The Evergreen State College Geoducks
Coach: Greg Spector (second season)
2011: 0-19 overall, 0-10 Cascade Collegiate Conference (10th place)
Key players: OH Cassidy Watkins, 5-9, jr.; MH Brittany Covert, 6-2, so.; S Sasha Nash, 5-7, sr.; L Sonja Arassi-Nash, 5-8, sr.; MH KC Beadle, 6-1, jr.
Outlook: After struggling in 2011, the Geoducks hope to surprise teams in 2012. The program hasnt won a match since defeating Oregon Tech, 3-2, on Sept. 17, 2010, but took Montana Tech to five sets in a 3-2 loss in Spokane Aug. 25. Nine of the 12 players on the roster are new. Watkins, a transfer from Trevecca Nazarene in Tennessee, ranks eighth in the CCC in kills per set (2.43). Evergreen is hosting its six-team Red Lion Evergreen Invitational Thursday through Saturday at the CRC Gymnasium.
Coach: John Purtteman (seventh season)
2011: 5-11-2 overall, 4-8-2 CCC (sixth place)
Key players: MF Brandon Wood, 5-7, sr.; MF Jack Fortune, 5-11, jr.; MF George Bundy, 5-7, sr.; D Brady Espinoza, 5-8, jr.; MF Greg Wolfe, 5-9, jr.; D Ian Hazard-Bill, 5-10, fr.
Outlook: The Geoducks are currently in the longest stretch of home games for the 2012 season. After dropping a 3-0 decision to Rocky Mountain College at the Evergreen pitch on Monday, Evergreen is 1-2 overall and was picked to finish fifth by the CCC coaches. Bundy (five goals, two assists) and Wood (four goals, two assists) each earned second-team all-CCC honors.
Coach: Adam Fenster (third season)
2011: 5-9-1 overall, 3-6-0 CCC (tied for sixth)
Key players: F Bianca Flores, 5-1, jr.; D Lea Rohan, 5-4, sr.; GK Kaitlyn MacKenzie, 5-5, jr.; M Claire Brown, 5-8, so.; MF Teresa Lopez, 5-4, sr.
Outlook: This is the most experienced group in Fensters tenure. Fourteen players return, including eight starters. The 2011 squad took a big leap forward with a sixth-place finish in conference play that was the top finish of an Evergreen team since 2007. A highlight was when the Geoducks knocked off No. 3-ranked Concordia, 1-0, to snap a two-year CCC unbeaten streak for the Cavaliers.
Coach: Malcolm Dunn (second season)
2011: Men ninth at CCC Championships. Women 10th at CCC Championships
Key runners: Men Sean LaBelle, so.; Les Jones, so. Women Olivia Zook, so.; Allison Schneider, so.
Outlook: Gone is Karissa Carlson, a standout runner who placed 25th at the CCC Championships in 2011. The womens side lacks depth with only six runners while the mens team is significantly larger with 14 runners. And 10 of them are sophomores. This is one of the larger mens teams in recent history at Evergreen.
Saint Martin's University Saints
Coach: Julie Sullivan (seventh season)
2011: Men fifth place at Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships. Women ninth place at GNAC Championships.
Key runners: Men Joseph Patti, sr.; Joe Berger, jr.; Frank Krause, so. Women Erica Crock, jr.; Lindsay Anderson, so.; Ashley Llapitan, sr.
Outlook: Although the womens team is small with five runners, junior Erica Crock, formerly Copeland, is already off to a hot start. She was the top womens finisher at the University of Puget Sound Invitational last Saturday winning the 6K in 25 minutes, 11 seconds. The mens team had a 2-3-4 finish by Patti, Berger and Krause. In addition to the fifth-place finish at the GNAC Championships in 2011, the men were 10th at the West Regionals. Berger and Patti finished 76th and 77th, respectively.
Coach: Phil Ibarra (eighth season)
2011: 7-18 overall, 5-13 GNAC (Tied for seventh)
Key players: MB Katy Ferguson, 6-1, sr.; MB Teilissa Tua, 6-0, sr.; OH Kristyn Ross, 5-10, so.; S Cymbree Decosta, 5-5, jr.
Outlook: Things are looking up for the Saints after their best season since 2000 with seven victories. Ross, a 2011 Capital High graduate, was the GNACs freshman of the year after posting 3.91 kills per set a season ago. But for the first time in Ibarras coaching career, hes starting the season with a 6-2 (two-setter) offense. Decosta, the starting setter, tore her meniscus and will be out for a few weeks. Ferguson and Tua are now four-year starters, and the two combined for 127 blocks as juniors.
Coach: Rob Walker (sixth season)
2011: 5-11-2 overall, 4-5-1 GNAC (fifth place)
Key players: F Dylan Gaydosh, 6-1, jr.; D Brandon Scott, 5-7, jr.; M CJ Chu, 5-11, jr.; GK JJ Olson, 5-10, jr.; M Blake Moreland, 6-1, sr.
Outlook: The Saints were picked by the GNAC coaches to finish fifth and are full of youth. OF the 28 players on the roster, 13 are freshmen. Gaydosh, a Stadium High graduate, is the teams top returning scorer with three goals and two assists in 2011. Olson was the GNACs saves leader with 4.69 saves per game. Through two games, the Saints offense has struggled and has been shut out by a combined score of 7-0.
Coach: Rob Walker (sixth season)
2011: 4-12-2 overall, 4-10 GNAC (sixth place)
Key players: M/F Ashley Richardson, 5-3, so.; M/F Sasha Dini, 5-7, so.; F Sammi Thompson, 5-8, jr.; D Molly Campbell, 5-8, jr.; GK Ashley Engel, 5-8, sr.
Outlook: The Saints have 10 of their 11 primary starters back from a team that finished sixth in the GNAC. Richardson was the GNACs freshman of year after posting two goals and two assists. Spreading the offense around was a strength of the Saints; seven players scored goals in 2011, and all of them return.
Coaches: Men, Kevin Bishop; women, Bob Grisham
2011-12: Men, second at GNAC Championships; Women, second at GNAC Championships
Key players: Men, Brandon Moore, 6-4, sr.; Michael Jaeger, 5-10, sr. Women, Mandy Wittmier, 5-9, jr.; Kim Vivian, 5-3, sr.
Outlook: Saint Martins, along with Western Washington, will co-host the 2013 NCAA West Regional Mens Championship at The Home Course in DuPont on May 4-6. Jaeger finished seventh at the 2012 GNAC Championships (220). Wittmier was the womens leader after Day 1 of the 2012 GNAC Championships and finished fifth (162). Vivian was 14th (168).
South Puget Sound Clippers
Coach: Brian Davis (fifth year)
2011: 8-11-2 overall, 4-7-2 NWAACC South
Key players: MF Caesar Apaez, 5-9, so.; F Giovanni Torres, 5-8, fr.; MF Logan Young, 5-8, fr.; F Taylor Weatherly, 5-7, fr.
Outlook: The youth movement is thriving for the Clippers this season as 17 of the 22 players are freshmen. Last years squad earned an NWAACC first-round playoff berth after finishing third in the South Division. One of the freshmen is GK Devon Dieckman, who guided Tumwater High School to its best finish in school history (fourth place at state) last May. The Clippers will be road warriors; only seven of their 19 matches are on their home field at the Regional Athletic Complex.
-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer