Women's Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball team ranked third in state final AVCA poll

Beach volleyball team ranked third in state final AVCA poll

Irvine Valley's women's beach volleyball team was ranked third in the state in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll of the season that was released earlier this week.

The Lasers finished tied for third at the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship last Thursday at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista.

Irvine Valley ended the year with a record of 17-8 overall and won the Orange Empire Conference with a mark of 10-0.

IVC ended up going 15-1 against community college opponents. That one defeat came at the hands of Long Beach City, which beat Irvine Valley and moved on from pool play at the state championship last Thursday.

Irvine Valley also had four pairs reach the state championship last Friday and Saturday sophomore Renata Bath and freshman Lea Kruse, freshmen Anna Unke and Gabriela Griego, sophomores Alyssa Vortouni and Emilie Austin and freshmen Aliaina Gendale and Kendall Nolan reached the state event.

Bath and Kruse and Unke and Griego each made the final day on Saturay of the two-day pairs tournament. Bath and Kruse battled and ended up finishing tied for third overall under the direction of head coach Tom Pestolesi.

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