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College stars: National ranking for Robinson’s, Flood’s Valiants

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

What a final season of collegiate soccer that South Tahoe High graduates Bailey Flood and Cybil Robinson are enjoying.

The Manhattanville College seniors are integral members of the Freedom Conference champions who earlier this week earned the school’s first national ranking.

Taking a No. 23 ranking in a conference tournament semifinal on Tuesday, Robinson scored a goal that was partly assisted by Flood as the Valiants throttled Wilkes University 4-0. Robinson now has six goals for the season for Manhattanville, which has a 17-1-1 record.

The Valiants take a 13-game winning streak into the conference tournament final on Saturday.

“I knew that we had a chance to be good, but I don’t think any coach envisions (17-1-1) heading into the season,” Valiants’ coach Matt Paton said on the school’s Web site earlier this week. “I thought we would be pretty good this season, but maybe not this good. I just think we’ve done a great job of doing what we’re supposed to, and it’s nice to be recognized for all that the players have accomplished so far this season.”

In their final regular season game for the Valiants last Saturday, Flood and Robinson each netted a goal in a 6-0 romp over Delaware Valley College.

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Santana’s team

enjoys record season

Swarthmore College volleyball player Hillary Santana provided 13 digs and two service aces in her team’s 15-25, 25-20, 25-12 and 25-19 Centennial Conference quarterfinal win on Wednesday.

The former South Tahoe High captain is ranked in the team’s top six in service aces, kills, blocks and digs. Although listed as a defensive specialist for Swarthmore, the 5-foot-5 Santana has been called on to play middle hitter.

“Always being at a height disadvantage means having to play a smart game in terms of blocking, and more importantly, avoiding getting stuffed by a taller opponent,” Santana said. “It means constantly looking for an offset angle or timely dink, as an opposing blocker can sometimes stand almost a foot taller at the net.”

Santana has helped Swarthmore finish fourth in the Centennial Conference – the best in school history. Swarthmore will take a 19-9 overall record into Saturday’s 9 a.m. match against Haverford. Fans can follow the match at www.

centennial.org/championships

/volleyball/.

All-conference

honor for Sharp

South Tahoe High cross country product Alex Sharp has earned all-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors by finishing 14th at the conference meet Oct. 24 in McKinleyville, Calif.

The Chico State senior runner helped his team win its eighth straight conference title. He was timed in 25 minutes, 56.3 seconds for the 8-kilometer race.

The Wildcats will compete in the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships on Saturday at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Chico State has won the regional title the past seven years.

Lambdin leads Spartans in WAC meet

A familiar running course brought out one of Kate Lambdin’s best results of the season for the San Jose State Spartans last Saturday.

Lambdin, a sophomore from South Lake Tahoe, finished 29th (20:45) in the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. Lambdin used to compete at the park while a member of the South Tahoe High team. Lambdin’s closest teammate was 30 seconds her.

“While our team and myself feel like we should have placed higher, we all proud of the way Kate ran her race today,” San Jose State coach Augie Argabright commented on the school’s Web site.

Other highlights by local graduates in college sports:

n North Carolina freshman Hannah Daly delivered 31 minutes, 47 seconds of shutout play in goal in a 3-0 win against Clemson on Oct. 29. Ashlyn Harris and Monica Welsh-Loveman also played in goal for the Tar Heels.

The fifth-ranked Tar Heels (15-3-1) opened Atlantic Coast Conference tournament action with a 3-0 win over Maryland on Wednesday night. The third-seeded Tar Heels were scheduled to play second-seeded Boston College in a semifinal match on Friday night.

n Cornell sophomore volleyball player Jordan Reeder, a Whittell High graduate, had a career-high 41 assists and 13 digs in a four-game defeat to Dartmouth on Oct. 30 and 11 assists in a three-game loss to Harvard on Oct. 31.

n Jessica Woods, a 2006 Nevada volleyball player of the year, collected 10 kills, seven digs and three assists ina five-game setback to Loyola on Oct. 31.

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