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DVC Women's Basketball
2013-2014 DVC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS
“Trending upwards.” are the words that 4th year Head Women’s Basketball Coach Ramaundo Vaughn used to describe this latest incarnation of the Diablo Valley College Women’s Basketball team.
The 2012-13 Lady Vikings proved to be the most successful team in school history. Their 18-11 season record, coupled with a #18 final state ranking and a #7 seed in the Nor Cal playoffs not only was a crowning achievement for the team, but brought individual accolades and rewards to the players as well. The ringleader of the team, Campolindo High School graduate Annelise Ito, proved to be a more than formidable opponent. Leading the Big 8 Conference with averages of 18.1 ppg, 11.1 rebs and 48.4 %fg, the Big 8 Conference Most Valuable Player and 1st team All State representative received a full basketball scholarship to Division I University of California-Riverside. Following in Ito’s footsteps, basketball scholarships were also received by fellow freshman and All Big 8 player Elena Ala, (Azusa Pacific University) sophomore Ty’Jae Chenevert (Louisiana Tech University) and freshman Karlie Menez (Simpson University). Freshman guard Adrianna Joaquin was also honored for her outstanding play by being the 3rd member of this team to be named to the All Big 8 Conference team.
With the exodus of all of these talented student athletes, most observers would feel that it would be a rebuilding project in Pleasant Hill. Not so says Coach Vaughn. “This years team has the potential to go much further than last years squad.” “The talent level, overall team speed and depth that this new class possesses is scary.”
The point guard position will be manned by freshmen Sabrea Coleman, Adrianna Williams and Keaira Scott. “All three of these young ladies give us the ability to play great on ball defense for the entire length of the court.” “Look for them to wreak havoc this season with not only their defense, but their ability to penetrate and make plays as well.”
As this years club will play fast and furious, Coach Vaughn anticipates that there will always be three guards on the floor. The shooting guards, which include freshmen Jophiea Irvin and Dericka Ware, along with sophomores Darrynne Vance and Charnise Jones add shooting ability and the ability to put up points in a hurry. “Jophiea and Charnise do a great job defending and running the lanes, while Dericka and Darrynne add great shooting.”
At the forward spots are freshmen Ashley Gainer, Julia Alexander, Petrice Beattie, Taiyla Jackson and Jahna Maramba and Suzanne Robinson. “While we aren’t very tall overall, I believe we more than make up for it with our toughness and skill.” Ashley and Julia both come from very successful high school programs and have a great understanding on how to play the game.” “They are both very skilled and will put pressure on other teams bigger players with their quickness and shooting ability.” “Petrice and Taiyla are both track athletes, and that athleticism will help us both offensively, and defensively.” “If there is a more athletic duo than these two, I’d be really surprised!” “Jahna and Suzanne are both winners and also come from quality high school programs.” “I expect them to defend at a high level, while rebounding at a high pace.”
Redshirting this season will be Clayton Valley Charter High School star Ashley Allen, Heritage High School’s Miranda Nelson, and Rodriguez High’s Raeona Ford. Coach Vaughn states that all three of these young ladies are immensely talented and are sitting out due to injury. “Ashley, Miranda, and Rae would have been huge contributors to this years team, as they are all extremely talented.” “It is my belief that Ashley would have arguably been our best all around player this season, while Miranda was slotted to start and excel in the post.” “Rae would have probably been our best shooter.”” As disappointing as their losses are for this coming season, it only adds to the continuing promise of our rising program.”