The Orange Coast College women’s volleyball team lost in straight sets to Irvine Valley College on Friday. The loss broke OCC’s four-game winning streak, and brought its record to 16-3.
The first set began with an immediate offensive burst by the Lasers, who scored seven points in a row leading to a quick timeout by OCC. The momentum from this surge was unmatched by any offensive efforts put out by the Pirates. After the timeout, OCC was able to put their first points on the board with a couple of solid hits from outside hitter Sarah Enright and middle blocker Summer Hanks. The first set finished up 25-11.
The Lasers impressive scoring carried over to the second set with points being scored from their two highest scorers, Jayli Nealy and Jaclyn Sanchez. The pair combined for 29 kills and only three errors. The unstoppable duo was too much for OCC, who struggled to deal with the hits coming their way. Despite the lack of blocking and poor positioning of the defense, the offense was able to go on a scoring stretch forcing the Lasers to call a timeout. This didn’t last long as after the break, IVC came out and put the set to rest with a final score of 25-13.
OCC, which was on the ropes, began the final set of the match. Finally playing with more urgency they were able to slow down the IVC attack.. The Pirates took the lead for a brief period of time bringing life back into the crowd. The Lasers however were unphased and they closed out the game with eight-straight points, to finish the final set 25-15.
The next match for OCC is on Tuesday at Ventura College.