The Irvine Valley women's volleyball team's Orange Empire Conference match at home on Friday against Golden West is big in a number of ways.
The Lasers are taking on conference leading Golden West in a very important match.
Golden West is undefeated so far in conference play. IVC is in third - two matches back of the Rustlers.
Irvine Valley did play Golden West tough when the two teams met earlier this year at Golden West, losing in four games.
IVC has a record of 10-3 overall and 6-2 in conference after sweeping Santa Ana, 25-8, 25-13, 25-13, on the road Wednesday night.
Sophomore outside hitter Annie Kim had 10 kills, sophomore middle blocker Hannah Unruh and freshman outside hitter Allison Cook contributed seven kills each, sophomore libero Sarah Mendoza finished with 11 digs and freshman setter Sofia Furlong had 24 assists.
Irvine Valley is also putting on its third annual Dig Pink event. All proceeds from the night will go toward the Side-out.org Dig Pink Volleyball Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Admission will be $5 for all spectators. There will also be raffles, auctions and Asics pink t-shirt giveaways.
Last year, nearly 400 fans were in attendance for the event. The events the last two years have raised more than $3,000.
One of the driving forces behind the first Dig Pink event at IVC in 2009 was a Laser player. Caitlin Segert, a sophomore and starting middle blocker, helped coordinate the event in conjunction with the coaching staff and athletic administration, and was directly responsible for the effort of the women’s volleyball student-athletes in obtaining raffle prizes, giveaways and auction items.