Sierra College Athletics kicked off the 2019 season with a busy week. Women's Soccer played a home match before heading to Ventura, CA for two more, Women's Volleyball took to the road for four matches, Men's Water Polo traveled to Merced for three matches and Women's Golf traveled to Modesto for the first tournament of their season.
Women's Golf took second place at the Modesto Invitational, scoring a 348 team total, with individual scores as follows:
Hailey Salomone with 83
Melanie Anderson with 84
Jordan Rooker with 85
Alexis Walter with 96
Kristen Taylor with 106
Lauren Lewis with 109
Cierra Creter with 159
Women's Soccer opened their season at home with a resounding 8-0 victory over Feather River, with goals from Allie Lister, Baleigh Zamudio, Paige Martinsen, Quincey Gieck, Atziri Lopez and three from Grace Vargas, while Laura Prine recorded 3 assists. Sierra shot 20 times, 14 on goal with 8 seeing the back of the net for a game one shot percentage of 40 percent.
Following their home win, Sierra traveled to the Ventura New Balance Classic, hosted by Ventura College to face San Diego Mesa and Santa Barbara. After drawing first blood in the 53rd minute with a Grace Vargas (assist by Baleigh Zamudio) goal, Mesa returned fire until the match was tied 2-2 in stoppage time. Mesa was able to squeeze in another goal, and time ran out before the Wolverines could balance things out once again, leading to a Mesa win of 3-2. Not deterred however, Sierra shut out powerhouse Santa Barbara with a decisive 2-0 win, improving to 2-1 on the season, and sitting at an overall shot percentage of .600 with an average 4 goals per game.
Women's Volleyball swept Solano (3-0, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20) and Los Medanos (3-0, 25-16, 25-20, 27-25) Wednesday at a Delta College tournament, before falling to Feather River (3-0, 25-15, 25-22, 25-17) and Butte (3-1, 25-17, 14-25, 25-19, 25-21) at Sacramento City College Friday evening. The young Sierra squad (12 of 16 players are freshman) host their first home match on Wednesday, September 4 against Shasta at 2:00pm and Marin at 6:00pm. After their first four matches, Sierra Volleyball is hitting .120 with 11.54 kills per set, 9.62 assists per set and 14 digs per set and an average 14 points per set.
Men's Water Polo hit the road as well, heading down to the Merced North vs. South Tournament for the weekend. Sierra opened strong with a 19-5 win over Citrus College, and followed that up with a 15-6 toppling of El Camino on Friday. Saturday morning was not as kind to the Wolverines, as they fell 13-9 to Cerritos. The Wolverines next head to West Valley College for the Nyquist Invitational Tournament on September 13 and 14.