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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 5/7/2018: Beach Volleyball Advance to State, Track & Field Pushes on to SoCal Finals

Track & Field's Sherrice Pelle, Beach Volleyball's Isabella Alvarez.
Track & Field's Sherrice Pelle, Beach Volleyball's Isabella Alvarez.

Baseball- Long Beach Baseball Boasts Nine All-Conference Selections

It was recently announced that nine Long Beach City College baseball players earned All-South Coast Conference (SCC) South Division Team honors.  Freshman relief pitcher Garrett Rennie, sophomore third baseman Reese Berberet and freshman shortstop David Rivera all received First-Team All-Conference recognition, while sophomore starting pitcher Jacob Alcorn and freshman starting pitcher Michael Ramirez, sophomore designated hitter Aaron Fawcett, freshman catcher David Balboa, freshman second baseman Raul Gonzalez and sophomore outfielder Collin Perez earned Second-Team All-Conference laurels.

Rennie earns First-Team recognition with boasting a 5-2 record with three saves. During conference, he pitched 34 innings with 27 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA. He was the clutch pitcher for the Vikings to finish the game strong on the mound. He averaged 7.15 strikeouts per game and only allowed nine earned runs during the conference campaign.

The two-time All-SCC Berberet shined at the dish and in the infield the entire season. Not only was Berberet on top of the leaderboard for homeruns in the conference, but he was also the leader of home runs in the state. During conference, Berberet had a batting average of .344, a slugging percentage of .789 and boasted 24 RBIs.

Rivera rounded out the First-Team selection as the lead-off hitter for the Vikings and was consistent at the dish with a .344 batting average. River also hit two home runs during conference play and barreled in 12 RBIs. Rivera was also unstoppable at short with 26 putouts and 49 assists. He was always was on the move and was near perfect with a .938 fielding percentage and cranked out eight double plays.

Alcorn earned Second-Team honors as the starting pitcher with a 2-4 record in 49 innings of work. Alcorn boasted a whopping 44 strikeouts and held a 4.222 ERA. Alcorn was also quick on the mound with two putouts and seven assists.

Ramirez also brought home Second-Team laurels as a starting pitcher with going 2-2 on the mound, and was on top of his game with a 3.92 ERA in 41.1 conference play innings. Ramirez held off his opponents with 22 total strikeouts and averaged 4.79 strikeouts per game.

As the designated hitter, Fawcett made the Second-Team All-Conference selections with 26 hits, two doubles and one triple. Fawcett smashed a .310 batting average with 13 RBI and seven stolen bases. 

Balboa was the catalyst behind the ball for the Vikings. He earned Second-Team honors with a batting average of .326 including eight doubles, one home run and 17 RBI. As the starting catcher, Balboa had 95 putouts, 10 assists, caught four runners stealing and averaged .972 fielding percentage.

Gonzalez was key at second base and took All-Conference Second-Team honors with a .356 average with 26 hits and 13 RBI. Gonzalez was light on his feet at second with 44 putouts, 42 assists and two double plays. He held an almost flawless fielding percentage of .925.

To complete the All-Conference list for Long Beach City College, outfielder Perez rounded out the Second-Team selections as an outfielder. Perez averaged .284 at the dish with six doubles, and 5 RBI. In the outfield, Perez had 30 putouts and a .970 percentage.

Softball- Softball Earns Six-All Conference Members and Pitcher of the Year

It was recently announced by the South Coast Conference (SCC) that six Long Beach City College softball student-athletes earned SCC-South All-Conference accolades at the conclusion of the regular season. Sophomore pitcher Alissa Cienfuegos, freshman utility Raven Agapay, and sophomore first baseman Julia Juarez all earned First-Team All-Conference nods, while sophomore left fielder Alijah Vega and freshman second baseman Jennifer Tobar brought in Second-Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore left fielder Lauren Blevins also earned All- Conference Honorable Mention accolades.

Cienfuegos not only earned her second First-Team Honors, but was also named the SCC–South Pitcher of the Year and on the All-State honors list. Cienfuegos proved to be an all-around weapon for the Vikings as she was a threat on the mound and at the dish. As a pitcher she boasted 145 strikeouts and averaged 8 strikeouts per game during conference, while holding a winning record of 14-12. As a hitter, she acquired a batting average of .375 and nailed 12 home runs, placing her eighth on the leaderboard in state, on top of 39 runs with 48 hits.

Agapay earned First-Team honors with her consistency at the plate and on the field. She blasted eight total home runs this season to put her in the fourth spot on the leaderboard in the conference. This year, she boasted 21 runs, 26 RBIs and 38 hits. She dominated in doubles with smashing 12 throughout the season. She was right behind Cienfuegos with a .325 batting average and had a .684 slugging percentage.

Juarez earned First-Team accolades by being a force at first base. Juarez played in 38 games with 119 at-bats. Juarez had 39 runs for the Vikings with 25 RBI and only struck out once during the entire season. She was a constant key to success at first with 105 put-outs and was near perfect at the base with a fielding percentage of .965.

Vega brought home Second-Team praises with her performance on the field and on the plate. Vega smashed the ball 46 times to get on base with a .421 on base percentage. She had 19 RBIs and 23 runs for the Vikings. She was quick at the bases and had 9 total stolen bases.

Tobar earned her first-career Second-Team honors with her solid contributions as the starting second baseman for the Vikings. Tobar had a fielding percentage of .900 in conference and totaled 23 assists throughout the season. She also tallied 32 put-outs and participated in three double plays. At the dish, Tobar had 47 hits and 29 runs.

Blevins earned All-SCC Honorable Mention with her steady efforts in left field. She was flawless in the field during conference with nine put outs and boasted a 1.00 fielding percentage. She was the fastest on the team with 17 stolen bases and drove in five RBIs.

The Vikings recently fell in the CCCAA Regional Playoffs against Fullerton College 4-1. The Vikings will return next spring.

Track & Field- Track & Field Advance to SoCal Finals

The men's and women's track & field squad traveled to San Diego Mesa to compete in the SoCal Prelims on Saturday, May 5. Six athletes will move on to compete in the SoCal Finals next week on Saturday, May 5.

Sophomore Sherrice Pelle took tenth overall in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.68. Pelle also placed sixth in the 100 meter hurdles with a 15.07.

Sophomore Erin Wilber qualified to move on to the finals next week in the finals in the high jump.

Freshman Tylor Wallace also moves on by taking eighth place in the 800 meter run with a 1:57.12. Wallace also placed seventh in the 1500 meter run with a 4:03.67.

Moises Marquez, Jarrod Amyx, and Nicole Adams will all be competing next week at San Diego Mesa in the SoCal Finals in the 5k and the discus.

Beach Volleyball- Beach Defeats Bakersfield and Mesa in SoCal Team Regionals, Advances to CCCAA State Championships

The Long Beach City College women's beach volleyball team continued to impress this Tuesday after facing off against the Bakersfield College Renegades and the San Diego Mesa College Olympians in California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional Playoffs at Granada Beach. Long Beach remained strong and consistent by defeating Bakersfield 4-1 and San Diego Mesa with a 5-0 sweep.

This is the Vikings' second-consecutive year in the SoCal Regional Playoffs. In their first season last year, the Vikings concluded their season with a second place finish in the CCCAA State Championships and earned the gold medal in the Individual Championships.

Freshman Elsa Woods and sophomore Mariah Clausen, freshmen Doris Woods and Isabella Alvarez, sophomore Jessica Kaeka and freshman Brooklin Mize, freshman Tatyana Tuilaii-Umi and sophomore Jordan Diaz, freshmen Josannah Vazquez and Sierra Davis all took down their opponents in the sand to punch their ticket to the CCCAA State Championships on Thursday, May 10-12 at West Valley College.

For the CCCAA Beach Volleyball Pairs Tournament on May 11-12, the Vikings are seeded as follows:

No. 3 Josannah Vasquez and Sierra Davis
No. 5 Jessica Kaeka and Brooklin Mize
No. 31 Tatyana Tuilaii-Umi and Jordan Diaz

The Vikings are ranked No. 1 as a team going in to the CCCAA Beach Volleyball State Championships. To view the CCCAA Beach Volleyball State Championship bracket, click here. For the CCCAA Beach Volleyball Pairs Bracket, click here.

Swimming- Aquatics Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

Sophomore water polo and men's swimming athlete Carl Matthews from Yorba Linda, Calif. has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Redlands. Also, sophomore water polo and women's swimming athlete Lindsey Mizrahi from Cypress, Calif. has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Mercyhurst University.

Matthews was named to the All-South Coast Conference (SCC) First-Team list as a goalkeeper for the men's water polo team this season. The men's team went undefeated during their conference season and placed third in the California Community College Athletics Association Championships.

During the 2018 swim season, Matthews placed third in the SCC Championships in the 100 yard backstroke by shaving three seconds off his seed time and finalized his bronze medal with a 1:07.37.

Matthews will compete at the University of Redlands, starting this upcoming Fall season. The Bulldogs are led by Tom Whittemore and compete at the NCAA Division III level and are a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

After helping the women's water polo haul in their third-consecutive SCC Championship title, Mizrahi was named to the All-SCC First-Team accolades by being an offensive threat in the set position. This season, Mizrahi has scored 28 goals with 14 assists. This is Mizrahi's second All-SCC selection as last year she earned Second-Team nods for her offensive efforts.

During the 2018 swim season, Mizrahi took home the bronze medal in the SCC Championships by dropping four seconds off her 100 yard butterfly with 1:06.38.

Mizrahi will compete at Mercyhurst University, starting this upcoming Fall season. The Lakers are led by Curtis Robinette and compete at the NCAA Division II level and are a member of the Women's Water Polo Association.