The 2012 version of the Irvine Valley men’s volleyball team was impressive in its first home match of the season Wednesday afternoon.
The Lasers, who are the defending state champions, swept aside Santa Monica, 25-11, 25-21, 25-17, in non-conference match in a about an hour and 10 minutes.
Just about everyone played for IVC (1-0) and they all played well.
“We basically used three different lineups,” Irvine Valley Coach Ki Yi said. “It was a very good all-around effort.”
Irvine Valley was coming off winning the preseason Long Beach City Invitational last weekend, beating favorite Long Beach in the semis and then El Camino in the final.
“I thought what we solidified today was our blocking and passing,” Yi said. “It helps to have such a great setter (returning all-conference and all-state player Kevin Fiske). He is such a big part of this. And then there is Mark (Metrakos) in the middle.”
Fiske finished with 22 assists and five blocks in two sets of work and Metrakos, who was an all-conference and all-state player last year as well, ended with seven kills in nine attempts and five blocks.
Yi was also pleased with the play of freshman outside hitter Zak Beard. Beard, who was a red-shirt last season, had a team-high 11 kills.
“He is really coming around and becoming more comfortable,” Yi said. “I have been stoked watching him improve.”
IVC dominated the first set, racing out to a 16-6 lead on a block by sophomore Kevin Ringuette. IVC took a 20-8 lead after a kill by Ringuette and the Lasers went up, 24-10, after a kill by Beard and a hitting error by Santa Monica.
Two points later, Beard ended the set with a kill off the block.
The second set was close until IVC ran off three straight points to go up, 18-14. Freshman Jonathon Guymon capped the three-point run with a kill on an overpass. Santa Monica got within 20-19 and then 22-20 when IVC won three of the final four points of the set.
A kill by Metrakos set up set point and a hitting error by the Corsairs ended things.
In the third set, Santa Monica led, 15-14, when IVC ran off six straight points. In the run was a kill by freshman middle blocker Jeff Austin, a tip winner by Beard, an ace by Ringuette and another kill by Beard.
And ahead, 20-16, IVC won five of the final six points to end the match. A kill by Beard set up match point and sophomore Kevin Campbell finished it off with a crosscourt kill.
Austin and Guymon each added five kills. Guymon also had three blocks. Freshman libero Ryan Windisch had seven digs and sophomore defensive specialist Garrett Komisarek ended with five digs.
Freshman back-up setter David Grandy contributed 10 assists in the final set.
Irvine Valley will get a big test on Friday when it hosts Long Beach City in a non-conference contest at 6 p.m.