Mission Bay teams making runs for CIF positioning
by DAVE THOMAS
Published - 10/20/17 - 07:25 AM | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bucs fall on homecoming
Freshman wide receiver Raymundo Nova returns a punt against Patrick Henry during the Bucs’ homecoming game on Sept. 22. Mission Bay lost to the Patriots 28-7. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
Bucs fall on homecoming Freshman wide receiver Raymundo Nova returns a punt against Patrick Henry during the Bucs’ homecoming game on Sept. 22. Mission Bay lost to the Patriots 28-7. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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With the fall sports season rapidly approaching the end of the regular season, a number of Mission Bay teams are attempting to position themselves for post-season play.

Girls tennis

Head coach Tong Trong’s squad headed into play this week with an overall record of 8-5, and 8-3 in league play.

“Within the last two weeks, Amanda Edmunds, Jeanne Picard and Rosina Valia had managed to sweep all their singles matches in two separate games,” Trong commented. “This was huge for us as McKenna Mountain (No. 1 singles) has been struggling with an injury.”

Trong said: “We're fortunate to still be in the race for another Team CIF berth. Everything hinges on how things go this week as all teams wrap up regular season games.

“Although we've lost a little momentum that we gained in the first half of the season, I think our team did well to keep competing under a few trying circumstances. We're still hopeful to get a couple injured players back for Individual and/or Team CIF. However, we're no longer in the running for the league championship.”

Boys beach volleyball

Head coach Nikki Caufield’s squad completed league play with a 0-4 record after losing a close match to Saints.

"Our top three teams played really well against Saints with our No. 2 and No. 3 teams losing in their third game,” Caufield noted. 

“We have been losing games by only a couple points and just need to learn to close out the matches. Some of that comes down to our youth this year and having freshmen and sophomores dominate our lineup as we only have one senior on our squad this year." 

With their finish, the Bucs will be seeded into Division II playoffs and attempt to defend the title they won last year. 

The top three teams are Cody Armstrong and Stephen Tarbell, Dusty Schraeder and Ian Briski, and Zander Caufield and Andy Knight.

Cross country

Head coach Barry Dancher’s teams both sported winning records heading into this week. The boys and girls squads were both 2-1.

According to Dancher, freshmen Gina Queck and Linda Giffing are each having a great year. They are both currently listed among the top 10 female runners at races over 3 miles in Division IV.

The boys are led by Trevor Reichenberg, who ran a personal best time in his last race.

Sean Pavone, Jason Watts, Carter Taffe, TK Berne, Nick Archer, and newly-promoted to the varsity, Fernando Ugarte, are all running well and will continue to improve as the season continues, according to Dancher.

Girls volleyball

Head coach Steve Upp’s squad came into this week with an overall record of 14-8, 0-5 in Eastern League play.

“The young squad is competing well in every match and gaining experience against more seasoned teams,” Upp commented.

Senior middle blocker Kim Hollaway has been a force in her blocking and hitting the last several matches, while junior opposite hitter Gia Balius has been a very solid contributor in pressure situations.

“We have two more weeks of regular season play and hope to get to play a CIF playoff match at the end of the month,” Upp added.

Water polo

Head coach John Knight’s team was 10-4 heading into action this week.

According to Knight, both Andy Dorris and Tanner DeLong have been leading the way.

“We are hopeful that our hard work will result in post-season success,” Knight commented.

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