Next Level: Spivey, Miller make an impact at Boston U

After graduating in June from Santa Barbara High, soccer players Sanford Spivey and Kai Miller have made a quick adjustment to the next level at Boston University.

Both players have seen plenty of action right off the bat.

Spivey, who led the Dons to a CIF Regional Championship, started at defender and played nearly all 90 minutes in the Terriers’ 2-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday.

Miller has played considerable minutes in all four matches for BU’s women’s soccer team. She played 81 minutes in the opener, a 1-1 tie against Boston College, 41 minutes in a 2-0 win over Northeastern, 54 in a 3-2 win over Illinois State and 56 in a 3-0 victory over Loyola, Md.

The Loyola win was the 300th for BU Nancy Feldman. She is only the 12th NCAA head coach with at least 10 years at the Division 1 level to reach that milestone.

The 3-0-1 start is the Terriers’ best since 2004.

Also from SBHS soccer, MVP defender Tony Alfaro is playing at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Toros have been picked as the favorite to win the title in the highly competitive CCAA.

On the volleyball court, Sammie Brown (DP) and Kristen Dealy (Santa Barbara) helped Notre Dame win the Shamrock Invitational and open the season with a 3-0 record, it’s best start since 2006.

Brown, a sophomore, who is sharing the setting duties right now with Maggie Brindock, had 15 assists in a win over Butler.

Dealy, a senior, had two solo blocks, six kills and 10 digs in the four-set win over Butler.

The Irish come out West this weekend to play in the Stanford Invitational, where it will be a reunion of local players as Brown and Dealy will go up against former DP stars and current Stanford sophomores Carly and Sam Wopat.

Carly Wopat had a productive opening weekend for the Cardinal at the Rice Invitational. She had 11 kills, five digs and a block in a win over Rice on Saturday and dominated the net with a career-high nine blocks to go along with eight digs in a sweep of Delaware on Friday.

Back east, Virginia sophomore and former Santa Barbara High star Emily Rottman was busy playing volleyball when Hurricane Irene blew through the state. Rottman was a digging machine for the Cavaliers during the Marriott Cavalier Classic in Charlottesville. She scooped up 38 digs in three matches, with a high of 15 against Western Carolina.

She had 14 in a loss to Western Michigan and nine against South Carolina Upstate.

Former Bishop Diego star Scott Winnewisser has been named a captain for the Cal Poly football team. The 6-5 senior offensive lineman has bulked up to 285 pounds.

Winnewisser talks about Cal Poly football in a YouTube video.

Scott’s younger brother, Christian, has moved from quarterback to tight end in his junior year at LaVerne College. Christian quarterbacked the 2007 Bishop Diego team to the CIF finals.
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