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Fall 2004 l Capital University Journal
Hornet Sports 2003-2004 in review

Left Nichole Deatherage,  Right volleyball squadVolleyball
Volleyball captured its seventh-consecutive Big Sky Conference Championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last seven years. Five Hornets received all-conference honors including setter Lisa Beauchene, who was Big Sky MVP and Big Sky Player of the Week five times. Head coach Debby Colberg was named Big Sky Coach of the Year for the sixth time in seven years.

Women’s tennis
Women’s tennis won its third-straight Big Sky title, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. The Hornets posted a program-best 23-4 overall record and a final ranking of 37th in the nation. The team had three players nationally ranked for the first time in school history, including ITA All-American Margarita Karnaukhova (33rd), Anna Erikson (44th) and Roberta Fessenko (124th). Head coach Bill Campbell was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year.

Men’s basketball
Men’s basketball posted numerous Division I records, including highest finish in the Big Sky (tied for second), most victories at home (10) and most overall wins (13). The team hosted a Big Sky Tournament game for the first time ever. Seniors Joel Jones and Joseth Dawson were each named to the Big Sky all-conference team, with Jones becoming the team’s first two-time all-Big Sky player.

Gymnastics sent four athletes to the NCAA West Regional. Senior Binta Coleman and junior Nirvana Zaher qualified in the all-around, while juniors Meloney Greer and Stefanie Aeder earned a bid on bars and floor respectively. The team recorded the top two scores in school history, and has won four conference titles over the last five years.

Track & field
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams set school records for points scored at the Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. The men’s team added a school record third-place showing at the Big Sky outdoor championships. The team was also represented at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships by Robert Linkul (hammer) and André Wright (110 meter hurdles).

Behind the pitching of junior Ethan Katz, baseball upset second-ranked Stanford on April 24. The squad had five players named to the all-independent baseball team, including first team selections Jack Arroyo, Craig Johnson and Katz. Head coach John Smith was named Independent Coach of the Year. Arroyo, Johnson and John Acha were drafted in the 2004 Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Rowing won the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia for the first time, while the team’s varsity eight posted a 7-0 dual-meet record and earned a silver medal at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. Senior Stephanie Brow earned second team all-West Region honors. The Hornets hosted the NCAA Women’s Rowing National Championships in May, and will host the regatta next year, at the Sac State Aquatic Center in Rancho Cordova.

Softball finished with a 32-28 overall record and tied a school record with five all-conference
selections (seniors Nicole Deatherage and Amy Walter, and juniors Brianne Ferguson, Erin Coyne and Lesley Mayhorn). Deatherage, a pitcher, was named all-West Region, wrapping up a year in which she was named Hornet Bookstore Female Student-Athlete of the Year, first team academic all-district, and second team all-Pacific Coast Softball Conference.

Quarterback Ryan Leadingham was named Division I-AA National Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Hornets defeat 12th ranked Idaho State, 47-21. He set the school record in the game by throwing six touchdown passes. Offensive lineman Marko Cavka was selected in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL draft by the New York Jets, joining former teammate Ricky Ray who signed as a free agent with the Jets in January. Lineman Chris Frank signed a free-agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.

Men’s Soccer

Men’s soccer midfielder Sam Sneed was named Hornet Bookstore Male Student-Athlete of the Year. A three-time all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection, Sneed led in scoring as a starter in all 18 games.

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