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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 11/6/2017: Women’s Basketball Opens Season with Tournament Win, Water Polo Dominates in South Coast Conference Tournament

From left to right: The women's basketball team after 3OT win, Valeria Payan, Tatyana Umi, Victoria Johnson.
From left to right: The women's basketball team after 3OT win, Valeria Payan, Tatyana Umi, Victoria Johnson.

The Vikings fell to the Riverside City College Tigers 51-14 on Saturday evening at the Wheelock Stadium in their fourth conference game. This is the Vikings' first conference loss and their four-game winning streak was snapped by Riverside. This brings the Vikings' record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central League. The Vikings totaled 301 yards in offense with 118 in the air. Steven Scales and Semj Parker scored the two touchdowns for the Vikings. Parker finished the game with a 94 yard punt return to seal the second touchdown for Long Beach. On the defensive side, Cross Poyer led the team with 10 tackles. Darryon Bunton and DeAnthony Jones assisted each other with a sack and a total loss of 9 yards. The Long Beach City College Vikings will play again next Saturday against the El Camino College Warriors at Veterans Memorial Stadium in their last conference game at 6 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here

Men's Soccer - Men's Soccer Narrows Out Compton
The men's soccer team defeated the Compton College Tartars in their fifth conference match of the season 1-0. In their last meeting at Compton College, the Vikings lost 3-0. The Vikings are now 11-4-2 overall and 3-1-1 in conference. Sophomore forward Christopher Ribet was the star of the game with his offensive skills against the Tartar defense. In the final minute of the first half, he had a header shot that skimmed the top of cross bar of the Compton cage. In the second half of the game, his hard work paid off with a cross pass from freshman defender Adrian Martinez and freshman midfielder Steven Espinoza for the only goal of the game. Goalkeeper Andres Figueroa-Flores had four saves in 90 minutes of work for the Vikings. On Friday, Nov. 3, the men's soccer team tied LA Harbor 2-2. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Soccer- Vikings Dominate Compton College in Conference Game
The women's soccer team smashed the Compton College Tartars 7-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Long Beach City College. The Vikings are now 7-6-4 overall and 4-1-1 in conference. In the first half of the game, freshman midfielder Sophia Barragan was the first to score within the first five minutes.. One minute later, the Tartars responded with a goal from a foul kick near the halfway mark. Freshman forward Victoria Gonzalez finished the half with another goal for Long Beach and with an assist from sophomore defender Savannah Dingman. Freshman forward Jennifer Delgadillo kicked-off the second half with the third goal for the Vikings. Sophomore midfielder Leighton Smith and sophomore defender Maria Vitiello were next in line to put goals in the back of the cage to bring the score up 5-1. Sophomore midfielder Casey Angers finished tallying up the scoreboard for the Vikings with two more goals with an assist from freshman defender Mikayla Vaughan. Briana Alarcon had one save with two shots on goal for the Vikings to round out the defense. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Volleyball- No. 12 Women's Volleyball Sweeps Cerritos 3-0 in Conference Game
The No. 12 women's volleyball team continued their sixteen-game winning streak against the Cerritos College Falcons on Friday evening in the Hall of Champions. The Vikings celebrated sophomore night with a three-set sweep over the Falcons. Long Beach City College won by the sets of 25-13, 25-9, and 25-12. They are now 17-3 overall and perfect in conference with a 6-0 record. The Vikings opened the game with the first point from sophomore Austin Edwards. Then the Cerritos' offense picked up and took the lead 6-4. Freshman Sierra Davis tied the game 6-6, followed by a kill from sophomore Tatyana Umi. Edwards and Umi finished the first set with back-to back kills to take the first win. Davis was the first to score in the second set with her first service ace. Sophomore Andrea Edwards was next on the attack with a kill to command the lead for the Vikings. Freshman Jessica Blakeman totaled four service aces in the second set. Davis finished the set with three kills followed by sophomore Graciela Maldonado sealing the set win with an ace. The Vikings took the third set by storm and led the Falcons 7-0 with three of those points coming from freshman outside hitter Josannah Vazquez. Davis led the team with four aces, eight kills, 10 digs and 14 assists.  Vasquez also totaled eight kills for the Vikings off of 10 attacks. The Vikings will play again in their next conference match on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at El Camino College at 6 p.m. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Men's Water Polo
Over the weekend, the No. 3 men's water polo team participated in the South Coast Conference Championship Tournament at Mount San Antonio College. The men's team defeated El Camino (20-6) and Cerritos (14-12) for the Championship Title. Long Beach will play in the Southern California Regional Playoffs on Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. at LA Valley College. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Water Polo
The No. 7 women's water polo team won the Conference Championship Title over the weekend. Long Beach defeated Chaffey 19-4 and then went on the beat Mt. SAC 9-6 in the championship game. The women's water polo team will travel to the Southern California Regional Championships against Cerritos College at 12:45 p.m. at LA Valley on Nov. 9. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Cross Country- Cross Country Qualifies for CCCAA State Championships
The men's and women's cross country team raced in the 2017 Southern California Regional Championships on Friday morning at Central Park in Santa Clarita. The women's team placed 7th with 502 points. Sophomore Destiny Diaz placed 61st with a time of 21:17 and averaged 6:51 per mile and qualified for California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) State Championships. Freshman Lilyanna Figueroa finished in 101st place out of 183 athletes with a time of 22:23. The men's team finished in 20th place with 528 points. Freshman Rafael Gonzalez was the top runner for Long Beach and finished in 66th with a time of 22:37.5 and freshman Donovan Zavala crossed the line in 75th out of 193 runners with a time of 22:44.8. Both Gonzalez and Zavala qualified for CCCAA State Championships. The Vikings will hit the trail at the CCCAA State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno on Saturday, Nov. 18th.. To view the remaining season schedule, click here. 

Men's Basketball
The men's basketball team opened their 2017-18 season in the Santa Ana Tournament this week. The Vikings fell to Santiago Canyon and Bakersfield, but then defeated the Chaffey College Panthers 90-83 on Saturday. Jeremiah Sadler scored 33 points for the Vikings and had two assists and two rebounds. The Vikings will play again against Cypress College on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.

Women's Basketball
The women's basketball team was ranked No. 9 in the CCCWBCA South Regional Preseason Poll on Oct.30. The women's team opened their 2017-18 season in the Mount San Antonio Tournament and won the Tournament Title against Mount San Antonio College in 3OT (82-75). Long Beach bypassed Desert College 99-41 and then defeated Saddleback College 73-68 before moving on to the championship round. Long Beach will play again in the Palomar Comet Classic on Nov. 18. To view the remaining season schedule, click here.