Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 10/2/17: Women’s Water Polo Holds Highest Winning Percentage in the State, No. 2/3 Football Fends Off Falcons for Fifth-Straight

Photos by Michael Leone & Bobby R. Hester
Photos by Michael Leone & Bobby R. Hester

It was another strong week for the Riverside City College fall programs. Women's water polo continues to remain top contenders in the state that boast some of the strongest statistical players in California and the Orange Empire Conference (OEC). The football team only trails Fullerton in the state rankings after hauloing in their fifth-consecutive win. 

Football

 

Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei

The No. 2/3 Tigers hit the road for a showdown against the Cerritos College Falcons on Saturday. After a rocky start to the contest that included two turnovers, the Tigers gained traction and charged past the Falcons by the final score of 31-20. Sophomore wide receiver Malik Holcomb (Chicago, IL) reeled in two touchdowns after recording seven grabs for 132 yards. Sophomore quarterback Vic Viramontes (Norco, CA) was once again a valid dual threat by going 11-for-18 in the air with 158 yards and a touchdown. He carried the ball 12 times for 132 yards and a touchdown as well. Sophomore cornerback Devanere Crenshaw (Riverside, CA) led the defense by recording a pick-six in the first quarter. Additionally, he recorded six tackles. The Tigers enter their bye week and will return home on Saturday, October 14th to face off against Chaffey College.

Women's Water Polo

 

Nikkol Webber

The Tigers continued to dominate in the pool by going 6-1 on the week which included a perfect 4-0 in the Cuesta College Tournament, leading to the highest winning percentage in the state at .929 (13-1). Their lone loss was to San Joaquin Delta, but the Tigers rebounded the following day and defeated Delta by the final score of 5-3. In the win over SJD, freshman goalkeeper Hannah McCarley (Riverside, CA) recorded a whopping 13 saves to secure her 11th victory of the year. At tournament's end, McCarley now boasts an overall record of 13-1 and has amassed 116 saves on the season. Her save mark is second in the state. Freshman attacker Katy Peterson (Menifee, CA) led the offensive charge through the weekend by totaling nine goals to bring her season total to 29. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, October 4th in a conference matchup against Cypress.

Men's Water Polo

 

Kristopher McVeigh

Riverside went 2-3 on the week highlighted by victories against American River and San Joaquin Delta. In a 14-5 victory over American River, freshman driver Alexis Gutierrez (Mira Loma, CA) fired home a game-high five scores to go along with a pair of assists. Sophomore goal keeper Kristopher McVeigh (Riverside, CA) made 14 stops between the pipes to earn his fifth win of the year. Freshman driver Bo Loftin (Mira Loma, CA) had a well-rounded game by recording three goals, pocketing two steals, and drawing two ejections. The Tigers hit the road for a conference showdown against Cypress on Wednesday, October 4th at 4 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

 

Roni Lopez (left), Natalie Escher (right)

The Tigers had a tough week of competition as they fell to a pair of conference opponents in three-straight sets. Freshman outside hitter Kiara Oregon (Riverside, CA) paced the team against Orange Coast in kills with five, while freshman libero Natalie Escher (Redlands, CA) recorded 11 digs. Freshman outside hitter Marcella Rodriguez (Belize City, Belize) hammered home 12 kills in a loss to Golden West, while freshman setter Taylor Gardner (Colton, CA) finished with 12 assists and two digs. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, October 4th for a contest against Cypress on the road.

 

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*Photos by Bobby R. Hester & Michael Leone