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March 29, 2011 > Former teammates battle on the court

Former teammates battle on the court

By Biff Jones

In 2010 Navrata Sher was the No.1 singles tennis player at Mission San Jose High School and Stephanie Quan was No.2. When Chabot College Gladiators head tennis coach Rick Morris hit the recruiting trail last spring, he envisioned having Sher and Quan as his No. 1 and 2 players for the next couple of years. However, it did not quite work out when he could only persuade Sher to come (Quan chose to take her game across the South Bay to De Anza College in Cupertino).

Last Tuesday, March 22, Chabot traveled to De Anza for a Coast Conference match and Sher and Quan met in both the No. l singles and doubles matches. (A match consists of six singles and three doubles for a total of nine points; first to five wins.)

Since De Anza could only field five players, Chabot's Melissa Mendoza at No.6 singles and the team of Monica Lomas/Morgan Davis at No.3 doubles won in a walk over when De Anza defaulted those two matches. Thus, Chabot started with a 2-0 lead. As it turned out, Chabot would only win one more match on the day and lost for only the second time this year, 6-3.

Other win for the Gladiators came from Sher as she defeated her former partner, 6-3, 6-2. In doubles play, Quan would get a measure of revenge as she teamed with Brittany Hatzel to defeat Sher and Andrea Poljakovic, which was the last match of the day to finish, 2-6, 6-0, 10-7 using the 10 point tie break for the third set.

In other singles matches lost by Chabot it was Poljakovic at No.2, 6-2, 4-6, 2-6; Lauren Kane No.3, 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 0-6; Michaela Holgate No.4, 3-6, 0-6; and Lomas No.5, 0-6, 1-6. At No.2 doubles, Kane/Holgate lost 0-6, 0-3 retired when Kane became ill.

Moving indoors to the pool, on Friday, March 25, Chabot women swim and dive team hosted and defeated both Cabrillo (126-108) and Foothill (122-105) colleges. Chabot won all five freestyle events: Stephanie White the mile; Josanne van der Wilk the 200M and 500M; and Nicole Houghtelling the 50M and 100M.

Priscilla Yeung was second in the 200M IM and third in the 100M backstroke for the Gladiators. Chabot divers Emily Frone and Stephanie Sizemore finished second and third respectively on both the 1M and 3M boards.

March 18 saw Chabot defeat both the College of San Mateo and De Anza in a meet at CSM. Meet began with a Gladiator win in the 200M medley relay swam by Anna Hill, Gabrielle Pargett, Kaylin Adza and White. White also finished second in both the 1000M and 500M freestyles.

Van der Wilk was first in her three events: 50M free, 100M back and 100M butterfly. Houghtelling was second in three: 50M free, 100M back and 100M fly. Frone and Sizemore finished in the middle of the pack against four divers from De Anza.

On the track Chabot Relays for college and high school students were held last weekend, March 25-26 on the Gladiators' Campus. Following are the Chabot athletes who finished in the top 20 of Saturday's open events.

100M dash, 15. Linda Pullum, 20. Jasmine Flannigan; 800M run, 16. Martina Villasenor; discus throw, 4. Tatjiana Pitts, 6. Katie Anderson, 8. Christina Hadfield, 15 Miya Cato. Chabot athletes placing in Fridays events: 100M dash, 2. Kiyoko Orange; 200M dash, 7. Orange, 9. Pullum, 10. Flannigan; hammer throw, 14. Cato, 16. Christine Hadfield, 19. Francesca Soares; javelin throw, 2. Hadfield, 7. Trey Mullany-Banks, 11. Soares, 14. Cato.

Mother Nature played havoc with the ladies on the diamonds last week as only two games were played, both last Tuesday, March 22. Chabot, of Coast Conference North hosted CC South foe Hartnell College of Salinas, and won the encounter, 4-0. Meanwhile, Ohlone College Renegades hosted West Valley College of Saratoga from CCS and were victorious, 8-4.

Chabot rode the seven-hit pitching of Cheyanne Bennett while Stephanie Vandenbusch hit a two-run homer and Desiree Ramos went 2-3 including a double. Gladiators (10-13, 5-4 CCN) hosted a make up game against CCS foe, Gavilan College of Gilroy on Monday, March 28. Score unavailable at press time. They also take on San Jose City on Tuesday, March 29, at 3 p.m.

Ohlone was led by Kaley Marden, 3-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs. Stefanie Hatley also went 3-4 with a double. Jessica Varady went 2-4 and was the winning pitcher improving to 15-3. Renegades (18-5-1, 6-1 CCN) will host Hartnell March 29, then play a makeup game the next day against Monterey Peninsula College. Both games start at 3 p.m.

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