The Stanislaus State men's golf team finished fifth in the team standings in its second outing of the fall as the Warriors wrapped-up the two-day event at Concordia Invitational hosted by Concordia-Portland.
Jeff Yamaguchi was the top Warrior once again as the transfer senior finished tied for eighth on the leaderboard. Yamaguchi shot a 6-over par 219 for the tournament, held at Portland's Columbia Edgewater Country Club, helped by his second round score of 69, a season best. He had scored a 76 to opened the event on Monday and finished with a 74 on Tuesday.
As a team the Warriors recorded three under 300 round scores for a 885 total (296-292-297), at 33-over par. British Columbia won the tournament with a +16, 868 score. Host Concordia was one shot behind with a 869, followed by Simon Fraser (876) and Western Washington (880) in the 10-team event. Stan State finished ahead of Academy of Art, Northwest Nazarene, Montana State-Billings, Saint Martin's and Bellevue College.
Chris Crisologo of Simon Fraser shot a 67 in Tuesday's final round to finish at even-par 213 for medalist honors.
Two other Stan State players finished in the top 20 as well with Jahaan Nargussi and Michael Jura each tied for 18th with a 223 final. Nargussi (74-75-74) and Jura (73-75-75) played fairly consistently for those results.
Rounding out the Warriors' team efforts were Chad Kubes (224) and Tim Sauer (228).
Stanislaus State has one more fall tournament on its schedule before taking the break until the spring. The Warriors will take part in the Otter Fall Invitational at Bayonet Golf Course in Seaside, Oct. 16-17.
Warriors, much-improved Banana Slugs play to scoreless draw
Not only was UC Santa Cruz's women's soccer team a reborn program, the Banana Slugs are much improved on the pitch.
Despite Stanislaus State's dominance on offense, UCSC managed to defend like crazy to survive its latest trip to Warrior Stadium and leave with a 0-0 tie. Stan State, which had out-scored the Slugs 16-1 in the last three outings over the last three seasons, are now 6-4-2 before going back on the conference schedule.
For the 3-10-1 Banana Slugs, it is the first time they in five tries that they were able to walk away with a positive result.
Still, the Warriors had the upper-hand (or feet) all night. They out-played UCSC all over the field, including a 17-1 shot advantage. They also tried 12 corner kicks (to 3) but were unable to get the ball past the loaded box and goalkeeper Alie Mandel. Seemingly happy to play for a tie, UCSC played nine defenders and midfielders against the Warriors' attack.
Alyssa Herrman earned one save early in the match but had little action the rest of the night. Her counterpart, Mandel, picked up three saves.
The Warriors' best chances also came early on. The first shot of the game, by Hannah Lewandowski, hit the crossbar just 1:50 in. A few of the Stan State shots were blocked by the many Slugs defenders in the box. A Rayana Plancarte shot just before the end of the first half hit the right-post and the rebound shot by Demi Gonis went just wide.
Stanislaus continued to press and pushed forward, managing five shots in the second half and two shots in each of the OT periods. The final chance of the night came just a second before the end of the second overtime when a long service found Jade Poon for a solid point-blank attempt, but Mandel was there to catch it as time expired.
UCSC's athletics programs were in jeopardy two seasons ago until efforts to save the teams prevails and a referendum passed to ultimately allowed sports to continue on campus. Stan State women's soccer played a role in helping saved the Slugs as the Warriors wrote letters of support as a team project in April of 2016.
Wilson-Reid leads Stan State volleyball to victory over Chico State
Energy levels were high at Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena on Saturday night as the Stanislaus State volleyball team terminated a losing streak with Alana Wilson-Reid leading the Warriors to their first victory of 2017 over Chico State in four sets.
Stan State left everything out on the court against the Wildcats, defeating Chico State 25-20, 20-25, 25-22, and 26-24. Adding their first win to their record, the Warriors are now 1-15 and 1-7 in conference while the Wildcats fell to 8-10, 2-6 in the CCAA.
WIlson-Reid played an outstanding match, dominating in the middle and leading the team in both kills and blocks. She totaled 15 kills (.500) in the front row without making a single error, and accounted for over half of the Warriors total blocks with six blocks. Sierra Adams added 12 more Warrior kills and outside hitters Rachel Klopfer and Yisel Perez each had 11 kills. Breanna Cannon facilitated the Warriors' offense with 41 assists.
Assisting with front row defense, Adams had four blocks on the right side. In the back row, Klopfer and libero Kaitlyn Iwamoto shared the lead with 16 digs, and Sara Schell tallied 13 digs as a defensive specialist.
Stan State came out with an intention to win, battling with their rival from the very start. In the first set the Warriors out-hit the Wildcats 19 kills (.262) to seven kills (.103), and totaled 18 digs to Chico State's 14. Slowly inching their way to the finish line as the service possession traded back and forth, the Warriors impressively managed to prevent Chico State from ever acquiring the lead. A six-point run (21-15) gave Stan State the push to take set one.
In the fatal set two the Warriors softened offensively, allowing the Wildcats to lead in kills 16-14. Coming back with fight after the intermission, Stan State took a 5-3 lead on Chico State. After falling behind mid-set, the Warriors tied the match at 21-21 and only allowed one Chico point before taking the win.
Set four raised the energy levels in Fitzpatrick Arena with more than 400 in attendance as the Warriors went on a nine-point run to take a 19-10 lead. The Wildcats slowly inched their way closer to tying the score and pushing the set into extra points, but were unable to steal a match-point before Stan State took home with victory.
For the Wildcats, Olivia Mediano, Bekah Boyle, and Kelley Jacome led the offense with 12 kills apiece. Setters McKenna Carroll and Nicole Desrochers split time running Chico State's offense, Carroll totaling 23 assists and Desrochers with 21 assists. On defense libero Tristen Thompson led the match with 24 digs.