The Irvine Valley women's volleyball team begins its 2010 schedule by playing in the Cuesta Scrimmage Tournament this Saturday.
The 12-team tournament features West Valley, Gavilan, Porterville, American River, Cuesta, Reedley, Citrus, Long Beach City, Chabot, San Diego City, Antelope Valley and Irvine Valley.
Irvine Valley is looking to repeat its success from last season when it reached the State Championships.
The Lasers reached the final day of the championships, losing in an elimination match and basically finishing third at state. The team finished with a record of 18-6 overall.
Irvine Valley returns four players from last year's team, including two starters in outside hitter Ellie Wiekamp and outside hitter/opposite Hillary Crone. Crone was second on the team in kills last season and Wiekamp was third. Crone also hit a team-high .361 on the year.
Irvine Valley plays its first official match on Wednesday, Sept. 8 when it hosts College of the Canyons at 6 p.m.