Elizabeth Nguyen and Alyssa McClain have earned All-Western State Conference honors for the Pirates' women's tennis team with their play during the 2022 season. The pair received first team awards in Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively, and also as a duo in No. 3 doubles, as selected by the conference coaches.
After a dominant season in which the Pirates' men's tennis team went 6-0 in Western State Conference play, winning 52 of 54 matches in those six contests, it comes as no suirprise that VC dominated the All-WSC awards handed out at the conclusion of the season. Five Pirates were named first team All-WSC in singles while all three doubles pairs earned first team all-conference recognition as voted upon by the conference coaches.
Ventura College softball's Lauren Albrent was name dthe Western State Conference North Division Player of the Year in voting by the conference coaches following the 2022 season. 10 other Pirates also earned All-WSC honors, including first team accolades to Ashlyn Flinchum, Isabel Gallegos, Ahlyssa Guzman and Abby Strong.
The VC baseball team had nine players honored on the All-Western State Conference team in voting by the conference coaches last month. Leading the way were four first-team selections including infielder Reiss Calvin, first baseman John Oleson and outfielders JR Godinez and Nick Schnopp. Ventura finished the 2022 season with an overall record of 22-18, 15-9 in WSC North Division play.
The VC Ahletic Department's past and present came together Sunday May 15 at the 14th Hall of Fame Induction and Student Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. (See Photos) All 19 Pirate sports were represented in the evening's activities, and four alumni and a former coach and athletic director were introduced as the newest class of the VC Athletics Hall of Fame serving as the highlight of Ventura College's 2021-22 athletic year.
Stina Johansson and Charlotte Allison each won gold medals at the CCCAA State Track and Field Championships Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College earning first team All-American honors in leading the VC women's team to a tie for ninth place overall. Citllali Cortez also earned a first-team All-American honors as the Pirate women closed out Ventura's 2021-22 athletic calendar.
The VC golf team posted season-best round in the afternoon with a 2-over 362, but it was not enough to overcome a sluggish morning round as the Pirates finished sixth at the CCCAA State Championships at Soboba Springs Golf Course in San Jacinto Monday. Ventura posted a 383-362, 745 in the final event of he season. Individually, Evan Colborn earned All-State honors with a 1-under par 74-69, 143 to finish in a tie for sixth place, earning his All-State nod in a card off. Steen Zeman shot a 73-70, 143 to also tie for sixth place overall.
VC's beach volleyball duo of Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter finished in the Top-10 in the state Saturday at the CCCAA State Pairs Tournament in Irvine. After winning two matches on Friday, the pair dropped a decision in the Round of 16 Saturday to bring their season to a close.
After a hot day of pool play in Irvine Friday, VC's beach volleyball duo of Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter advanced to Saturdays' Sweet 16 in the CCCAA State Pairs Tournament. The pair won two matches and dropped another to place second in their pool of four teams, moving on to Saturday's finals. Meanwhile Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia along with Amaris Garcia and Katey Mulville also competed, making VC's strongest appearance yet at the state pairs level.
The Ventura College track and field teams competed in the Southern California Regional Finals on Friday at Moorpark with more Pirates punching their tickets for the CCCAA State Championships to be held May 20-21 at Mt. San Antonio College. Six women's athletes qualified for state, led by Stina Johansson's gold in the 300m steeplechase.
The Pirate golf team shot a 367-375, 742 Monday at Ventura's Olivas Links Golf Course Monday to place fourth at the Southern California regional Championships, qualifying as a team for the CCCAA State Championships next week. Nicholas Burns fired a 4-under 67-73, 240 to finish second overall while Steen Zeman was tied for fourth with a 1-under 74-69, 243. Both were named to the All-Southern California Team.
Three VC beach volleyball duos are headed to next week's CCCAA State Championships in Southern California's Top-13 after the completion of play at the SoCal Pairs Championships at El Camino College Saturday. After advancing to the regional quarterfinals, Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter are SoCal's No. 8 team while Amaris Garcia and Katey Mulville will head to state as SoCal's No. 11 seed. Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia will take to the court next week as the No. 13 team from Southern California.
The VC softball team was four outs away from forcing a decisive Game 3 in their first round playoff series at Palomar on Saturday. Then they weren't. The Pirates led 3-0 with two outs in bottom of the sixth inning before the Comets rallied for four runs to defeat Ventura and take the series. Isabel Gallegos paced VC (27-14) with a pair of hits and a run batted in. Kat Tafoya and Ciana Garcia also recorded an RBI each in the heartbreaking loss.
Four Pirate women competed at the CCCAA State Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday through Saturday at East Los Angeles College. The quartet of Allison Harris, Grace Given, Shelby Jackson and Lauren Pierce earned a total of 43 points for VC, good for a tie for 21st place overall among 39 scoring teams.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team had three pairs teams advance to the CCCAA State Pairs Tournament Friday at the Southern California Championships at El Camino College in Torrance. Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter, Alexis Baloyo and Amelia Zubia, and Amaris Garcia and Katey Mulville all won their Round of 32 matches to qualify for the final event of the season next weekend. Marchese and Carter also won their second match of the day to move into the quarterfinals on Saturday May 7.
The VC men's tennis season came to a close Friday with a pair of players in the state quarterfinals in singles and two doubles teams also advancing to the round of eight at the CCCAA State Championships at Mt. San Antonio College. Brodie Sodersten and Philemon Jabin each won their first singles match before bowing out of the draw, as did the duos of Jabin and Jinsei Tajima along with Yuya Koide and Ryan Lam.
The Pirate softball team dropped Game 1 of their first round Southern California Regional Playoff series at Palomar College Friday, 4-1. Second-year shortstop Abby Strong was 2-1 on the day with a double and a run scored to lead Ventura (27-13) while Ahlyssa Guzman also recorded a pair of hits, including one double. LeAnna De La Cruz had the only run batted in of the game for VC.
The VC men's and women's track and field teams competed in the Southern California Preliminaries on Friday at Moorpark College with a handful events holding finals. The Pirate women finished the day in fifth place including points form The SoCal Heptathlon event held last month. Stina Johansson, qualified for state in the 10k while Cassandra O'Reilly qualified for state with an 'A' standard throw earlier in the season in the shot put. O'Reilly and Charlotte Allison had previously qualified for state in the heptathlon.
The VC beach volleyball team had its 2022 season come to an end Tuesday in the Southern California Regionals in Huntington Beach. The No. 9-seeded Pirates of VC dropped a competitive sweep to No.1-seeded Pirates of Orange Coast before falling 4-1 to No. 8-seeded Santa Barbara. Ventura's duo of Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia produced the only victory of the day against the Vaqueros.
The VC softball team will be playing in the post-season. The Pirates (27-12) have been seeded No. 11 in the Southern California Regional Playoffs and will travel to No. 6 Palomar (31-7) in San Marcos Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7 for a best-of-three-series. Game 1 is set for a 2:00 pm first pitch on Friday.
VC's beach volleyball duo of Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter won a pair of matches Saturday before falling in the Western State Conference Tournament final at the Ventura Harbor Cove Courts. Meanwhile, VC's teams of Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia placed fifth and Amaris Garcia and Katey Mulville were sixth on the final day of WSC competition. All three pairs will advance to the SoCal Regional Tournament May 6 at El Camino College.
The Pirate baseball team ended the regular season on a high note Saturday with an 11-1 victory over Moorpark at Pirate Park. Cooper Smith had an outstanding start on the mound, scattering three hits over six complete innings facing one batter over the minimum while keeping the Raiders scoreless. Reiss Calvin was 4-5 at the plate with a double, three runs scored and two runs batted in to lead the 12-hit Pirate attack.
The Pirates' women's tennis team had their 2022 season come to an end on Saturday at the Southern California Regionals at Cypress College. VC's doubles team of Hanna Dever and Victoria Zegers dropped their match against a duo from Grossmont to close the season one victory shy of a berth in the CCCAA State Championships. Dever also fell one win short in singles play on Friday.
Three pairs of Pirates advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Western State Conference Tournament Friday at Santa Barbara's East Beach. VC's team of Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia will take on teammates Savannah Marchese and Averi Carter in one quarterfinal while Amaris Garcia and Katey Mulville will play in another Saturday morning April 30 beginning at 10:00 am at the Ventura Harbor Cove Courts.
The Pirate baseball team's quest for the post season took a shot Friday in a 6-5 setback against Los Angeles Pierce Friday in a game played at LA Valley. VC (21-18, 14-9) scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and had the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run on first when the Brahmas retired the side. Nick Schnopp had two hits and a run batted in in the final frame, and John Oleson also had a pair of hits with two RBI in the game for Ventura.
Pirate tennis singles players Philemon Jabin and Brodie Sodersten both qualified for the CCCAA State Championships with victories Saturday at the SoCal Regionals at Fullerton College. Additionally, Jabin and Jinsei Tajima along with Yuya Koide and Ryan Lam qualified for state in doubles play. The CCCAA State Championships will be held May 5-6 at Mt. San Antonio College.
On the strength of 11 individual Western State Conference gold medals, including five from Stina Johansson, two each from Ariana Vera and Charlotte Allison along with golds by Cassandra O'Reilly and Citllali Cortez, the Ventura College women's track and field team captured its first WSC team championship in 38 years Friday in Santa Monica. The VC men finished seventh in the conference finals as both teams turn their attention to the SoCal Preliminaries coming up May 6.
The visiting Allan Hancock College scored the first five and the final four runs of the game. It was the 11 runs in the middle scored by the VC baseball team that made the difference, however, as the Pirates held off the Bulldogs 11-9 at Pirate Park on Thursday. Ventura's top three batters JR Godinez, Reiss Calvin and John Oleson all recorded two runs batted in to lead the way while Ramon Torres hit a home run and scored twice. Jared Hughes pitched six innings of relief to pick up the win on the mound.
For the fourth time in five opportunities, the Ventura College beach volleyball team is headed to the post-season. The Pirates (14-4) have been seeded No. 9 in Southern California and will travel to No. 1 Orange Coast to take on the Pirates of the South and No. 8 Santa Barbara in the CCCAA SoCal Regional playoffs. The regionals will be hosted by OCC on Tuesday May 3 in Huntington Beach.
The Pirate softball team scored 12 runs in the top of the third inning in posting a 17-0 five-inning rout of Santa Monica in VC's regular season finale. Ahlyssa Guzman, Leanna De La Cruz, Ciana Garcia and Abby Strong batted in three runs each in the balanced offensive attack for Ventura (27-12, 10-2). STarting pitcher Kat Tafoya allowed a single hit while striking out six Corsairs and Morgan Albertsen finished the game in the pitcher's circle.