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Sports - November 7, 2008

High school sports wrap-ups

by Lizzy Hearn and Kaity Ferretti

Monte Vista High School

Water Polo

Both men's and women's water polo this season have dominated in their leagues. The Monte Vista women scored their way to the No. 1 seed of the North Coast Section last week, beating Amador Valley High and cross-town rivals, San Ramon Valley High.

Men's water polo beat Amador to become the No. 6 seed. Both teams had a bye this week but will play Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Monte Vista pool. Men play at 2:30 p.m.; women at 5 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

This past week the women's volleyball teams battled against the Livermore Cowboys and Carondelet High School. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, both junior varsity and varsity were victorious and dominated against Livermore. Though they failed to beat Carondelet on the 30th, both teams played their hearts out and came close to winning. Because it was senior night, all the veteran players on varsity were honored. Their season did not end as a loss, they had one more chance for victory on Nov. 6, vs. the San Ramon Wolves.

Women's Tennis

The Monte Vista women's tennis team has been undefeated so far in league, and only has two more games left to keep its perfect record. Last Tuesday, they played Carondelet, a tough new addition to the East Bay Athletic League this year. The Mustangs dominated, beating Carondelet 7 matches to 2. Because of the weather, their game against Amador Valley was cancelled and postponed until the following week.

Top players included captains Elena Cadet and Sheena Chaudhuri, as well as Jackie Murray, Liz Roshal and Taylor Nielson. The top doubles this week were Amanda Kelley and Katie Turley. The Mustangs were to face their cross-town rivals, San Ramon Valley, on Nov. 4.

San Ramon Valley High School sports wrap-up

Women's Varsity Volleyball

San Ramon's varsity women's volleyball was determined not to lose its first-place slot in league upon starting the game against Cal High on Tuesday, Oct. 28. After losing to the Grizzlies before, the Wolves brought the intensity and determination needed to beat them this time. The game was drawn out to seven matches of back and forth play. The Wolves dominated the first game 25-14, but the Grizzlies won the second game, 25-20. The third game went to SRVHS, 25-20, and the fourth went to Cal, 25-20. The final game came down to a kil lmade by Leah Foltz, assisted by Sami Buono, that resulted in a Wolves victory.

Brianna Vandersloot definitely showed her true talent during the Cal game. Vandersloot had 15 kills and 18 digs and she remained a vital part of SRVHS's win over the Grizzlies. Amy Mulligan also assisted the Wolves with 16 kills and 20 digs. Sammi Buono had 47 assists, 23 digs and five kills. Annie Begin had 15 kills and 21 digs.

The Wolves (9-2) are now a game ahead of Amador Valley (8-3), who are trailing closely behind SRVHS in EBAL rankings.

Football

San Ramon Valley and Foothill high school battled it out on the Falcon's field on Friday, Oct. 31, until the last second, literally. The Falcons held a 20-point lead for the majority of the game. Going into the fourth quarter, Foothill felt confident that they would keep their lead. San Ramon had other ideas. In just over six minutes, the Wolves scored 21 straight points, taking the lead over Foothill, 35-34, with just 5:20 left in the game.

As hope for a San Ramon comeback victory rose, Foothill turned up their game. The Falcons answered back with an 11-play 80-yard touchdown drive, ending with Foothill senior Michael Young making it into the end zone. The score, now 40-35, Foothill, motivated San Ramon to fight hard. The Wolves gained possession of the ball at their 21 with 23 seconds left in the game. Wolves quarterback Joe Southwick kept the ball moving downfield by connecting with Bryce Peterson for a gain of 25 yards, then again with Chris Bradley for a gain of 26 yards.

With three seconds to go, San Ramon was in view of the end zone. Southwick went for the score, but unfortunately his pass was intercepted making the final score 40-35, Foothill. San Ramon (6-2, 3-2) has two games left, against De La Salle and Monte Vista, in regular season play.

"These next two games are going to be very challenging, but we are ready and fired up to play," said senior defensive captain Garrison Goodman.

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