Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20. All three sophomores finished two years of competition for the orange and black with perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the classroom.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
In a perfect world, the Pirates' beach volleyball team would have returned home over the weekend following their first ever team appearance in the CCCAA State Tournament. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season ended two months ago with unfulfilled expectations. But in the short time the 2020 team made it to the sand courts, there was much to celebrate.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday that the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season will be canceled, the spring season of competition for approximately 9,500 student-athletes will be restored and face-to-face recruiting and recruiting-related travel is being prohibited immediately but will be re-evaluated next month. Ventura College is a participant in the CCCAA, and the college has moved to all online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester.
In accordance with a directive from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), Ventura College has indefinitely postponed all spring sports, including nontradtional seasons, due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. The move was voted upon by the CCCAA Board of Directors on Thursday afternoon.
The VC beach volleyball team won a pair of matches Friday in Huntington Beach, sweeping Golden West 5-0 before defeating NCAA Division II Cal State Los Angeles, 3-2. Leslie Perez and Kayla Hosch won twice on the day, including the match-winner against CSULA while Morgan Gallagher and Miranda Unzueta also won twice on the day for the Pirates (5-1).
The Pirates' beach volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday at the Cal State Northridge Ramon Calderon Cup. VC fell to the host Matadors 5-0 before rebounding to defeat Long Beach City College 4-1. Leslie Perez and Kayla Hosch extended their CSUN opponents to extra points in their No. 2 match and defeated Long Beach's No. 2 team 21-18, 21-18.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team opened the 2020 season Friday with a pair of wins at the Newland Courts in Huntington Beach. The Pirates defeated Cypress 4-1 in the opener before downing host Santa Ana 5-0 in their second match of the day. Brooklyn Wallet and Tatiana Rodriguez came from behind in the No. 3 slot to win their first match of the day against Cypress before sweeping through Santa Ana. VC's No. 1 pair of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke won their two matches in straight sets.
Despite a solid effort at the CCCAA Beach Volleyball Pairs Championships, Ventura's No. 1 duo of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke had their season come to an end in Chula Vista on Friday. The pair went 1-2 in pool play at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center outside of San Diego.
Ventura College's No. 1 beach volleyball duo of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke became just the fifth Pirate beach volleyball team to reach the state tournament Friday with a pair of wins at the CCCAA Southern California Regional pairs tournament at Irvine Valley College. They are the first to advance under the current format of regional play before state. The duo will be SoCal's No. 6-seeded pair heading into the CCCAA State Pairs Championships on Friday May 10 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center outside of San Diego.
The No. 9-seeded Ventura College beach volleyball team traveled to El Cajon Tuesday to take on No. 1 Grossmont and No. 8 Mt. San Antonio in the CCCAA Southern California Regionals. Unfortunately, the Pirates' season came to an end with a pair of 5-0 losses to the Griffins and Mounties, respectively.
The Western State Conference champion Ventura College beach volleyball team is headed to the post season. The Pirates (16-4) have received the No. 9 seed in the region, and will head to No. 1 Grossmont (19-2) in a triangular contest that will also feature No. 8 Mt. San Antonio (10-9). This marks the third post-season appearance for the Pirates in the four-year history of the program.
The Pirate beach volleyball team sent three pairs to the Southern California Regional pairs Tournament Friday on the final day of the Western State Conference Championships in Santa Monica. VC's Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie advanced to the final match before falling in a three-set thriller. Meanwhile, Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke claimed third place and Jordan Neria and Morgan Gallagher finished in fifth for the Pirates.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team had four teams advance to the final eight after day one of the Western State Conference Pairs Championships in play Wednesday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The Pirates No. 1 pair of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke led the way with a pair of easy wins, winning each of their four sets by at least nine points. The pairs of Morgan Gallagher and Jordan Neria, Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer, and Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie also each posted two wins to move to Friday's final eight.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team finished the regular season with a pair of wins Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina, claiming the program's second Western State Conference championship in the last three years. VC blanked Victor Valley 5-0 in the morning match to clinch the crown before finishing off their undefeated conference docket with a 4-1 win over Moorpark. Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie led the way with a pair of big wins, allowing 30 points in four sets of competition for the Pirates (16-4, 12-0).
The VC beach volleyball team traveled to Santa Monica Friday for their final road trip of the regular season, taking on Santa Barbara and Glendale in Western State Conference competition. The Pirates (14-4, 10-0) easily dispatched of the competition, sweeping both Vaquero teams 5-0. In the first match against SBCC, Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke allowed 15 points total in their straight-set win, while allowing just sight total points in their win against Glendale.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team maintained its first place position in the Western State Conference standings with a pair of victories Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. VC (12-4, 8-0) defeated Bakersfield 5-0 in the first match of the day before besting Santa Monica 4-1. Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer led three duos in winning both matches on the day, a 21-19, 21-16 win over Bakersfield's No. 3 pair and a 21-6, 21-7 win over Santa Monica's No. 3 team.
The VC beach volleyball team completes the first round of Western State Conference play Friday with two victories over Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, respectively, in play at Cal State Bakersfield. The Pirates defeated the Corsairs 4-1 in the first contest of the day before sweeping the Vaqueros 5-0 in the nightcap. Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie won their four sets in two matches by an average score of 21-8.
The VC beach volleyball team did not drop a set Friday, sweeping two Western State Conference opponents in matches held at Cal State Bakersfield. The Pirates (8-4, 4-0) easily defeated Glendale in the opener before handling Victor Valley in the nightcap. Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer produced the biggest wins of the day at their No. 3 slot, winning 21-7, 21-7 against Glendale, and 21-9, 21-9 against Victor Valley.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team was on the road Friday on their home beach, taking on Bakersfield and host Moorpark in their Western State Conference openers at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The Pirates (6-4, 2-0) swept the Renegades 5-0 before edging the Raiders 3-2. Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie had the match-winner at No. 4 against Moorpark, winning in three sets while Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer also had two victories on the day.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches Friday at El Camino College. The Pirates (4-4) were swept by the host Warriors before losing a tight 3-2 decision to Mt. San Antonio. Jordan neria and Morgan Gallagher, and Faith Mackie and Brooklyn Wallet posted victories for VC in the match with the Mounties.
In a rare double header, the Ventura college beach volleyball team swept start-up Pasadena City College club team 5-0 and 5-0 Friday morning at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The pairs of Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer, and BrooklynWallet and Faith Mackie both posted two 2-0 sweeps over their oppoennts in their two matches.
While the cold wind and rainy days are rare at the beach in Ventura, they do occasionally occur. When they do, the Pirates battle the elements along with their opponents, just as they did Friday to open the 2019 season. And the Ventura College beach volleyball team opened the year wit a pair of victories over visiting Bakersfield and Palomar at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. VC (2-0) swept the Renegades 5-0 before edging the Comets 3-2.
VC beach volleyball pair Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown finished the 2018 season just points away from qualifying for the CCCAA State Beach Volleyball Pairs Tournament in regional play in Irvine Friday. The duo won one match and lost two, the final one in three sets by just four points, bringing to a close the Pirates' 2018 beach volleyball season.
Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown took third place at the Western State Conference Beach Volleyball Pairs Tournament Friday in Bakersfield. The duo won their elite eight match before falling in the semifinals in a heart-breaking three set match. Fanslow and Mckeown were able to rebound, however, to sweep the third-place match.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team had one of its five entrants advance to the Elite Eight of the Western State Conference Pairs Tournament played Wednesday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. In an unfotunate quirk of the brackets, Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown defeated teammates Janessa Simental and Braxton Jessie in the round of 16 to advance to Friday's final rounds of the draw in Bakersfield.
The VC beach volleyball team traveled to Bakersfield on Friday for the final day of the regular season, splitting a pair of Western State Conference matches. The Pirates (12-7, 7-3) defeated Antelope Valley 4-1 in the early contest before falling to Moorpark 3-2 in the second match. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown in the No. 3 slot were the only Pirates to post two wins on the day.
The Ventura College volleyball team claimed another pair of matches Friday in contests played at Santa Monica. VC defeated the host Corsairs 4-1 in the first match of the day before prevailing over Victor Valley in the second by an identical margin. The No. 5 team of Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia recorded a pair of straight set wins for the Pirates (11-6, 6-2) on the day.