PLNU Sports Roundup
by Point Loma Nazarene University Athletics Communications
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Dixie State’s Tyler Albretsen scored in the ninth minute of the first overtime to clip the Point Loma Nazarene University’s men’s soccer team 2-1 on Sept. 29 in St. George, Utah.

The Sea Lions (2-5-0, 1-4-0 PacWest) sent the match to overtime on Gustavo Jimenez’s equalizing goal in the 71st minute. It was the senior from San Diego’s first goal of the season.

The match was tied 0-0 at the half. The Red Storm seized the lead four minutes into the second half on a goal by Jordan Roylance.

Carter Phillips had eight saves for PLNU. The Sea Lions were outshot 21-7 in the contest.

The Sea Lions’ were scheduled to take on Cal Baptist Oct. 2 in a PLNU home game.


Dixie State handed the Point Loma women’s soccer team its first PacWest Conference loss of the season with a 1-0 win on Sept. 29 in St. George, Utah.

Kelsey Hansen scored the lone goal of the match in the 67th minute when she beat the Sea Lions’ goalie in a one-on-one situation.

The loss puts PLNU (6-2-0) and Dixie State (4-3-2) into a tie at the top of the PacWest standings at 4-1-0. The loss also snapped the Sea Lions’ six-match winning streak.

Tiffany Kracy had seven saves for the Sea Lions, who were outshot 16-6. Amanda Mitchell had two shots to lead all PLNU shooters.

The Point Loma women’s soccer team return to take on Cal Baptist on Oct. 2.


The Point Loma women’s volleyball team discovered how difficult it can be to take the road trip to Dixie State in St. George, Utah, as the Sea Lions fell in four sets, 25-20, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-18, on Sept. 29.

Kelli LeClair had 15 kills to lead all scorers in the match. She made just four errors in 45 swings for a .244 hitting percentage. LeClair also had 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Delaney McCraney also got into double-figures with 12 kills and KcKensey Wise hit .500, with six kills and no errors in 12 attempts. Natalie Hamill added a team-high 46 assists and Nicole Eiler had 37 digs.

This was the second consecutive PacWest loss for the Sea Lions, who fell to 5-8 on the season and to 1-3 in conference play. This was the second PacWest win of the season for the Red Storm. Dixie State is now 4-7 on the season and 2-5 in PacWest play.

Brita Jensen and Shannon Young had 14 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead the Red Storm.

Point Loma had 58 kills to just 51 for Dixie State; however, PLNU committed 19 more service or hitting errors. The Sea Lions return home Oct. 5 against Dixie State.


Seven Point Loma tennis student-athletes played in the USTA/ITA West Region Championships during the final weekend of September in Los Angeles.

The doubles team of Mikey Zabian and Brooks Baldinger highlighted the performances for the Sea Lions by reaching the semifinals. The duo fought through the round of 16 and quarterfinals before falling 8-5 to Fresno Pacific’s Kirill Sinitsyn and Amarit Sanchez. To reach the semis, Zabian and Baldinger defeated Sonoma State’s Drexler Dy and David Hutton 8-4 and Azusa Pacific’s Jochem Hoefnagels and Jan Meyer 9-7.

Maika Adair advanced to the round of 16 in singles and to the quarterfinals in doubles to lead the women. She opened singles with a three-set win over Kim Koetterheinrich of Azusa Pacific (3-6, 6-3, 10-5) to reach the round of 16. Adair was bounced from the tournament in that round by Cal State LA’s Christie Lau. Adair then partnered with Wileen Chui in doubles. The pair won their first match 8-6 over Cal State LA’s Sevana Zargarian and Samantha Sismundo. The Sea Lions’ duo fell in the next round to BYU-Hawaii’s Annie Hwang and Sherry Liu.

Preethika Venugopal joined Adair in the round of 16 in both singles. She opened the tournament with a two-set sweep of Cal State Stanislaus’ Kelsey Chrisco (6-3, 6-2), which allowed her to jump into the round of 16. Venugopal was knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16 by Grand Canyon’s Justine Majan (7-6, 6-1). The sophomore from Cerritos also got to the round of 16 in the doubles competition, along with teammate Hope Penner.

Penner also picked up a singles victory with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marissa Frazer of Dominican University.
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