Women's Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball team sweeps Westcliff, battles Nebraska

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

Irvine Valley beat a four-year school and lost to another on Thursday afternoon at home.

The Lasers defeated Westcliff University from Irvine, 5-0, before falling to the University of Nebraska, 4-1.

IVC players competed well throughout the day.

In the finale, the Lasers even took two matches against Nebraska to three sets and picked up a win from its top duo.

Irvine Valley's record went to 6-5 overall with the split.

Against Westcliff, the Lasers picked up straight set victories from its No. 1 team of freshman Lea Kruse and sophomore Renata Bath, No. 2 team of freshmen Anna Unke and Gabriela Griego, No. 3 duo of sophomores Alyssa Vortouni and Emilie Austin and No. 4 team of freshmen Kendall Nolan and Alaina Gendale.

And the No.5 Laser team of freshman Alaina Thomas and sophomore Alison Kent held on for a 21-15, 15-21, 15-5 win over Westcliff's team of Kassidy Beagan and Vasiti Baleilomaloma.

Irvine Valley battled on all courts against Nebraska.

The Laser No. 2 duo of Unke and Griego won the first set against Nebraska's Kenzie Knuckles and Jazz Sweet, 21-19.

But Knuckles and Sweet won the next two sets, 21-15 and 15-9.

Irvine Valley's top team picked up one of its best wins of the season, besting Nebraska's No. 1 duo of Nicklin Hames and Lauren Stivrins, 19-21, 25-23, 15-12.

Nebraska, which defeated Westcliff, 5-0, improved its record to 12-8 on the season.

Irvine Valley is back in action on Friday, hosting Santa Ana in an Orange Empire Conference match at 12 p.m. 

Irvine Valley 5, Westcliff 0

1. Lea Kruse/Renata Bath (IVC) def. Sierra Lim/Lydie van Deursen (WU), 21-11, 21-10

2. Anna Unke/Gabriela Griego (IVC) def. Mikayla Richard/Kaitlyn Meyer (WU), 21-14, 21-16

3. Alyssa Vortouni/Emilie Austin (IVC) def. Atkins/Tiana Gildernew (WU), 21-15, 21-12

4. Kendall Nolan/Alaina Gendale (IVC) def. Enjelica Glattli/Carley Hill (WU), 21-13, 21-7

5. Alaina Thomas/Alison Kent (IVC) def. Kassidy Beagan/Vasiti Baleilomaloma (WU), 21-15, 15-21, 15-5

Nebraska 4, Irvine Valley 1

1. Lea Kruse/Renata Bath (IVC) def. Nicklin Hames/ Lauren Stivrins (NEB), 19-21, 25-23, 15-12

2. Kenzie Knuckles/Jazz Sweet (NEB) def. Anna Unke/Gabriela Griego (IVC), 19-21, 21-15, 15-9

3. Madi Kubik/Mari Kurkova (NEB) def. Alyssa Vortouni/Emilie Austin (IVC), 21-13, 21-13

4. Hayley Densberger/Anezka Szabo (NEB) def. Kendall Nolan/Alaina Gendale (IVC), 21-15, 21-11

5. Megan Miller/Callie Schwarzenbach (NEB) def. Truth Hafey/Jasmine Langle (IVC), 21-13, 21-11

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