THE NEXT LEVEL: Racich twins make an impact for college teams

Taylor Racich made the first start of her Pepperdine career a memorable one, leading the Waves with 17 kills in a three-game sweep of Cal State Fullerton on Saturday afternoon in the Asics Classic in Malibu.

Racich, a freshman out of Dos Pueblos, hit an impressive .438 (only 3 errors in 32 attempts) and added five digs and five blocks for a match-high 19.5 points.

She added eight kills and eight digs in a five-set win over Arizona, as the No. 13-ranked Waves won the tournament to improve to 4-1

Taylor?s twin sister, Tristan Racich, also had a fine debut as a freshman setter for Azusa Pacific. She handed out 17 assists, had three digs and two blocks in a four-set win over Southern Nazarene of Oklahoma at the Point Loma Seaside Invitational.

FROM THE SOCCER PITCH: Former Cate School standout forward Avery Schwartz made his college debut for Yale, coming on as a substitute in the 22nd minute in a 2-0 loss to Central Connecticut State. Schwartz, who helped the Rams win back-to-back CIF titles, took one shot and picked up a yellow card.

Santa Barbara High alum Tony Alfaro, a captain on the Dons? 2011 CIF State Regional championship team, is starting at defender for Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Jesse Gonzalez, a high-scoring player on the 2010 CIF-SS championship team at Santa Barbara, is a starting midfielder at Notre Dame da Namur in Belmont. Also playing at the NCAA Division 2 school is former DP and SBCC forward Rodrigo Perez.

Former UCSB defender/midfielder Michael Tetteh, a draft pick of the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer two years ago, was loaned to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the North American Soccer League. He was shown a red card in the 19th minute during a 3-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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