Polina Severina has come halfway around the world to play volleyball. Still, she looks about as comfortable as a girl from Moscow can get in the desert.


The coach of the Arizona Western College men's basketball team has had a successful first season at the helm.

There is a theory among successful coaches that the job requires filling many roles
part-time mentor, parent, therapist, friend, psychologist, teacher and motivational speaker.

And somewhere along the line, being a coach comes into play.

How does a team top a season in which it went 11-1 and played in the National Championship game? The obvious answer would be by winning the national title, but maybe it's not that simple.


The Mats have played in a manner this season that would make any old-time baseball fan feel all warm and fuzzy inside. With a combination of peak effort and smart baseball, the team has put itself in position to make a postseason run.

The agony of losing the national championship can be heard in the voices of coaches and returning players alike. Painful as it is, though, losing a game of that magnitude only serves motivation as the team cranks up spring practices.

The parity in the conference this year promises to make for an exciting post-season, and the Matadors feel they have a golden opportunity to add 2012 onto the banner hanging in The House.

We are more confident like last year, reports Olingende, last year's ACCAC Freshman of the Year. This is a lofty comparison, considering that last year's Lady Matadors won 30 games and went to the region final.