Irvine Valley's men's volleyball team had a tough time, but pulled out a five-set win over Grossmont in a nonconference game on Wednesday at home.
The Lasers went into the match with a 4-1 record and ranked No. 1 in the coaches state poll, while Grossmont was still searching for its first win on the year.
But the match was back and forth throughout before IVC earned a 25-19, 18-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-12 victory.
IVC improved its record to 5-1 overall, while Grossmont fell to 0-6.
Freshman outside hitter Brennan To finished with 16 kills, hit .371 and had eight digs for IVC.
IVC scored the final three points to take the first set.
Grossmont used a 4-0 run during the middle of the second set to take a 17-9 lead and went on to take the set.
Playing its best volleyball of the night, Irvine Valley jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the third set and went on to an easy win in the set.
Irvine Valley led, 19-18, in the fourth set, but Grossmont rallied for the win to send it to five.
The Lasers answered in the fifth set, however. They went up, 12-8, on a kill by To.
Grossmont came back three straight points, getting a kill by Steven Rodriguez, a hitting error by IVC and a kill by Cameron Carruthers, to get within 12-11.
Irvine Valley then caught a break when Grossmont played an IVC kill attempt that looked to be going out. Irvine Valley went up, 13-11.
Grossmont got a kill by Matt Pike to stay within a point at 13-12.
But IVC won the final two points, getting back-to-back kills by To and August to close out the match.
Irvine Valley plays again next Wednesday, hosting Miramar at 6 p.m.