The Orange Coast College Women's Volleyball team went into Golden West College and came out victorious. In an Orange Empire Conference match that saw three different lead changes over the full five sets, OCC showed why they were the better team.
The first set started out back and forth seeing five different lead changes, and great skill from both teams. OCC’s middle blocker Summer Hanks and outside hitter Rachael Street imposed their will early and often. They worked together to get multiple blocks and kills to win the set 25-23.
The second and third sets went to GWC as OCC lost 20-25 both times. GWC’s Libero Ryann Gaglio was a key piece to success in these sets. She finished that match with 18 kills before leaving the match with an injury. Even with GWC’s success, OCC setter Amanda Cueva kept the Pirates in contention, leading the team in sets and assists.
Set number four started like sets two and three ended. Golden West controlled the tempo for the first 10 points. However, OCC flipped the switch and went on an impressive 8-0 run. This momentum carried through to the end of the set leading to a 25-19 win.
At this point, it was all tied up at two sets each going into the tiebreaker. GWC was down its best player and couldn’t get it together. The Pirates took immediate control leading to a 15-10 victory. Brisa Zapata-Reaves of OCC shined in the final set, not allowing GWC to establish any momentum. She finished with a team-high 20 points.
With the win, OCC moved to 12-1 overall and second place in the conference. Their next match is Wednesday against Cypress, which is on a 14-game win streak. For a full statistical breakdown of the match, visit the team website.