With a “Senior Night” sweep over Occidental College on Oct. 29, the Regals earned their first outright conference title since 1999. That victory also extended the team’s win streak to a program record 24 victories.
During the streak, CLU head coach Kellee Roesel earned victory No. 100 and moved into second place on the school’s all-time wins list. Senior co-captain Allison Kerr was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Week earlier in the season.
Kerr also was named SCIAC Player of the Year becoming the first Regal to earn SCIAC Freshman of the Year (2007) and Player of the Year (2010) recognition. Sophomore setter Jackie Russell and senior outside hitter Megan Thorpe earned First Team all-SCIAC honors. Junior right side Casy McWhirk was named to the Second Team.
Cal Lutheran extended its winning streak to 27 at the SCIAC Postseason Tournament in Gilbert Arena on Nov. 5-6 and earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. Kerr, Thorpe, Russell and McWhirk were named to the AVCA all-West Region team. Kerr, Thorpe and Russell were named First Team and McWhirk Honorable Mention. It was Kerr’s third straight season for regional honors and second overall for First Team selection.
The No. 20 Regals traveled to No. 1 Emory University in Atlanta for Regional play where they defeated Hardin Simmons University 3-0 in the opening round and Southwestern (Texas) 3-1 in the second round. A history-making season came to an end in the title match with a five-set loss to top-ranked Emory. It was the first loss for the Regals (29-4, 14-0 SCIAC) since Sept. 4 and snapped a 29-match winning streak.
Postseason accolades continued for the Regals as Kerr, Thorpe and Russell were named AVCA all-Americans. Kerr earned first team honors and became just the second Regal in history to earn multiple all-America selections. Coach Roesel was named AVCA West Region Coach of the Year.
On the final day of the regular season, Cal Lutheran defeated Occidental College to earn the team’s first conference title since 2002, and 12th in the program’s existence. That victory was No. 18 of the year, setting a new program single-season record under second-year head coach Frank Marino.
Junior midfielder Sinead Vaughan, one of six Regals to earn all-SCIAC honors, was named Player of the Year. Junior Kaitlin Walters and senior Brittany Clark were named First Team all-SCIAC while senior goalkeeper Kristin Borzi and freshmen Anna Medler and Kristina Hulse earned Second Team honors.
Top seed and host of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, Cal Lutheran was upset by University of Redlands in the semifinals but earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Championships. The Regals, ranked No. 21 in the nation, were one of 63 teams to qualify for the tournament. After earning a bye in the first round, the host Regals lost to Redlands 3-0 for the second time in post-season play. CLU finished the season 18-3-1 overall, 10-1-1 SCIAC.
Men’s Water Polo
No. 9 Cal Lutheran defeated No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer by a 10-5 margin at Samuelson Aquatics Center on Oct. 30 moving into a tie for first place in the conference standings through the first round of play. It was the Kingsmen’s first win over the Sagehens in program history.
After completing regular season play with their best conference mark since the program began, the Kingsmen (6-1) went into the SCIAC Championship Tournament seeded No. 2 and looking for their first-ever SCIAC title. However, a 9-8 overtime loss to Whittier followed by a 15-14 overtime loss to La Verne left CLU matched with Caltech in the tournament’s seventh-place game. The season ended with an 18-6 victory over the Beavers and a fifth-place finish in the overall conference standings.
The Kingsmen soccer team concluded its 2010 schedule as seniors Jorge Martinez and Robbie Spangler played in their final contests for CLU. Freshman Ivan Sanchez led the squad this season with seven points, contributing three goals and an assist during his first year of collegiate action.
CLU head coach Dan Kuntz racked up coaching win No. 195 at the helm of the Kingsmen program and career victory No. 354 overall which includes his 159 wins while head coach of the Regals soccer team from 1993-2005.
Men’s Cross Country
Senior Ray Ostrander led the team with his eighth place individual finish at the SCIAC Championship meet. The result earned Ostrander all-SCIAC First Team recognition as he became only the second Kingsman to earn multiple first team honors.
Ostrander was the third Kingsman in history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009, and this season he is the first CLU men’s harrier to compete in the national meet for a second time following his 11th place finish at the 2010 West Regional meet.
Junior Evan Reed finished 21st overall at the SCIAC Championship, with the top five CLU runners all finishing in the top-40 and placing fifth as a squad in the team competition.
Women’s Cross Country
Junior Toccoa Kahovec finished fourth at the 2010 SCIAC Championship meet earning first team all-SCIAC recognition for the second straight season. She became just the second Regal harrier to earn multiple conference first team honors.
Freshman teammate Natalie Bullock was the second-best Regal taking 51st overall. As a squad, the team finished seventh.
Kahovec just missed out on a trip to the national championships last season, and this year she secured the bid with her ninth-place finish at the 2010 West Region Championships.
Women’s Water Polo All-Americans
The Cal Lutheran women’s 2009-2010 water polo team received five Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III All-America selections, the most in the program’s seven-year history. Seniors Meredith Butte and Joy Cyprian highlight the Regals chosen with each earning first team honors, doing so for the third consecutive season.
Fellow senior Lauren Bridges and sophomore Kelsey Bergemann each notched their first All-America selection taking down second team honors. Junior Bobby Sanders received Honorable Mention recognition to earn her second All-America pick in as many years.
Butte and Sanders also achieved recognition for their efforts in the classroom, earning 2010 ESPN the Magazine College Division Academic All-American Women’s At-Large Team honors. They were two of only three water polo players to earn First Team honors.