IVC women’s volleyball deals Orange Coast first loss amidst career performances

Sophomore outside hitter Allison Cook (4) spikes the ball in a three set win over Moorpark College earlier this year. Cook set a career high for kills on Friday with 26. Her performance was tied for fifth most kills in a match in IVC school history. (Michael Grennell)

Michael Grennell

The Irvine Valley women’s volleyball team went the distance Friday night, as they pulled out the win in five sets over the Orange Coast Pirates (19-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 15-13).

The Lasers had several players who put on great performances. Sophomore outside hitter Allison Cook had a great night, making 16 digs and a career high 26 kills, one of which proved to be the game winner for IVC. Cooks 26 kills tied for the fifth most kills ever by a Laser in a single match, tied with Amanda Smith’s 26 kill performance, also against the Pirates, in 2002.

Cook is third in the Orange Empire Conference in kills, with 234. She is 29 kills behind the conference leader, Fullerton Hornets outside hitter Jordyn Hecker.

Not to be outdone, freshman setter Danielle Boyette set a career high also, with 57 assists. Boyette is fourth in the OEC in assists per set, averaging 8.95 per set. Sophomore outside hitter Avae Masaniai also had a notable performance, making 12 kills and 12 digs, along with two service aces. Masaniai is second on the team with 146 kills, good for seventh in the conference kills leaderboard. Masaniai’s two service aces were her 13th and 14th of the season, third most on the team behind sophomore outside hitter Alex Goodman (22) and Cook (25).

Freshman libero Becky Moodie led the team with 24 kills on Friday, giving her 249 on the season. Moodie’s 249 digs are the seventh most by a Laser in a single season, and she is only 12 digs away from having the third most digs in a single season in school history.

The 14th ranked Lasers handed Orange Coast their first loss of the season as IVC improved to 12-5 (6-5 in conference) with the win. IVC has three games remaining this season, their next coming on Wednesday when they play host to the Fullerton Hornets (9-9, 5-6). The Lasers will then travel to take on the Saddleback Gauchos (4-15, 2-8), before returning home to end their season against the Riverside Tigers (8-10, 3-8).

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