PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE / MAR. 20, 2017
G-House beach duo, IVC softball player Gasca honored
Grossmont College's beach volleyball duo Gionni Brown / Katie Barton and Imperial Valley softball outfielder Claudia Gasca are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week for March 20-26.
Brown, a sophomore from Chandler (Ariz.) High School and a returnee from Grossmont's 2016 state community college champion beach team, and Barton, a freshman out of Poway High who transferred from Lewis-Clark State, have been leading factors in the Griffins' 12-1 start and undefeated record in conference.
During the week, Brown, Barton and their G-House teammates split matches against four-year college teams Point Loma Nazarene University, winning 5-0, and Colorado Mesa University, dropping a 4-1 decision for the Griffins' only loss this season. Colorado Mesa the day before their match at NCAA Division I nationally No. 2-ranked Pepperdine.
Also last week, Brown and Barton helped lead Grossmont to back-to-back PCAC wins over San Diego Mesa 4-1 and Palomar 4-1.
Gasca, a sophomore from Calexico High School, went 5-for-8 in leading Imperial Valley to back-to-back victories over San Bernardino Valley and San Diego City College as she raised her batting average to .515 on the season.
Gasca went 2-for-4 in the Arabs' 10-2 win vs. San Bernardino and was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored in their 9-0 victory over San Diego City.
IVC, with its best team in history, is 14-5 on the season after the two wins.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to San Diego Mesa track & field thrower Madison Goss, Palomar softball pitcher Crystal DesLauriers and Southwestern softball first baseman Nicole Correia.
Goss, a Mesa sophomore from Verrado High School in Buckeye, Ariz., faced four-year college opponents in the 39th Aztec Invitational meet hosted by San Diego State last Friday. She placed seventh in the javelin behind winner Sydnee Muhlestein of Brigham Young University and 12th in the shot put behind winner Sierra Freeland of BYU. Gross' mark of 122 feet, 8 inches in the javelin ranks her first in the PCAC and fifth among Southern California community college throwers. Her mark of 38 feet, 8.25 inches ranks her first in the PCAC and eighth in Southern California.
DesLauriers, a freshman right-hander from Mission Hills High School, pitched four innings of no-hit ball, striking out seven, in PCAC leader Palomar's only game of the week, a 13-2, five-inning run-rule victory over Mt. San Jacinto. DesLauriers ran her win-loss record to 9-1 on the season. The Comets remain undefeated in the PCAC as they seek their 34th conference championship and sixth state title this season.
Correia, a freshman out of Point Loma High School, went 6-for-9 at the plate in three games for the Jaguars, back-to-back conference wins over College of the Desert 7-4 and Grossmont 3-0 and an 8-0 non-conference loss to Cerritos. She went 2-for-3 in each of those games and had a double and an RBI vs. COD. Correia ended the week fourth in the PCAC and 10th in the state with a .514 batting average.