Women's Athletes of the Week
No. 1 G-House’s Brown is Women’s Athlete of the Week
NOV. 28, 2016 - Grossmont College volleyball player Giovanni Brown has been selected as Women’s Athlete of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference for Nov. 21-27.
Brown, Grossmont’s sophomore Libero from Chandler (Arizona) High School, had what coach Jamie Ivers described as “a huge night” as the Griffins held off Riverside City College 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-10, 15-9 in a Southern California Regional match. She contributed 24 digs, 2 kills on 2 attempts, 3 aces, 3 assists and passed a 2.35 for the match.
“(Brown) has been our consistent game changer all season long,” Ivers said. Brown came back later in the week to help the state No. 1-ranked and Southern California No. 1 seed G-House to a 25-23, 25-14, 25-21 sweep of Long Beach City College, a win that puts Grossmont into the eight-team CCCAA State Championships. There, the Griffs will play No. 4 Northern California seed Gavilan on Friday at 9 a.m. at Los Angeles Pierce. Grossmont takes a 26-1 record into the three-day state finals.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to San Bernardino Valley soccer players Calvonis Prentice and Alondra Gildo-Ceballos, and College of the Desert basketball player Jerrica Perez.
Prentice, a sophomore midfielder from Tahquitz High School in Hemet, scored a goal and passed off for an assist as the Wolverines remained unbeaten on the season with a 2-0 victory over Rio Hondo in the Southern California Regionals. San Bernardino Valley, ranked fifth in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, then suffered its only loss of the season, battling to a 1-1 tie in regulation against four-time defending state champion Cerritos, the defending national champion and currently No. 2-ranked team. The Falcons got the win and advanced to the state Final Four on penalty kicks.
Gildo-Ceballos, a sophomore midfielder out of Fontana High School, scored the tying goal in the 79th minute for San Bernardino against Cerritos, sending the game into the penalty kicks phase. The Wolverines ended their season 19-1-4 while the SoCal No. 1 seed Falcons upped their record to 21-1-1 and will square off against Northern California No. 2 seed Folsom Lake this in the state semifinals Friday at Ventura College. The winner of that matchup will advance to the state championship game vs. either Diablo Valley or Santa Barbara City College on Sunday.
Perez, a sophomore from Shadow Hills High School in Indio, scored 35 points and went 10-19 on 3-pointers in COD’s 72-64 victory over MiraCosta in the consolation semifinals of the Los Angeles Southwest Tournament.