THE NEXT LEVEL: Emily Rottman named a captain for UVA volleyball team

Former Santa Barbara High star Emily Rottman is a captain for the Virginia women?s volleyball team.
Rottman, a junior, is one of three team captains; seniors Tobi Farrar and Jessica O?Shoney are the other two.

?I am excited for Jessica, Tobi, and Emily,? first-year Cavaliers coach Dennis Hohenshelt said when he made the selections before the season. ?They are three people who will help lead this program in the right direction and have shown me over the last six months that they are more than ready to be the voice of the players. ?They should all feel honored to follow in the footsteps of some of the great captains that UVa volleyball has had.?

Rottman led the Cavaliers with 405 digs (3.75 digs per set) in 2011. Rottman, who spent time as the libero and as an outside hitter, recorded double-digit digs 24 times in 29 matches played and tallied four double-doubles.

She had 13 digs in a Sunday loss against Georgetown. Last week, she picked up a season-high 18 digs in a sweep over Lehigh in the Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup in Charlottesville and was named to the all-tournament team.

RUNNING FOR THE BRUINS: Sergey Suschikh finished in second place in his cross country debut for UCLA. The former Dos Pueblos standout ran 15:58 over 6 kilometers at the Nevada Chase in Reno. He finished behind teammate Daniel Herrera, who ran 15:48. Sushchikh is a redshirt freshman.

The UCLA men finished beat UC Riverside for the team title.

HAT?S OFF: Former Dos Pueblos water polo standout Brian Shoemaker recorded a hat trick for fifth-ranked UCSB in a 23-2 men?s water polo rout against Redlands on Sunday.

GOING THE DISTANCE: Sanford Spivey played all 110 minutes for Boston University in a 1-1 draw against third-ranked Connecticut on Sunday.

On Friday, in a 1-1 tie against Providence, the former Santa Barbara High star had a shot go off the post in the 37th minute.

BIG MACK: San Marcos High alum Alex Mack was the starting center for the Cleveland Browns in their 17-16 season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Mack has started every game for the Browns since his rookie season in 2009.

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