Pilots roundup Mar. 8 through Mar. 15

By William Seekamp and Joslin Torres | March 16, 2021 12:42pm

Senior Kellie Hughes setting the ball.

Media Credit: University of Portland Athletics

It has been a big week in athletics. From both cross country teams finishing top 22 in the NCAA championship to Chase Adams entering the transfer portal, here is everything you need to know.

Cross country

The men’s and women’s cross country teams finished 21st and 22nd respectively in the NCAA Championships. 

On the men’s side Zak Kirk, in his first 10K, finished 60th overall with a time of 31:06.8. The next four Pilots runners to finish were all within the top 150. 

Anna Pataki of the women’s team finished 31st overall with a 6K time of 20:47.6. Pataki recorded the sixth fastest time of any Pilot at an NCAA championship. Stella Gillman, who ended with a time of 21:07.6, finished 57th overall.


The women’s team played San Francisco on March 14, ending the game in a zero-to-zero tie. The team is now sitting at 2-2-1 as they head into their next game against Pepperdine on March 19.

The mens’ team’s singular game this week also ended in a zero-zero tie against LMU. The team was supposed to host Seattle University on the 17, after the game was postponed early in the season. According to the Pilot’s official schedule however, the game has been canceled without any explanation at this point in time.

Beach Volleyball

The team played a pairs tournament Saturday against Corban University, University of Washington and Boise State. They ended the day with a win against Corban and lost the remaining five matches. The Pilot’s next matches against Corban are scheduled for April 3 and 4


The women’s team competed against University of Montana, who they beat in the doubles matches and one singles match. Montana came back to ultimately beat the Pilots five to two. This places Portland one and four on the season. Their next conference play is on the 19 against BYU. 

The men’s team split their matches this week, losing to the University of Washington one to six and beating Montana State five to two. The only match the Pilots have this week is against Montana at home.


The Pilots completed a four-game sweep of Utah Valley finishing the week at four and one, with their one loss coming against the University of Washington. Shortstop Chad Stevens finished the series with six hits, two of which were doubles and one a home run and four RBI’s. 

Looking forward, the Pilots take on Washington State at home before traveling down to California to play Pacific in a three-game series. 


The volleyball team went one and three this week, splitting the two game series with Santa Clara and dropping both matches against Pepperdine.

The Pilots now sit at 2-12 overall with two matches against Pacific this week. 


Although the women’s basketball team lost in their first game of the WCC tournament, they will play in the 2021 Women's Basketball Invitational postseason tournament from March 19 through the 21. There will be eight teams participating. 

Men’s guard Chase Adams announced yesterday via Instagram that he is entering the transfer portal. Adams played in 18 games this year and averaged 4.7 points per game this season. 

William Seekamp is the Sports Editor for The Beacon. He can be reached at seekamp22@up.edu.

Joslin Torres is a reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at torresjo21@up.edu.