College of the Sequoias' women's volleyball team continued to bolster its case for a postseason berth with a pair of sweeps last week.
The Giants beat Reedley 25-16, 25-10, 25-4 on Sept. 29 and topped Porterville 25-10, 25-19, 25-17 on Oct. 1 — both at Porter Field House — to improve to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the Central Valley Conference.
Sequoias has made five consecutive trips to the Northern California Regional playoffs during complete championship seasons. There were no state playoffs during the spring when Sequoias was among a handful of community colleges across the state that played an abbreviated volleyball season after safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of all state playoffs.
The Giants are ranked No. 16 in the state by the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches' Association.
Mia Gilcrest (Redwood) led Sequoias against Reedley (1-7, 0-5) with 12 kills and eight digs.
The Giants also received seven kills apiece from Hazel Martinez (Mission Oak) and Morgan Hatton (Tulare Union), and four kills from Jayda English (Lemoore). Kia Campbell (Coalinga) had 19 assists and 12 digs, Abigail Billingsley (Redwood) had nine assists and Andrea Jauregui added 13 digs.
Against Porterville (5-9, 2-4), Allyson Garcia (Dinuba) powered Sequoias with 14 kills and two digs. Gilcrest added 12 kills and 12 digs, while Martinez and Brenna Crabtree (Woodlake) contributed five kills each. Campbell and Billingsley each had 16 assists to feed the offense, while Jauregui led the back row with 16 digs.
Sequoias has two conference home matches scheduled for this week: at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 against Columbia (1-9, 0-4) and 6 p.m. Oct. 8 against West Hills-Lemoore (3-8, 2-2). Admission into Porter Field House is $5 and spectators are required to wear a mask in observance of COVID-19 safety precautions.
College of the Sequoias' men's soccer team opened Central Valley Conference play Oct. 1 with a 2-0 loss at state No. 5-ranked Fresno City College.
The Rams (7-1-1, 1-0-0) scored twice in the first half — on goals by Bryan Milan and Enrique Gutierrez — and goalkeeper Anthony Avila saved six shot attempts by the Giants (2-5-2, 0-1-0).
Sequoias also dropped a nonconference contest at Los Angeles City 2-1 on Sept. 28.
After L.A. City (4-3-3) opened the scoring in the 60th minute, the Giants tied it up on a goal by Marques Carillo (Golden West) off an assist from Adrian Lopez (Mt. Whitney) in the 63rd minute.
Douglas Perales scored what proved to be the game-winner for L.A. City in the 70th minute.
Giants goalkeeper Zachary Ramirez (Orange Cove) made 13 saves.
Sequoias is set to resume conference play at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 when it hosts Merced (6-1-1, 1-0-0) on its campus field.
The Giants will also play this week at Clovis Community (2-7-0, 0-1-0) at 4 p.m. Oct. 8.
Denise Elias-Martinez scored an unassisted goal in the 11th minute and Reedley made it stand the rest of the way as the Tigers beat Sequoias 1-0 on Sept. 28 to open Central Valley Conference women's soccer play.
The Giants (1-5-0, 0-1-0) finished with 12 shots on goal, but goalkeeper Lucy Chavez saved them all for Reedley (5-2-1, 1-1-0).
Katie Crawshaw (Kingsburg) made seven saves for Sequoias.
The Giants also lost its final nonconference game of the season, 7-0 at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Sierra received a hat trick from Charity Myers.
Sequoias will resume conference play at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Merced (2-4-2, 1-1-0). The Giants will also play this week at West Hills-Lemoore (3-3-1, 0-1-0) at 4 p.m. Oct. 8.