Sierra Sports Insider: Sierra volleyball knocks off California’s #1 team

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Sierra volleyball knocks off California's #1 team

If you follow Sierra sports with passion and regularity, you probably already know what happened at Goto/Goldenberg Court Wednesday night. In front of a packed house, the Sierra College volleyball team beat the top-ranked team in California, Feather River College, three sets to one. The win over the previously unbeaten Golden Eagles sent shock waves through the JC volleyball community and improved the Wolverines record to 5-0. Not satisfied to rest on their laurels, Coach Vera Nelson's troops upended another undefeated, state-ranked team, Porterville College, 3-1 in the nightcap.

Nelson has been getting contributions from every member of her team, but it has been the extraordinary play of sophomore setter Madi Macauley and sophomore libero Haley Biles that has set the tone so far in the young season. The defense has been particularly spectacular—in the first game against Feather River, Sierra middle blockers “roofed” the Golden Eagles three straight times on their way to winning the point.

Pay special attention to this special team! (They host Shasta and Yuba next Wednesday (9/18) at 3pm.)

Photo of Macauley and Biles

Football hosts Feather River in Saturday’s home opener

Sierra football coach Ben Noonan looks for his first win at the Wolverine helm tomorrow as the Wolverines (0-1) host the Feather River College Golden Eagles (0-1) at "The Buzz" at 1:00pm. Noonan just missed getting the inaugural victory last weekend at Sac City, as the Panthers escaped with a 37-31 overtime win.

We expect a huge turnout for the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Game. All Sierra staffers who show their badge at the gate get in free. There will be a pair of raffle prizes provided by the Associated Students of Sierra College —proud sponsors of Sierra College football— and a surprise public address announcer (who has been a Sierra fixture for decades)!

Against the Panthers, Noonan's offense moved the ball well. QB Daniel Harding passed for 390 yards and four TD's. Tre'Von Lampley opened the scoring with a 63-yard TD run-and-catch on Sierra's initial series. But, the defense gave up over 500 yards of offense to Sac City and was susceptible to the big play. If the offense continues to click and the defense tightens things up, expect a win over FRC.

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