Monthly Archives: October 2009

Lilly Valero, Nicole Spruille earn NJCAA Division III Player of the Week awards

Congratulations are in order for the T-Ducks’ Lilly Valero and Nicole Spruille for recently grabbing NJCAA Division III Player of the Week awards.

Last week, Valero of Dallas didn’t allow a goal in two games while grabbing nine of nine shots. The goalkeeper helped lead the T-Ducks to a 2-0 win over Cedar Valley College and a 4-0 win over Brookhaven College.

On the season, Valero has 79 saves and has allowed only 10 goals, averaging 0.628 goals per game, which ranks No. 7 in the nation.

Valero’s goalkeeping efforts have helped lead the T-Ducks, who are currently ranked No. 5 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, to a 12-3-1 record.

Meanwhile, Nicole Spruille of Tatum led the T-Ducks to a 2-0 record last week after recording 15 kills and 16 digs in a 3-1 win over Eastfield. The outside hitter followed that stellar performance up with a season high of 20 kills in a 3-0 win over Mountain View.

Overall, the sophomore leads the T-Ducks, who have a 13-13 record, in kills with 235, averaging 3.18 per set. She is also ninth in the nation with a .445 hitting efficiency and No. 13 in kills.

The T-Ducks are scheduled to play their final regular season home match at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 against Panola College.


Volleyball team rallies from one set down to defeat Eastfield College; improves to 5-1 in MAC play

After dropping the first set to Eastfield College on Monday, Oct. 12, the Richland College volleyball team regrouped to win the next three sets and the match, 23 – 25, 25 – 20, 25 – 19, 25 – 17, to improve its MAC record to 5-1.

Nicole Spruille, who is ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA Division III in hitting efficiency at 42 percent, finished the match with 15 kills.

Directly behind Spruille in the hitting percentage category is teammate Serita Ingram at 41 percent.

The D-Ducks will look to even their overall record at 12-12 on Thursday when they travel to play Mountain View College at 7 p.m.


Weekly ThunderSports Update

VOLLEYBALL TEAM CONTINUES HOT PLAY

The volleyball team continued its solid play last week, winning two of its three matches. The T-Ducks began the week with a 25-22, 25-16, 25-6 MAC victory over Cedar Valley College to improve to 4-1 in conference action.

Richland followed up its league win with a 25-5, 25-8, 25-9 win over Southwestern Adventist before falling in four sets, 14 – 25 , 25 – 15 , 20 – 25 , 25 – 27, to NJCAA Division I Tyler Junior College.

The T-Ducks look to improve on their conference record with two road matches this week, starting with a 7 p.m. date tonight against Eastfield College. Richland also travels to play Mountain View College at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15.

MEN’S SOCCER TEAM WIN’S FIFTH STRAIGHT; FORMER PLAYER NAMED HEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH AT LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Since losing to Tyler Junior College on Sept. 19, the men’s soccer team has won five straight games, including last week’s victories over Hill College, 2-0, and Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa, 4-3.

The T-Ducks, ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA Division III poll, next will travel to play Mountain View College at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 before hosting Tyler Junior College at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

In other men’s soccer news, former T-Ducks’ soccer player Babak Abouzar was recently named head coach of the Lubbock Christian University women’s soccer team, which will play its first season in 2010.

Abouzar, currently a graduate assistant at Lipscomb University in Nashville, was a NJCAA All-American at Richland, which he also helped win one of its five national championships.

WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM IMPROVES CONFERENCE RECORD

The women’s soccer team’s five-game winning streak was ended over the weekend but not before the T-Ducks could improve their MAC record to 6-0-1.

Combining to score 13 goals, the T-Ducks defeated Mountain View College, 11-2, on Oct. 4 and North Lake College, 1-0 in overtime, on Oct. 6 before falling to Tyler Junior College, 2-0, on Oct. 10.

The T-Ducks, ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division III poll, enter this week’s play scheduled to host Cedar Valley College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and travel to play Brookhaven College at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Richland’s tie in conference play was against Cedar Valley.


FORMER MEN’S SOCCER PLAYER BABAK ABOUZAR NAMED HEAD WOMEN’S SOCCER COACH AT LUBBOCK CHRSITIAN UNIVERSITY

Former Richland College men’s soccer player Babak Abouzar was recently named head coach of the Lubbock Christian University women’s soccer team, which will play its first season in 2010.

Abouzar, currently a graduate assistant at Lipscomb University in Nashville, was a NJCAA All-American at Richland, which he also helped win one of its five national championships.


MEN’S SOCCER TEAM IMPROVES TO 5-3-1

The men’s soccer team improved to 5-3-1 on the season after Richland defeated Lincoln Land Community College, 3-2, during the T-Ducks’ tournament.

 Due to inclement weather Richland’s game against Jefferson may not haven been played on Sunday.

 T-Ducks are ranked No. 11 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll and will look to win their fourth game in a row at 3 p.m. on Thursday at home against Hill College.


WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM WINS FOURTH IN A ROW

The women’s soccer team appears to have hit its stride as the T-Ducks won their fourth game in a row after defeating Mountain View College twice over the weekend, 2-1 and 11-2.

Richland College, ranked No. 9 in the NJCAA Division III, received four goals in the second game from Jordan Simpson of Mesquite while Kaylyn Settle of Mesquite scored a goal in both games, extending her goal scoring streak to six straight games.

Both Settle and Simpson lead the T-Ducks in total points with 23 and are ranked No. 23 in scoring among NJCAA Division III players.

Meanwhile, Lilly Valero of Dallas is ranked No. 9 in goalkeeping, having allowed just eight goals in 11 games.

Richland (8-2-1) will look to continue its hot streak at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in a road game against North Lake College. The T-Ducks’ next home game is at 7 p.m. on Friday against Eastfield College.


EXPERIENCE, CONFIDENCE MAJOR FACTORS IN VOLLEYBALL TEAM’S FAST START IN CONFERENCE ACTION

Although the Richland College volleyball team suffered its first Metro Athletic Conference loss on Thursday, Oct. 1, 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 20-25, to Brookhaven College the T-Ducks have gotten off to a 3-1 conference record.

“The team is coming together and building confidence and chemistry. We are excited about the season and ready to measure our progress,” T-Duck coach Zelda Smith said prior to her team’s first conference loss. “I believe that starting with strong competition made us learn to work hard. Playing mostly competitive Division I programs let the girls know that our talent could compete and sometimes win.”

Overall, the T-Ducks, who are back in conference action at 7 p.m. tonight when they host Cedar Valley College, are 8-11 on the season with at least 10 of their 19 matches coming against Division I opponents.

Smith also credits her team’s success to having experienced players.

“This year we have volleyball experience, college experience and natural athletic talent,” she added. “We have many transfers, a couple of returners and many [players] who played club volleyball. This team knows the game, can adjust to the competition and is academically committed.”

Among the T-Duck players having a huge impact this season are Serita Ingram of Longview and Jessica Fletcher of Everman, Nicole Spruille of Tatum, Brittany Hood of Mesquite, Rachel Pinson of Rowlett and Jennifer Penn of Garland.

As of last week, Ingram and Fletcher are ranked No. 4 and No. 5 in blocks per set in the NJCAA Division III while Spruille, Ingram and Britany Hood are ranked No. 9, No. 13 and No. 47 in hitting efficiency.

Pinson is also ranked No. 16 is assists per set while Penn, Hood and Spruille are ranked No. 7, No. 33 and No. 35 in digs per set. Spruille is also ranked No. 24 in aces per set.

“Each player [recently] named what it would take [to win a conference title], and some I remembered off hand were hard work, communication, positive attitudes, smart play, high spirits, 110 percent effort and major defense,” Smith said. “Add the strengths I mentioned earlier and we have the recipe for winning the M.A.C. conference.”


Volleyball team loses tough match to Brookhaven

The Richland College volleyball team suffered its first Metro Athletic Conference loss on Thursday but not before giving Brookhaven College, the NJCAA Division III No. 1 ranked team, all that it could handle in a 25-17, 22-25, 22-25, 20-25 defeat.

 The loss moves the T-Ducks to 3-1 in conference play and 8-10 overall.


Women's soccer team improves to 6-2-1 with win over Brookhaven

The Richland College women’s soccer team received goals from five players en route to winning its second game in a row after blanking Brookhaven College, 5-0, on Tuesday to improve to 6-2-1 on the season.

Kaylyn Settle and Jordan Simpson of Mesquite, Lisette Gil of Dallas, Cassie Hoard of Richardson and Margaret Rodas of Garland were the goal scorers while Regina Martinez added three assists.

For Settle, who is ranked No. 37 in NJCAA Division III for total points at 16, it was the midfielder’s fourth consecutive game with at least one goal. Simpson is also ranked in the top 50 at No. 43 with 14 points.