The Pirates' men's water polo team defeated Rio Hondo 15-9 in their first game at the Mt. San Antonio Tournament on Friday before falling to Orange Coast 14-8. Andre Galvez once again led the offensive effort with eight goals, two assists and seven drawn ejections while totaling four steals. Mariano Galvez had 26 saves in the cage. Benjamin Sweet and Zane Herman each scored four times in the two games for the Pirates (4-3).
The Ventura College soccer team posted a hard-fought 1-0 shutout win over Santa Monica at the Sportsplex on Friday evening. Aaliyah Lopez picked up with win in goal for the Pirates (5-2) with three saves. Center backs Ashley Tiscareno and Sofia Preciado also helped anchor the strong defensive effort against the Corsairs. Alix Tirado scored the game winning goal late in the second half.
For the first 10 points of Friday's women's volleyball match between Ventura and Canyons at the Athletic Event Center, it looked as if it would be a barn-burner between the state's Nos. 24 and 20-ranked teams, respectively. Then, however, Averi Carter served eight straight winners for VC (7-2) and the Pirates were on their way to a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars, 25-17, 25-17, 25-21. Nevada Knowles once again was Ventura's everything player with eight kills, 26 assists and six digs.
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After a long bus ride to Palm Desert, the VC volleyball team looked as if they were playing next door in their 25-16, 25-15, 25-16 sweep over College of the Desert Wednesday. Nevada Knowles had eight kills, 20 assists and five services aces while Darynne Bickers recorded seven winners at the net. Amaris Garcia had 14 digs defensively for VC (6-2), who is ranked No. 23 in the latest state poll.
The game seemed to be over almost as soon as it started. The Pirates' women's water polo team was tied 1-1 with visiting Los Angeles Valley two minutes into play before reeling off 10 straight goals over the next 10 minutes of game time to settle the outcome of their Western State Conference opener Wednesday at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Katie Falls led the defensive effort with 13 saves in the cage while Megan Findlay and Anna Lowe scored six and five goals, respectively, to lead the offense.
The Pirates' women's soccer team traveled to Whittier on Tuesday, coming up on the short end of a 3-0 decision at Rio Hondo College. The Roadrunners went ahead late in the first half with a header off a corner kick in the 45th minute, and they also scored in the 59th and 84th minutes to defeat VC. The Pirates put up a strong fight led by defender Ashley Tiscareno, but they could not get the offense going in the setback.
The big play led the Pirate football team to a big victory Saturday in their 2021 home opener at the VC Sportsplex. Third-ranked Ventura scored five touchdowns on plays 20 yards or longer in their 49-21 defeat of No. 16 San Diego Mesa, while the sixth score was on a leaping catch in the back of the end zone and the seventh came one play following an interception. VC quarterback Jordan Pachot was an efficient 14-23 for 239 yards and four touchdowns and Terrell Vaughn found paydirt three times, including on a 91-yard punt return.
The Ventura College men's water polo team concluded its weekend at the Cesar Chavez Tournament at Southwestern College by splitting a pair of games in Chula Vista. VC allowed a late rally by San Diego Mesa in the first contest of the day, falling 12-10 before rebounding to defeat the host Jaguars 16-12. Zane herman had six goals in the two games while Janson Cunningham and Andre Galvez each netted five scores. Mariano Galvez recorded 18 saves in the cage for VC (3-2).
On the final day of their Bay Area trip, the Pirates' women's soccer team was a little off balance Saturday afternoon, falling at Hartnell College 3-0. The Ventura offense, which had scored eight goals in its first three games, was limited on its scoring chances by the Panthers in the midday contest. Kambria Houghton and Aaliyah Lopez combined for 10 saves for the Pirates in goal.
On their opening day of the 2021 season, the VC men's water polo claimed a pair of victories at the Cesar Chavez Tournament at Southwestern College in Chula Vista before falling in their third game of the day. The Pirates bested San Diego Miramar 18-11 and Palomar 22-5 before posting a 16-13 setback against Grossmont. Sophomore transfer Andre Galvez had a spectacular debut for Ventura (2-1) with 18 goals, four assists, five steals and six field blocks to lead the way while Zane Herman scored nine goals in the three contests.
Playing at home for the first time in nearly two years, the Pirate volleyball team made the most of their opportunity with a pair of 3-0 sweeps in the Pirate Classic Tri at the Athletic Event Center Friday. VC (5-2) dispatched of Imperial Valley 25-16, 25-19, 25-10 in the opener before defeating Citrus 25-14, 25-23, 25-14 in the nightcap. Nevada Knowles handed out 73 assists in the two contests while Katey Mulville, Alexis Bayolo and Darynne Bickers recorded 19, 18 and 17 kills, respectively, in the two victories.
The Ventura College women's water polo team traveled to San Luis Obispo Friday, bringing home a pair of wins in the Cuesta College Central Coast Invitational. VC (4-1) scored three fourth-quarter goals to defeat Merced 10-7 before blasting Diablo Valley 17-5. Megan Findlay scored seven goals to lead the charge while Anna Lowe had six scores, four assists and three steals in the two games. Katie Falls had 23 saves in the cage on the day for the Pirates.
After a long trip to the Bay Area, the Pirates' soccer team made it worth while with a 2-1 victory over Evergreen Valley College in San Jose. Alix Tirado scored both goals for VC (4-0-0), giving her six score sin the first four games of the year. Sasha Franco assisted the second goal while Kambria Haughton and Aaliyah Lopez combined time in goal for the win.
The VC women's water polo team scored the final four goals in regulation play against visiting Cerritos forcing overtime before falling 16-15 in the second extra period at the Ventura Aquatic Center Thursday afternoon. Lauren Mora scored five goals overall, three in the final 3:12 of the fourth quarter for send the game to bonus time. Fiona Watkins found the inside of the cage three times with four assists and six steals.
Saturday's 53rd edition of the Citrus Cup game between Ventura and Moorpark was over almost as soon as it began. Donyal Dixon stuffed MC's opening kickoff return behind the 20-yard line on the opening play of the game and Chuck Wick scampered 30 yards to the end zone on VC's opening possession, just over three minutes into the game, beginning a dominant performance by the Pirates in the in the season opening 62-5 victory at Griffin Stadium in Moorpark.
Alix Tirado scored her fourth goal of the season and Anahi Andrade netted her first career score in orange and black as the Pirate soccer team won its finale of the New Balance Community College Showcase 2-0 over West Valley College Saturday at the Sportsplex. Kambria Hughton had eight saves in goal in posting VC's second consecutive shutout.
The Pirates' men's cross country team opened the 2021 season with a small contingent at the Fresno Invitational Saturday morning. Ventura ran four athletes in the race and did not qualify for a team score, but still had some solid individual performances. Ramiro Mateos led VC, finishing in 36th place out of 115 runners while Sahit Jimenez followed in 43rd.
Playing for the first time in 665 days, the Pirates' women's water polo team returned to the pool with a pair of victories at the Saddleback Mini Tournament in Mission Viejo Friday. VC defeated the host bobcats in a runaway 17-7 before prevailing in a tough, physical contest against Palomar, 15-6. Megan Findlay netted nine goals with three assists on the day while Lauren Mora scored seven times with a pair of assists and four steals. Katie Falls recorded 18 saves in the cage in the two games.
The VC women's soccer team kicked their offense into high gear Thursday, defeating Golden West 4-0 to end the first day of the New Balance Community College Showcase at the VC Sportsplex. Justice Jones scored twice to lead Ventura (2-0) while Alix Tirado netted a score with an assist in the victory. Aaliyah Lopez and Kambria Haughton each played a half in goal to earn the shutout.
For the first time in 542 days, Ventura College Athletics is poised to welcome fans back on campus. On Thursday the Pirate soccer team hosts Golden West College at 8:00 pm at the VC Sportsplex, concluding three games in the 2021 new Balance Community College Showcase. Santa Barbara and Orange Coast will open the showcase at 1:00 pm, followed at 6:00 pm by Hartnell and Cypress. VC plays the marquee game of day one of the three-day event.
After a slow start in the opening set, the Ventura College volleyball team outscored host Pasadena 70-68 over the final three sets, but unfortunately dropped two of the three in their 25-13, 25-23, 18-25, 25-22 loss against the Lancers Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Nevada Knowles had another all-around solid game with a triple-double of 18 kills, 14 assists and 14 digs to lead the Pirates (3-2).
The Ventura College women's soccer team opened the 2021 season with Sunday Night Futbol at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Pirates scores twice in the final 45 to post a 3-2 victory over the Mounties. Alix Tirado scored two goals in the game and Senna Togneri netted the game-winner. Valerie Hernandez recorded a pair of assists for Ventura (1-0).
The VC volleyball team won their semifinal match Saturday in the LA Mission Kickoff Classic before falling in a five-set heartbreaker in the finals of the two-day tournament. The Pirates swept Folsom Lake College 25-8, 25-17, 25-21 before going the distance in the finals with rival Moorpark, falling 10-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-9. Alexis Baloyo led the attack for Ventura (3-1) with 13 kills, 32 digs and five services aces on the day while Faith Carillo handed out 41 assists with 14 digs and five aces.
After a 21-month lay-off due to COVID restrictions and a cancelled 2020 season, the Ventura College volleyball team opened the 2021 campaign with a pair of wins in the LA Mission Kickoff Classic Friday in Sylmar. VC (2-0) defeated Monterey Peninsula 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 in the first match of the day before sweeping Imperial Valley 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 in the tournament quarterfinals. Darynne Bickers and Averi Carter each had 14 kills on the day while Faith Carillo handed out 37 assists in the two contests. Amaris Garcia led the defense with 28 digs.
Ventura College's fall sports return to competition on Friday August 27. When the Pirate volleyball team takes the court against Monterey Peninsula at 12:30 pm in the LA Mission Kickoff Classic it will mark the Pirates' first official fall sports contest in 21 months. The VC women's soccer team opens its 2021 season on Sunday Aug. 29 at Mt. San Antonio College beginning a full week of games in Pirate Athletics' return.
In a year like no other with online learning, season cancelations and COVID-shortened schedules, Ventura College Athletics still transferred 36 student athletes to four-year schools for the 2020-21 academic year, as of August 10. Of those transfers, 19 plan on continuing competing in their sport(s) across all divisions of intercollegiate competition. There were 15 transfers who received athletic scholarships while 20 received academic aid to their new school.
The Ventura College women's basketball team continues to be the most-recognized academic achieving community college women's basketball program in the country. Earlier this month, the 2020-21 Pirates earned "Special Mention" from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for academic excellence during the difficult covid-affected year. VC posted an overall grade point average of 3.405 to garner the recognition on the association's national Academic Honor Roll.
The Ventura College men's tennis team has been named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association while five team members have been named Junior College Men's Scholar Athletes by the ITA in a release last week. The Pirates posted a 3.35 overall grade point average in the spring 2021 semester to be one of nine programs to be recognized nationally while Bledar Gashi, Lucas Gazic, Yuya Koide, Brodie Soderstein and Ethan Wang were among 57 student athletes to earn the individual honors from the national organization.
The Pirates' women's tennis team has been recognized as an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. VC was one of 13 programs recognized nationallly for academic excellence in the spring 2021 semester, posting an incredible 3.810 team grade point average. Meanwhile, six individuals were named as Junior College Women's Scholar-Athletes by the ITA, including Isabella DeRosa, Ava Gallo, Erin Gaynor, Alyssa McClain, Sylvie Van Cott and Victoria Zegers.