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.

PCAC 2014-2015 WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
May 10 Iesha Hill, Palomar
Gina Niph, San Diego City
Softball
Badminton
Apr. 26 Lauren Hays, Grossmont
Lexi Reddick, Grossmont
Sand Volleyball
Sand Volleyball
Apr. 19 Gisel Chavez-Vega, Southwestern
Maiko Ushijima, Grossmont
Swimming
Swimming
Apr. 12 Jaella Conway, Grossmont
Alex Galatis, San Diego City
Tennis
Softball
Apr. 5 Ian Wong, San Diego Mesa
Leila Ghasemi, MiraCosta
Swimming
Sand Volleyball
Mar. 29 Sabrina Gonzalez,  Mesa
Skania Lemus, Southwestern
Softball
Softball
Mar. 22 Kali Pugh, Palomar
Jesse Zieg, MiraCosta
Softball
Sand Volleyball
Mar. 15 Katie Rademacher, Grossmont
Sonia White, Imperial Valley
Sand Volleyball
Softball
Mar. 8 Bettina Olah, Palomar
Nicole Stressling, Mt. San Jacinto
Tennis
Softball
Mar. 2 Amitat Olowara, Southwestern Track & Field
Feb. 22 Taylor Smalley, Southwestern
Kourtney Aimalefoa , SD Mesa
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 15 Summer Evans, Palomar
Melissa Eggleston, Grossmont
Softball
Softball
Feb. 8 Johnette Brown, Mt. San Jacinto
Jenna Vargas, Southwestern
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 1 Darrian Castillo, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 25 Melissa Allen, Palomar
Brogan Griffin, MiraCosta
Basketball
Basketball
Jan. 18 Erin Stanford, Mt. San Jacinto Basketball
Jan. 11 Nyaduop Lam, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 4 Ciara Williams, San Diego Mesa Basketball
Dec.21 Keisha Cox, Palomar Basketball
Dec.7 Brooke Callahan, Grossmont Volleyball
Nov. 30 Alyssa Cortez, Grossmont Volleyball
Nov. 23 Karolina Salazar, SD Miramar Soccer
Nov. 16 Gillian Newman, Grossmont
Demitra Tsambasis, Mt. San Jac
Volleyball
Soccer
Nov. 9 Taylor Moran, San Diego Mesa
Ring Shey, San Diego Mesa
Volleyball
Cross Country
Nov. 3 Valentina Zito, Palomar
Coco Guerrero, San Diego City
Soccer
Soccer
Oct. 26 Maci Lerno, Palomar
Taylor Wolever, Miramar
Volleyball
Soccer
Oct. 19 Karlie Troeh, San Diego City
Brianna Sizemore, MiraCosta
Volleyball
Volleyball
Oct. 12 Taylor Kushner, Mt. San Jacinto
Taylor Pompa-Hogan,  Mesa
Volleyball
Soccer
Oct. 5 Madi Atkins, San Diego Mesa
Kelly Harris, Palomar
Water Polo
Water Polo
Sept. 28 Stephanie Carlson,  Miramar
Yazmin Osorio, San Diego Mesa
Soccer
Soccer
Sept. 21 Brooke Wheeler, Grossmont
Miranda Fisher, Cuyamaca
Volleyball
Cross Country
Sept. 14 Natalie McCann, Miramar
Taivin Rodriguez, MiraCosta
Water Polo
Soccer
Sept. 7 Amitat Olowara, Southwestern
Jessica Steinhoff, Palomar
Cross Country
Cross Country
Aug. 31 Lexi Reddick, Grossmont Volleyball

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.

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