Athletics November 2019

Cross Country
Our Cross Country Pilots had a busy month: four fast meets, over one hundred miles of practice, and many, many laughs were shared! The group of girls that first met back in August have become family, as steep hills and mile sprints create unbreakable bonds. We are continuing to improve with each passing week and hope to display our hard work in the last few meets of our season, culminating in CIF on Saturday, November 23.

After a successful joint performance with the OLP Cheer Teams at 8th Grade Visitation Days, the JV and Varsity OLP Dance Teams are busy finishing up the end of Saints Football season and readily preparing for competition season. This past month, Varsity Dance Team brought in professional choreographers to set new routines for competition and they are exceptional! Varsity will be competing 6 group routines and JV will be competing 3 routines. The competition season begins in January and we look forward to another successful year!

Photo: Varsity Dance Team with hip hop choreographer Betsy Woyach from Santa Barbara. 

Competitions are in full swing for the Equestrian Team!  Team Captain Jocelyn Moore ’21 represented OLP at the first OCIEL competition and won 2-1st places and 3-2nd places in Dressage First Level.  She also walked away with the highest score of the weekend at a 69.8! Maille Flynn ’22 competed in two shows recently, Poway Valley Rider’s Assoc. and Creek Hollow Ranch, where she entered the Western Dressage Basics classes.   

Ana Matilde Guerra Zaragova ‘21 participated in her first competition since recovering from a major injury.  In this video she can be seen riding in the Hunter-Jumper class in Tijuana.

Photo: Jocelyn Moore ‘21 with her horse TR Silver Fortune at the OCIEL Competition on Oct. 12 & 13.

The Varsity Golf Team wrapped up the regular season with a record of 12-2 and took 2nd Place in the Western League.  Saving their best for last, the Pilots shot their lowest round of the season (210) in their final match to defeat Coronado.  It was also the final regular season match for senior Maria Ines Acosta, who has been an incredible leader and teammate for the past four years.  The team played great at the City Conference Championships, led by sophomores Vivian Garcia & Cassidy Matwiyoff and junior Brooke Ryback. The team hopes to continue their winning ways in the postseason and earn a spot at the CIF Tournament.

Varsity Tennis competed in League Individuals at the end of October where the girls had a chance to qualify for CIF Individual. Jolie Morgan ‘21 won the Western League singles draw for the second year in a row and doubles team Mariel Tarriba ‘22/Hannah Mier y Teran Leon ‘20 won the backdraw finals which earned them all spots in CIF individuals.

The Varsity Volleyball Team has been busy playing tournaments. We won the Silver Division of the Scripps Ranch Invitational, and we won the Pearl Division of the SoCal Invitational. With the post season coming up, we are currently ranked 9th in the Division 2 Power Rankings. 

For our Dig Pink Match, we have raised over $1700, the entire program put a lot of work into collecting donations and we have been able to contribute to families diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. 

JV Pilots Volleyball have fought hard for their current standing in league play – with a record of 6-1 since beginning league. The Pilots have dropped only 2 sets total since league play has begun, both in the match that they lost in 3 tough sets to University City. Outside of that one match, JV Pilots have defeated all other league competition in 2 sets, giving no sets away to their competition. Pilots have 3 matches left in league play to wrap up the season. Mission Bay High School was the next best competition for Pilots, but Pilots gave them no room to mess around with, as PIlots defeated Buccaneers in their home gym 25-21, 25-20. Pilots will take on Coronado and Mission Bay High School at home to wrap up the season on October 22nd and 24th, respectively. Go Pilots!

Freshman Volleyball
UNDEFEATED! The Freshman volleyball girls have worked extremely hard to have an undefeated season. The girls have worked hard during practices to better themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally, so that it would translate to actual game time. I am extremely proud of this group of young women, as they began the season with goals to be undefeated, to play & act as a close knit family, to maintain a positive attitude, but most importantly to push themselves and their teammates every single day, in practices and in games. The girls have not only met all of their goals, but have exceeded them. The Freshman volleyball team is full of fun, spunky, intelligent, dedicated individuals, and I have been extremely honored to have coached them. 

Congrats OLP Freshman Volleyball! You should all be proud of your hard work and determination. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your school year. 

-Coach Dev.