After wrapping up an undefeated season in East Bay Athletic League, the Monte Vista women's tennis team headed to North Coast Section this past week. In their first round, they challenged Eureka High School, winning, 7-0. Next they played Redwood High School of Marin County, beating them, 6-1. In their third round, the Mustangs faced Northgate, also defeating them, 6-1.
After all their hard work and dedication, the varsity tennis team played Foothill High School in the NCS championships. Unfortunately, Monte Vista lost, 2-5, to the Falcons. Elena Cadet was able to pull out a win in singles, while Jackie Murray and Amanda Kelly dominated in the doubles. The players were excited to hear they would attend the state NCS tournament along with Foothill High this year.
Men's Water Polo
After a tough but successful season, the Monte Vista men's water polo team was seeded sixth in NCS. They came third in EBAL, behind De La Salle and San Ramon Valley High School.
The boys came out full force, defeating Marin Catholic High, 9-5. Next they played De La Salle, one of the most skilled teams in Northern California. They lost 8-4, but fought hard the entire game. They were only behind by 1 at halftime and came so close to winning.
"This year we worked harder than we ever had as a team and made some huge strides, which I expect the returning guys will build upon in the future," said Mike Millstein, one of the captains and seniors on the team.
Other key players throughout the season included Kevin Hsiue, the starting goalie, Brian Snapp, Alan Robertson, Spencer Peugh and Matt Rahn.
The Mustangs ended the season with an 18-8 record.
Women's Water Polo
The Monte Vista women's water polo team has yet another NCS title, after winning four out of the last five years. They ended their season with a perfect record, 27 to 0.
In their first game, the Mustangs outscored Sir Francis Drake, 22-5. Next, they beat Northgate, 13-3, then Campolindo, 14-6, which advanced them to the Championships where they played their cross-town rivals, San Ramon Valley High. With the help of their skill and determination, they defeated the Wolves, 11-3.
When asked about the 2008 season, captain Teresa Steffens, a four-year varsity player and ASB president spoke up. "I'm so proud of the team," she said. "We worked hard the entire season, and it paid off."
All three captains, Steffens, Kirsten Golden and Bari Cappelletti, led their team to victory this season. Other top players were Kylie Fahey, Kelly Mendoza, Maggie Steffens and Brittany Davison.
San Ramon Valley High School sports wrap-up
by Kaity Ferretti
San Ramon Varsity Football
Underneath the bright lights of Monte Vista's football field Friday, Oct. 14, the San Ramon Wolves played a game they will never forget. SRVHS demolished the Mustangs, 26-7, in an action-packed game. The Wolves (7-3, 4-3 EBAL) were the underdogs going into the game against Monte Vista (8-2). MV, unlike SRVHS, had previously beaten Cal, Foothill, and almost De La Salle and was the predicted winner of Friday night's game.
However, San Ramon had different plans. The seventh-seeded Wolves started the game out strong, preventing second-ranked Monte Vista from making any big plays. Quarterback Joe Southwick performed well on offense, completing 16-for-23 passes for 253 yards. He even got to see some playing time on defense, as he was put in at safety to help prevent Monte Vista's passing attack. Wolves running back Brett Trimble scored a total of three touchdowns during the game, one of which was a 69-yard drive off Southwick.
San Ramon's defense played incredibly and withstood any MVHS attempts at scoring. San Ramon linebacker Garrison Goodman was easily the MVP of the game, coming up with two interceptions both deep in Mustang territory, and tipped a pass that allowed SRVHS lineman Cole Huntley to intercept.
San Ramon is now seeded seventh and tomorrow, Nov. 22, marks the start of the North Coast Section playoffs. The Wolves will be playing 10th-seeded San Leandro away. The winner of that game goes on to compete against Monte Vista the following week.
"We control our own destiny and if we play like we did against Monte Vista we will be tough to beat," said senior linebacker Garrison Goodman.