Solano captures Gervasoni tournament title

December 30, 2009

The Solano women's basketball team celebrates its first Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic victory. (Photo courtesy Jesse Branch)

The Solano women’s basketball team upset the North’s top-ranked team en route to winning the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic on Wednesday, beating City College of San Francisco 64-57.

Sophomore Ashley Daniels was named the tournament MVP while Crystal Lee and Bree Domingo were all-tournament selections. Lee scored 22 points and added nine rebounds against CCSF, the fourth-ranked team in the state.

The Falcons led by as many as 14 points during the game before City College cut into the lead in the second half. Solano was able to hit some clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out the victory. It was the first time Solano has won the Gervasoni tournament, formerly known as the De Anza Classic but renamed after the late De Anza coach in 2004.

Coach Matt Borchert was an assistant under Gervasoni for four years at De Anza. His assistant, George Molina, also served as an assistant to Gervasoni.

“This is a very emotional win for me and a great victory for our program,” said Coach Matt. “To beat a reputable program like San Francisco and win this tournament is awesome.”

Daniels had 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals against City College. Soroya Blunt had 14 points, nine rebounds and two blocks while fellow sophomore Bree Domingo added 12 points, three rebounds and six assists.

Solano has now won eight games in a row and improves to 10-4 overall. The Falcons conclude the preseason schedule with great momentum and resume Bay Valley Conference play on Jan. 6 against Mendocino in Ukiah.


Solano routs De Anza, advances to Gervasoni title game

December 30, 2009

The Solano women’s basketball team will play for the championship at the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic after beating host De Anza on Tuesday night, 86-56.

Ashley Daniels continued her stellar play with 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. Bree Domingo led the Falcons with 18 points and added three rebounds and two assists.

Solano led by 10 at the half. The Falcons (9-4) have won seven games in a row and are on the longest preseason win streak in Coach Matt’s tenure at Solano.

“We are very excited to play for another championship,” said Coach Matt, whose team won the Solano Showdown earlier this month. “This tournament is always tough to play in because it’s right after the Christmas break, but we are playing really well right now.”

Solano, the No. 9 team in the North, will have to keep playing well when they face off with the North’s No. 1 team, City College of San Francisco, Wednesday at 3 p.m. The game will be played at Monta Vista High in Cupertino.

Against De Anza, Soroya Blunt added 14 points on 7 of 9 shooting to go along with six rebounds and Destinee Sinegal chipped in five points, three rebounds and four assists.

Solano opens Gervasoni tournament with victory

December 28, 2009

The Falcons brushed off some holiday rust to defeat South power Cypress on Monday night 62-50 to open the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic in Cupertino.

The win was Solano’s sixth in a row. The team advances to play either De Anza or Porterville on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the tournament’s semifinals.

Ashley Daniels led Solano with 14 points. She added five rebounds three steals. Veronica Morris contributed 12 points and four rebounds.

Goli Tavassoli, who hit three clutch 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game, finished with 11 points.

Coach Matt Borchert was happy with the way his team finished the game.

“We only had four turnovers in the second half and hit 70 percent from the free throw line,” he said. “We are still shaking off some post-Christmas stuff but we beat a good team tonight.”

Crystal Lee commanded the boards and had nine rebounds while Ivy Jones had five assists for SCC (8-4).

Solano tops Contra Costa, wins fifth straight

December 23, 2009

Crystal Lee scored 17 points, including some crucial baskets down the stretch, to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 66-58 win over Contra Costa College on Tuesday night.

The Falcons improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in BVC play and sit atop the league standings.

Crystal added nine rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist while shooting 8 of 14 from the field. Soroya Blunt had 12 points and nine rebounds and Veronica Morris had 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and a block.

Ashley Daniels had another stellar game with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.

Point guard Bree Domingohad four points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Solano led 28-25 at halftime and the second half was a dogfight to say the least. Contra Costa tied the game at 39 midway through the second half but Solano went on a 14-4 run to take a 10-point lead with 6:19 to go in the game.

The Comets weren’t ready to go away though and cut the lead to five with four minutes remaining, 57-52.  The Falcons were able to put the game away thanks to clutch free throws and field goals.

“This is a great win for the team,” said Coach Matt Borchert. “We have a few days off now for the holidays and this gives us some momentum heading into our next game.”

Solano will face off with South power Cypress to open the Mike Gervasoni Memorial Classic in Cupertino on Monday, Dec. 28. The game will be played at Monte Vista High in Cupertino at 6 p.m.

Falcons open BVC play with a victory

December 19, 2009

Veronica Morris continued to have the hot hand in leading the Solano College women’s basketball team to a 66-56 win over Laney of Oakland in Falcons’ Bay Valley Conference opener on Friday night.

Veronica scored 18 points and added 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the win. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in all but two games this season and is the Falcons’ leading scorer at 12.5 points per game.

The Falcons have won four straight games. SCC led by as many as 20 points in the second half.

“I was really pleased with the effort tonight,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “The girls came out and attacked on both sides of the ball and played hard.”

Ashley Daniels had an outstanding game as well. The sophomore guard had 12 points and five rebounds and shot 6 of 9 from the field.

Freshman Destinee Sinegal added 12 points for Solano, which improved to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in BVC games. The Falcons take on Contra Costa on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Falcons on the radio

December 16, 2009

Solano Sports Radio will be broadcasting all the team’s home games this season. By clicking on the link on the right side of the blog “Solano Sports Radio” and accessing the “game broadcasts” tab, fans can re-live the women’s basketball teams’ games.

Games are broadcast 30 minutes after the game is over.

Coach Matt Borchert, who earned his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State in radio/film/television and aspired to be a radio broadcaster before turning to coaching, was impressed after listening to the three Solano Showdown games over the weekend.

“They do a nice job!” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and something nice for our fans who can’t come to the games in person.”

Falcons win Showdown

December 14, 2009

The Solano women's basketball team celebrates their Showdown crown.

The Solano College women’s basketball team upended Cosumnes River College 78-68 on Sunday to win their own Solano Showdown. It was the first time since 2005 that the Falcons won the Showdown.

Solano (5-4) took a 31-27 lead into the half. Both teams battled back and forth in the second half but a Goli Tavassoli 3-pointer tied the game at 47. Solano took the lead shortly thereafter and never looked back. The Falcons used outstanding pressure defense to disrupt Cosumnes.

“I was real happy with the way the team played this weekend,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “Our defense was outstanding and we had some players step up on offense that helped out as well.”

Veronica Morris was named Solano Showdown MVP.

Sophomore Veronica Morris was named tournament MVP after averaging 13.6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. Freshman Destinee Sinegal had a great showing at the tournament as well, leading the team in scoring on the first two nights. She was named to the all-tournament team. Destinee averaged 13.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

Solano advanced to the championship game of the Showdown by defeating Siskiyous on Saturday night. Solano controlled the game and led by as many as 25 in the second half.

Solano returns to action on Friday when it opens defense of its back-to-back Bay Valley Conference titles. The Falcons travel to Oakland to play Laney at 6 p.m.

To view more photos from the Siskiyous game, click here.