William Jessup ready for run in CalPac

Women's volleyball, soccer in the hunt for titles
By: Staff Report
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SOCCER _ William Jessup University’s women’s soccer team will seek its third California Pacific Conference Championship in just four years as the Lady Warriors will lose very few players from 2010. “We are returning the majority of our team and have an outstanding incoming class,” said head coach Jamie Howard. “For the first time in the program’s history, we have depth in each position. This will not only help us compete for the CalPac title but make us more competitive nationally.” Returning are two-time NAIA All-American Lindsey Cesena, senior Jacque Cassell, plus juniors Elli Tremblay and Hekla Goodman. Howard will also get strong support from his freshman recruits Lauren Young, Morgan Kinyon, Cara Eskenazi, and Kim Randall. The Warriors host Northwest Christian at 11 a.m., Friday, and will again be home to face CSU-Monterey, 3 p.m., Sept. 7. The WJU men’s soccer team hosts Northwest Christian at 1 p.m., Friday. VOLLEYBALL _ William Jessup University’s women’s volleyball lost three starters to graduation, but hopes to fill those vacancies for another successful run in the California Pacific Conference. Lady Warriors head coach Terry Stafford will call on junior Hannah Baldwin, sophomores Elaina Murphy, and Zoey Gilbert, 6-3 freshman Sara Hickenbottom, and transfers Katrina Spencer, Meagan Morrow, and Lauren Koons. WJU’s 8-4 record was good enough for second in the CalPac last year, but they’ll be on the warpath for better in 2011. The Warriors will be on the road until Sept. 6 when they return to Rocklin to face Chico State, 7 p.m., WJU campus. WJU has had four NAIA All Americans, Conference Player of the Year (4), Conference Coach of the Year (3), Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year (2), and 58 academic award winners. The Warriors have five CalPac Championships – cross country, women’s soccer (2), men’s basketball, and softball. The university has also been recognized five times as an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Institution.