Seattle University athletic teams about to begin play within their new
conference, starting with the volleyball team hosting New Mexico State
Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Connolly Center, GoSeattleU.com is featuring a
series of 10 articles introducing Redhawk fans to the 2012-13 membership of the
Western Athletic Conference. This is the sixth in the series of stories about
the current WAC schools.
University of Denver (DU), located in Denver, Colo., is the oldest private university
in the Rocky Mountain Region, founded in 1864. DU currently enrolls 5,000
undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students. The main campus is a
designated arboretum and is located in the University Neighborhood, about seven
miles south of downtown Denver. The Denver Pioneers athletic teams’ colors are
crimson and gold. Famous alumnae of the University of Denver include former
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. Olympic figure skater
Michelle Kwan, and Peter Morton, founder of the Hard Rock Café chain.
Pioneers support 17 varsity sports, 11 of which Seattle U teams will face
throughout the 2012-13 school year. The school offers eight total men’s sports,
five of which Seattle U teams will face this coming season, and nine total
women’s sports, six of which Seattle U teams will face this season. This is
also Denver’s first year in the Western Athletic Conference, as they left the
Sun Belt Conference and joined the WAC on July 1, 2012.
finished 22-9 in 2011-12, as well as 11-5 in conference play. Their 22
victories set DU’s NCAA Division I record, including non-conference wins over
Southern Mississippi and St. Mary’s, who were both NCAA Tournament
participants. Then-sophomore forward Chris Udofia was named SBC Defender of the
Year and All-SBC First Team and then-senior guard Brian Stafford earned All-SBC
Second Team honors, joining Udofia on the NABC All-District 24 First Team. Stafford
and Udofia led the team in scoring with 14.5 and 13.9 ppg, respectively. Udofia
also had a team-leading 72 blocks. Following the 2011-12 season, it was
announced that the Pioneers had the fifth biggest attendance increase in the
NCAA, marking the second straight year they were among the NCAA’s top 10
largest attendance increases. Head coach Joe Scott enters his sixth season at
the helm, as the Pioneers and Redhawks will first meet on Saturday, Jan. 12 at
KeyArena. Seattle U will make the trip to Denver on Thursday, Feb. 7.
women’s basketball finished the season with a 19-12 overall record and 11-5
conference record. They earned their second straight 19-win season and a
first-round bye in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, but fell in the
quarterfinals to Florida International, 67-59. However, they defeated BCS foes
Minnesota and Oregon and recorded the program’s 600th all-time
victory. Then-senior Kaetlyn Murdoch led the team in scoring with 16.5 ppg, 49
total blocks, and 513 total points. Emiko Smith led the team with 199 assists
and 71 total steals. Murdoch also became just the third Pioneer in Denver’s
Division I history to pass the 1,800 total points mark. Also excelling
academically, the 2011-12 team finished 20th on the WBCA Top 25 Team
Honor Roll. Led by new head coach Kerry Cremeans, former Associate Head Coach
at Auburn University, the Pioneers will look to make their mark during their
first season in the WAC. They will face the Redhawks for the first time in
Denver on Sunday, Jan. 13 and will travel to Seattle on Thursday, Feb. 7.
placed seventh at the SBC Championships in 2011-12 and individually,
then-sophomore Chun-Ji Kim finished tied for fourth and was named to the
All-Sun Belt Conference team, finishing three over par for the tournament. This
was the first All-SBC team honoree for Denver since 2009. Then-sophomore Ole
Ramsnes led Denver with a 73.90 average over the season, competing in all 10
tournaments for the Pioneers. DU returns the majority of their team from last season,
only losing Troy Anderson, who finished second on the squad for the year with a
74.50 average. Sophomore Andy Yang also qualified for the U.S. Amateur Open in
July. Led by head coach Eric Hoos, in his 13th season at the helm,
the Redhawks and Pioneers will first meet at the WAC Championships at Rio Secco
Golf Club in Henderson, Nev. from Monday Apr. 29 – May 1, 2013.
golf earned their ninth-straight SBC title in 2012, led by then-freshman
Rachael Watton’s individual title, at the SBC Championships. As a team, the
Pioneers finished eight over par and Watton won the individual title in a
playoff with Florida International’s Katie Munday. At the NCAA DI Women’s Golf
West Regional, the team’s 11th-straight NCAA DI regional berth, the
team finished 19th with 51-over par for the tournament. Then-junior
Kelly Drack led the Pioneers in scoring on the year, averaging 74.66 strokes in
29 tournament rounds, and also recording three top-10 finishes. Led by head
coach Sammie Chergo, who enters her 16th season at Denver, the
Redhawks will first face the Pioneers at the WAC Championships in Mesa, Ariz. from
Monday Apr. 22 – Wednesday Apr. 24.
neither Denver nor Seattle U men’s soccer are members of the WAC, they are both
members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), as Denver is part of
the Mountain Division and Seattle U is part of the Pacific Division. The
Pioneers ended 2011 with a 5-11-3 record overall and a 3-6-1 conference record.
Christian Volesky led the team with six goals and 13 points, two different
players led with four assists, and Jarod Stigall led the team with 38 shots. Excelling
not just on the field but in the classroom, eleven Pioneers were named Academic
All-MPSF. The Pioneers have started 2012 with a 0-1-2 record, with all three
matches thus far going into double overtime. They fell to No. 5 UNC Charlotte,
2-1, before tying Drexel and UC Davis. Josh Wren currently leads the team with
two goals so far in 2012. Led by head coach Bobby Muuss, entering his sixth
season at the helm, the Redhawks will first face DU at CIBER Field in Denver on
Sunday, Oct. 21.
In 2011, the
Pioneers finished 16-5-0 overall and 9-2-0 in conference play, third in the SBC
overall, before falling to Florida International in the SBC tournament semifinals.
Then-sophomore Kristen Hamilton recorded a team-high 16 goals, nine assists,
and 41 points, and was also named to the SBC All-Tournament Team. Hamilton,
then-sophomore midfielder Nicholette DiGiacomo, and then-freshman defender Sam
Harder, all three of which have returned in 2012, were named to the NSCAA All-South
Region Second Team. In the 2012 WAC preseason poll, Denver was chosen to finish
first in a poll of the league’s head coaches. DU currently ranks third in the
WAC in 2012, with a 3-1-1 overall record. Kaitlin Bast leads the team with two
goals, four points, and 10 shots, as well as one game-winning goal. Led by
veteran head coach Jeff Hooker, entering his 21st year leading the program,
the Redhawks and Pioneers will first face on Seattle U’s senior day, Sunday,
Oct. 28 at 12 noon.
Swimming & Diving (Men’s and Women’s)
final SBC Championships, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams
left their mark on the conference as back-to-back champions, winning their
second straight in 2011-12. Denver also had 18 first-place finishers, including
then-junior Rachel Burns and then-freshman Daniel Ettelson who swept the 100
Freestyle for Denver. Ettelson also set a new career-best with a time of 44.63.
Samantha Corea swam for the Canadian National Team at the 2012 Canadian Summer
Nationals in July and the 2012 U.S. Open Swimming Championships in August and Blake
Worsley qualified and competed with Team Canada at the London Olympics in
summer 2012. Nine Pioneers earned Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention
following the 2011-12 year. Ettelson, Burns, Corea, and Worsley all return for
the 2012-13 campaign. The men’s team shares membership in the Mountain Pacific Sports
Federation (MPSF) with Seattle U while both women’s teams are in the Western
Athletic Conference (WAC). Led by seventh-year head coach Brian Schrader, Seattle
U will face the men’s team at the MPSF Championships in Long Beach, Calif. on
Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Saturday, Feb. 23, and the women’s teams will first meet
at the WAC Championships in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, Feb. 27 –
Saturday, Mar. 2.
finished 2011-12 with a 12-9 dual record and Enej Bonin led the team at the No.
1 singles spot with a 11-7 dual record. Yannick
Weihs led all players with a 23-12 overall record. In doubles play, Bonin/Jens Vorkefeld
led the team with a 19-7 overall record. Earning the No. 1 seed at the SBC
championships, Denver was upset by No. 4 seed South Alabama in the men’s
conference semifinals. Weihs and Bonin were named to the All-SBC Men’s Tennis Singles
Team and the Bonin/Vorkefeld pair was named to the All-SBC Men’s Tennis Doubles
Team. With Bonin and Vorkefeld both returning for the Pioneers, led by head
coach Danny Westerman entering his seventh season as head coach, DU will first
face the Redhawks on Friday, Apr. 5 in Denver.
tennis finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-11 overall record, led by Sophia
Bergner with a 13-9 dual record at the No. 1 singles spot. In doubles action,
Bergner/Steffi Rath led with a 11-9 dual record at the No. 1 doubles spot, both
of which are slated to return as seniors in 2012-13. Earning a No. 4 seed at
the SBC Women’s Tennis Championships, the team fell to No. 59 North Texas in
the semifinals, 4-2. Bergner and Rath
both earned All-SBC Recognition, as Bergner was named to the All-SBC Singles
Team and both student-athletes were named to the All-SBC Doubles Team. Fourth-year
head coach Jeremy Wurtzman will lead the Pioneers versus the Redhawks for the
first time on Saturday, Apr. 6 in Logan, Utah.
finished 13-16 overall and 10-6 in conference play in 2011, falling to Florida
International in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference championships.
Then-junior Faimie Kingsley was named to the All-SBC First Team and led the
Pioneers with 351 kills and 172 blocks to go with a .344 hitting percentage.
She was the first Pioneer since 2009 to be named to the All-SBC Volleyball
team. The team will continue to count on Kingsley’s leadership, as she has
returned for her senior season. The Pioneers have started 2012 with a 3-3
record, led by Colleen King with 53 kills and Kingsley with 26 blocks. First
year head coach Jesse Mahoney and new assistant coaches Tom Hogan and Katelin
Batten will lead the Pioneers as they first face the Redhawks at the Connolly
Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, and as Seattle U heads to Denver for their
regular season finale on Thursday, Nov. 15.
athletic department also sponsors men’s hockey, women’s gymnastics, men’s and
women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s skiing, which the Seattle U athletics
department does not sponsor. Seattle U, on the other hand, also sponsors
baseball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s track & field,
women’s rowing, and softball that Denver does not sponsor.
Seattle University's first year in the Western Athletic Conference and first
year as a full NCAA Division I member since 1980. For current information on
these events and other Seattle University athletics news, visit GoSeattleU.com.