Irvine Valley's men's volleyball team ran into one of the top teams in the state on Saturday and didn't have an answer.
Three nights following a stoppage of play between Irvine Valley and Orange Coast due to a campus-wide black out at OCC, the Pirates rolled to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 win against the rival Lasers in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference matchup.
Gianluca Grasso led the Pirates (9-1, 2-0 in PCC) with 11 kills, while Adrian Faitalia added seven kills and seven digs.
In the middle, blockers Matthew Ujkic and Will Donald combined for 11 kills, while Sean Keyes dished out a team-best 21 assists.
For the Lasers (4-4, 1-1), freshman opposite Kyle Radecki led the way with eight kills.
OCC jumped out to a 15-8 lead in the opening set. IVC responded with a pair of points, but Coast countered with a 10-4 run to close things out.
The Lasers used a pair of Radecki kills to keep close early in the second set, before Coast erupted with a 15-4 run to pull away and grab hold of the second set.
It was more of the same for the Pirates in the third set as a 6-4 deficit was quickly erased and after grabbing an 11-10 advantage, OCC ripped of six straight points, thanks to a pair of kills by Jordan Hoppe and Grasso.
IVC refused to quit and got back to within four at 18-14, but Grasso helped the Pirates deliver the knockout blow with a pair of aces and a kill to ice the match for the Pirates.
Irvine Valley returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Palomar for a 6 p.m. match. IVC hosts Grossmont on Friday at 6 p.m.