The Irvine Valley women’s volleyball team headed into the Southern California playoffs on a roll.
The Lasers won their fourth straight match to end the regular season last week.
Irvine Valley, ranked 11th in the state, rallied on sophomore night to beat Cypress in five sets, 18-25, 19-25, 25-13, 25-17, 15-6, in an Orange Empire Conference match at IVC.
Irvine Valley, which finished in third in the conference standings, improved its record to 14-5 overall and 10-4 in conference.
Cypress looked like it might make quick work of the Lasers after the first two sets. But IVC got going at the start of the third set and then didn’t look back.
In the fifth set, Irvine Valley led right from the start. The Lasers jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Setter Nicole Pattison had an ace, outside hitter Allison Cook recorded a kill, middle blocker Hannah Unruh and opposite Avae Masaniai combined for a block and outside hitter Annie Kim had a kill.
Cypress didn’t get closer than two points the rest of the way. Ahead 8-5, IVC scored four straight points – the last on a block by setter Sofia Furlong and middle blocker Emily Mount – to take full control of the set.
A kill by Kim gave Irvine Valley a 13-6 lead. After Cypress hit out to set up an IVC match point, Cook ended the match with a kill.
Cook and Kim led Irvine Valley with 15 kills apiece. Cook also had nine digs. Mount ended with five kills and four blocks, libero Sarah Mendoza finished with 22 digs.
The IVC careers of eight sophomore players were celebrated before the match. The sophomores honored were Katelyn Shepherd, Kim, Mendoza, Carleigh Mueller, Mount, Kaitlin O’Donnell, Unruh and Nicole Rosenkilde.