The Folsom Lake College women's volleyball team got their season off on the right foot on Wednesday afternoon in Fremont, as they defeated a tough Ohlone College squad in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22, 25-11, then followed that up with a relatively comfortable straight-set win over Napa Valley, 25-12, 25-11, 25-7.
With just two returnees from the 2017 state-tournament team, the young Falcon squad made an impressive debut while gaining valuable on-court experience. With sophomore defensive specialist Deonna Robinson picking up the leadership role, the Falcons got solid play from their three setters: Kennedy Crawford, Mae Faraimo, and Taylor Coate. Freshman middle blocker Alicia Wilson also drew praise from coach Matt Torrez for her role in frustrating the Napa Valley hitters.
Even playing in the thin air at 6,200 feet elevation couldn’t slow down the FLC men’s soccer team, as they won their fifth straight non-conference match with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Lake Tahoe on Thursday afternoon in South Tahoe.
The Falcons opened the scoring in the 29th minute with a perfectly placed free kick from Mouad Zehnouni. The two evenly matched teams then battled for the next 40 minutes with neither side able to find the net. In the 69th minute, Falcon sophomore Miguel Medina wriggled free on a breakaway and converted for his state-leading seventh goal of the season. The Falcons’ back defensive line of Arthur de Lima, Erik Mattice, Andrew Ratto, and Mason Lopez – along with goalkeepers Federico Ruiz and Kody Madore - held strong to preserve the shutout victory.
After the intense match, in a demonstration of great sportsmanship and mutual respect, the Lake Tahoe team and coaches invited the Falcons to join them on-campus for pizza. “It was really cool to see the players relax together over dinner,” said FLC head coach Justin Johnson. “After such an intense match, it was great to see them leave any hard feelings on the field.”
Kudos to both coaches for fostering an atmosphere of sportsmanship and respect!