l Capital University Journal
Sports 2004-2005 preview
features plenty of new and returning
talent in 2005. Leading the pitching staff will be senior Ethan Katz,
who was first team all-Division I Independent and finished last season
9-5 with five complete games, a shutout and 90 strikeouts. Among the top
relievers will be senior Brandon Hall.
basketball has improved its overall and Big Sky Conference
records each of the last four seasons. After finishing tied for second
in the Big Sky last year, the team wants to continue that trend behind
the strength of senior forward Jameel Pugh and junior point guard DaShawn
Freeman. The season opens at Michigan on Nov. 19.
Women’s basketball will see
major changes as second-year head coach Dan Muscatell rebuilds the program.
With only six players returning from last year’s squad, the team
will have an entirely new look and style of play. Among this year’s
newcomers is Junior College All-American Lindsey Heard.
Football will be led by All-American
wide receiver Fred Amey, senior quarterback Ryan Leadingham and junior
running back Tyronne Gross. There are more than 40 new players. The team
opens the season at Division I-A Nevada and the 51st-annual Causeway Classic
is Sept. 25 at UC Davis. Homecoming will be Oct. 9 against Portland State.
Men’s & women’s golf
return most of their lineups from last season. Returning
women include Jennifer Parkes, who averaged 81.44 over 18 rounds. The
men will be guided by Brian Little, a junior named first team Division
I all-independent last season after leading the team with a 74.42 average
in 19 rounds.
Gymnastics features five returning
gymnasts who have all qualified for the NCAA regional during their careers–seniors
Stefanie Aeder, Meloney Greer, Jessica Hoffman and Nirvana Zaher, and
junior Kimiye Narasaki. The squad will seek its fifth conference championship
over the last six years.
Men’s soccer will boast its
most talented squad in the Division I era. Among the returners will be
seniors Patrick Nelle (first team all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)
and Marcos Mercado (two-time all-MPSF). This season, instead of a tournament,
MPSF teams will play one another twice, with the conference champion earning
the NCAA Tournament bid.
Women’s soccer lost 15 members
from last season, but the team will feature one of the top recruiting
classes in program history. The leading newcomers are Brittany Auernig,
Kayelyn Satkowski, Amber Gwinn, Megan DeGuerre, Alecia Homer, Amanda Gray
and Rebeccah Phillips.
Softball has a combined 62 wins
over the last two years (32-28 in 2004), and the 2005 team returns seven
starters, including three all-league performers. The team will be in its
third year in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference and will compete for
the league’s new berth at the NCAA Tournament.
Rowing continued its tradition
of dominance in 2004. Since gaining intercollegiate status in 1995, the
program has combined for a 49-14 dual-meet record and three Western Intercollegiate
Rowing Association championships. In 2005, five athletes return from last
season’s top boat.
Men’s & women’s tennis combined for seven
Big Sky Conference championships since 1998. Guided by three-time Big
Sky Coach of the Year Bill Campbell, the women’s team will seek
its fourth-consecutive league championship in 2005. They’ll be led
by Margarita Karnaukhova and Roberta Fessenko, both ranked nationally
last year. The men’s team will seek its fifth conference title in
Men’s & women’s track & field/cross country
will be led by senior Brandon Parker, who won the Big Sky long jump crown
each of the past two seasons and junior Roshena Duree, who scored a school-record
20 points at the conference meet. The schedule is expected to feature
a dual meet against UC Davis for the first time in more than a decade.
Volleyball enters the 2004 season having won the Big Sky
Conference regular season and/or tournament championships each of the
last seven years. Four starters returning from last year’s squad,
which posted a 23-12 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Big Sky.