The Irvine Valley women’s volleyball team got off to a slow start against San Diego Mesa in a non-conference match Wednesday night at IVC.
But the Lasers sure finished strong.
Irvine Valley, ranked No. 14 in the state, rallied to win the opening set and then was solid in taking a 25-22, 25-20, 25-16 victory over 20th-ranked San Diego Mesa.
Freshman outside hitter Allison Cook led the way with a season-high 19 kills. Sophomore middle blockers Emily Mount and Hannah Unruh each contributed eight kills and sophomore outside hitter Annie Kim had seven kills. Sophomore libero Sarah Mendoza finished with 14 digs.
Kim added 11 digs and sophomore Carleigh Mueller had seven digs. Setter Sofia Furlong played another solid match for the Lasers and ended with 48 assists and three aces.
IVC improved its record to 4-1 and bounced back from its first loss of the season (in four games last week to Moorpark).
Irvine Valley trailed, 14-8, in the opening game and was later down, 16-13, before turning things around. IVC scored three straight points and tied the set, 16-16, on an ace by Cook.
Tied, 18-18, Irvine Valley took its first lead of the set at 19-18 on an ace by Furlong. Irvine Valley took its largest lead at 24-21 on a net by Mesa. Mendoza came up with a huge dig for the Lasers to keep the point alive before San Diego Mesa made the error.
Cook closed out the game with a kill.
IVC led the whole way in the second game. The Lasers raced out to a 6-0 lead on kills by Unruh and Kim. Irvine Valley went ahead, 17-8, on three straight miscues by the Olympians.
It looked to be an easy win for IVC, but San Diego Mesa battled back late. The Lasers led, 22-17, on a kill by Unruh, but then San Diego Mesa scored three points in a row to get within 22-20.
But Irvine Valley won the next three points – on kills by Cook and Unruh and a Mesa error – to win the set. Irvine Valley trailed, 15-14, in the third set, but then went on a big run to end things.
The Lasers out-scored the Olympians, 10-1, to finish the match. Kills by Kim and then Cook closed out the win.