Marty James

PUC Pioneers extend volleyball win streak to five matches in a row

2013-10-10T00:37:00Z 2013-10-10T09:12:55Z PUC Pioneers extend volleyball win streak to five matches in a rowMARTY JAMES Napa Valley Register
October 10, 2013 12:37 am  • 

College’s volleyball team, which is having its best season in school history, extended its winning streak to five matches in a row with Saturday’s 3-0 California Pacific Conference sweep of Simpson University in Redding.

Viridiana Gallardo (nine kills, 14 digs, four service aces), Lauren Secchitano (25 digs), Kailey Faust (21 assists, nine digs), Adriana Particelli (four assists, four digs, block), and Jenna Glantz, Courtney Clark and Sarah Cusick (each with six kills) led the Pioneers (12-6 overall, 2-2 CalPac) in the 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 victory.

“These last two wins on the road have been huge for us,” coach Brittany Brown said on the Pacific Union website. “Traveling to Rocklin and then Redding back to back are long road trips, but the girls showed up ready to play.”


Reservations are still being accepted for Saturday’s Napa High School Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony at Embassy Suites Hotel.

Bill Ringer, a 1970 graduate, and Kristi (Nelson) Crickmore, from the Class of 1998, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Tickets, priced at $60 per person, are available by contacting Carol Stein by email at or by phone at 226-5818.

The cost for children 12 and under is $20.

Payment can also be mailed to the Hall of Fame, 575 Lincoln Ave., Room 300 B, Napa, CA 94558.

This is the 17th year of the NHS Hall of Fame, which is made up of a combination of athletes, coaches and special category inductees. To date, there are 133 members of the Hall of Fame, whose membership dates back to 1912.

More information is available at the HOF website,


Vintage High water polo players Patrick Eberling and Sophia Del Bondio are the Family Drug Center Athletes of the Week.

Eberling tied the school record, scoring eight goals, including four in the second quarter, as Vintage won its Monticello Empire League Big Game against Napa, 18-3. Eberling also had three steals and three assists.

Del Bondio had seven goals, six steals, two assists and a blocked shot, as Vintage rolled to a 19-1 win over Napa.


Adrian Maldonado is a junior midfielder for Cal State East Bay (Hayward) men’s soccer team, which is tied for fourth place in the California Collegiate Athletic Association North Division standings.

He has played in eight of the Pioneers’ 10 games so far.

Maldonado is from Napa and played soccer at Vintage High, leading the Crushers to Monticello Empire League championships as a junior and senior.

He was twice selected first-team All-MEL and All-Napa County. He played his club soccer with Napa Sporting, where he served as team captain.


Justin Thomas, at 20, is one of the youngest players in this week’s Open. The $5 million PGA Tour event begins today at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin.

Thomas recently turned professional after the Walker Cup.

In his sophomore season at the University of Alabama, Thomas was named second-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference with two wins and six top-10 finishes as he played an integral part in Alabama winning the 2013 NCAA Division I title, the first in the school’s history, as well as the 2013 SEC Championship.

As a freshman in 2011-12, Thomas was selected as a first-team All-American with a school-record four wins and nine total top-10 finishes. He also won the SEC Championship and the NCAA Athens Regional in 2012 and was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, presented to the nation’s top amateur golfer.

“I’m not trying to have too many certain expectations,” Thomas, who is from Goshen, Ky., said Tuesday. “I just want to come into all my events and just play the best that I can and most importantly just have a place to play this year.”

Prior to enrolling at Alabama, Thomas became the third-youngest player to make a PGA Tour cut at the 2009 Wyndam Championship, at just 16 years, 3 months and 24 days.

Thomas announced in the summer that he will forego his final two years of eligibility at Alabama to turn professional after the Walker Cup.

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