Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College Notebook

The Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team is ranked No. 3 in California after they picked up a third consecutive sweep victory over Fullerton College last week.

The Vikings (8-3, 4-1) were led by freshman outside hitter Vinicius da Silva’s 11 kills and eight digs. Setter Joseph Rocha recorded 32 assists at the net, had four digs and three kills. Kyler Tufuga contributed three service aces off the back line, and Uriel Batista had three blocks at the net.

LBCC returns to the Building Q Gym on Wednesday to take on Santa Barbara City College at 6 p.m.


LBCC picked up an important South Coast Conference win last Saturday over East Los Angeles College, 8-6. The Vikings (12-10, 6-2) are on a four-game winning streak.

Sophomores David Balboa and Mark Stanford both had a game-high three hits and two RBIs. Freshman pitcher Julio Lopez (2-1) earned the win after allowing four hits in three innings, and freshman Trevor Sutt (1-1) took home his fifth save of the season by holding the Huskies to only one run on three hits in the final two innings.

The Vikings visit LA Harbor College at 2:30 p.m. today.


The Vikings (13-9, 6-5) needed extra innings last week to come back and take down Rio Hondo 2-1 in conference action, but then lost its next two games to East LA and Cypress. Freshman pitcher Noelany Benitez battled for eight innings and held the Roadrunners to one unearned run on five hits, while striking out five.

In the bottom the eighth inning, shortstop Jade Wittman singled and pinch hitter Jaydy Machuca walked before left fielder Maria Aguilar smashed a 2-RBI double for the walkoff win.

The Vikings host Chaffey College a 3 p.m. today.

Beach Volleyball

LBCC (8-2, 2-0) swept Mt. SAC last week at Granada Beach to stay perfect in conference. Sophomores Sierra Davis and Brooklin Mize took down the Mounties in two sets (21-17, 21-12) and were dominant in their match to set the tone early.

The Vikings return to action on Friday against El Camino and Mt. SAC.

Track & Field

Seven Vikings took home gold medals from the Coast Classic at Orange Coast College last weekend. Sophomore Darnelle Harris won the 100 meter (10.75) and 200 meter (22.07) sprints for the men.

On the women’s side, freshman Aazalet Danage also had two first place finishes in the 200 meter (25.13) and the 400 meter (1:00.77). The women’s 4×100 relay team of Danage, Cicely Arana, Destinee Augustus and Vanessa Marchorro took home gold (49.47) while frehsman Calissa Candalot took home gold in the javelin.

JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.