Oregon Tech Announces 2013 Fall Sports Schedule
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon Tech athletic department has announced their upcoming 2013 fall sports schedule for volleyball, cross country and the men’s and women’s soccer teams.
The Owls open their 31-match volleyball slate with 13 of their first 15 matches on the road to begin the 2013 season. The 2013 campaign opens with a trip to New Hope Christian in Eugene before the Red Lion Challenge in Spokane, Wash. The Red Lion Challenge puts the Cascade Conference against the Frontier Conference in a three-day six-match tournament that runs August 22nd through August 24th. Tech will open up home competition in a non-conference match versus Cal Pac member Simpson University before closing out the pre-season with three matches at the UC Merced Tournament.
This season Cascade Collegiate Conference play kicks-off on the road with a match at Northwest Christian and Corban University. Tech will host their first CCC contest on Friday, September 13th versus rival Southern Oregon University as the season nears the midway point. The Owls close out the season with two non-conference matches and 15 CCC contests, of which nine are at home.
Ashton Betts scored 2 goals and added 2 assists in 2012. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Tech men’s soccer team, and second year head coach Matt Munhall, will look to improve on a 1-16-1 overall mark when they open the 2013 season at home versus Bethesda University on Monday, August 26th. The Owls begin the campaign with eight of their first 10 games at home, including four-of-six conference games. The Owls face NCAA III opponents Linfield College and George Fox University on September 6th and 7th as well as George Fox University on Saturday, September 14th to close out their preseason schedule. The Owls get into Cascade Conference action on Tuesday, September 17th versus Corban University and Saturday, September 21st against Evergreen State before taking their first road trip of the year. All home games will be played at the Steen Sports Complex.
Rebekah Nisbet returns after leading the Owls in 2012 with 7 goals and 4 assists. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Second year Head Coach Mike Hedlund will lead the Owl women into the 2013 soccer campaign trying to improve on a 7-6-2 overall mark from last season. Last year’s Oregon Tech women's soccer team surprised a lot of people on their way to a 5-2-2 conference record, a 3rd place finish in CCC action and a spot in the CCC Tournament Championship. The Owls open the 2013 campaign versus perennial NAIA power Concordia University in a non-conference game played in Ashland, Ore. The home schedule kicks-off on Monday, August 26th versus Bethesda University beginning at 1 p.m. Four of the next five contests are non-conference games with only one at home - Simpson University on Friday, September 13th. The nine-game Cascade Collegiate Conference schedule next begins with home games on Tuesday, October 1st versus Northwest Christian and Thursday, October 3rd against Corban University. The Owls close out home CCC play on Thursday, October 17th and Saturday, October 19th against Warner Pacific and Concordia University. All home games will be played at the Steen Sports Complex.
Jeff Pelarde (705) and Scott Minor (704) will look for a return trip to the NAIA Championships this November.
The 2013 cross country teams begin their season at the Hornet Jamboree in Sacramento on September 14th with the Cascade Collegiate Conference Preview taking place in Caldwell, Idaho on September 21st. The Owl men and women head back to College of Idaho for the CCC Championships on November 2nd hoping to send runners from both sides to the NAIA National Championship on November 16th in Lawrence, Kansas.
With the addition of men’s and women’s golf, Oregon Tech became the 6th member, and only public university, competing in the Cascade Conference, which in turn gives the CCC an automatic national qualifying team into the NAIA championships. Tech joins fellow CCC members Northwest Christian University, Concordia University, College of Idaho, Corban University and Warner Pacific College.
While the CCC Tournament and NAIA National Championships are in the spring, the golf season actually starts in the fall and takes a break during the winter months.
The Oregon Tech golf season kicks off with a home match at the Running Y from September 14-16 and will end on their fourth match of the fall season versus Warner Pacific on October 7th and 8th.
All Hustlin’ Owl fall and winter sport schedules can be accessed at oitsports.com
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