Two more Saddleback athletes have picked up recognition for their efforts as the state’s sports information governing body handed out its monthly awards. Women’s tennis player Michelle Neville and men’s track & field star Nick Jennings were both recognized by the CCCSIA and CCCAA for the month of May.
The California Community College Sports Information Association announced its athletes-of-the-month and both Neville and Jennings were garnered honorable mention status. The two were instrumental in both teams having historic finishes to their respective seasons.
Neville was part of a women’s tennis team that captured its first-ever state title, defeating De Anza, 5-2. She finished 15-0 in doubles play during the course of the season and won 17 straight singles matches on the season. Neville was a Scholar Baller athlete for the Gauchos and was the schools female scholar athlete-of-the-year.
Jennings was a part of the men’s track & field team that finished 10th in the state, largely in part because of his winning the state individual title in the pole vault. He jumped 16’ 8” on his final jump of the day at the state meet, breaking the school record by 10 inches. Jennings was selected the Orange Empire Conference Field Athlete-of-the-Year for his efforts.
5/6/10: Gauchos capture state title
For the second time in less than two months the Saddleback athletics department has been able to announce a state champion as the women's tennis team defeated DeAnza College on Thursday, 5-2, to capture the state title. The Gauchos completed a perfect season to finish 18-0 and on top of the California community college women's tennis world for 2010.
Saddleback once again showed its depth dominance on Thursday, something they have done all season. After dropping matches at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, the Gauchos won the final three singles matches to lead 4-2 heading into doubles play. Saddleback then ended the match when the No. 3 doubles team of Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming dominated the De Anza duo, 6-1, 6-0, and the celebration was on.
For Saddleback, it was the first state title in program history as the Gauchos finished a perfect 18-0. Saddleback’s other lone title shot was in 2007 when the Gauchos lost to Sierra College, 5-2.
Saddleback only lost more than three matches one time this season, and that was last week when they defeated Santa Monica 5-4 to capture the Southern California title. The Gauchos finished 129-23 in total matches won for the year, as No. 4 singles player Avriel Tomaiko was a perfect 17-0 and both the No. 2 doubles team of Erika Kagawa and Clara Kearney and the No. 3 doubles team of Neville and Fleming both finished a perfect 15-0 on the season.
“We knew we had a deep team to start the season and they proved to be everything we expected, and then some,” head coach Jay Amos said. “You don’t get to be a state champion without having great depth. Every one of our women have given us something to be very proud of.”
Cartoon Phukachampa (De Anza) def. Erika Kagawa (Saddleback) 6-1, 6-2
Clara Kearney (Saddleback) def. Diane Lutran (De Anza) 6-3, 6-3
Samantha Lam (De Anza) def. Karley Pletcher (Saddleback) 6-1, 7-5
Avriel Tomaiko (Saddleback) def. Priyanka Parikh (De Anza) 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Neville (Saddleback) def. Ally Decaro (De Anza) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
Carrisa Fleming (Saddleback) def. Phoebe Tuay (De Anza) 6-1, 6-0
Pletcher/Tomaiko (Saddleback) vs. Phuckachampa/Lutran (De Anza) suspended
Kagawa/Kearney (Saddleback) vs. Decaro/Lam (De Anza) suspended
Neville/Fleming (Saddleback) def. Tuay/Parikh (De Anza) 6-1, 6-0
Congratulation Saddleback women's tennis team, state champions for 2010!
The Saddleback women’s tennis team advanced to the state title match on Wednesday with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Santa Monica College. The Gauchos fought back from a 3-0 deficit to advance to the state title match for the second time in program history.
Saddleback hasn’t been tested on too many occasions this season but this time around it had to battle to the end as the Corsairs gave them everything they wanted, and then some. The two teams were tied at 3-3 after the singles matches with Santa Monica having one of the top-rated No. 1 doubles teams in the state.
After the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams split, the team match was decided at No. 2 doubles where Erika Kagawa and Clara Kearney (pictured) won in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2. The duo fought back after both losing at singles earlier in the day to send Saddleback back to the state championship match for the first time since 2007 when the Gauchos lost to Sierra College, 5-2. Saddleback will play DeAnza College in the finals after they upset top-seeded Sierra College, 5-4.
The state title match is set for next Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. Match time is scheduled for 2:00 PM.
Saddleback improved to 17-0 on the season with the win. Santa Monica finishes the season 14-2, with both of their losses on the season coming against the Gauchos.
A. Elitseeva (SMC) d. E. Kagawa (SC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
J. Collet (SMC) d. C. Kearney (SC) 7-5, 6-4
T. Lauritzen (SMC) d. K. Pletcher (SC) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
A. Tomaiko (SC) d. A. Thomas (SMC) 6-0, 6-0
M. Neville (SC) d. G. Kauffman (SMC) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
C. Fleming (SC) d. K Penez (SMC) 6-4, 7-6
Elitseeva / Lauritzen (SMC) d. K. Pletcher/A. Tomaiko (SC) 6-4, 6-4
E. Kagawa/ C. Kearney (SC) d. J. Collet/K. Penez (SMC) 7-6, 6-2
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) d. A. Thomas/G. Kauffman (SMC) 6-1, 6-2
The women’s tennis team at Saddleback College entered the season at No. 1 in Southern California and so far through 16 matches have not disappointed. The Gauchos are one win away from capturing the Southern California championship after beating cross-town rival Irvine Valley College in the regional semifinals, 5-0.
Saddleback looked like a well-oiled machine on Tuesday, making quick work of the Lasers in five straight games to advance to the regional finals next week. The Gauchos do not yet know who they will face, as the match between No. 2 seed Santa Monica College and No. 3 seed Orange Coast College was canceled due to rain. The Corsairs and Pirates have rescheduled the match for next Tuesday with the regional finals the following day at Saddleback.
The Gauchos dominated from start to finish on Tuesday, dropping just 16-of-76 games in 10 sets. No. 1 singles player Erika Kagawa closed out the team match with a 6-4, 6-2 win as Saddleback never lost more than two games in any other set.
Saddleback has faced both Santa Monica and Orange Coast during the course of the season, defeating the Corsairs 6-3 to open the season and twice beating the Pirates, 7-2 and 6-3 in conference play.
Match time next Wednesday is set for 2:00 PM with a spot in the state championship at stake.
E. Kagawa (SC) def. N. Loria (IVC) 6-4, 6-2
C. Kearney (SC) vs T. Vuong (IVC) 6-7, deuce (suspended)
K. Pletcher (SC) def. L. Sigaty (IVC) 6-1, 6-1
A. Tomaiko (SC) def. K. Billings (IVC) 6-2, 6-1
M. Neville (SC) def. E. Kang (IVC) 6-2, 6-1
C. Fleming (SC) def. S. Richards (IVC) 6-1, 6-1
The Saddleback women’s tennis team entered the Southern California playoffs as the No. 1 seed and defended its reputation in round one. The Gauchos defeated Mt. San Jacinto College, 5-0, on Tuesday to advance to the regional semifinals.
Saddleback won two matches by default and picked up wins from Karley Pletcher, Avriel Tomaiko and Michelle Neville in cruising to the first round victory. Unlike matches during the regular season, all other matches at the time are suspended once a team reaches five wins. Still on the court, Saddleback was winning one of two matches when the team match was decided.
Saddleback will face crosstown foe and inter-district rival Irvine Valley College in the semifinals next Tuesday. The Gauchos defeated the Lasers twice during the course of the regular season, 8-1 on February 23 and 7-2 on March 23.
Saddleback opened with a 2-0 lead in the match when both No. 6 singles player Carrisa Fleming and the No. 3 doubles team of Fleming and Neville won by default due to a shortage of players by Mt. San Jacinto. Following the defaults, Saddleback won 36-of-45 games, winning all six sets at singles. No doubles matches were started.
Erika Kagawa (SC) vs A. Ben El Hadj (MSJC) 0-6, 0-3 stopped
Clara Kearney (SC) vs. N Lessley (MSJC) 6-1, 2-1 stopped
Karley Pletcher (SC) def. S. Miller (MSJC) 6-2, 6-1
Avriel Tomaiko (SC) def. B. Henderson (MSJC) 6-2, 6-2
Michelle Neville (SC) def. J. Wright (MSJC) 6-1, 6-1
Carrisa Fleming (SC) won by default
M. Neville/C. Fleming (SC) won by default
The Saddleback women’s tennis team has been about as close to perfect as a team can be, winning 14 straight matches heading into the regional quarterfinals later this month. The Gauchos finished on a high note last week, defeating Riverside City College, 8-1.
Saddleback once again maintained its dominance on the back end, proving that they have no weaknesses in the lineup. No. 4-6 starters Avriel Tomaiko, Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming dropped a total of three games in six sets as the Gauchos closed out the match before heading to doubles. The lone loss of the day came when Karley Pletcher lost a cliffhanger in three sets to Ashleigh Smith at No. 3 singles. Pletcher would quickly bounce back, teaming with Tomaiko at No. 1 singles for a big win.
Saddleback entered the season rated No. 1 in Southern California and will likely carry that ranking into the playoffs, which start on April 13. The Gauchos will host the event at 2:00 PM, but do not yet know who their opponent will be.
Saddleback 8, Riverside 1
E. Kagawa (SC) def. N. Khamis (RCC) 6-3 ,6-7, 6-2
C. Kearney (SC) def. B. Gourlay (RCC) 6-3, 6-2
A. Smith (RCC) def. K. Pletcher (SC) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
A. Tomaiko (SC) def. B. Roesser (RCC) 6-0, 6-1
M. Neville (SC) d. def. Salgado (RCC) 6-0, 6-0
C. Fleming (SC) def. C. Seymore (RCC) 6-1, 6-1
K. Pletcher/A. Tomaiko (SC) def. Khamis/Gourlay (RCC) 8-5
E. Kagawa/C. Kearney (SC) def. Smith/Gourlay (RCC) 8-1
M. Neville/C. Fleming (SC) def. Roesser/Seymore (RCC) 8-2
The Saddleback women’s tennis team has been a dominating force throughout the first half of the season and have not lost more than two individual matches since the first outing of the season. The Gaucho women picked up a 7-2 win over Irvine Valley on Tuesday, setting the program record for the best start to a season in the process.
It wasn’t the start Saddleback was looking for on Tuesday when it dropped the first two matches of the day, falling behind by two for the first time all season. The Gauchos quickly got on track when Karley Pletcher dominated her opponent 6-0, 6-0, sparking seven straight wins for Saddleack and later chipping in with an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles along with Avriel Tomaiko to close out the match.
The win gives Saddleback a 12-0 record on the season, breaking the record of 11 straight wins to start the season set in 2009. The Gauchos also improved to 6-0 in Orange Empire Conference play, and barring any setbacks are likely to be one of the top seeds in the South when regional play starts next month.
N. Loria (IVC) def. E. Kagawa (SC) 6-1, 6-2
T. Vuong (IVC) def. C. Kearney (SC) 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
K. Pletcher (SC) def. K. Billings (IVC) 6-0, 6-0
A. Tomaiko (SC) def. L. Sigaty (IVC) 6-1, 6-2
M. Neville (SC) def. E. Kang (IVC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
C. Fleming (SC) def. S. Richards (IVC) 6-3, 6-0
K. Pletcher/A. Tomaiko (SC) def. N. Loria/L. Sigaty (IVC) 8-1
E. Kagawa/C. Kearney (SC) def. T. Vuong/K. Billings (IVC) 9-7
M. Neville/C. Fleming (SC) def. E. Kang/S. Richards (IVC) 8-2
The Saddleback women’s tennis team tied a school record when it defeated Fullerton College, 7-2, on Thursday afternoon. The Gauchos are now 11-0 to start the season, tying the school record for the best start to a season, set last season.
Saddleback once again dominated at singles play, winning five of six matches in closing out the Hornets before doubles play even started. Players 3-6 were all victorious, winning 49 of 69 games and never dropping a set.
Erika Kagawa had a big afternoon for the Gauchos, winning 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles before pairing with Clara Kearney at No. 2 doubles in winning 8-4 over the Hornet tandem. Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming also had big days for Saddleback, winning at No. 5 and No. 6 singles respectively before teaming up at No. 3 doubles to win in the final match of the day.
Saddleback will have a week off from competition before attempting to set the school record at Irvine Valley College on March 23 at 2:00 PM. The Gauchos are hoping for a different result than the one they had a year ago, when they also went into spring break at 11-0 only to come back after the week off and lose to Fullerton College, 6-3, on March 24, 2009.
Erika Kagawa (SC) def. L. Jimenez 6-4, 6-2
Alyssa Tonelli (FC) def. Clara Kearney (SC) 6-4, 6-3
Karley Pletcher (SC) def. J Koronovic (FC) 6-0, 6-0
Avriel Tomaiko (SC) def. M. Hovarter (FC) 6-4, 6-2
Michelle Neville (SC) def. V. Lee (FC) 6-4, 6-2
Carrisa Fleming (SC) def. C. Gonzalez (FC) 6-3, 7-5
A. Tonelli / M. Hovarter (FC) def. K. Pletcher / A. Tomaiko (SC) 9-8
E. Kagawa / C. Kearney (SC) def. L. Jimenez / C. Gonzalez (FC) 8-4
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) def. V. Lee / Chelsea Gallegos (FC) 8-4
The women’s tennis team is closing on a record after beating Riverside City College, 9-0, on Tuesday. The Gauchos are within one victory of tying the school record for the best start to a season, set in 2009.
Saddleback is now 10-0 and closing in on the program-record 11-0 start the Gauchos had last season. Saddleback made quick work of Riverside on Tuesday, shutting out the Tigers and making things look easy at times, improving to 4-0 in Orange Empire Conference play.
Saddleback lost only one set the entire afternoon, winning 76 of 109 games in singles matches. The Gauchos then won all three doubles matches in finishing up the first rotation of conference play on top in the standings.
Erika Kagawa (SC) def. N. Khamis (RC) 7-5,6-0
Clara Kearney (SC) def. S. Racataian (RC) 6-3,6-0
Karley Pletcher (SC) def. B. Gourlay (RC) 6-4,6-2
Avriel Tomaiko (SC) def. A. Smith (RC) 6-1,7-5
Michelle Neville (SC) def. B. Roeser (RC) 6-0,6-2
Carrisa Fleming (SC) def. D. Salgado (RC) 6-3,2-6, 6-2
K. Pletcher/ A. Tomaiko (SC) def. N. Khamis/ A. Smith(RC) 8-4
E. Kagawa / C. Kearney (SC) def. R. Racataian/ B. Gourlay (RC) 9-7
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) def. B. Roeser / C. Seymore (RC) 8-6
The women’s tennis team remained perfect for the season after a 7-2 win over Orange Coast College earlier this week. Saddleback dropped the opening match before reeling off five straight singles wins to down the Pirates.
Orange Coast is one of the better tests the Gaucho women will face in Orange Empire Conference play this season and Saddleback passed it with flying colors. Clara Kearney, Karley Pletcher, Avriel Tomaiko, Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming all ripped off singles wins to propel the Gauchos to a comfortable win. Saddleback dropped just one set in the final five singles matches before winning two of three doubles matches.
Saddleback improved to 9-0 on the season and 3-0 in OEC play with the win. The Gauchos will be back in action next Tuesday when they host Riverside College at 2:00 PM.
K. Ho (OC) def. E. Kagawa (SC) 6-4,2-6,6-1
C. Kearney (SC) def. M. Boyer (OC)6-2,6-2
K. Pletcher (SC) def. N. Naughton(OC)6-7,6-3,6-2
A. Tomaiko (SC) def. H. Wong (OC)6-2,6-3
M. Neville (SC) def. N. Rorick (OC)6-1,6-2
C. Fleming (SC) def. B. Williston (OC) 6-1,6-4
Boyer/Ho (OC) def. Pletcher / Tomaiko (SC) 8-6
Kagawa / Kearney (SC) def. Wong/ Rorick (OC) 8-1
Neville / Fleming (SC) def. Naughton / Williston (OC) 8-6
The women’s tennis team finished off the pre-conference schedule with a tournament at Ventura College over the weekend and dominated the competition for two straight days. The Gauchos won 26-of-27 matches in improving to 6-0 on the season.
Saddleback was impressive at the two-day tournament in Ventura, defeating Cerritos College 9-0, Rio Hondo College 9-0 and host Ventura College, 8-1. The Gauchos were never challenged during the first two matches on Friday, winning all 30 sets and losing just 11 games total in the second match against Rio Hondo. Saddleback then ran past host Ventura College on Saturday, losing the opening match before ripping off eight straight wins in dominating the Pirates.
Sophomore Michelle Neville (pictured) was completely dominant throughout the tournament at the No. 5 singles spot, losing just five games total in six sets of tennis. She then teamed with Carrisa Fleming to win three straight doubles matches, winning 24-of-32 games.
Saddleback improved to 6-0 on the season with the trio of wins and will open up Orange Empire Conference play on Thursday when they travel to Fullerton College to take on the Hornets. Fullerton is also undefeated on the season at 4-0.
Saddleback vs. Cerritos (9-0)
E. Kagawa (SC) def. M. Yi (CC) 6-1, 6-4
C. Kearney (SC) def. C. Dionson (CC) 6-0, 6-0
K. Pletcher (SC) def. A. Johnson (CC) 7-5, 6-1
A. Tamiko (SC) def. J. You (CC) 6-1, 6-2
M. Neville (SC) def. N. Delgado (CC) 6-1, 6-1
B. Hertel (SC) def. E. Martinez (CC) 6-0, 6-3
K. Pletcher / A. Tamiko (SC) def. M. Yi / A. Johnson (CC) 8-3
E. Kagawa / C. Kearney (SC) def. C. Dionson / J. You (CC) 8-3
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) def. T. Zavala / S. Robles (CC) 8-0
Saddleback vs. Rio Honda (9-0)
E. Kagawa (SC) def. G. Gottlieb (RHC) 6-1, 6-1
C. Kearney (SC) def. M. Lei (RHC) 6-1, 6-1
K. Pletcher (SC) def. A. Rodrigues (RHC) 6-1, 6-0
A. Tamiko (SC) def. C. Morales (RHC) 6-2, 6-0
M. Neville (SC) def. E. Tapia (RHC) 6-0, 6-0
B. Hertel (SC) def. M. Abst (RHC) 6-0, 6-0
K. Pletcher/ A. Tamiko (SC) def. A. Dedeian / G. Gottlieb (RHC) 8-1
E. Kagawa / C. Kearney (SC) def. A. Rodriguez / C. Morales (RHC) 8-0
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) def. M. Lei / E. Tapia (RHC) 8-3
Saddleback vs. Ventura (8-1)
K. Wellam (VC) def. E. Kagawa(SC) 6-3, 3-6, 8-10
C. Kearney (SC) def. A. Bertshold (VC) 6-3, 6-4
K. Pletcher (SC) def. H. Sellers (VC) 6-1, 6-0
A. Tamiko (SC) def. M. Gray (VC) 6-3, 6-0
M. Neville (SC) def. S. Arguello (VC) 6-1, 6-2
C. Fleming (SC) def. J. Hernandez (VC) 6-2, 6-2
K. Pletcher / A. Tamiko (SC) def. K. Wellam / A. Bershold(VC) 8-5
E. Kagawa / C. Kearney (SC) def. H. Sellers / M. Gray(VC) 8-6
M. Neville / C. Fleming (SC) def. S. Arguello / J. Hernandez (VC) 8-5
The women’s tennis team is out of the gate quickly at 3-0 and rated No. 1 in Southern California to start the season. The Gauchos blasted Grossmont College, 9-0, on Thursday to stay undefeated headed into a weekend tournament at Ventura.
Saddleback cruised past Grossmont, losing just two sets all afternoon. The Gauchos dropped only eight games during the final four singles matches of the day in heading into a weekend tournament at Ventura College.
Erika Kagawa, Clara Kearney (pictured), Karley Pletcher, Avriel Tomaiko, Michelle Neville and Carissa Fleming all won singles matches for Saddleback, who is now 15-3 in singles matches on the season. The Gauchos then swept the doubles matches to improve to 8-1 in doubles matches for the season. Saddleback won 24-of-35 games in doubles against the Griffins.
Kagawa (Sad) def. M. Jacobs (Gr) 6-1.6-7,6-0
Clara Kearney (Sad) def. J Eung (Gr) 6-0,6-7,7-6
Karley Pletcher (Sad) def. K. Yubesheba (Gr) 6-2,6-1
Avriel Tomiko (Sad) def. K. Colburn (Gr) 6-0,6-0
Michelle Neville (Sad) def. A. Parriso (Gr) 6-4,6-0
Carrisa Fleming (Sad) def. K Goodall (Gr) 6-1,6-0
Pletcher / Tomiko (Sad) def. Jacobs/ Eung (Gr) 8-5
Kagawa / Kearney (Sad) def. Yubesheba/Parriso (Gr) 8-3
Neville / Fleming (Sad) def. Colburn / Lowenthal (Gr) 8-3
Saddleback's women's tennis team remained undefeated on the season, pounding Palomar by an 8-1 count in a home tennis match on Thursday.
Saddleback's top singles player, Erika Kagawa, dropped the only match of the day to Palomar's Brooke McBride, but the remaining Gauchos singles players swept their opponents in straight sets for enough points to win the match. Sophomore Michelle Neville blanked her opponent, 6-0, 6-0, to post a win at No. 5 singles. Neville, who was 18-1 in singles competition last year, started out 2010 with a loss in Saddleback's first match and made up for it against Palomar. Neville then teamed with Carissa Fleming to post an 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles.
Erika Kagawa lost to Brooke McBride 3-6,3-6
Clara Kearney d. Pam Cademas 6-4,6-2
Karley Pletcher d. Tori Van De Vegte 6-3,6-1
Avriel Tomiko d. Emily Kamphaus 6-0,6-4
Michelle Neville d. Brea Brentley 6-0,6-0
Brittney Hertel d. Alissa Guillen 6-3, 7-6
Tomiko / Pletcher d. McBride / Cademas 8-6
Kagawa / Kearney d. Van De Vegte 8-2
Neville / Fleming d. Bentley / Guilley 8-1
The Saddleback women’s tennis team opened the season on a high note, beating Santa Monica College 6-3. The Gauchos won 4-of-6 singles matches in cruising past the Corsairs.
Saddleback opened the season as the preseason No. 1 in Southern California and opened up the match impressively. Erika Kagawa (pictured) won 7-6, 6-2 over Anastasia Eliseeva to jump-start the Gauchos to a 1-0 lead in the match. Clara Kearney picked up where she left off in 2009 by beating Julia Collet 6-4, 6-2 to give Saddleback a 2-0 lead.
Newcomers Karley Pletcher and Avriel Tomaiko then gave the Gauchos a 4-0 lead when they cruised past two Santa Monica players in No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Pletcher defeated Alix Thomas 6-1, 6-0 while Tomaiko defeated Gwynn Kauffman 6-0, 6-3.
Saddleback then dropped three straight matches to make the score 4-3 heading into the final two doubles matches. Kagawa and Kearney, however, made quick work of Collet and Kauffman, 8-1, to close out the match and give the Gauchos a 5-3 lead. Michelle Neville and Carrisa Fleming would later defeat Thomas and Kimberly Penez, 8-5, for a final count of 6-3.
Saddleback is now 1-0 on the season and will play next today (Thursday) at home against Palomar College at 2:00 PM.
Kagawa (SC) def. Eliseeva (SM) 7-6, 6-2
Kearney (SC) def. Collet (SM) 6-4, 6-2
Pletcher (SC) def. Thomas (SM) 6-1, 6-0
Tomaiko (SC) def. Kauffman (SM) 6-0, 6-3
Neville (SC) lost Lauritzen (SM) 3-6, 0-6
Fleming (SC) lost Penez 3-6, 6-3, 4-6
Tomaiko & Pletcher (SC) lost Eliseeva & Lauritzen (SM) 3-8
Kagawa & Kearney (SC) def. Collet & Kauffman (SM) 8-1
Neville &Fleming (SC) def. Thomas & Penez (SM) 8-5