It’s hard to believe the fall sports season is behind us and winter sports are in full swing. Before we move full steam ahead, let’s take a look back at our student-athletes’ successful fall seasons.
The varsity girls’ volleyball season was a historic one! In addition to competing in the CCS Division V championship, the team qualified for the NorCal regional and made it all the way to the NorCal regional championship before falling to familiar foe Mt. Madonna.
Following the conclusion of the season, Athletics Director Chris Wade shared that the athletes gave “nothing but their best, leading by example, making our community proud, and enhancing Nueva spirit community-wide.”
“The amount of school spirit that came out during the season—from parents, students, and teachers—was really something special,” said senior and team co-captain Piper H. “I was super proud to see my friends in the crowd. It was definitely a highlight of my high school volleyball career.”
The JV girls’ volleyball team saw success this season as well, and “had their best season ever,” added Director Wade. “The future for girls' volleyball at Nueva is bright!”
Boys’ & Girls’ Cross Country
The Nueva cross country team has established itself as a front-runner since the inception of the program when the Upper School opened. Both teams competed in the CCS Championships on November 16, with the girls’ team taking third place and advancing to the CIF State meet. The boys’ team came up just short in qualifying for the state meet as a team; two runners — seniors Chris M. and Dylan T. — qualified individually and competed at the CIF State meet.
Wade said, “Cross country has been a hallmark program for us, and we are proud of our success. It’s really special to consistently qualify for the state meet. Congratulations to all of the Nueva cross country members on another great season!”
The 2019 fall season was the first for girls’ tennis at Nueva, and it proved very successful. The team featured about 15 players of varied experience. “This was a great turnout for the first year of a program,” said Wade. “The follow-through and commitment of the players were the best I’ve seen in any sport we’ve tried to start, especially given this is an off-campus sport. And the coaches, Coltrane Hunt and Jennifer Perry, were instrumental in providing leadership to our student-athletes. They did an awesome job of nurturing the program.”
According to junior Eleanor M., “The experience [being on the tennis team] was amazing. Because we were all new to the team, everyone was so kind. We didn’t put pressure on ourselves, and we ended up doing quite well! It was nice to be able to be part of the founding team.”
“When I coach, I emphasize that every team is like a family; you are responsible for each other and each other’s success.” — Lower & Middle School Athletics Coordinator Alyssa Richards
In Middle School, athletics success is measured by participation, rather than wins and losses. “We had more participation than in years past,” explained Alyssa Richards, Lower and Middle School athletics coordinator. “In Middle School sports, it’s about the skills they learn, as well as developing friendships.”
The Middle School fall sports season offers student-athletes the opportunity to participate in cross country, flag football, golf, and swimming at both the varsity and junior varsity levels. The goal of the Middle School sports program is to introduce new sports to students and provide them with great training and experience to improve their skills.
"Swim team was such a great experience to get to know other grades (and exercise). Everyone improved in both technique and speed so much. Emily, our coach, also really helped us with the different aspects of our swimming," said seventh grader Charlotte S.
“One highlight [of the fall sports season] that will stick with me forever was when I served as course spotter for a cross country meet,” Alyssa shared. “I saw a Nueva student run up to a student from another school who was clearly struggling. Our Nueva student checked in on this runner, put her hand on the other runner’s back, and gave her a tip to breathe deeply. Our Nueva student stopped her race to help this runner, and they walked together for a couple hundred feet before they resumed the race.”
It’s moments like this one, and countless others, that embody not only what the Nueva Middle School athletics program is all about, but also what it means to be a Nueva student. Alyssa added, “When I coach, I emphasize that every team is like a family; you are responsible for each other and each other’s success.”