Volleyball Poised to Stay Dominant in CVC Play

Story By: Sara Humprey, Reporter

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Fresno City College volleyball team achieved their 13th consecutive win, a three sets to none victory over West Hills-Lemoore on Friday Oct. 5. The win keeps the Rams undefeated in the Central Valley Conference improving their record to 15-3 overall (8-0 conference).

The Rams have continued their dominance in the CVC bringing their conference win streak to an astronomical 102 straight victories against conference opponents.

The Oct.8 CCCWVCA state women’s volleyball top 25 rankings has FCC sitting at No. 9 once again in the polls following their victory over West-Hills. FCC failed to gain traction in the polls, they are in the same position they were in the Oct. 1 weekly polls.

After a few bumps early on in the season against American River and Hartnell, the Rams have been having a good season overall according to their stats, averaging 13.17 kills per set and 17.75 digs per set, some of the highest numbers in the conference.

The Rams only lost 3 sets in their past nine games, including seven shutouts showing their dominance of the defensive side. Their defense has been led so far by sophomore defensive specialist Mandy Campise who has achieved 231 individual digs this season for the team lead so far this season.

The duo of freshman pin hitter Marina Gonzalez and sophomore middle blocker Keri Leake have been on a tear as they have accounted for 444 of the Rams 1,111.5 points this season. Gonzalez also she leads the conference with 209 individual kills for the Rams.

Leake was voted AVCA two year college athlete player of the week on Oct. 3. Her stat line for that four game stretch was a dominant with a hitting percent of .416, averaging three kills per set and 1.21 blocks per set leading the Rams to victories over No. 16 San Joaquin Delta and No. 11 Feather River.

The Rams are two years removed from winning the state title in 2016 and look to achieve that goal once more, with how this season has been going so far that goals seems more and more plausible as each game passes.

FCC’s next game will be away on Oct. 10 against a (10-4) Cerro Coso team averaging 9.52 kills per set this season and have four of their last five games. Following that the Rams will be back at home on Oct. 12 against lowly (5-8)West Hills Coalinga.

The Rams look to distance themselves in the CVC standing as they are in first with just a one game lead over 10-1 overall (7-1 conference) Merced with 10 games to go in this season. They defeated Merced on Oct. 3 giving them their only conference loss and will face them once again on Nov. 2 in Merced.

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