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Saunders a Model on the Court

October 16, 1998

"Strike a pose, there's nothing to it."

-- "Vogue," by Madonna

Oh really?


Bohdana Saunders, a volleyball player at Buena High, is finding that modeling is not just a smile for the camera.

"It's tough," she said. "It takes a lot to get into it because you have to build your portfolio, learn how to walk [on the runway], learn how to dress and how to wear your makeup."

Saunders, who took up modeling less than a year ago at the urging of friends, has been fortunate.

She has appeared in a hair-product brochure and in a fashion show for an Italian designer.

The senior already seems to understand the ways of modeling.

"Sometimes people love you," she said, "and sometimes they don't."

A few months ago, Saunders was invited to audition for a runway show that focused on hair styles.

Saunders made the first cut--from 400 down to 25--and had a shot at being chosen among the eight models who would each be paid $800 a day for a three-day show.

She finished ninth.

"I try not to let that stuff get me down because I know [judges] have a set look on their mind," Saunders said. "There's always another audition I can go to."

As long as it doesn't interfere with volleyball practice.

Saunders, a 5-foot-9 opposite hitter, said she is firmly committed to her team, which is ranked No. 7 in the region by The Times. She said she asked a modeling agency to stop contacting her until the end of the season.

She said she hasn't missed practice since the season began.

"If I did miss practice, I wouldn't be able to play in the next game," Saunders said. "And I like to play in games."

Crescenta Valley's four-game victory over Arcadia on Wednesday was a stunning reversal of tradition.

It was the first time Crescenta Valley had defeated the Apaches since 1978.

"I think a lot of it for us, and for me, is just the pride of beating Arcadia," said third-year Coach Jennifer Kunz. "It's been such the tradition that Arcadia's the top team."

Middle blocker Elizabeth Wiess-

ner is recognized at Chatsworth not only for her ability, but for her last name.

Wiessner's older brother, Stephen, was a Times' all-region second-team selection at Chatsworth in 1996.

Stephen, who now plays at Cal State Northridge, set a Chatsworth match record with 38 kills against Arcadia. And he's not afraid to give advice to his sister.

"He'll tell me what I've done wrong and what I should be doing on my technique and everything," Elizabeth said. "He comes to almost all my games."


The Top 10

Rankings of girls' volleyball teams from the region


RK LW School (League) 1 1 Harvard-Westlake (Mission) 2 2 Royal (Marmonte) 3 3 Calabasas (Frontier) 4 4 Flintridge Scrd Hrt (Mission) 5 5 La Reina (Tri-Valley) 6 6 Westlake (Marmonte) 7 7 Buena (Channel) 8 9 Village Christian (Alpha) 9 8 Notre Dame (Mission) 10 10 Sylmar (Valley Pac-8)


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