Tracy Learning Center student Destiny Haldi of Tracy and her volleyball team, Vision 13 Gold of Los Gatos, finished in ninth place in this year’s USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships, held Friday through Monday, June 25 through 28, in Reno.
Vision 13 Gold went undefeated in five matches of pool play Friday and Saturday and then went 1-2 in the second round and in a challenge match to land in the Silver bracket Monday.
From there, Vision won three in a row, each in straight sets: 25-18, 25-21 over Maverick 13 of Corona.; 25-22, 25-20 over Extec 13 Knockout of San Antonio, Texas; and 25-17, 25-20 over Nike Six Pack of Iowa in the Silver bracket final.
The Junior National Championships, formerly known as the Junior Olympics, finishes a season where the Vision team took two gold medals in Junior Olympic qualifiers. Haldi also played on last year’s 12-year-old team, which went to the Junior Olympics in Miami, Fla. Cougars U19 wins regional tourney
The California Cougars Girls U19 soccer team emerged as champions of the U18-19 Super Division in the U.S. Club Soccer Regional tournament, June 19 through 21, in Turlock, a week before a tie in the consolation final at the California Cup.
The Cougars opened with a 6-0 win over Lamorinda United 91 G. Jessica Cervantes scored two goals, and Jamie Flores, Joanna Ortiz, Alexis Poppoff and Jasmine Schultz scored a goal each. Cervantes had two assists, and Megan Mata and Poppoff also recorded assists. The Cougars then beat Turlock FC 3-0 on goals by Flores, Mata and Poppoff. Mata, Regan Porteous and Michelle Russell had an assist each.
In the championship game the Cougars made a second-half comeback to beat Elk Grove Pride 2-1. After being down 1-0 at the half, the Cougars’ Cervantes and Kylie Gacer both scored in the second half, and Porteous added an assist.
Goalkeeper Brianna Murawski had two shutouts behind the strong defensive play of Karly Dunning, Kelsey Gini, Vannesa Haro, Sarah Manseau, Michelle Russell, Alyssa Strope, Stephanie Vanni and Melissa Worthington.
The team finished last weekend’s California Cup in Sacramento with a tie in the consolation final.
The Cougars started the tournament with an 8-0 win over San Juan SC Spirits 93 Blue. Ortiz and Poppoff scored two goals each, and Cervantes, Gacer, Mata, and Vanni also scored. Mata had three assists, Ortiz two assists and Haro and Poppoff one each.
The Cougars then fell 3-1 to Cal Rush Nike 93 after the Rush scored two goals in the first 10 minutes. Poppoff scored the lone Cougars goal on a Schultz assist.
The Cougars then faced San Juan SC Spirits again for a 4-1 loss, with Cervantes scoring for the Cougars.
In one of four consolation games, the Cougars faced the Santa Rosa Thunder for a 2-2 tie with goals from Cervantes and Sydnee Koscielecki. Poppoff had both assists. Murawski posted one shutout in the tournament. Cougars U16 team takes second at regional tourney
The Cougars U16 team took second place in the Premier Division at the U.S. Club Soccer Regional tournament in June and reached the semifinals of the California Cup the following weekend.
The Cougars opened with a 9-0 win over Deportivo Salinas. Fiona Kennedy and Dianna Murillo scored two goals each, and Autumn Bolton, Grace Cabri, Ashley Longmire, Stephanie Pawek and Lana Pineo also scored. Pawek had two assists, and Cabri, Melissa Frizzi, Taylor Long, Longmire, Murillo and Marisa Sanchez also made assists.
The Cougars then defeated Placer United Black 1-0, with Sanchez scoring on an assist from Jessica Hufford. The Cougars also beat Napa Fusion 4-0 on goals by Kennedy, Kristina Miles, Pawek and Pineo. Frizzi, Hufford and Kennedy had assists.
The Cougars faced San Juan SC in the final. The Cougars got the ball into the net on a corner kick with 30 seconds left in the first half, but officials called interference and the shot was declared no good.
San Juan scored on the team’s only shot of the game for the 1-0 win. Goalkeeper Victoria Case allowed just the one goal by San Juan and posted three shutouts in the tournament behind the strong defense of Cabri, Katia Gaytan, Long, Miles, Murillo, Pawek and Elizabeth Wuellner.
At the California Cup this past weekend, the team started with a 2-0 win over Diablo FC 94' Blue. Pawek scored both Cougar goals, and Kennedy had both assists. The Cougars then tied the San Juan SC Spirits 96 ECNL, 0-0, in their second preliminary game.
The Cougars advanced to the semifinals with a 5-0 win over Manteca FC United. Kennedy scored two goals, and Bolton, Pawek and Sanchez added one each. Kennedy had two assists, and Bolton, Case and Pawek had an assist each.
In the semifinals, the Cougars squared off against the Santa Rosa Shock. The local team surrendered an early goal in the first half and two in the second for a 3-0 final score. Goalkeeper Case posted three shutouts in the tournament, with strong defense by Cabri, Gaytan, Long, Miles, Murillo and Pawek.