Men's Volleyball

Men's volleyball team falls in three straight at Orange Coast

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

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.

Freshman outside hitters Ruben Lopez and Garret Costello each added five kills. Sophomore setter Peter Van Liefde finished with 20 assists.

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.

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