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Viking Athletic Week in Review- 2/12/2018: Baseball, Men’s Basketball and Men’s Volleyball Haul in Back-to-Back Wins

From left to right: Esther Franks, Ashley Pozo, David Balboa, William English
From left to right: Esther Franks, Ashley Pozo, David Balboa, William English

Women's Basketball-Women's Basketball Falls to the Warriors 68-74

The women's basketball team fell to the El Camino College Warriors 68-74 on Friday evening in the Hall of Champions. With the loss, the Vikings drop to 16-10 overall and 3-3 in the South Coast Conference. During the game, the Vikings and the Warriors exchanged the lead six times and tied the game up three different times.

The Vikings kicked-off the game with a three pointer from sophomore guard Doylebonet Walker. Walker continued to be a threat on the court with totaling 28 points for the Vikings and going four-for-seven in three point attempts.

Jada Haynes was also successful offensively with 19 points and five assists. The team totaled 29 rebounds with Julia Ochoa, Esther Franks, Brittnay McDaniel and Janay Wellington all owning five at the rim.

In the fourth quarter, the Vikings were only down by five points. Walker scored another three pointer to decrease the lead to only one point, but the Warriors persevered and sealed the South Coast Conference win.

The Vikings will play again on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at LA Southwest at 5 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here.


Men's Basketball- Vikings Claim Victory Over the El Camino Warriors

The men's basketball team won their fifth conference game of the season over the El Camino Warriors 99-87. On Wednesday, The Vikings also defeated LA Harbor 90-71 in the Hall of Champions. Long Beach City College men's basketball now are 16-11 overall and 5-3 in the South Coast Conference. During the game the Vikings were 75% at the free throw line and totaled 46 rebounds.

The Warriors opened the game with a jumper to initially take the lead. Freshman guard Jamiu Akinbile was the first to the hoop for the Vikings to put them on the board.

Freshman guard Jordan Heard led the assists in the first half with four and had one steal. William English totaled 11 points and had six rebounds to lead into the second half.

In the second half of the game, Heard was on fire at the three point line with going four-for-four to help the Vikings extend their lead. English totaled 22 more points and was perfect at his free throws going six-for-six.

Akinbile had seven rebounds in the second half to keep the offense moving for the Vikings. He scored 16 points more points to ultimately lead to a 99-87 victory for the Vikings.

The men's basketball team will play again on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at LA Southwest at 7 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here.


Baseball-Vikings Rally in Fifth Inning Against LA Mission to Win Game

The Long Beach City College baseball team hauled in the 9-4 win over LA Mission on Saturday afternoon at the Joe Hicks Field. Earlier in the week, the Viking reeled in a 14-3 victory over Barstow College on Wednesday afternoon.

Freshman pitcher Benji Gonzalez earned his first win of the season with one run off three hits, and had one strikeout.

The Vikings had a rough start in the first inning defensively, with the Eagles scoring in three runs. The Vikings answered back with a tripled from sophomore outfielder Robert Funk followed by an RBI double from sophomore third baseman Reese Berberet to put one on the board.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Vikings came out swinging. Freshman shortstop David Rivera had an RBI single, followed by Funk's RBI double. Then with the bases loaded by sophomore outfielder Val Stammler, Berberet and Funk; freshman first baseman Mark Stanford smashed a double to left field for three RBI. Sophomore outfielder Collin Perez finished the inning with a triple to left field to bring in Stanford to extend the Vikings' lead to 6-3.

LA Mission scored one more run in the sixth inning, but the Vikings added two more runs from Stanford and freshman second baseman Travis Aversa to take the 9-4 win.

The Vikings will play again at home on Tuesday, Feb. 13 against Orange Coast College at 2 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here.


Softball- Softball Wins at Home Against Rio Hondo

The Long Beach City College softball team defeated the Rio Hondo College Roadrunners on Thursday afternoon 11-2.

Pitcher Emilee Hoppe (1-0) was unstoppable on the mound with serving up only two runs, on four hits in five innings of impressive work.

The Vikings were first on the board with two doubles from sophomore outfielder Lauren Blevins and freshman utility Raven Agapay. Both Vikings were the first to score and gain the 2-0 lead.

The Roadrunners tied the game in the third inning, but the Vikings came back with a bang and scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth. Agapay added a home run to the game to continue the offensive momentum.

Alijah Vega and Jennifer Tobar each two RBI to finish the game, while Alissa Cienfuegos had one run on three hits and one RBI. The Vikings will play again on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at East Los Angeles College on 3 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here.


Men's Volleyball

The men's volleyball team had back-to-back wins this week against Grossmont College (3-0) and Miramar College (3-1).

Against Grossmont, Steven Rotter had nine kills and two block assists. Andrew Pearson followed closely behind with eight kills, two digs, three total blocks.

The men's volleyball is currently undefeated with a record of 6-0 overall and have only lost two sets so far this season.

The Vikings will play again in their home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Orange Coast College at 6 p.m. To view the remaining schedule, click here.