Monthly Archives: September 2007

Videla scores hat trick in T-Ducks win over Cedar Valley College

The T-Ducks’ men’s soccer coach, Sean Worley, said the coaching staff is always getting on Carols Videla to be more of a play-maker and distributor.

During the T-Ducks Metro-Athletic Conference game Wednesday, Sept. 26 against Cedar Valley College, Worley got what he was looking for out of the midfielder from Richardson, who ended the game with a hat trick, leading his squad to a 3-0 win.

“He scored three goals, the end result is what it is,” Worley said about Videla’s play. “Any time a player scores three goals, it’s something pretty special.”

After giving his team a 1-0 lead in the first half, Videla gave his squad a 2-0 cushion with 12:30 left in the game when he received a lead pass that he controlled right inside of the 18-foot goalie box before finding the back of the net.

Nearly six minutes later, Videla scored on a free kick from around 20 yards out.

The three goals give Videla, second on the team in points (17), five scores on the season to go along with his team-leading seven assists.

Leading the T-Ducks in points with 21 is David Freeland, who has a team-high 10 goals and one assist. Freeland is ranked No. 12 in points in NJCAA Division III while Videla is No. 19.

Lady T-Duck soccer team crushes Mountain View in conference play

Led by two goals and two assists from freshman forward Dominique Harrison, the Lady T-Duck soccer team crushed Mountain View College, 10-0, Tuesday in their biggest scoring output of the season.

The win is the fourth in a row for the women, who jumped in this week’s NJCAA Division III poll from No. 5 to No. 3.

Joining Harrison – who leads the T-Ducks with 12 points – in the scoring with one goal apiece was forward Karina Almendarez, Melissa Boren, Lyndi Cline, Dayanna Cordero, Karina Davila, Juana Garcia, Jacklyn Hammes and Julie Venable.

On the season, everybody on the T-Duck roster – aside from their two goalies – have either scored a goal or contributed with an assist.

Meanwhile, goalkeepers Kyndrea Grazetti and Michelle McDonald have collectively allowed 17 goals.

Women's and men's soccer teams on winning streaks

After getting off to a slow start to the season, the Lady T-Duck soccer team enters Tuesday’s road Metro-Athletic Conference game against Mountain View at 4 p.m. having won three games in a row.

The women – ranked No. 5 in the NJCAA for Division III – crushed Brookhaven, 8-0, Friday before beating Cisco, 1-0, Saturday.

Prior to the three-game winning streak, the Lady T-Ducks had lost three games in a row.

The Lady T-Ducks (4-3-1) also will travel Friday to play Cedar Valley in MAC play at 4 p.m. before hosting Allen County Community College in a non-conference matchup Saturday at 7 p.m.

The men (7-2-1) also snapped out of a funk – a two-game losing skid – last week when they beat Mountain View College, 5-0, in MAC action and Hill College, 4-1.

Against Mountain View College, T-Duck midfielder David Freeland scored a goal to bring his total to 10 on the season.

Freeland, who has three games in which he’s scored more than once, also has an assist and is the fifth best scorer – 21 points – in NJCAA Division III.

The men are ranked No. 3 in the NJCAA poll and will host home games Wednesday and Friday against Cedar Valley College at 8 p.m. and Allen County Community College at 7 p.m., respectively.

The T-Ducks finish the week with a road game Sunday against San Jacinto College-South at 1 p.m. before getting ready for the Thunderduck Invitational tournament October 4-7.

Growing volleyball team starts conference play

            The T-Duck volleyball team has played some extremely tough competition to start their season.

            Evidence of their grueling schedule presented itself this past weekend when the  T-Ducks played and lost to five NJCAA Division I schools.

            The T-Ducks lost to the University of Arkansas- Fort Smith (16-30, 18-30), Navarro College (12-30, 15-30), Indian Hills (6-30, 14-30), Redlands (10-30, 21-30, 8-30), and North Central Texas College (16-30, 13-30, 18-30).

            After a loss at home Sept. 18 against Seminole State University, T-Duck coach Zelda Smith said, “right now we are looking for consistency in overall team play. With such a young team, [there] is a lot of growth potential.”

            Coupled with a tough schedule and a young squad, the T-Ducks’ growth thus far will be put to the test when they open Metro-Athletic Conference play on the road Monday against Northlake College at 7 p.m.

            The T-Ducks continue conference play on the road Thursday when they play Brookhaven College at 7:30 p.m. before taking a break from league action and hit the road Saturday to play Seminole State University and Cowley College.

Volleyball team drops home match, young T-Ducks continue to grow

A young T-Ducks volleyball team is still searching for their first win of the season after losing, 12-30, 18-30, 15-30, at home Tuesday, Sept. 18 to a tough Seminole State College squad.

Playing at home for first time since Sept. 1, the T-Ducks got off to a slow start in Game 1, falling behind 10-1, and never recovered, despite better play toward the end of the game.

“In the first game, I think it was nerves but their intensity grew as it went on,” T-Ducks coach Zelda Smith said. “We had regrouped and changed our intensity but it was too late for a team of that caliber.”

The T-Ducks’ intensity, however, carried over into Game 2.

They were led early with solid defensive play from freshmen Amber Hill (outside hitter) and Krysta Miles (middle blocker), who, entering Tuesday’s game had led her squad in kills (34), blocks (19) and hitting efficiency (21.8 percent).

Their play, coupled with a few nicely positioned tips from sophomore defensive stopper/ outside hitter Nakiethia Lampkin, kept them in the second game as the T-Ducks trailed 15-10 midway through.

Both teams traded the next couple of points but, because of service errors, the T-Ducks could only get within four of SSC for the rest of the game.

“We had some serving issues in the second game but we also have lots of people out,” Smith said. “Each time [we play], it’s always about growing.”

Like Game 1, SSC quickly jumped out to a large lead, 10-2, in the final game of the match and looked like it would run away with it.

However, because of the play of freshman Jocelyn Brown (defensive stopper/ outside hitter) and Lampkin, the T-Ducks didn’t go down without a fight as the two finished the final game with a few kills apiece.

“We compare it [the T-Ducks season] to a car and getting parts fixed for it,” Smith said. “Right now, we are looking for consistency in overall team play. With a such a young team, [there] is a lot of growth potential.”

Richland’s next four matches are on the road before the T-Ducks are back at home Monday, Oct. 1 to face Mountain View College at 7 p.m.

Richland CollegeVolleyball Update

9/13 – Hill College def. Richland(16-30, 11-30)
9/13 – TX A&M University Club def. Richland (28-30, 29-31)
9/13 – North Central Texas College def. Richland (16-30, 13-30)
9/13 – Cedar Valley def. Richland (14-30,29-31)

Overall Record – 0-11
Conf. Record – 0-0

Richland College men's soccer team ranked No. 1 after first poll of the season; women No. 7

The Richland College men’s soccer team finished last season as the No. 1 team after winning the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III championship.

So far, according to the first NJCAA poll of the season that was released last week, nothing has changed as the defending champs were ranked No. 1, while the Lady Thunderducks – also 2006 champions – are No. 7.

Despite coming off a 3-2 loss to Tyler on Saturday, the men are 5-2-1 on the season.

“We have had a really tough schedule to prepare us for the season and for our boys to be ranked No. 1 is a huge accomplishment,” men’s head coach Sean Worely said after the polls were released. “We need to continue to work hard and [hopefully] we can be No. 1 at the end of the season.”

On the season, the men have beaten Lon Morris (6-2), Tyler (3-2), De Anza College (3-2), Morton (5-2) and Kansas City (2-1) while its other loss was to Marshalltown (2-1).

Forward David Freeland leads the Thunderducks in scoring with 19 points, having scored nine goals and assisting on one.

“We have some big games coming up,” Worely said. “We need to continue to get better and prepare for the playoffs.”

The men will host Mountain View College on Wednesday at 8 p.m. before hitting the road Sunday, Sept. 23 to face Sun Hill College.

Meanwhile, the women will play two homes and one away this week.

The Lady Thunderducks will be at home Tuesday against Eastfield at 4 p.m. and Saturday against Cisco College at 7 p.m while their away game is Friday against Brookhaven.

“Our trip to California [Sept. 7-8] … the teams were a little bit better than anticipated,” Lady Thunderducks coach Rex Rayfield said. “But since we have come back, I have been happy with the way we played.”

The women enter Tuesday’s matchup with a 2-3-1 record and the Lady Thunderducks are coming off a 2-1 win against Navarro College, having stopped a three-game losing streak.

Karina Almendarez leads the Lady Thunderducks in scoring with three goals.

“It [the win against Navarro College] builds confidence as we go into conference play,” Rayfield said. “It was a quality win against a good team.”

Richland College catcher named Defensive Player of the Year

Easton Sports has named catcher Ryan Saldivar from Richland College as the Easton/National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Baseball Defensive Player of the Year.

Richland College head coach Joe Wharton calls Saldivar “the best catcher defensively I have ever seen at the two-year college level in my 10 years of coaching.”

Saldivar threw out 23 of the 28 (78%) runners that attempted to steal bases on him this season. He was also credited with just one past ball this year. Additionally, Saldivar recorded 240 putouts, 51 assists, and just two errors for a .993 fielding percentage. His play helped lead Richland to a 37-17 record this season.

Saldivar was just as solid offensively, batting .387 for the season with 10 home runs. He led the Division III ranks with 72 RBIs.

Thunderduck Volleyball season now underway

The Richland College Women’s Volleyball recently began their season play in late August under the direction of head coach Zelda Smith.

Current scores include:

8/28 – Vernon def. Richland (21-30, 21-30, 15-30)
8/28 – Univ. of Ark def. Richland (4-30, 10-30, 24-30)
8/31 – NCTC Round Robin CANCELED
9/1 – Paris def Richland (24-30, 21-30, 18-30)

Overall Record – 0-3
Conf. Record – 0-0

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