Pilots RoundUp: Nov. 8 - Nov. 14

By Wilder Isom | November 17, 2021 1:01pm

Men's team members on the bench cheer after a basket is scored.

Media Credit: Ryan Reynolds / The Beacon

This week in Pilots athletics, the men’s basketball team played three games, picking up a loss and two wins. The women’s basketball team is now undefeated with two wins. Men’s tennis competed in the Duck Invitational while the women’s tennis competed at the CSUN matador invitational. The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the NCAA West regionals. Men’s soccer left their final conference game with a win.

Here’s what happened in Pilots sports last week: 

Men’s Basketball:

The men’s basketball team hit the road on Nov. 9 to play against the Sun Devils. They kept the game close against Arizona State, losing 60-76. Guard Chris Austin and guard Mike Meadows scored 38 combined points. 

The Pilots returned home for the first of two double-headers against Willamette University on Nov. 11. They picked up their first win of the season with a score of 122-78, setting a high score record. 

Meadows also had the first triple-double in program history with forward Chika Nduka and forward Moses Wood picking up double-doubles.

The Pilots won their second double-header game on Nov. 13, where they took on Alcorn State

Forward/guard Tyler Robertson returned to the court after missing the first two games due to injury, and he scored 19 of the 62 points. Austin also had 16 points, and Wood picked up an additional 14. 

The Pilots will take on Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Nov. 18 at home in the Chiles Center at 7 p.m. 

Women’s Basketball:

The Pilots remain undefeated after a pair of double-headers at home. 

Portland took on UC San Diego at home on Nov. 11. They won 91-48 in a solid team effort. 

Forward Alex Fowler had 17 points for the night, and guard Maisie Burnham collected 15 points. Points were pretty evenly spread across the board with forward Lucy Chorane scoring 9 points, guard Haylee Andrews putting up 11 and guard Maddie Muhlheim with 10. 

The Pilots played their second double-header of the week against Weber State on Nov. 13. They won 67-46.

Cochrane collected the first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Andrews put up 14 points and guard Emme Shearer made 16 points for the pilots.

The women’s team faces Stanford on the road on Nov. 16.

Men’s Tennis:

The men’s tennis team competed in the Duck Invitational over the weekend in Eugene, OR. The Pilots won all eight of their singles matches on Saturday, Nov. 13

Sophomore Oscar Brown and sophomore Nikolas Tvedt both reached the final of the singles Yellow Draw and shared the title. 

Senior Eleftherios Neos and senior Issa Yoshida reached the finals of the doubles draw and played the finals on Sunday, Nov. 14. They lost the finals in a tiebreaker in the championship match against UO.

This was their last fall competition; they will return to the court on Jan. 23 against Portland State University.

Women’s Tennis:

The women’s team competed in the CSUN Matador Invitational in California over the weekend. 

On day one, sophomore Rimona Rouf, and junior Jana Tanevska won a pair of doubles matches to advance to the finals. Rouf, Tanevska, sophomore Annika Alcon and freshman Aleksandra Dimitrijevic won four singles matches, sending them to the finals on Sunday. 

On the second day of the tournament, Jana Tanevska and Sally Pethybridge both claimed singles wins. The doubles team Rouf and Tanevska made it to the final before falling to California State University Northridge’s team. 

Men’s Cross Country:

The Pilots competed in the NCAA West Regional meet in Indianapolis, Indiana on Nov. 13. 

They secured third place at the meet, with Zak Kirk, Jonas Gertsen, Stan Niesten and Jacob Klemz finishing in the top 25.

The men’s team qualified for the NCAA championships in Tallahassee, Florida, and will compete there on Saturday, Nov. 20. 

Women’s Cross Country: 

The women’s cross country team also competed in the NCAA West Regional meet on Nov. 13. 

At the race, the team picked up fifth place and had three racers in the top 20: Anna Pataki was 13th, Laura Pellicoro was 16th and Veerle Bakker was 19th with a personal record. 

Men’s Soccer:

The men’s soccer team played their final conference game against San Francisco University on Nov. 13. 

This was also Senior Night for the team, and they honored their seniors before the match. 

The lone goal of the match came early in the first half. A pass from defender Delentz Pierre for senior R.J. Stretch found the back of the net in the early part of the first half. 

The Pilots held the Dons off in the first half, not allowing a shot. In the second half, both teams held each other scoreless, and the Pilots pulled off the win.

The Pilots go into the NCAA national championships with a game against Seattle University at home on Nov. 18.  

Wilder Isom is a sports reporter for The Beacon. She can be reached at isomw24@up.edu