The Riverside City College Tigers opened up their 2017 fall action this week and picked up right where they left off. The No. 4 football team highlighted the performances by beginning the season with a victory, backed by two thrilling wins from the women's volleyball team.
The Tigers utilized a 28-point third quarter to push past the Victor Valley Rams by the final score of 52-9 this past Saturday. In an all-around team triumph, the Tigers utilized all three quarterbacks with sophomore Travis Jonsen (Anaheim, CA) earning the start and going 17-for-26 with 176 yards and three touchdowns passes. Sophomore Vic Viramontes (Norco, CA) brought the thunder on the ground by rushing for a team-high 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also went 3-for-4 through the air with one touchdown pass. Sophomore aerial tandem Cam Sutton (Moreno Valley, CA) and Justice Murphy (Vancouver, WA) combined for over 100 yard receiving. Sutton snagged two touchdown passes, while Murphy hauled in one. Freshman linebacker Mitchell Agude (Corona, CA) led the defense with five tackles, while freshman Cameron Allen (Riverside, CA) made four stops and recorded an interception.
Riverside started its 2017 campaign on a high note by kicking off the season with a pair of victories. They began their season with a set-sweep over San Bernardino this past Wednesday. Freshman outside hitter Kyndra Jordan-Thomas (Victorville, CA) paced the pack with seven kills, while three other Tigers recorded six kills. Freshman setter Taylor Gardner (Colton, CA) was the gear of the offense by earning 19 assists. Gardner continued to played well in a 3-2 victory over the College of the Desert Roadrunners the following Saturday by recording 18 assists. She added four kills as well. Freshman outside hitter Marcella Rodriguez (Belize City, Belize) led the attack in the five-set thriller with nine kills and a game-high 16 digs. Freshman outside hitter Darricka Hewitt (Riverside, CA) hit the hardwood for a team-high 10 kills.
The Tigers faced off against top-tier competitors in UC San Diego and Cal Baptist last Friday at the CBU Lancer Invite in Riverside, CA and placed third on both sides. Sophomore Sarah Hollis (Hemet, CA) led her team by placing 10th overall with a total time of 15:23.7 and an average mile time of 6:11.6 in the 4K. Sophomore Carrisa Gomez followed by placing 24th with a time of 17:28.8. For the men, freshman Enrique Villa (Corona HS) earned the highest placing at 16th with a time of 19:38.3 with an average mile time of 5:16.0 in the 6K. Freshman Ricardo Cardenas (John. W. North HS) placed 26th with a time of 20.28.8 and an average mile time of 5:29.6.