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SFU roundup: Clan reach Final Four

The Simon Fraser University women's basketball team has been ranked in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division II coaches poll.

The Clan head into Friday's home opener against Cal-State Stanislaus Warriors ranked 17th and with a 4-1 non-conference record so far. SFU was picked to finish second in a pre-season poll for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

SFU will play host to the Warriors for games Friday and Saturday in the West Gym starting at 7 p.m.

Last weekend at a tournament in St. George, Utah, the Clan rebounded from its first loss by downing the host Dixie State College Red Storm 74-52 on Saturday with New Westminster's Kia van Laare scoring 12 points. They were coming off a 62-45 loss to the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks the previous night.

For the first time, a Simon Fraser University team has reached the final four of a NCAA Division II national championship.

The Clan men's soccer squad advanced to the semifinals to be held in Evans, Ga., on Nov. 30-Dec. 1, by edging the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals from San Antonio, Texas 1-0 in Phoenix on Saturday.

SFU got a goal from defender Marco Voegeli who had a cross from Chris Bargholz go in off of him in the 81st minute for Voegeli's first goal of the season.

The Clan will face Michigan's Saginaw Valley State Cardinals in the championship semifinals. Saginaw Valley needed double overtime to edge Northeastern State University RiverHawks of Talequah, Okla., 1-0 in the quarter-finals Sunday.

Four SFU players were named to the first all-region team including Great Northwest Athletic Conference player of the year Michael Winter and GNAC freshman of the year Ryan Dhillon.

Also making the team were Matt Besuschko and Carlo Basso, who led the GNAC in scoring with 13 goals this season. Freshman Quante Abbott Hill Smith and Helge Neumann were named to the all-region second team.

Women hoopsters get high ranking

The Simon Fraser University women’s basketball team has been ranked in the USA Today Sports NCAA Division II coaches poll.

The Clan head into Friday’s home opener against Cal-State Stanislaus Warriors ranked 17th and with a 4-1 non-conference record so far. SFU was picked to finish second in a pre-season poll for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

SFU will play host to the Warriors for games Friday and Saturday in the West Gym starting at 7 p.m. They will be Simon Fraser’s first Division II games as full-fledged NCAA members.

Last weekend in St. George, Utah, the Clan rebounded from its first loss by downing the Dixie State College Red Storm 74-52 on Saturday with New Westminster’s Kia van Laare scoring 12 points. They were coming off a 62-45 loss to the Colorado Mesa University Mavericks the previous night. That was preceded the weekend before by three victories in three nights at a tournament in Anaheim.

“All of the girls seemed to play where we expected them to,” said head coach Bruce Langford, as he talked about their trips to California and Utah.  “Kia Van Laare had an excellent game in Utah and Erin Chambers has been our top performer overall thus far.”

Chambers and Kristina Collins were both selected to the pre-season all-conference team.

“We are pretty pumped and excited for this season to get started,” said Chambers.  “We showed ourselves what we can do in the past couple weekends, and are ready to see where we can go from here.”

Burnaby Central grad Madeline Hait had eight kills as the SFU women's volleyball team wrapped up its 2012 season with a 31-29, 25-18, 25-22 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Saturday.

The Clan finish the season with a 4-22 record overall and 1-18 in GNAC play.

Men wrestlers split, women win

The SFU men's wrestling team split a pair of duel meets in Couer d'Alene, Idaho on Saturday.

They started by losing to North Idaho College 25-15, but then downed the University of Great Falls from Montana 31-17.

It wasn't a good day for Burnaby wrestlers Josh Punzo and Cody Coombes who lost their matches in their respective weight classes, 157 and 174 pounds.

The team will wrestle again at the Spokane Open on Sunday.

The women's team, however, won a tournament against some top collegiate program in Canada and the U.S., in London, Ont., Saturday.

Enroute they defeated top-ranked Oklahoma City 21-12, McMaster University of Hamilton 25-0, the University of Missouri 26-5, Thunder Bay's Lakehead University 29-1 and Alberta 27-5.

Then in the final dual match they downed Oklahoma City 21-11 again. It was the first time SFU had beaten that school in four years.

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