Irvine Valley’s women’s volleyball team finished off a solid week with an easy, three-set sweep over Santa Ana on Friday in the Orange Empire Conference opener at home.
The Lasers, ranked 14th in the state, dropped their first match of the season last week at Moorpark, but bounced back with two straight-set victories this week.
IVC beat San Diego Mesa on Wednesday and followed that up with a 25-11, 25-11, 25-9 victory over Santa Ana.
“It is good to get off to a nice start like this in conference,” IVC Coach Tom Pestolesi said. “Everyone played and contributed. It was a good night. We need it because we have a tough week next week.”
Irvine Valley plays at Golden West next Wednesday and hosts Orange Coast next Friday.
With the win, Irvine Valley improved its record to 5-1 overall, while Santa Ana slipped to 1-6.
IVC hit .400 as a team in the match and freshmen setters Sofia Furlong and Nicole Pattison spread the wealth on offense. Seven different Laser players had at least three kills in the contest.
Freshman middle blocker Sinead O’Neill finished with six kills, freshman outside hitter Lauren Bender had five kills and freshman outside hitter Nicole Rosenkilde and sophomore outside hitter Annie Kim each contributed four kills. Bender finished off Santa Ana in the third set with the final of her five kills.
Sophomore libero Sarah Mendoza had a busy night over the three games with 18 digs. She also added two aces.