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Athletic Director's Notebook: The season so far
Athletic Director's Notebook: The season so far

(Week of September 19)

"System: a regularly interacting or interdependent group of bodies under the influence of related forces." All good teams have a system, the way they go about their business in and out of competition.

Cross country will finally get to stretch their legs when they host Greenfield and Stevenson on Thursday at Jacks Peak Park. Looking forward to seeing this great group of athletes compete. Lots of folks can run; the trick with cross country is to be able to race.

Field hockey has tied twice and lost by just one goal in one other match this season. On Monday, Stevenson and Catalina battled through overtime before settling on a 2-2 tie. Lots of young talent on the Cougar squad—the future is bright. Catalina travels to Salinas on Friday.

Golf is 4-0 on the young season with wins over Salinas, Pacific Grove, Carmel, and Alvarez. A big test comes Tuesday when the Cougars travel to Stevenson for a first-place showdown. The match is at Spanish Bay and tees off at 3:30 p.m. Catalina has one of its deepest teams in several years.

Tennis is coming off another fantastic job of hosting the 61st annual Santa Catalina Tennis Invitational, where everyone had a great time and Catalina showed off why we have the best students anywhere.

The Cougars opened up league play with Stevenson last week and lost 4-3 in a very close match, with several tie-breakers involved. Catalina hosts Monte Vista Christian in a preseason contest Tuesday on the campus courts, then travels to Carmel for a 3:00 p.m. first serve on Wednesday. Catalina finishes off the busy week traveling to Gonzales on Thursday. Catalina, Stevenson, and Carmel all tied for first place last year, and it looks like they will all be in the hunt again this year.

Volleyball has continued its winning ways this season, going 9-0 and beating Carmel to open up league play last week. The Cougars had impressive wins over Monte Vista Christian and Salinas in the preseason, then won the Notre Dame Tournament on September 9. Catalina hosts a tough King City team Tuesday in Bedford Gymnasium, first serve at 6:00 p.m. Catalina has gone 36-1 over the last 37 matches dating back to last year.

Water polo is 2-0 on the season with dominant wins over Alvarez and Stevenson to open league play. Catalina hosts Monterey in our pool on Tuesday; the ball drops at 4:00 p.m. Then the Cougars travel to play Harbor on Thursday. The match will be played at Santa Cruz High School at 4:00 p.m.

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