The No. 3 Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team took down No. 6 Santiago Canyon Hawks 3-1 last week in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Regional Playoffs. The Vikings (17-3) have now won 12 consecutive games, and will take on No. 2 El Camino in the CCCAA semifinals on Thursday at Fullerton College.
LBCC took the first set easily, and after Santiago Canyon came back for a second set victory, the Vikings won the next two sets to finish it 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20. LBCC freshman outside hitter Kyle Anema had a team-high 18 kills and five service aces. Freshman opposite Uriel Batista added 13 kills and two crucial blocks down the stretch. Freshman Joseph Rocha finished with 46 assists, and freshman Kyler Tufuga had 15 digs.
The No. 1 Vikings had two pairs qualify for the CCCAA Pairs Regionals by reaching the final four matches of the South Coast Conference Pairs Tournament at El Camino College last week. Sophomores Doris Woods and Isabella Alvarez were the first to qualify, and sophomores Kaitlyn Peterson and Elsa Woods also advanced. The Vikings will return to the beach on April 30 for the CCCAA SoCal Team Regionals.
LBCC (19-19, 10-11) celebrated Senior Day last week with a win over LA Harbor 6-3. Freshman pitcher Brittney Runyon earned the win while striking out three. Freshman shortstop Jade Wittman sparks the Vikings offense, and leads the SCC with a .487 batting average.
The Vikings (24-13, 15-4) have already qualified for the postseason, and are finishing their regular season this week with a three-game series against Compton. LBCC split a series with Santa Ana last week that snapped a five-game winning streak.
The LBCC women finished second, and the men placed seventh, at the South Coast Conference Swim Championships last weekend at Mt. San Antonio College.
On the women’s side, freshman Alejandra Villa took off two seconds in the 200 individual medley and placed first with a 2:19.62. Freshman Victoria Rowe won the 200 butterfly with a 2:21.36.
On the men’s side, freshman Josh Harvey won the 50 yard freestyle (21.36) and placed second in the 100 yard free (47.49).