This Saturday, the Chiles Center honored two University of San Francisco seniors with bouquets and donned with green leis before celebrating their own three graduating players. Defensive specialist Emma Scanlan and middle blockers Shayla Hoeft and Katie Barker each established themselves on the court in a four-set loss for their last home match, falling to the Dons 3-1.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect — sportsmanship is something I remind myself to prioritize every time I step on a court or a field. In sports, it’s important to remember that while they are adversarial in nature, treating opponents with respect is key to maintaining the basis of every sport, which is to have fun and be competitive. So, next time you’re at a game, whether professional, collegiate or even intramural, remember: Let the players play, let the officials officiate, let the coaches coach and let the spectators be positive.
The Beacon set out to travel back in time and take a look at the ghosts of jerseys past. In the history of the University of Portland, four sports have stood out against time: basketball, soccer, volleyball and, UP’s first sport, baseball. By categorizing the jerseys by decade and by sport (men’s and women’s teams as available), there are discernible phases of Pilot athletic fashion. One thing remains true of history and Portland Pilot jerseys: The 1990s were wild.
After five rocky years and a combined 36-125 record under head coach Cheryl Sorenson, the University of Portland women’s basketball team is looking for a fresh start to prove everyone wrong under newly-hired head coach Michael Meek.
After a pair of five-set matches in the Bay Area, the Pilots returned to The Bluff on Saturday and earned their first conference sweep of the season against Gonzaga Bulldogs with a dominant performance from the service line and the back row defense.
In the Portland Pilots’ third top-25 team match-up this season, they battled and fell to the Brigham Young University Cougars 2-0 at home, even though they held the Cougars scoreless for the last 45 minutes.
The Pilots are no longer winless in conference, notching their first West Coast Conference win against the Pacific Tigers in a scrappy, five-set match.
Saturday afternoon, the Chiles Center transformed into the Brigham Young Smith Fieldhouse as Cougars fans filled the stands for the matine match. Neck and neck, toe to toe, the Portland Pilots battled it out in Chiles Center against the No. 9 Brigham Young Cougars in front of a BYU-heavy crowd, falling in three hard-fought sets, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-18.
Volleyball’s first weekend back welcomed Washington State University Cougars, University of Idaho Vandals and Utah State Aggies to the Chiles Center for the North Portland Marriott Invitational. The home team finished the tournament 2-1, beating the Vandals and Aggies and falling to the Cougars.
In the wake of the Portland Pilot volleyball’s historic season of fall 2018, the team is back battling on The Bluff with their eyes set on the future while still taking lessons from the past. In his second year as head coach, Jeff Baxter directs focus away from the past and onto the coming 2019 season.