Men 8th at SoCal Preview

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- Last Week:  Men’s cross country finished 8th as a team at the SoCal Preview Meet in Van Nuys last Friday.  The posting places the Cougars in the hunt for a state title after facing the best teams in the region. The women did not field a scoring team at the event, but all four runners crossed the finish within a span of 25 seconds. 

This Week: The harriers have this week off and do not compete again until October 3.    

Notes: The SoCal Preview marked Roberto Bazan (Buellton: Santa Ynez HS) first race of the season for the Cougars. He finished 28th (20:59.50) and led the team to 8th place.  2013 Team MVP Alex Hascall (Nipomo HS) and freshman Connor Fisher (Lake Isabella) also landed in the Top 50, 35th (21:12.90) and 39th (21:15.60), respectively.  The women did not field a scoring team and freshman Jossi Beutler (Monterey HS) was the squad top finisher for the third straight race.  Beutler finished 120th (21:46.40) in the race




Soccer Opens WSC Play this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- ThisWeek:  Women’s soccer hosts West Hills this Tuesday (4 PM) in the team’s final pre-conference game.  The Cougars are 5-2 on the season and have already surpassed last season’s win total, but will need a strong finish in the Western State Conference to post the program’s first winning record since 2010.  The Cougars travel to Moorpark on Friday (4 PM) to open WSC play. 

Last Week: Soccer split a pair of non-conference road games last week.  On Tuesday they travelled to Visalia to face Sequoias and beat the Giants, 4-1.   In Taft on Saturday, they were shutout for the first time this season, 4-0.        

Notes: Freshman Goaltender Micaela Lewis (Hanford) went the distance between the pipes in both games last week.  She posted 22 saves on the week, including a season-high 14 stops in the loss to Taft.    



Spikers Beat Giants in Five Games

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- Last Week:  Volleyball hosted Sequoias in a barn-burning, five game match last Friday and pulled out the win to improve to 2-6 on the year.  Both of the Cougars wins this year have been in matches that lasted, at least, four games.  On Friday, the Cougars battled through the first two games with a pair of tight wins, 25-19 and 25-21, to take control of the match.  Unfortunately, the Giants took advantage of the Cougars in Game 3 and grabbed the momentum, 25-16.  The Cougars nearly closed out the match in the fourth game, however the Giants held on, 25-23, to force a fifth game.  Cuesta was finally able to close out the match, 15-11, in the last game. 

This Week: Women's Volleyball travels to the San Diego Tournament this Saturday. 

Notes: 2013 All-WSC Second Team Outside Hitter Whitney Meyer (King City HS) has stepped in as the Cougars top offensive threat this year.  She led the Cougars with 17 kills against Sequoias and is averaging 2.74 kills per game.  She also leads the team with 18 services aces. 




Poloists 2-2 at 36th Cuesta Invitational

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- Last Week:  Men’s water polo hosted the 36th Cuesta Invitational on Friday and Saturday, plus a mini tournament on Thursday.  The Cougars lost to Golden West, 16-10, on Thursday and opened the invitational with a loss to Long Beach, 13-5, before bouncing back to beat Riverside, 14-8.  The Cougars kept the roll going on Saturday morning with a win over American River, 12-1, but ended the tournament with a loss to Long Beach, 16-7.  The Cougars are 8-7 on the season. 

This Week: Men’s water polo was expected to return to San Jose area for Santa Clara Invitational.  The Cougars will join Cal JV, West Valley, Santa Clara and UOP JV.

Notes: No statistics reported.      




Women Poloists on the Road this Week

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- ThisWeek:  Women’s water polo heads to Santa Cruz this Friday and Saturday for the Bockman Invitational at Cabrillo College.  The Cougars play San Mateo (Noon) and San Joaquin Delta (4:20) on Friday and Cabrillo (10:20) and West Valley (1:40) on Saturday.     

Last Week: Women’s polo opened Western State Conference play last Wednesday in Van Nuys against defending champion LA Valley.  The Cougars knocked off the champs, 9-3.  On Friday and Saturday the Cougars were in Saratoga for the Nyquist Tournament at West Valley College.  The Cougars 2-2 in the tournament.  They opened each day with a loss, losing to Diablo Valley, 13-8, on Friday and Foothill, 6-5, on Saturday.  They also ended each day with a win, beating West Valley, 17-5, on Friday and Merced, 12-3, on Saturday.  The Cougars are 7-3 on the year and 1-0 in conference play. 

Notes: St Francis (Brooklyn) transfer Marti-Rae Grois (Paso Robles HS) enjoyed an outstanding week for the Cougars.  On Wednesday, she posted a season-high 14 saves and added five steals and two assists to the Cougars win over LA Valley.  Grois owns a 62.6 save percentage and has 92 saves on the year.  She also leads the team with 26 steals, while adding nine assists and three goals to the offense. 


Grapplers 1-3 at the Mt SAC Dual Tourney

SAN LUIS OBISPO (September 22, 2014)- Last Week:  The Cuesta wrestling team opened its 2014 campaign at the Mt San Antonio College Dual Tournament in Walnut.  The Cougars opened the event with three straight losses.  They lost to Rio Hondo, 24-29, Cerritos, 40-10, and Sierra, 27-18.  The Cougars salvaged a win over West Hills, 23-12, to end the tournament.  Individual the Cougars were a respectable 21-23 on the mat. 


This week: The grapplers head to Lemoore on Saturday for the West Valley Tournament. 


Notes: Below is breakdown of the Cougars records at the Mt SAC Dual Tournament

125- Freshman Nick Miller (Thousand Oaks HS) was 0-4. 

133- The Cougars did not field a wrestler in this division.    

141- Sophomore George Sakkas (San Jose) was 2-2 on the weekend and should drop to 133 next week.  Freshman Savannah Vento (Patterson HS) was 0-1.   Mike Bronze (Clovis) was 0-2 and fell to 4-7 on the season.  

149- Six grapplers went a combined 4-3 in this division.  Sophomores Jonny Callas (Grass Valley), who was 2-0, Mike Bronze (Clovis) and Brady Day (Tuolumne) were a combined 4-0.  Freshmen Nakoa Chun (Pearl City, HI), Marvin Apreza (Oceano: Arroyo Grande HS) and Brentyn Lee (Honolulu, HI) all lost their first match of the year.

157- Sophomore Justin Jauregui (Fresno) and Freshman Landon Kim (Mission Viejo HS) were 2-1 and 2-0, respectively. 

165- Sophomore John Sinclair (San Jose) was 2-1 and fellow sophomore Joe Else (Santa Maria HS) 1-1.    

174- Sophomore Amir Bakhashi (Cupertino HS) handled this division for the Cougars, but was 0-4.  Freshman Jovan Villalobos (Salinas) took third place with a 5-1 mark.  He is 12-3 on the season.  Fellow freshman Jeffrey Sanchez (Mililani, HI) and Aaron Flood (Morro Bay HS) were both 2-2.  They are 5-4 and 3-6 on the year, respectively. 

184- Sophomores Nate Mesa (Woodlake HS) and Jeffrey Sanchez (Mililani, HI) were both 1-1.  Freshman Harvey Bickmore (Nipomo HS) was 0-2.

197- Sophomore Jack Robinett (Atascadero HS) returned to the mat after taking last year off and was 4-0.   

285- Freshmen Brett Kimball (Nipomo HS) and Clayton Hartwell (Hayward) were both 1-1.







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