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DVC Women's Basketball
2012-2013 DVC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROSPECTUS
Entering the 2012-2013 women’s basketball season, 3rd year head coach Ramaundo Vaughn is excited and optimistic about the direction that the program is headed. “The hard work that our staff has put in on the recruiting trail has paid off.” This recruiting class has brought in several players who were standout performers at their high schools.
Coach Vaughn starts the conversation with 6’0 wing player Annelise Ito from Campolindo High School. “Annelise was a very highly rated player coming into her senior year at Campo. Unfortunately, she was injured during that summer and missed her senior season.” Norcal Preps, which is the premier player rating service in Northern California, had Ito ranked as the #23 player in Northern California. “Annelise has worked very hard and is determined to not only get back to where she was, but to go beyond. She is the highest ranked player to come to DVC, and much is expected of her”, said Coach Vaughn.
Elena Ala is another incoming freshman that Coach Vaughn speaks highly of, “Elena comes to us from Castro Valley High School, and will definitely bring a great deal of toughness and skill.” Aside from making All League in the HAAL, Elena was also a SF Chronicle Honorable Mention All Bay Area selection. Myesha Watson (Castlemont High) and Adrianna Joaquin (Grant High-Sacramento) will man the point guard position and are sure to both frustrate opponents and wow the crowds with their dazzling ball handling skills according to Coach Vaughn. “Myesha and Adrianna were also All League players, and they give us something that we haven’t had since I’ve been at DVC, and that’s explosive ball handlers with great court vision. They can both defend, which will allow us to pressure opposing ball handlers.” Coach Vaughn states that playing in the always tough Big 8 Conference, you need skilled and fearless point guards, and people will soon see that we now have those. Local product Karley Menez (Clayton Valley) is another player whose specific skill fills a much needed role. “Karley is a terrific shooter from everywhere on the floor and will make teams have to pay close attention to where she is,’ says Coach Vaughn. Menez was a three time all conference player and led her high school’s varsity team in scoring in three out of the four years she played. Coach Vaughn envisions Menez going on some amazing shooting streaks this season and she will be fun to watch.
Adding to the mix of newcomers are Saint Joseph’s Notre Dame three point shooter Samantha Maritzen, and Pittsburg High School duo Keisha Ward and Alexandria Moore. “Sam is going to provide us another dead eye shooter, and Keisha and Alexandria both have received great coaching from the staff at Pittsburg High and should contribute when their numbers are called.”
Rounding out this seasons’ team are a trio of medical redshirts: 6’2 post player Ty’Jae Chenevert , 5’8 guard Ashley Walker and 5’6 guard Alexis Conner. “Ty’Jae was with us last year but was injured and could not participate. She is a hardworking kid who has already caught the attention of recruiters at both the Division I and II levels. How good she is and how far she goes is going to depend solely on her continued efforts to get better.” Look for Ty’Jae to man the middle and anchor the DVC defense. “Ashley is an extremely confident scoring guard with a great competitive spirit. She has a great midrange jump shot with a lightning quick release, Alexis is a defensive minded player who will get after it on that end of the floor. I expect Ty’Jae and Ashley to be major factors, while Alexis will continue to grow and learn the game. “
Coach Vaughn credits the hard work of assistant coaches Matthew Johnson, Kameo Williams, Jennifer Marvin, and newly hired strength and conditioning coach Justin Landry. “I am so fortunate to have a staff that is not only knowledgeable, hard workers and great people, but wonderful role models to our student-athletes as well. They have done everything that I’ve asked, and have also played a vital role in making sure that our student- athletes understand how we do things here at DVC.”
Coach Vaughn understands that regardless of the talent that DVC has amassed, it will still take a great team effort to be successful in the Big 8. “The coaches in the Big 8 do a great job of preparing their teams and I expect this season, just like others, to be extremely competitive. Regardless of what our record is, we will play hard, we will play together, and we will put a product on the floor that will make the DVC community proud.”