The Irvine Valley College athletics program earned its highest ranking ever in the standings for the NATYCAA Cup.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) released the final standings for 2010-11 on Wednesday.
Irvine Valley placed in the top 10 for the first time ever, finishing ninth in the state standings. It was the highest ranking for a non-football college on the list, which was made up of 105 community colleges in California.
Points are awarded for the top five finishes in sports for each gender for each college. The Lasers finished with 103 points.
Irvine Valley had seven teams earn points.
In all, seven Laser squads made at least the second round of the state playoffs.
And Irvine Valley won three state titles - women's golf, men's volleyball and women's badminton.
Orange Coast and Riverside were the only two Orange Empire Conference schools to finish ahead of IVC. Orange Coast was eighth with 143.5 points and Riverside came in ninth with 133 points.
Irvine Valley received the maximum 20 points in women's golf, men's volleyball and women's badminton.
In addition, Irvine Valley's men's basketball team earned 14.5 points for making the Southern California Regional Final, the men's golf team picked up 11.5 points for making the Southern California Regionals and the men's soccer and women's volleyball team each earned 8.5 points for making the second round of the playoffs.
"This year has been remarkable," said Irvine Valley Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics Keith Shackleford. "To cap a decade-long run with three titles in one year speaks to the student-athletes who have chosen IVC and the coaching staffs’ ability to manage their programs at consistently elite levels. It is a tribute to really dedicated people in the athletic program and our administration’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence."
Not accounting for points, but adding to the overall successful campaign for IVC's sports teams this school year were individual state singles and doubles titles won by Thuy Hoang and the team of Hoang and Vimla Phongasavithas, men's golfer Kyle Melchiorre making the state tournament as an individual, men's basketball player Travis Fulton being named first team all-state, men's volleyball player Brandon Directo being selected as the MVP of the state tournament, the women's tennis doubles team of Natalie Loria and Tina Vuong reaching the state semifinals, men's tennis player Justin Thompson making the state tournament in singles, men's soccer player Fredy Razo being picked second team all-West Region and baseball player Scott Kaplan recently being chosen first team All-American.
Nicole Rivera and Hoang were also named MVP of the conference in women's golf and women's badminton, respectively