The Olympians are proud to announce the signing of sophomore outside hitter, Bethany Nosko to Vanguard University. The two-time All State, PCAC MVP winner will start attending the college in the Spring of 2014 where she will be a welcome addition to the Lions. Nosko will be joining a squad consisting of 6 seniors who are just off their 22-9 season. The NAIA school qualified for the National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa but lost after 3 matches. While competing in the "Golden State Athletic Conference" Nosko will be facing teams like Biola, Hope International, Concordia and other smaller private schools. The Lions are excited to add Nosko's strength and leadership to the lineup for their 2014 season as they seek another trip to the National Champions.
Dec. 17, 2013 - At the conclusion of every season, all of the women's volleyball coaches meet to determine who is at the top of the conference and some of the Olympians took the conference's highest honors. The conference coaches selected sophomore trio Bethany Nosko, Taylor Reaume and Alina Fierro to the "1st Team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference" while sophomores Bre Bissell and Miranda Hicks and freshman, Taylor Moran were named to the "2nd Team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference" while 2nd year player, Briana Smith earned Honorable Mention.
The top two awards handed out by the PCAC is the conference MVP and Coach of the Year award and Mesa took both awards this year. Just as she did in 2012, Nosko, a 5'10" outside hitter, took the conference MVP award again for back-to-back years which led to her being named to the CCCAA All State team for a 2nd year in a row. For her 4th time since 2002 head coach Kim Lester earned the title of "Coach of the Year" as voted on by her peers in the conference.
Despite losing in the Regional Tournament, the Olympians stayed in the top 10 ranking of the state holding the #9 spot while being the #5 team in all of Southern California. The Mesa women finished their season off with a 23-5 overall record, 13-1 in conference play and earned the programs 14th conference title.
Nov. 23, 2013 - After Mesa took their 3rd straight conference title, they were granted an automatic bid to the regional tournament. As the #5 seeded team, Mesa will play host to the #12 ranked Pasadena City College on Tuesday, Nov. 26th at 5pm in the Mesa gym. The South Coast Conference representative Lancers is 14-9 overall and 12-2 in conference play while Mesa is 19-5 overall and 11-1 in matches in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play. These two teams haven't meet this year but have been in the same tournaments so they are familiar with the style of play that each brings to the table. This match marks Mesa's 14th appearance in the program's history and their 3rd straight appearance with this year also being the 2nd year in a row the blue and gold has hosted a first round match.
Nov. 14, 2013 - The Olympians had a check list this week and they have marked two more off their list: number one, beat palomar; check. Number two, win conference; check. Still riding the high from their sweep of Grossmont, the Olympians traveled to Palomar for their last confernce game of the 2013 season. They entered the Comets gym with the same determination and focus that they displayed in their earlier match and it paid off again for the blue and gold. Mesa made themselves known to the host college in a commanding 25-19 win in the first game but the next two games would be much closer as Palomar continued to claw their way back into the game. The Comets, however, fell short as Mesa bettered them in games two and three with matching scores of 25-22. Helping Mesa win their 14th conference title, their 3rd straight, was sophomore opposite hitter, Beth Nosko who played well on both sides of the ball getting 10 kills and 14 digs. Another sophomore, Alina Fierro, led her team's defense at Libero with 17 digs while setter, Taylor Reaume came up big with 10 digs of her own. Offensively, Mesa's Bre Bissell led the team's points with 12 while middleblocker, Miranda Hicks earned 6 kills on the night.
As conference champion, Mesa will earn an invitation to the State tournament and will most likely host a 1st round playoff game on Nov. 26th.
The Olympians celebrate their 3rd straight conference title
Nov. 8, 2013 - The Mesa gym was the loudest and fullest it has been the entire women's volleyball season. The energy was high not just for the fans but for the women's team as well and for good reason. They were about to come face to face with the #1 team in the state and fellow PCAC team, Grossmont College. The Mesa women proved that hard work and focus pays off when they immediately took control of the match winning the first game 25-22. The Olympians took advantage of the Griffins inability to get their feet back under them and took games 2 and 3 away from them in a pair of 25-20 scores. Mesa was unphased by the visiting teams attempts to work their way back into the game and players like Beth Nosko, a 5'10" sophomore, came up big with 15 digs and 18 kills on the night. In a true team effort victory, more contributions came from fellow sophomores Alina Fierro, a 5'5" libero with 13 digs and Bre Bissell, a Valhalla High graduate, with 9 digs of her own. Offensively, Emily Feerick, a transfer from CSU Stanislaus, added 8 kills on the match while freshman Taylor Moran also contributed 7 kills of her own. The 3-0 victory wasn't only the first time the Griffins have been swept all season but it was the first loss to a Southern California team in the past 24 matches.
As a result of the Mesa win, the Olympians moved up in the state ranking to #5 while Grossmont moved down two spots to the #3 ranked team in the state.
Sept. 25, 2013 - The Olympians improved their ranking in the state and in Southern California this week following their 3rd Place finish in their host tournament over the weekend. With a 8-2 record, Mesa moved to #5 in the state and to #4 in Southern California ahead of #6 Irvine Valley and #7 Santa Barbara City College. Heading into the weekend, the Olympians will be traveling north to Woodland Hills to play in the 4th Annual LA Pierce Invitational who has invited top rated teams like Golden West and Santa Barbara. Mesa will start the weekend off against host college LA Pierce on Sept 27th at 6:30pm and then how they play will determine their next game. For a complete look at the tournament bracket click here.
The San Diego Mesa College Invitational draws the state's finest teams including fellow Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member and #1 team in the state, Grossmont College, #11 ranked Bakersfield, #12 El Camino, #17 Citrus and eventual tournament winner, Glendale Arizona.
In their opening game, Mesa bettered Cerritos College in four games, 25-13, 17-25, 25-18, 25-18 putting them into the winners bracket against Citrus College who fell to the blue and gold in a 3-1 match. The next day, Mesa was well prepared to go against Glendale Arizona and gave the Guachos a run for their money winning the first game 25-22. But Glendale would come back to win the 2nd game and 3rd game but the Olympians rallied back to take the all important game #4 in a nail bitter 28-26, forcing a 5th game. Neither team was willing to back down and the Olympians proved their worth as they battled to stay close but fell short to lose in the semi-finals in a 12-15 decision giving the Gauchos the nod to advance to the finals. A few hours later, Mesa rallied back and swept Bakersfield in three games to take the 3rd Place title in their host tournament. Head coach, Kim Lester commented, "I felt my team played very well over the weekend. We saw huge improvements in our blocking and defense. I was proudest of them in the match versus Glendale. We played with a sense of urgency and I've never seen us more focused this year. We grew as a team. We saw our full potential of just how well we can play when we maek the mental choice to show up and compete."
Individually, two of Mesa's sophomore's were lights out in the tournament and received All San Diego Tournament Team honors. Bethany Nosko, an outside hitter, and Taylor Reaume, a setter, had outstanding numbers on the weekend.
The Olympians will be hosting thier annual women's volleyball tournament this weekend in their home gym. The tournament is known for its tough competition and includes top notched teams like Grossmont and LA Pierce and home team, San Diego Mesa. The two day invitational will be played at Mesa and Grossmont with the finals at Mesa. Mesa, who is the #3 seed, will kick off the weekend's event at 11am on the 20th against #14 seeded, Cerritos College.
Mesa Olympians Women's Volleyball is very proud to announce that outside hitter, Alyssa Eicher has signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State. The Westview HS graduate will be an asset to the Rangers in their 2013 campaign as they look to improve on their 2012 season. Eicher will bring her enthusiasm to the young Ranger team who is only carrying two seniors on their roster. The DII college will be competing in the Great American Conference which includes other colleges from the Oklahoma and Arkansas regions under head coach Gene Krieger. This will be Krieger's first season with the Rangers and is looking to add depth to his outside hitting line up which is where Eicher comes in. Coach Krieger commented, "We are pretty athletic and we are stacked on the outside."
Lots of action this week for the Olympians. The women start off on Friday, April 12th with the Sand VB playoff match against SD City at 12p in South Mission. Then on Saturday its back to playing indoor with a 16 team Spring Tournament at So. Cal Volleyball Club. Mesa plays their first game at 9:30am vs Chaffey. Some of the other teams in Mesa's pool include Grossmont #2, and College of the Canyons. Come cheer us on, going to be a great day with lots of good volleyball including DII and NAIA programs!
Feb. 11, 20013 – The Olympians Women’s Volleyball team proudly announces the signing of Kendra Mendicino to the University of Montana Western for the Fall 2013 season. The sophomore libero will be a welcome addition to the Bulldogs according to head coach Lisa Griffiths who commented, “Kendra has the ability to make an immediate positive influence on our team. She has solid ball control skills and great court awareness to go along with competitiveness and passion for the game.” The NAIA team will be competing in the Frontier League against other area colleges such as Dickinson State, Lewis-Clark State, Great Fall University and 6 others during their season.
During her time as an Olympian, the Patrick Henry High School graduate was named her team’s MVP her freshman and sophomore years as well as being twice named to the “1st Team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.” At 5’9”, Mendicino was part of the driving force that led the women’s team to back to back conference championships and a pair of appearances to the Regional tournament. When asked why the San Diego native chose to attend Montana Western she replied “…because of the how welcomed I felt along with the unique class scheduling and great volleyball program.” Kendra will be majoring in Health and Human Performance while attending Montana Western.
Following an outstanding game against Cypress College in their 1st Round outing of the Regional Tournament, the women's team traveled to Huntington Beach to take on #2 seeded Golden West College. Unfortunately for the Olympians, the Rustlers were able to be just a little better that night despite Mesa's determination to win no matter what. In the closest match of the season, Mesa stayed very close to the home team in all three games and refused to give in. Helping her team stay in this close match was freshman, Bethany Nosko who had 15 kills and 2 blocks while teammate Sadie Sparks had 10 kills and 3 blocks of her own. Defensively, the sophomore libero Kendra Mendicino assisted her team with 13 digs against Golden West. Despite losing 23-25, 23-25 and 22-25 the Olympians proved that they belonged in the top and that they can not only compete but can win. After the match, Golden West advanced to the State Finals where they met up with #1 seed, LA Pierce who defeated the Rustlers in 3. Ending their season with a 18-5 record and another PCAC title are two things that the Olympians are very proud of. Individually, Mesa had 3 of their players named as "Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week" including most recently, Bethany Nosko for the week of Nov 25th. The Olympians end their season as the number 10 team in the state and the only representative of the PCAC in the top 10.
The Olympians took the visiting Cypress College by storm in their opening game of the 1st Round Regional Tournament. The Mesa offense played with tremendous power and patience utilizing every opportunity given to them while the defense also earned points of their own with their timely blocks. The Chargers couldn't seem to stop the surging Olympians as Mesa took the first game away 25-13. In the second game, Cypress made their own opportunities and took advantage of some of Mesa's miscues. They started the game off with a 10 point lead but the Olympians were determined to not be beaten in their home gym and edged their way past their opponent to win a very close second game 25-23, giving them the 2-0 lead going into the 3rd game of the evening. WIth a very loud home crowd, the blue and gold took to the court with a fire and determination to beat Cypress and win the 1st Round of Regionals. The offensive aresenal of the Olympians didn't let up for a moment which helped keep the momentum moving in Mesa's favor. Defensively, Mesa was quick and smart and didn't give Cypress many opportunities to score as they shut the door on them 25-11; winning the night 3-0 and advancing them in the playoffs to meet up with Golden West College at Golden West.
The Olympians are posed for their 1st Round Regional matchup with the #11 seeded Cypress College. As the #6 seed in the 16 team tournament, Mesa will host the Chargers tonight, November 20th at 6pm in Mesa’s gym. The last time these two teams met up was early in the season in Cypress’ gym where the Olympians bettered the home team in 3 sets winning 25-21, 25-20, 25-18. Now, Mesa not only has the home court advantage but they also have their loyal and loud fan base behind them to help the blue and gold to another Regional Tournament victory.
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference honored Mesa's women's volleyball team following the conclusion of the regular season. Freshman, Bethany Nosko received the highest honors being named the PCAC MVP for the 2012 season. Nosko also was named to the All Regional Team which also qualified her for the All State Team for 2012. The conference also recognized sophomores Missy Glassett and Kendra Mendicino to the 1st Team All PCAC and Alexandra "Z" Mootry to 2nd Team All PCAC . Also making the cut were freshmen Sadie Sparks and Bre Bissell who also were named to the 2nd Team All PCAC while fellow freshman, Taylor Reaume was listed as Honorable Mention.
The Mesa women did it again as they were able to overcome a "must win" game against Palomar on the road. Despite losing to Grossmont earlier in the week, the Olympians were able to come back and edge closer to the conference title. The Olympians will share the conference title with Grossmont again but will receive a higher seed over the Griffins in the regional tournament.
In her first year in the blue and gold, freshman Sadie Sparks has been a presence on the court and had an outstanding night against the previously #7 ranked Grossmont College. Sparks was unstoppable as she blocked 4 consecutive hits from the Griffins in the first set, frustrating the other team’s hitters and setting the tone for the entire match. Defensively, this middle blocker from Pasco, Washington recorded a total of 7 blocks with 5 solo blocks against Grossmont while offensively, earning 6 kills. Earlier in the week, Sparks also recorded 6 kills against Cuyamaca College with one block in the Olympians 3-0 victory. Following such an impressive week on the court, it’s clear why Sadie Sparks has been chosen as the “Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Week.”
A lot was at stake when the Olympians welcomed Grossmont College into their gym. Grossmont was ranked as the #7 school in the state and the only representative for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in the top 10. With Mesa ranked at #13 in the state with a 10-4 record, beating Grossmont was the only way the Olympians would be able to break into the top 10. They gym was full of excitement in this much anticipated match-up between the two top teams in the PCAC. Going into the first game, Grossmont stayed close to Mesa but were shut down by the defense of Sadie Sparks, who set the tone of the match with 4 straight blocks within the first 10 points, with 3 of them being solo. Ending the game 25-20, the Olympians were on pace with their game plan and executed with precision as they dominated the Griffins 25-12, and then 25-17 in the second and third games giving Mesa the win they were so hungry for and a ranking they so deserved. With the victory, Mesa broke into the top 10 at #10, 1 spot ahead of Grossmont and advanced to #6 in Southern California.
Described as a “total team effort” by Head Coach Kim Lester, the team stayed with their game plan and saw contributions from all of the team’s hitters (Kela Simmons, Bre Bissell, and Beth Nosko) who didn’t just earn kills but they blocked, passed and served at level that their coaches knew they were capable of. Setting the game and controlling the offense was setter Missy Glassett who earned 23 assists, served 2 aces, had 2 solo blocks and 7 digs. Setting the ball with tremendous control, Glassett spread the ball around to all of the hitters, keeping the Griffins from predicting where the ball was going to be coming from. According to Coach Lester, her team played what she calls “Mesa VB” and was very proud of her team as they didn’t allow their nerves or small mistakes to derail their game plan and won as a team. In order for them to continue to be successful, this Mesa team will have to continue to improve their 1st contacts and serve recieiving. As they showed in their match with Grossmont, their defense and focus will have to continue as they further into their schedule.
Sept 19, 2012 - The Mesa women made a quick trip to Cypress College to take 3 games away from the Chargers. Leading the team was Bre Bissell, a freshman from Valhalla, who had 11 kills with a .381 hitting percentage. Adding to the team win was sophomore Kendra Mendicino who contributed the most defensively with 15 digs. Despite the strength of Cypress’ middle hitters, Mesa’s offense was able to keep them at bay for all three games to walk away with another victory on the road. Improving their record to 7-4, Mesa was ranked as the #13th team in the state, just three spots behind fellow PCAC team, Grossmont. In order to continue improving their record, the Olympians will be focused on winning efficiently in 3 sets as much as possible.
Sept. 14-15, 2012 - In their host tournament, the Olympians made an impressive run against a tough pool of teams. The 27th Annual San Diego Mesa Women’s Volleyball Tournament was host to 16 community college teams including state champion, LA Pierce and perennial powerhouses Bakersfield, El Camino and Grossmont Colleges and a slew of others. Opening the tournament, the Mesa women took on Glendale College who quickly fell to the blue gold in their first game in a 25-11. The second game belonged to Glendale as they caught Mesa off guard and won a close 25-23 but that would be the only game that the Vaquero’s could win against the Olympians as they took game 3 and 4 with score of 25-10 and 25-18. Moving along in the Winner’s Bracket, Mesa faced the #3 ranked Bakersfield in a much anticipated rematch in which the Renegades bettered the Olympians the previous week. Unfortunately for Mesa, Bakersfield would take control of the first game 25-16 but the Mesa women were not ready to walk off the court and took the next two games from the Renegades with scores of 25-20 and 25-23 taking control of the overall score 2-1. Fatigue and extreme temperatures began to take their toll on both teams as Bakersfield pushed Mesa into a 4th game loss, evening the overall score to 2-2 forcing a game five in which the first team to 15 wins. In a dramatic finish the Renegades would again, be a thorn in Mesa’s side as they won 15-10 advancing them to the quarterfinals of the tournament. Following a full nights rest, the blue and gold were ready to win as they took on Riverside College, making quick work of the Tigers beating them in 3 games 25-20, 25-12 and 25-19. This quick victory set the stage for them to play for 5th place in the tournament against Moorpark College who would not be much of a challenge for Mesa as they took them in 3 games winning 25-13, 25-12 and 25-12. Overcoming heat and fatigue, the tournament brought out the best of some of the Mesa women and perhaps it was put best by Assistant Coach, Sarah Munoz who said “We saw things from people we hadn’t seen before and it was awesome.”
Improving on their numbers for the weekend was sophomores Alexandra Mootry and Missy Glassett and freshman Sadie Sparks. Mootry, who made All Tournament Team, had 18 kills, 15 blocks and 14 digs over the two days. Glassett set up her teammates for 100 assists, 13 kills of her own and 23 digs with a .565 hitting percentage. Sparks, led the team with 37 kills and defensively had 18 blocks. Mesa improved their record to 6-4 overall and were 3-1 over the two day tournament.
Sept. 19, 2012 - With the home crowd behind them, the Olympians Women’s Volleyball team took on Irvine Valley College in a match up that would either make or break either team. In the first game of the night, a tough Laser offense would beat Mesa’s defenders in a 19-25 game. Roaring back in the second game, Mesa took the Lasers by surprise and put up 32 point to their 30 thus winning the second game and evening the overall score to 1-1. In the third game, Mesa would battle but were unable to stop a surging IVC and lost a close 20-25. Going into the fourth game with an overall score of 1-2 in Irvine’s favor, Mesa was in a “do or die” situation and they gave their very last efforts against the Lasers but would fall short in the last game falling 21-25, ending the match 1-3. Despite the loss against this perennial powerhouse, the Olympian women posted outstanding offensive numbers as Sadie Sparks, a freshman from Washington state, had her share of the kills with 19 and sophomore, Alexandra Mootry posted 8 kills of her own on the night. Both Sparks and Mootry lead their team’s offense as they both hit over .500 for the night with the assistance of sophomore setter, Missy Glassett who played the game of her career with 46 assists, 7 kills and .500 hitting percentage on the match.
“The best I’ve seen her play,” is how Head Coach Kim Lester described Alexandra “Z” Mootry’s performance in their host tournament as the Olympians went 3-1 over the two day event. Mootry, a sophomore from Patrick Henry High School, was named to the All Tournament team with 18 blocks, 7 serving aces, 14 digs and she put up 18 kills during the course of the tournament. Her playing is being described as “an amazing all-around performance, contributing not only at the net but defensively and at the service line,” by Coach Lester which is why “Z” not only made the All Tournament team but was named as the “Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week” for the week ending September 16, 2012.
The Olympian Women’s Volleyball is starting their 2012 season with a preseason scrimmage tournament at Grossmont College on August 18, 2012. The defending 2011 Pacific Coast Athletic Champions will be facing off with local Cuyamaca College at 9:00a.m. in the 9 team tournament. This will be a fast paced, 1 set per match, round robin tournament which includes colleges not only from San Diego but teams from the Los Angeles area, Palm Desert and Arizona.
San Diego Mesa College
27th Invitational Volleyball Tournament
Presented by Courtyard Marriott
Sept. 14th and 15th, 2012
Schedule of Tournament Matches: All matches will be held at SD Mesa College and Grossmont College
**(seeding indicated in parentheses)
Friday matches begin as soon as the court becomes available. Saturday match times begin AT the time indicated.
Friday, Sept. 14th , 2012
Court #1 Match #1 9:00 a.m. #(1) Pierce vs. #(16) Long Beach
Court #2 Match #2 9:00 a.m. #(8) Palomar vs. #(9) Canyons
Court #3 Match #3 9:00 a.m. #(7) Riverside vs. #(10) Antelope Valley
Court #4 Match #4 9:00 a.m. #(2) El Camino vs. #(15) Cuesta
Court #1 Match #5 11:00a..m. #(4) Moorpark vs. #(13) San Bernardino
Court #2 Match #6 11:00 a.m #(5) Grossmont vs. #(12) Cerritos
Court #3 Match #7 11:00 a.m #(3) Bakersfield vs. #(14) Victor Valley
Court #4 Match #8 11:00 a.m #(6) SD Mesa vs. #(11) Glendale
Court #1 Match #9 1:00 p.m. Winner of Match #1 vs. Winner of match #2 @ Grossmont
Court #2 Match #10 1:00 p.m. Loser of Match #1 vs. Loser of match #2 @ Grossmont
Court #3 Match #11 1:00 p.m. Winner of Match #3 vs. Winner of Match #4 @ Mesa
Court #4 Match #12 1:00 p.m. Loser of Match #3 vs. Loser of Match #4 @ Mesa
Court #1 Match #13 3:00 p.m. Winner of Match #5 vs. Winner of Match #6 @ Grossmont
Court #2 Match #14 3:00 p.m. Loser of Match #5 vs. Loser of Match #6 @ Grossmont
Court #3 Match #15 3:00 p.m. Winner of Match #7 vs. Winner of Match #8 @ Mesa
Court #4 Match #16 3:00 p.m. Loser of Match #7 vs. Loser of Match #8 @ Mesa
Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2012
Court #1 match #17 9:00 a.m. Loser of Match #10 vs. Loser of Match #14
Court #2 Match #18 9:00 a.m. Loser of Match #12 vs. Loser of Match #16
Court #3 Match #19 9:00 a.m. Loser of Match #9 vs. Loser of Match #13
Court #4 match #20 9:00 a.m. Loser of Match #11 vs. Loser of Match #15
Court #1 Match #21 11:30 a.m. Winner of Match #10 vs. Winner of Match #14
Court #2 Match #22 11:30 a.m Winner of Match #12vs. Winner of Match #16
Court #3 Match #23 11:30 a.m Winner of Match #9 vs. Winner of Match #13
Court #4 Match #24 11:30 a.m Winner of Match #11 vs. Winner of Match #15
Court #1 Match #25 2:00 p.m. Loser of Match #17 vs. Loser of Match #18
Court #2 Match #26 2:00 p.m. Winner of Match #17 vs. Winner of Match #18
Court #3 Match #27 2:00 p.m. Loser of Match #19 vs. Loser of Match #20
Court #4 Match #28 2:00 p.m. Winner of Match #19 vs. Winner of Match #20 (5th)
Court #1 Match #29 4:30 p.m. Loser of Match #21 vs. Loser of Match #22
Court #2 Match #30 4:30 p.m. Winner of Match #21 vs. Winner of Match #22 (cons.-final)
Court #3 Match #31 4:30 p.m. Loser of Match #23 vs. Loser of Match #24 (3rd place)
Court #4 Match #32 4:30 p.m. Winner of Match #23 vs. Winner of Match #24 (Finals)
Court #1 and #2 Grossmont College
Court #3 and #4 SD Mesa College
Winning a season opener is great way to kick off your season but doing it before your home crowd sets a tone and sends a message to your opponents. The Women’s Volleyball sent a message loud and clear yesterday as they opened their 2012 season against the visiting Saddleback College Gauchos. The Olympians wasted no time as they dealt out a fast and aggressive first game beating the visitors 25-16. Setting the stage for the rest of the match, Mesa took games two and three from the Gauchos outscoring them 25-18 and then 25-17 sealing their victory in the best of 5 series. Leading the scoring for the Olympians was Sadie Sparks, a freshman from Pasco, WA, who lead the team with 8 kills and earned herself 2 ½ blocks. Sparks was the right catalyst for this team contributing to her team offensively and defensively. At 6’0”, she was able to not only slow down Saddleback’s offense at the net but set the pace for Mesa’s offensive attacks. Right behind Sparks was fellow freshman Kela Simmons, a 6’0” El Camino High School graduate, who had 6 kills, 2 serving aces and was credited with 5 digs. The high point of the match came from another freshman, Alina Fierro, who blew the Gauchos away serving up 3 straight aces in the first game. Defensively, the blue and gold were lead by sophomore, Kendra Mendacino, a 5’9” libero from Patrick Henry High School. Mendicino helped keep her team in the game taking away points from Saddleback as she came up with 10 digs during the three game match.
Going forward into the weeks ahead, the Olympians will be facing off with some of the top teams in the state including State Champion, L.A. Pierce who enjoyed a rare “perfect season” last year. Beating the top teams will be a challenge that Head Coach Kim Lester is focused on preparing them for. If they are to beat the teams at the top of the pack they will have to “continue to improve our first contact [serving and passing] to continue the team’s success,” according to Assistant Coach Sarah Munoz.
The Olympians Women’s Volleyball team is proud to announce the signing of Karlee Anderson to the division I Manhattan College. The 5’11 Paso Robles native will be a welcome addition to the Jaspers as a starting middle blocker and will bring a wealth of experience and a high level of competition to the team. Anderson had 9 different offers from other colleges but following careful thought, she chose to make Manhattan College and New York her new home. We would like to congratulate Karlee on her decision and wish her the best of luck in her academic and athletic career.
November 22, 2011
The Olympian women dominated the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and shared the Championship title with fellow powerhouse Grossmont. The Griffins happened to be the only team to beat Mesa in conference in a very heated battle that went to 5 games. As co-champion, Mesa earned a bid to the Regional Tournament and got the #9 seed which meant playing on the road against the #8 seed Orange Coast College.
OCC used their home court advantage and took charge of Mesa in the first game beating them 13-25 but Mesa roared back to push a closer 2nd game which ended in OCC’s favor 21-25. It would be in the third game that the blue and gold would find their footing and shift the momentum in their favor. This crucial 3rd game ended with a Mesa win 25-21 breaking OCC from a 3 game run to win the match. The Olympians had an uphill battle to stay in the game and would try to beat the Pirates in game 4 but they fell short and lost 23-25, giving OCC the match.
Reflecting back on the match, Coach Kim Lester felt that her team was capable of playing better than they did against the Pirates. “We had some bright spots and at times executed well,” but Mesa also struggled and that would be the main factor for Mesa’s loss. Despite the disappointing loss, Mesa ended their season with a 17-6 record and “improved tremendously and reached our goal of winning conference,” according to Coach Kim Lester.
The Olympians Volleyball team is proud to announce that 8 of their own were named to the All Conference team for 2011 and one to the All SoCal team! Freshmen Missy Glassett and Kendra Mendicino were both honored with 1st team All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference while fellow classmates, Naomi Tilford and Karlee Anderson and sophomore Ali Loepfe were named to the 2nd Team All PCAC. Rounding out the list for Honorable Mention, were sophomores, Jeana Holman and Bree Johnson and freshman Alexandra "Z" Mootry. Glassett also recieived the high honor of "All SoCal Team" as given by the representatives of all the Southern California community college women's volleyball teams. All these ladies had outstanding seasons and were a large contribution to their team's success.
As co-champions of the PCAC, the Olympians earned a spot in the Regional Tournament and got a decent spot as the #9 seed out of 16 positions. The team will travel to the #8 seed, Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa on Tuesday, Nov 22 at 6pm. This season will mark the 9th post season appearance for Head Coach Kim Lester since she took over the program in 2002. Of those 9 years, she coached her team to 2 Regional Championships (2006, 2007) and then 2 State Tournament appearances (2nd place 2004, 4th place 2006.) The Olympians had a tremendous season in their conference with a 11-1 record with their only loss falling to fellow PCAC Champion, Grossmont College. Overall the team had an impressive record of 17-5 with some tough losses to top teams like LA Pierce and El Camino.
The Mesa women earned their 12th Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title following their victory over Imperial Valley College on Weds., Nov 16 at Mesa. The Olympians share the honor this year with Grossmont College who went 1-1 with Mesa and the only team to beat them in conference play. With a first place spot, Mesa earned a bid for the Regional Tournament and will find out their fate at the end of the week.
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The women's volleyball team made a strong showing for their 2010 campaign. The Lady Olympians were 14-8 overall and 10-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, earning them 2nd place in their conference behind Grossmont. At the conclusion of the season, sophomore players Delea Pursel and team captain Kelsey Magness' were honored by the coaches of the PCAC and were named to the 2010 1st Team All Conference team.
The preseason schedule was very competitive and loaded with top teams in the state including Cypress College, and current state champion, LA Pierce College. Although Mesa lost 6 games in their preseason match-ups, 5 of those loses where to teams who finished in the top 10 in the southern region for the state. In the PCAC, the women stayed strong and focused taking 2nd place behind Grossmont College, who gave Mesa their only 2 loses in the conference. Mesa, however, has seen its share of conference titles and has been named “PCAC Conference Champion” 5 out of the last 7 years and in 4 of those years, they were undefeated in conference.
The outlook for the 2011 season is promising for the Olympians as 6 players return from the 2010 team. Currently, they are taking full advantage of the offseason and focusing on their conditioning and sharpening their volleyball skills in their offseason classes.
Since Coach Kim Lester took over the program in 2002, the Lady Olympians have celebrated tremendous success with a 97-11 in conference and have qualified for post season play in 7 out of 9 years under Coach Lester. She has coached her team to 2 state tournaments where they were State Runner-up in 2004 and 4th in 2006.
Excellence on the court is heavily emphasized as it is in the classroom. The 2010 team earned a 3.18 gpa overall and continue their successful run in the classroom and on the court as many of Coach Lester's student-athletes have moved on with scholarships to 4 year colleges like, San Diego State University, Cal State Fullerton, Idaho State, and Northeastern University.
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The long awaited 2010 Olympians Women's Volleyball Media Guide is here! The guides will be available for purchase for $5.00 each (cash only please), at Mesa home matches, while supplies last.
After a 2-0 start to the 2010 season, the Mesa women's volleyball team suffered a 15-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 15-13 loss to host Long Beach City. Despite a 2-1 set lead, the Olympians could not match LBCC's emotion and tenacious defense.
The Mesa women then hosted its annual Mesa Invitational tournament. In the tournament's 25th year, the Olympians finished 6th in the tourney, with splits on both days. Friday started with a 26-24, 16-25, 25-17, 25-13 win over Cerritos, followed by a 25-27, 25-23, 25-14, 25-11 loss to Glendale (AZ). The Mesa women opened Saturday play with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-20 win over Bakersfield, before ending its tournament run with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 loss to Riverside.
The Mesa women then embarked on a brutal three-match run, which would see it play three teams ranked in the state's Top 6. Despite spirited play in sets one and three, the Olympians fell to then #6 Cypress 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-13. Mesa WVB then went on the road to #4 L.A. Pierce, falling 25-15, 25-19, 25-12 in a lackluster performance. Irvine Valley, then ranked # 3, came down to San Diego and handed Mesa a 25-16, 25-18, 25-13 loss, leaving the Lady Olympians with a 4-6 record as it headed into Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play in October.
9/3/10 – The Mesa WVB team responded to its mediocre effort on Wednesday night with a 25-12, 25-19, 25-17 sweep of visiting Cal Lutheran, at the Mesa gymnasium.
Strong serving from the entire starting lineup forced CLU out of system much of game one, resulting in an easy Olympian set win. Playing its season opener, the Regals responded with stronger play in set two, but back-to-back Laura Plumb and Kelsey Magness kills pushed Mesa to an early 8-5 lead in game two. A Magness ace got Mesa to 18-13, and a Karina Heredia kill pushed Mesa to 20-17. Another Plumb kill made the score 22-18, on the way to an Olympian set two win. After CLU went out to a six-point lead to start set three, an ace in a three point Plumb serving streak drew the Olympians even at 11. A kill from Delea Pursel and an ace from Ali Loepfe pushed Mesa to a two-point lead at 16-14. A Jeana Holman kill would get Mesa to 19-17, a Plumb kill made it 21-17, and a kill from Magness gained match point and the win for the Olympians.
The Olympian ladies travel to Long Beach City College on Wednesday, Sept. 8, for a non-conference match.
9/1/10 - The Mesa WVB team survived an error-filled effort by both squads, to come out with a 25-23, 24-26, 17-25, 25-11, 15-12 win over visiting Saddleback College in the season opener for both teams.
A Kelsey Magness kill drew Mesa even at 16-16 in game one, and a Tamara Sims kill and ace helped Mesa forge a 22-19 lead, on the way to the set one win. An Alycia Dawson kill helped Mesa to a 17-12 lead in game two, but the Gauchos used untimely Mesa errors to regain the lead and set win. After another Saddleback win in game three, a lineup change fired up the Olympians in game four. A Dawson ace got Mesa to 10-4, Karina Heredia and Magness kills increased the lead to 13-7 and 16-9, three consecutive Alli Loepfe aces made it 19-9, and another Magness kill finished off the 25-11 set win. After Saddleback went out 5-1 to begin game five, a Magness kill drew the Olympians even at 5-5. Two Laura Plumb kills got Mesa to a 10-8 lead, and a Heredia kill gave Mesa three match points. A Gaucho service error gave Mesa the match win.
The Olympians continue their short two-match homestand on Friday, when they host Cal Lutheran at 6:00 pm in the Mesa Gymnasium.
Congratulations to Nissy Martinez for winning the Super Star Award at Mesa's 3rd Annual STAR Awards Banquet! This award recognizes academic, athletic, community and team spirit, and leadership and is given to one athlete out of all the sports at Mesa! We are proud of you Nissy.
Congratulations to Heather Hartwell, Denisse Martinez and Amber Davidson for qualifying for the CCCWVCA All Scholar Team. Mesa Scholar Award winners for having a 3.5 and above: Laura Plumb (4.0) and Heather Hartwell (3.59) congrats and way to go!
Amber Davidson will be continuing her academic and athletic career at San Diego State University! Congrats and good luck Amber!
The Olympians (11-1/16-7) finish the 2009 season tied with Palomar for first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. This is the 5th conference championship in six years for the Olympians. First Team All Conference honors went to Amber Davidson, Joslin Alexander, and Delea Pursel. Kelsey Magness made Second Team All Coneference while Lidsey Jardine earned Honorable Mention.
The Olympians seeded #15 continued play versus the #2 seed El Camino College. The team battled and played very well but came up short losing 20-25, 23-25, 20-25 to end the season. "I was very proud of how our team came out agaisnt El Camino'" said Coach Kim Lester. " We had a great game plan but we just didn't execute it the way we needed in order to win. I'm proud of how our team battled".
The Olympians finished second in the Pacific Coast Conference this year making it the first time since 2004 that they have not won the conference. Sophomore Brittany Moss and Freshman Amber Davidson received First Team All Conference while Freshman Joslin Alexander was selected to the Second Team. The team was seeded 7th in the So. Cal Regionals and lost to Golden West in the first round. Overall, the Olmpians finish 19-7 and 15th in the State.
The team will return seven in 2009. Coach Kim Lester feels the Olympians have the potential to contend for the conference championship with the ultimate goal of making it to the state championship tournament.
Congratulations to Anne Vaughan on accepting a scholarship to plat at Florida Atlantic University. Good luck Anne!!!
Congratulations to Bobbie Jo Stall on accepting a scholarship to play at East Carolina University. Way to go BJ!!!
Congratulations to Jessica LaScola on committing to play for Long Beach State. You rock Jessica!!!
Congratulations to Ashton O'Halloran on accepting a scholarship to play at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Good luck Ashton!
Anne Vaughan was voted as Pacific Coast Conference MVP for 2007. She was also voted to the All Region, All State, and All American 2nd Team.
Mesa College women's volleyball went 12-0 again in Pacific Coast Conference play for the 4th straight year. Over the past 4 years they have culminated a record of 59-1 in Pacific Coast Conference play and have been undefeated conference champions for the past 4 years.