College Roundup: OCC women win 17th straight OEC title

ORANGE — The Orange Coast College women's cross country team won its 17th straight Orange Empire Conference team title on Friday, thanks to a dominating performance at the OEC Meet at Irvine Regional Park.

The Pirates used a 1-2-3-4-6 finish to cruise to a dominating 16-point team score.

OCC freshman Leanne Allen claimed the individual title, with a 5K time of 19 minutes, 29.98 seconds. Teammates Karen Silvas (19:38.38), Chelsea Clifford (19:44.77) and Nisreen Rizk (19:44.95) were second, third and fourth, respectively. OCC's Carmille Garcia was sixth in 20:06.97.

Raenna Cortez (ninth, 20:35.72), Maria Matias (11th, 20:49.20), Rosa Gonzalez (12th, 20:54.14), Eunice Rodriguez (14th, 21:00.96) and Nicole Barbour (17th, 21:15.09) also competed for OCC.

Fullerton was second with 92 points, followed by Santiago Canyon (105), Santa Ana (116), Golden West (117), Riverside (117) and Saddleback (142).

OCC will host the Southern California Regional Meet Nov. 3 at Fairview Park at 9 a.m.



Orange Empire Conference Meet

ORANGE — Orange Coast College finished second with 40 points behind champion Riverside (26 points) at Irvine Regional Park.

Sophomore Austin Little led the Pirates, finishing sixth in 21 minutes, 40.08 seconds on the four-mile course, with teammates Luis Morales (seventh, 21:42.84), Barron Maizland (eighth, 21.46.16), Jace Hinesly (ninth, 21:51.73) and Jay Bonthius (10th, 21:54.41) close behind.

Riverside's John Guzman (20:50.43) was the OEC champion.

Saddleback (54 points) was third followed by Fullerton (122), Golden West (158) and Santiago Canyon (166).



Orange Coast def. Saddleback

COSTA MESA — Karlee Riggs had 19 kills and 13 digs to lead the No. 2 state-ranked Pirates to a 25-13, 25-23, 25-15 Orange Empire Conference win Friday.

Allison Lumsden dished out 35 assists for OCC (15-0, 9-0 in conference).

Saddleback is 4-14, 2-7.

The Pirates play at Riverside on Wednesday at 6 p.m.


UC Irvine def. Cal State Northridge

IRVINE — Aly Squires recorded a match-high 11 kills to lead the Anteaters to a 25-17, 25-23, 25-17 Big Conference win Friday at Crawford Court.

Marisa Bubica put away nine kills, Shannon Fleming had eight kills, Ella Rosenfeld led the team with five block assists and Marissa Alvarez recorded a pair of key solo blocks to go with 36 assists and seven digs for UCI (10-14, 5-5 in conference).

Kristin Winkler had 13 digs and tied a career-high with four aces for the Anteaters, who play host to No. 9-ranked Hawaii Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Matadors are 15-8, 6-5.


Texas Brownsville def. Vanguard

COSTA MESA — The No. 21-ranked Lions nearly forced a fifth set, but the top-ranked Scorpions won the nonconference match, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 26-24, Friday night.

Jessica Neves led Vanguard (15-11) with 19 kills to go with 19 assists.

Rachael Barker had 13 kills and Ashli Bellinger had 10 kills and 13 digs for the Lions, who also received contributions from Carly Maxwell (27 assists) and Kelly Heenan (24 digs).

Texas Brownsville is 21-1.



Orange Coast 5, Saddleback 0

COSTA MESA — Sophomore midfielder Cindy Rubio scored two goals for the Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday.

Sarah MacArthur, Sara Gomez and Devin Broederlow also scored for OCC (14-3, 10-3 in conference), which outshot the Gauchos, 24-1.

Saddleback is 5-8-3, 3-7-3.

OCC plays at Fullerton Tuesday at 3 p.m.


UC Irvine 0, Cal State Northridge 0

IRVINE — Anteater goalie Corey Tobin made three saves to earn her second shutout of the season in the Big West Conference match Friday night.

UCI is 9-8-2, 5-1-2 in conference. The Matadors are 8-4-6, 5-1-2.

With the draw, the teams remained locked at 17 points in the conference putting them in a three-way tie for second place with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with identical 5-1-2 records.

A Cal State Fullerton win boosted its chances putting it in the top spot with 18 points.

Everything will be decided on Sunday as all 10 Big West schools play at 2 p.m. Cal Poly will play UC Santa Barbara and the Titans visit Pacific, and both would secure a spot with at least one point.

Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State square off in the only match pitting postseason contenders. Long Beach State needs a win to clinch a berth, any other result would knock them out and clinch a berth for the remaining schools.

UCI holds its own destiny against Hawaii. The Anteaters can lock up a spot with a win or draw. Even a loss would get UCI in granted Long Beach State loses. It's a very cluttered mess with a very simple solution, and UC Irvine will get its opportunity in front of the home crowd Sunday at 2 p.m.



Orange Coast 1, Irvine Valley 0

COSTA MESA — Chase Nugent scored the game-winner in the 88th minute off a pass from Brandon Bauman for the Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Friday.

OCC (10-3-3, 6-2-2 in conference) outshot IVC, 18-3.

The Lasers are 6-9-2, 3-7-0.

Pirates goalie Connor Nelson notched two saves in his shutout.

The Pirates play at Golden West Tuesday at 5 p.m.


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