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Sinead Fleming, Lobos strive for title

Sacred Heart graduate earned all-conference honors in her senior season with New Mexico.

November 03, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Sinead Fleming (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2009) senior, New Mexico University women's soccer: While it was just her first year as a full-time starter, Fleming received a nice send off in her senior season. She earned a second-team nod when the Mountain West Conference unveiled its all-conference squads Tuesday, being just one of two Lobos to be included on the list.

Fleming cemented herself as the best defender on a New Mexico team that set a school record for consecutive shutouts with five this year and is giving up an average of 0.89 goals per game.

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There's little time to celebrate, though, as the Lobos (11-6-2, 4-2-1) face conference-champion San Diego State (18-1-1, 7-0) Sunday on the road.

New Mexico finished second in the Mountain West and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament with a 1-0 win over Nevada Friday. The Lobos came close to knocking off the Aztecs in their regular-season finale Oct. 26, but fell by a goal, 1-0.

Jenna Orlandini (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, 2009) junior, defensive specialist/libero, University of Washington women's volleyball: The Huskies undefeated run ended at 16 matches, which turned into a 1-4 skid over the next five matches.

Washington dropped its first match of the year in Pac-12 Conference play Oct. 13 at No. 2 Oregon (26-24, 20-25, 25-22, 25-17) in which Orlandini had 15 digs. There was no relief for the Huskies, who hosted Stanford six days later and fell to the Cardinal in five games, 10-25, 28-26, 10-25, 26-24, 15-7, with Orlandini logging 21 digs.

The Huskies bounced back with a sweep of the University of California (25-23, 25-15, 25-15) at home, but dropped their next two matches in a quick tour of Los Angeles — USC (23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10) and UCLA (25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 28-26). Orlandini had a season-high 28 digs against the Trojans and 23 against the Bruins.

Whether they're flying high or hitting road bumps, Orlandini has continued to anchor the Huskies' defense, averaging 4.03 digs a set with a team-high 298 for the year. She also has 60 assists and five aces.

Washington got back to winning Friday with a sweep over Colorado (25-19, 25-15, 25-15) and will hope to keep it going against Utah Sunday and through its final seven conference matches.

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