PLNU ROUNDUP: Sea Lions soccer team nets No. 3 seeding in NCCAA regionals
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WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Point Loma women’s soccer team has been selected as the No. 3 seed in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCAA) West Regional Championships.

The Sea Lions were set to face No. 2 seed Azusa Pacific in the first round on Nov. 14. The match took place at the Cougar Soccer Complex.

The winner of the PLNU-APU match will then play at No. 1 seed California Baptist on Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. for the NCCAA West Region title. The winner of the region will advance to the NCCAA National Tournament which will be held in Kissimmee, Fla., Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

Point Loma earned the No. 3 seed in the West after posting a 12-4-2 record. The Sea Lions placed third in the PacWest standings after collecting

29 points (9-3-2). They finished third behind fellow NCCAA West Region participants California Baptist (39 points) and Azusa Pacific (36).

PLNU is currently in the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and during the next two academic years the Sea Lions are not eligible to participate in NCAA Championship events.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Point Loma men’s basketball team got a taste of one of the top teams in the country on Nov. 9 when it fell to No. 3 Alabama Huntsville 58-44 in the season opener for both teams.

Senior Todd Campbell led the Sea Lions with six rebounds, six assists and five points. All five of his points came from the free-throw line.

PLNU put forth a valiant effort on the defensive end to keep itself in the game despite hitting only 28 percent of its shots. The Sea Lions held preseason All-American Jaime Smith to just seven points and 2-of-8 shooting from the field, including 1-of-4 from behind the arc. Last season Smith was the nation’s leader in 3-point percentage after hitting 48.6 percent of his attempts from the perimeter. As a team, PLNU limited UAH to just 3-of-13 shooting from long range.

The Sea Lions got great contributions of the bench to outscore the Chargers’ reserves 29-19. Carter Warnock led PLNU in scoring with seven points. Each member of the Sea Lions scored in the contest. Every Sea Lion but one also grabbed a rebound as PLNU lost the rebounding battle by just one (37-36), despite missing 14 more shots. Point Loma was particularly aggressive on the offensive glass, outrebounding UAH 14-9 and outscoring them in second chance points (10-9).

The Point Loma men’s basketball team was set to get back in action Nov. 13 when it traveled to Trevecca Nazarene.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Point Loma women’s basketball team had its final tune-up game before the start of the 2012-13 season as it played Vanguard in an exhibition Nov. 8. The Sea Lions fell in the contest 81-52.

Nyla Bailey returned to the form that earned her All-American honors last season by scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. She hit 9 of 17 shots from the field and 3 of 4 at the free-throw line.

Savannah Erskins provided the outside shooting by hitting three treys. She scored 11 points and led the team with five assists.

The Sea Lions will open the season Nov. 17 against Biola at 6 p.m. The game will be part of Homecoming weekend for PLNU.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Point Loma’s Delaney McCraney posted 24 kills, had 15 digs and had five service aces to lead the Sea Lions to a 25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 25-16 Pacific West Conference volleyball win over Holy Names on Nov. 7 in Golden Gymnasium.

The win for the Sea Lions improved their overall record to 10-15 on the season and to 6-9 in the PacWest Division. Holy Names is now 11-14 in 2012 and is 8-6 in conference play.

PLNU was set to close out its first-ever season in the NCAA Division II conference on Nov. 10 against Dominican.

In addition to McCraney’s outstanding numbers, Kelli LeClair added 10 kills and 15 digs, while Natalie Hamill dished 45 assists. Katie Lopez led the Hawks with 11 kills and 14 digs, with Rachel Vartanian adding 10 of each.

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