Story by Fantacie Jackson/sports editor
Earning a second-place finish at the State Championships in the first-year program, history was made in Northern California for LBCC’s beach volleyball team.
The team traveled to West Valley College on Friday, May 5, to compete in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships.
As a team, the Vikings came back with silver as they placed second in the championships after defeating Feather River, 4-1, and Grossmont, 3-2.
The Vikings entered into a state tournament of four that included three Pacific Coast Conference teams, Long Beach, Grossmont and MiraCosta.
LBCC began the day with a contest against MiraCosta, but fell, 4-1.
However, the Vikings rebounded against Feather River and gave them their second loss of the year.
LBCC also took down Grossmont after losing to the Griffins in their previous three meetings.
Freshman Viking Valeria Payan said, “This season was a major step up for the athletics department of LBCC expanding to beach volleyball and it’s going to bring in more athletes for our indoor program as well.”
The Viking duo of sophomores Sarah Miller and Paige Panter were supreme in the Individual State Championships and earned first place.
Miller and Panter entered the individual championships with 31 other teams.
The pair was the fourth seed and began the championships with a 2-set sweep over No. 29 Gavilan, 21-12 and 21-10, to reach the second round.
They also cruised through No. 20 Ventura, 21-10 and 21-12, to advance to the quarterfinals.
There, Miller and Panter matched up against MiraCosta’s team ranked 28th. The pair eventually advanced through MiraCosta, 22-20 and 23-21.
Miller and Panter defeated the pair twice on the season in set-sweeps. They continued the streak with scores of 21-18 and 21-18 which ended in a gold medal.