COSTA MESA, Calif. – Following the conclusion of the 2016 softball season, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced that over 170 student-athletes from more than 70 programs have received NFCA NAIA All-Region status. Vanguard was represented on the list by Alexandra Olvera (SR/Gilroy, CA), Taylor Wilson (JR/Modesto, CA), and Kaitlin Estes (SO/Costa Mesa, CA). All three of the student-athletes were recognized as second team members of the West Region in addition to the All-GSAC awards they won in April.
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Two members of the Lions have been awarded for their achievements both on and off the field. Kaitlin Estes (SO/Costa Mesa, CA) was voted to the 2016 Academic All-District Team for NAIA District Four. This team is voted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for student-athletes and their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Emily Russell (JR/Calabasas, CA) was selected as a scholar athlete within the GSAC and NAIA ranks.
ATHERTON, Calif. – Continuing play in the GSAC Tournament, the Lions (34-22) were matched up with Arizona Christian (35-14-1) in the first game, a team they hadn't beat in four earlier tries. Game one ended with a similar results as VU fell in a tight contest. This moved the team to a fifth game of the year against San Diego Christian (33-16) with their season on the line. The Hawks ended up winning the contest by a 9-1 score.
ATHERTON, Calif. – In their first game of the 2016 GSAC Tournament hosted by Menlo College, the Lions (RV) (34-20) shutout the Warriors to gain a 4-0 win at Wunderlich Field. Vanguard was led by Taylor Doyle (SR/Oceanside, CA) (14-8) who threw a complete game and allowed only three hits. Today's win marks seven straight victories for the Blue and Gold.
COSTA MESA, Calif. - The Golden State Athletic Conference released the 2016 All-GSAC Awards early Tuesday afternoon and the Lions were represented by Alexandra Olvera (SR/Gilroy, CA), Taylor Wilson (JR/Modesto, CA), and Kaitlin Estes (SO/Costa Mesa, CA). Olvera and Wilson grabbed two of the four at-large spots on the team and Estes was one of five infielders to make the squad. In total, 20 members make the list broken up in seven categories.
COSTA MESA, Calif. - The Vanguard softball team swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week prizes for the second time this year. Samantha Shaffer (FR/Modesto, CA) takes home the first award in her young Lions career while Alexandra Olvera (SR/Gilroy, CA) earns the recognition of Pitcher of the Week for a second time in 2016.