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Swimming records fall against Mayfield, VWS Softball off to best start in 5 years

Frank Dariano
VWS Softball: Vivian Webb Varsity Softball made plenty of noise in its first day at the Fullerton Tournament on Monday. VWS took on the host school Fullerton in the first game. The division three Indians have made three consecutive CIF-SS playoff appearances, but Webb was not intimidated at all. The Gauls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Fullerton responded with three runs in the second. Webb would hold Fullerton scoreless the rest of the way, adding another run in the fifth and three more in the sixth for a 6-3 victory. Chandler Luebbers ’17 struck out five batters, and Thea Kirkpatrick ’18 went 2-3 with an RBI.

That same day, Webb faced Carter. Like Fullerton, the Lions are a division three team coming off a CIF-SS playoff run. But the Gauls continued to shine against much larger schools, beating Carter 9-1. Chloe Stewart ’20 went 3-3 with a double and a home run and five RBI’s! Elyse Morris ’17 went yard as well. The Gauls also had runs driven in by Sarah Renfrew ’17, Emily Chu ’17, and Becca Whithorn ’18. Chandler Luebbers allowed one earned run and struck out three in five innings of work. She has a 1.40 ERA. Three-run innings in the second and fourth sealed it for Webb. At 5-0, VWS had its best start in five years.
The Gauls suffered their first defeat Thursday as San Juan Hills won a tight, 1-0 game. The game was scoreless through seven innings, before San Juan Hills scored the winning run in the eighth. Chandler Luebbers threw a complete game, allowing only four hits. Webb’s batters were kept to just three hits by a pair of Stallions pitchers. They struck out ten VWS players. VWS continues the tournament Friday at Troy.

WSC Baseball
: Webb School of California Baseball looked very strong in an 11-1 win over Avalon in the San Joaquin League opener for both teams Tuesday. Blake Pederson ’18 made his first start since missing all of 2016 with an injury and pitched the first half of the game with solid precision. “It’s always been my dream to be able to pitch on the varsity mound just once, and I accomplished it today and I’m very proud of it,” said Pederson after the win. Pederson says he is working on perfecting his slider this year and plans to add in a curveball for his senior year next year. Coach Jeff Stodgel brought in Ryan Bridges ’20 to finish the game. Both pitchers had three strikeouts and each allowed only two hits in their appearances.

Offensively, Spencer Stewart ’17 had another stellar day just like his younger sister Chloe did for VWS softball a day earlier. The shortstop went 2-3 with a triple and four RBI’s. Stewart was named male athlete
of the week by the Inland Empire Daily Bulletin and finished second in a weeklong vote for best male high school athlete of the week in Southern California. Eric Evans ’19 had two RBI’s as well. Webb (4-1, 1-0) plays Friday night at Providence.

Webb Swimming and Diving
– Webb Swimming and Diving took on Chadwick on the road Tuesday, the teams’ first league away meet. Both Webb JV teams won uncontested, the varsity boys won 106-64, and the varsity girls won 113-56. WSC Swimmers finished 1-2-3 in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and a WSC swimmer won every race except the 100 butterfly and 200 medley relay. Vivian Webb varsity swimmers finished first in every event except the 100 backstroke.
 
Vivian Webb Swimming and Diving continued what has become a very close matchup over the last three years by hosting Mayfield Thursday. The Gauls have not beaten the Cubs in coach Ken Rosenfeld’s 12 years on campus, and Thursday’s meet was as close as ever. Rylie Brick ’19 continued painting her name on the Webb record book. She broke her own record in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:07:71! Brick said she has plateaued recently in the breaststroke and the record was a long time coming. “I’ve always wanted to get to the 1:07 [range] because that [means] sectional time,” said Brick, “today I look up at the board, and thought ‘oh my gosh I finally got it’ it was just exciting because I’ve been waiting for it for two years.” At the end of the race, Brick anchored another record setting performance. In the 4x100 meter freestyle relay, Emily Chu ’17, Mary Davis ’19, Lindsay Jung ’19, and Brick put together a time of 3:56.09, the first finish under four minutes in the history of VWS swimming for the event. Coach Ken Rosenfeld said the record swim was all about coachability and trust. “We’re a lot of the same swimmers this year as we were last year…but we’re completely different swimmer in the way we’re approaching our races.”

The meet started off with diving. While Claire Wagner ’19 did not qualify a score in her attempts, it was still excellent to see the Gauls with a presence on the board. “[She] just started diving this year and she has been progressing a lot,” “said Will Donahue ’18 during the meet. Mayfield had a 6-0 lead after the diving event, a lead that would prove to be all too important. VWS won the varsity 200-medley relay, then Mayfield’s Kat Lopez beat Lindsay Jung by 7/10ths of a second in the 200-freestyle. Those close finishes became the norm in a tight meet. Emily Chu had wins in the 100-free and 100-butterfly. Allison Lilley ’19 won the 100-freestyle and, along with Sydney Wuu ’20, Mary Davis, and Lindsay Jung, was part of the team that won the 200-freestyle relay. But there were several races that were won by a fingernail. For example, Alliison Lilley’s win in the 100-free was by .23 seconds. In perhaps the toughest loss of the afternoon, Sonia Malik ‘18’s time of 1:11.85 in the JV 100-free race was .01 seconds off the winner. At meet’s end, Mayfield won the varsity events 90-86, and the junior varsity events 91-58. Webb Swimming hosts Pasadena Poly on Tuesday. 

WSC Volleyball
-  Webb School of California varsity volleyball broke out of a slump to notch its first win of the season Tuesday, beating Western Christian 3-0. Luke Lewis ’19 started at setter and recorded 29 assists. He said the win exceeded his expectations:” earlier I was saying I just wanted to win a set, but we won all three.” Lewis says he hadn’t played setter in a game since the seventh grade and said the key to his day was “always knowing where the ball is at all times.”

Max Sapozhkov ’17 was out practicing spikes and serves more than 90 minutes before game time. The practice payed off, as he finished with 12 kills and 8 aces. More than most teams on campus, WSC volleyball is a very vocal team, and Sapozhkov and fellow senior Dmitry Semenov frequently yell out encouragement in Russian to their teammates. “They don’t understand, the refs don’t understand, but it’s fun for us and its fun for everybody else.” Webb and WCS played an evenly matched game. The Gauls won set one 25-19. The Lancers went on an 8-0 run early in set two, but an 11-4 run by Webb put the Gauls back in front, and the team won set two 25-17. Game three came down to a two-point lead for Webb before Hoyin Tsoi ’19 tipped the winning ball over for a 25-23 win. “It’s always nice to have an outside hitter you can depend on and now with Max and Hoyin hitting outside, it’s great. If we get into any trouble….we know they’re going to put it away for us,” said an ecstatic Coach Howie Kalter after the win. Tsoi had 16 kills and 10 digs in his first game at home for Webb. WSC (1-3) plays at Pacifica Christian on Friday.

WSC Tennis
Tuesday’s game at Arrowhead Christian was one coach Ron Martinez had marked on his calendar before the start of the season. The Eagles, Martinez thought, would give Webb arguably its toughest league challenge all season. “The guys made this one look easy,” wrote a surprised Martinez in an email after the match. Ramos Wu ’17 got the start at number one singles for Webb and won his first set 6-4. Wu dropped the second two 6-4 and 6-1, but otherwise Webb’s singles players were strong throughout the afternoon. Tom Liu ’18 (#2) won two 6-1 sets, and Deepak Tummula ’17 improved to 5-0 on the year as a singles player. As Webb’s number three, he won all three sets Tuesday 6-0,6-3,6-2. It was good enough for player of the match honors for Tummula.

Webb’s doubles pairs had 2-1 records against their Arrowhead Christian counterparts. All three dropped the second set but won sets one and three. Parsa Ariane ’17 and and Nic Dodds ’18 had 6-2 and 6-1 wins, as did Kia Nalbandi ’18 and Juan Pablo Calderoni ’19. Seniors Darren Hsu and Raphael Huang went 6-0,6-1. WSC Tennis won the match 12-6.

Thursday afternoon, Webb shut out Notre Dame Riverside, 18-0, The Gauls had five 6-0 set wins in singles play and four more in doubles. In fact, the closest match all afternoon was a 6-4 win by Ramos Wu. Raphael Huang ’17 got player of the match honors, as he and Darren Hsu ’17 won three sets, each by 6-0 counts. Webb improves to 8-1 on the year, 3-0 in league play. Webb is at Linfield Christian Friday. Coach Martinez says the team is eager to face Arrowhead Christian again. They will do so on April 21st at home.

Webb Badminton
– Webb Badminton suffered its first loss of the year Tuesday as Loma Linda Academy clipped the Gauls for an 11-10 victory. The loss comes just as Webb is about to head into a very tough stretch of games and thus could be a good wake up call for the Gauls. Webb (2-1) hosts Carnegie Friday afternoon. Back-to-back road matches await Webb early next week. Webb plays at Chino Hills on Monday and at six-time defending CIF-SS champion Diamond Bar on Tuesday.  

Webb Golf
- The Gauls continued league play this week with wins in three tri-meet matchups. On Monday, Webb beat Capistrano Valley Christian and Samueli Academy at Ben Brown’s Golf Course in Orange County. Webb’s score of 226 was tops in a very evenly matched day. Samueli finished with 232, while Capo Valley had 236. The Gauls won by much larger margins on Tuesday when they faced La Verne Lutheran and Saddleback Valley Christian at Mountain Meadows in Pomona. Webb had a new top score as a team at 226, and beat Saddleback by nearly 60 strokes. Lutheran was in third with a score of 405.
Returning to Marshall Canyon in La Verne Thursday, Webb once again set a new best score with a team total of 208. That beat Avalon by 10 strokes and Fairmont prep by 59 strokes. “we didn't have any one guy that stood out from the rest - everyone played well,” said head coach Andrew Neyer.  “Looking at our past few matches, we've had a different person with the low score each time.  I'm happy with their consistency.” All five of Webb’s golfers finished with personal scores between 40 and 45, with Linh Nugyen ’20 getting the low score of 40. Webb (8-1, 7-0 in league) hosts Saddleback and La Verne Lutheran on Tuesday.

Webb Track and Field
– Webb School of California Track and Field got its first league cluster win Tuesday at South Pasadena. Through the sprint events, Pasadena Poly and Flintridge Prep gave the Webb boys plenty of close competition. Brendan Shue ’17’s third place finish in the 100-meter dash, and Jeffrey Ran ’18’s second place finish in the 400-meter dash were early highlights. Spencer Easley ’18, Simon Dawson ’19, and Matt Brailsford ’18 finished 1-2-3 in the 300-meter hurdles. Then, WSC went on a win streak starting with a victory in the 4x400 meter relay. Chris Halliburton ’20, Jeffrey Ran, Nick Martinez ’18, and Easley turned in a time of 3:47:49, roughly two second ahead of Flintridge Prep’s “A” team. Webb’s “B” team, Derrick Chu ’18, Dawson, Roy Jiang ’20, and Luke Raus ’20, finished in third Nick Johnson ’19 won the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Ran won the pole vault. WSC finished with 105 points, 23 points ahead of Poly and 24 ahead of Flintridge.

Vivian Webb Track and Field finished in fourth place with 37 total points. Some of the team’s top individual performers were Juliana Base ’19 (third in the 400-meters), Sarah Hebb ’19 (third in the 1600-meters), Anne Lofgren ’19 (second in the 3200-meters), Dylan Wensley ’17 (first in the triple jump, second in the pole vault), and Kelli Henry ’18 (second in the high jump). Webb will now host two meets at Faculty Field, a League Cluster meet on Tuesday, and a league dual meet against Sherman Indian on March 28th.     
 
 
 
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