News and notes from college athletics involving Valley athletes

We’ll have our gridiron previews and picks coming up, along with news from Mount Si volleyball, as they opened up the postseason last night with a win. First, though, a college wrapup, with most of the action from last night.

Western Washington women’s soccer 2, Central Washington 1 – The Vikings scored the road conference win in Ellensburg, and a Duvall product was in the middle of it all. Senior Ashton Griffen, a 2010 Cedarcrest HS grad, assisted on both Western goals – first in the 53rd minute by teammate Brianna Jones, then after Central tied the game, the game-winner in the 83rd minute from teammate Kristin Maris. Griffen started in the midfield and played all 90 minutes, with two shots recorded, neither of which were on goal. We have more news on Griffen on deck by the way.

Western Washington volleyball def. Central Washington 25-23, 25-18, 14-25, 25-16 – WWU took the four-set GNAC win in Ellensburg, despite another strong night from Central sophomore Catie Fry; she had 38 assists, 16 digs and three kills. Fry is from North Bend and a 2011 MSHS grad.

Seattle Pacific men’s soccer 1, Western Washington 0 – SPU headed north up I-5 to Bellingham and blanked the Vikings; Falcon redshirt freshman Davis Karaica started for SPU and played all 90 minutes, with no stats to report. WWU’s Valley rep, Nate Popp, did not play; both are 2012 Mount Si HS grads.

San Diego State volleyball def. Air Force 25-19, 25-20, 25-22 – The Aztecs, at home in San Diego, swept the visiting Falcons behind eight kills, four digs and a block from senior Summer Nash, a former Mount Si High School volleyball star.

Northwest U. women’s soccer 1, Oregon Tech 0 – Northwest picked up the home win yesterday in Kirkland, with senior Jessica Oliver starting and playing 25 minutes for the Eagles. She is from North Bend and a MSHS grad. Oliver also made news as well elsewhere; that is coming up.

Arizona State football 55, Washington State 21 – The Sun Devils rolled to the win on ESPN last night in Pullman; WSU senior Zach Brevick, from Fall City and a 2009 MSHS grad, saw action for the Cougars, with no stats of note.

Puget Sound women’s soccer 1, Pacific Lutheran 0 – The Wednesday city battle between the Loggers and Lutes went UPS’s way, with junior Lauren Hamilton, she of Spokane but who has family connections to the Valley, starting in the midfield for the Loggers, and working 39 minutes of action, with no stats to report.

Valleyites get it done in the classroom, too
From the field to the classroom now, we also have news on three Valley athletes who earned academic recognition this week.

Griffen, Oliver and Southern Oregon senior women’s cross country runner Alex Rudd, of North Bend and a 2010 MSHS grad, all were named to various academic all-star teams. Griffen was one of a large number of players nationally named to the Capital One Academic All-District team; the senior has a 3.9 grade point average and is majoring in physical education. Griffen was one of three Western Washington women’s players named to the team, and the lone Valleyite to also earn recognition.

Rudd and Oliver both made it onto the Cascade Collegiate Conference fall academic all-star team; both athletes, who are seniors, needed to earn a 3.2 grade point average to get spots on the team. The two North Bend products are among nearly 200 athletes from all Cascade Collegiate Conference schools who made it onto the teams, which comprised all of the fall sports the conference offers, which include cross country, soccer and volleyball.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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