Briefs: Lions' Couch honored

Vanguard University senior Amanda Couch has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer.

Couch had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 home conference win over Arizona Christian and added a goal in a 2-0 GSAC triumph over San Diego Christian on Oct. 3.

Couch leads the No. 11-ranked Lions in assists (six) and is second in goals (six) and points (18).

Vanguard is 9-2, 5-0 in conference and has posted shutouts in five straight wins.

— From staff reports


VU's Neves shines

Vanguard University sophomore Jessica Neves has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's volleyball.

The 6-foot-2 opposite and setter collected 37 kills, hit .354, and added 52 assists, 26 digs and seven aces in three victories last week.

She had 16 kills, 12 digs and 18 assists in a four-game conference road upset of then-No. 10-ranked Westmont on Oct. 2.

Neves had 14 kills and 25 assists in a four-game victory over NCAA Division II representative Azusa Pacific on Thursday, and helped the Lions sweep Arizona Christian at home on Saturday.

Vanguard is 14-9, 4-3 in conference.

— From staff reports


Henderson alive

UC Irvine alumna Selanée Henderson placed 32nd in Stage II of LPGA Qualifying School to gain a spot in Stage III with a chance to earn LPGA status for next season.

Henderson had a four-round total of 291 (68-72-74-77) in Stage II play that concluded Friday at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla.

The top 70 and ties earned berths in the Stage III LPGA Q School, which will be conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. A yet-to-be determined number of top finishers from that stage will gain LPGA membership for 2013.

Henderson was runner-up in the Golf Channel's "Big Break Atlantis" earlier this year.

She competed for the Anteaters from 2004-2008, helping UCI to a Big West Conference Championship title all four years. Henderson was named Big West Golfer of the Year in 2006 and is tied for the most tournament wins in school history with six. The four-time All-Big West first team honoree placed 27th at the 2005 NCAA Championship.

Lalita Patipaksiri, a 2012 UCI graduate, finished 110th at 300 (77-73-76-74) in the Stage II qualifying. She won the Long Beach Women's City Championship in June and was a first team All-Big West player for the Anteaters this past season.

— From staff reports

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