Women's Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball team dominates OEC Pairs Championships

Courtesy of On My Game Photography
Courtesy of On My Game Photography

Irvine Valley's women's beach volleyball team had a fun couple of days at the Orange Empire Conference Pairs Championships this week at IVC.

The tournament took place Wednesday and Friday and qualified pairs teams to move on to the Southern California Pairs Regional event, which will be held next Friday at Irvine Valley.

IVC had an impressive four pairs move on, including producing the top two duos in the conference.

The teams of sophomore Renata Bath and freshman Lea Kruse and sophomores Alyssa Vortouni and Emilie Austin were named co-champions.

The two teams didn't compete in the final with team regionals coming up next Tuesday and then individual regionals on the schedule for next Friday.

Bath and Kruse defeated the Riverside duo of Vashti Elias-Romero and Natalie Escher, 21-14, 21-13, in one semifinal and Vortouni and Austin upset the Cypress duo of Khamis Berneker and Brittany Zavala, 21-13, 21-13, in the other semifinal.

Elias-Romero and Escher won a marathon third-place match over Berneker and Zavala, 21-15, 10-21, 18-16, to place third.

Also moving on for the Lasers to the So. Cal. pairs regional were the duos of sophomore freshmen Anna Unke and Gabriela Griego and freshmen Alaina Gendale and Kendall Nolan.

Unke and Griego finished fifth in the event and Gendale and Nolan took ninth for the Lasers.

Orange Coast had two pairs moving on. Those duos were Kasey Mathieson and Bailey Coffin and Camryn Kaina and Rylee Adair. Riverside, Cypress, Santa Ana and Saddleback each had one pair earn an automatic spot in the regionals.

The Lasers will next play in a Southern California Team Regional on Tuesday. The Lasers are expected to get one of the top four seeds and host the event. Those brackets will be announced on Saturday.

A full list of OEC qualifying pairs to regionals is listed below

OEC Pairs Qualifiers for So. Cal. Regionals

Renata Bath/Lea Kruse – Irvine Valley

Alyssa Vortouni/Emilie Austin – Irvine Valley

Vashti Elias-Romero/Natalie Escher – Riverside

Khamis Berneker/Brittany Zavala – Cypress

Anna Unke/Gabriela Griego – Irvine Valley

Karissa Mumford/Erisa Pooee – Santa Ana

Kacey Mathieson/Bailey Coffin – Orange Coast

Camryn Kaina/Rylee Adair – Orange Coast

Alaina Gendale/Kendall Nolan – Irvine Valley

Ayla Fresenius/Nickie Hughes – Saddleback


Kayla Owens/Alisha Ormond – Cypress (first alternate)

Lauren Schaefer/Amanda Henderson – Fullerton (second alternate)

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