Women's Athlete of the Week
G-House's Newman, Mt. San Jac's Tsambasis honored
NOV. 17, 2014 - Grossmont volleyball player Gillian Newman and Mt. San Jacinto soccer player Demitra Tsambasis are Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week.
Newman, a 5-foot-10 sophomore middle blocker from Tesora High School in Las Flores, has been a steady force as the state third-ranked Griffins have gone 23-0 on the season (14-0 in conference to clinch at least a tie for the PCAC championship with two matches left.
Newman had 17 kills (with 1 hitting error) last week, finishing the week with a .571 hitting percentage and .630 kill percentage and also contributing seven blocks as Grossmont defeated San Diego Mesa 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 and won a marathon from third-place Mt. San Jacinto 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-12.
Tsambasis, a sophomore striker from Great Oak High School, scored four goals as Mt. San Jac, which placed second to state power San Diego Miramar in the PCAC's Northern Division, won twice, winding up 15-2-3 for the regular season and 6-1-1 in division play.
Tsambasis scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over San Diego City College on Wednesday and came back on Friday with two more goals, in the 43rd and 84th minutes, as Mt. San Jacinto downed MiraCosta 3-1. She has 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points.
Honorable mention went to Palomar basketball player Keisha Cox, Miramar soccer player Stephanie Carlson and San Diego City volleyball player Michaela Keller.
Cox, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Mission Hills High School who played one previous season for Saddleback, was named tourney MVP as she led the Comets to three straight wins and the championship of the San Jacinto Lions Cub Lady Eagles Tipoff Tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto.
In the finals, Cox struck for 34 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals as the unbeaten Comets downed Mt. San Jacinto 80-67. In the first two games of the tournament, Cox had 15 points in an 88-54 win over Chaffey and had eight points and six assists before fouling out in a 75-72 semifinal victory over Antelope Valley.
Carlson, the Jets' sophomore goalkeeper from Mira Mesa High School, posted back-to-back shutouts over Grossmont (4-0) and Cuyamaca (7-0) to end the regular season. She's let in only eight goals in a 19-game span and has 14 shutouts, a school record. Carlson received AOTW honors for the week ending Sept. 28. Athletes are ineligible to win the honor a second time in the same season.
The athletic Keller, a sophomore utility player from Serra High, has had to play three positions this season due to City's injuries. She's been outstanding passing all season.