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August 31, 2010 > Community college fall sports preview

Community college fall sports preview

By Jeff Weisinger

With a new academic year upon us at Ohlone College in Fremont and Chabot College in Hayward, each of the school's fall sports teams are prepping for a run at a championship in the fall.

For the Ohlone Renegades, the fall sports programs haven't seen the same success as the winter and the spring sports have seen in years past. However, there have been some improvements on one end, and a bit of a setback on the other.

The men's soccer team took a significant stride in the right direction in 2009, under new head coach Jan Nordmo, rebounding from an embarrassing 2008 campaign that saw them begin the season winless in the first 15 matches. In 2009, the Renegades went from bottom of the barrel to a possible playoff contender. However, Ohlone collapsed in the end, losing five of their last six, despite needing to win just one of their last three to qualify for the playoffs. They would end the season on a sour note, losing at West Valley, 9-0, in the regular season finale.

This season for the men's team looks promising as the Renegades will look to get over the hump and make the playoffs. The women's side of the pitch looked for their second consecutive trip to the playoffs, after going one-and-done in 2008, losing 3-2 to Modesto.

The hunt for another trip to the playoffs never occurred for the Lady Renegades, who couldn't fully rebound from an 0-3-0 start to the season. Although Ohlone would go on a span where they won five of six of their matches in October, they finished the year on somewhat of a decline, losing thee of their last five, although only lost each match by a goal.

From the pitch to the volleyball court, the best thing to say about the Ohlone women's volleyball team is that they took a step in the right direction.

They took a winless conference record in 2008 under then new head coach Jeremy Penaflor, to one-win conference record in 2009, defeating San Jose City in five sets, in dramatic fashion as well.

The Lady Renegades look to take the next step in 2010 and have a solid chance at a good season with a core group of sophomores coming back for the 2010 campaign including Stephanie Cao and Jayme Leftridge. The Lady Renegades begin their season at Laney College in Oakland on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

In Hayward, the Chabot Gladiators fall sports programs have seen a good amount of success.

Last season the Chabot football team's turnovers against Laney College on Nov. 14 cost the Glads a shot at the conference title as Chabot fell 41-20. The shot at the conference title signified quite a turnaround on the season after Chabot began the season 1-3, losing in September to San Mateo, San Jose City and West Hills.

Chabot opens their season on Sept. 11 at home against West Valley College.

From the gridiron to the pitch, the Chabot men's soccer team struggled mightily in 2009, finishing with a 5-14-2 overall record, however ended on a high-note, winning their season finale over Monterey Peninsula 5-3.

Chabot's Men's Soccer team begins the year at the College of Marin on Aug. 31, followed by a four-match home stand beginning on Friday, Sept. 3, against Modesto.

The women's soccer team had a completely opposite season than the men's side in 2009, finishing the year with a strong 9-10-2 overall record, just getting them into the playoffs, where they went one-and-done, losing to Northern California top team Solano 5-0 in late November. Chabot just qualified for the playoffs after defeating Evergreen College 4-0 in their regular season finale.

The Women's soccer team opens their 2010 campaign with three straight at home, beginning on Sept. 3 against Modesto.

The Women's volleyball team is also looking for a strong year in 2010, after beginning the first month of last season with a 7-4 record.

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