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Big week ahead for Garces athletics begins with three teams at home on Tuesday

What a big week we have in store for Garces athletes on and off campus this week.

It all starts today with the girls tennis, volleyball and boys and girls water polo are all on campus.

It all begins with the girls tennis team against Frontier at home today at 3:30 p.m. The Rams are coming off a 7-2 victory over Stockdale last Thursday as the team improves to 5-0 in Southwest Yosemite League play. 

The Rams will be back in action on Thursday at Bakersfield High. 

Alexsia Drulias, Jackie Sala, Kylee Limpias, Sierra Kent, Matea Thomas and Stephanie Mercado lead the way for the Rams, who are seeking the first outright league title since 2016.

On the court in the gym, the volleyball team hosts Stockdale tonight as the Rams seek the first win in SWYL play.

The Rams gave Liberty a run for it in the first set last Thursday before falling in a 25-23 deficit in a 3-0 loss to the Patriots.

On Monday, senior Luisa Dulcich was honored as a recipient by the Bakersfield Jockey Club for her efforts on the volleyball team this season. The Rams will also host Frontier on Thursday to start the second-half of league play.

The water polo teams are in the final week of home matches in the regular season this week. With the Rams hosting the first half of East Yosemite League play, senior night is Thursday.

Tonight, the Rams host Porterville-Monache.

The action begins at 4:30 p.m. with the JV girls, followed by the varsity girls at 5:30 and the varsity boys at 6:30. Monache does not have a JV boys program. 

All four water polo teams went undefeated in the matches against Tulare Western and Tulare Union last week to move to 2-0 in league play.

Last Saturday, the varsity girls teams lost to Santa Maria-Righetti, 13-6, and Mountain View-St. Francis, 15-5, in non-league action. 

Thursday’s senior night will be against Porterville with all four levels in action.

The girls golf team is back after taking a week off. Led by junior Julianna Escobedo, the Rams are at North Kern Golf Course on Wednesday in the fifth of six SWYL tournaments beginning at noon.

The cross country team has a week off from action after Fletcher Bank and Natalina Antongiovanni led the way for the Rams at the first SWYL meet last week and at the Golden West Invite in Visalia on Friday.

Last but not least, the football teams will be at home this week against Bakersfield High. 

With Garces first-year head coach Paul Golla playing against his former team for the first time, there is a lot of buzz going around town about this matchup of two teams eager to get a league win after losses last week.

The Rams lost to Frontier in a 40-35 heartbreaker in which Garces recovered an onside kick with 100 seconds left in regulation.

In the loss, senior Joseph Campbell, who threw for 307 yards, set a school career-record for passing yards, eclipsing the former mark set by Mike Lewis in 1986. 

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