FCC men’s tennis look to repeat as state champions

Sam Bertram

Top-ranked and undefeated Fresno City College had its way with California’s other JC men’s tennis teams during the season. Now the Rams will look to finish with back-to-back championships.

Fresno City faces host Ventura in the title match at 1 p.m. today at Pierpont Racquet Club, with the state team and individual championships being played out as part of the Ojai Tournament.

“We definitely have to play well,” coach Steve Loop said. “They’re very good and playing on their court will present a challenge for us.”

The Rams (18-0) won the NorCal title with a 5-0 weekend sweep of region No. 2-seeded American River. The SoCal No. 1 Pirates (18-2) edged No. 3 San Diego Mesa 5-3. Fresno City beat Ventura 6-3 earlier this year.

Fresno City entered the season loaded, with four players back from a 2012 undefeated campaign capped by a 5-4 state-championship victory over Mt. San Jacinto.

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Young Fresno City softball team off to a quick start

Kassandra Workentine

Kyla Cisneros

With a quick glance at her softball roster before the season started, Fresno City College coach Rhonda Williams took a deep breath:

“One returning starter. You don’t know how freshmen are going to respond.”

So far, pretty well, with the Rams 5-2 heading into Thursday’s game at Modesto. Kassie Sierras (Yosemite High) is the returner, but she played second base last season and is now the starting catcher.

Kyla Cisneros (El Diamante) is hitting third and has two home runs and four RBIs. Freshmen Adriana Bencomo (Bullard) is batting .450 with two homers and four RBIs, and Dana Moritz (Clovis) leads the team with a .467 batting average.

The roster also includes Kassandra Workentine, who’s recovering from a knee injury and hasn’t played softball since graduating from Washington High in 2010, and Grace Combs (Memorial), who transferred in from Southern Idaho.

“We didn’t have any expectations,” Williams said. “We thought, ‘Here we go and let’s see how they do.’ They looked good in practice and in the fall semester. Some of the players we have, have experience competing at a high level from the programs they’ve come from and travel ball.”

Rams women basketball clinch a tie for CVC title

Fresno City College’s Keyora Wharry scored 10 points in the Rams’ 80-48 victory over Porterville on Wednesday. (ERIC PAUL ZAMORA/THE FRESNO BEE)

The Fresno City College women’s basketball team is on the verge of clinching another outright Central Valley Conference title.

The Rams took care of business Wednesday night and routed host Porterville 80-48. Fresno City did clinch a tie for the CVC title but would be outright conference champion with a victory Saturday against Reedley at Fresno City College gym.

Either way, Fresno City has its sixth consecutive conference title under coach Brian Tessler. The Rams are winners of 60 straight games overall in CVC play.