Robinson scores conference-clinching goal
Cybil Robinson of South Lake Tahoe cashed in a rebound 20 seconds into the second half as Manhattanville College continued an improbable turnaround season with a 1-0 win over Wilkes last Wednesday, clinching the Freedom Conference women’s regular-season soccer title.
It was the first conference championship in the program’s 28-year history. Manhattanville started its season 0-11-2 but then went 5-0-1 in conference play.
Robinson, the Valiants’ leading scorer, pounced on a loose ball after Holly Nonis’ blast caromed off the cross bar. The former STHS star now has five goals during her sophomore season and 16 in her Valiant career.
Two of Robinson’s three shots were on goal, while former Viking teammate Bailey Flood directed one of her own toward the net, accounting for half of the Valiants’ eight total shots.
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On Sunday, Flood and Robinson combined for five of the Valiants’ 16 shots in a 1-1 tie with Delaware Valley.
The teams met in a rematch Tuesday in the conference tournament semifinals. Manhattanville used second-half goals by Norris and Brianne Despuces to beat Delaware Valley 2-0 and qualify for Saturday’s conference finals.
Wright State digs Woods’ play
Jessica Woods of Wright State was given more playing time in a five-game volleyball match against Butler last Friday, and she delivered defensively.
Woods had five digs as the Raiders rallied from a 2-1 deficit to capture the Horizon League match and raise their record 7-5. The former all-state player from Whittell also had a kill in five attempts.
Wright State (11-14 overall) plays crosstown rival Dayton in its final nonleague match today.
Arroues’ team to race in Fresno
Biola University’s cross country team, which includes South Tahoe High grad Kimmy Arroues, competes in the NAIA Region II race on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno.
Karmann steps up
Kelly Karmann had one of her best matches of her freshman campaign, registering four kills in seven attempts and collecting an assist as Cornell was swept by Pennsylvania 3-0 Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Ivy League defeat dropped the Big Red to 3-6 in league and 6-14 overall.
Princeton also swept the Big Red last weekend, and Karmann only appeared in one of the three games.
Bettencourt soars in Alaska
A familiar cold-weather climate did little to cool off the play of Seattle Pacific sophomore volleyball player Jessica Bettencourt last week.
Bettencourt, a 2006 STHS grad, contributed 10 kills and two blocks as the Falcons punished Alaska Anchorage 30-15, 30-19, 29-31 and 30-18 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference match Saturday in Anchorage.
Two days earlier, Bettencourt and Angie Wodrich combined for 11 blocks in a 30-20, 30-21 and 30-22 triumph over Alaska Fairbanks. Bettencourt also delivered five kills.
The Falcons (13-9 overall, 8-6 in the GNAC) will play Western Washington on Thursday and Central Washington on Saturday in their final two home matches.
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