Beach volleyball team sweeps Golden West, falls to Missouri St.

Courtesy of On My Game Photography
Courtesy of On My Game Photography

Irvine Valley's women's beach volleyball team split matches on Friday afternoon at home, taking down Golden West, 4-1, in an Orange Empire Conference contest and then falling to NCAA Division I Missouri State, 4-1.

Against Golden West, Irvine Valley swept all five matches.

Irvine Valley's No. 1 team of sophomore Renata Bath and freshman Lea Kruse cruised to a 21-10, 21-9 victory.

Also picking up wins were the No. 2 team of freshmen Anna Unke and Gabriela Griego, the No. 3 team of sophomores Emilie Austin and Alyssa Vortouni, the No. 4 team of freshmen Kendall Nolan and Alaina Gendale and the No. 5 team of sophomore Alison Kent and freshman Alaina Thomas.

Kent and Thomas played impressively, winning, 21-9, 21-5.

Against Missouri State, Irvine Valley's lone win came from Bath and Kruse on the first court. The duo defeated Missouri State's Julie Hanson and Chloe McDaniel, 21-15, 21-17.

The Lasers had some tight sets on other courts in losses.

Griego and Unke played well, but fell, 21-16, 21-17.

With the split, Irvine Valley's record went to 5-4 overall. Irvine Valley did improve its record in Orange Empire Conference play to 3-0 and the Lasers are 5-0 this season against community college opponents. Four of those have been 5-0 sweeps.

Irvine Valley is back in action on Thursday with two more home matches – both against four-year schools. Irvine Valley hosts the University of Nebraska at 12:00 p.m. and then Division II Cal State San Marcos at 2 p.m.