On the college front…..

College roundup for this morning:

Fry, Central volleyball off to NCAA tourney
A Mount Si volleyball grad will get a chance to show her stuff off against top national competition.

Central Washington University’s women’s volleyball team learned yesterday it had landed a berth to the NCAA Division II tournament and will be competing in the West Region as the eighth overall seed.

Among the Wildcats’ top players is sophomore Catie Fry, a 2011 MSHS grad who is Central’s key setter. CWU is 15-11 overall and will play its first game of the tournament December 5 in San Bernardino, CA, against top seed – and host – Cal State San Bernardino. If they win that game, they will advance into the regional semifinals December 6, with another win there moving them into the regional title game December 7.

Local college soccer players, teams earn academic recognition
A Valley college soccer player has earned more accolades for her work in the classroom.

Western Washington senior women’s soccer midfielder Ashton Griffen, from Duvall and a Cedarcrest High School grad, was one of three Vikings who made the College Sports Information Directors Capital One national Division II Academic All-America team. The school made the announcement yesterday. Griffen made the third-team list.

Griffen, who is majoring in physical education, has a 3.9 grade point average and this season has 11 assists, which leads the GNAC conference which Western plays in. She received conference and regional recognition for her academic success earlier this season.

In other academic news from college soccer, three teams with local players were recognized for their overall academic performance during the past school year (2012-13). Seattle Pacific University’s men’s soccer team, and the women’s soccer teams from both Oregon State University and Fairfield University in Connecticut were among the over 800 men’s and women’s NCAA soccer teams who earned the designation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last week. SPU features Mount Si grad Davis Karaica, who redshirted during the 2012-13 season; OSU includes Cedarcrest grad Gwen Bieck, a freshman last year and Fairfield features MSHS alum Nikki Stanton, who was a junior last fall.

To earn the honor, the teams had to collectively earn a 3.0 GPA among all players.

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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