Irvine Valley's women's volleyball team got a surprise on Monday and then a loss on Tuesday in the playoffs.
The Lasers learned on Sunday that they would get the No. 7 seed and host No. 10 Mt. San Antonio in the first round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs when the brackets came out.
But after some shuffling was done with the seedings to accommodate travel and teams in the same conference not meeting in the opening round, Irvine Valley found itself down two spots.
So instead of hosting a match in the opening round as the No. 7 seed, IVC was labeled a No. 9 seed and had to play at eighth-seeded El Camino in the opening round on Tuesday.
The Lasers fell in five tough sets to El Camino, 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13, Tuesday night to see their season come to a close.
Irvine Valley finished with a record of 15-6.
El Camino improved to 20-4 and moved on to meet top-seeded and two-time defending state champion Los Angeles Pierce.
Sophomore outside hitter Allison Cook capped her IVC career with 21 kills, 10 digs and three blocks in the defeat. Cook, who ranked third in the state in kills during the regular season, finished with 334 kills on the season. That number is fourth in Irvine Valley program history.
Sophomore outside hitter Avae Masaniai added 18 kills, seven digs and three blocks, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Bender finished with 15 kills, freshman libero Becky Moodie had 20 digs and freshman setter Dannielle Boyette contributed 55 assists.
The teams traded points early in the fifth set before a kill and three straight errors by the Lasers gave the Warriors a four-point cushion at the changeover.
El Camino led, 14-10, but IVC didn't go quietly. Several digs to keep points alive along with two timely kills from Cook, brought the Lasers within, 14-13.
Finally, the Warriors closed out the match on a kill from Tarryn Luafalemana, who led El Camino with 18 kills and seven blocks.