Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 11/20/17: Football Advances to SCFA Regional Championships, Men’s Cross Country Places Second at State, Women’s Water Polo Places Third at State

Riverside Athletics Week in Review – 11/20/17: Football Advances to SCFA Regional Championships, Men’s Cross Country Places Second at State, Women’s Water Polo Places Third at State

Football

The second-seeded Tigers defeated the third-seeded Ventura College Pirates, 49-33, in the first round of the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) Regional playoffs. Sophomore quarterback Vic Viramontes was named the game's Most Valuable Player (MVP) after rushing for five touchdowns and passing for two touchdowns. He accounted for a total of 458 yards (332 passing, 126 rushing) en route to the win. Freshman wide receiver Tyrone Marshall was named the team's Player of the Game after hauling in a touchdown pass following an incredible run after catch. Freshman linebacker Jash Allen notched a game-high 12 tackles that included two sacks for a loss of 15 yards. The Tigers advanced to the Southern California Championship game where they will face off against the top-seed and undefeated Fullerton College Hornets.

*Saturday's Game Information*

Location: Whittier College Memorial Stadium

Time: 12 noon

Ticket Prices: $12 general admission, $8 students (with valid ID)

Parking: Free of charge

Live Stream Link

 

Women's Water Polo

The Tigers placed third at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships with a 12-8 victory over Sierra College. Freshman attacker Nikkol Webber had a standout performance by doing it all. She fired home three scores while adding three assists, four steals and two drawn ejections. At season's end, the Tigers saw five players earn numerous recognitions. Please see below:

Name Award
Hannha McCarley (Fr.) OEC First-Team All-Conference
  First-Team All-Southern California
  First-Team All-American
   
Josceline Godinez (So.)  OEC First-Team All-Conference  
  First-Team All-Southern California  
  First-Team All-American  
   
Katy Peterson (Fr.) OEC First-Team All-Conference  
  First-Team All-Southern California    
  First-Team All-American    
   
Kate Fox (Fr.) OEC-Second-Team All-Conference
  Second-Team All-Southern California
  Second-Team All-American
   
Dafne Garcia (So.) Second-Team All-Southern California
   

 

Men's Cross Country

Riverside wrapped up a strong season with a second-place showing at the CCCAA State Championships by earning an overall time of 1:43:37.3. Sophomore Ricardo Cardenas and freshman Enrique Villa finished back-to-back, respectfully, to pace the men's side. Cardenas earned an overall time of 20:38.8 which was a mere second away from landing on the podium. Villa followed closely behind with a clip of 20:31.1. Both individuals received All-American honors. Freshman Angel Campos placed 13th overall with a mark of 20:40.0 to earn All-American status as well.

 

Women's Cross Country

The Tigers capped off a strong season by placing seventh overall at the CCCAA State Championships with a team clip of 1:38:49.8. Sophomore Sarah Hollis paced the women by earning the bronze medal with a mark of 18:25.5. It is the eighth-consecutive meet where she has placed in the top-three. Robin Valencia followed with a time of 19:37.8.

 

Women's Basketball

Riverside went 1-2 in the Palomar Tournament by defeating the Palomar alumni squad, 55-54. In the victory, the Tigers charged back after facing a large deficit highlighted by an 18-point third quarter. Sophomore forward Joana Adams was a rebound shy of recording a double-double by flushing 14 points and hauling in nine rebounds. Freshman guard Kimari Hollis finished with a game-high 18 points and four steals.

 

Men's Basketball

The Tigers went two and out in the San Bernardino Valley Tournament after falling to East Los Angeles and Grossmont, respectfully. Sophomore guard Brae Ivey finished in double-digit points in both contests (23 points vs. East LA & 22 points vs. Grossmont). Freshman guard Kayn Calhoun flushed 15 in his first-career start against East LA, while sophomore forward Kane Daniels earned a double-double against Grossmont with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Volleyball

The Tigers capped their season by defeating Fullerton College in straight sets. Freshman outside hitter Marcella Rodriguez paced the Tigers on the offensive front by hammering home 11 kills off 30 attempts. Her kill total mark is the 10th time this season where she has landed in double-digit kills. She was also a huge factor on the defensive end by recording 13 digs. Freshman libero Natalie Escher continued to patrol the backline to perfection by recording a game-high 17 digs. She added an ace as well. Furthermore, both players were named to the OEC All-Conference teams. Escher earned first-team recognition, while Rodriguez reeled in second-team laurels.

 

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* all photos courtesy of Bobby R. Hester & Michael Leone