Desperate for A Win

The Notre Dame De Namur women’s basketball team is desperate for a win as they enter the Cal State East Bay tournament. It’s been a rough season for the Argos thus far with a record of 0-6. Junior Marinel Alcantara, says “We can’t hold on our head down because we still have a lot more games to play. The team needs to just learn from our mistakes and keep pushing forward.” In the first game of tournament play the Argos take on the tournament host Cal State East Bay. The Pioneers have started off the season strong with a 3-1 record and are on a 2 game win streak.

At the start off the game Notre Dame came out sluggish and trailed in the 1st quarter 6-15. There wasn’t much fight from the Argos in the second only scoring 7 points in the quarter finishing the half down 13-40. Senior Kirsten Liana, says “We have to stop getting off to such slow starts because it makes it tuff when we are always playing catch up.” The Lady Argos picked up the scoring in the third quarter outscoring the Pioneers 23-17 but still trailed in the game. In the fourth Cal State East Bay matched the Argos intensity and held off the Argos winning 51-68. Marinel Alcantara led NDNU in scoring with 17 and converted 5-7 from the three-point line.

Next up in the tournament Notre Dame face Cal State Monterey Bay. The Otters are also struggling losing their last three games. NDNU coach Sheila Schaefer, says “this is a very winnable game for us, both teams are struggling and desperate for a win.” The Argos came out to another slow start trailing in the first half 21-38. In the second half NDNU came out strong with a three-pointer by Kirsten Liana. But it wasn’t enough to hold off Cal State Monterey Bay. The Lady Argos loose another tough one 45-67 Junior Mckenna Hill for the Otter led all scorers with 18 points shooting over 60% from the field.

Notre Dame De Namur takes on Academy of the Art this Saturday at 1pm for their first conference game.

Volleyball Senior Night

Notre Dame De Namur Volleyball honored their five seniors in their last home game against Cal Baptist University. This 2015 season is one of the best season the Argos had in almost five years. After last years tragic season with the record of 2-26, this year teams stepped their game all the way with a current record of 11-16. Seniors, Carina Quintero, Sophi Lozano, Sarah Rodriguez, Haleigh Wypiszynski, and Kawai Robins-Hardy should be very proud of this season.

The match started off rough for Notre Dame De Namur with the Lancer taking an early lead. Cal Baptist controlled the tempo of the first game taking the match 25-16, with the Argo committing 10 attacking errors. With the Lancer being one of the top teams in the Pac-West, the Argos are going to have to limit mistakes to pull out a victory.

“Going into the match I knew we were going to be outsized so, I knew we had to play smart and hard.” says Junior Bianca Alvarez.

In the second set the Argos hung tough holding a 12-10 lead. Alvarez started the match strong recording 4 kills in a row. But the Lancers answered back with a 10-3 run giving them the lead, which lead them to close out the set 25-18.

Senior Kawai Robins-Hardy, who’s out with a knee injury, says “It’s hard watching my team go out their to battle without me, but I’m just glad I can be surrounded by a great group of girls.”

The Lancer came out to a quick start giving them the lead 13-3. Unable to comeback from the big deficit. Cal Baptist won the third set 25-14 sweeping the Argos in three. SeniorCarina Quintero, says “Even though we didn’t end our senior night as planned, we accomplished a lot this year and I wish next years team the best.”

The Lady Argos play their final game of the season this Saturday against Dominican University.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness

The struggling Lady Argos are looking to break their three game loosing streak at home against Concordia University.

 

This game was dedicated to support Breast Cancer Awareness so everyone attendance was advised to wear pink. Every athlete on each team participated and had some type of pink in their wardrobe, whether it was their hairband, shoe laces, or jerseys. It was a great turnout and a lot of people came and supported. The Argos staff let a bunch of young girls be in charge of handing the players the ball when they are about to serve. All of the girls and their families were dressed in pink to support.

It started off rough for Notre Dame De Namur at tip off trailing Concordia 12-2 in the first. Dominique Tarrant tried to lead the Argos back into the game with three consecutive kills to cut the deficit. Rachel Flynn of Concordia responds back with four kills of her own helping her team win the first set 25-0.

Before the game Junior Carina Qunitero of the Argos, said “One of the keys for us to win tonight is that we can’t put our heads down when we start trailing early.”

`           In the beginning of the second set the Argos got off to another slow start. The size of the Eagles seemed to affect Notre Dame limiting their amount of kills. With the game not even close in the second Concordia wins the set 25-1.

In the third set, Notre Dame refused to go away so easily and took an early lead 10-2. Sophomore Bianca Alvarez, who played well in the third executing six kills said “I told the team we can’t give up we still have a chance to win this game.” The Argos went ahead to take the set 25-18.

The Argos started the fourth very strong and looked like they were going to force a fifth set. But Concordia pulled off a comeback after being down 19-15. The Eagles scored seven straight point to tie the game up at 22-22. After failing to score the Argos were defeated 25-23. Junior Sophi Lorenzo, says “This was a very tough loss but we can’t dwell on it because now we need to focus on the next game.”

The Argos are back in action tomorrow night looking to end their loosing against the Point Loma Sea Lions.

Lady Argos Looking to Bounce Back

After having three tough losses in a row to Humboldt State University , Dixie State University and Fresno Pacific University the Lady Argos are looking to bounce at home against Azusa Pacific University. The Cougars are one of the top teams in the Pac-West and have a impressive 11-2 record. Junior Macee Broer of the Argos says “We just need to come out and play as hard as we can and make as little mistakes as possible”

The Argos started the game strong with junior striker Maritza Gomez taking it up the middle, cutting a few players off shooting it low in the bottom right corner for a goal. This gave Notre Dame the lead 1-0 with only a few minutes left in the half. A few possessions later Katelyn Rogers from Azusa Pacific scores after Stephanie Esquivel loses the ball. The game is tied at 1-1 going into half.

Sophomore Alina Martinez says “In the locker at halftime Coach BJ Noble told the team they need to stay on their marks and not overcommit to the players when they have the ball so they won’t get beat”.

Notre Dame comes out striking with a goal from Erin Banda with a beautiful assist from Macee Broer giving them the lead 2-1. The Azusa Pacific Cougars come fighting back with a goal from Mayra Almazan who dribbled through the defense and scored a goal from the top of the box. The score is tied up at 2-2 at the end of the half and has to go into overtime.

In overtime they Lady Argos had some good looks at the goals but could not seem to convert. Katelyn Rogers scores the game-wining goal for the Cougars with an assist from Mayra Almazan. Rogers finishes the game with 2 goals and leads her team to victory in overtime with the final score 3-2.

Notre Dame De Namur is looking to end their loosing streak this Saturday at home against the Point Loma University Sea Lions.

Argo Tailgate

On Saturday afternoon the first annual Argos tailgate kicked off. Notre Dame De Namurs womens volleyball team began conference play against Academy of Art University. The NDNU programming board decided to put together a tailgate to help raise awareness and support for their first conference game.

The Lady Argos are off to their best start in school history with a record of 4-4. Leading the Argos is Junior Dominique Tarrant, who was just named Pac-West player of the week.

At the start of the tailgate there were only 30 student present. But the closer it got to game time more students arrived. Ive never seen the programming board set up an event supporting athletics, said senior Andrew Prather.

The programming board also gave away free food and drinks at the event. The smell of the barbecue had many students rushing to be first in line.

There were sandwiches available for students who dont prefer barbecue. In addition, there was a raffle for those who attended to win a Footlocker gift card. We wanted to try something different to bring together the whole school and not just athletes,said programming board member Aysia Calugay. This was the schools first attempt of supporting one of the sports teams on a big upcoming game.

NDNU senior soccer player Jack Ewet, explains it was awesome to see our school attempting something new to support our sports teams. In the past, It seems as if they were never any announcements to the student body letting them know their was a big game coming up.

It was great see everyone supporting us at our game. I believe it helped us get the win, said Junior volleyball player Dominique Tarrant. The team pulled out a great victory sweeping Academy of the Arts 3-0. Next the Lady Argos go on a tough road trip facing Dixie State, Azusa Pacifica, and Concordia University.