Fall Sports Roundup

Story By: Rampage Sports Staff, Reporter/editor

Women’s Volleyball

The Rams are starting a new chapter in their program with first-year head coach Kieran Roblee who inherited a strong roster with the likes of Sydney Molander, Alexis March and Sydney Rigby returning from last season.

The Rams are determined to keep the program strong with sights on both a conference and state championship.

The Rams start their season with a double header matches against American River and Foothill on Sept. 3.

Roblee said, “The Transition to head coach was smooth, as the goals I have are the same for this team before I got here — to be at the highest level.”

Women Swimming/ Water Polo

Women’s water polo team is hoping for a strong season that matches the progress they made during the offseason.

Head coach Gianna Rossi is hoping that goaltender Danielle Mask and attacker Kiley Gill  have a strong season, resulting in a possible top four finish in northern California regionals to advance to state.

The team starts its season on Sept. 11-12 in a two-day Cuesta Tournament which will feature some of the best teams in the state and give the Rams a strong test of how their season will progress.

“Our offseason has been going well, which is huge for us to build trust among teammates.

As trust is not given it’s earned, to rely on each other to the top of their ability to do well this season,” said Rossi.

Soccer

Soccer at Fresno City College is very healthy as both the men’s and women’s teams reached the state final four but both teams lost before reaching the state finals.

According to head coach, Eric Solberg, the men’s team features a sophomore-heavy roster with several key players coming back.

“The team’s leading scorer, Jose Ramirez, is back, so is Jose Torres, leading scorer from two years ago.

The two captains Jesse Camarena and Andy Rios were the anchor of the team’s defense last year, and they are back,” Solberg said.

Women’s soccer head coach Oliver Germond has a younger squad than their male counterparts.

The team has 30 players, and 20 of them are freshmen.

The team is starting the season as the third ranked team in the nation, and Germond and his squad look to bounce back from their state semifinal loss against Cerritos.

The Rams got their season started on the right track as they beat American River on Aug. 26.

Basketball

Women’s basketball head coach Brian Tessler leads his squad of neophytes into the 2016 season as they look to advance past the state semifinals.

This Rams basketball team will feature a young but talented roster. Nine of the 14 players on the roster of Freshman.

Tessler isn’t worried about his team’s youth; in fact, he doesn’t even like using the word young.

“It’s a two-year college; you are always going to have a number of freshmen along with a number of sophomores,”Tessler said. “We never use the word younger.”

We just feel like every year we have a good amount of kids that return, and we expect our freshmen to come in and contribute right away.”

Freshman standout guard Mikayla Mabie said that conditioning is going to be the team’s edge over the competition.

“That’s really what his focus is on every single drill,” Mabie said. “Coach wants us to pretty much perfect.”