The Irvine Valley men’s volleyball team finally got a quick match and an easy win. After seeing their last three contests go to five games - with two of those resulting in losses - the Lasers took care of business Wednesday night, beating Santa Barbara City in three-straight games.
Irvine Valley came out on top, 25-23, 25-21, 25-16, in the non-conference match at Irvine Valley. The win improved the Lasers’ record to 3-2 overall. Santa Barbara City slipped to 3-3 on the season.
“We needed this," Irvine Valley Coach Ki Yi said. “It was nice to see us pull it together. Hopefully this is the start of something. "All win streaks have to start somewhere."
Irvine Valley was coming off a frustrating five-game loss to Moorpark at home last Friday.
“We’ve had our issues and our play has been inconsistent," Yi said. “We just need to build on what we did tonight."
The Lasers were in control of each and every game Wednesday night on their way to the victory.
Sophomore outside hitter Brandon Directo led Irvine Valley in kills for the fifth-straight match. He finished with 12 in 26 attempts. Directo added four digs and two aces.
Freshman outside hitter Kevin Ringuette had a strong match with nine kills and just one error in 16 attempts. Freshman middle blockers Mark Metrakos and Adam Johnson each contributed seven kills.
Metrakos also had four blocks and three aces for the Lasers.
Sophomore outside hitter Caleb Brophy finished with six kills and a team-high 10 digs, sophomore libero Chris Reames had eight digs and freshman setter Kevin Fiske ran the offense with 38 assists.
Irvine Valley plays at home again on Friday against Moorpark. The match has been moved to 2 p.m. because IVC hosts a men’s basketball playoff game that night at 7.