The Irvine Valley women's volleyball team just missed out on its second upset in a row in the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
The Lasers, seeded 10th, fell to No. 2 El Camino in five tough sets Saturday night at El Camino. The defeat ended IVC's season.
Irvine Valley finished with a record of 15-6 overall. El Camino came out on top, 23‐25, 25‐18, 25‐19, 15‐25, 15‐13.
The final set was tied, 13-13. Katie Child gave El Camino match point with a kill and an IVC hitting error allowed the Warriors the victory.
The Lasers had opportunities to break open the match, leading 1‐0 in sets and 9‐4 early in the second set. The teams were tied nine times and exchanged the lead twice in the first set, but the Lasers broke a 23-23 tie with a kill from sophomore opposite Nicole Rosenkilde followed by a net violation from the Warriors to seal the set.
Down, 9-4, in the second set, El Camino went on a 12-4 run to take control of the set.
The third set was close early, with the teams exchanging the lead twice and tied six times. But with the score tied 8-8, the Warriors went on a 10-2 run to seize control of the set and they seemed to have all the momentum going into the fourth set.
But IVC had tied the match at 2‐2 thanks in part to three aces served by sophomore middle blocker Emily Mount.
The Lasers also led 9‐8 in the fifth set. However, El Camino cut down on unforced errors to outlast the Irvine Valley pressure.
For Irvine Valley, freshman outside hitter Allison Cook ended with 17 kills and 13 digs, sophomore outside hitter Annie Kim had 16 kills, sophomore libero Sarah Mendoza finished with 26 digs, and Mount totaled seven kills, four blocks and four aces.
Sophomore defensive specialist Carleigh Mueller added 13 digs, Rosenkilde contributed 10 kills and three blocks and freshman setter Sofia Furlong had 37 assists.
El Camino moved on to face No. 3 Grossmont on Tuesday.