Churnin’ em’ out

Puttin’ a whuppin’ on Seattle University, Portland State women’s volleyball embarrassed the Redhawks on their home court with a three-set sweep on Wednesday night.

Vikings bring bug spray

With plenty of action throughout four sets, the Portland State women’s volleyball team outworked a Sacramento State team that came into the match on upset alert.

Gut check

Heading into Saturday’s game, the Vikings, who are 8-6 in the season and 3-1 in Big Sky play, have come to a crossroad. After easily dispatching Trinity Western back to Canada with a swift finish in Wednesday night’s exhibition game, Portland State has a chance to build some real conference momentum this weekend.


Beginning a road schedule with back-to-back games in separate states is something even the most veteran teams would prefer to avoid. For the Vikings, it will be the norm this season with the new scheduling techniques being employed by the Big Sky to save programs money.

State of the Vikings

Well, maybe not the year of the Viking, but it is the year of the ox according to the Chinese calendar. The ox represents a leader who can inspire anyone he or she encounters. This is fitting because when you take a look at Portland State Athletics, you cannot help but notice that the ox completely embodies the theme of each program this year.

Lesson learned

Going into Portland State football’s season opener in Corvallis, it was apparent the Vikings faced a tough, uphill battle against the USA Today poll’s No. 24-ranked Oregon State. In order to walk off the field with a win, the Vikings would need to play a physical, smash-mouth game.


Bicycling is well represented at Portland State. The PSU Bicycle Cooperative, located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street is a good place to start when you first bike to campus. With everything from tools to fix your ride to expert advice on all things biking, the co-op is ground zero for cycling on campus.

Building for the future

With the high expectations for volleyball this upcoming season, it would be easy to forget the impressive incoming recruiting class. The Vanguard takes a look at the five new volleyball recruits for 2009–10.

Volleyball summer session workouts

After four consecutive 20-win seasons, some people might be inclined to take a break. Even being back-to-back Big Sky champs would allow most to relax a little. But for the Portland State women’s volleyball team, it is just reason to work harder.