2000-2001 Back-To-Back State Champion Pirates

2000-2001 Back-To-Back State Champions

Back To Back!!

The VC Pirates successfully defended their state title with a 70-66 victory over the Contra Costa Comets on Saturday, March 10, in a game played at University of the Pacific's Alex G. Spanos Center. Kelly Murray was named the tournament's MVP, and Monica Hang played well all weekend to earn All Tournament honors.

VC started off the tournament by defeating Lassen 74-55. Kelly Murray led the way with 19 points, followed by Monique Taylor with 12 and Monica Hang with 11. Kellie Gessell also scored 11 points, on 5 for 5 shooting from the field. Sarah Kolbeck contributed 8 points and seven rebounds. In the semi-final game, the Lady Pirates beat Fresno City College by the score of 74-58. Kelly Murray again led the way for VC with 20 points, with Monica Hang close behind with 18. Monique Taylor converted seven of eight field goals to contribute 14 points to the victory.

In the final game against Contra Costa, the #3 seed from the North, Sarah Kolbeck got fired up and scored 20 points. Also scoring in double figures were Kelly Murray with 16, Monica Hang with 11 and Monique Taylor with 10. Taylor also crashed the boards for 12 rebounds. For the season, Kelly Murray and Monique Taylor earned all-state first team accolades.

Congratulations Pirates - job well done!!

State Tournament Photos

2001 State Champions Proudly Show Off Their Trophy
The newly crowned State Champions proudly show off their trophy

Monica Hang Gettin' Air
All Tournament selection Monica Hang gets airborne in the semi-final game against Fresno City

Kelly Murray Drives To The Hoop
State Tournament MVP Kelly Murray drives to the hoop to score two of her game high 20 points in the semi-final game against Fresno City College

Monique Taylor
Monique Taylor takes a shot during the final game against Contra Costa (smile, Monica!)

Estelle Diaz
Estelle Diaz shoots a jump shot during the semi-final game against Fresno

Sarah Kolbeck fires away
Sarah Kolbeck takes a shot during the quarterfinal game against Lassen

Ned Mircetic
Head Coach Ned Mircetic voices his opinion during the Fresno game (nice tie!)

Die-hard VC fans
Devoted VC fans show their support during the final game against Contra Costa

Tina Samaniego
Tina Samaniego shoots despite being closely covered by two Lassen defenders

Renee Jimenez
Three point specialist Renee Jimenez fires away from beyond the arc over a Lassen defender

Kellie Gessell
Kellie Gessell goes up for a shot as Monica Hang looks on

VC dogpile
An orange and white dogpile forms just after the buzzer sounds for the final time (go ahead, Alyssa... jump in!!)

Happy Campers
Assistant coach Tara McLean-Emery shares a celebratory moment with Estelle, Lottie, Sarah, Destiny and Erica

Gimme a hug!!
All Tournament selections Monica Hang and Kelly Murray embrace as others celebrate in the background

Lottie and Monica swingin'
Lottie Kanama and Monica Hang have a little fun during the post game celebration

All photos by René Ponce © 2001

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