Your Salt Lake Community College Bruins athletic teams are gearing up for a new season and we cannot wait to share it with everyone.
Last season, the Bruins saw three Scenic West Championships and one Region 18 Championship. Your Bruins are good, REALLY good, and they need your support. Here is a quick recap of the 2014-15 seasons.
The Bruins volleyball team finished the season as the No. 9 team in the Nation. SLCC went 27-10 overall and 8-2 in conference play. SLCC took the runner-up position at the Region 18 tournament before setting their sights on the National Tournament.
The Bruins entered the Tournament as the No. 6 seed. After a loss in the first round to Missouri State University- West Plains, the Bruins went on to win the consolation bracket which landed them ninth place in the Tournament.
SLCC finished 27-7 on the season and 13-2 in the conference, clinching the SWAC Championship. They entered the Region 18 Tournament in the No. 1 position and the No. 6 team in the Nation. The Bruins stumbled in the championship game before entering the National Tournament as the No. 11 seed.
The Bruins won their first game of the tournament against the Avengers of ASA 58-57, off a last second bucket by Tanesha Daniels to keep them alive in the tournament. SLCC then fell 57-46 to the No. 6 Reivers of Iowa Western to end their season.
The Men’s Basketball team ended their season 25-6 overall and 13-2 in the conference, securing a share of the SWAC Title.
After a hard fought battle, the Bruins fell to North Idaho 85-79 at the Region 18 Tournament. Only the winner of the Region 18 tournament received a bid to the Nation Tournament, ending the Bruins’ season in Price, UT.
The Ladies of Bruin Softball ended the season 48-9 and 37-5 in conference. They were almost unstoppable at home going 20-2. Towards the end of the season, the NJCAA released the National Poll and Salt Lake Softball rested on top. The Bruins had earned the right to call themselves the No. 1 team in the nation.
SLCC clinched the SWAC title and the right to host the Region 18 tournament. During the tournament, the Bruins defeated Western Nevada 8-0. They went on the defeat College of Southern Idaho 14-6 and found themselves in the Championship game. The final day of the tournament was cancelled due to weather which meant the Bruins gained an automatic bid to Nationals for clinching the regular season entering the National Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
Salt Lake took the first game against #16 Western Nebraska 5-1. They went on to face, #9 Northeastern Oklahoma where they fell 6-4. Without any time to adjust and recoup, the Bruins faced #7 Temple College losing 3-0. This loss ended the Bruins season.
SLCC ended the season with a 37-25 overall record and 19-13 in conference. The Bruins ended in the runner-up position of the SWAC Conference.
They traveled to Henderson, NV for the Region 18 Tournament prevailing in game one against Western Nevada 4-3. They went on to face College of Southern Nevada where they fell 7-3. Following the CSN game they faced WNC again where they won 4-2, staying alive in the tournament.
The Championship game pitted SLCC against host College of Southern Nevada. The Bruins took the first game, extending the tournament, but fell in the second game.
As runners up in the Region 18 Championship, they earned a Western District bid. The Bruins faced Yavapai in the first game falling 12-8. A loss to Trinidad College 7-3 ended their season.
All teams are returning many of their freshmen, as well as recruiting some of the best in the state.
Miss Alex Valencia, All-Area MVP, is on her way to the softball team. 3A Most Valuable Player, Monique Mills and her sister Dominique are heading to the court for the women’s basketball team. Bushman Ebet, 1st team All-State is joining the men’s basketball team.
Once you include the power of the returning sophomores, amazing abilities of the new recruits, and the experience of Division 1 transfers you know this season is going to be one for the books.
“The Bruin fans can expect to see the same energy we always bring to the field and as always, high achievement in the classroom,” says head softball coach Cyndee Bennett.
The athletes have worked to achieve excellence, not just on the field but also in the classroom. Seven athletes received national recognition for their efforts earning All-Academic Awards from the NJCAA.
Be a Factor
All coaches and athletes are calling for your support. We want to meet you, come say hi and never forget the power you bring to our arena and field. You can be our deciding factor in a game.
“[The players] love the interaction and support they get from both students and faculty,” assistant volleyball coach Scott Keister said. “On the court, the fans are guaranteed to see high flying, fast paced action that will leave everyone wanting to come back for more.”
Remember, all students get into every home game for free.
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There is an expectation of excellence which is just the #bruinway. Join the team today.