Irvine Valley improved its record to 4-2 overall. Pierce, which had a three-match win streak snapped, saw its record slip to 5-2 on the season.
Pierce’s only prior loss had been to IVC OEC rival Orange Coast in five games.
“This was huge for us," Irvine Valley Coach Ki Yi said. “There is definitely a lot of potential with this team and we are starting finding our rhythm a little bit."
Irvine Valley jumped out to big leads and cruised to wins in both the first and third games.
It was the second game that the Lasers had to grind out and was the difference in the match. Pierce took a 6-3 lead early in the second game on a block by AK Gharwal.
Irvine Valley later took a 12-11 lead on an ace by Tommy Tsoi. Pierce scored the next four points in a row and took a 15-12 lead on another kill by Gharwal. Pierce was up, 17-14, when IVC turned the game around.
Behind the serving of sophomore outside hitter Caleb Brophy, the Lasers went on an 8-0 run. The first two points of the run came thanks to Pierce errors. Freshman outside hitter Kevin Ringuette came up with a block to tie it at 17-17.
A yellow card on Pierce resulted in a point for Irvine Valley and an 18-17 lead. Brophy then followed with two aces in a row to push the lead to 20-17. Ringuette and freshman setter Kevin Fiske combined for a block for a point and IVC was ahead, 21-17.
After a Pierce timeout, Ringuette earned a kill off the Pierce block to give IVC a 22-17 lead. And freshman middle blocker Mark Metrakos finished off the run with a block on Pierce’s Jon Suisa for a 23-17 IVC advantage.
IVC closed out the decisive second game three points later on a Pierce hitting error.
For the match, Brophy paced IVC with 10 kills. Ringuette had eight kills, Metrakos finished with seven kills, five blocks and three aces, freshman middle blocker Adam Johnson added five kills and three blocks and Fiske contributed 35 assists.
Irvine Valley hit over .400 as a team in the match, led by Johnson at .714 and Brophy at .529.
“I thought Caleb and Kevin did great jobs for us, Tommy (Tsoi) came in and gave us a lift and Fiske really set a nice match," Yi said. “This was a good win. We just need to keep it going."
Irvine Valley doesn’t play again until March 4 when it opens Pacific Coast Conference action at San Diego Mesa.