The Irvine Valley women’s volleyball team closed out the regular season on a high note Wednesday night at home.
The Lasers won their fourth straight match and clinched at least a tie for third place in the Orange Empire Conference with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-23 win over Riverside City on sophomore night.
The Lasers, who are ranked ninth in the state poll this week, improved their record to 15-5 overall and 9-5 in conference.
IVC would finish third outright in conference if Cypress lost to Fullerton Wednesday.
Irvine Valley honored sophomore players Allison Cook, Avae Masaniai, Alex Goodman, Lauren Bender and Sinead O’Neill before Wednesday’s contest. The four who competed (O’Neill is out injured) led the Lasers to the win.
Cook finished with a team-high 19 kills and added seven digs. Masaniai had 10 kills, 11 digs and two blocks. Bender contributed with nine kills and eight digs and Goodman chipped in two blocks and two digs.
Irvine Valley also got 13 digs from freshman libero Becky Moodie and 42 assists and six digs from freshman setter Danielle Boyette.
It looked like it would be an easy sweep for Irvine Valley in the third set. The Lasers took a 21-15 lead and later had match-point at 24-18 after a kill by Goodman.
But Riverside (12-12, 5-9) clawed back behind three straight IVC hitting errors and a kill by Kayla Johns to cut the deficit to 24-23.
Cook finished it out on the next point, however, with a kill that found its way down to the court off the Riverside block.
Irvine Valley will now wait for the Southern California Regional playoff pairings to be announced on Sunday.
IVC Coach Tom Pestolesi believes that the Lasers have a great chance to get a home match in the first round. The top eight seeds host matches next Tuesday in the opening round. IVC was ranked fifth in So. Cal. in the latest poll.