Heading into the final weeks of the spring semester, 2015 has already seen two GCC teams claim conference titles and several key members highlighted for outstanding seasons.
The women’s tennis team finished the season 17-3 and ultimately won their first Western State Conference championship in school history.
Entering the final match of the regular season against Santa Barbara City College, they were faced with two options; win and claim the WSC championship, or watch as their opponents took it for themselves. The Lady Vaqs answered the call, avenging a loss to Santa Barbara from earlier in the season.
They reached the Southern California Regional Finals before falling to Mt. Sac and recently completed their season with the Ojai Invitational last weekend.
Meanwhile on the diamond, the GCC baseball team was in the thick of the WSC Championships.
Going into the last week of the season, the team had a slight edge over LA Mission for the WSC South title. After playing against College of the Canyons back to back, GCC prevailed with an 8-6 win, claiming the conference title in the process. They finished with a 19-17 overall record but with a 15-6 score for conference play.
With a 2015 conference title to his name, Head Baseball Coach Chris Cicuto was named WSC South Coach of the Year. Infielder Nick Wolyniec was voted WSC South Player of the Year.
Designated hitter Bryan Faucher, shortstop Brent Sakurai, starting pitcher Ben McKendall, and relief pitcher Andy Frakes earned All-WSC first team selections.
Sakurai, outfielder Jared Akins, and catcher Alex Gomez were awarded Gold Gloves for defensive excellence.
Gomez and pitcher DJ Milam made the All-WSC second team, with honorable mentions for Luke Laurita, Harrison Hoff, and Randy Medellin.
The eighth-seeded Vaqueros will host ninth-seeded Southwestern College in San Diego in the first round of the Southern Regional Championship Friday at 2 pm.
The women’s softball team finished fourth in the standings with an overall record of 22-16-2 and an 11-10 conference record. They finished the season with two wins by forfeit against Santa Monica April 21.
The track and field Western State Conference Finals that were held Saturday at Santa Barbara City College saw the men finish fifth with 89 points. Santa Barbara won with 138 points.
The women finished with 111 points for fourth place. College of the Canyons finished first with 190. However, several athletes qualified for the Southern California Prelims.
Cerritos College will host the preliminaries 9 am Saturday.
The men’s tennis team’s season recently came to a close as they competed in the Ojai Invitational last weekend. They finished second behind Ventura in WSC standings.
Men’s golf finished second on the WSC Neutral site April 20 and competed Monday in the WSC Final. With a score of 773, four strokes behind Hancock College for fourth place, the team was unable to qualify for regionals.
Although the team did not qualify, three individuals qualified for regionals as part of the 10-man All Conference Team.
Robert Eyvazzadeh, Tavit Garabedian, and Stephen Peterson ended fourth, sixth, and ninth respectively.
Men’s golf Southern California Championship begins May 4.