Athletics October 2019

Cross Country
Congratulations to cross country for their performance in their first invitational of the year. JV came home with the first place trophy. Top finishers were Ella Jones ’23 (2nd) Sofia Brigida ’23 (3rd) Shyla Ciampa ’23 (4th) Cameron Lamarca ’22 (5th ) and Zara Schmitt ’23 (7th) in a race of 123 runners. OLP had one of the largest teams competing in this division. Great performances were also turned in by Cecilia Alger-Spruce ’23, Isabela Palomino ’22, and Francesca Franco ’21.

Our varsity team, seniors Kaitlyn Coons ’20, Emma Rens ’20, Juniors Alex Boren ’21, Emily Concepcion ’21, Iris Lingren ’21, and Sophomores Ace Bailey ’22 and Julia Torres ’22 placed second in a highly competitive race of 12 schools. Even with the incredible heat and late race time, Emma Rens ’20 and Iris Lingren ’21 were able to run their best times yet for this distance. Congratulations on a great first race of the season!

OLP Cheer is off and running! Football season has shown some huge victories, an exciting sign of things to come. Having OLP Dance join Cheer this year on the sideline has been the cherry on top. Go Pilots!

The JV & Varsity OLP Dance Teams have had an exciting start to the year! Football season is in full swing and you can watch both dance teams at halftime and on the sideline alongside our OLP cheerleaders. The girls absolutely loved dancing for our Pilots at the OLP Homecoming Rally too! In addition to continuing the football season, the teams will begin preparing for competition season and will be bringing in guest choreographers to work with the teams.







JV Golf
The OLP JV golf team has had an amazing start to the year. Led by sophomores Taylor Peters ’22 (captain) and Maya McKone Sweet ’22, the Pilots went 6-1 in their first seven matches. Freshman Lauren Nicanor ’23 has also made a strong contribution to the team by medaling in three of the seven matches this season. The Pilots are hoping to finish the season strong and bring home a league title in October!

Varsity Golf
The OLP Varsity Golf team has had their best start in years, winning their first six matches of the season. Brooke Ryback ‘21has been leading the way for the Pilots, shooting under-par on more than one occasion. Isabella Hernandez ’23, Vivian Garcia ’22, Cassidy Matwiyoff ’22, Maya Mendoza ’22, Becky Hild ’21, and team captain Maria Ines Acosta ’20, have all played excellent golf throughout the first half of the regular season. The Pilot golfers hope to continue their winning ways as they head into October.

JV Tennis
So far, JV Tennis has been playing incredibly. Despite some tough losses including (9-9: 81-92) against La Jolla, there have also been some nail biting wins like that of against Patrick Henry (9-9: 76-75). The second half of season is sure to be exciting, exhilarating, and electrifying as the Pilots continue to master new techniques and use them to command the court. Captains, Katiana Yazdani ‘22 and Ana Ramirez ‘21 have been especially playing well and hope to lead their team into a successful second half of season. 

Varsity Tennis
This season, the Pilots have already played 9 matches, some wins and some super close losses. They dominated against Pacific Ridge, Mater Dei, and Bonita Vista. They have also had four super tight matches, including two that had a tied set score and games were counted, which resulted in the Pilots losing by very few games. One player we would like to highlight is Jolie Morgan ‘21, the team’s number one singles player. She has remained undefeated this season, winning all 27 sets that she has played. 

The Pilots are determined to come out strong against their competitors during the second round of league. All players on the team have been working hard during practices and putting all their effort on the court during matches. The team environment has been energetic, united, and supportive. Come out to support the tennis team as they enter into the second half of their season. Go Pilots! 

Freshman Volleyball
The OLP Freshman Volleyball team is off to a great start. They have been undefeated up until the first–and only–freshman tournament where they placed third out of 27 teams. Sophia Alveranga ‘23 received All-Tournament Player for her hard work that weekend. Each and every girl has worked extremely hard since the first practice and is continuing to excel every day. Our first league game was September 24 and we are looking forward to continuing a great season. 

JV Volleyball
JV Volleyball competed in the JV Premier Invitational Tournament at Canyon Crest Academy this month. Pilots swept their pool, taking 1st place winning matches 3-0 in pool play to head to the gold bracket. In pool play, Pilots defeated Valhalla 25-23, 25-12. They beat San Dieguito 25-21 and with authority in the second set 25-10. Pilots showed up strong in the final match of pool play as they won Otay Ranch 25-15, 25-18 to uphold their 1st place spot. Bracket play brought fierce competition, as Pilots faced Canyon Crest Academy in their home gym. The Ravens came out strong, getting a 19-12 lead. The Pilots fought on through, and were able to show how they earned that spot in the gold bracket. The final score saw Ravens defeating our Pilots 25-22 (tournament playoff matches were best of one set), but the JV Pilots deserve to be proud of the way they persevered in that match.

Over the course of the tournament, outside hitter Elaine Garrett ‘23 scored 18 kills and 6 aces. setter Gianna Cefalu ‘23 added 26 assists, 3 aces, 4 digs and a kill, while outside hitter Lauren Basinet ‘22 added 11 kills and 2 blocks. Setter Mel Syrios ‘23 finished with 24 assists, 5 aces and 5 digs. Libero Paula Andrade ‘23 dug up 16 digs and added 3 aces, an assist and a kill. DS Kendall Olivo ‘22 led the team in aces with 8 service aces as well as 10 digs. DS Gracie Gadler’22 contributed 3 aces, 6 digs and 4 assists. Right sides Giavanna Russo ‘22 held up strong with 11 kills and Ally Findley ‘22 added 8 kills, 2 digs and 2 blocks. Middle blockers Sami Kojis ‘23 added 10 kills and 4 blocks, and Gabrielle Baldeaux ‘22 added 4 kills and 4 blocks. 

Freshman Team also played a total of 6 games, placing 3rd out of 27 teams.

Varsity Volleyball
Varsity has three wins so far this season against Olympian, Southwest HS, and Coronado. The girls have been working hard all season improving on staying in the moment, and playing one point at a time. We have our conference opener this week against UC High.