Big 8 and Valley Conference champions must be road warriors. Big wins in enemy territory against solid opponents are key elements in any title run, and every Sierra fall team needs a couple of those this week, as everyone is on the road.
Volleyball got the road show off to a good start last night as they outlasted a good Sac City team in an epic five-set match in Sacramento. Coach Vera Nelson said her team “battled” after dropping the opening set to the Panthers, who were looking to get back into the conference race with a win. The win kept the Wolverines (15-4, 4-1 Big 8) just a half match behind American River College, which plays at CRC tonight.
Sierra is at ARC Friday for a match that just may decide the Big 8 title. The Wolverines know what it takes to win in Beaver-land after upsetting ARC at their place last year in the second round of the NorCal playoffs. Community college volleyball does NOT get any better than this. Hope to see you at ARC Friday night!
Soccer got ready for the road with a raucous 7-0 waxing of Sac City yesterday at the Sierra Soccer Complex. The seven-goal explosion was the biggest offensive output since an 8-1 wipeout of Shasta early in the 2012 season. Coach Jason Gantt’s Wolverines won’t taste home cooking again until 10/29.
Trips to DVC next Tuesday (10/22) and San Joaquin Delta the following Friday loom for the booters, who are tied for the Big 8 lead with DVC and Santa Rosa. The Wolverine offense looks to be coming into its own, but the feeling here is the fate of these two games rest in the able hands of keeper Molly McConnell, who recorded her seventh 2013 shutout yesterday. It only takes a single goal to win when your goalie keeps throwing goose eggs onto the scoreboard.
Chris Breitbart’s men’s water polo team travels to San Luis Obispo to take part in the prestigious Cuesta College tournament this Friday and Saturday. Scott Decker’s women’s H2O polo team is at the San Joaquin Delta/Coast Challenge this weekend. Both teams have been racking up the frequent-traveler miles recently, but will be home next Wednesday (10/23) for crucial Big 8 matches against Diablo Valley College.
The football team opens Valley Conference action this Saturday night at Fresno City College. Coach Ben Noonan’s Wolverines finished the non-league slate with a 3-2 mark, but now face a schedule that has them on the road for three of the five conference games. Got ‘em right where we want ‘em!
For those of you new to the blog, I want to let you know I’ll be providing in-game updates from every road game I can get to. This week, I’ll be at the Sierra/ARC volleyball match on Friday night and at Saturday night’s Sierra/Fresno City football game. Stay in touch at sierrasports on Twitter. I’ll have post-game recaps on the Sierra College Sports Facebook page.