Women's Athlete of the Week
Comets' Hill, Knights' Niph share Athlete of Week honor
May 12, 2015 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar College softball player Iesha Hill and San Diego City College badminton player Gina Niph as its Women's Athletes of the Week for the two-week period that ended Monday.
Hill, a freshman third baseman from Carlsbad High, has been on fire as the Comets have rolled into this weekend's State Final Four with a 38-3-1 record. In five regional and Super-Regional games the last two weekends, she's batted .750, going 12-for-16 in five games with 10 runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs.
In Palomar's last nine games, Hill has hit .710, going 22-for-31 with 14 runs scored, 6 doubles, 6 home runs and 17 RBIs. In that span, the Comets have outscored their opponents 92 runs to 13.
Niph, a sophomore from Hoover High School, teamed with Cassandra Ka to lift San Diego City to its fifth state badminton title, 11-10 over De Anza at Irvine Valley College's gym. Niph and Ka defeated De Anza's Alice Liu and Megan Hsiao 17-21, 25-23, 26-24 in the day's final match, No. 1 doubles.
Later in the weekend, Niph reached the state single semifinals, where she lost to the eventual champion, Rebecca Tzou of Pasadena City College.
Honorable mention went to City College's Ka, a sophomore from Crawford High School, and Southwestern's Jeyla Spencer, a freshman from San Diego High.
Spencer won the 300-meter hurdles in 1:03.65 to help lead the Jaguars to fourth in team scoring in the Southern California Championships at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium. Nigeria's Amitat Oliwara, the PCAC Athlete of the Week on March 1, won four events for Southwestern – the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 1500 meters, the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters.