Monthly Archives: October 2007
For a second straight match, the T-Duck volleyball team needed a fifth-game tiebreaker to determine a conference win or loss in their regular season finale Monday.
Unfortunately, Richland couldnâ€™t make it two wins in a row when the T-Ducks lost to Cedar Valley College, 22-30, 32-30, 28-30, 30-27, 15-8, in their final home match of the season.
The loss, according to volleyball coach Zelda Smith, could put Richland in a tie for second place in the conference standings, forcing a one-match playoff to determine the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, which will be Saturday.
If a one-match playoff is needed, Smith said it would be played Thursday at a neutral site.
Until then, assistant coach Ramona Jack said the T-Ducks (6-27, 6-4) will work hard on playing their game.
â€œWe need to learn to play our game, which is aggressive,â€ Jack said following the tough loss.Â â€œWe need to dictate what happens throughout [the match].â€
Opening with a 30-22 win in Game 1, it appeared as if the T-Ducks were in control of the game but whatever momentum they had was lost in the second game.
The sea-saw battle continued in Game 3, when Richland held an eight point lead at one point before having to hold off a fierce late Cedar Valley rally.
Although Cedar Valley lost the game, the Suns momentum carried over to Game 4, which is when they returned the favor by holding off a late Richland rally, setting up the decisive final game.
In the final game, Cedar Valley built an 11-5 lead and never looked back.
â€œWe have to stay on our toes and pay attention [in matches],â€ Jack said. â€œWe have to be ready for anything that comes our way.â€
Nakiethia Lampkin led Richland with 14 kills and 31 digs.
With only three sophomores on his roster, Richlandâ€™s Jon Felmet knows he will be coaching a young team in his first year as the T-Ducksâ€™ head coach.
Still, Felmet has high expectations for his squad.
â€œI expect our team to always compete and play hard all 40 minutes,â€ said Felmet, a former Metro Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the T-Ducks. â€œThus far [in the teamâ€™s scrimmages], we have proven we are capable of that. I believe if we play hard and do the things we know how to do, we will be successful.â€
To be successful, the T-Ducks will rely on their depth.
According to Felmet, a former assistant coach at Cedar Valley College before arriving at Richland, the T-Ducks have a number of guys capable of playing different positions.
Because of that, Felmet said, Richland will have many different lineup options.
â€œWe have a lot of skinny guys, however, they are long and rangy,â€ he said. â€œThey rebound well and cover a lot of ground defensively. But I would say our physical strength would be our weakness as of right now.â€
To combat the teamâ€™s weaknesses, the T-Ducksâ€™ philosophies will be defending and running the floor.
â€œCoaching in the MAC and [being] successful, I know what wins â€¦ discipline and defense,â€ Felmet said. â€œEveryone has players who can score but the team that plays the best defense and the most discipline will be successful. We play in a very tough conference where any team can win on any given night. We are also playing a tough pre-conference schedule and itâ€™s important that, win or lose, throughout those first couple of months, we continue to work and get better.â€
T-Duck basketball fans and supporters will get to see Richland in action at home at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 against Jacksonville.
Prior to playing Jacksonville, the T-Ducks will travel to Waco this weekend where they will play McLennan on Friday and Hill College on Saturday.
â€œThe good thing about being a first-year head coach with a whole new team is that we will be learning together,â€ Felmet said. â€œI have coached in this league at Cedar Valley and been successful. I think this helps them understand where Iâ€™m coming from and that I know where they are coming from. They can expect me to be demanding and have a no nonsense philosophy.â€
According to Felmet, the T-Ducks are suiting up 14 players and now have 20 guys on his roster, after starting with 35 on Aug. 27.
And so far during scrimmages, Felmet said, the T-Duck players have shown their versatility, being that a different guy has shown something new.
â€œThe great thing about this team is we really do not have key players,â€ Felmet said. â€œWe have a really solid group. We have a lot of guys who can score, rebound and defend. As long as we have that type of group effort throughout the season, we will be tough to contend with.â€
After dropping from No. 2 to No. 5 in the recent NJCAA Division III poll because of a 2-0 loss to San Jacinto College-South on Oct. 20, the T-Duck men’s soccer team ended its regular season Wednesday in a 1-1 tie with Cedar Valley College.
Midfielder David Freeland scored Richland’s lone goal. The score gave Freeland a team-high 12 goals to finish the regular season. He was followed in goals by fellow midfielder Carlos Videla, who finished with six scores and a team-high 10 assists.
Forward Nahimana Nkomezi also scored six goals for the T-Ducks, who finished the regular season 12-4-2. Richland is the defending NJCAA Division III champions.
Since losing to Jefferson on Oct. 7, the T-Duck men’s soccer team has won two straight games, including a 2-1 road victory WednesdayÂ over MoutainÂ View College.Â Richland also upended Hill College, 5-3, on Oct. 13.Against Mountain View, Nahimana Nkomezi scored hisÂ sixth goal this seasonÂ in helping lead to the T-Ducks to victory.
Richlad is 12-3-1 on the regular season, which ends Wednesday, Oct. 24 on the road against Cedar Valley College. The T-Ducks are scheduled to play their last home game of the regular season Saturday at 7 p.m. against San Jacinto College.
With just one regular season game left on their schedule, the T-Duck women’s soccer team lost, 1-0, Tuesday to Cedar Valley College.
The loss snaps a 10-game winning streak for the T-Ducks, who is ranked No. 3 and is led by Dominique Harrison, who also had a five-game scoring streak halted.
On the season, Harrison leads the team with 13 goals and nine assists for 35 points, which ranks her 19th in the nation.
The loss was only the fourth on the season for Richland, which has a record of 14-4-1. The defending NJCAA Division III champions close out the regular season on the road Friday against North Lake College at 4 p.m.
Volleyball team opens week with win before dropping two matches
The T-Ducks volleyball team started last week off with another win, a 20-32, 30-28, 30-19, 30-25 come-from-behind victory over Cedar Valley College on Monday, Oct. 8 before losing its next two games.
On Friday, Oct. 12, the T-Ducks fell to Western Texas College, 30-21, 30-26, 30-26, before losing Saturday, Oct. 13 in straight sets to Clarendon College, 30-9, 30-27, 30-17.
Last weekâ€™s victory was the third in five matches for the T-Ducks.
Womenâ€™s soccer teams combines for 21 points in shutout victories; Men look to rebound from loss
For the fourth game in a row, Dominique Harrison scored two goals in helping lead the T-Duck womenâ€™s soccer team to a victory as Richland beat Brookhaven, 6-0, to open last weekâ€™s action.
The T-Ducks followed that win with another shutout, 15-0, over Mountain View College on Friday, Oct. 12.
Against Mountain View, at least 10 players contributed to the win with either a goal or assist. Richland also was scheduled to play Hill College on Sat. Oct. 13; scores are forthcoming.
The menâ€™s soccer team was also scheduled to play Hill College on Saturday and those scores will be available in the next weekly update.
The T-Duck menâ€™s soccer team was trying to rebound from a 4-2 loss to Jefferson College on Oct. 7. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak.
Winning is no longer a surprise for the T-Duck volleyball team, it’s now a routine affair after they beat Cedar Valley College on Monday in five games, 30-32, 30-28, 19-30, 30-25, 15-7.
Entering Friday’s home match against Western Texas College, the T-Ducks have won three of their last five matches, including a home victory Thursday, Oct. 4 over Eastfield, 30-23, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27.
Friday’s match against Western Texas College at 7 p.m. is the first of four straight home contests for the T-Ducks, who also faces Clarendon College on Saturday at 10 a.m., Northlake College on Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Brookhaven College on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
The surging T-Ducks close out the regular season with a home match against Cedar Valley College on Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
It didn’t take Ashalyn Scales long to get back into the swing of things after the Lady T-Ducks’ sophomore middle blocker/ outside hitter played in her first match Thursday since suffering a severe ankle sprain Sept. 15.
Playing for the first time in more than 10 matches, Scales was all over the place, getting timely hits and playing solid defense, along with Amber Hill, as the T-Ducks beat Eastfield, 30-23, 30-27, 23-30, 30-27.
The T-Ducks trailed 14-12 in Game 1 before they went on a 14-2 run. However, after opening a 26-16 lead, Eastfield rallied back to cut the deficit to 25-21.
Scales then gave her team a side-out with a perfectly-placed tip before the T-Ducks’ defense allowed only two more points for the rest of the game.
“Since getting our first win, we seem to be more intense,” said T-Duck coach Zelda Smith. “We got Ashalyn Scales back and she played an outstanding game. Amber also played good defense and had lots of kills.”
In the second game, the T-Ducks trailed 21-20 when Scales tied the game on kill attempt that was partially blocked but the ball fell inbounds.
Moments later, Scales provided an ace to lift her team to a 26-23 lead â€“ a large enough cushion to preserve the Game 2 win and keep the momentum on the T-Ducks’ side.
However, that momentum was taken away after Eastfield won Game 3, setting up a tough fourth game in which at one point Scales scored four points in a row â€“ all kills â€“ to give the T-Ducks a 27-20 lead.
Down but not out, Eastfield went on a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 28-27 but the T-Ducks had enough left to pull out a tough victory.
“They are beginning to know and get a feel for one another,” Smith said. “Overall, this was a total team effort.”
The Lady T-Duck soccer team has won six games in a row after freshman forward Dominique Harrison led her squad to a 3-1 victory Tuesday over North Lake College in Metro-Athletic Conference play.
“Probably more importantly than the six games in a row is we made it through the first round of conference play undefeated and put ourselves in a very good spot atop the conference,” said women’s coach Rex Rayfield, whose squad is 7-3-1 and ranked No. 3 in NJCAA Division III.
“That’s more important than anything because it gives us some confidence going forward to finish out conference play and look for success in the conference tournament.”
Harrison found the net twice in the first half before adding an assist on a Kayleigh Morrow goal â€“ one that helped put the game away with 27:41 left in the game.
Harrison, who is ranked No. 23 in Division III in points with 23, scored two goals for the second game in a row.
“She was tremendous in the first half and she is starting understand how we are playing and are interacting with the other forwards,” Rayfield said. “She gave them a lot of trouble, mainly with her runs and getting them out of shape. She is really coming on strong and I look for her to do great things even more so going forward.”
The Lady T-Ducks don’t play again until Tuesday, Oct. 9 against Brookhaven College.