The Tri-Valley area has some pretty amazing female athletes.
Consider what The Buzzer has learned in the past week or so:
In tennis, Monte Vista (19-0) not only won the East Bay Athletic League team title last week, but the Mustangs' Kaitlyn Haithcock earned the league tournament singles title without dropping a set in four straight matches (only losing 12 games overall).
The Mustangs' dynamic duo of Betsy Main and Danielle Yancey accomplished an impressive tennis double-double. They teamed to win the league tournament doubles title and the EBAL doubles qualifying tournament, back-to-back. They beat Foothill sophomores Kelsey Ouyang and Ariana Motavali 6-3 6-2 in the qualifier finals on Nov. 5.
Why are the Mustangs so tough?
Well, coach Rich Favreau points out that the mature Mustangs have 12 seniors and lots of on-court experience. Main, also the team's No. 2 singles player, and Yancey make for a devastating team. Main has great groundstrokes and serves well, and Yancey knows all the nuances of doubles play.
"They know each other so well at this point," Favreau said.
Plus, the Mustangs have a nice coming-of-age story in senior Julia Gulub. She went from being cut as a freshman to No. 3 or 4 on the junior varsity latter as a sophomore to No. 5 or 6 on the varsity as a junior to where she is today ... the No. 2 singles player.
Favreau says Gulub's improvement has come the old-fashioned way: through
"She's a great success story," he said proudly. "It's not like she's a dynamite player in any particular way, but she just wants it so badly."
FALCONS ON COURSE: In golf, the surging Foothill girls team won the Northern California championship on Nov. 5 for the first time with a smashing score of 375 in Stockton on Monday. The Falcons' top two players, twin sisters Alex and Katie Sborov, are finishing their high school careers in grand style. Alex has orally committed to TCU, and Katie is headed to Vanderbilt.
After Katie drained a 35-foot putt on her final hole to clinch a 1-under 71, she smiled wide. Her dad reminded her that it clinched her first under-par score ever in tournament golf, a 71.
"I've gotten really close," Katie said to breaking par. "I've had a couple of rounds when I've bogeyed the last hole and shot even-par, or I've had a lip-out putt, so some things didn't add up. Today all the parts fell in the right place, and it was good."
What did the twins say to each other before the big tournament?
"We've always had a little rivalry going between us," Katie said. "But we just said, 'Go for it. Make lots of birdies and we'll see who comes out on top,' I remember asking her that."
Of course, Amador Valley junior Kimberly Liu had the EBAL's best round at NorCals, an impressive 4-under 68.
LIVERMORE KICKING INTO GEAR: Livermore girls soccer coach Jason Maratsos has a bit a of a hop in his Cowboy steps these days. He's pleased to have a veteran team eager to take that big step to landing an NCS playoff berth.
Heady days indeed. The majority of Maratsos' starting lineup plays for power clubs, the Pleasanton Rage and Mustang Soccer League, he says.
"I have 10 seniors returning this season," Maratsos said. "For the first time I have four girls who have committed to play in college."
The Cowboys' college commits are Audrey Walke (Arizona), Amanda Nunes (Fresno State), Kylee Southwell (UC San Diego) and Marissa Scheid (UC San Diego). Walke plays for Mustang and the other three play for Pleasanton Rage.
Of course, the EBAL girls soccer is no picnic because of all the great clubs around, but the Cowboys could be poised for an upward move. Stay tuned ...
SAN RAMON VALLEY SIGNINGS: Five San Ramon Valley seniors will be honored at a "mock" college signing ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 14: Jenny Barcellona (swimming, Boise State), Jacqueline Doyle (Northwestern, swimming), Tess Kevorkian (UC Davis, lacrosse), Dani Orlandi (Cal Poly, swimming), and Clayton Young (UC Santa Barbara, swimming).
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