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The Voice - Student Newspaper - April 02, 2008

Tennis teams holding their own, softball struggles for consistency

By Matt Petersen

In ACCAC softball, the shining example of Phoenix College (25-1 ACCAC, 47-4 overall) stands as the model of consistency. Glendale softball, on the other hand, has been consistently inconsistent.

Their longest winning streaks of both wins and losses are four games apiece. Only half of the win streak came against a conference rival.

The Gauchos are firmly entrenched in fourth place in Division II (9-15 ACCAC, 19-20 overall). While that would qualify them for the playoffs were they to start today, it would only pit them against the aforementioned Phoenix Bears. Such a matchup would prove to be a formality of advancement for the Bears....

Both men's and women's tennis teams are solidly in second place in the ACCAC, thanks to deeper squads than previous years.

Assistent coach Josh Tolson said, "The attitudes are different this year. They don't accept losing." Head coach Chris Tolson enlightened upon another factor for the Gauchos' refuse-to-lose attitude.

"A lot of them are looking to move up to four-year universities. They have the the talent to be able to do that."

For the men, sophomore Andy Green has been stellar, while freshman Anela Pehlick has shown the way for the women's team.

Of Pehlick, Tolson said, "Her game has helped all the other girls get better this season, just because she plays so well."

Gauchos' golf is having trouble staying on course for a fair season. They're currently 8th out of the ten-team field with one major competition remaining.

In the five matches played thus far, the Gauchos have finished 5th, 10th, 8th, 6th and 6th, respectively... The GCC Relay competition was hosted on campus on March 21, and the Gauchos were well-represented in the final results. Sophomore Ray Miller ran record times of 10.61 seconds in the 100 meter dash and 21.31 seconds in the 200 meter dash, winning both events. The men also took first int he 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.

The women were represented by Tyra Porter, who placed first in the 100 meter dash and placed second in the 200 meter dash.


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