Fall sports season comes to an end

As fall comes to an end, so does boys’ water polo, girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball 2018 season.

One CI athlete still competing is senior Alejandro Cerrero. Cerrero, after leading the CI boys’ cross country team to a second-place finish in the Pacific View League, will run in the CIF Division I final this Saturday after placing 5th at the CIF preliminaries in Riverside last weekend.

Boy’s water polo had a tough season, placing last in the Pacific View League. They were 0-10 in league, but 2-16 overall. The team’s wins came from games they played against Hueneme, the score 12-4 both times.

Robert Juarez, a senior, was the team’s top scorer. The most valuable defensive player was Francisco Contreras. Both Juarez and Contreras are team captains of the varsity team.

Javert Tamayo found this water polo season a bit tiring. “The team only had about fifteen guys, so everybody had to play the JV and varsity game,” he said.

The girls’ tennis team also had some outstanding players. They had an intense game against Santa Paula, which the Raiders won with a tiebreaker in the last set. Alejandra Orozco, a junior, had a great season. She was 25-9, coming in second team all-league. Natalie Leon and Melissa Mendoza were two standout freshmen on the team.

Beronica Garcia and Vanessa Rojas were the only seniors on the team. Garcia found it difficult at times balancing school, work, and tennis but she found herself putting more effort into accomplishing what she needed to do

Rojas, this year’s tennis team captain, felt “discouraged” at times playing in a new league, especially against Ventura, but as her coach Mr. Brett Zielsdorf said, it was “not scary” playing against them, but they do have “great respect” towards them.

Girls’ volleyball went 2-8 in the Pacific View League this year and 6-19 overall. The team swept Pacifica in league play and pushed OHS in a close match.

Some star players were Denise Dominguez, a senior who had a hitting percentage of .228, 19 aces, and 83 blocks; Shannon Luna, also a senior, had 243 digs, 23 aces, 50 kills, and 126 assists. Luna strongly believes that “hustle beats talent when talent doesn’t hustle.”