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The Beacon catches up with UP's tennis teams.

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  • The Beacon 15November 5, 2009 Sports

    West Coast Conference Standings:Mens Basketball

    1) #18 Saint Marys (5-0)2) #20 Gonzaga (5-0)3) Portland (4-1)4) San Diego (4-1)5) Santa Clara (1-4)6) Pepperdine (1-4) 7) San Fransisco (0-5) 8) LMU (0-5)

    Womens Basketball

    1) Gonzaga (5-0)2) LMU (3-2)3) San Diego (3-2)4) Portland (3-2)5) Saint Marys (3-2)6) Pepperdine (2-3)7) San Fransisco (1-4)8) Santa Clara (0-5)

    Portland went 1-2 on the week, dropping games to the University of Oregon 55-64 and to LMU 43-64. The Pilots won against Pepperdine 59-56.

    (Courtesy of WCCsports.com)

    Mens Baseball

    Recently signed four new recruits out of High School. 1LFN$UPHQWD2XWHOGHUChris Johnson- RH Pitcher%HQMDPLQ5XII,QHOGHU5+PitcherChet Thompson- Outfeilder

    Mens Tennis

    Currently 3-1, 1-0 WCC

    Still missing mens no.1 singles Joel Kincaid, out on injury.

    Won 5-0 against UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday

    Upcoming home match against U.C. Davis on Jan. 30.

    Womens Tennis

    Currently 1-3

    Lost 1-6 against University of Oregon on Friday

    Won 6-1 against University of Idaho on Sunday

    This week in sports

    In the second half, perse-verance, practice and patience continued to push the Pilots for-ward.

    Maintaining control of the game, showing no signs of fa-tigue and retaining the lead they HVWDEOLVKHG LQ WKH UVW KDOI WKHteam also succeeded in improv-ing their shots.

    Making 57.1 percent of nor-mal shots and 42.9 percent of three pointers, the team seemed composed and collected.

    Connecting with passes and seeing open men, the Pilots honed their skills in the second half, scoring another 49 points before the last whistle.

    Head Coach Eric Reveno, who tried different offensive and defensive setups, felt the night was a learning experience for the team.:HVWLOOQHHGWRQGZD\VWR

    UHQLQJ>[email protected],WKLQNwe were able to see some of that, Reveno said. On the defensive HQG , WKRXJKW ZH GLG QH EXWI think sometimes we gave too PDQ\ XQFRQWHVWHG VKRW DQG got driven on a little bit.

    Offensively, the coach said the team still needed to clean up their game. But with blocks in place and team members performing, Reveno thought the team needed to sharpen up a bit.

    We took advantage of some things like a veteran team would,

    so it was a mixed bag, Reveno said.

    Reveno also stressed the main focus of the squad for the season is to work on their defense.

    Were looking to defend bet-ter, Reveno said.

    He is also trying to ensure players play with and improve on their strengths.

    The coach thinks the team has substantially improved their de-fense since last year, but needs to continue developing their defen-sive abilities.

    We have to defend, go, be VPDUWPDNHJRRGGHFLVLRQVQGthe open guy and make plays like that, Reveno said.

    gathon, where the team practices on rowing machines for an allot-ted period of time. Currently, the team is cleaning up Merlo Field after home games for money.

    Last year, the club rented out The Circuit, a bouldering gym in Portland, and invited the student community to climb with the team for $10.

    I like fundraising with the club because its fun getting the community involved with row-ing, said Gray.

    The club also sends out a newsletter to parents of the row-ers, and is also looking to include crew alumni in aiding with fund-raising efforts.

    After exhausting all the fund-raising money and the money allocated from ASUP, the 17-stu-dent club pays for most of the costs out-of-pocket.

    Joining the club requires a due fee of $150, which only helps to cover the boathouse rent, insur-ance for the team and the coach-es fee.

    Students, in addition to the due fee, have to pay for such things as the team jersey, leg-gings and long-sleeved tops that will run upwards of $100.

    Crew Club has been at the University since the early 2000s, and has been a growing sport with incoming freshman learn-ing how to row with the help of veteran members.

    Rowing is the perfect sport for colleges to offer, senior Leslie Eddy said. You can start from scratch your freshman year and still do really well.

    The current team is remaining optimistic despite the possibility of the club disbanding due to a lack of necessary funding for crew to feasibly continue.

    I have been very impressed with this team, Powers said. They are the most committed group weve had in awhile.

    According to Gray, the ad-ministration has been supportive of the crew teams efforts to re-main a club at UP.

    The administration is the only reason we still have a Crew Club, said Gray.

    The Crew Club hopes to one day be located on the actual cam-pus.

    This move would aide the bud-get for the club because it would eliminate the cost of paying rent for boathouse space.

    Once the boats can be kept near the water on campus, club costs are going to plummet and membership is likely to really shoot up, Eddy said.

    The River Campus proposal drawing includes a proposed boathouse on the Willamette River.

    Although development is years away, Powers hopes that the club can survive until that can happen.

    Meantime, the Crew Club is anticipating the budgeting deci-sions made by ASUP about the next semester. 7KH QDO JXUHV ZLOO KHOS

    determine if the Crew Club can continue at UP.

    In crew, you become really close to your team, Powers said.

    It would be very disappoint-ing for students in the future years not to get the opportunity to experience that.

    larger crowds this spring, espe-cially now that construction work has cleared from the tennis cen-ter, making it more easily acces-sible.

    Were solid this year, and we were last year too, Hernandez said. We want some crowds its not a Wimbledon atmosphere, its more like any other sport.

    The women have a promis-ing season ahead, as well. Their UVW WRXUQDPHQW DW :DVKLQJ-ton State University culminated ZLWK MXQLRU /DFH\ 3LEVHQ DQGsenior Megan Sporndli bringing home the doubles title, according to womens Head Coach Susie Campbell-Gross.

    It was a good way to start the season, Campbell-Gross said. It UHDOO\ERRVWHGWKHLUFRQGHQFH

    Although the womens team is done competing this fall, they will continue to practice over winter break and will hopefully add additional recruits to their current team of six.

    Most teams are comprised anywhere between six and 12 SOD\HUV 3LEVHQVDLG

    Campbell-Gross is in the pro-cess of recruiting and hopes to start the new season with eight women.

    Wed be okay with seven, but with injuries as they have been, it would be helpful for us to have eight, Campbell-Gross said.

    Although freshman Valeska Hoath is recovering from an in-MXU\3LEVHQEHOLHYHVVKHLVVWLOOa valuable asset to the team. De-VSLWH WKH GLIFXOWLHV DVVRFLDWHGwith practicing and competing without one or more players, the WHDP LV XQLHG ERWK RQ DQG RII

    the court.In singles, youre out there by

    yourself and you cant depend on any other player but yourself on your court. But that doesnt mean \RXUH DORQH 3LEVHQ VDLG ,Qa sense, its a team sport because I dont feel alone out there even when I am.

    Another challenge faced by both teams in terms of attract-ing fans is the duration of their matches.

    In a facility that has six courts, a match can be done in two and a half hours. We only have three courts so our matches FDQWDNHXSWRYHRUVL[KRXUV Gross said.

    Overwhelmingly, though, the people that have come out over the years are very much en-tertained. Its not a sit-on-your-hands kind of thing.

    Continued from page 16

    Continued from page 16

    TENNIS: Promising seasons

    Jordan Schager | THE BEACONSenior Robin Smeulders jumps to rebound a ball while senior Ethan Niedermeyer battles for position against opposing players. The Pilots won the exhibition, shooting just over 57 percent.

    B-BALL: Strong opener

    CREW: UP club strugglesfor fundsContinued from page 16

    West Coast Conference Standings:Mens Basketball

    1) #18 Saint Marys (5-0)2) #20 Gonzaga (5-0)3) Portland (4-1)4) San Diego (4-1)5) Santa Clara (1-4)6) Pepperdine (1-4) 7) San Fransisco (0-5) 8) LMU (0-5)

    Womens Basketball

    1) Gonzaga (5-0)2) LMU (3-2)3) San Diego (3-2)4) Portland (3-2)5) Saint Marys (3-2)6) Pepperdine (2-3)7) San Fransisco (1-4)8) Santa Clara (0-5)

    Portland went 1-2 on the week, dropping games to the University of Oregon 55-64 and to LMU 43-64. The Pilots won against Pepperdine 59-56.

    (Courtesy of WCCsports.com)

    Mens Baseball

    Recently signed four new recruits out of High School. 1LFN$UPHQWD2XWHOGHU

    Chris Johnson- RH Pitcher%HQMDPLQ5XII,QHOGHU

    RH PitcherChet Thompson- Outfeilder

    Mens Tennis

    Currently 3-1, 1-0 WCC

    Still missing mens no.1 singles Joel Kincaid, out on injury.

    Won 5-0 against UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday

    Upcoming home match against U.C.

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