Win and Get In

by staff Apr 30, 2018

West Valley College – The Coast Conference Pairs Tournament took place last Friday where 16 of the top pairs from the conference faced off with in a double elimination tournament where the top eight finishers would go on to qualify for the NorCal Individual Pair Tournament to take place in a week. The Rams sent four pairs into the tournament and came away with two pairs that qualified for the NorCal Tournament. Gavilan’s No.1 pair of Mikeila Banda and Haley Leifheit was the top finisher for the Rams earning a third place finish. The No. 3 pair of Katia Dizon and Emily Jensen also qualified for the NorCal Regional's with an eight place finish.

Dizon and JensenThe No. 1 pair of Mikeila Banda and Haley Leifheit was the number 5 seeds, the high seed of all the Rams. Then came the No. 2 pair of Sarah Weiby and Katelyn Viray who came in seeded 7th, with the No. 3 seed Katia Dizon and Emily Jensen not far behind with the 8th seed. Finally, it was Lex Chavarria and Jenna Clonts, the No. 4 team, who were seeded 15th.

The duo of Banda and Leifheit went 3-1 on the day with victories over the Cabrillo’s No. 4 team, Foothill’s No. 1, losing to the eventual tourney winner, Cabrillo’s No.1 team before taking out the No. 1 team from West Valley. It was the duo’s first win over the pair from West Valley having dropped the previous two matches during conference play.

For Dizon and Jensen, their tournament began with a familiar opponent, the Cabrillo No. 3 team. A team they defeated in three sets a little over a week ago. This time it was another three set win for the Rams. Then came a match up with the fore mentioned Cabrillo No. 1 team. Despite their best effort, the Rams came up short. Then the pair took on the Foothill No. 2 team with elimination as well as a spot in the NorCal Tourney on the line. It only took two sets for Dizon and Jensen to win that match. However, it would be the last match they would win on the day dropping their next two giving them an eighth place finish.

The No. 2 team from Gavilan, Weiby and Viray won their first match of the day against College of San Mateo’s No. 1 team but ultimately lost their next two matches to West Valley’s No. 2 team and Cabrillo College’s No. 4 team.

The final Gavilan pair of Chavarria and Clonts faced a different path but suffered a similar fate on the day. They started with a loss to West Valley’s No. 1 pair. Then came back and defeated the team from College of San Mateo in an elimination game. Then with both elimination and a qualifying spot at stake they took on the No.1 team from Foothill. A close match throughout, the Rams were never able to get over the hump to take the lead, ultimately falling in straight sets.

The teams of Banda/Leifheit and Dizon/Jensen will play in the NorCal Regional Pairs Tournament on this coming Friday at West Valley College. On the line will be a spot in the CCCAA State Pairs Tournament. Before that takes place, the entire team will play in the NorCal Team Regional at Sierra College. There the Rams will take on host Sierra College and Feather River College with once again a spot in the CCCAA State Team Championships.