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Volleyball team gets scratched out by Bruins, Boxers

The Linfield volleyball team get torn down by the George Fox University Bruins and the Pacific University Boxers on homecoming weekend, Oct. 4 and 5.

A Wildcat win slip through their paws and into the hands of Pacific on Oct. 5 with a tough three set loss.

Starting the first set, the Wildcats were slow to start, earning the first point off a service error by Pacific. The ‘Cats regain their footing momentarily earning kills by sophomore Shayli Coppock, juniors Kailana Ritte-Camara and Victoria Thompson, and freshman Molly McTaggart. Bringing the score up to 5-8, Linfield fought to catch the Boxers, but Pacific managed to stay ahead. The set ended 20-25 and a Pacific University win.

The second set was kicked off with an attack error made by Ritte-Camara, followed by a kill by Pacific, quickly earning the Boxers a two-point lead. Shortly after, Coppock earned Linfield’s first point of the set. Tying several times during the set, but in the end the Wildcats fell 21-25.

The final set against Pacific started off with a Wildcat lead, with Ritte Camara earning the first kill of the set. For the first few points, Linfield kept up with the Boxers but they slowly pulled ahead, burying the Wildcats 15-25.

“Communication was good, but I think in volleyball there is always room to improve,” Thompson said in an email. “We just need to find that fire we have when it’s game point and apply it throughout the whole game.”

Linfield also faced off with George Fox on Oct. 4 in Newberg, Ore.

The ‘Cats once again could not find their finish against the Bruins going 0-3 sets.

“The communication at the George Fox game was pretty good. Because Coach Shane changed the lineup, it required a lot more communication and teamwork to perform the way we did,” freshman Casie Gaza said.

The first set ended 16-25. The second set finished with a score of 20-25, and the final set was won by the Bruins, 17-25. Despite this lose, the Wildcats know what they need to work on next game.

“We just need to beat the mental part of the game,” Thompson said in an email. “We all have the physical side down and have amazing potential, we just need to execute now and put that potential to use.”

The Wildcats will play their next four games at home, starting with Whitworth University on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., followed by a game against Whitman College on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

By Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor



Junior outside hitter Kailana Ritte-Kamara goes up to spike the ball past the two Pacific University blockers. Ritte-Camara had nine kills, leading the Wildcats on the night. The team is going up against Whitworth University on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Whitman College on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Freshman outside hitter Molly McTaggart hits the ball over the head of the two Pacific  University defenders on Oct. 5. The Wildcats lost to Pacific by a score of 0-3.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior sports photographer

Wildcats hit the net, add two more losses

The Linfield volleyball team comes up short in weekend matches, Sept. 27 and 28.

The Wildcats were outlasted by the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers, who won 3-0 on Sept. 28.

While Linfield stole an early lead, the Pioneers were not far behind, and tied it up with a rally at point eight. After earning their ninth point, Lewis & Clark steadily pulled ahead outscoring the Wildcats 25-16 in the first set.

Warmed up and ready, Linfield managed to catch the Pioneers at point eight in the second set, and pulled ahead for what looked like would be a Wildcat win. However, going point-for-point from point 16 on, the Wildcats were just two points behind, earning the Pioneers the second win, 25-23.

Still fired up, the Wildcats clawed their way toward the win, once again going point-for-point till the end. The set was briefly interrupted for five minutes after the fire alarm was pulled. The game resumed shortly after College Public Safety cleared the building.

Linfield closed in on the win, but it was swept out from under their feet, when Lewis & Clark pulled ahead with a final two points, winning, 26-24.

“I think we did well on our defense,” junior Kailana Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We picked up balls, and continued to fight no matter the score. I think I did well on giving what I can through out the game, whether its on defense or offense.”

The Wildcats tapped paws with the Willamette University Bearcats Sept. 27, narrowly losing 3-2.

Linfield earned the first two points of the first set, the first by freshman Suzanne Dahl and a service ace by junior Courtney Wanamaker.

The Wildcats and Bearcats continued to battle it out through the first set, but Willamette could not catch Linfield. The Wildcats won the first set 25-21.

Similar to how the first set had started, the second set started off with a Linfield lead. It wasn’t until point 17 with the two teams tied, that the Bearcats pulled ahead for a last minute win in the second set, 25-23.

Re-energized, Linfield took to the court in the third set, and pounded away at an early lead. Not allowing Willamette a chance to catch them, the Wildcats defeated the Bearcats in the third set, 24-19.

With the same energy the Wildcats previously had, Willamette hit back hard, stealing the lead from the beginning, outscoring Linfield 23-10.

Starting out the final set, Linfield took a three point lead with the first two points earned by freshman Sam Hammons, and an error made by the Bearcats.

The Wildcats struggled to keep their lead and Willamette earned the final win, 15-10.

“After this weekend, we found out how hard we could play, no matter the score,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “But we could always improve and retain our energy through out the whole game, not just the beginning of the game and toward the ending.”

Despite the close match, the Wildcats and the Bearcats both battled hard. In total, Linfield managed to earn 49 kills. Hammons outscored Ritte-Camara for kills by one, earning 12 kills against Willamette.

“We are going to go back to practice on Monday and continue to work hard,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “We are going to be working on tough

serves and being aggressive in front.”

The Wildcats will face off with nearby George Fox University at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4 in Newberg, Ore. The following day, Linfield will compete against Pacific University at 7 p.m. at home.


By Kaylyn Peterson/ Managing editor



Outside hitter junior Kailana Ritte-Camara readies a serve to the Willamette Bearcats in the second period. Ritte-Camara led the team in attack percentage at .038 and was one of the top hitters for the team, making 11 kills that match.

Photo by Helen Lee/ Photo editor


Junior Audrey Frazier (10) reaches to set the ball for Suzanna Dahl (14) in the third set of the game against Lewis and Clark College on Sept. 28. Frazier was one of the top setters along with freshman Casie Gaza this match with 12 and 19 sets respectively.

Photo by Helen Lee/ Photo editor

Key players to look for in the fall season

With all the excitement surrounding football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and golf seasons beginning, I figure it would be a good idea to let the Linfield student body know who the clutch players are and what we can expect from them this fall sports season.

Let’s start with golf.  On the women’s side the Wildcats have freshman Abigail Heringer a strong new golfer from Salem, Ore. She tied for fifth with a score of 15-over-par 159 in the Pacific Invitational last week.  Not bad so far for her first season at Linfield.

Although the women’s golf team finished eighth out of twelve teams at the Pacific Invitational, the Wildcats improved tremendously from the first to the second day, despite terrible weather conditions.

On the men’s side, there are three impressive juniors, Taylor Klopp, Taylor Pirnke and Kevin Kawasaki.  Klopp is described by head coach Greg Copeland as “a hard worker who hates to make a bogey,”  and a natural leader on the team.

Pirnke is described as a solid player and shot 78 on the second day of the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki is a hard-working player whose extra practice during the summer has helped him to improve overall as a player!

His hard work paid off when he shot a crisp 71 to sit in fourth place at the Pacific Invitational. Kawasaki helped his team achieve first place overall after the first day of the tournament.

In the world of soccer, four men stick out from the lineup: freshmen Brian Degrandmont and Jorge Rodriguez, and seniors Harper Taylor and Jake Baker.

During their last game against Whitman College, Taylor and Baker worked together to score in the first half.  Baker sent in a cornerkick from the left side, which found his teammate in front of the net, setting up a point-blank range shot tying the game in the second half.

This was Taylor’s third career goal and his first goal since the 2010 season. Degrandmont tied the score at 1-1 in the game with a long-shot on goal from beyond the penalty box.  Rodriguez made six saves against the Pacific Lutheran offense keeping the Wildcat’s defense firm settling with a 0-0 tie. For women’s soccer, junior Lauren Pyrch, did her part against Pacific University from the back line helping Linfield achieve its best start in the program’s history and eventually getting the team voted into the top-25 teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America holding the 20th spot! Pyrch has been recognized as the Northwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week and leads a defense, that only  allowed two goals and 14 shot attempts during all three matches. Pyrch is definitely a player that opponents should look out for!

Now how about those football guys? Well, as you know, the Linfield football program has had a very successful start to their season.

The team beat Texas Hardin-Simmons College 71-21 and beat out California Lutheran University last week 52-14. Linfield senior quarterback Josh Yoder was a huge contributing factor for the win against California Lutheran University as he passed for three touchdowns and scored on a 35-yard romp.  In the last game against Case Western Reserve University, sophomore running back sophomore Travon Willis rushed a game-high 80 yards against the Ohio team, while sophomore wide receiver Brian Balsiger caught eight passes for 99 yards, setting the tone for the Wildcats 45-0 shut-out.

Way to go boys!

How about my favorite ladies in spandex? Although the season has started off a bit rough for the squad, there are still some hard-working athletes that we can always count on to work hard and push their teammates to success!

Two-time Northwest Conference all-star junior Kailana Ritte-Camara, topped the stats with a match-high of 14 kills and a .231 hitting average in their last game against Puget Sound University.

Although the Wildcats weren’t able to walk away with a win, her performance should show the other teams that Ritte-Camara is an aggressive player who is ready to give it her all, all year round!

And don’t think I forgot about Linfield’s cross-country runners! We have three outstanding athletes on the team including seniors Hannah Greider, Siena Noe and  Joe Gladow.

With the help of Greider and Noe, the women’s team earned first place overall in the North West Classic held in Eugene, Ore., with five Wildcats finishing in the top ten spots.

Greider finished in third place while Noe finished in fifth place with a time of 19:23. On the men’s side, Gladow set the pace for other Wildcat men.  He scored 85 points and helped the team finish in the top for the Northwest Conference.

The senior averaged 5:19 miles during the 4-mile course, clocking in at 21:15.  With the help of these stellar athletes, the Linfield’s cross country team has a strong chance of qualifying for the NWC Championships and being a strong competitor in the league as well!

So those are the Wildcats to look out for! However, sports teams are called teams for a reason.  Although this article highlights the current star athletes for the season, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go watch and support other Wildcat athletes that weren’t mentioned!

So get out there and support your Wildcats, who knows, maybe you will witness a new star athlete in the making!

By Camille Weber/ Sports Columnist


Volleyball falls in conference openers

The Wildcats got knocked down at the gate and started their conference ranking at the bottom, with a 0-2 record.

Linfield faced off with Pacific Lutheran University on Sept. 21 in Tacoma, Wash. While the Wildcats took the initial lead for the first two game, the lead slipped from their paws  as Pacific Lutheran took the game 3-0.

Junior Kailana Ritte-Camara scored the first kill of the game, earning the Wildcats their only lead of the set. Pacific Lutheran later took the first set 25-12.

Re-energized. the Wildcats started the next set off with a five-zero lead, but after junior Courtney Wanamaker’s serving error on her fifth serve, the Lutes started a comeback. The set remained close, but ended with another Pacific Lutheran win, 25-19.

The Lutes started the third and final set with the lead. The first point earned by the Wildcats was earned off of a kill by freshman Sam Hammons. Despite Linfield’s effort, the Wildcats could not catch the Lutes, ending the set 24-21.

Ritte-Camara had eight kills, she made the most kills of anyone in the game. Close behind her was junior Victoria Thompson with seven kills. Also, only three Wildcats earned service aces: Wanamaker,  Ritte-Camara and freshman Casie Gaza.

Prior to their game against Pacific Lutheran, the Wildcats played Puget Sound University on Sept. 20.

The Wildcats started the game off with a lead after an attacking error made by the Loggers and a service ace made by sophomore Courtney Uyeda. The teams battled for the lead for nine points, when the Loggers pulled ahead ending the first set 25-14.

During the second set, the Loggers and Wildcats went point-for-point for the first half of the set. However, the battle was short-lived, and Puget Sound pulled ahead after their 10th point. The set ended, 25-15, with a Logger win.

The Wildcats failed to gain the footing they needed to take control of the final set. With the Loggers leading the entire time, the Wildcats lost the set 25-17.

Despite the lose against the Loggers, Linfield earned 31 kills, 14 of which were earned by Ritte-Camara, six by freshman Molly McTaggart, four by Thompson, four by Hammons, two by senior Shayli Coppock and one by freshman Suzanne Dahl.

The Wildcats will play against Willamette University at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.  at home. Linfield will then host Lewis & Clark University at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

By Kaylyn Peterson/Managing editor



Photo- Helen Lee/photo editor

Freshman goalkeeper Jorge Rodriguez defends the Whitworth Pirates’ onslaught. The Wildcats lost two home and one away game weighing in with a 4-3 record.

Wildcats fall short at volleyball match

The Linfield volleyball team fell short in an exhibition match on Sept. 10.


Outside hitter senior Shayli Coppock goes for an attack against the two Blue Mountain blockers. Coppock had an attack percentage of
0.333 through the four sets.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior Sports photographer

The Wildcats started off ahead in the first set after senior Shayli Coppock gained a kill for the first point against Blue Mountain

Community College.

“Blue Mountain CC is undefeated in their division, which told us that they were a competitive team,” junior Kailana Ritte-Camara said

in an email. “We knew that no matter what, we had to be prepared for anything.”

Junior Courtney Wanamaker started off a three point run with a service ace, followed by several attacking errors made by the


Linfield’s 4-0 lead was disrupted after an attacking error made by Ritte-Camara, bringing the Timberwolves up one point.

Despite the Wildcats gaining two more points off of one attacking error made by the Timberwolves, and a kill by Ritte-Carama, Blue

Mountain Community College took control of the game.

Gaining the lead after their seventh point, the Timberwolves won the set 25-21, earning them the first win of the game.

Reenergized, the Wildcats came back and held the led for the entire second set, winning 25-17.

With both teams having a win under their belt, the third set went back and forth for the lead, but was ultimately won by the

PULL0645-6Timberwolves. The set ended with a score of 25-23.

The Wildcats and Timberwolves started a fourth set to determine the game. With only one win standing in Blue Mountain Community

College’s way of winning, they took an early lead after scoring two points. Despite efforts to snuff out the Wildcats, Linfield fought back,

going point for point with the Timberwolves until point 18.

The Timberwolves then took the lead and the match, winning 25-19, and won the game, three to one.

Despite the loss, Ritte-Camara and Blue Mountain’s Kendra De Hoog tied for the most kills in the game, with 18 kills. Junior Victoria

Thompson followed closely behind with 12 kills.

“Some of the challenges I think we faced this match were the ability to minimize our unforced errors, and continue to keep the

energy level up through out the match,” Ritte-Camara said in an email.

The Wildcats will travel to play against Puget Sound University on Sept. 20 for their first Northwest Conference game. Linfield will

then play Pacific Lutheran University on Sept. 21. The team will spend both games playing in Tacoma, Wash.

“After playing our first match at home, against a competitive team, we now have a better understanding about which ways we were

great and which ways we could improve,” Ritte-Camara said in an email. “So by working hard in practice, and improving our selves

both physically, but more importantly, mentally, we can then, get better as a team, and be successful at what we want to accomplish.

Especially being successful in these upcoming matches.”

By Kaylyn Peterson/ Managing editor