November 27, 2021


Only The Finest Women

Santa Cruz’s Nat Young, Autumn Hays make first-round exits at U.S. Open of Surfing

Santa Cruz’s Nat Young and Autumn Hays were eliminated in their first-round heats at the U.S. Open of Surfing, a World Surf League Challenger Series event, in Huntington Beach.

Both finished third in their respective heats. Young finished tied for 49th Monday and Hays tied for 33rd Tuesday.

Young produced a higher two-wave score than seven heat winners, but his two-wave total of 12.50 wasn’t enough to advance him out of Heat 15 in the Round of 96.

France’s Gaspard Larsonneur (14.10) won the heat and Indonesia’s Rio Waida (13.20) took second, as both advanced to the Round of 48. Brazil’s Michael Rodrigues (11.44) took fourth and was also eliminated.

Only six of the 17 heats contested Monday featured all four surfers producing double-digit scores.

Peru’s Lucca Mesinas, a quarterfinalist at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, produced the highest total score on Day 1, winning Heat 14 with a 15.34 total.

In the women’s competition, Hays took third place in Heat 4 in the Round of 64. She squared off against two former Women’s Championship Tour surfers: Australia’s Dimity Stoyle and Barbados’ Chelsea Tuach, and one with CT experience, Hawaii’s Gabriela Bryan.

Stoyle (15.10) and Bryan (13.00) produced the highest one-two finishes through four heats, score-wise. Hays (8.60), who led 10 minutes into the 30-minute heat, beat out Tuach (8.20) for third.

Hays opened her 2021 QS season with back-to-back fifth-place finishes at the Jack’s Surfboards Pro and WRV Outer Banks Pro before placing 33rd at the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro over the weekend.

Girls volleyball

At Harbor 3, Scotts Valley 1: Freshman setter Maren O’Farrell had 20 assists, 12 digs and four aces to lead the Pirates to a 26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23 win in the teams’ rescheduled Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League match Monday.

Senior setter Liliana Holbert had 20 assists and five kills for the Pirates (8-6, 2-1). Senior outside hitter Olive Hess had 12 kills and six digs, freshman opposite hitter Isla Johnson made 10 kills and senior middle blocker Cassandra Kemos added seven kills.

Junior outside hitter Hannah Fleming led the Falcons with 25 kills, 10 digs, five aces and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Grace Emanuelson had 13 kills, 24 digs, three aces and three blocks and junior setter Morgan Lipman made 30 assists and eight digs.

On Tuesday, Harbor hosts Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley (1-2) plays at Soquel.

Women’s soccer

William Jessup 2, at UCSC 1, 2 OT: Payton Cichowski scored her second goal of the season on a pass from Sophia Makarem in the fifth minute, but the Banana Slugs allowed the tying goal late and lost in double overtime Monday.

The Warriors’ Lauren Case tied the scored in the 86th minute and Kye Johnson produced the winner in the 100th minute.

UCSC goalie Alyssa Diaz Tucker made one save. William Jessup used two goalies, Rachel Cooper-Huber and Olivia Foulk, who made a combined seven saves.

UCSC (1-5-1) hosts Christopher Newport (5-0-0) of Virginia to open the UCSC Tournament on Friday at noon. The Banana Slugs also play Cal Lutheran (4-2-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Girls water polo

At Miramonte 7, Soquel 6: Arizona State-committed senior Kelsey Matthies scored twice in the Knights’ narrow loss — their first of the season — in Orinda on Saturday.

Juniors Quinn Healy and Ella Moker each had a goal and assist for the Knights (5-1), and sophomores Summer Stelck and Leah Murphy also scored.

Miramonte improved to 5-0.

Girls golf

Scotts Valley 132, SLV 165: Freshman Maisey Chard and junior Elana McGrew each shot 31 over six holes at Delaveaga Golf Course on Thursday and helped lead the Falcons to the SCCAL win.

Cassie Mendivil of the Falcons shot 32. The Falcons also counted a 38, which was shot by both Lola Challenor and Melina Sinclair.

Ivey Gates (36), Jersey Collins (39) and Erica Kindred (42) led the Cougars. Gates came close to a hole-in-one on No. 2 and carded birdie.

Reporting Scores

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