Cyclones golfers settle for second
First place was within reach, but second place is what Moraine Valley College golfers had to settle for last Monday.
By winding up sixth in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference meet on Elgin College’s home course, the Cyclones finished as conference runner-up for the season overall. While several near misses in earlier tournaments ultimately proved costly to Moraine’s quest for ISCC supremacy, coach Bob Freudenthal had no complaints.
“Second place isn’t chopped liver — it was a respectable conference season for us,” he said. “We came in first a few times, played well and were good enough to win, but just didn’t get it done.
“It’s been a crazy year, just topsy-turvy. We’d miss a placement by one shot, then come back the next week. Golf is a streaky game — you’re on top one day and at the bottom the next.”
On a perfect day weather-wise, Sandburg grad Jeff Cizek’s season-low 78 led the Cyclones and put him two shots ahead of Jack Misheck. Joe Knight carded an 81 and Shepard alumnus Pat Neylon completed Moraine’s scoring with his round of 90.
Knight, Misheck and Neylon all garnered all-conference recognition for their season-long work. Knight’s per-round average of 78 ranked fifth among ISCC golfers, while Misheck and Neylon were eighth and 10th with respective averages of 78.5 and 79.
While the conference portion of their schedule has been completed, the Cyclones’ season continues with appearances in a few more invitationals and then the Region IV Tournament.
One of those nonconference events took place on Friday, when Moraine placed sixth in Sauk Valley College’s Skyhawk Classic.
Misheck and Knight both fired 77s for the Cyclones, Neylon shot an 85 and Nathan LaPorte finished with a 90. Knight’s round, which included seven birdies, was his third-best effort of the season.
Another outing resulted in another big win for the Cyclones, who blanked Oakton College 9-0 last Thursday at home.
The victory, Moraine’s sixth straight, featured several highlights, one of which was an 8-1 romp by the first-doubles pair of Liz Dominguez and Alexa Armon. Dominguez was also sharp at No. 1 singles, while Kelley Grzych was equally solid at No. 2 singles.
“I’m proud of the girls for another great win,” Cyclones coach Nicole Selvaggio said. “I am feeling good about how practice is coming along. I’m hoping we can keep up the positive energy and dominating wins as we get closer to the regional tournament.”
The success continued on Friday, as the Cyclones defeated Illinois Valley College 6-3 to retain their perfect record.
Moraine garnered victories in five of six singles matches, with Dominguez, Armon, Oak Lawn alumnus Claudia Maka, Lindsey Walker and Tricia Poremba all prevailing. Also triumphing was the third-doubles tandem of Walker-Poremba.
“Our entire team was pumped and really supported each other throughout every match play,” Selvaggio said. “It was a great victory for us. I am very happy with these results.
“We keep getting stronger and stronger, both individually and as a team. I am confident that our best tennis is still yet to come.”
With second place in the ISCC standings on the line, the Cyclones claimed the spot for themselves as they edged Oakton College 1-0 last Tuesday.
Marko Enciso scored the match’s lone goal in the first half, off an assist from Luis Navarrete (Shepard). After that, Moraine relied on its defense to preserve the lead, and keeper Chris Vidos (Brother Rice) excelled by making some key saves.
Carl Sandburg College handed the Cyclones just their second loss of the season on Saturday. A second-half goal lifted Sandburg to a 2-1 win.
Gilberto Andrade notched Moraine’s goal, with an assist from Stagg product Greg Healy.
A scheduled Sept. 18 encounter with Prairie State College was postponed by bad weather, but the Cyclones didn’t mind waiting an extra week to play.
When the ISCC match finally got underway last Wednesday, it was all Moraine, as the locals rolled to a 5-1 triumph. The win was the Cyclones’ first in conference play this fall.
Maria Gabino, Janelle Walters (Shepard) and Leticia Diaz accounted for Moraine’s goals, while Diaz, Yesenia Galvan and Jill Kossifos (Mt. Assisi) dished out assists.
Both of the team’s keepers saw some action, with Diana Lozano (Richards) turning aside a couple Prairie State shots during her stint between the pipes. She also surrendered the lone goal.
Prairie State also fell well short of Moraine on the volleyball court, as the Cyclones registered a 25-10, 25-15, 25-7 victory last Tuesday.
Moraine posted a .417 attack percentage en route to pocketing its 12th win of the year. Gina Ryan and Kara Kentner (Sandburg) had nine kills each to pace the Cyclones, and the latter managed that without committing any hitting errors.
Both players also contributed in other ways, Ryan doing so with 17 digs, three blocks and two aces, and Kentner with 18 assists and two aces. Joanna Curtis distributed another 18 assists for Moraine, Taylor Serrano (Mother McAuley) recorded six kills, three aces and two blocks, and Jessica Chaput (Shepard) had three kills in as many attempts after coming off the bench.
Moraine’s women were 12th among 17 teams and the men were 14th in a 17-school field at last Friday’s College of DuPage Invitational.