Volleyballs have been spiked, cross country meets won, swim meets swum, tennis balls served and horses jumped. Now that the fall sports season has come to a close, let’s take a moment to reflect on the past season.
This 2014-2015 school year there are five sports and 12 teams consisting of both middle school and upper school for the fall season.
Middle School Swim
Three-time Pacific Basin league defending champions, the Archer Middle School swim team dominated the season. Starting practice on Sept. 3, the team had many personal records throughout the season, according to Head Coach Stefanie Ferri. They took 2nd place this year in the PBL championships.
Junior Varsity and Varsity Tennis
Composed of ninth and 10th graders, the Junior Varsity tennis team came out of the season with a 3-2 league record — qualifying the girls for league finals.
The 2014 Varsity Tennis Team won five games out of eight total, according to Archer Athletics. It was also the first Archer tennis team to qualify for the CIF playoffs in seven years. They practice off-campus at the Barrington Recreation Center, whose tennis courts are now sponsored by Archer.
Varsity Tennis girls started off the season in early September. Although they lost their first match to Notre Dame Academy on Sept. 2, they fought back and won their second match on Sept. 4 against New Community Jewish School.
Both the JV and Varsity Teams practice together and sometimes the JV players move up and play in Varsity matches, according to Archer Athletics.
Varsity Cross Country
Archer Varsity Cross Country team competed in the 67th Annual Mount Sac Invitational on Oct. 16 and, according to Archer Athletics, each athlete set personal records during the meet — nine qualified for the CIFSS championships. Out of the nine qualifiers, seven ran in the meet, the first Archer cross country team to qualify for CIFSS. The Mount Sac course is three miles long and had a record high of 25,000 participants last year, according to the Mount Sac Invitational website.
Captains Yasmeen Namazie ’15 and Layla Masotta ’15 led the cross country team to a third place victory at Brentwood School for their first meet of the season on Sept. 2.
Captains of the equestrian team, Emma Dunn ’15 and Lili Marshall ’15, led their team to their first show. Equestrian is the only Archer sport to run year round; there are 12 girls currently on the team.
Each team member practices separately and only meet together at or before a show. They have a total of four shows this year in October, December, January and April.
Here are the results from the show in Oct.:
- Caroline Bersch ’18 and Lexington: third in JV IEL Horsemanship Medal Class; second in JV Hunt Seat Equitation, Flat; seventh in JV Working Hunter; fifth in JV Handy Hunter
- Chloe Davenport ’19 and Yukon: third in Freshman Hunt Seat Equitation, Fences
- Logan Connors ’17 and Tour Guide: tenth in JV Hunt Seat Equitation, Fences; third in JV Hunt Seat Equitation, Flat
- Ella Angel ’16 and Killian’s Irish Red: tenth in JV Hunt Seat Equitation, Flat
- Maise Shapiro ’20 and Go Van Gogh: third in Freshman Jumpers, Table IV, Sec 1
- Lili Marshall ’15 and Aurora: fifth in Varsity Jumpers, Table V, Sec 2(b); third in Varsity Jumpers, Table V, Sec 1
- Ruby Krull ’18 and Passion: fifth in Dressage Second Level Test 1; second in Dressage Second Level Test 2
- Emma Dunn ’15 and Southern Comfort: first in Dressage Second Level Test 1
Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball
JV volleyball finishes off the season with a 5-7 overall record and a 4-3 league record, not counting their game against Pacifica Christian on Nov. 4. The new Freshman volleyball team came away from the season with a 1-5 overall record and played in the Frosh/Soph Milken Tournament at Milken Community High School.
Varsity volleyball finishes out the season with a 12-7 overall record and a 5-2 league record, not counting their game tonight against Pacifica Christian. According to Archer Athletics, the team was ranked tenth in the CIF 4A division.
On Oct. 17, Captains Ava Mandelbaum ’15 and Lauryn Brame ’15 led their team to a third place victory in the annual Brentwood Tournament. Once again, this year, they qualified for the CIF 4A playoffs. The first round of playoffs was on Saturday, Nov. 8. On Nov. 11 the team beat Dunn three games to none. Their final game of the season was a loss to Garden Grove on Nov. 13.