Kobi Pekich (#12) jumps to attempt to spike the ball past a defender. The Lasers defeated both Rio Hondo College and Santa Ana College, 5-0 Friday and started their conference season, 1-0. (Niko LaBarbera | Lariat)
Irvine Valley College’s sand volleyball team began their conference schedule Friday hosting Santa Ana College and Rio Hondo College. The Lasers dominated both their opponents defeating each team 5-0, and starting the month of March with a 2-0 record.
IVC is 6-4 on the season, but all four of their losses came from division one universities Florida State, Long Beach State, Arizona and Cal State Bakersfield.
The Lasers top team sophomore Marisa Doran and sophomore Kobi Pekich made it look easy when they dominated their first match of the day against Rio Hondo.
“It was all my partner she was doing everything, she makes it easy out there.” Pekich said.
The Lasers second match of the day was against Santa Ana and it was their first conference match of the year as well. Each of IVC’s teams defeated their opponents and they did it in commanding fashion.
The Lasers number one team of Doran and Pekich won 21-10 and 21-9. The number two team of sophomore Annie Mitchem and freshman Emily Reinking beat their opponents 21-14 and 21-5. The number three team consisting of freshman Hailee Earnest and Hannah Matt, won their matches 21-10 and 21-11. The number four team of sophomore Samantha Holdredge and freshman Kayla Scheevel came out on top 21-10 and 21-16. And finally the number five team of sophomore Shaelyn Perez and freshman Taylor Askins won their match 21-9 and 21-2. Giving the Lasers a 5-0 win and a 1-0 record in the conference.
The Lasers will likely be the target of most teams in their conference because of the fact that they are the defending conference champions and state champions.
“We won state last year, so we have a target on our backs.” Pekich said.
The next five matches are very important as they prepare for the Orange Empire Conference Championships at the end of the month, and the California Community College Athletic Association team/individual Championships in May.
The Lasers will be looking for their second conference win of the season when they travel to Huntington Beach’s Newland Street sand courts to play Orange Coast College on Friday at 12 p.m.