When Mikayla Derochie was looking at her college choices during her senior year in high school, she wanted a school as far away as possible from her California home.That proved to be a blessing for Davidson coach Chris Willis, as Derochie has become an award-winning player for the Wildcats’ volleyball team this season.Derochie, a freshman setter, has twice been named the Southern Conference’s rookie of the week – and in back-to-back weeks – for her performances during the opening weeks of the 2013 season.“I couldn't have done it without the team,” said Derochie, who is averaging a little more than 10 assists per set for Davidson (9-5 overall, 1-1 conference) through games of Sept. 29.“They’ve been awesome. They’ve been so great towards me, and they support me so much. Honestly, I can't imagine myself being on a different team.”So how Derochie wind up playing for the Wildcats? It goes back to when she was attending Ramona (Calif.) High, where she was an all-California Interscholastic Federation second team pick her senior year.While she was being recruited by several California and West Coast schools, Derochie had her sights set on attending college on the East Coast.“I had gotten a few (offers), but I wasn’t looking to stay (on the West Coast),” Derochie said. “I love it in California, but I wanted to branch out and go somewhere new.“I had heard from a few of my older friends that had left to go to the East Coast, and how much they loved it, the different culture. So I wanted to experience it as well.”Derochie is one of two players from California on the Wildcats’ roster – the other is sophomore outsider hitter-middle blocker Hannah Rau, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. – which Willis doesn’t consider all that unusual.“Davidson as a college has pretty good name recognition in California,” Willis said. “A lot of those kids want to experience a different region of the country. ... And we get a lot of those kids who want an Ivy League school, but with better weather.“We have two currently on our roster from the West Coast, and I feel really good about continuing to go out there and pull some kids in.”With an experienced lineup back from last year – 13 returnees, including five starters – Willis said that he’d like nothing better than to end the Wildcats’ time in the Southern Conference with a league title.“Don’t think that fact is lost on us,” Willis said. “We would really like to go out with a bang. We saw College of Charleston do that last year (before leaving for the Colonial Athletic Association), and nobody wanted them to walk out with the trophy.Davidson has won the SoCon title twice, but the last one came in 2000 – also the last time the Wildcats made it into the NCAA tournament.“We’re going to miss those rivalries (in the Southern Conference), but there’s nothing more that we'd like to do than to take that trophy with us and put up another banner,” Willis said. “It’s kind of giving us some extra incentive.”Moniz-Soares wins title at Wake Forest InvitationalBrites Moniz-Soares won her first singles title of the fall season, and Davidson’s women’s tennis team had semifinalists in three other divisions during the Wake Forest Invitational tournament Sept. 28-29 in Winston-Salem.Moniz-Soares, a senior, won the A singles division title, winning four straight matches for her second career tournament title. She beat Karolina Chemaya of Campbell 6-4, 6-4, in the championship match.Sophomore Elaina Cummer and freshman Jenna Brunner both made it to the semifinal round in their singles divisions. Cummer wound up fourth in the B singles division, while Brunner was fourth in the D singles division.Brunner and Elise Held, a senior, also made it to the semifinal round in the C doubles division. The duo also wound up fourth in the division.Up next for Davidson is its final tournament of the fall season, the Charlotte Invitational on Oct. 25-26.Wildcats' women fourth at Charlotte XC meetDavidson’s women’s cross country team finished fourth in the team standings of the college gold division during the Charlotte Invitational meet Sept. 28.Led by Erin Osment’s top-five finish, the Wildcats closed out the meet with 140 points. Mississippi State won the women's gold division team title with 58 points, edging host-school Charlotte by three points. North Florida was third with 76 points.Osment, a junior, finished fifth overall, completing the 6-kilometer race at Charlotte's McAlpine Park in 21 minutes, 37.40 seconds. It was her third top-10 finish this season.Davidson had one other runner finish among the top 20 individuals, with freshman Jenny Fritz coming in 17th in 21:59.70.The Wildcats will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Crimson Classic meet on Oct. 18.
Friday, Oct. 04, 2013
Upcoming events Sunday, Oct. 6 Field Hockey: at Longwood, Farmville, Va., 2 p.m. Women’s Soccer: vs. Appalachian State, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 Men’s Golf: at Firestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio. Tuesday, Oct. 8 Men’s Golf: at Firestone Invitational, Akron, Ohio. Volleyball: at Gardner-Webb, Boiling Springs, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 Men’s Soccer: vs. Liberty, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 Women’s Soccer: vs. The Citadel, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 Field Hockey: vs. Appalachian State, Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field, 6:30 p.m. Men’s Tennis: at Wake Forest Invitational, Winston-Salem. Saturday, Oct. 12 Men’s Tennis: at Wake Forest Invitational, Winston-Salem. Men’s Swimming and Diving: vs. East Carolina, Charles A. Cannon Pool, Baker Sports Complex, 1 p.m. Women’s Swimming and Diving: vs. East Carolina, Charles A. Cannon Pool, Baker Sports Complex, 1 p.m. Football: vs. Drake, Richardson Stadium, 1 p.m. Volleyball: vs. Samford, Belk Arena, Baker Sports Complex, 6 p.m. Men’s Soccer: vs. Furman, Alumni Soccer Stadium, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 Men’s Tennis: at Wake Forest Invitational, Winston-Salem. Women’s Soccer: at Francis Marion, Florence, S.C., 2 p.m. Volleyball: vs. Chattanooga, Belk Arena, Baker Sports Complex, 2 p.m. Source: www.davidsonwildcats.com
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