Fresno City College fall teams go deep in state playoffs

Fresno City College celebrates a goal by Chris Amaro as the Rams defeated Lake Tahoe 1-0 to advance to this weekend’s state final four at Cerritos College.
Fresno City College celebrates a goal by Chris Amaro as the Rams defeated Lake Tahoe 1-0 to advance to this weekend’s state final four at Cerritos College.

It has been a banner season for the Fresno City College fall sports teams, with most advancing deep in state playoffs.

Volleyball — The Rams reached the state title match Sunday at Solano College in Suisun and led 2-1, but fell to American River 25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 26-24, 15-8.

Marina Gonzalez and Keri Leake had 16 kills apiece for the Rams.

Under coach Kieran Roblee, Fresno City went 29-4 and captured another Central Valley Conference title, their 12th. Fresno City won the state championship in 2016 and was the Northern California No. 3 seed this year.

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Fresno City College volleyball coach Kieran Roblee looks on as her Rams will be in the state elite eight at Solano College on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Anthony Galaviz

Earlier in the weekend, the Rams beat Bakersfield College and Gavilan.

In the quarterfinals, the Rams beat Bakersfield 3-1 (25-17, 26-24, 12-25, 25-21). The Renegades, the SoCal No. 2 seed, were led by 2017 Clovis West High graduate Sarah Armendariz, an All-American and all-state setter who was MVP of the Western State Conference. She had 27 assists and 14 digs against Fresno City.

The Rams swept NorCal No. 1 seed Gavilan 25-18, 25-12, 25-22.

Sarah Armendariz, a 2017 Clovis West High graduate, competes for Bakersfield College. She was named an All-American and all-state setter. California Community Colleges Association

Wrestling — The Rams won the state dual championship over Cerritos at the Fresno City gymnasium and compete at the state championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk on Dec. 7-8.

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The Fresno City College wrestling team poses for a photo after a state dual championship over Cerritos. The Rams will compete at the state championships in two weeks. Anthony Galaviz

Football — Fresno City started the season 1-2 before going on an eight-game winning streak before falling to Laney 24-7 in the NorCal championship in Oakland.

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Fresno City College football team, led by Jonah Johnson, right, finished the season 9-3 that included a Valley Conference title. The Rams won a playoffs game before falling to Laney 24-7 in the Northern California championship on Nov. 24, 2018. Anthony Galaviz

The Rams made a quarterback switch midseason and Jonah Johnson went on to earn Valley Conference offense player of the year. The Rams went 5-0 to win the VC.

Men’s soccer — The Rams, 2017 state champion, gave up two first-half goals and lost 2-0 to Golden West in a state semifinal Friday at Ventura College. Eric Solberg’s Rams end the season at 16-2-7.

Women’s soccer — The Rams, who won the state title last season in Sacramento, won the Central Valley Conference title under Oliver Germond - the 13th CVC title in 18 seasons. Fresno City was seeded No. 4 in the NorCal Regionals before falling to West Valley 1-0 in the first round.

Women’s golf — Tammy Lim posted five birdies on the way to a 70 in the first round and finished with a two-day total of 146 to finish third overall at the state championships in Morro Bay on Nov. 12.

“Our coaches worked hard to ensure our student-athletes are ready to compete both in the classroom and on their field of play,” first-year athletic director Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard said. “Our student-athletes balance their school work, practice schedule and competition schedule in ways that continuously amaze me. The time and dedication they all commit to their success is deserving of all the accolades they receive. Both myself and the campus community couldn’t be prouder.”

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee