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SportsScope : Top Cyclists Enter 9th Turkey Climb

November 06, 1986

The Swatch Turkey Climb, the ninth one-mile bicycle race against time up steep Mountaingate Drive above Brentwood and Bel-Air, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday starting at Mountaingate and Sepulveda Boulevard.

The event, sanctioned by the U. S. Cycling Federation, consists of time trials up grades as steep as one foot of climb for every five feet of distance, or 20%. It is open to cyclists in several categories of age, gender and skill. There is no admission charge.

Proceeds from entry fees, of $6 for federation-licensed riders and $4 for others, will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More information may be obtained by telephoning the promoters, the Accord Cycle Group Ltd. and the Quick Release Bicycling Club, during the day at (213) 650-0060.

Among the entries are world-class competitors David Lettieri of Playa del Rey and Michele Veasey of San Diego, both members of the U.S. national team.

The men's record of 4:14.2 is held by Tomas Rodriquez of Torrance and the women's top mark of 5:46.6 by Ruth Matthes of Laguna Beach.

The Santa Monica College women's cross-country team, which won the Western State Conference championship last weekend, and one runner from the SMC men's team will compete in the Southern California championships Friday at Guajome Park in Mira Costa.

The men's race starts at 2 p.m. and the women's at 3.

The Lady Corsairs placed five runners in the first 13 at the WSC meet. SMC's Midge Arteaga finished first, setting a course record of 17:42 over the three-mile route at Pierce College. Her teammate Pat Story was second in 17:53, and SMC runner Patty Almendariz was fourth in 18:11. Each broke the old record of 18:26.

The SMC men finished ninth in the conference meet and were without top freshman Alfredo Perez, who was ill. But Dave Wallace finished 11th in a personal best time of 20:40 over four miles and qualified for Friday's championships.

The UCLA men's soccer team, defending NCAA champion and 13-0-5 as the week began, will finish the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cal State Los Angeles.

Last week the Bruins defeated second-ranked Duke, 3-0, to win the second annual Metropolitan Life Pacific Classic and extended their record unbeaten streak to 36 games. Freshman Ray Fernandez scored two goals to lead UCLA against Duke, and sophomore teammate Nick Skvarna got the other.

Bruin All-American defender Paul Caligiuri was named the defensive player of the tournament, and named to the all-tourney team for UCLA were defender Eric Biefeld and striker Jeff Hooker.

The seventh-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team, tied for the Pac-10 Conference lead with Stanford, will play conference matches against Oregon State at 7:30 p.m. Friday and with Oregon at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at John Wooden Center on campus.

UCLA will also play host to non-league foe Pepperdine at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.

In last week's action, the Lady Bruins defeated USC and Arizona State, each in three games, and won a four-game match against Arizona to raise their overall record to 24-7 and 12-1 in the Pac-10. Oregon State is 5-19 and 1-12, Oregon 17-9 and 9-4.

Sharyl Bilas, UCLA sophomore middle blocker, was named the conference player of the week. In three matches last week, Bilas recorded 36 kills, 23 digs and eight blocks, including career-best marks of 23 kills and a .548 hitting percentage against Arizona.

The No. 17 Pepperdine's women's volleyball team, 15-11 overall and 7-1 in the West Coast Athletic Conference at the start of the week, will be on the road for non-conference matches at No. 18 Texas A&M on Friday and at No. 8 Texas on Saturday.

Last week the Waves won three-game conference matches against USF and Santa Clara.

For the season, junior outside hitter Julie Evans leads Pepperdine with 427 kills, 36 service aces and 225 digs, while Wave junior setter Lee Hoven tops the team with a .326 hitting percentage.

The Loyola Marymount women's volleyball team, 19-6 overall and 7-1 in the West Coast Athletic Conference as the week began, will play host to Athletes in Action in an exhibition at 7:30 tonight at Gersten Pavilion.

Last week Loyola downed USF in three games and took five games to defeat Santa Clara in WCAC matches.

Senior setter Andrea Fort of Westminster had 74 assists in the two matches, including 30 against USF. Cathy Petrissans had 19 kills for the Lions last week, and teammates Tiffany Miller and Leslie had 18 apiece.

The women's volleyball team from West Los Angeles College, which lost its opener to Mount San Jacinto in three games, will be at Ventura College at 7 tonight and then play host to Ventura at 3:45 p.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Overland Avenue at Culver Boulevard, Culver City.

WLAC's Suzanne Verret was a bright spot against Mount San Jacinto. She scored seven straight points on her serves in the second game.

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