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PUMAS BEAT GAUCHOS
Women’s Tennis finished the second week of conference play with a close 5-4 win against Glendale Community College on March 6. The win brings the Pumas season record to 2-2.
The Pumas went into singles play needing only one point to clinch the match against a short-handed GCC team. The Pumas struggled to get points until sophomore Nisha Barretto won the match deciding point by dominating her opponent with a decisive 6-2,6-0 victory. Coach Rast said, “I was really impressed with her shot selection today. She played her game and knew that that would be enough. “
The last match of the day was a classic. Freshman Anastasia Ovchinnikova battled at the number two singles with her opponent. She won the first set 6-4, but lost the second set with the same score. The match then went to a super tiebreaker to decide the result. After taking an early lead in the tiebreaker she fell behind and was not able to recover. She lost the tiebreaker 10-7.
Coach Rast had this to say about the day, “This was a hard fought victory for the ladies. The match was decided with two great wins by sophomore Nisha Barretto. Nisha and her partner freshman Cheyenne Stiegmann started the day with a big win at the number two doubles. This was the first time the two were paired together and they amazed me with how well they worked together.”
The Pumas next play a home match on Monday, March 24 against Skagit College at 1:30pm.
WOMEN'S TENNIS COMPLETES FIRST WEEK OF CONFERENCE PLAY
The Paradise Valley women’s tennis team wrapped up their first week of conference play on Thursday with a tough 9-0 loss to Mesa Community College.
The ladies traveled to play Eastern Arizona College on Tuesday where they fell with a similar team score of 9-0. The Pumas record now stands at 1-2.
Coach Rast had the following to say about the weeks play, “The team is really playing hard, and the scores are not fully reflecting the play on the court. We have played two quality teams this week, both of which rank very high in the nation and we have fought for each point. We are improving every match and I am excited with our growth early in the season. “
The Pumas play again on March 6 at home. Match time is 1:30pm. Come out and support your Pumas!
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INDOOR TRACK & FIELD HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE
The Paradise Valley Community College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field teams have been training and competing strongly this indoor season. Their efforts have been in preparation for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships, to be held at the world famous Armory Track & Field Center in New York City. With 14 athletes meeting the qualifying standard, and three new school records, the results have been impressive.
At the Tyson Invite in Arkansas Chris Webb set a new school record in the mile (4:08.92) and is currently the top ranked athlete in the country. Dionee Marrero has also set a new school record in the 200m (21.99). Marrero is qualified in both the 60m and 200m. At the Mountian T’s Invite at NAU Craig Mattox also broke a school record in the long jump with a leap of 24-1 (7.34). That mark is currently the 6th best jump in the country.
Several more Pumas have also met the qualifying standard including Bryant James (200m), Brandon Wheat (800), Nico Montanez (3000m), Bo Haddock (Pole Vault), Keith Williams (Pole Vault), and Logan Morris (Heptathlon). On the women’s side Billie Jo Dytrt has qualified in both the 3000m and 5000m, and is currently ranked in the nation’s top five for the 5000m. Callie Clark has also qualified in the 5000m, in addition to Bethany Krasuski (Pole Vault), Jenna Ingram (Pole Vault), and Shonda Jones (High Jump).
The Pumas will travel to New York City to compete at the Indoor National Championship March 7-8.
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SCHOOL RECORDS FALL IN FLAGSTAFF
Last weekend the PV Track and Field teams competed at the Mountain T’s Invite at Northern Arizona University as well as at the Glendale Indoor Invite held at Glendale Community College.
In Flagstaff, Craig Mattox set a new school record in the long jump with a winning jump of 24-1 (7.34). This mark currently ranks as the 5th best jump in the nation. Mattox said, “I had certain goals for this week and I was able to accomplish them, allowing me to set new goals even higher”.
Also setting a new school record was Dionee Marrero, who raced to a time of 21.99 in the 200m. This was good for 7th place out of 48 competitors. Marrero returned to the track on Saturday, placing 4th in the 60m dash in a time of 6.95. Both of these times meet the qualifying standard for the NJCAA Indoor National Championships to be held at the Armory in New York City on March 7-8. After the race Marrero said, “My mind was ready and I ran the race the way my coach and I had planned and my performance was good”.
Competing in the Men’s heptathlon, Logan Morris tallied 4,043 points good for 8th place, and another national qualifying mark. Morris is currently ranked 7th in the nation.
On the Women’s side Shonda Jones, Heather Markovic, Anna Burrola, and Rylie Matthews competed in the pentathlon. Each of these Pumas competed well, all recording personal bests.
The Pumas found additional success at the Glendale Invite. Nico Montanez won both the 1000m run (2:38.43) and 1500m run (4:07.02), both of which are national qualifying marks. Billie Jo Dytrt was also impressive, winning the women’s 1000m (3:14.72) and placing 2nd in the 1500m (4:59.12). Dytrt currently ranks in the top 10 nationally in the mile, 3000m, and 5000m.
Beth Krasuski finished in a tie for first in the Pole Vault with a jump of 10-5.75 (3.20). Krasuski is currently the 8th ranked jumper in the country. Also in the pole vault, Bo Haddock jumped 15-9 (4.80), good for a runner-up finish. Haddock is currently the 2nd ranked jumper in the country.
Callie Wilcox was the top collegiate finisher in the 5000m with a national qualifying mark of 19:14.98. Bryant James and Morgan Chilson also competed strongly, recording personal bests in the 60m dash.
Coach Dustin Imdieke said, “I was very proud of the way our kids stepped up this weekend. We were faced with a different level of competition today and they were able to rise to the occasion. As we move towards the Indoor National Championships, these types of experiences will be invaluable”.
The Pumas will travel again this weekend with a group of athletes heading to the prestigious Tyson Invitational at the University of Arkansas, while the rest of the team will head to Pima Community College in Tucson.
MEN’S SOCCER OPEN TRYOUT ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
The Paradise Valley CC men’s soccer program will be conducting an open tryout at 9:00am, Saturday, February 22. Sign-ups for the men’s soccer tryout will begin at 8:00am. The tryout will be held at the Paradise Valley CC soccer practice field.
Each player must provide their own workout clothes, shin guards and cleats. PVCC soccer will provide other needed equipment for use during the tryout.
Each participant will need to complete an Assumption of Risk Form and a Contact Information Form. If the student-athlete is under 18 years of age, a parent must also sign these forms. The forms must be on hand and signed to be eligible to participate. You can download the forms below.
Also required to participate is a copy of a physical dated within the past 12 months. Physicals dated prior to February 22, 2013 will not be accepted. Physicals must include Doctor’s signature and clearance to participate in athletics. PVCC Athletic Trainers will be present to clear participants. Anyone without the appropriate paperwork will not be allowed to participate in this tryout.
2014 Men’s Soccer Tryout Forms
Please call or email with any question.
Zac Ludwig - PVCC Men’s Soccer Head Coach
GAME, SET, MATCH
Paradise Valley Community College women's tennis team opened its 2014 campaign with a great win against Imperial Valley College from California.
The match started with doubles and the Pumas really played hard, but lost all three doubles matches. Their hard work paid off in singles as the Pumas pulled off all six singles points to clinch a 6-3 team victory. “It was amazing to see how we did not let the doubles loses roll over into our single play. It actually got us to focus in on the task at hand. We knew exactly what we needed to do to win the match and all six players went in with the mind set of, do your job, and win your match” said head coach Feroz Rast.
"I'm very proud of team," said head coach Feroz Rast "It is a great way to start the season, the ladies really came into the match with the right attitude and earned a hard fought victory.”
The Pumas next play against Eastern College on Feb. 25. This will be the first conference opponent of the season.
FORMER PUMA TO APPEAR IN GOLF CHANNEL SERIES
Former Puma women’s golfer Kylee Duede (2010) has been slated as a contestant on the Golf Channel series Big Break Florida. The show, a competition based series where players vie for a chance at launching their professional golf careers, is set to premier on February 24 at 9pm EST on Golf Channel.
Kylee was a standout at PV as a freshman in 2010. On a national level, Duede received NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors. She was the 2010 Region I Player of the Year as well as the 2010 Conference (ACCAC) Player of the Year. She was also named 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-ACCAC that same season. Kylee competed in the 2010 NJCAA National Championship Tournament in Daytona Beach where she ranked 12th in the nation.
For more information about Kylee and her appearance on the show click these links.
The Pumas wish Kylee GOOD LUCK!
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PUMAS THRIVE AT HOME
PV Track & Field hosted the PVCC Indoor meet on Saturday with many great results from the Pumas. This was only the second meet of the indoor season and already the Pumas have many qualifiers for the national meet in March. Coach Dustin Imdieke expressed his satisfaction with the outing, "I was pleased with the efforts of the team today. Many of the athletes applied the lessons that we learned from the first meet and were more competitive as a result. Moving forward we will strive to learn how to compete on bigger stages against greater competition."
Men’s event winners:
Dionee Marrero: 60m dash 7.00 sec
Chris Webb 3k: 8:50.42
Craig Mattox Long jump: 7.17m
Top three finishers:
Joshua Van Allen 800 2:06.00 2nd pl
Joshua Van Allen 1500 4:26.38 2nd pl
Bo Haddock Pole Vault 4.65 2nd pl
Women’s event winners:
Billie Jo Dytrt 5K 18:57.15
Top three finishers:
Morgan Chilson 60m 8.25 3rd pl
Morgan Chilson 400m 1:04.88 3rd pl
Jenna Ingram Pole Vault 3.35 3rd pl
Shonda Jones Heptathlon 2491 pts 3rd pl
The following athletes have qualified for the Indoor National Championship meet that will be held in New York in March.
Dionne Marrero 60m
Chris Webb 3K
Bo Haddock PV
Craig Mattox LJ
Billie Jo Dytrt 3K and 5K
Shonda Jones High Jump and Heptathlon
Jenna Ingram PV
Beth Krasuski PV
Congrats to those who have qualified!
WOMENS TENNIS TEAM GETTING READY TO BEGIN 2014 SEASON
The 2014 Women’s Tennis season is set to begin on Thursday, February 27 and the Pumas could not be more enthusiastic. Coach Feroz Rast is excited for his first season as the head coach of the PVCC Women’s Tennis team. They are looking forward to competing for a chance to go to the National Tournament in May. “We have a really good group of athletes here who are hard working and dedicated to the goal of being the best team possible. We want to build a tradition of excellence here at Paradise Valley, and it starts with our work ethic in practice.”
Coach Rast sees great potential in this team and states that his team knows what it will take to compete for the opportunity to play in the national tournament. “We have some good teams on our schedule and know that we have some work to do to get ready, but ever practice has been great and the team is really focused.”
The team has been practicing since January 13 and looks ahead to their first match on February 27 at Mesa CC.
INAUGURAL BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME TOMORROW!
Join us tomorrow at 11am for the inaugural baseball alumni game here at PV. The 2014 Pumas will face those that came before, the men who helped build the program since its inception in 2009. Come see what the 2014 team has in store and what the alums still have in the tank. See you there!
Game Day Itinerary
11:00am Alumni Game First Pitch
10:30am Field Prep
10:15pm Alumni Pre- Game
10:00pm Pumas 2014 Pre- Game
9:30am Alumni BP on field
9:15am Pumas 2014 BP in Cage
updated: March 09, 2014
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