Pierce College has six sports programs—soccer, volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball and softball.
The teams, which are integrated with students from both the Puyallup and Fort Steilacoom campuses, play in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, a collection of 35 colleges in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. NWAACC is the largest two-year intercollegiate conference.
During the fall season, the two sports at Pierce College are volleyball and soccer. Many of the players believe that “soccer wasn’t made for fall, but fall was made for soccer.” Their passion shows in their playing, the squad has qualified for playoffs five out of the last six years and took third place in the Southern Region last year.
These men won or tied 11 of their games last season and plan to do just as well for the coming season. After the Oct. 8 game against Clark College, the Pierce College’s league record was 3-3-1.
“Early reviews tout the 2011 squad as one of the most talented in the past five years,” the college athletic website said.
Twenty alumni played this year’s team on Aug. 30 in the third annual Alumni Scrimmage. The teams tied 4-4 after regulation and opted for the tie breaker shootout, which was won by this year’s Raiders, 3-1.
When it comes to the volleyball team, the new team is made up of 13 freshmen.
“They are a great, hardworking bunch and really enjoy being around each other. I enjoy being around them,” Head Coach Doug Carlson said.
To open the season the Raiders hosted on Sept. 21 the Titans from Tacoma Community College, ranked No. 4 in the Western Region. Although the Raiders lost three of three sets, players pounded hard to keep each set close, 26-24, 25-17 and 25-20.
Oct. 22 Coos Bay, Ore. 2 p.m. Southwest Oregon
Oct. 26 Heritage (home) 3 p.m. Clark
Oct. 29 Salem, Ore. 2 p.m. Chemeketa
Nov. 2 Heritage (home) 3 p.m. South Puget Sound
Nov. 9 Regional Playoffs
Nov. 12 Quarter Final Playoffs
Nov. 19 TBA NWAACC Playoffs
Nov. 20 TBA NWAACC Playoffs
Oct. 21 Pierce 7 p.m. Centralia
Oct. 24 Longview 7 p.m. Lower Columbia
Oct. 28 Gresham, Ore. TBA Mt. Hood Tournament
Oct. 29 Gresham, Ore. TBA Mt. Hood Tournament
Nov. 2 Pierce 7 p.m. Clark
Nov. 4 Pierce 7 p.m. Green River
Nov. 9 Des Moines 7 p.m. Highline
Nov. 18 NWAACC Tournament
Nov. 19 NWAACC Tournament
Nov. 20 NWAACC Tournament
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