The Wolverine women have dominated the pitch in 2018. Through Oct. 18, Sierra is 15-0 (10-0 in the Big 8 Conference) and is ranked fifth in the nation among junior colleges, according to United Soccer Coaches.
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Higgins (Whitney High) has only allowed eight goals all season, while offensively, the Wolverines have scored a state-leading 78 goals, led by Grace Vargas of Woodcreek (18 goals, 11 assists).
Head coach Ben Noonan’s squad opened the season 0-2 but have since rattled off four straight wins, averaging 41.5 points per game during that stretch. The Wolverines have played themselves into the California Community College Sports Information Association Top 20 for the first time all season.
Sophomore running back Ryan Graham of Lincoln has been a go-to weapon for the Wolverines. Graham leads the team in rushing, averaging 126 yards a game with seven TDs, and receiving with nearly 90 yards per outing in the air with five more TDs. He even has a passing touchdown.
Defensive back Will Brocchini is tied for the state lead with five interceptions to lead the Sierra defense.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
In the pool, Sierra is ranked third in the latest California Community College Athletic Association Coaches Poll at 17-1 in 2018.
The Wolverines are 6-0 in the Big 8, having won 14 straight contests dating back to Sept. 12. They are led by sophomore attacker Shanti Reisinger, who has 33 goals, 19 assists and 40 steals.
Sierra can wrap up the Big 8 title with a win at Santa Rosa Wednesday.
MEN’S WATER POLO
At 7-9 overall and 2-2 in league, the men’s water polo team has not had the same success as its female counterpart. The Wolverines did, however, put together a season-high 25 goals in a 13-point victory over Modesto Wednesday, tying its largest margin of victory this season.
Sierra wraps up its regular season Wednesday at Santa Rosa.
The women’s golf team has placed in the Top 3 in each of the 10 tournaments its played in 2018. The Wolverines have gotten five first-place individual finishes from sophomore Gurman Kaur of Franklin High as of Oct. 17.
The volleyball team has won 10 of its last 12 matches as of Oct. 18, to reach a 7-2 Big 8 record, which trails only 8-1 American River College, whom the Wolverines battled Friday night.
Meghan Merlino’s 218 kills are third in the conference. Placer grad Alyssa Orteza leads the team with 301 digs, and setter Alex Cook’s 9.58 assists per set is the best in the Big 8.