After having ending the 2017-18 school year with 96 scholar athletes, Irvine Valley's athletics program was even better in 18-19 with an impressive 103 students being recognized. The team award went to women's tennis.
Irvine Valley ended the year at the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships last week in Ojai. The IVC doubles team of Halla Allajeely and Sabrina Mendy reached the semifinals in doubles.
Irvine Valley, seeded third, wins all three doubles matches and then gets two quick wins in singles to defeat El Camino in the first round of the regional dual team playoffs. The Lasers move on to face No. 2 Riverside next.
Irvine Valley wraps up the regular season with a 6-3 loss at Riverside in an Orange Empire Conference match on Thursday. IVC, which finished third in the OEC, now hopes for a Southern California Regional Dual Playoff bid.
Irvine Valley falls, 9-0, to the top team in the Orange Empire Conference, Orange Coast, on Tuesday on the road. The Lasers see their record fall to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the OEC. IVC is back in action on Thursday at Cypress.
Irvine Valley gets off to a promising start in singles with wins from Halla Alajeely, Sabrina Mendy and Ashley Le, but Riverside also takes three matches in singles and two in doubles for a 5-3 victory over the Lasers on Tuesday.
Irvine Valley wins all three doubles matches to pull out a 6-3 Orange Empire Conference win over Fullerton on Thursday at home. The Lasers also got strong efforts in singles from Sabrina Mendy, Ashley Le and Ariyana Ash.
Irvine Valley improves its record to 2-3 overall and levels its mark in the Orange Empire Conference with a 9-0 win over Cypress at home on Tuesday. All-state returnee Halla Alajeely and Brigget Lee each win, 6-0, 6-0 in singles.
Irvine Valley wins five of six singles matches to close things out and earn a 6-3 nonconference victory at El Camino on Tuesday. Sabrina Mendy didn't lose a game in singles and Halla Alajeely only dropped one game.
Irvine Valley takes an early advantage in doubles and holds a lead late in singles, but can't close out the match against Santa Barbara City and falls, 5-4, in its first contest of the season on Tuesday at home.
In a rematch of a 2018 So. Cal. Team Playoff contest, Irvine Valley takes on Santa Barbara City at 2 p.m. Tuesday at home. The Lasers are led by returning All-American and Orange Empire Conference co-MVP Halla Alajeely.