in wins this season.
The proud USF men’s basketball gold jerseys worn by eager players and fans were not enough to ward off the Gonzaga Bulldogs this past rainy Valentine’s Day in War Memorial Gym. Although the final score was close, a remarkable 78-73 finish, the Dons could not keep the Bulldogs from their 11-0 West Coast Conference winning streak.

The Dons were at a disadvantage as they were undermanned by four key players in this weekend’s games due to a dispute with coach Rex Walters during a practice. Most notably, the Dons’ second-leading scorer, Manny Quezada, was not able to play in both the unsuccessful game against Portland or Saturday night’s game against Gonzaga. Centers James Morgan and Hyman Taylor along with Chioke Walker were also suspended. Despite the absence of these four valuable players, the Dons put up an incredible fight as they remained neck and neck with the Bulldogs throughout the entire game.

The first half was one of much excitement, as both teams held a promising outlook for a West Coast Conference win. The Bulldogs powered through with an average of 65 percent shooting. The Dons’ offense was right up there with the Bulldogs as USF forward Dior Lowhorn scored 15 points in the first half of the game. The Bulldogs met their match when they experienced 12 turnovers, and five three-pointers before heading into overtime with the scoreboard reading 41-37 in their favor.

Lowhorn got the crowd rumbling and the scoreboard beaming when he scored a three-point shot early in the second half, bringing the game to an enticing 49-49 tie. Although the Dons managed nine more three-pointers in the second half, the Bulldogs’ Micah Downs quickly responded to Lowhorn’s efforts with another three-point shot. Bulldog Josh Heytvelt went on to score 10 points for Gonzaga.

The Dons were unable to score enough points to beat the Bulldogs after Downs’ shot, yet the game remained a close one. By the game’s finish, Lowhorn had scored a total of 23 points for the Dons. Lowhorn is the conference’s leading scorer, and scored eight more points against Gonzaga than the last time the Dons played them in mid-January.

USF forward Blake Wallace earned an impressive 19 points for the Dons, a true testament to his growth as a player – as he averaged 12.9 points last season. Guards Chris O’Brien, Kwame Vaughn and Dontae Bryant were among other Dons who greatly helped their total scoring of 73 points.

The Dons’ last played game against the Bulldogs on Jan. 17 was an unsuccessful 85-51 loss. It is safe to say that with all things being considered—four men down, and a previous landslide loss against the number one team in the West Coast Conference—a 78-73 loss shows much promise for our Dons.

The Dons go on to play their rivals, the Santa Clara Broncos, next Saturday in War Memorial Gym at 7:00 p.m. The Dons stand now at (9-16, 1-9 WCC), as the Broncos stand now at (13-14, 5-5).

Men’s Soccer Splits Weekend

On Halloween, the Dons scored three second half goals against Portland to win 3-0. The Dons were sloppy in the first half of the game, although they had a 4 to 3 shot advantage.

n the second half, however, the Dons were able to pull themselves together. In the 47th minute, junior midfielder Jonathan Levy scored the Dons’ first goal of the game. The Dons made the score 2-0 when junior forward Conor Chinn scored in the 66th minute. Chinn beat two Pilot defenders and sent a shot past Pilots’ goalkeeper Austin Guerreo for his eighth goal of the season. Chinn scored again in the 77th minute making it his nineth goal of the season. This game was the third multi-goal match of Chinn’s career.

The Dons had a 10-5 shot advantage during the second half. Chinn had five shots in the match, including four on the goal. Freshman defender Victor Wennberg added three shots, including one on the goal, and Bryan Burke added two shots.

Prior to the Dons-Gonzaga game on Sunday, USF honored two members of the Dons soccer family who passed away in 2007 – former USF team captain Victor Arbelaez and longtime supporter Rouben Chakalian.

In their last WCC home game, the Dons lost to Gonzaga 3-2 in double overtime. Conor Chinn scored the first goal 11 minutes into the match. However, Gonzaga responded by scoring two goals – Mitch Boland scored at the 27 minute mark and Tye Perdido at the 33 minute mark. The Dons did not respond until the second half, when Conor Chinn scored 6 minutes into the half. Although the Dons had a 13 to 1 shot advantage over Gonzaga, the Dons were only able to score one goal. The Dons and Gonzaga remained equal until Gonzaga forward Nick Love scored in double overtime to secure a Gonzaga victory.

Junior midfielder Jonathan Levi led the team with 5 shots, including 4 on the goal. Conor Chinn added 4 shots with 3 on the goal. Victor Wennberg and junior midfielder Leon Williams both had 3 shots, including 2 on the goal. Sophomore defender Justin Warren and freshman defender Jared Cruz both had 2 shots with 1 on the goal.

In their last home game of the season, the Dons will take on the Academy of Art. The game is set for Friday at 5 p.m.