Even though the calendar still says summer, students have been arriving on campus for the 2010-11 academic year. The student-athletes from the fall sports are beginning their preparation for another exciting year of Seattle University athletics.
The Seattle University women’s soccer team will be the first to hit the ground running for the fall campaign. Led by senior captain Kara Kuttler, who scored 10 goals in 2009 to land herself on the all-time goal scorers list, Seattle U will vie for an independent bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time since Seattle U began the reclassification process into DI status. The Redhawks boast another challenging schedule, beginning with Pac-10 squads Washington, Fri., Aug. 20, at 5 p.m., and Oregon State in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday, Aug. 22. SU, who will play four teams that qualified for the tournament last year, will host eight games at the newly renovated Championship Field on the Seattle U campus.
The Seattle U volleyball squad brings several exciting events to the Connolly Center North Court for the 2010 season. Bookending the season are multi-day tournaments, starting with the Invitational at Seattle August 27-28, as the Redhawks welcome Portland State, Eastern Washington, and Mercer University. At the end of the year, Cal State Bakersfield and North Carolina Central will come to town for the Independent Tournament Nov. 20-21. In between, Pac-10 schools Oregon and Oregon State, as well as regional rivals Portland, Idaho State, and Montana State, pay visits to the Connolly Center. Senior setter Jamie Mellies returns to run the offense, especially towards junior outside hitter Cristin Richards, while senior libero Emily Deleissegues will lead the team’s defensive effort.
Joining the women’s team at Championship Field is the Redhawk men’s soccer team. The Seattle U men’s squad will open the year at the prestigious SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas, beginning on Saturday, Sept. 4, with a 3 p.m. PT contest versus Tulsa. They will close out the weekend in the Lone Star State with tournament host Southern Methodist in an 11:30 a.m. match on Monday, Sept. 6. The Redhawks will look to tri-captains Sean Morris, David Raney and Demaci Roussos for veteran leadership as they will compete to earn their first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship. Like the women’s team, the Seattle U men are also eligible for postseason play and they will look to earn the MPSF’s automatic bid into the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Coming off a season that exceeded expectations, the cross country team returns for its second year competing as part of the Great West Conference. All members of the Seattle U community are encouraged to come out and support the teams Saturday, Oct. 2, as they compete in the Emerald City Open at Lower Woodland Park, with the women’s race beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the men’s race starting at 11:15 a.m. Junior Matthew McClement, an all-conference performer last year, joins seniors Nick Cannata-Bowman, Hans Heitzinger, Adam Kollgaard, Graham Miller and Michael Van Nuland in leading the men’s squad. On the women’s side, senior Allison Prather and juniors Sarah Bolce, Celeste Cassidy, Ashley Dalton and Nicole Waters are expected to provide experience.